Anniversary of the Great 1918 Blizzard

January 14th, 2014 at 12:10 am by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

The winter of 1917-18 was rough.  Very snowy & very cold, January 1-12 snow amounts to 29″ over parts of the viewing area (with no melting).

Then came the great 1918 blizzard with an extreme Arctic front, rapidly-deepening storm from the Northeast Gulf Coast & up into the Ohio Valley with a tremendous moisture feed & lift.

Up to 20″ fell on the viewing area with wind gusts to 60 mph & temperatures falling to -20.  By modern-day standards, wind chills were at least -50 at times.

The area was buried in snow with near record to record snow pack.  It ranked up with the famous blizzards of 1978 & 1864.

On a side note, the winter of 1918-19 winter was incredibly mild with one of the least-snowy & warmest winters on record.

Here is the surface weather map from the Blizzard of 1918.  This image is courtesy of NOAA.


You can see the intense low & its “Inside Runner” track, which was similar to the 1978 blizzard ( & likely 1864).

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10 Responses to “Anniversary of the Great 1918 Blizzard”

  1. One thing I like seeing in these reports from the late 1800s and early 1900s is that it puts our present-day weather into perspective. Yes, there were blizzards and bizarre weather back then, just as today. Nothing normal, or abnormal about it at all.

    meanwhile…. :-)

  2. Jim says:

    We need to count our blessings ! That sounded like a rough storm. Hopefully for all we never see that again.

  3. Autumn says:

    Hey Chad is there any sort of numbers on deaths? Curious how it relates to deaths a century later..

  4. Autumn says:

    Just fed the birds for that snow getting ready to hit.

  5. Jim says:

    Birds seem to be eating wild bird feed . Can’t find something they all like thou. Have 2 feeders !

  6. Autumn says:

    I buy organic natural peanut butter and mix the wild bird see together. I add some raw peanuts and honey too. I either spread it on a platform feeder or I freeze it into block the size of suet feeders. I think the peanut butter attracts them and is a good source energy. I know it’s extra work.. I like doing it though.

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  8. Autumn says:

    All snow now.. Big wet flakes.

  9. Autumn says:

    I have never seen it come down like this!!!

  10. Jim says:

    Autumn thank you great idea on the peanut butter .

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