This is a discussion on Blizzard? No, THIS Was a Blizzard: "THE WHITE DEATH": within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; The Blizzard of '77 in Buffalo, NY is the only blizzard I've been through - and never before or since have I seen anything remotely ...
The Blizzard of '77 in Buffalo, NY is the only blizzard I've been through - and never before or since have I seen anything remotely like it. It was like being on Mars. 10 died freezing to death in cars, another 15 or more from accidents caused by the blizzard, and more from heart attacks etc. Called the White Death it was a killer. Temps were often at wind-chills of -60 degrees, think the low one was minus 70 degrees, winds at steady 45mph with gusts to 70mph, real temps below 0.
Foolishly my then girlfriend and me took a short walk in a lull - any exposed flesh at once had searing pain, the wind picked up and the lull was over. We were but 4' apart and couldn't find each other. The cold made our hearts pound, hard to breathe ... we were completely disoriented. Horrible. We finally found one diner open because the owner couldn't get out. We stayed 4 hrs until another lull and then fought our way back home. A fire truck couldn't get down a street. A pumper, water being pumped froze at once and pumps kept sending more water only to also freeze. Took 2 weeks to chop the giant ice-cube thus formed and get the truck out. The truck blocked all other fire vehicles and the street's houses burned up.
These pics don't really show it because it was over when they were taken, (It lasted almost two full days and nights straight). Now, not to belittle all the people in trouble, serious trouble, due this last storm, THIS was a blizzard:
The White Death:
Struggling Around Tops of Cars:
Firemen Try To Save Buried House From Collapsing
Traffic Lights at Intersection
Shoveling The Car Out
Walk in the Neighborhood
Last edited by detective; February 9th, 2013 at 10:26 PM.
My brother went out with a crew from our fire company for a week. He was injured when an ambulance slammed into the firetruck he was on.
For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the son of man be. Mathew 24:27
Wow, those are incredible pictures! Buffalo knows how to have a blizzard! Terrible loss of life though. I hope the people going through this one stay safe and weather the storm.
I used to live in New England and they have been on my mind today with the snow.. but I still have to have some fun.
How New Englanders prepare for a blizzard video.
Also, don't forge to roll up windows, close sun roofs, etc in the snow...
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If in area with bad winters carry a sleeping bag, thick blankets in trunk + a candle and means to light it (not butane lighter which may not work in zero or less weather - but wood matches). Even a candle can keep you from freezing to death.
Since '77 I do now in winter. A cell phone may not help: police ride in cars too, may not be able to get to you or find you (look at some of those pics of buried cars.)
We got about 16-20 inches but it's hard to tell with the snow drifts. Still without power and the local gas stations are empty. Alot of broken trees. More of a pain in the butt than anything. Just got to use your head and sometimes be creative. We have some good neighbors so we all work together.
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”
― Abraham Lincoln
A first hand report.
Don't forget the TP.
If you run out, the Girls will make you get out no matter how bad the storm or deep the snow.
We got 3+ feet in two nights while I was in AK, a rarity for the dead of winter there in the interior, but everyone broke out the shovels and plows and worked thru it without complaint. Well, except fot some aching backs.
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Lighten up and enjoy life because:
Paranoia strikes deep, into your life it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid... Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth
Geez. That looks like the U.P. in...I think it was '96-97?, except all at once!
I'll bet Buffalo has some of same kind of equipment they have in Houghton. You know the snow is going away when you see all that stuff that looks like major earth-moving equipment come out. They can erase feet of snow in no time at all.
Sorry to hear about the loss of life. Snow is like the ocean: it can be fun to play in, but it can kill you pretty darn fast, which is why you never turn your back to it (the ocean that is).