blizzard of 1888

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The awning of a grocery store is damaged from the weight of the snow during the blizzard of 1888 in New York City. The blizzard March 12-14 paralyzed the city with about 40 inches of snow over two days. | AP Photo

As we shake off the remaining chill of one snowstorm and hunker down to wait out another one threatening to blanket the city and ruin our commute, spring seems an unusually long way off for the middle of March. Is this normal? But there’s nothing unseasonal about a mid-March blizzard. In fact, the record for most snow to fall in a day was set on March 12th of 1888, when 16.5 inches piled up in Central Park.

March is no lamb, and we ain’t lion


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