12 Fantastic Pictures of Blizzards

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A woman walks against the blizzard in Dongfanghong Town, northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, Dec. 4, 2012. Blizzard hit eastern Heilongjiang early Tuesday and will continue to sweep northeastern areas in Heilongjiang. Wang Kai/Xinhua/Photoshot/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: ptsphotoshottwo004484

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.

Scroll down for more snow-filled pictures, and be sure to check out more blizzardy scenes back at Newscom.

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The Great Blizzard of 1888 (March 11-March 14, 1888) was one of the most severe blizzards in United States recorded history. Snowfalls of 40-50 inches (102-127 cm) fell in parts of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut, and sustained winds of over 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) produced snowdrifts in excess of 50 feet (15.2 m). Railroads were shut down and people were confined to their houses for up to a week. People tried to go to work for fear of losing their jobs. Almost 30 of them in New York alone froze to death on their way home after they found there was no electricity. In this photo near the U.S. Capitol a man stands by snow hut, after blizzard of 1888, with U.S. Capitol in background, Washington, D.C. The Library of Congress Prints &/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: rollcallpix045160

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Statues at the Korean War Veterans’ Memorial are covered in thick snow during a heavy snowstorm in Washington DC, USA, 10 February 2010. Weather forecasts predict the current storm will bring ten to twenty inches in the Washington DC area. Authorities have called a snow emergency and are already struggling to recover from last weekend’s blizzard, dubbed ‘Snowmageddon’, that slammed the nation’s capitol with nearly three feet of snow in some areas. MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com:epaphotosthree997794

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A car is buried in snow off a roadway near Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, USA 20 December 2012. Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency in Wisconsin, mobilizing the Wisconsin National Guard as some areas are expecting up to 14 inches of snow with blizzard conditions. JEFFREY PHELPS/EPA/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: epaphotos686197

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Walking through Blizzard conditions during the second major snow storm within a weeks time in south central Pennsylvania, Feb 09, 2010. Gary Dwight Miller/ZUMAPRESS/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaglobalthree362757

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Snow covered cars are seen after a sever winter storm dumped 20-30 inches on the Washington metro area, in Washington on February 6, 2010. KEVIN DIETSCH/UPI/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: upiphotos991339

If your car is snowed in, why waste a day at the office? Just cross-country ski your way into work!

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A man sledges amid a snowstorm on Consititution Avenue in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, Feb. 6, 2010. A likely record-setting blizzard wrapped the mid-Atlantic area of the United States on Saturday, leaving the nation’s capital area paralyzed and thousands of families without electricity. Xinhua/ZUMApress/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericassix740081

Now if you’re thinking about complaining about your job, just remember the penguin. At least the uniform is weather-appropriate…

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A person in a penguin suit wearing a sandwich board walks on Conneticut Ave February 6, 2010 in Washington, DC. A huge blizzard dumped a blanket of thick snow over the US east coast Saturday, paralyzing the region and snapping power lines to thousands of people as hazardous roads killed at least two. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: afplivethree179840

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?)

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People charge one another armed with snowballs during a large snowball fight involving about 100 people on Dupont Circle in Washington DC, USA, 10 February 2010. Weather forecasts predict the current storm will bring ten to twenty inches in the Washington DC area. Authorities have called a snow emergency and are already struggling to recover from last weekend’s blizzard, dubbed ‘Snowmageddon’, that slammed the nation’s capitol with nearly three feet of snow in some areas. MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: epaphotosthree997610

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A woman digs her car out of the snow February 7, 2010 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Residents of the US east coast began digging out from under a thick blanket of snow Sunday after a record-breaking blizzard paralyzed Washington and the region, snapping power to 350,000 residents and killing two people. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: afplivethree181093

I assume this is what it’s always like in Canada…eh?

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Jan 22, 2005. Toronto , ON, CANADA; Two hours in a outdoor soccer match can be measured by the amount of ice on SLAVA KAPOUSTINE. Blizzard like conditions (heavy snow and a -30 wind chill could not keep this group from their weekly soccer match. January 22, 2005. Steve Russell/ZUMA Press/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericassix920444

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Washington Square Park scene during the Blizzard of 2010 on February 10, 2010 in New York, NY United States. UPPA/ZUMApress/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericassix723870

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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