Friday, February 5, 2010

The Blizzard of 1978.

How ironic that Washington DC is receiving record snowfalls on the anniversary of The Great Blizzard of 1978. I am a survivor of the infamous storm that dumped over two feet of snow on the Boston area, causing road and school closures - snow fall at a rate of 4" an hour at one point. Being just a pre-teen at the time, I thought it was a lot of fun. There were, however, several deaths and many homes on the coast were lost or damaged beyond repair. I hope the storm which went through the Mid-Atlantic states today does not do the damage the Blizzard of '78 did to parts of Massachusetts.

Some facts about the storm:

It snowed from 10:20 am on February 2 to 6:20 Am February 7, 1978.

President Carter declared it a Federal disaster

It was the worst winter in 105 years

Record sbowfall in 24 hr period 27.1 inches

Winds were measured at 79 mph

Record school closings

I dug up some video my dad took of me and my two younger brothers "helping" my mother and father clear out the piles of snow. Check it out!

The Great Blizzard of 1978

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I remember this. I was 6yrs old living in washington dc thanks for the memories it made me smile. oh and thank your father for being smart to record it!