U.S. # 5034
2015 49¢ Pink Snowflake
In March of 1993, a “superstorm” affected one third of the continental United States. A rare low-pressure trough brought cold temperatures, high winds, and heavy rain and snow, carving a path of destruction as it climbed up the Eastern coastline.
For three days severe weather pelted the Eastern Seaboard and inland Eastern states. At least 26 states felt the impact of the storm. Tennessee saw record snowfall. Near hurricane force winds with gusts up to 93 miles per hour ravaged the eastern Carolinas. Storm surges and tornadoes wreaked havoc across Florida. Roads were closed and planes grounded. More than 10 million households lost electricity.
The 1993 storm rivaled its predecessors in intensity, area affected, and damage caused. But unlike past superstorms, sophisticated forecasting had seen this one coming. Blizzard conditions were predicted at least 48 hours in advance. Warnings went out on television and radio. Many areas had declared a State of Emergency even before the snow began to fall. People had a chance to prepare.
For many places in the eastern United States, the 1993 superstorm was the “Storm of the Century.” But thanks to extremely accurate weather predictions, its toll – though devastating – was likely less than it otherwise would have been.
Each of the 2015 Snowflake stamps pictures a different type of snowflake in a different color. They were designed by Antonio Alcalá and Leslie Badani.
Value: 49¢ 1-ounce first-class letter rate
Issued: October 23, 2015
First Day City: New York, NY
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America for Sennett Security Products
Method: Offset printing in double-sided booklets 20
Perforation: Serpentine Die Cut 11 ¼ x 10 ¾
Quantity Printed: 75,000,000 stamps
Snowflake stamps have proved a popular wintertime favorite since the first set was issued in 2006 in four different formats (U.S. #4101-16). There was also a set of four snowflake stamps issued in 2013 (U.S. #4808-12)