Blizzards are a very extreme winter storm that last for a very long time with very high winds.

How Does a Blizzard Form?

  • The ground and the atmosphere both need to be below freezing ( 32 degrees Fahrenheit )
  • There has to be Cold front in a blizzard (when warm air rises above cold air)
  • Winds are usually 35-45 mph
  • When there is a blizzard it is in a low pressure system (when warm moist air raises then attaches to dust forming a cloud creating rain or snow)
  • It is usually below 10 degrees Fahrenheit when there is a blizzard
  • There is less than 1/4 of a mile of visibility (when the snow is so thick you can not see)
This is a cold front. The cold air in pushing the warm air up.

Historic Events

Super Storm of 1993

The blizzard happened March 12, 1993 to March 14, 1993. The blizzard was in the Caribbean Islands, Eastern and central United States, and Eastern Canada. This blizzard killed more than 300 people and more than 80 people were injured. There was 9 billion dollars in damages.

The Chinese New Year Blizzard

The blizzard took place in Southern China. It happened January 20th to February 2nd 2008. More than 100 people were killed and No reported injuries .  There was 650 million dollars in damages.   

What Have We Done to Prevent Deaths and Injuries in Blizzards?

We now have Doppler radar that tells us what the storm will bring for us. We also have T.V., radios, and phones to tell us how bad the storm will be and if we can or can not go out in to the storm. We also have built stronger houses to withstand the winds from the blizzards. We have also put insulation in our houses to keep the warm air in and the cold air out.


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