Weathering Some of the Biggest Recorded Storms Ever: Background information when reading Winter Sisters

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Winter Sisters

by Robin Oliveira

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Weathering Some of the Biggest Recorded Storms Ever

This article relates to Winter Sisters

1888 BlizzardIn the afterword of Winter Sisters, Robin Oliveira notes that she based the blizzard in the novel on one of the real-life deadliest blizzards in North American history, which took place in 1888. According to the Life Science website, "More than 400 people in the Northeast died during the Great Blizzard, the worst death toll in United States history for a winter storm. On March 11 and March 12 in 1888, this devastating nor'easter dumped 40 to 50 inches (100 to 127 cm) of snow in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Huge snowdrifts buried houses and trains, and 200 ships sank in waves whipped up by fierce winds."

However, while the location of that storm fit Oliveira's story, other aspects don't. That's when I noticed that earlier that same year, in January 1888, another disastrous storm hit the plains states of the US. This one was called the Schoolhouse Blizzard or the Children's Blizzard (among other similar names), because the snow fell during the ...

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