Kids and professionals who are involved in education love snow days because they don’t have to go to work or school! However, sometimes those casual snow days can turn into life-threatening blizzards and the fun is all gone. For those who have never been in a snowstorm, it isn’t a blast. “The Storm of the 20th Century took place in Marc 1993,” according to DoSomething. “It was iconic for its hurricane wind force and massive size. And it stretched from Canada to mid-America. The blizzard caused roughly 300 deaths and 10 million power outages.” That was just the result of one snowstorm, so imagine the whole history of them. This list provides information on the most incredible snowstorms to have ever happened. Wait until you see the craziness that happened in 1996.
Mount Shasta 1959
Based on the amount of snowfall, this is more than likely the most snowfall in history. The only thing is, most of the snow went unnoticed and only covered a very small area.
Blizzard Of 1988
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This was one of the worst blizzards to hit America up until that point in time. You can see how high the snow was and as far as death toll, many innocent citizens had their life taken.
“One of the worst blizzards in American history strikes the Northeast, killing more than 400 people and dumping as much as 55 inches of snow in some areas,” History reported. “New York City ground to a near halt in the face of massive snow drifts and powerful winds from the storm. At the time, approximately one in every four Americans lived in the area between Washington D.C. and Maine, the area affected by the Great Blizzard of 1888.”
This one sounds bad but wait, there’s more.
The White Hurricane Of 1913
This was the deadliest storm to ever manifest itself in the Great Lakes region. It sunk dozens of ships and made over hundred families have to make funeral arrangements. It had many names such as Big Blow and Freshwater Fury but the White Hurricane stuck.
“It wasn’t just the wind and waves that raised havoc with this storm,” said Tom Niziol, winter weather expert for The Weather Channel. “The air was cold enough to create a full-blown blizzard, reducing visibility so that ships could not even see the shore, and significant icing from the freezing spray weighed ships down to a point that they could not even navigate.”
The Buffalo Blizzard Of 1977
The New York metropolitan area seems to always get the short end of the stick when it comes to storms. Yet another heavy snowstorm struck the area but Buffalo to be exact, in 1977. “There was zero visibility, not that were was much to see besides snow,” wrote Jennifer Corter for Phactual. “It also caused the temperature to drop by 20 degrees in just a few short hours. Buffalo, by the way, is actually an oddity: it typically gets less snow than most other nearby cities, as well as warmer winter temperatures. But it was this blizzard that gave Buffalo the reputation as a blizzard city.” This storm was bad.
Eastern Canadian Blizzard Of 1971
This storm caused something to happen that hadn’t happened in over five decades. Yes, it caused deaths and several feet of snow piled up but something that Canadians love dearly was taken from them.
“This storm was a real monster. Not because of the nearly two feet of snow it blanketed Eastern Canada in,” Jennifer Corter for Phactual wrote. “Not because of the 20 people that had died. It wasn’t even due to any resulting economic problems from the storm. In fact, people were encouraged to work. No, what makes this storm truly horrible was that it caused the cancellation of a Montreal Forum hockey game, the first since the 1918 flu epidemic.”
Continue on to see what happened in 1996.
Tibet’s “Worst Storm”
Even though Tibet is right near Mount Everest, this storm that hit them was unexpected, to say the least. They are used to receiving cold spells and some snow but not the amount this storm provided them. “Some places saw 36 hours of continuous snowfall and dropped five to six feet,” Jennifer Corter for Phactual wrote. “Seven people died, buildings were destroyed, roads weren’t cleared for a week, and many yaks died because the locals need food or just were wiped out by the storm.” Many even had to eat some of their own pets.
North American Blizzard Of 1996
Look at that car and all the snow on the ground. It almost looks fake. In January of 1996, what started as what looked to be a normal storm turned into something much more. It turned into a record-breaking storm, to be exact.
“It started in typical fashion, as cold air from Canada pushed down and collided with relatively warm winds from the Gulf of Mexico,” reported History.com staff. “On the evening of January 6, snow and sleet began hammering Washington, D.C., Baltimore and surrounding areas. Over the next few days, the storm made its way northeast, breaking records along the way. By the time it subsided, it had deposited between 17 and 30 inches of wind-driven snow on every city along the Eastern seaboard.”
The Great Blizzard Of 1899
Back before there were great weather predicting technologies in place to help us against enormous storms, there was a major outbreak in 1899. The United States was not prepared for this one at all.
“The western third of the country was the first to feel the bitter cold with temperatures dropping as low as 33°F in Los Angeles, California, 9°F in Portland, Oregon, and −9°F in Boise, Idaho, by February 4,” reported the NCDC. “By February 11, temperatures plummeted even further with Fort Logan, Montana, recording an astonishing low of −61°F. Over 100 people were estimated to have lost their lives during to the Great Arctic Outbreak.”
Ever heard of Snowmageddon?
One of the bigger storms to happen in America while former President Obama was in office in 2010. “Close to 20 inches of snow piled up at the nation’s capital as a blizzard pounded mid-Atlantic states Saturday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands in the region in what the president referred to as ‘Snowmaggedon,'” reported CNN.
This storm almost caused a scare for the president as well. “Before the 15-vehicle presidential motorcade pulled out of the driveway headed to the Capital Hilton for Obama’s speech to Democrats, one of the emergency vehicles lost traction and slid into an SUV,” CNN reported.
Keep going ahead and you’ll see all about the “storm of the century”
The Knickerbocker Storm Of 1992
This storm was bad but its collateral damage that makes it even worse. The storm took place on January 27-28 and the last day is when the tragic damage came about. There was a record-breaking amount of snow in Washington (28 inches) as if that isn’t bad enough. But when the storm was settling down, folks decided to catch a show at the Knickerbocker Theatre
“During the intermission, the theater’s flat roof gave way under the weight of the wet snow, and concrete, bricks and metal rained down onto the audience,” History.com wrote. “One of the deadliest in Washington’s history, the disaster claimed 98 lives.”
The Blizzard Of 1967
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When you live on the east coast and midwest, you should be expecting snow, especially in January. Residents from New York to Chicago know good and well that snow is bound to come. But when it keeps coming, there might be a problem.
“It kept snowing, and snowing, and snowing, dropping a whopping two feet of snow on the city and other surrounding towns, making travel near impossible, with people being trapped in schools, offices and homes,” wrote Jennifer Corter for Phactual. “A total of 76 people died as a result of the storm, 26 of them in Chicago alone.”
Get ready for the “Storm of the Century”.
1993’s Storm Of The Century
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They didn’t call this the “Storm of the Century” for nothing. Thankfully, technological advances in weather forecasting were made by the time this storm came around so the severity of it was not as bad as it could have been. “Causing 300 deaths and $6 to $10 billion in damages, the “Storm of the Century” lived up to the hype,” History.com reported. “Sophisticated computer models allowed the National Weather Service to issue a severe storm warning two days in advance. For the first time, governors could declare a state of emergency before a single snowflake fell. But that didn’t stop them from falling—and with a vengeance. The storm affected at least 26 U.S. states and much of eastern Canada, reaching as far south as Jacksonville, Florida.”
Boston Feels The Wrath In 1978
The start of this storm led people to believe that it was nothing but faulty forecasting. Too bad that was the last thing it was as thousands of people were forced to take refuge. The snow stood as tall as three feet!
“Hurricane-force winds and whiteout conditions took them by surprise,” History.com wrote. “The storm pummeled gridlocked highways, forcing drivers and passengers to abandon their cars or be buried along with them. Massive snowdrifts trapped families in their homes and workers in their offices. An estimated 100 people perished in this crushing nor’easter.”
The Great Appalachian Storm Of 1950
To put it simply, this storm was brutal. It started over North Carolina before it headed to Ohio and the damages were outstanding. This is one of those storms where you wake up and wish it was just a nightmare. “One of the most damaging and meteorologically unique winter storms to strike the eastern United States occurred on Thanksgiving weekend 1950,” Weather.gov reported. “After it was over, up to 57 inches of snow blanketed the central Appalachians and one of the most widespread and damaging wind events ever recorded over the Northeastern U.S. made the Great Appalachian Storm of 1950 the costliest storm on record up until that time. 160 people were dead and insurance companies paid more money out to their policyholders for damage than for any other previous storm or hurricane.”
The Super Bowl Blizzard Of 1975
As the name might suggest, this blizzard took place the weekend the Pittsburgh Steelers faced off against the Minnesota Vikings in the Super Bowl. Another name this storm took on was the “Great Storm of 1975” but the Super Bowl one felt more fitting.
“The storm produced a total of 58 fatalities with 12 of those resulting from the 42 tornadoes spawned in the Southeast over the course of four days,” Phactual reported. “Over two feet of snow fell over much of the Midwest, and much of this snowfall fell in areas not equipped to deal with the immediate fallout.”
Armistice Day Storm 1940
With over two million dollars worth of damage and 27 inches of snow, this storm could have been less impactful if those who were watching the area paid more attention to signs being thrown at them.
“In the days and weeks after the storm, the U.S. Weather Bureau responded to criticism that it failed to predict the huge blizzard,” Weather.gov said. “Officials said they knew a storm was coming but were wrong about its strength and scope. Perhaps the most embarrassing revelation was that no one was watching the storm’s explosive development in the pre-dawn hours of November 11.”
2013 Winter Storm Atlas
From October 3-5, vehicles were stuck, trees were down and power lines were also down in South Dakota. Thousands of people lost power but there was something more crucial that was affected by this storm.
“The blizzard’s most staggering toll was livestock losses,” Weather.gov wrote. “Cattle were in summer pastures far from shelters at the ranches. They had not yet grown thick winter coats so they became hypothermic after first being soaked by the rain, then chilled by the snow and wind. They drifted for miles and eventually, the stress on the animals caused heart failure. Others wandered off embankments into creeks and drowned or suffocated in snow drifts.”
New York Storm Of 2014
If you thought we were done listing New York here then you were sadly mistaken. So many wild storms have hit that area that there might be enough to make a list strictly of them. Just based on this one image, you know the storm was intense.
James Barron for the New York Times wrote, “It played havoc with the rhythms and routines in a dozen states from Delaware to Maine. People commuted to work on cross-country skis in Manhattan, and parents pulled children on snow runners through Midtown streets on the way to Central Park.” There were 13 deaths total.
Superstorm Sandy 2012
Sandy was a storm that caught many people by surprise just off how powerful and devasting it turned out to be. It was a hurricane-turned-post-tropical-cyclone storming through the Caribbean before making it’s way to the American east coast.
“The combination of heavy, wet snow and strong winds caused at least 375,000 homes in New York and New Jersey to lose power, and snarled travel by making roads hazardous and shutting down the Long Island Rail Road due to downed trees along the tracks. The damage this storm caused was an estimated 700 million dollars.
The Rare Snowstorm In Vegas
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If you are familiar with Las Vegas then you know it always warm there, even in the winter, and snow is a foreign language to those who live out there. Vegas is meant for year-round celebrations because whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. However, in 2008, things changed.
“A rare snowstorm blanketed the Las Vegas Valley, delaying flights, causing widespread fender-benders and canceling events,” Las Vegas Sun reported. “As much as 8 inches of snow fell in parts of the valley, forecasters said this morning. With ice and snow on the roads, and district buses responsible for transporting more than 80,000 students, closing school was the prudent move, Superintendent Walt Rulffes said.”