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NATURAL DISASTERS: Blizzards

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The Chicago Blizzard, 2011

Lake Shore Drive in Chicago turns into a car graveyard the day after a massive blizzard brought 20+ inches of snow and 60+ mph winds. Motorists were stranded when the storm hit in the early evening of February 1, 2011. After some were stuck for hours, they abandoned their cars for safety. 

Did You Know?

The Storm of the 20th Century took place in March, 1993, and was iconic for it’s hurricane wind force and massive size. It stretched from Canada to mid-America, leaving some southern states under a foot or more of snow. The blizzard cause roughly 300 deaths and 10 million power outages. .

Blizzards

A blizzard is a severe snowstorm characterized by strong sustained winds of at least 56 km/h (35 mph) and lasting for a prolonged period of time — typically three hours or more. A severe blizzard has winds over 72 km/h, near zero visibility, and temperatures of −12 °C or lower. A ground blizzard is a weather condition where snow is not falling but loose snow on the ground is lifted and blown by strong winds.

How Do Blizzards Form?

Blizzard Facts

Blizzards and Winter Weather

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