“White Hurricane”

It doesn’t necessarily take a hurricane to produce hurricane-force winds. Occasionally, blizzards can pack an equally powerful punch. The Great Lakes Storm of 1913 devastated northern states in mid-November.  The blizzard produced up to 2 feet of snow in some locations, but the 70+ mph wind gusts created significantly higher drifts. Nineteen ships were destroyed, with the greatest damages on Lake Huron. At least 250 residents perished in the storm, with hundreds of millions of dollars in damage reported.

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The 1913 blizzard was an extratropical cyclone, containing well-defined low pressure circulation and attending cold/warm fronts. The storm’s ferocity, coupled with its record snowfall, led many historians to call it a “White Hurricane”.

 

jerry-jackson Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

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