Buckeye Blizzard: Ohio and the 1950 Thanksgiving Storm

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When a team of experts from The Weather Channel selected the “Top Ten Storms of the 20th Century, the 1950 Blizzard ranked 8th on their list. The Thanksgiving storm claimed 278 lives, including 55 in Ohio. For three days the Buckeye State was virtually shut down as motorists abandoned 20,000 vehicles along the state’s highways.

This is the story of how people coped with the storm and the 40-inch snowfall and drifts of 20 feet or more it produced. Based on 200 personal interviews and numerous newspaper accounts, it includes chapters on both cities and farms. A highlight is a chapter concerning the Ohio State-Michigan “Snow Bowl,” including interviews with players from both teams.

Customer Review

“Even though this book is not available through amazon as new, I ordered it in paperback form through a competitor and give it 5 stars, I noted “strange weather” in my title because storms of this severity are not common to Ohio, and are extremely rare for southeast michigan, where I am, although not much is mentioned about Michigan, because, as usual, Michigan missed this one, but it came close.The book starts off good with the causes, from a weather watchers view of how it all came about,brief explanation, but it is there,a necessity if you are really interested in weather and understand it, and follow it.The book gives a lot of story to people in different situations in the storm and how it affected them and some of the things they endured,Iknow this storm had to have an effect on western Pennsylvania and there is some mention of it in the book, I would’ve liked more, but then again, it’s about Ohio, not Pennsylvania, see, at the time I was a 2 year old in Altoona, and from old pictures of me at the time, I belive this was the storm that these pictures of me were taken in.Speaking of pictures, there is a section in the book with some old black and white pictures shown of several locations in Ohio, from small town to big cities.It’s too bad there aren’t more books like this about some big winter storms.This is a good book to have if you like reading weather stories.A couple of the more interesting things mentioned are that many people got around on horses and farm tractors and upside down kitchen tables being pulled by someone or something because the cars couldn’t make it.” -T.P.M.

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Product Details

Paperback: 145 pages
Publisher: Gateway Press (August 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0970905904
ISBN-13: 978-0970905901

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