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The Great Blizzard of 1888

Great Blizzard of 1888

The Great Blizzard of 1888 occurred on March 11-14, 1888, and affected the northeastern United States, particularly the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. 1)

Combination of two different weather systems

The storm was a combination of two different weather systems that collided over the Northeast, resulting in a massive snowstorm. 2)

Heavy snowfall and strong winds

The storm brought with it heavy snowfall and strong winds that reached speeds of up to 80 miles per hour, causing snowdrifts up to 50 feet high in some places. 3)

One of the deadliest blizzards

The storm was one of the deadliest blizzards in U.S. history, with an estimated 400 deaths attributed to the storm. 4)

21 inches of snow in just one day

In New York City, the storm dropped 21 inches of snow in just one day, and the total snowfall for the storm was around 50 inches. 5)

Paralyzed the transportation systems

The storm paralyzed the transportation systems of the northeastern United States, with trains and streetcars unable to operate due to the deep snowdrifts. 6)

Trapped in their homes

Some people were trapped in their homes for days due to the deep snow, and many businesses were closed for several days. 7)

Significant damage to communication infrastructure

The blizzard caused significant damage to telegraph lines and other communication infrastructure, making it difficult for people to communicate with each other during the storm. 8)

Economic losses

The storm caused significant economic losses, particularly in the shipping and agriculture industries. 9)

Turning point

The Great Blizzard of 1888 is often cited as a turning point in the development of urban infrastructure in the United States, as cities began to invest in better snow removal equipment and other measures to deal with severe weather. 10)

Bravery of the workers

In the aftermath of the storm, many people praised the bravery of the workers who kept critical infrastructure running during the blizzard, including police officers, firefighters, and telegraph operators. 11)


The storm inspired many works of literature and art, including the poem “Snow-Bound” by John Greenleaf Whittier and the painting “The Blizzard” by Winslow Homer. 12)

White Hurricane

The Great Blizzard of 1888 is sometimes referred to as the “White Hurricane” due to its intensity and the fact that it occurred during the hurricane season. 13)

Extremely cold temperatures

Some areas affected by the storm experienced extremely cold temperatures, with wind chill values as low as -50 degrees Fahrenheit. 14)

Most famous and significant weather event

The Great Blizzard of 1888 remains one of the most famous and significant weather events in U.S. history, and its impact on American society and infrastructure continues to be felt to this day. 15)

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