- January 12, 1888
- U.S. Midwest
- Approximately 235 people lost their lives. (This was a large amount in comparison to the amount of people living in the Midwest at the time of the blizzard.)
- Was a warm day that quickly turned into a storm
- Since it came without warning, the amount of devastation was greatly increased.
- Went from 70 F to -10 F (-40 F in some places) in a few hours
- Lasted for only a few hours from the afternoon until early evening (3 – 4 feet of snow in that amount of time)
- Was hard to get around for at least 3 days after the storm was over – compare today’s means of transportation and communication (snow plows, salt trucks, paved roads, rescue vehicles, phones, radio, television, etc.)
- Is called the schoolchildren’s blizzard because in many places, children were trapped in their schoolhouses (in many cases they had to stay overnight)
- Most of the schoolhouses were one-room with wood or coal burning stoves.
- Resulted in the loss of life and the loss of property, travel was severely impeded in the following days.
- The wind was so loud and strong that people who were only 6 feet away from each other could not hear one another talk.
- The snow was so heavy that people who were only 4 ft. away from each other could not see each other.
The Great Blizzard of 1888 or Great Blizzard of '88 (March 11 – March 14, 1888) was one of the most severe blizzards in United States' recorded history. Snowfalls of 40-50 inches fell in parts of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut, and sustained winds of over 45 miles per hour produced snowdrifts in excess of 50 feet. Railroads were shut down and people were confined to their houses for up to a week