Winter Weather on This Day in History

As the East Coast is being pummeled by today’s snow storm, we find that people of the past faced bitter cold and snow on this day in history.

As far back as 1846, a storm hit Virginia and the Carolinas.  The storm caused half a million dollars worth of damage, and in North Carolina, fifty families and a thousand cattle drowned.

In 1927, North Carolina was buried under almost 18 inches of snow in 24 hours.

In 1985, a winter storm struck the Northern Plains, producing almost 35 inches of snow in South Dakota.

In 1989, snow and high winds hit the western U.S.  Up to 16 inches of snow was reported in Seattle, Washington and more than 24 inches fell in the Sierra Nevada range of California.  Wind gusts hit 89 mph in Utah, and 92 mph in California.

So…when you’re shoveling your driveway and driving slow and carefully on these treacherous roads today, remember that you are not alone!

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1 Response to “Winter Weather on This Day in History”


  1. 1 euandus2 December 21, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    I just found something on the “autumn” storm. It is interesting how some journalists use the technical sense of “autumn”…meaning until Dec 21st. http://deligentia.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/autumn-snow-storm-in-mid-december-in-nyc/


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