The Children’s Blizzard, a book by a man named David Laskin, is “the gripping story of an epic prairie snowstorm that killed hundreds of newly arrived settlers and cast a shadow on the promise of the American frontier.”
My mother’s grandparents had arrived the year before, in 1887, from Germany with two of their children, Emil and Otillie, who was named after an aunt. What happened to these two no one knows. I’ve been looking and looking for years.
Obviously, death must have taken them away, since besides the immigration paperwork, they are never mentioned again. Did they get caught up in the blizzard like so many others? I will keep hunting for details. They deserve to be remembered and their stories told.
Wish I had my own train for the neighborhood snowball fights back in the day.
Another ‘Special Weather Statement’!?
How many of these have we had this winter?
Special Weather Statement for Seattle and Vicinity, Washington
Issuing Office: Seattle/Tacoma
Source: National Weather Service
6:47am PST, Fri Mar 3
… LOWLAND SNOW SHOWERS AND LOCALIZED SNOW ACCUMULATIONS LIKELY FROM SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY… A RETURN TO COLD AND SHOWERY WEATHER IS EXPECTED…
It really is difficult to read ALL CAPS, so I am gonna convert it over using a handy online tool.
… Lowland snow showers and localized snow accumulations likely from Saturday through Monday… A return to cold and showery weather is expected from tonight through Monday morning. The air mass should be sufficiently cold to support snow showers over the lowlands, especially during the cooler morning hours from Saturday through Monday. It is too early to pinpoint specific snowfall amounts and locations. So the main message right now is simply to expect hit-and-miss snowfall accumulations around 1 inch or less at almost any time from Saturday through Monday. The cooler morning hours represent the more likely time of day to get accumulating snow. Air temperatures will generally be above freezing, so any snow accumulations are likely to melt a few hours after occurring.
Kudos to my hardy, gutsy ancestors
It’s great to see the snowpack recover so well after just one year. Nature is a curious and unpredictable force.
Thunder-snow, wind, snow drifts . . . So glad I’m out West, where the weather is wet, but reasonable.
NEAR THE TINY TOWN OF PICABO —
“Thousands of snowballs rolled in a flat central Idaho field look like the work of hundreds of ambitious kids – except there are no human tracks. . . . A rare weather event caused the spontaneous snowballs . . . ”
Hey, AP, I want pictures! Or video. Something!
“Clean living, and wine, women and money.” — the keys to a long life, according to a 101-year-old Richard Mann of St. Paul, Minnesota, who still shovels his own driveway and sidewalk, and his neighbor’s, too
“This is an inspiration to a lot of people to get up, get out and get something.” — his neighbor
“And kindness is the key to having a successful and good life.” — his daughter
The final sentence sold me completely on this man.
“Mann . . . swears by bacon and eggs for breakfast every day.”