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(Buffalo News)   Son, I knew the Blizzard of '77, and you were no Blizzard of '77   (buffalonews.com) divider line 87
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2014-01-09 12:53:35 AM  
yeah, i remember 77. our house was encased in ice for a week. our only source of heat was the fire place. after a few days, the batteries died, and we only had candles for light. it was a wonderful time. thank god we were canadians, otherwise we might have perished. it is our understanding that our american friends do not have fireplaces, or store much food. poor fellows. anyway, this weather we are having now is a childs blizzard. man up, nancy.
 
2014-01-09 01:29:00 AM  
My family moved from Tennessee to Chicago in 1978. Now that was a nasty winter. My Southern-born parents were NOT amused. I was 4, so I didn't really notice.
 
2014-01-09 02:16:43 AM  
I lived on
Through the Blizzard
of '77

When my wine ran dry
I could have cried
When my blood ran cold
I should have died
 
2014-01-09 06:50:07 AM  
I was in Rochester for the Blizzard of '77, and I was quite young, but I remember it well. They sent us home from school early, and we walked home. It was horribly windy and you couldn't see anything. We had HUGE snow drifts that made for great sledding. I also remember my parents being quite freaked out by the whole thing.
 
2014-01-09 06:52:26 AM  
rlv.zcache.com
 
2014-01-09 06:56:41 AM  
I wonder if The Weather Channel will grab national news headlines today with "Global Warming causes the thaw of the Polar Vortex that Global Warming caused"?
 
2014-01-09 06:58:26 AM  

skinnycatullus: My family moved from Tennessee to Chicago in 1978. Now that was a nasty winter. My Southern-born parents were NOT amused. I was 4, so I didn't really notice.


I moved to Chicago from Atlanta in January 1978, and they set an all time snow record that winter. I said to myself, if I made through that, I could make it through anything. The following winter, those records were broken, and the blizzard of '79 was the centerpiece. I kept my mouth shut after that.
 
2014-01-09 07:00:54 AM  

desertfool: I was in Rochester for the Blizzard of '77, and I was quite young, but I remember it well. They sent us home from school early, and we walked home. It was horribly windy and you couldn't see anything. We had HUGE snow drifts that made for great sledding. I also remember my parents being quite freaked out by the whole thing.


I remember they didn't cancel school that day, luckily my mom told us to stay home anyway, by the time the school decided to send the kids home it was to late and most of the kids ended up stranded there a few days. They ended up getting them home one at a a time on snowmobiles.
 
2014-01-09 07:01:26 AM  
The blizzard of '77 is part of the reason I was born in Houston.

Also, there weren't any farking jobs. Lake and canal transport built that city, then train and truck transport tore it down.
 
2014-01-09 07:19:20 AM  
Well it's no blizzard like 1553. It was so cold the fuel line on our  A-10 Warthogs froze and we had to fly those sissy Euro Fighter Typhoons in to battle against Hannibal and his mighty elephant army.
/I need no more coffee
 
2014-01-09 07:21:48 AM  
So the weather is getting better then?
 
2014-01-09 07:23:14 AM  
I remember a blizzard that hit when I was living in Virginia in the mid 1970s. There was a hill near our house that got completely iced over, to the point that you didn't even need a sled to slide down it. Kids were sliding down on pieces of cardboard. Getting back up the hill was tricky.
 
2014-01-09 07:26:13 AM  
I still use the blizzard of 1888 as a measure:

Four feet of snow in a 24-hour period
Day time temp of 9F
Wind gusts to 50mph
30-foot drifts

Different locations in New England had different amounts. Most residents in my town (in CT) were using their second story windows to exit their homes a week later.
 
2014-01-09 07:26:47 AM  
My family moved to Nebraska from SoCal in 1975 so we got to experience the Thanksgiving '75 and the '77 blizzards. Good times.
 
2014-01-09 07:29:51 AM  
In blizzard of '77
The cars were just lumps on the snow
And then later
Tripping in 7-11
The shelves were stretching out of control
 
2014-01-09 07:31:12 AM  
It's a Class Three Kill Storm!
 
2014-01-09 07:34:24 AM  
Nice of them to sneak a blizzard in between the constant fires. Gotta mix it up a bit.
 
2014-01-09 07:39:05 AM  

TrotlineDesigns:  "Global Warming causes the thaw of the Polar Vortex that Global Warming caused"?


ACCHHH!!

/brain freeze
 
2014-01-09 07:40:35 AM  
I sorta remember the blizzard of '77-it was cold and snowy and blowy in Syracuse, so I kinda didn't notice the difference.  I was also maybe six.  For the blizzard of '93 I was near the Canada / NY border north of the Adirondacks.  Unlike '77, there was way more snow and with all the wind, snowdrifts pretty much buried cars and buildings in places.  Think we saw 40" of snow in that storm--and we weren't even close to the top, with a fair number of sites south of us seeing as much as 60+" .  Like, ah, Syracuse again.

Still not as much fun as the '91 Rochester ice storm, though.  Losing power and water for a week plus was very educational for a kid of the burbs--well, maybe not, since I still live in the north.

Cardboard sleds are the bomb.  They move really fast, and have almost no directional control.  What more could you ask for in a sled as a young boy?
 
2014-01-09 07:47:36 AM  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Blizzard_of_1978

That snow storm start the BBS era which lead to inane online forums.
 
2014-01-09 07:48:54 AM  
The trick behind blizzards is to not live in a state or region where prolonged cold is a rare occurrence.

A Canadian telling me how easy any particular blizzard was is like a Floridian telling me that hurricanes are droll...the weather I deal with on a good summer here in the south would bring Vancouver to its knees but I don't gloat about it
 
2014-01-09 07:50:52 AM  
I wasn't in the area at the time, but my BIL tells of snowmobiling down a state route at the same level as the transformers on the power poles.

The '77 blizzard was unique in that there was so much snow on Lake Erie for the wind to pick up and deposit on land. "Actual" snowfall wasn't really that much.
 
2014-01-09 07:51:37 AM  
East Coasters had a blizzard in '78. The snow drifts were so high we literally went sledding from the peak of the roof of our 2 story house. Good times.
 
2014-01-09 07:55:59 AM  
Jimmy Griffin had it all under control during the Blizzard of '77!
 
2014-01-09 07:56:31 AM  
I was born in 77, so I am getting a kick...
 
2014-01-09 08:01:19 AM  

bighairyguy: skinnycatullus: My family moved from Tennessee to Chicago in 1978. Now that was a nasty winter. My Southern-born parents were NOT amused. I was 4, so I didn't really notice.

I moved to Chicago from Atlanta in January 1978, and they set an all time snow record that winter. I said to myself, if I made through that, I could make it through anything. The following winter, those records were broken, and the blizzard of '79 was the centerpiece. I kept my mouth shut after that.


I had a paper route in '78.  Normally collecting was a pain in the ass because half the people wouldn't answer the door.  Most people just didn't want to pay for their paper so they chose to screw over the 12 y.o. paperboy.  Anyway, the during the '78 snow I went out door to door with a shovel.  Everyone answer their door then I told them I was there collecting for the paper. Some people I hadn't seen in over 6 months.
 
2014-01-09 08:03:27 AM  

August11: I still use the blizzard of 1888 as a measure:

Four feet of snow in a 24-hour period
Day time temp of 9F
Wind gusts to 50mph
30-foot drifts

Different locations in New England had different amounts. Most residents in my town (in CT) were using their second story windows to exit their homes a week later.


My parents lived in Waterbury though the 1978 blizzard (I was a wee toddler), but 1888 is the stuff of legends.  Some storms are like fish stories, where the fish gets bigger and bigger the more the story gets told, but 1888 didn't need any help.  It was already Jaws.

1888 blizzard snow bridge "troll":
www.cthistoryonline.org
 
2014-01-09 08:05:01 AM  
My parents still have the book "White Death: the Blizzard of '77" on their shelf.  I read that a few times as a kid growing up in Welland, just across the border.  I was born in '79, so I don't remember it, but all my older relatives still talk about it.  Niagara didn't get hit too badly as the winds took the lake snow south.  My parents were just married in August of '76, so frankly I'm surprised I don't have an older sibling.
 
2014-01-09 08:10:51 AM  

Cybernetic: I remember a blizzard that hit when I was living in Virginia in the mid 1970s. There was a hill near our house that got completely iced over, to the point that you didn't even need a sled to slide down it. Kids were sliding down on pieces of cardboard. Getting back up the hill was tricky.


I lived in N. Virginia in the late 80's.  I worked in Tyson Corner and lived a mile or so east on Leesburg Pike.  There was a snow one evening, I'll guess about 3 inches, and it took over an hour to get home.  There was a small incline on Leesburg heading toward Tysons and it was a skating rink.
 
2014-01-09 08:11:05 AM  
I played that game:
www.adirondackalmanack.com

It was fairly fun.

You had to get one of each card on the left, hopefully before the blizzard started. If someone got the blizzard weather card, you flipped the board over and play got much much harder.
 
2014-01-09 08:14:15 AM  
That blizzard couldn't have been worse. It didn't have a name!
 
2014-01-09 08:14:30 AM  
It was also no monster lizard of '82.
 
2014-01-09 08:16:15 AM  
I was 5 when that blizzard hit us in Toledo. 5 ft drifts up our front door. We were lucky our power stayed on. I went to our park at the end of our street to play, and got stuck up to my neck in snow trying to wakk down a hill. I remember being tired, and pretty scared until a stranger walking down the road spotted me. He put me on his shoulders and walked me home. My folks were very upset I left our back yard without telling them. /I am still using the snow champ blower my dad bought that winter! Thing is a beast.
 
2014-01-09 08:16:39 AM  
The worst part of the blizzard of 77 is that I went and bought four sets of chains for the Vega.  Yeah.  Probably weren't even the right size.  The rednecks next door sat on their porch, drank their Coors(*) and laughed about that.  Then they passed out and froze to death.  The coroner played Tetris trying to stack their frozen bodies in to the ambulance.  "Aint no way I'm making two trips in this weather.  Get me a chainsaw.

Actually had my first car accident after the snow storm.  I was driving an Audi Fox at the time.  Slid through a stop sign, got tapped by a station wagon that slid across the intersection and wiped out a Pinto.  The station wagon driver didn't put in a claim and the Pinto driver settled for $1600.  Nowadays, the lawyers would have everyone suing each other.

(*) Coors wasn't available for sale in Illinois in 1977 but Redneck dad drove a truck.  In the shack behind the house, he stowed cases of the stuff in one room and the aluminum empties in the other.  If you wanted a beer, you just slipped past a couple of Blue Tick hounds and helped yourself.
 
2014-01-09 08:18:24 AM  

Muta: bighairyguy: skinnycatullus: My family moved from Tennessee to Chicago in 1978. Now that was a nasty winter. My Southern-born parents were NOT amused. I was 4, so I didn't really notice.

I moved to Chicago from Atlanta in January 1978, and they set an all time snow record that winter. I said to myself, if I made through that, I could make it through anything. The following winter, those records were broken, and the blizzard of '79 was the centerpiece. I kept my mouth shut after that.

I had a paper route in '78.  Normally collecting was a pain in the ass because half the people wouldn't answer the door.  Most people just didn't want to pay for their paper so they chose to screw over the 12 y.o. paperboy.  Anyway, the during the '78 snow I went out door to door with a shovel.  Everyone answer their door then I told them I was there collecting for the paper. Some people I hadn't seen in over 6 months.


I did the paperboy thing a decade before you and it wasn't any different back then, but I was in Southern California so the shovel thing wasn't really an option.
 
2014-01-09 08:22:16 AM  
well, guys.. here in Sweden it's +10C and rainy, like it has been since Oktober.

This is freak weather for January. Pink blossoms on trees, and I managed to take another harvest of rosemary, thyme and parsley for drying/freezing.

We haven't even had as much as a solid night's frost this winter.

Must mean -20C temps will drop, come Feb 1st
 
2014-01-09 08:23:12 AM  
I've never heard of this. Nor have I ever been adversely affected by bad weather until this year.

Makes me want to prep for the worst, that's for sure.
 
2014-01-09 08:24:47 AM  
In 77 my grandpa took us downtown to laugh at the people walking across the ohio river... then we did it.
 
2014-01-09 08:25:02 AM  
t0.gstatic.com
"Everyone below this line needs to be evacuated. Everyone above this line is already dead. We're stuck here in the middle. These states might be okay, they're balmy. New York is gonna have huge tidal waves that affect this whole area. "
 
2014-01-09 08:25:24 AM  
This was the block I lived on during the Blizzard of 77...

upload.wikimedia.org

I was on the other side of the street. The house in the picture was next to a golf course, and the wind just picked up all the snow from the golf course and piled it on the row of houses.
 
2014-01-09 08:25:26 AM  
I was there too - Chicago.
They had those flags attached to cars to see them around corners and drifts.

Made a killer igloo with a buddy, lasted for monthes.
 
2014-01-09 08:26:32 AM  

bighairyguy: I was in Southern California


You have no weather experience.
 
2014-01-09 08:27:41 AM  

Ooba Tooba: I was 5 when that blizzard hit us in Toledo. 5 ft drifts up our front door. We were lucky our power stayed on. I went to our park at the end of our street to play, and got stuck up to my neck in snow trying to wakk down a hill. I remember being tired, and pretty scared until a stranger walking down the road spotted me. He put me on his shoulders and walked me home. My folks were very upset I left our back yard without telling them. /I am still using the snow champ blower my dad bought that winter! Thing is a beast.


'78 that is.
 
2014-01-09 08:30:11 AM  
The blizzard of 77 is why they shut. Down. Everything. This year. The had a lot of issues with people stuck on the Skyway and it caused a lot of problems getting the roads cleared. This year if haven't heard of too many issues like that.
 
2014-01-09 08:30:23 AM  

maddogdelta: This was the block I lived on during the Blizzard of 77...



I was on the other side of the street. The house in the picture was next to a golf course, and the wind just picked up all the snow from the golf course and piled it on the row of houses.


Now THAT is snowed in. Yikes
 
2014-01-09 08:31:30 AM  
I believe this (or seeing Star Wars) is the first thing I remember, for two reasons - the snow had completely covered the front half of our tiny house, and the interior walls iced up.
 
2014-01-09 08:34:55 AM  
My brother and I were thrilled that we could jump off the roof of our house.  In retrospect, it still could have killed us but, hey, we were kids.
 
2014-01-09 08:40:31 AM  

DON.MAC: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Blizzard_of_1978

That snow storm start the BBS era which lead to inane online forums.


I remember that blizzard. I was a junior in HS and the snowfall and drifting kept us out of school for almost 3 weeks.
Good times

/northern Indiana
 
2014-01-09 08:45:52 AM  
I got stuck on the thruway - hiked to a farm and spent two days with a very nice family - we ate well - heated the house with a woodburning stove.  Played some scrabble and monopoly.  Actually a very nice couple of days.
 
2014-01-09 09:00:37 AM  
After the Blizzard of '77, a friend of mine and I walked up a snow drift to the roof of our school gymnasium. As it turned out neighbors snitched and we got busted by the cops. But seriously, we walked onto the roof of a gymnasium! Consider the snowdrift that makes that possible.
 
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