Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Still digging out of our 30" Blizzard - The East Coast Great Blizzard of 1888

The Great Blizzard of 1888 (March 11-14, 1888) was one of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States of America. Snowfalls of 20–60 inches fell in parts of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, & Connecticut, with sustained winds of more than 45 miles per hour producing snowdrifts in excess of 50 feet. 

Roads were impassable, railroads were shut down, & people were confined to their houses for up to a week.  The New York Stock Exchange was closed for two days.  

Fire stations were immobilized.  Property loss from fire alone was estimated at $25 million.  

Severe flooding occurred after the storm due to melting snow.  More than 400 people died from the storm & the ensuing cold, including 200 in New York City alone.

See for prints of these colored newspaper images from the period.