Monday, January 19, 2009


A blizzard is a heavy snowstorm with very cold temperatures, sustained winds of at least 35mph, and visibility of less than 0.25 miles. When a mass of polar air and warm air meet, the polar air pushes the warm air up and settles in the atmosphere where the water vapor forms snow clouds. Then winds and low temperatures combine with the snow to create a blizzard. During blizzards it can be difficult to see or breathe. Blizzards can kill people, cause traffic accidents, and bring cities to a halt.

New York City Street Caught in the Blizzard, 1888

The Central Canada and the Mid Western U.S are often referred to as the "Blizzard Country". People in these countries often experience the dangers of snowstorm. To overcome, these dangers they build houses with steeping roofs, so that the snow does pile up.

The Great Blizzard of 1888, paralysed the Northeastern United States, killing more than 400 people The snowdrifts towered from 15 to 50 feet and more than 200 ships were sunk.

Park Place in Brooklyn

The Schoolhouse Blizzard also known as School Children's Blizzard of Children's Blizzard hit the great plains of the U.S unexpectedly on a warm day, that more than 500 people including school children were killed due to hypothermia.

The Arimistice Day Blizzard or Armistice Day Storm hit the Mid West region of the United States on the 11 November and 12 November, 1940. The temperature dropped sharply, followed by fierce wind, heavy rain, sleet and the snow began to fall. A total of 154 deaths have been recorded in that storm.

The Storm Track of the Arimistice Day Blizzard

Also known as 93 SuperStorm, No-Name Huricane, the White Hurricane, or the Great Blizzard of 1993 is one of the large cyclonic storm that hit the East Coast of North America on March 12-13th, 1993. This storm complex was massive, affecting nearly 26 states of U.S and much of eastern Canada.

A tree falls under the weight of the snow in Ashville, North Carolina

Satellite imagery of the Storm of the Century on March 13, 1993.

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