For our Snippet of Science History. Many people caught in “Winter Storm Juno” may have downed power lines, tall snow drifts, slippery roads, and no power. However, this is but a flurry compared to the Great Blizzard of 1888. Roofs caved in, power lines lined the sidewalks, and shoveling sidewalks was virtually impossible. Ladies’ petticoats got tangled and iced in folds and to the snow, resulting in many deaths and changes of fashion. It sparked a new idealism, along with new fashion safety measures. In those days, beauty could be deadly. Many died from being trapped and exposure. Hypothermia was not an uncommon fate during the blizzard. Neither was being trapped and suffocated. But, many new weather tools came up, making it possible to predict storm even days in advance which we call the “Computer Models“. They even have live videos of people in the snow. I saw a video of Mike Seidel from The Weather Channel being blown around, and my reaction was like, “Whoooooaaaaa!” So, next time you shovel out wet snow from the driveway, remember, it could be a lot worse!! Computer models, though not perfect, makes it possible for more accurate predictions in wether to get that much needed gallon of milk. P.S. We agree that it is a critical event to lose power and some of the other safety necessities. It’s an amazing world out there!!
Let’s go exploring!! Citations:
Slate(.com) & Wikipedia