The power was out for over a week, then we had another blizzard in Southern Minnesota a week later. Just more living proof Al Gore knows what he's talking about.
The Cleveland blizzard of 1977 was worse than that. I was there! The chill factor was in the range of -100 and drifts 50+' tall. It completely covered one side of my apartment building. Lakeshore Boulevard looked like a glacier flow. I drove us both to work. She worked at a bank downtown and I worked at the Cleveland Clinic. About an hour after that, everything was shut down and we both went home.
It was also the first winter my second X spent out of Texas. She still lives in the area. Crazy woman.
You can see pictures here:
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Does anyone remember the Columbus Day Storm on 1962?
Does anyone remember the official name of the storm?
The Big Blow, AKA Typhoon Freda. I was 14.
Good on you Henry !! I was in eighth grade at the time.
If Ralph was living in Oregon in 1969 then he probably remembers the massive snow fall that year. I lived in Corvallis and was a wee lad of 5 or 6 and the snow was almost as deep as I was tall on the valley floor.
I remember the Halloween '91 ice storm well. I was 9 years old, and dressed as the Energizer Bunny when the rain turned to ice. We didn't get much snow in that storm, but enough freezing rain and wind to take down power lines all around us.
We lost power for I think 3 weeks, but we had a generator big enough to run the whole farm.
I heard about it from family, Danial, while I was making a living in San Diego.
The great blizzard of March 1888 is most famous, because it happened on the east coast. Snow drifts were over the tops of houses, and a lot of buildings burned because firefighters couldn't get to them. But the blizzard of January that same year, in the Midwest, known as the Schoolhouse Blizzard, was more deadly because it struck during the workday. The day began with mild temperatures in the high twenties and people went about their usual business, but during the day temperatures plunged and heavy snow began. Many kids were trapped in one-room schools all over the region, and many of the 235 killed by the storm were children.
All my life I have lived within 30 miles of downtown Portland Or (the main Post Office is at the 0 mile spot), the Columbus Day storm as been just that so I had to look it up
"(also known as the Big Blow, and originally as Typhoon Freda)" it was a tropical storm.
Didn't know that, or have heard and forgotten.
1967 Chicago snow storm...
Derek, I was living South of Waseca when that freezing rain hit. I was working at OTC at the time and wasn't able to get into work because of the ice on the roads. By Wednesday I owned a 4500 watt generator and was able to run the refrigerator, freezer and the blower on the wood stove. By Friday I had taught my wife how to keep the generator going and made sure she had enough gas and I went deer hunting over by Lanesboro. That's where I was when the second blizzard hit and didn't get out hunting until Sunday. We didn't get as much ice as we did the first blizzard but the second blizzard kept the power off. I remember how hard you guys and Rochester got hit. It was one heck of a Halloween.
I remember a lot of the old timers comparing it to the Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940. I had 2 cousins freeze to death in that storm. It started out in the 60's and 70's in the morning and by the next morning there were over 75 people frozen to death over along the Mississippi and across the state. I've heard the 1888 blizzards Steve's talking about have always been considered the worst. It seems like the Great Lakes States has the goofiest Storms.
The November 10th Storm of 1976 as I recall was the one that took out the Edmund Fitzgerald. The night the boat sank I was staying in a Motel Room at the Holiday Inn in Duluth. The waves were huge and took out the windows on the lake side of the Motel. We had just shipped 160 carloads of iron ore out of the Lind Greenway and Hill Annex mines and went on winter shutdown. The guys I worked with said it was our ore on the boat but there was really no way any of us would have known.
I'm always in awe at the amount of snow the east coast gets. They don't normally get the bitter cold though it happens. It seems like we end up fro -30 to -50 after every storm. And the windchills are always so low. I can't remember the worst I've seen. My brother has photos of his thermometer from in the early 80's showing temps down in that -50 to -60 degree range. Those were the storms where you'd see cars and trucks completely covered along interstate 90. And as I recall those were the years they finally had sense enough to put the snow gates on the highways so they could shut them down. I remember the couple that were trapped in their car and had to dig their way out through the windows. They were trapped for three days and were lucky to be found before they froze to death.
All these memories are doing nothing more than reinforce my reason for wanting to go to Arizona each winter.