Local Weather History: Remembering the Great November 1950 Storm & the Effects Here

Historic, major Thanksgiving 1950 storm was one for the record books!

Posted: Nov 18, 2018 4:16 PM
Updated: Nov 18, 2018 5:00 PM

The Great Appalachian Storm of 1950 bore quite a bit of resemblance to the Blizzard of 1978, it was just a bit more to the northeast.

Historic in every aspect from surface pressure to storm surge, winds, extreme blizzard conditions & snowfall to historic cold in the South & unusual warmth in the Northeast & into Quebec, Nova Scotia. It also brought flooding rains to the Mid-Atlantic & the highest levels on the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania since 1902.

44″ of snow fell on Steubenville, Ohio & the entire state of Ohio received no less than 10″. 57″ fell at Pickens, West Virginia, while 30.5″ fell on Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. New York City’s La Guardia Airport measured a wind gust of 94 mph, while Newark measured gust of 108 mph. Damage was immense & deaths from just the snowfall (building collapses, heart attacks from snow shoveling) were 160.

Incredible cold wave dropped the temperature to -3 at Atlanta while 50s & 60s dominate New England at the same time!

This was because the storm was so strong, the warm front wrapped entirely around the storm center, just like the Blizzard of 1978 storm.

We had our own effects here with blizzard white-oute conditions as winds were sustained at 25-40 mph with gusts +50 mph.  Record cold also arrived with snowfall accumulations of up to 9".  Note in the third surface map that the Indianapolis observation on the morning of November 26 was measuring a SUSTAINED wind at 35 knots or 40 mph.  A similar pressure gradient existed in our viewing area.

November 24 a.m.:

November 25 a.m.:

November 26 a.m.

Snowfall totals in our viewing area:

9.0"  Crawfordsville

8.4"  Kokomo

7.1"  Wheatfield

6.2"  Logansport

6.0"  Monticello

5.7"  Rochester

5.5"  2 Miles South-Southeast of Winamac

4.3"  Veedersburg

4.2"  Rensselaer

3.5"  Fowler

3.5"  Frankfort

2.9"  2 Miles North of Delphi

1.9"  West Lafayette

1.5"  Covington

1.4"  Kentland

Minimum temperatures:

-10  Rensselaer

-10  Wheatfield

-10  2 Miles South-Southeast of Winamac

-9  Kentland

-8  Fowler

-7  Veedersburg

-5  West Lafayette

-5  Crawfordsville

-5  Kokomo

-5  2 Miles North of Delphi

-4  Rochester

-4 Frankfort

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