How many inches do you think is a blizzard?
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January 2, 2014 1:16 pm at 1:16 pm #611734
When answering please say which region of the country you grew up in.January 2, 2014 1:57 pm at 1:57 pm #999126DaMosheParticipant
I grew up in NY.
A blizzard is not defined by the amount of snow falling. It depends on the wind, visibility, and length of the storm. To be a blizzard, it must have sustained winds or frequent gusts over 35 mph, visibility of less than a quarter mile, and last for a “prolonged time”, usually defined as a minimum of 3 hours.January 2, 2014 2:08 pm at 2:08 pm #999127
a blizzard is what I woke up to this morning but my kids have school anyway AARRRGGG!January 2, 2014 2:22 pm at 2:22 pm #999128farrockgrandmaParticipant
The definition is not by inches of snow, but by a combination of snow and sustained wind speeds.January 2, 2014 3:19 pm at 3:19 pm #999129miritchkaMember
A blizzard, in my opinion, is when my boss decides the office is closed…January 2, 2014 3:38 pm at 3:38 pm #999130oomisParticipant
What’s the difference? An inch of snow, ten feet of snow, I still can’t walk in it.January 2, 2014 4:24 pm at 4:24 pm #999131
Agreed, Syag. But it’s light snow. And the traffic is moving. Just wish the Lake effect would run it’s course and stop adding to the totals already!!January 2, 2014 5:10 pm at 5:10 pm #999132
midwesterner – I just turned off of a main street into the Target lot and found my van facing the street I had just turned off of. That was almost a 360 in a huge van!
My husband is returning convention stuff to camp, I think he’s on the fifth hour of his 3 hour drive.January 2, 2014 5:18 pm at 5:18 pm #999133PBTMember
2 inches per hour resulting in a 10 inch or more depth.January 2, 2014 5:57 pm at 5:57 pm #999134Israeli ChareidiParticipant
Actually, that would be 180 degrees. (Unless it was a REALLY big van…).January 2, 2014 7:58 pm at 7:58 pm #999135
Israeli Chareidi – It WAS a really big van . . . but you are right. A complete about face.
we’ve gotten 9 inches so far, but I think the others are right. It’s been spread out over too many hours to be blizzard material.January 3, 2014 12:43 am at 12:43 am #999136squeakParticipant
I grew up in Jurassic Park and its got to be at least 20 feet high before I call it a big lizard.January 3, 2014 4:19 am at 4:19 am #999137
So Syag: How’s his trip going? Which camp? Do you mean Marshall or SH? Either way, It would be tough. My daughter was supposed to drive to South Bend today (She teaches there) and that got totally cancelled!!January 3, 2014 1:31 pm at 1:31 pm #999138SayIDidIt™Participant
Hey New Yorkers, enjoy that snow!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SiDi™January 3, 2014 2:29 pm at 2:29 pm #999139
midwesterner – I heard the small towns canceled school yesterday, unlike us rugged Chicagoans 🙂
My husband finally made it back from his 7 hour round trip (Nageela) in just 12 hours! I remember one blizzard pre-cell phone days when people were stuck on lake shore drive for three hours getting from down town to west rogers with no way to reach anyone. At least he had a cell phone.
Good luck northeasterners, I heard it’s gonna be a big one!January 3, 2014 3:26 pm at 3:26 pm #999140
Syag was that ’79 ?January 3, 2014 6:26 pm at 6:26 pm #999141fkellyMember
Lol squeakJanuary 3, 2014 6:29 pm at 6:29 pm #999142
goq – no, that one was awesome, but this one had to have been in the 80’s some time.January 3, 2014 7:13 pm at 7:13 pm #999143WIYMember
I think its a combo of inches and how quick it accumulates. Sy about 10 or more inches and quick accumulation to teh point that theres a few inches on the streets. If the streets are clear or almost clear its not a blizzard in Brooklyn.January 5, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am #999144jewishfeminist02Member
I agree with those who say that “blizzard” is not defined by number of inches of snow. For example, parts of upstate NY frequently get, say, 6-8 inches, and the city plows and it’s business as usual. On the other hand, 6-8 inches elsewhere could be devastating. It also depends on what the temperature and wind conditions are.January 5, 2014 6:20 pm at 6:20 pm #999145
Here in Chicago, it has been snowing almost non stop since Tuesday evening. It is now Sunday afternoon. But it has only been very heavy in small pockets. With all that we’ve gotten here (Tomorrow’s high is supposed to be -13! Yes the high will be 13 below zero. And then you factor in wind chill! Brrr!!) I am still not sure that we can say it was a blizzard.January 6, 2014 1:01 am at 1:01 am #999146
I am sooo tired of shoveling!January 6, 2014 2:42 am at 2:42 am #999147the-art-of-moiParticipant
I like when humans are made to feel humble in the face of nature, whether it’s a snow storm, or anything else.January 6, 2014 2:53 am at 2:53 am #999148☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
TAOM, sure, as long as you don’t have to shovel.January 6, 2014 2:55 am at 2:55 am #999149the-art-of-moiParticipant
:pJanuary 6, 2014 3:00 am at 3:00 am #999150
I really shouldn’t complain, I did a lot less shoveling than my kids. But the puddles on the floor under their boots are annoying too.
In the end school is cancelled tomorrow and it isn’t even about the millions of feet of snow we have blowing around outside, it’s the cold.January 6, 2014 2:32 pm at 2:32 pm #999151miritchkaMember
Well, I would call this a blizzard. More like alot of snow. (Brooklyn, NY) We had fun shoveling together and even more fun sledding in prospect park! And of course, mah rabu ma’asecha Hashem! I find snow enchanting and to be one of the most amazing creations on earth!January 20, 2014 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm #999152
Janus is comingJanuary 20, 2014 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm #999153oyyoyyoyParticipant
ill be the first to say it, “oh….my……g-d”January 21, 2014 12:05 am at 12:05 am #999154Bookworm120Participant
Israeli: Eh, one … *in Hebrew* Eich ormrim [the Ivrit word for ‘centimeter’] b’Anglit?January 21, 2014 2:37 am at 2:37 am #999155
here it goes again . . .
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