Juno Storming In!

Blizzard of 1888
Blizzard of 1888

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. Blizzard 1888 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

50 Comments Add yours

  1. The Long View always gives us the best view! Nice post!!

  2. Morag says:

    Do you have a bigger version of the photo – I’m finding it hard to see and am curious to see it 🙂

  3. Morag says:

    I apologise. I misread your original reply as meaning you had fixed it in some way and wanted me to take another look. I will wait until you have changed it and then come back and look again. Have fun!

  4. Done!! Thank you so very much for taking the time!

  5. Morag says:

    Love the pic 🙂

  6. Just off the phone with my folks in Maine. Snow is piling up quickly. They are safe and warm. You are right, it could be so much worse!

  7. Also, I can “like” your post in my Reader, but not here on your blog. Just in case you didn’t know.

  8. It’s just amazing that we can plan what to do because of the science behind it! What do you think about the science behind it?

  9. Well, I have to admit to past frustration with the Irish meteorologist for being so wrong, so often. I don’t watch the weather forecast anymore (I’m quite happy with rain or shine or snow anyway). Just when travelling off the island it is nice to know what to expect on the 45 minute ferry ride–how rough a sea expected matters to me. My husband assures me that with the weather coming from the Atlantic, it is changeable without much notice and that is why. I am from Maine and used to County forecasts that are fairly accurate. Here, the forecast is nationwide and hard to rely on.
    I have memories of the excitement by the local weather man (Dave Santoro was his name) when he started using Doplar radar technology–that may be obsolete by now, probably fifteen years ago? I honestly don’t know much about the science behind it but have certainly benefited and I do appreciate and respect it.

  10. I only mentioned because you have control over this (maybe you chose to not have a like button following your post?). Just in case you didn’t know. Xx

  11. Now it is all about the computer models! They don`t all agree but at least they are close.
    We have not heard the term dopplar radar in a while. 24 hour weather coverage with the weather channel has raised the stakes.
    Nice chatting with you!

  12. I only see a “like” for comments/replies, not for the post alone. For folks who don’t have a comment but want to let you know they like/support the post, I see no “like” button. It is in the Settings-sharing of dashboard. Looks like this:

    WordPress.com Likes are
    On for all posts
    Turned on per post

    and you tick one or the other.

  13. Thank you! Just fixed that!

  14. We don’t know what happened! Looking into what to do….thanks.

  15. Good Woman says:

    I love the discussion of the storm of 1888. I have a picture in my mind of the women’s petticoats getting tangled and iced to the snow. I can understand why that should cause changes in fashion.

  16. So true. We have to take a peek at that! Than you for letting us know!

  17. Good Woman says:

    I am a little confused by these last two posts–were your answers directed to me?

  18. Yes! Did you mention that you had a post on cumbersome womens’ clothes and how they were a hazard in snow…sorry if we misunderstood.

  19. Good Woman says:

    I see now. No, I was referring to your comment on the women’s petticoats getting iced–it brought up in my mind a picture of what that must have been like. And in my mind it was quite comical.

  20. Ha! Ha! Got it. Well thank you.

  21. Greetings! I liked (didn’t see a button either, to let you know) your story. Being in the very area where the storm has passed through in the last 24 hours (and my coursin is still in it out in Boston.) It snowed for near to 30 hours. But we’re safe. And yes, many have been worse. We’ve gotten to see some interesting comparisons between the models as one of our local weathermen posts during these storms to help us keep up on what is local, as opposed to the larger area. It’s really fascinating, now that the models can be shared with us via the internet.

    Thank you for yet another terrific post! I also noted that you’ve got something on Ebola, which has been of great interest to me since “The Hot Zone” came out. I’ll be heading over to read it! 🙂

  22. Thank you so much for stopping by. Like they say it is not over till it’s over and then you see the real effects of the storm. We are glad you are OK.

  23. desleyjane says:

    Very ‘cool’ post 😄
    I can’t even imagine so much snow! We have torrential rain and large scale flooding here sometimes, but snow?!? Amazing! Hope everyone is ok over there!!

  24. Thanks for stopping by. Everyone seems to be holding up ok. The damages are always really noticed after the fact. Snow is amazing!!

  25. desleyjane says:

    I will take a look at the news today and see the snow!

  26. You should see meteorologist Mike Seidel being blown around. The Weather Channel is insane. Nice chatting with you. Feel good!!

  27. Itchy Quill says:

    Sounds scary! I’ve only recently moved to a land where the weather can be monstrous. Thank god for those computer models! 🙂

  28. Where are you! Monstrous sounds worst than scary….lol!

  29. Thats a great article. Hoop skirts went out of fashion also because woman could not move around very well in them. In the City Tavern of Philadelphia, the men were downstairs drinking and smoking when a fire broke out upstairs. Most of the woman died because they could not get down the stairs in their hoop skirts. The building burned to the ground.

  30. It’s amazing the horrors women have gone through in the name of fashion.

  31. jabrush1213 says:

    Juno was definitely a brutal storm to endure. The amount of snow accumulation in the small amount of time. Not to mention the clean up that is still going on today.

  32. It is so true! Some of these weather events you have to live through them to believe them.

  33. maristravels says:

    Great article and adds to the sum of human knowledge BUT, I presume this is in the USA. For we folk who live on different continents, a little nudge in this direction would help.

  34. emmalmoore says:

    That was interesting information I didn’t know. Great job.

  35. Thank you. More fun coming this way!!

  36. This was an amazing storm for me. I am visiting my brother in Virginia and haven’t seen a snow storm like this since I was a child growing up in Michigan. Having lived in Oklahoma most of the past 40 years. Having experienced the maxi skirt of the early 70’s vs the snow, I can imagine the ladies of the late 19th century and their plight.
    Have a great day!

  37. Faraday's Candle says:

    We were in the outskirts of the storm so the girls and family were able to actually enjoy it.
    There were so many people that were severely impacted by it even though they were prepared.

    Ate you guys still having problems because of the storm? It must have been impressive.

  38. We were really blessed with minimal amount of problems. We are east of the worst. Received about 5-6″ of snow with a bit of ice. Very pretty to see. The worst was driving conditions. My niece’s wedding was Saturday.

  39. Faraday's Candle says:

    Oh my for the wedding. Hope everyone was safe.

    have you seen the youtube time lapse videos of the snow storm.
    They are amazing!

  40. All safe. Everyone was here before the storm hit. A few plane delays yesterday. We return to Oklahoma today. I’ll have to check out the video’s.

  41. Faraday's Candle says:

    Wonderful!
    Keep in touch!

  42. I am so great full we missed this latest deluge of snow. It is not too often a storm is that close but misses us entirely. Enjoyed your post!

  43. Faraday's Candle says:

    Did you see the time lapse videos of the snow on youtube. Amazing!
    Thank you so very much for stopping by.

  44. No but I’ll look for them. We had so much snow, ice and subzero temperatures last year I’m grateful for the mild weather this year!

  45. Faraday's Candle says:

    It has been nice to have milder weather in our area too!

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