30th Anniversary - The Blizzard of ’78

The Blizzard of 1978 has come to define the standard by which all Indiana snowstorms are gauged.  January 25-27 brings the 30th anniversary of that historic storm.

Read a summary of the Blizzard of ’78 at Indianapolis
Central Indiana residents share their stories
30th Anniversary press release

Surface and 500 mb Maps from the Height of the Blizzard
12Z 1/26/78 Surface Map

12Z 1/26/78 500 mb Map

The Blizzard in Indianapolis:

Snowfall Total:  15.5"
Maximum Snow Depth:  20"
Peak Wind Gust:  55 mph
Low Temperature:  0oF
Low Wind Chill (old formula):  Approx. -50oF
Low Wind Chill (new formula):  -30oF
Duration of Significant Snowfall:  31 hours
Maximum drifts:  Up to 20 feet
Lowest Observed Pressure:  29.04"

The Blizzard across the Midwest:

Snowfall Total:  as much as 40"
Peak Wind Gust (observed):  82 mph in Cleveland
Low Wind Chill (old formula):  Approx. -60oF
Maximum drifts:  Up to 25 feet
Lowest Observed Pressure:  28.28" (lowest non-tropical sea level pressure ever recorded in the US)

Additional Links:
Images of the Blizzard from Bowling Green State University
NWS Northern Indiana Summary
NWS Detroit Blizzard Summary
Kent State University Article on the Blizzard
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Article on the Blizzard
A Killer Blew Over the Land

Blizzard Shirt
Thanks to Mike Eickhoff of Avon, IN for this image

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