by: Nolan Carpenter
How does a blizzard form?
In order for a blizzard to form you need three things: the air needs to be cold at the surface, the atmosphere has to have a lot of moisture, and you need a good amount of lift to cause the warm air to rise over cold air. If cold air advances and pushes away the warm air, it forms a cold front.When warm air and cold air are brought together, a front is formed and precipitation occurs
-The Great Blizzard of 1888- More than 400 people in the Northeast died during the Great Blizzard, the worst death toll in United States history for a winter storm.
-Snowpocalypse Space-32.4 inches (82.3 cm) of snow at Washington's Dulles International Airport, two blizzards in February 2010 broke snowfall records in the mid-Atlantic region
-The Knickerbocker Storm 1922-killed 98 people and injured 133. As much as 3 feet (90 cm) of snow fell in the Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania during the blizzard, which hit Jan. 27 and Jan. 28 in 1922.
-Super Bowl Blizzard 1975-heavy snows and cold killed more than 100,000 farm animals. Unlike many winter storms, which sweep in from Canada, the Super Bowl Blizzard started in the Pacific and crossed the Rocky Mountains
-The Armistice Day Blizzard 1940-A total of 145 deaths were linked to the storm, including about 25 duck hunters who were not prepared for the cold weather
Impact on Human Life
- A blizzard can shut down a city, sometimes for days.
- Transportation can be impossible.
- This means kids miss school and adults cannot get to work.
- People can be stuck in their homes for days.
- Electrical wires often go down because of the heavy wind and snow.
- This leaves people with no electricity.
- Without electricity, people can't use computers, TVs, appliances, and lights
- If people are caught outside in a blizzard, they risk getting frostbite and hypothermia.
- A blizzard can cause lots of property damage, such as roof cave-ins and windows breaking.
- Trees can fall on houses, cars, etc.
- Blizzards can hurt the economy. People can't get to work. Jobs don't get done. Businesses and stores lose money.
- with winds in excess of 35 mph and visibilities of less than 1/4 mile for 3 hours