I remember walking to school in March 1970 in one of the heaviest, wettest snows I’ve ever experienced. Can you help with the details?
–Zoila Berling, Bakersfield, Calif.
Our recent encounter with heavy, wet snow was tame compared to the crippling storm that hit the city March 25-26, 1970. The official snowfall at Midway Airport was 14.3 inches, with a water equivalent of 1.76 inches, making the snow-to-water ratio a sopping 8-1. The storm was accompanied by thunder and lightning and fierce northeast winds that piled the snow into 3- and 4-foot drifts. The snow was so heavy it caused considerable damage to trees, shrubs and power lines. Vehicles could not navigate the snow-clogged streets and hundreds of cars stalled or were abandoned. With the visibility near zero, the city’s airports were forced to shut down, stranding thousands of passengers.
As high-level cloudiness rolled into the Chicago area as wrap-around moisture from the monster storm in the Northeast sun dogs were visible in the Chicago area. Thanks to Chris Alexander for passing along these pictures taken in the Oak Lawn-Hometown area around 8:30 a.m. this morning.
Photos by Chris Alexander
Thanks to our frequent blog contributor Mark Vogan who passed along this shots of a snowbound Scotland. The photos were taken after a 36 hour period of heavy windblown snow. Winds of gale force piled the snow into drifts 2-5 feet high and even up to 10 feet in some areas.
Mark notes that while some areas got as much as 14 inches, areas as close as 15 minutes away got no snow at all with an elevation difference of less than 1,000 feet. Many areas in Scotland above 1500 feet have received as much as 2 feet of snow from this storm with severe blowing and drifting.
Photos by Mark Vogan
More shots of snow-covered New York City taken in and above Times Square.
Photos by Keith Danish
Thanks to Lindsey Lullo for passing along these photos of the eastern snowstorm that has brought at least a foot to the Stroudsburg area in eastern Pennsylvania.
Photos by Lindsey Lullo
New York City is in the midst of a major snowstorm that had dropped 21 inches of snow on the city through late Friday afternoon. Thanks to Keith Danish for passing along this photo taken near 7th Avenue and 15th Street.
Photo by Keith Danish
Another shot in the same location taken several hours later
Photo by Nat Rahav