MONDAY, OCTOBER 5TH, 2020.-
THE SCHOOLHOUSE BLIZZARD (THE CHILDREN'S BLIZZARD
🖊 WEATHER HISTORY 📸 ONLYINYOURSTATE
One of the most tragic blizzards on this list, the Schoolhouse Blizzard was so deadly because it came unexpectedly during a warm day. Because of this, many people who ventured outside weren’t properly dressed for the arctic weather that was on the way. When the arctic air mixed with air that was packed with moisture from the south, blizzard conditions were created extremely quickly, causing temperatures to drop from above freezing to -40°F in the course of the same day.
Because so many people were out and about, namely school children, a lot of them were caught in the blizzard and died of hypothermia. Many teachers in one-room schoolhouses decided to send children home, while others were kept in the school. By the end of the storm, about 230 people, most of them children, were dead.
A book was written named The Children’s Blizzard documenting this tragic event.