Anniversary Of The Great Blizzard Of 1978

It’s the 46 year anniversary of the “Blizzard of ’78.”

The storm on January 26th, 1978 brought heavy snow and wind gusts of 50 to 80 miles per hour to Ohio.

A freighter in Lake Erie reported a wind gust of 111.

Snow drifts reached 15 feet and the barometric pressure in Cleveland dropped to 28.28 – still the lowest reading ever recorded in Ohio.

51 people died across the state.

The Ohio National Guard was called into active duty with over 5,000 personnel to assist in rescue and recovery.

Agricultural losses in ohio totaled $73 million.

Get more information about the blizzard from the National Weather Service by clicking here.

(above pic courtesy of the National Weather Service)