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Weather Word Wednesday : Blizzard

Seems fitting that the word for today should be Blizzard! Last night a massive snowstorm blanketed much of the Midwest United States, and has left many without power or stuck in places they don’t want to be. Flights have been canceled, schools closed, and general mayhem was experienced by all!

A blizzard, according to Wikipedia, is “a severe storm condition characterized by strong winds and reduced visibility. By definition, the difference between blizzard and a snowstorm is the strength of the wind. To be a blizzard, a snow storm must have winds in excess of 56 km/h (35 mph) with blowing or drifting snow which reduces visibility to 400 meters or ¼ mile or less and must last for a prolonged period of time — typically three hours or more.”

Last night certainly counted as a blizzard. As the people who experienced 25 foot waves crashing on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago. Or the literally thousands of motorists stranded on the roads. This was one of the worst blizzards in history, and the full impact is yet to be realized.

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