Monday, March 17, 2014



Think we’ve got it bad this year? It’s true—it has snowed quite a few times this winter, but we haven’t really had a monster snowstorm as yet. Our ancestors did in 1888, though…

The Great Blizzard of 1888 (March 11 – March 14, 1888) was a blizzard to remember. Snowfalls of 20–60 inches fell in parts of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, while sustained winds of more than 45 miles per hour produced snowdrifts up to 50 feet in height. Railroads and other modes of transport were shut down and people confined to their houses for a week or more (hope they stocked up on milk and eggs, the way St. Louis people do when the forecast calls for 2 or 3 inches of the white stuff)…

Wikipedia—Great Blizzard of 1888:


HG: History, Geography, & Travel Room (Central Library)
BGL: Business, Government, & Law Room (Central Library)
ST: Stacks (Central Library)

DA: Julia Davis Branch
KI: Kingshighway Branch


Title: Adventures, blizzards, and coastal calamities.
Author/Compiler: Snow, Edward Rowe.
Local Call Number: ST—974
Publication Date: 1978.
Format: Books.

Title: The blizzard of '88.
Author/Compiler: Werstein, Irving.
Local Call Number: ST—974.71
Publication Date: 1960.
Format: Books.

Title: Disaster! a history of earthquakes, floods, plagues, and other catastrophes.
Author/Compiler: Withington, John.
Local Call Number: KI—909
Publication Date: 2010.
Format: Books.

Title: The everything weather book: from daily forecasts to blizzards, hurricanes, and tornadoes: all you need to know to be your own weatherman.
Author/Compiler: Cantrell, Mark.
Local Call Number: DA, KI—551.6
Publication Date: 2002.
Format: Books.

Title: The great blizzard of 1888.
Author/Compiler: Strong, Samuel Meredith and Marion Overton.
Local Call Number: ST—974.71
Publication Date: 1938.
Format: Books.

Title: Killer weather: stories of great disasters.
Author/Compiler: Smith, Howard Everett.
Local Call Number: ST—973
Publication Date: 1982.
Format: Books.

Title: New York in the blizzard, March, 1888.
Author/Compiler: Jennings, N. A.
Local Call Number: ST—974.71
Publication Date: 1888.
Format: Books.

Title: Weather; practical, dramatic and spectacular facts about a little studied subject.
Free, Edward Elway, and Travis Hoke.
Local Call Number: ST—551.5
Publication Date: 1928.
Format: Books.

Title: When nature strikes: weather disasters and the law.
Author/Compiler: Baum, Marsha L.
Local Call Number: BGL—344.73
Publication Date: 2007.
Format: Books.

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