Wednesday, February 02, 2011


I want to discuss blizzards.  There are certain criteria that have to be met to qualify a bad winter storm as a blizzard.
1.Winds of at least 35mph or gusts that are so frequent that you really can't tell whether it's steady or not.
2.Visibility is reduced to 1/4 mile by the snowfall or blowing snow for 3 consecutive hours.
You can check this out on Google if you want- but all the meteorological sites agree on these 2 points alone.
We have had ferocious storms that categorically are not blizzards, but are horrific just the same.
Some folks seem to think this is something new, but blizzards and the ferocious storms that go along with them have been documented since weather conditions have been, and I'm certain it didn't start just there.  In reading about blizzards, I have learned that they aren't that uncommon~ there are many every year that occur in high mountainous regions.
The blizzard of 1888 seemed to be one of the most horrific storms to hit our nation, being called "the great white hurricane".  Between March 12 and 14, the east coast from Maryland to Canada were brought to a screeching halt by this colossal storm by 50' snow drifts.  That's 50 FEET of snow drifts. Major cities were cut off from the rest of the world for 2 days.  200 ships were lost at sea or in harbors, and 100 sailors died.  Since the fire stations couldn't operate, fire damages amounted to $25,000,000- that's in 1888.
50" of snow fell in the northeast, and 40" in New York City alone.

January 12, 1888 brought probably the most tragic of blizzards dubbed "the Schoolhouse blizzard".  It's called this because of the end result of a day that started out warm with folks outside in less clothing than they would normally have worn when an arctic blast suddenly hit.  Temperatures plummeted from above freezing to -40* .  There were so many unprepared for this event, but most of them were schoolchildren who died of hypothermia.  230 deaths, mostly children.  There is a book that was written about this called appropriately "The Schoolhouse Blizzard".
"Some froze to death where they fell, while others lost their lives to the effects of frostbite; some were not found until spring. One teacher actually tied a rope around her class of seventeen kids and led them to the safety of the house she lived in."(1)

1899 brought another major blizzard that stretched from Florida to Montana.
"Sub-zero cold covered every state from Maine to Georgia, and a low-pressure system came up the East Coast with over a foot of snow in many places, with two to three feet in New England. New Orleans became iced over, and Tallahassee, Florida saw the thermometer read minus two, the only sub-zero temperature in Florida in recorded history."(1)

The Knickerbocker blizzard arrived in January of 1922 covering Washington D C with 2' of snow which caved in the roof of the Knickerbocker theater killing about 100 people.

November 11, 1940, the Armistice Day blizzard caught the entire midwest off guard. 27" snow, 80mph winds, and 20' snow drifts.
"Warm temperatures turned bitterly cold in a matter of hours, the winds reached eighty miles an hour, and two feet of snow and freezing precipitation came down." (1)
154 people perished in this storm including 66 sailors on sinking ships on Lake Michigan.
(1) Worst Blizzards in the United States

The Great Lakes Storm of 1913 was one of the deadliest disasters
to that region causing 250 deaths.  This storm was unpredicted, hit with speed and force, destroying 19 ships and stranding 19 more under 35' waves.  Most of these winter storms pound away for 4 hours or so, but this one lasted 16 hours of horror.

November 24-30, 1950, 353 deaths , caused by the effects of LaNina.  This storm impacted 22 states with documented 110mph winds in New Hampshire.  This was known as 'The great Appalachian Storm of 1950".

March 11-15, 1993 ~ "The storm of the century" with 300 deaths.
It ranged from Canada to Central America and brought heavy snow, rain, and tornadoes.  Most of the havoc occurred on the east coast of the US and Cuba.  One area in Tennessee received 60" of snow.

January 2-4, 1999 dropped 22" snow on O'Hare Airport.  In Chicago alone, 18 1/2" of snow fell as the temperature plummeted to -20F.  

January 9-12, 1975~ The Superbowl Blizzard left 70 deaths.
It not only brought massive amounts of snow, but spawned 45 tornadoes. 
Not only did the snow fall heavy, but the winds were heavy as well, sometimes gusting between 30-50mph, which then created 20 foot snowdrifts. In the end, 70 people were left dead; 12 from the tornadoes and 58 due to the snow.

So I really don't understand how the global warming folks get their information.  I believe they all grew up about the same time as me, but somehow they dropped out and this is the result.  They say our blizzards and weird weather today are caused by GW.  I doubt it.  Weather is as predictable as clockwork.  God promised seasons one to follow another and there has never been a time when it didn't happen just as He said it would.  Over my lifetime, I have experienced   very severe winters to very mild ones, very severe summers to very cold ones.. I remember them well.  There is a certain rotation to weather events and seasons. 
I also remember a time, I believe in the 70s, when we were told by the weather prognosticators that we were entering a new global deep freeze and we were all going to die.  Imagine.  And people believed that nonsense.  It's only been 30-40 years, and here they are again spreading the news that the sky is falling.. er.. the globe is warming and we will all burn up and die. 
What we need here is some verification of their facts before they present them, and then trust that the Lord is in control, no matter.

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