David's Reformed Church Congregation

David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday (Almost!) - The Great Blizzard of 1978


On January 26, 1978, when I was a sophomore in high school, Ohio and most of the eastern half of the country was hit by what was then called "The Blizzard of the Century" and I have to say that in the 34 years since I have yet to see anything that matches it.  We have had many heavy snowfalls, below zero windchills, and strong winds, but never have they come together in the manner in which they did on that January day.  The state of Ohio was virtually shut down for days.  Pleas were aired on the local television and radio stations for those with four wheel drive vehicles to help get emergency personnel to work.  I was very pleased because my school's second and third days of final exams were cancelled.

Pictured above is a certifcate given away by Dayton television station, WHIO, channel 7.  In the photograph is the late Gil Whitney, beloved weatherman and television personality. The official blizzard statistics are listed along the left side. 
Winds 60 mph
Temperature 3
Wind Chill -65
Low Barometer 28.66 (Record)
12.0 inch snowfall in 24 hours (Record)
Snow on Ground 25.5 inches (Record)

7 comments:

  1. Had to read this, then tested husband to see if he knew what tomorrow was. He did. I was living in Virginia, and wasn't affected by it. In a way, I wish I could say, "I remember when..." Thanks for posting this.

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  2. Boy do I remember that! We had almost 40 inches of snow, and it came down fast. I was a sophomore, too, and they let us out at noon and it was up to my knees walking home. We had no school for a week. The next morning we opened the front door of our ranch house and there was a drift higher than the front door so we had to tunnel out! Mom sent me on my X-C skiis to Main Street to see if any stores were open. It was fun because we were kids, but I think the adults had a harder time waiting it all out!

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  3. I remember that storm, we lived in SE Michigan, the roads were closed, which almost never happens, red alerts. Two of my boys were in grade school, of course, it was days before the schools reopened. Hubby barely got home from work before the roads were impassible, or I would have been stranded by myself with 3 boys all under the age of 10. I was sure glad to see hubby drive up the driveway! LOL

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  4. Oh how I recall that blizzard!! We were living in Galion, Ohio,then and we listened to the radio the whole time....my folks back in Bay View, up on Lake Erie, took in some truck drivers who had been stranded on the Bay Bridge. People went out on snowmobiles, and the Bay View residents gave food & shelter to all the stranded motorists. Quite a time!!

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  5. I remember spending that blizzard snuggled up in my dorm room in Boston with all the carbohydrate-heavy goodies I went out and bought before the storm hit....

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  6. I was in Akron that year. I remember how awful it was but never took note of the statistics. It makes me even colder just thinking about it.

    That's a fun piece of memorabilia from the TV station. You were good to save it. Your grandchildren, if they're interested in family history sometime in the future, will enjoy seeing it.

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  7. Oakwood, Ohio. I remember well. Cabin fever was at an all time high.

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