Midwest and Eastern Blizzard

USA Freezing Level

USA Freezing Level

We’re up to our eyeballs in cold and snow in the eastern half of the USA. Yet AlGore has pronounced this is entirely consistent with the predictions of Global Warming.

OK ….

Then one can only presume that the Chicago Blizzard of 1967 was also caused by the same warming… but then that would imply that the temperatures have not risen since The New Little Ice Age Scare of that era… Oh Dear, I think that’s got to be a bit of a problem…



The Chicago Blizzard of 1967
Winter in Chicago has never been easy, but this one was a record-setter.

At 5:02 a.m. on this date, it began to snow. Nothing remarkable about that. It was January in Chicago, and, besides, 4 inches of snow had been predicted. But it kept snowing, all through this miserable Thursday and into early Friday morning, until it finally stopped at 10:10 a.m. By the end, 23 inches covered Chicago and the suburbs, the largest single snowfall in the city’s history.

Thousands were stranded in offices, in schools, in buses. About 50,000 abandoned cars and 800 Chicago Transit Authority buses littered the streets and expressways.All most people wanted to do was get home. One woman who worked downtown and lived on the city’s North Side–normally a 35-minute commute–spent four hours making the trip.

The point? Pretty simple, really. This weather right now is substantially indistinguishable from what it was like the last time the PDO was in the “cold phase”. The 1950-70’s era.

Nothing whatsoever out of the ordinary has happened. Neither during the hot phase (1970’s-1990’s) nor now that we’ve turned back to the cold side.

So “Dear Al”: Please stop making stuff up and please stop scaring the children… It’s just a garden variety Midwest Canadian COLD Winter…

I mean, it’s not like we’re having a repeat of The Great White Hurricane of 1888:


The weather preceding the blizzard was unseasonably mild with heavy rains that turned to snow as temperatures dropped rapidly. The storm began in earnest shortly after midnight on March 12, and continued unabated for a full day and a half. The National Weather Service estimated this incredible Nor’easter dumped 50 inches (1.3 m) of snow in Connecticut and Massachusetts, while New Jersey and New York had 40 inches (1.0 m). Most of northern Vermont received from 20 inches (50.8 cm) to 30 inches (76.2 cm) in this storm.

Drifts were reported to average 30-40 feet, over the tops of houses from New York to New England , with reports of drifts covering 3-story houses. The highest drift (52 feet / 15.8 metres) was recorded in Gravesend, New York. Fifty-eight inches of snow was reported in Saratoga Springs, New York; 48 inches in Albany, New York; 45 inches of snow in New Haven, Connecticut; and 22 inches of snow in New York City. The storm also produced severe winds; 80 miles per hour (129 km/h) wind gusts were reported, although the highest official report in New York City was 40 miles per hour (64 km/h), with a 54 miles per hour (87 km/h) gust reported at Block Island. New York’s Central Park Observatory reported a minimum temperature of 6°F (-14.4°C), and a daytime average of 9°F (-12.8°C) on March 13, the coldest ever for March.

So please, keep those “benchmarks” in mind when pronouncing that “Hot is Cold” and “Snow is Hot” and “The WARMEST year EEVvvahhh is also the snowiest”…

In the Midwest that year had what was called “The Schoolhouse Blizzard”:


The Schoolhouse Blizzard, also known as the Schoolchildren’s Blizzard or the Children’s Blizzard, hit the U.S. plains states on January 12, 1888. The blizzard came unexpectedly on a relatively warm day, and many people were caught unaware, including children in one-room schoolhouses.


The blizzard was precipitated by the collision of an immense Arctic cold front with warm, moisture-laden air from the Gulf of Mexico. Within a few hours, the advancing cold front caused a temperature drop from a few degrees above freezing to −20 degrees Fahrenheit (−40 °F in some places). This wave of cold was accompanied by high winds and heavy snow. The fast-moving storm first struck Montana in the early hours of January 12, swept through Dakota Territory from midmorning to early afternoon, and reached Lincoln, Nebraska at 3 p.m.

Oh, now notice that date. 1888. Add 120 years to it. 2008. Within the margin of error, we are almost exactly 2 PDO cycles later…

This, folks, is a CLUE. A great, big, giant, cyclical clue. When being walloped by this storm, folks ought to just think of it as a giant Clue Stick… And maybe if we all pitch in we can buy AlGore a ticket to Egypt… I understand things are heating up there…

(Maybe we can swap them an AlGore for a Mubarak… Call it a “win-win” ;-)

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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2 Responses to Midwest and Eastern Blizzard

  1. Eric Fithian says:

    Put me down for 20 bucks toward that ticket! Though I rather doubt anybody will be very interested in his preachments, given the current hubbub….

  2. PhilJourdan says:

    I think algore took a hit when the Chicago Carbon market tanked – and he is just trying to get more converts for his church to bulk up his portfolio.

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