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Yearning for Snow?

Help satisfy a hunger for snowy landscapes with the book Blizzard: The Storm that Changed America, by Jim Murphy.

In this gripping account, Murphy narrates the Great Blizzard of ’88, which hit the East Coast for 4 days in March of 1888. From the Chesapeake Bay to Maine, the blizzard brought down 40-50 inches of snow, caused snow drifts up to 50′, and killed over 400 people.

The devastation resulting from the Great Blizzard was so severe that it led to massive changes in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Washington, D.C., then precursor to our present-day United States National Weather Service  (142 years old today!).

Suitable for readers grades 5 and up.


Featured blizzard image courtesy of the Library of Congress.


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