Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Misery–And Majesty–of Winter

Old Photographs of Blizzards Show The Eternal Misery–And Majesty–of Winter


Jeff Meyerson said...

Very cool (also literally so).

Don Coffin said...

A gallery of photos of the Blizzard of 197 in Indianapolis...more than 30" of snow in less than 12 hours, followed by temperatures dropping to -20. My favorite memory of it (I was working in downtown Indy at the time) was looking out my office window (on the 20th floor) and being unable to see the buildings across the street, when a lightning flash appeared *between* my building and the one across the street...amazingly loud thunder.

Unknown said...

Wow. We swamplanders would have no idea how to deal with that.

Jeff Meyerson said...

We've only had to deal with snow that bad a couple of times in my lifetime. It was not fun. As a kid, of course, I'd have welcomed it.

We just had the 20th Anniversary of the Blizzard of 1996,which dumped 20 or so inches in Central Park (the official reporting station) but measured 28" in Southern Brooklyn and more to the west of us.

Of course the famous post-Christmas blizzard of 1947 was before I was born. My parents have pictures of their basement apartment on Dartmouth Street near the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium totally buried in the 26+ inches. This was bettered (to 26.9") February 11-12 of 2006 but fortunately, we were in Florida so just didn't care. (Cruel, I know.) We also missed the 20.9 inches in February 2010. Sadly, we didn't miss the 20 inches that December 26-27, the only year with two 20 inch snowstorms.

/end snow update

Key source: A History of New York City SNowstorms, 1970-2015.

You really can find anything online.

Jeff Meyerson said...

Christmas blizzard, 1947.