Did anyone else see this photo which was photographed from space? It is the Polar Vortex over the United States, a frigid mass of cold air that I hope we never see the likes of again! We are lucky that we were so well warned of the sub-zero temperatures.
Do you know of the deadly blizzard from March of 1888? It was an unexpected storm that occurred in the Great Plains of the USA. Affecting Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho...only two of them were states at the time, the rest were territories. Because it caught so many children as they were walking home from school, it became known as "The Children's Blizzard" or "The Schoolhouse Blizzard". Two hundred and thirty five people died, many of them children. This story is told about in a book by David Laskin called, "The Children's Blizzard". Please note that if you click on the link that I gave you, it goes into great detail about the details of how the blizzard developed and David Laskin has all the meteorological facts too, but the most important thing for me is that we need to remember the children. All of the families who lost loved ones...it is simply heartbreaking to read about it.
A few months later, in March of 1888, a blizzard hit the East coast of the United States and was called "The Great Blizzard". Four hundred died in that storm. Nan from her blog letters from a hill farm recommended a book by Jim Murphy, "Blizzard!" which is a young adult book about this storm.
I hope you get the chance to read about these blizzards. True stories about real people. That's what I really care about!
This is a photo of a beautiful sunrise in front of our home. Sunsets are gorgeous but the sun rising is such a welcome sight!