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# Tuesday, February 09, 2010
History's Big Snows
Posted by Diane



This Cincinnati snowfall is nothing like what some of you have seen recently (and that’s before today’s new round of weather).

Wintry weather always gets me thinking about my ancestors who immigrated from Syria and tooled around the South for awhile before moving to Cleveland, situated in northeastern Ohio on Lake Erie. What a shock that first lake-effect snowfall must’ve been.

While you’re hunkered inside waiting for the snowplow to come by (or thanking your lucky stars you live somewhere it doesn’t snow), check out these sites on big snowstorms throughout history:

The Digital Snow Museum
This site has links to information about a whole list of storms, starting in 1717, with photos and illustrations.

1816, aka “The Year Without a Summer”
The Long Winter of 1880-1881
  • This National Archives’ Prologue magazine article describes in part the Winter of 1880-1881 in De Smet, Dakota Territory.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder (one of my favorite authors) wrote about the near-constant blizzards in The Long Winter. Read about the book and see a photo of a train stuck in the snow—a phenomenon that cut off many towns from much-needed supplies—in this Wikipedia article.
Have Snow Shovel, Will Travel: A History of Snow Removal
Did you one of the first mentions of using a snowplow use comes from Milwaukee in 1862? A team of horses pulled the plow attached to a cart.

Historical snow events in Ontario

History of big winter storms in the Baltimore/Washington, DC, area

National Snow and Ice Data Center: Notable Winter Snowstorms
This page also has a few pictures taken during the Great Blizzard of 1888.

The Minnesota Climatology Working Group has pages on the state's historic snowstorms in April and May.

Oregon’s Top 10 Weather Events of the 1900s
You’ll find several types of events listed, including snowfall totals for storms in January, 1950. At the top of the page, see similar links for California, Utah and Washington State.

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