Winter Storms & Extreme Cold

By: Moy

Statistics of a Blizzard

These are Statistics of Blizzards in 2011.
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History of Winter Storms & Extreme Cold

The Blizzard of 1888 (March 11-12, 1888)


This snow storm destroyed much of the east coast. Including New York City, Boston, Washington, and Philadelphia. It was up to 50 inches of snow thats around 4 feet and since they didn't have the snow machines of today it was a really hard time getting carts full of snow dragged by horses.


The Knickerbocker Storm (Jan 28-29, 1922)


This storm lasted for two days and dropped 28 inches of snow. This storm destroyed roofs of houses and killed 98 lives. This is one of Washington's deadliest storms.


The Great Midwest Blizzard (Jan. 26-27, 1967)


This blizzard came from the Ohio Valley down to New Mexico. This blizzard hold Chicago's record for heaviest snow fall in 24 hours which is 23 inches, and resulted in the deaths of 76 people.


The Blizzard of 1978 (Feb. 5-7 1978)


This blizzard had hurricanes force wind up to 98 mph and it snowed 3 feet.

Snow Storm Caught On Dash Cam In Michigan January 2, 2012

How to Prepare

Before a big winter storm you need an:

Emergency kit

Rock salt or other snow products

Snow removal equipment

Enough heating fuel for your home to be warm

Appropriate clothing to be warm,

Have a radio of a app to keep news of the storm.

Don't travel as much because it can be really slippery and dangerous.

Don't leave pets outside they could get harmed from the cold and keep food and water for them stocked

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Causes of Winter Storms

Winter storms develop when low pressure systems come into contact with a cold front or a warm front, that causes low temperature precipitation such as snow and freezing rain. Common types of winter storms caused by low pressure systems are snow storms, ice storms and blizzards.

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Community Resources

If your home loses power or heat for a long time or if you do not have good supplies to stay warm in your home overnight, you may want to go to a designated public shelter if you can get there safely. Text SHELTER+ your ZIP Code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (e.g., SHELTER20472)
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