The date was January 16th, 1994. Skies were grey and freezing rain was falling. That freezing rain switched over to snow around midnight. The snow just kept falling. I just knew we would get a snow day out of this. I was nearly 7 years old.
The morning of January 17th was a great one for me. I vividly remember being bundled up and playing in the snow with my little sister and friend from down the street. This mid January event brought 15.9 inches of snow to Louisville which had set a record. I don’t remember the cold however. At that age, I don’t think I really cared what the temperature was as long as my mom would allow me to go outside and play in it. Besides, it would be nothing that a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows couldn’t fix.
Living in Kentucky, we get our fair share of snow and cold. It is a little different than the Q.C. though. Louisville, where I grew up, averages 12.5” of snow a year. The Quad Cities averages 31.6” a year! That’s a big difference. It’s even more of a difference when you factor in the fact that we have less snow plows in the south to deal with large amounts of snow. Schools and businesses seem to shut down a little quicker and for a longer period of time. You can imagine how pleasantly surprised I was when I moved here and realized how quick the streets get plowed. One downside was that the cold also sticks around here so the piles of snow linger through the season. Melting is a faster process in Kentucky. (photo courtesy NWS Louisville)
We just passed the 20 year anniversary of this Kentucky storm. It was one I will never forget and it played a big role in gaining my interest in weather. I can’t believe it has been that long. Time flies!