This Day In Weather History

Weather History for Sunday, February 1st, 2015:
In 2011, a wild winter became even more so, when a monstrous winter storm of "Mega Disasters" material went on a 5 day rampage from New Mexico and North Texas, to New England and Nova Scotia. The colossal cyclone produced nearly every type of severe weather, from blizzards and ice storms, to severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Most of these areas received 1 to 2 feet of snow. Winds sustained from 30 to 40 mph that occasionally gusted to around 60 mph, produced a blizzard from Oklahoma and Southeast Kansas, across the Mid-Mississippi Valley, to New York and Massachusetts. Greatly amplifying the situation was that, prior to the cyclone's arrival, many areas were ravaged by an ice storm that produced around 1 inch of glaze from the Midwest to New England. The winter weather was so violent, that thunderstorms produced heavy snow over several areas, including Dallas and Chicago. In all, 24 people were killed and damage nearly reached $2 billion. Some of the damage resulted from roofs that
collapsed from the heavy ice and snow.

In 1977, the Great Buffalo Blizzard of 1977 finally abated. Lasting over a 5 day period from January 28th to February 1st, the horrific event whipped snow into a frenzy with 45 to 70 mph gusts that tore through the area each day. From January 1st to the 27th, Buffalo had measured 59 inches of snow which had brought the 3 month total from November 1st to January 27th to a phenomenal 151 inches! On the morning of the 27th, the snow depth at Buffalo airport was between 2.5 and 3 feet. Then the blizzard hit. The storm produced around 1 foot of snow, but the incredibly high winds produced drifts around 30 feet and produced a whiteout lasting around 25 hours! Some homes in East Buffalo were completely buried. In all, 29 people died and damage in Buffalo totaled nearly $222 million. After the "Mega Disasters" event ended, the ultimate in snow removal commenced when the snow was loaded into hundreds of railroad hopper cars and then transported to distant dump areas. In all, the blizzard caus
ed an estimated $300 million damage.


In 1951, the worst ice storm in United States history wreaked havoc from Texas to Pennsylvania. The glaze was a phenomenal 4 inches thick. The storm caused 25 deaths, 500 serious injuries, and $100 million damage.

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