Famous Blizzards in Weather History
Well known blizzards in AmericaFind out the famous blizzards which made their way into the weather history books with their destructive winter power.
So what blizzards are the most famous in US history? I love the weather and I've gone through a few blizzards and a lot of snow storms in my life being from Michigan, but I've never been through what many would call "historic storms" that would put themselves in the weather record books. Michigan does get a lot of snow, but I never lived in the lake effect snow areas, and I've never been on the east coast for those brutal Noreasters.
The Blizzard(s) of 1978
This was a crazy year for weather and two blizzards that hit this year. One in the Midwest and one in the Northeast. Read more about the Blizzard of 1978. The Great Blizzard of 1888
Let's start with one of the most famous blizzards, if not the most famous, in the United States. The blizzard of 1888 hit the Northeast hard. This storm dumped anywhere from 30-50 inches of snow in places from New York to Massachusetts with snow drifts higher than that. It was rightly given the nickname the Great White Hurricane and for good reason. Not only was the snow heavy and drifting, but the winds were bad too, getting up to 40 MPH with the highest wind gust reported being 80 MPH (wow!) Some storm drifts were so high in some places that they covered houses and telephone poles. Not only did the storm affect land, but it was the cause of over 200 ships lost at sea with over 100 seamen losing their lives. Over 400 people died from the storm in total, including former senator Roscoe Conkling. At a time when weather forecasting was still in its infant stages, it was definitely more difficult to prepare people for such a storm rather than nowadays.
Like the Great Blizzard in the Northeast, the Schoolhouse Blizzard happened in the year 1888 as well. This blizzard happened in the Plains however and it was named the Schoolhouse Blizzard because the storm caused students to be stuck in their schools during the blizzard. Since the timing of the storm came during work hours and when people were in school, it made the storm even more dangerous because many people were out and about due to the unusually warm weather earlier in the day. Many people died of hypothermia.
Storm of the Century (1992)
Even though I never experienced this storm, I can remember all the news coverage about it and weather forecasters saying how big of a storm it would be. Being a kid who lived snow and weather, I was also mad that the storm missed me! This was a truly powerful storm that brought record snowfalls from Florida all the way up to the Northeast. Heavy waves also battered the coasts because of the strong winds. In the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina, over 200 hikers had to be rescued from the cold temps and heavy snow. It was the costliest extra tropical storm on record and caused over 300 deaths.
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