Skip to comments.Survivors of the Blizzard of ’78 Mock the ‘Arctic Vortex’
Posted on 01/07/2014 5:58:17 PM PST by Hojczyk
mockery by nearly every Ohioan over the age of forty began on Facebook:
Well I see all the public schools in my area have already WIMPED OUT and cancelled school for the next two days because of . . . snow and ice and cold temperatures. Heavens. I guess the poor little dumplings cant take it. Is everyone going to cancel work too because its so cold?
I cant believe they cancelled already when the temps are still ok and not one flake has fallen. Hello Wussy USA!!!
My wife rode the bus from the time she and her sisters were in elementary school. If there were one or two foot snow drifts. . .if they could get the buses out of the barns. . .they went to school. Parents can walk or drive their kids. We are turning our kids into wimps nowadays.
I delivered newspapers when in snowstorms many times. I think the real problem is that parents want their kids to be protected every minute from the time they leave home. They probably have a greater chance of getting shot in school than getting frostbite but that is another issue.
Im only 20. But even I know things have happened a lot worse than what we have now. Its sad to see that weve come so far just to be so annoyingly weak.
blizzard caused the most complete disruption of transportation ever known to Ohio. Maj. Gen. James C. Clem of the Ohio National Guard reported the immobilization of Ohio was comparable to the results of a statewide nuclear attack. Prolonged blizzard conditions created enormous snowdrifts that stopped highway and rail transportation and isolated thousands of person. Air travel was stopped for two to three days by low visibility and deep snowdrifts on runways.
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The wimpification of the US is complete. First, blame the lawyers and the lawsuit lottery players.
But I drove to work that day in ‘78, made it a little late, but life went on.
A country of wimps..???? Yes
Bad traffic in 1978.
Needless to say the winter of 78-79 was cold but basically unexceptional.
I was a freshman at IU during the blizzard of 78. This storm was pretty good, but NOTHING compared to 78. The Indiana National Guard had to use their M60 tanks to pull stranded vehicles out of the drifts. They were the only things that could get though. If the liquor stores hadn’t stayed open I don’t how we could have survived.
Yet more evidence — as if any were needed — why the voting age needs to be restored to 21.
The blizzard of ‘78. That was a doozy by cracky.
Different animals. I was in Connecticut during the ‘78 snow. It was a serious problem, but it didn’t get as cold. Yes, the several feet of snow (ours came halfway up our front door, which was three feet off of the ground) means you really aren’t going anywhere. But several days of -20 makes its own problems. This morning, car #1 (’98 Buick Park Ave) wouldn’t get warm or defrost, so I went for car #2 (’94 Chevy Caprice Wagon), which was blowing warm, not hot. I stopped to get gas (leaving the engine running, common here during winter) and as I was wiping the windows (which also frosted on the inside), steam poured out from under the hood (broken hose or heater core). I was barely able to get the car to my mechanic. I managed to get car #1 going, but this is more than a wimpy thing to deal with. When it gets this cold, THINGS BREAK.
Lived in the Rochester Gulag of the Peoples republic of NY at the time
Made it to work everyday, but it did, along with some other factors cause me to join the AF that spring
Had to get out, weather being a factor.
Never looked back. God Bless TX :)
The “Blizzard of ‘78”. Awesome.
“Our Country wont go on forever, if we stay soft as we are now. There wont be any AMERICA because some foreign soldier will invade us and take our women and breed a hardier race!” Chesty Puller
Survivor of the Blizzard of ‘78 here. I had no problems, but my girlfriend’s brother had to abandon his car on Route 128, and by the time he found it again, it had been flattened by a snowplow.
I am in Minnesota. I currently sit in my work truck outside an outlet mall waiting for a manager to come back and let me in so I can do some upgrades to their pos system.
See.. they closed early because it was “cold”. air temp at the moment is +4. Its not just one store. Everyone but one store closed at 4.
Ill say it. Many of us have turned in to a bunch of pussys. Yesterday was a complete waste to. Everyone canceled. I billed each and everyone one of them. My truck was warmed up and ready to go when the calls came in. I drove to two sites that didn’t bother to tell me not to go.
My contract says go unless they tell you otherwise. So I went.
Ok, so a bunch of people who remember ‘78 (as I do) are telling me it’s not dangerous outside because, well, they remember ‘78.
Blizzard of ‘78? Try the Blizzard of ‘88 - 1888.
Akron, Ohio Jan 78:
I remember looking out the front window of our house (which faced east) and seeing the drapes of the neighbor’s picture window flapping wildly. The wind load had imploded the glass.
With great effort we were able to nail a 4x8 plywood over the opening.
Uh, I think the concern this time was with the cold (wind chills of -50 degrees), not the amount of snow.
I can’t say that I get the point of the article.
They covered weather as a big deal back in the 1970s as well.
Dan Rather became famous in 1961 because he was covering my weather, as my local weatherman.
Every generation has a storm to remember.
I found my sister about half way home and we made it home safe. She was in 4th grade. My dad made it home only to be activated. (National Guard). I remember getting stuck in the driveway on Saturday because my mom insisted that I go to catechism class. LOL
The blizzard of 78 WAS a big deal.
The snowstorm of 14 (aka Polar Vortex Storm Ion) ISN’T a big deal but is reported as one.
We had both in Cental Indiana this weekend; 12 inches of snow then 2 days of -40 wind chill. But in 78, it went on with waves of snow for weeks and covered the whole midwest and much of the northeast.
Haha I was 11 during 78 in the boondocks of indiana and we enjoyed making tunnels in the snow that my 6’1” dad could stand up straight in. I drove an hour to work both ways yesterday and today (no lie) in Ohio and was disappointed by the callins made at work - expected sterner stuff.
Yeah, I don’t remember the Blizzard of ‘78 as being particularly cold, just a lot of snow. And the window of my dorm room froze shut and I couldn’t get it open again until Spring.
Ice happens, back when weatherman Thomas Jefferson was recording various weather measurements the winter of 1779-1780 was really brutal.
I used to like to drive down the old back country roads with my lights off (back then there was zero traffic) Just to admire the beauty of the snow-covered fields.
We are all fighting this cold the best we can.
Today it only reached 72 here, and while I used the whole house fan to try and replace the cold that had accumulated through the night, is is still only 68 in the house, and with temperatures outside predicted to reach down to 47, well... I don’t have to tell you brother.....it’s tough all over man.
It is pretty. So long as the idiots and wimps stay off the roads. :)
I remember the blizzard of 1966 in the Northeast. I lived in Rochester, NY at the time. There was so much snow that the roads were closed. We didn’t have a car, and relied on the bus to get to work, but they weren’t running either. In order to clear the streets, they had to bring in payloaders to load the snow onto dump trucks and take it away.
Blizzard of 78
The blizzard of ‘78 was awesome for us because we were all home and didn’t lose electricity.
Some weren’t as lucky.
Most snow I’ve ever seen and I’ve been around a long time.
They still use that method in Minnesota.
The Feb 1978, blizzard in New England was one for the record books. I visited a couple of weeks after and there were still mountains of snow, 15 feet high, on the Common in Boston. We have become a nation of wimps. But it is what people vote for because they have been indoctrinated by the Big wimps to believe they need to be dependent. Pray for our once great country.
I survived the blizzard in Buffalo which began on jan 28, 1977. 15 below zero, 100 mile an hour winds and 24 inches of snow on top of the 42 already on the ground. Worked 5 miles from home, took 3 days to get there, Wimps here in Louisville closed the schools with a half inch of snow and 2 below zero.
The year 1918 began with two enterprising gentlemen playing a golf game on the frozen waters of Raritan Bay. By Jan. 6, the intense cold had made the ice so thick that thousands were out on the bay, and at least four automobiles drove around the lighthouse and back to Amboy.
That’s Pennsylvania, isn’t it? Heck, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre are like that even in clear weather.
No, that’s Route 138 near Route 128, near Boston. Both had hundreds of cars which were stranded and abandoned because the roads were blocked. As I mentioned in another posting, my girlfriend’s brother lost his car in the snow on Route 128. Think he was near Dedham.
“The snowstorm of 14 (aka Polar Vortex Storm Ion) ISNT a big deal but is reported as one.”
Tell me about it. My relatives who moved to Arizona years ago keep calling me to check up on me to see if I’m okay. I’m keep telling them: we had a few feet of snow, and it’s cold, no different than any other winter in Chicago.
The 1991 Halloween blizzard. Went into work. Literally had to dig a tunnel through the snow to get to the door.
On February 12, snow started falling from Fort Myers and Tampa in Florida west towards New Orleans. Blizzard conditions were reported north of Tampa along the west coast of Florida due to ocean-effect snow.
The storm crossed the Florida peninsula and intensified as it rapidly moved up the Eastern United States. High Point, North Carolina, recorded 10-12" (2530 cm) of snow, and temperatures as low as 10 °F (−12 °C) on the 11th, 5 °F (−15 °C) on the 13th, and 3 °F (−16 °C) on the 14th. It was said to be the coldest weather known to the oldest inhabitants. Washington, D.C., recorded its all-time record single snowfall of 20.5 inches (52 cm), though it was later broken.
Cape May, New Jersey, recorded 34 inches (86 cm), which is the highest single storm snowfall total ever in New Jersey, in what is normally the least-snowy part of the state.
The port of New Orleans was completely iced over by February 13, with ice floes reportedly floating out of the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico. On February 14 the city experienced its coldest ever Mardi Gras reading of 7 °F (−14 °C). The Krewe of Rex Parade was delayed while snow was removed from the route.
Also on February 14, the low temperature in Miami was 29 °F (−2 °C), the second-coldest (and the first sub-30) temperature that the city has ever recorded.
It took big Caterpillar loaders to clear a path through the eight foot drifts. Snowplows were a joke. Some people waited 10 days before they could leave their house.
I know 1978 was a big deal, as was my 1961 Hurricane Carla down on the coast, but my point was that extreme (or not so extreme) weather is always a big deal, and this is plenty enough extreme weather to fill the news for a few days, it is sure bigger than Super Bowls and the latest movie, or the latest normal fill local media uses, people love this stuff, they are having minor adventures and are all sharing in the experience, at least this is reality.
The weather industry and TV weather is not sitting on a shelf waiting to be relevant and entertaining every 30 years, or every other generation.
My dad was stationed at Minot AFB in the late ‘60s - early ‘70s.
I remember getting on the school bus in -20 with blowing snow quite often. School was always open, regardless of the weather conditions. I walked home from school several days when it was -15 or -20 and the snow flakes hit my face so hard they stung.
We didn’t think a thing about it. That was just the deal.
The only exception was one Sunday morning when my sister and I were getting ready for Sunday school. CE trucks canvassed the neighborhood announcing that everyone must remain indoors because the wind chill was -77.
so we have this facebook thread going with parents rightfully mocking the local school district decision to close today because it might reach single digit cold. We had one weepy parent whine about income disparity and that the schools should close until all children have coats and gloves because some people can’t afford them. The stupid was so thick that I had to walk away.
Kind of looks like my door this past October out here in South Dakota. Electricity went out on a Friday, we were lucky it came back on Sunday.
What state was it?
Now, THAT was a blizzard! We were snowed in for a couple of days, and then I had to travel toward Dayton, but could only get on the wrong side of the divided highway (US 35). Traveled nearly 15 miles before I ever saw another vehicle. It was an unbelievable storm.
You remember that? It was a big 'un, but I only know it by reputation.