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(Buffalo News)   Son, I knew the Blizzard of '77, and you were no Blizzard of '77   ( buffalonews.com) divider line
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2014-01-09 12:53:35 AM  
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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 08:25:24 AM  
2 votes:
This was the block I lived on during the Blizzard of 77...

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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 07:50:52 AM  
2 votes:
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 09:24:23 AM  
1 vote:
1966 was worse.
2014-01-09 08:45:52 AM  
1 vote:
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 08:30:23 AM  
1 vote:

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 08:18:24 AM  
1 vote:

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 07:55:59 AM  
1 vote:
Jimmy Griffin had it all under control during the Blizzard of '77!
2014-01-09 07:51:37 AM  
1 vote:
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 07:40:35 AM  
1 vote:
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 07:26:13 AM  
1 vote:
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 07:19:20 AM  
1 vote:
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 06:56:41 AM  
1 vote:
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"?
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