“The Storm Of The Century”

Last week was the anniversary to many famous blizzards that have struck the Great Plains in the past 150 years.  These include the ?Pioneer Blizzard? of January 10, 1873, the Children?s Blizzard of January 12, 1888, and more recently an unnamed 3 day blizzard from January 9-11 in 1997.

A blizzard I remember very well that occurred in the middle of January was the so-called ?Storm of the Century? that peaked around January 10, 1975.  That storm dumped over 20 inches of snow with wind gusts reported over 70 mph in parts of Minnesota.  Locally, we received 6 inches of snow from that blizzard.

That particular storm caused many Minnesotans to miss the Vikings play in the Super Bowl that year because of power outages and therefore the storm is sometimes referred to as the ?Super Bowl Blizzard?.  My family was fortunate enough to have power that weekend which meant I watched the Vikings play as poorly as the weather was outside against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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  1. I remember the 1975 blizzard well as I was a freshman in college in NW Iowa and those of us who lived on the south end of the campus were unable to get to the dining hall. They also ran out of food, and when the storm was over, our cards were completely buried – to the point where we weren’t sure whose was whose. I also remember a monster storm in January, 1996 (the year before the flood) but I think it was a week or so later – maybe around January 20.

  2. I remember the 1975 blizzard well as I was a freshman in college in NW Iowa and those of us who lived on the south end of the campus were unable to get to the dining hall. They also ran out of food, and when the storm was over, our cars were completely buried – to the point where we weren’t sure whose was whose. I also remember a monster storm in January, 1996 (the year before the flood) but I think it was a week or so later – maybe around January 20.

  3. The storm I am waiting to hear about was about the 3rd ? of March 1966. Many people had to exit their homes by the windows as the doors had huge drifts against the doors.

  4. It’s amazing how so many of our memories are tied to the weather. As a kid my dad took me to Memorial Stadium to watch the Baltimore Colts play. I’ll never forget it — there was a slight flurry and a gentleman behind us with a set of binoculars let me look through. Otherwise the players looked as big as ants so high up we were.

  5. Daryl Ritchison

    Kay,

    FYI, “The Long Winter” from Laura Ingalls Wilder was the winter of 1880-1881.

    Beth,

    The January 1996 blizzard, depending on who you talk too, may have been the worst blizzard in eastern North Dakota and far western Minnesota since the March 1966 storm. That was a whopper.

  6. Ralph

    I remember the 1996 storm, down in minneapolis we had rain in January. Further east the packers played the 49ers in Green Bay in a mud bowl.

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