February 16-17, 1987 Winter Storm

Summary -
This was an extreme event with a very special and rare sounding from Greensboro. The February 16-17, 1987 event was a prolonged sleet event that produced 3 to 5 inches of sleet and a little snow across the Piedmont of North Carolina with 6 inches of sleet reported at RDU. Thunder was reported at times. There was a 40 degree warm nose and a 12 degree cold nose at the surface resulting in a 28 degree difference in a layer just over 2000 feet thick. A 50 kt southeast jet tranposrted significant moisture up an over a 30 to 40 kt low level northeasterly flow.










NCEP Reanalysis Data -



00Z Reanalysis 1987/02/16  |   12Z Reanalysis 1987/02/16  |   00Z Reanalysis 1987/02/17  |   12Z Reanalysis 1987/02/17  |   00Z Reanalysis 1987/02/18




KGSO Skew-T's -



00Z KGSO Skew-T 1987/02/16  |   06Z KGSO Skew-T 1987/02/16  |   12Z KGSO Skew-T 1987/02/16  |   18Z KGSO Skew-T 1987/02/16  |   00Z KGSO Skew-T 1987/02/17  |   12Z KGSO Skew-T 1987/02/17  |  



Animated Event Nomogram - Not available