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Winter Storm


1888
Jan. 12, Midwest: the “The Schoolhouse Blizzard.” More than 200 people died while trying to get home after a sudden drop in temperature and a major storm that hit during school and work hours.
March 11–14, East Coast: the “Blizzard of 1888.” 400 people died; accumulation of up to 5 ft. of snow. Damage estimated at $20 million.
1940
Nov. 11, Midwest: the “Armistice Day Blizzard.” 140 people died; this major storm hit from Nebraska to Michigan, including sudden drops in temperature, winds up to 80 miles per hour, and snow drifts two stories high.
1913
Nov. 6–1a, East Coast: the “The Great Lakes Storm of 1913.” More than 250 people died; accumulation of up to 24 inches of snow, hurricane-like winds, and nearly 20 ships were destroyed. Damage estimated at $5 million in 1913's currency and did not include lost cargo.

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