Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Don't make old man winter cranky

This video is amazing depicting the Halloween storm of 1991. Few things to watch for: First, how awesome is Esme's red hat?? Mike in Storm center 4 has such a high tech set up.  Between the 500 lb black TV and retro computer, he should be all over this spooky storm.  Go to 3:55 in the video, Brad Goode is ready for his shot at becoming famous.  Between his rad blue jeans, Colombian jacket, and his awesome ski goggles, he represents the fashion for the 1990's perfectly.  Now go to 5:22 in the video, Roger Erickson reads through the school closings with ease.  I have to admit, it's my favorite part of the video.

What a winter wonderland out there today.  Not a big enough snowfall to qualify as a blizzard but enough to make your drive into work a living hell.  During the 4 hour drive, it got me thinking...... What where the biggest snowstorms in Minnesota history?

Nov 27-28, 1905 another blizzard at Duluth with 60 mph winds. Sank ships in Lake Superior.

Nov 9-11, 1913, one of the worst November storms ever on the Great Lakes. Blizzard in northern MN, 62 mph winds at Duluth, three ships lost on Lake Superior.

Oct 19-20, 1916 one of the earliest blizzards, with up to 15 inches of snow in western counties, and a 50 degrees F temperature drop.

Jan 16, 1921 blizzard conditions in northern counties with 59 mph winds and blowing soil in southern Minnesota counties.

Feb 21-23, 1922 an ice storm followed by a blizzard.

Feb 12-14, 1923 Black dust blizzard occurred blowing in dirty snow from ND

Nov 11-12, 1933 dust storm in southern and central counties, visibility near zero, blizzard in NW counties.

Nov 11, 1940 Armistice Day Blizzard, mild day to start, hunting season in full swing, 17 inches of snow MSP, 27 inches at Collegeville,duck hunters unprepared and exposed on Mississippi River islands, 49
deaths, plus 59 sailors lost on Great Lakes. Slow moving system which intensified.

Mar 14-15, 1941 terrible blizzard in western counties, 85 mph winds at Grand Forks, 75 mph winds at Duluth, 32 deaths

 Dec 5-8, 1950 blizzard in northern MN delivered 25.2 inches of snow to Duluth.

Nov 17-18, 1958, blizzard with 60 mph winds, 33 men died with the sinking of the Carl D. Bradley on Lake Michigan.

Nov 28, 1960 severe storm and blizzard, dubbed a no'eastern hammered the Lake Superior shoreline, producing 20 to 40 ft waves which destroyed shoreline property. Three feet of water flood the streets of Grand Marais, MN. Winds gusted to 73 mph and Duluth recorded over 1 ft of snowfall. Thousands of chords of pulpwood washed into Lake Superior.
Mar 1-4, 1966 smaller scale blizzard with 37 inches of snow near International Falls.

Dec/Jan 1968-69 one of the stormiest winters with six separate blizzard warnings in the state and total snowfalls ranging from 30 to 50 inches in northern counties from the six storms.

Jan 24, 1972 fierce blizzard in SW, MN with 72 mph winds at Worthington, up to 10 inches of snow, schools closed but buses stranded, many sought shelter in farm homes.

Dec 31, 1972 New Year's Eve blizzard halted many celebrations and activities.

Jan 10-12, 1975 perhaps one of the worst blizzards and strongest storms. Closed most roads in the state, some for 11 days, 20 ft drifts. One to two feet of snow, train stuck at Wilmar, 15,000 head of livestock lost. Many low barometric pressure records set (28.55 at Duluth), winds to 80 mph, storm intensified over the state, 14 people died in blizzard, and 21 more from heart attacks.

Mar 23-24, and Mar 26-29, 1975 blizzards in northern MN. 100 mph winds, 20 ft waves on Lake Superior damaged shoreline properties, zero visibility near Duluth, which received 1 ft of snow from each storm.

Nov 10-11, 1975, a severe winter storm with 71 mph winds created 12 to 15 ft waves on Lake Superior, sank the Edmund Fitzgerald. Storm intensified as it moved over the area.

Nov 19, 1981, heavy snow with near blizzard conditions. Over a foot of wet snow caused the inflated fabric of the Metrodome to collapse and rip.

Feb 4, 1984 blizzard in southern MN with severe wind to 80 mph caused a wall of white, even though snowfall totals were only a few inches. Severe windchills. Many stranded in vehicles or fish houses, sixteen died.

Mar 3-4, 1985 blizzard with 6 to 24 inches of snowfall. Duluth reported winds to 90 mph, and huge multi-story drifts. Schools in International Falls closed.

Nov 16, 1988 near blizzard conditions in northern counties with 11 inches f snow in International Falls.

Nov 26, 1988 blizzard struck again over most of the state this time. Winds reached 63 mph at Windom, snow drifts up to 7 ft high. Snowfalls up to 4 inches in east central MN.

Jan 6-8, 1989 one of the worst ever blizzards in the Red River Valley delivered up to 26 inches of snow. Roads closed, 50 mph winds. Set up flooding.

Oct 31-Nov 3, 1991 Halloween Blizzard. Over 28 inches at MSP, nearly 37 inches at Duluth. Nasty windchill conditions, deep snow drifts harsh n wildlife, many roads closed for days. Perhaps one of the largest and longest lasting blizzards in state history.

Feb 28-Mar 2, 2007 blizzard brings over 20 inches of snow and winds exceeding 50 mph to the Duluth area. More information can be found at: The blizzard came on the heels of another major winter storm that plodded through the Upper Midwest and dropped over two feet of snow on southeastern Minnesota from February 23 through February 26. The Duluth area received over 12 inches of snow in this first event.
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