With a name like Nemo, how bad could this upcoming, potentially historic blizzard coming to New England be? All that comes to mind is a cute little animated clown fish… with one small fin. Or rather, perhaps the weather forecasters were thinking of the vengeful Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea? Whichever the case, the media hype has begun, and this mischievous winter nor’easter is fast approaching.
As with any extreme weather, blizzards can wreak havoc on our everyday lives. With sustained and frequent wind gusts of 35 miles per hour or more, as well as drifting and blinding snow, blizzards can cause serious damage, injuries and even take lives. The deadliest blizzard in history, is said to be the 1972 Iran Blizzard. Lasting about 6 days, and dumping as much as 26 feet of snow in parts of Southern Iran, the result was about 4,000 dead.
Other historic blizzards include the 2011 Groundhogs Day Blizzard, the 1997 April Fools Day Blizzard, the 1940 Armistice Day Blizzard, and the Great Blizzard of 1888. As you’ll see from some of the pictures below it seems as though some people (who obviously had built snow huts as a kid), were not worried about being warm and cozy during what was also known as the Great White Hurricane. I suppose we could all take a lesson in igloo-making from the Inuit so when the next big winter storm comes along, we’ll be prepared!
The Weather Channel decided later last year that it will start naming these large winter storms, but no more than three days before the expected impact. These names are partly to help raise awareness for potentially hazardous conditions, and partly for social media. I mean creating buzz is as simple as adding a hashtag and a clever name…take #snowpocalypse for example. So now along with Nemo, we’ll have Athena, Brutus, Gandolf and more, for all the strong winter storms to come.
If your car is snowed in, why waste a day at the office? Just cross-country ski your way into work!
Now if you’re thinking about complaining about your job, just remember the penguin. At least the uniform is weather-appropriate…
It’s not all “Snowmageddon” worries. These folks know that no one is ever too old to have a snowball fight! (P.S. that guy in the background is really winding up! Pent up frustration anyone?)
I assume this is what it’s always like in Canada…eh?
This snowman sure knows how to take in winter storms with style! And just for fun, check out this other kind of blizzard…the delicious kind!
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