Wild Weather Wednesday: The Knickerbocker Disaster

WildWeatherWednesdayThis storm, an East Coast blizzard (sometimes called a “Nor’easter”) which occurred in late January of 1922, was so-named because of the disaster it caused on the evening of the 28th.  Decades later this storm is still the one which all storms are measured against … it was one of Washington, D.C.’s worst disasters.

An arctic air mass had been sitting over the Washington, D.C. area for a few days.  A front from the southeast had passed over the Gulf of Mexico where it picked up moisture.  As the low front deepened off the coast of Georgia and the cold front reached the Gulf Stream on January 27, it began to snow heavily from the Carolinas northward to Pennsylvania.  The storm was slowed by a high pressure system from the north, but by noon on January 28 the snows had reached Washington, D.C., snowing heavily until the morning of the 29th.

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