NOAA : Five Worst Snowstorms In US History All Occurred Before 1960

Climate experts say that heavy snow is caused by global warming, because they are completely incompetent.

1) “BLIZZARD OF 1888

March 11-12, 1888

An unseasonable and devastating snowstorm struck from the Chesapeake Bay to Maine. The cities of Washington, Philadelphia, Boston and New York City were paralyzed. This incredible “Nor’easter” dumped 50 inches of snow in Connecticut and Massachusetts while New Jersey and the state of New York had 40 inches. Drifts of 40 to 50 feet high buried houses and trains. From Chesapeake Bay to Nantucket, 200 ships were sunk with 400 lives lost.


November 11-12, 1940

Mild weather ahead of an intense low pressure system tracking from Kansas to western Wisconsin was quickly followed by a raging blizzard. Many people were caught off-guard by the severity of the storm and the plunging temperatures. Sixty degree temperatures during the morning on the 11th was followed by single digit readings by the morning of the 12th. These very cold temperatures and snow amounts were very unusual for this early in the season. Up to 26 inches of snow fell in Minnesota, while winds of 50 to 80 mph and heavy snows were common over parts of the states of Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa and Michigan. These winds were responsible for whipping up 20 foot drifts. A total of 144 deaths were blamed on the storm (13 in Wisconsin), most of which were duck hunters along the Mississippi River. Milwaukee received only a trace of snow, but 80 mph winds downed hundreds of trees.


March 10-14, 1951

A slow moving storm system brought a prolonged period of heavy snow to much of the Midwest. Hardest hit were Missouri and Iowa where snow fell

for as long as 92-100 hours! This slow moving storm system which had abundant moisture, produced 27.2 inches of snow at Iowa City which remains the largest snow storm accumulation in Iowa state history, with the bulk of the snowfall occurring on March 10


February 1-8, 1956

A series of disturbances brought a period of snow to the South Plains during the first week of February in 1956. The heaviest of snow was confined to Western portions of Texas and Oklahoma. Snow totals during this period were 14 inches in Amarillo, TX, 24 inches in Hereford, TX, and 43 inches in Vega, TX. Some areas saw continued accumulating snow for up to 92 hours. Travel came to a complete stop across this area. Hundreds of cattle died and feed for remaining cattle had to be airlifted in.


March 22-25, 1957

A strong area of low pressure developed along the lee of the Rocky Mountains in late March of 1957. This storm interacted with cold air in place across the Plains states to create a rare and devastating spring blizzard across the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. A widespread 10-20 inches of snow fall across the area with reported snow drifts of 15 to 30 feet! Travel was impassible with many snowplows becoming stranded as well. Across the Panhandle region 20 percent of the cattle population was lost from this storm.

Biggest Snowstorms In The United States

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3 Responses to NOAA : Five Worst Snowstorms In US History All Occurred Before 1960

  1. Andy DC says:

    There was a blizzard in North Dakota during March 1966 that caused snow drifts up to the tops of telephone poles! Same storm system spawned the deadly F5 “Candlestick Park” tornado in Jackson, MS that killed 58.

  2. Mike Mangan says:

    Five OF the worst, not the five worst. They’re listed in what I like to call “chronological order.” Point well taken, though. I’ve never understood how the alarmist mind can so readily accept the illogical premise that a warmer climate will produce more “extreme” weather. Are we missing something in the historical record that bears this out?

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