Blizzard Fun Facts
Homework and School help onWinter WeatherBlizzard Fun Facts. There are a lot of weather facts about blizzards that can be helpful. Find out what these fun weather facts are.
So now that you now how blizzards form, lets find out some fun weather facts about blizzards.
- In weather terms, in order for a system to be classified as a blizzard, or for a blizzard warning to be issued, there must be blowing or falling snow at 35 MPH (which can cause huge drifting snow) and the visibilities must be less than 1/4 of a mile for more than 3 hours. (Warnings are made by the national weather service)
- A lot of blizzards come from "Nor' Easters" which form along the east coast and move parallel to the coast. Moisture from the Atlantic means tons of snow can be dumped on the major cities in the Northeast. These weather systems can be very dangerous.
- Blizzards usually occur in the Plains states, upper midwest, and the Northeast. Strong weather systems can also create blizzards in the west, especially in the mountains.
- Even light snow showers with strong winds can create blizzard like conditions very quickly although for a short time. The weather can be very deceiving!
- Some the most notable blizzards happened in 1888, 1978, 1993, and 1996.
- Traveling during a blizzard or heavy snowstorm is not wise as the visibility conditions are very poor. Even walking should not be attempted in this kind of weather.
- Blizzards can cause high snow drifts due to the blowing wind. Fun to play in when the storm is over, but no fun trying to shovel out driveways, sidewalks, and other things from them!!
- Not only do blizzards have heavy and blowing snow, but weather temperatures can be bonechilling with windchills going below zero frequently.
- Rochester, NY averages around 94 inches of snow each year and has been named the snowiest large city in the US.
- Check out Blizzard Safety for info on how to stay safe during the storm.
I hope you enjoyed these blizzard fun facts!! Famous Blizzards If you would like to learn about some of the famous blizzards in the United States, check out my Famous Blizzards page. There are some cool weather facts there. Also to find out the formation process of a blizzard, check out How do Blizzards Form.
A home weather station can be a great way to keep track of and follow storms during the winter. Radio Shack and Thermor make great weather stations. Check them out.
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