Impact of the Blizzard of 1978 on the Northeastern U.S.: Background information when reading The Blizzard Party

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The Blizzard Party

by Jack Livings

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The Blizzard Party by Jack Livings
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    Feb 2021, 416 pages
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    Feb 22, 2022, 416 pages

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Impact of the Blizzard of 1978 on the Northeastern U.S.

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Cars stopped on highway near Boston covered in snowJack Livings' debut novel The Blizzard Party revolves around an incident that occurs during the historic "Blizzard of '78," a massive storm that hit the northeastern United States February 5-7, 1978, burying New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area under feet of snow. (This was a particularly harsh winter, as a blizzard had also hit the Midwest about two weeks earlier.) Besides the historic snow totals, it was an extremely memorable storm both for its severity and for how ill-prepared area residents were for the impact.

From a meteorological perspective, the strength of the storm was unprecedented. The nor'easter registered hurricane-force 86 mph winds, with gusts up to 111 mph. In addition to the high winds, the duration of the event far exceeded that of a "normal" nor'easter, which generally delivers a steady snow for 6-12 hours. The storm that caused the Blizzard of '78 stalled in place due to a Canadian high-pressure area that prevented it from ...

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