January 12, 1888 Blizzard

On January 12, 1888 a blizzard arrived suddenly in the great plains, dropped temperatures 50 degrees and killed hundreds of schoolchildren walking home from school.

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LIVES LOST IN THE STORM – FEARFUL RESULTS OF THE NORTHWEST BLIZZARD. THE KILLED AND MISSING IN DAKOTA AND OTHER STATES LARGER THAN AT FIRST REPORTED. – View Article – NYTimes.com

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9 Responses to January 12, 1888 Blizzard

  1. Stephen Richards says:

    I think was also the winter of the London Blizzard which killed horses of the horse-drawn carriage fame.

  2. Psalmon says:

    Great writing, really takes you there. You wonder what people 125 years from now will think, reading (if they still can) today’s reporting how the record cold weather was caused by warming.

  3. Studiodad says:

    My grandma was born in a sod house in NE ND in 1890 and she talked about the bad blizzards they used to have when she was little. A neighbor family was caught in a blizzard and the father turned the wagon over so they could take shelter underneath. His wife left and tried to make it home and she was found frozen not far from their doorstep. The father was found frozen on top of their son who survived. My grandma wondered why we didn’t have blizzards like those anymore that lasted three days and I’m sure there were quite a few during her lifetime in northern MN (93 when she died). I don’t know what it says about cycles and “climate change” but it’s an interesting story.

  4. Rosco says:

    Thankfully this cannot happen again because kids just aren’t going to know what snow is – “a thing of the past”.

    Gaia has been so busy with the polar vortex she forgot about the tropical monsoon entirely.

    Thankfully she must have checked her diary as the cloudy rainy weather commenced here dropping maximum temperatures by about 10 C.

    That pesky CO2 must really bug Gaia.

  5. Andy DC says:

    The safe, benign, predictable climate of 1888 is a figment of a drug induced imagination.

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