The Blizzard of 1949 in Nebraska: Oh the stories I was told!
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The Ten Worst Snowstorms In World History. This photo was taken after the Great Blizzard of 1888. The Armistice Day Blizzard of 1949 which impacted Minnesota made the cut, as did the "Storm of the Century" in 1993 which blasted the east coast with 1-3 feet of snow, leaving behind some 10 foot drifts. Via: http://www.startribune.com/blogsColumns/117359703.html#
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This is the winter that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about in her book "The Long Winter" -- Blizzard, 1888
Boston is buried under record snow but this epic winter is nothing compared to the ordeals described in Laura Ingalls Wilder's book "The Long Winter" -- and that harrowing prairie experience serves to remind us of all the ways we have it better these days.
This photo shows a snowbound locomotive, photographed on March 29, 1881, in western Minnesota. - Perhaps this was the very train that Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family were waiting for as she wrote about in her book, The Long Winter
blizzard 1888-I wonder if this is the same blizzard Laura Ingalls talks about in her book The Long Winter?
This is from the winter of 1880 - 1881 that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about in her book "The Long Winter" . Remember the cut at Tracey?
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Regarding the two pictures taken at Lee Bird Field, they were taken within a day or two of the worst blizzard to hit that area in quite awhile. The timeframe of this blizzard would have been November or early December 1949. My father (Frank T. Henley) is on the left and the gentleman on the right is Wendell Hammond who also was a weather bureau employee. My father moved the operation from 214 West 5th to the airport in Oct/Nov., 1949.
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Weather bureau employees Frank Henley and Wendell Hammond at Lee Bird Field, North Platte, Nebraska, after 1949 blizzard.
In the other photo, the vehicle shown belonged to the Nebraska National Guard and was assigned to taking my father and Mr. Hammond to the weather station because the depth of snow and accompanying snow drifts prevented driving U.S. Highway 30 (Lincoln Highway) east 3 miles to the airport. The track vehicle was called a "weasel".
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National Guard transports meteorologists in tracked vehicle (called a "weasel") to the weather station at Lee bird Field, North Platte, because of depth of snow and drifting from 1948 blizzard |pinned by haw-creek.com
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Blizzard of 1949 Investigation
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January 4 – February 22, 1949 – Series of winter storms in Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah, Colorado and Nevada – winds of up to 72 mph – tens of thousands of cattle and sheep perish.
Blizzard of 1949 Investigation Nebraska
American Red Cross, Army Corps of Engineers, National Guard, and the Civil Air Patrol were mustered. Operation Haylift (US Air Force) and Operation Snowbound (US Army) were formed by late January to address the immense need.
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The Winter of 1948/49: A Very Harsh Winter The storm referred to as "The Blizzard of 1949" started on January 1, but to truly frame the context of the storm, it is necessary to get a grasp of the weather activity of the previous few months. Farmers enjoyed a warm September and October and brought in an outstanding harvest of corn, wheat, and soybeans. But on November 18, 1948, that all changed when the first severe winter storm swept in with heavy snow, sleet, and winds of 50-70 mph.
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Blizzard of 1949 Investigation(this is a train)
Roads were blocked, schools were closed, snow drifted over rooftops, and cattle were stranded. Trains were forced to stop, and stranded travelers forced any available hotels into overflowing. The Weather Bureau (the precursor to the National Weather Service) called the storm, "One of the most severe blizzards of record over much of the central and northeastern parts of the state." Northeastern Nebraska received the worst of this first round of weather
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Blizzard of 1949 Investigation (there digging out a cow)
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