Blizzards

A blizzard is a severe snowstorm characterized by strong winds. Blizzards can cause "whiteouts" and can paralyze regions for days. The deadliest blizzard on record was the 1972 Iran Blizzard.

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How many people have died from blizzards?

Really, it depends on the level of the blizzard. Back in '77, Fort Erie and Chicago shared a huge blizzard. Twenty-nine people were killed. As long as people know the procedures of preparing for a blizzard or surviving through one, they should stay safe. Many, though, can still be killed, usually in a vehicle left out unknown.

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What is the difference between a storm watch and a storm warning?

A storm watch means that the weather has the chance of turning into a storm. A storm warning means that the weather has turned bad and is headed your way.

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What causes blizzards?

A blizzard is a severe weather condition characterized by low temperatures and strong winds (greater than 35 mph) bearing a great amount of snow, either falling or blowing.

Blizzards generally occur when cold polar air comes down and mixes with warm and moist air from lower latitudes. It requires a few more complex elements in the atmosphere to get a storm system going, but once it does it can feed on these temperature differences to become stronger. The stronger a storm gets, the "deeper" the low pressure at the center (lower, in other words), which helps to enhance the winds, creating a blizzard.

It occurs when a cold air mass moves out of the Arctic into the temperate zone. The heavy cold sinks along the boundary between the two air masses. This boundary is called a cold front.
A heavy snowstorm is turned into a blizzard by a very strong wind.

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How do blizzards form?

A blizzard is a severe weather condition characterized by low temperatures and strong winds (greater than 35 mph) bearing a great amount of snow, either falling or blowing.

Blizzards generally occur when cold polar air comes down and mixes with warm and moist air from lower latitudes. It requires a few more complex elements in the atmosphere to get a storm system going, but once it does it can feed on these temperature differences to become stronger. The stronger a storm gets, the "deeper" the low pressure at the center (lower, in other words), which helps to enhance the winds, creating a blizzard.

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What is the most dangerous blizzard or fire?

The Blizzard in 1888

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When is a winter storm considered a blizzard?

Winds need to reach sustained speeds or frequent gusts of 35 m.p.h. or greater, and visibilities have to be repeatedly reduced to 1/4 mile or less by falling and/or blowing snow for a period of at least three hours. A blizzard can actually occur with clear skies if the visibility reduction is caused by blowing snow. While there are no temperature requirements for a blizzard, the combination of strong winds and below-freezing temperatures will drop windchills at least into the single digits.

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How do you stay safe during a Blizzard?

This is somewhat situation driven:

  • If inside, stay inside. They're pretty harmless if you just stay inside; they're not tornadoes or hurricanes. If you HAVE TO go out, take the basic supplies like flashlight, weather radio if you have it, snow chains, shovel, even cat litter to help if you get stuck, as well as some blankets and dry food in case it is quite severe and you end up stranded.
  • If trapped outside (your car gets stuck) stay in the car and don't wander away (it is easier to find a car than your frozen body). Don't leave the car engine on as the car may filll with exhaust fumes if the tail pipe is covered. If you have to, turn the engine on periodically to stretch your gas supply. Bundle up with other passengers or if alone sit curled up to minimize surface area. Use your cell phone if possible or a system like On-Star to let authorities know where you are. Wait for blizzard to end, do not leave your car.
  • If outside and on foot (worst case) go to any shelter such as the lee side of trees, a hollowed out snowbank, a natural shelter like a cave, or build snow wall or pile of evergreen branches to shelter from the wind then stay there until the blizzard ends
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What makes a blizzard dangerous?

Blizzards can cause extremely low visibility, and can cause people outside to get lost. It can cause slippery roads, and can cause people to get hypothermia or frostbite.

Blizzards can cause deaths mainly because they are cold. the majority of people die from hypothermia due to the cold. It's not actually the snow itself but the cold that kills people. As humans, we are actually very dependent on moisture and heat to survive.

Blizzards tend to make visibility low, so most people tend to stay where they are, unless they're outside. If they're outside, it is wise to find some form of shelter, or if in a car, try to drive to the nearest shelter (gas station, hospital, barn, etc.) and get into a building instead. It is generally safer to be in a building than a mobile shelter during a blizzard.

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Where did the blizzard of 1888 hit?

Two major blizzards occurred in the year 1888.

  • The Great Blizzard of 1888 which struck parts of the eastern United States and Atlantic Canada from March 12 to March 14
  • The so-called Schoolhouse Blizzard which affected the northern Great Plains on January 12
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How does a blizzard affect the environment?

A blizzard might take weeks till it stops,and the snow and ice might take weeks to melt. When the ice from the blizzard melts the melted ice may cause flooding.

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How do blizzards affect animal habitat?

they ruin them because if they live in the hot they get cold and sometimes the animals even die because of the below freezing weather

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What do blizzards do?

Blizzards make a big gust of wind and snow which can kill people by a big blanket of snow. You can also get frost-bite if it gets severe.

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Where do blizzards form?

Blizzards in the USA usually occur when cold, dry polar air from the north (Canada) clashes with warm, humid air moving up from the south. This will often occur around the Great Lakes area..

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When do blizzards happen?

Most of the time blizzards are in the winter when the cold seasons come in. But if you live in the arctic or high in the mountains, then it could be anytime.

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When did 'White Death' the blizzard end?

The Blizzard of '77 - referred to as White Death - lasted from January 28 until February 1, 1977.

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Should you add shock after a rainstormThe water level is quite high following the storm-should I drain someShould the pump run during the storm?

You should boost the chlorine. level somewhat. I would not drain unless there is another storm coming. Why waste the water?

For that mater you can avoid having to drain the pool altogether by put in in a floating pool skimmer no mater how high the water gets it works a 1,000 percent better then the existing static skimmer A: hmmm, I don't quite understand just how a floating skimmer will prevent the water from overflowing at the coping. Skimmers have nothing to do with removing excess water from the pool! In the answer above, you have got to mean add an overflow pipe at the water line and have it drain to the street or somewhere off the property. Boosting the chlorine answer is ok but in addition I would run the filter/pump to clear out the contaminants that the rain would add and that could also be from the splash of rain on the deck or off the roof or rain gutters. Only drain the water off if the storm is a strong one with lots of rain or if there is another rain storm coming in soon. k

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Why are blizzards dangerous?

Blizzards are most dangerous these days to people travelling, particularly by vehicle. People can become stranded on the road without food, water, and exposed to the elements (or exposed to CO in their cars if they keep the engine running). Aside from that, driving on slippery roads in poor visibility causes numerous fatal accidents every year.

They can be somewhat dangerous in the country where people can still be stranded outside with help a long way away, and in particularly severe blizzards it is possible to become disoriented and lost in whiteout conditions.
The reason why they're so dangerous is because when the blizzard is going its very hard for people to drive and see through the snow. Which causes people to get lost and/or die! Hoped this helped

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What are the five types of climate regions?

There are five climate regions on planet Earth. These include tropical, dry, temperate, cold, as well as polar. For example, the northeast of the United States is temperate in climate.

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How did the lawn mower have an effect on peoples lives?

Before the mower was invented, tractors and man powered plows were what cut grasses. Most lands were vast and when a field needed to be cut, there were slaves or servants to do the cutting. With the exception of farmers that took pride in their lands.

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What is the November blizzard of the month?

November 2009 Blizzard of the Month is Tagalong.....again.

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What was the worst blizzard?

The Blizzard of 1888 has been called "The Great White Hurricane", and for good reason. Starting on March 12th and ending on the 14th, this colossal blizzard left snow drifts in some places that were fifty feet high. The East Coast from Maryland to the Canadian Maritimes was absolutely brought to a stop by this blizzard.

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What are the characteristics of a blizzard?

A blizzard is a severe storm characterized by low temperatures, strong winds, and heavy snow. Visibility can be reduced effectively to zero.

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How do blizzards effect peoples lives?

  • Injuries associated with snow-removal (Back problems and heart attacks while shoveling; amputated fingers while blowing snow)
  • Utility interruptions
  • Roof cave-ins
  • Homebound children.
  • If you have nowhere to take cover, you can be engulfed by blizzards and possibly die.
  • Death and mainly delays for people. For one it may delay air travel, taxi cabs and many more transportation

People can be inside of there houses without heat and then they die because of heat they do not have.

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How common are blizzards in Alaska?

Depends on location.

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How are blizzards formed?

Cold air blow out of the artic into a mass of warm air called the temperate zone and forces the warm air up. this produces a snowstorm with cold northwinds. this usually happens after unusually warm weather in winter.
Snow forms if the freezing level is below a height of 1,000 ft (300 m) above the ground. A blizzard is a severe weather condition characterized by low temperatures and strong winds (greater than 35 mph) bearing a great amount of snow, either falling or blowing.

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