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Recipe for a blizzard


Ingredients:

Very cold air
Warm air mass
Wind over 35 miles per hour
Limited visibility and white out conditions

Directions:
Take the warm air and mix with the cold air. You will have a great deal
of clouds form. Add winds over 35 miles per hour, limited visibility, and
white out conditions and prepare to sit inside your house and watch the
snow pile up.

Can you believe that you would actually need a recipe for snow? We
all know what happens when we are in the kitchen cooking and would
like to make a new dish. We grab a cookbook and look for the
ingredients that we need for our recipe. Well the weather is a lot
like us in the kitchen. In order to start cooking up a storm the
right ingredients must first be in place. It is hard to believe
such a recipe is also a recipe for a big mess. This recipe could
cause everything from large cities to small towns to virtually
"shut down". It will cause delays at airports, train stations
and highways and power outages. And while everyone is digging
out from under a heavy blanket of snow it reminds us all that
the weather can really have a big impact in our lives. Luckily
we can be prepared in advance for any storms and take all the
necessary precautions needed to stay warm and cozy in our homes.
Weather forecasting has also come a long way from the past and
weather forecasters are able to warn us in advance of any big
storms that might just be setting up to start "cooking".

A few memorable blizzards of the last 30 years


February 1977
A storm hit Ontario, Canada and western New York state. This storm
killed 28 people and shut down the city of Buffalo for over a week.
Stranded vehicles were all over the highways, and people were
stranded at stores and offices, and had to spend the night
where they were because they could not make it home through
the blizzard.

March 1993
This storm was called the "Blizzard of the Century". The March
1993 storm hit the southern mid-Atlantic states from Alabama to
Massachusetts.

January 1996
Much of the eastern US was shut down due to the Blizzard of 1996.
The storm also caused the schools, offices and airports to be
closed for several days in some areas because the roads were not
able to be cleared.


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