The Blizzard of Jan. 26, 1967 (and the connection to the Game of Thrones)

<–abandoned cars and buses on Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago. For “Throwback Thursday” let’s go back to a blizzard that occurred on the same day as the 1978 blizzard. I was in high school (New Trier East) and living in Wilmette, Illinois during the blizzard of ’67. The storm hit on Jan. 26, 1967, which was a Thursday. Outside of the snow, my best memory is some kid driving in a circle around the high school in the blizzard, with his convertible top down and everyone pelting him with snowballs, filling the convertible to overflowing with snow. A week before the storm, the temperature fell to -8° in Chicago. Then, two days before the big snow, the temperature hit 65°. At 9 PM on 1/24, it was still 60 degrees and we were under a severe t-storm watch! I remember I was at a meeting of the St. Joseph teen club and I wanted to be outside watching the storm come through. Winds hit 48 mph at Midway Airport, funnel clouds were sighted and one person was killed (four injured) when winds blew down a wall at a construction site. I remember measuring 29″ of new snow in Wilmette (a little boost from Lake Michigan with a northeast wind) along with 6-foot drifts. An estimated 50,000 cars and 1100 buses were abandoned in the storm. A total of 273 people were arrested for looting on the south and near-west sides of the city. Officially, Chicago had 23″ of snow in 29 hours. Here’s a nice write-up on the storm from the Chicago NWS. Here’s home movies after the storm, and more video. That storm also hit West Michigan with very heavy snow, severe drifting and of course, lots of school closings. More on the Blizzard of ’67 from the Chicago Tribune. Here’s pictures after the blizzard in the Lansing area and old film of the snow at Michigan State Univ. Here’s a write-up on both the 1967 and 1978 blizzards. More pics., radio feeds and video here. Finally, the connection between the 1967 Blizzard and the “Game of Thrones”. (pics. from NOAA).

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