Historical Blizzards

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  • Great Blizzard of 1888

    Great Blizzard of 1888
    More than 400 people in the Northeast died during the Great Blizzard, the worst death toll in United States history for a winter storm. On March 11 and March 12 in 1888, this devastating nor'easter dumped 40 to 50 inches (100 to 127 cm) of snow in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Huge snowdrifts buried houses and trains, and 200 ships sank in waves whipped up by fierce winds.
  • The Great Blizzard of 1899

    The Great Blizzard of 1899
    From Georgia to Maine, a punishing storm shut down the Eastern Seaboard beginning Feb. 11, 1899. The wintry weather brought record-low temperatures, some of which still stand today, as well as record snowfall. The snow showers started in Florida and moved north, dropping 20 inches (50 centimeters) in Washington, D.C., in a single day and a record 34 inches (86 cm) in New Jersey.
  • The Knickerbocker Storm

    The Knickerbocker Storm
    This blizzard gained notoriety for its heavy, wet snows, which collapsed the roof at one of the most popular venues in Washington, D.C. The storm takes its name from the cave-in at the Knickerbocker Theater, which killed 98 people and injured 133. As much as 3 feet (90 cm) of snow fell in the Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania during the blizzard, which hit Jan. 27 and Jan. 28 in 1922.
  • Blizzard of 1978

    Blizzard of 1978
    A catastrophic blizzard occurred on the 7th of February in 1978. A strong Nor'easter roared across the East Coast and hit Connecticut, New Jersey, the New York area, Rhode Island, and the Massachusetts area. In Boston, 27.1 inches of snow were measured, breaking a record. The storm killed approximately 100 people and injured about 4,500, it also caused over 520 million dollars (at that time). This blizzard hit New England hard with a lot of snow.
  • The Storm of the Century

    The Storm of the Century
    The Storm of the Century wreaked havoc from Cuba to Canada. As strong as a hurricane, covering an entire continent, the storm was responsible for 310 deaths, $6.6 billion in damage, and shut down the South for three days. Coming a week before spring, on March 12, 1993, the hit was hard to take. However, the Storm of the Century marked the first successful five-day forecast by the National Weather Service of a storm's severity, and a State of Emergency was declared in some regions before snow eve
  • February 2013 nor'easter

    February 2013 nor'easter
    A blizzard called the February 2013 nor'easter was a heavy snowfall and hurricane-force winds. This blizzard affected the Southeastern United States, Northeastern United States, Central and Atlantic Canada, Iceland, United Kingdoms and Ireland. Hmaden, Connecticut had the highest snowfall record of 40 inches (100 cm).