the great blizzards and a birthday – michigan history!
today is the anniversary of two of michigan’s greatest blizzards.
which both started on the same date January 26th, one in 1967 and the other in 1978.
also on this date
my brother scott, was born in 1965 under clear skies.
The 1965 birthday. Scott was born, he was cute, and I wanted to bring him in for show and tell, but my mom refused and made me bring a picture, which I was really mad about. He did not like shoveling snow, but he did enjoy playing in it, sledding on our school hill at recess, and throwing it at us.
The 1967 storm. The big Blizzard went down as one of the all-time worst blizzards in Michigan’s history mainly because of the way the weather conditions quickly changed drastically and people were caught off guard. In the days leading up to the blizzard, some areas had temps in the 60s, quickly plummeted, and the skies dumped 1 1/2 feet of snow in a very short time.
The 1978 storm. Snowfalls for the entire storm included a whopping 30 inches in some Michigan locations. There were already 4 to 6 feet of snow on the ground before the storm started, and there were many drifts of over 15 feet.
In both storms there were wind gusts up to 65 MPH and both had several periods of thunderstorms with the snow, (thunder-snow).So far there has not been a storm that has come close to the intensity of either of the storms since 1978. My brother still enjoys playing in the snow and celebrating his birthday. And I’m glad for all of this.
“apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.’
credits: michigan history, clarence white
in light of the very cold weather
this is my plan of action for today.
“action is what will produce your desired results.”
illustration credit: richard scarry
spring is just around the corner
Almost halfway thru January, February is a short month, then March …
it’s like only 20 minutes (as per Jerry Seinfeld’s calculations)
click on link below to see how much longer….
“this is the solstice,
the still point of the sun,
it’s cusp and midnight,
the year’s threshold and unlocking,
where the past lets go of and becomes the future;
the place of caught breath,
the door of a vanished house left ajar.”
art credit: Alica Block
oh, i remember now.
“in november you begin to know how long winter can be.”
almost time to awaken to spring.
“there is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.”
image credit: Wintersleep (giclee print) by Marjolein Caljouw
last night’s walk in the park
“it is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam.
this crisp winter air is full of it.”
argo park, ann arbor, michigan, usa – february 2021
grand circus park, detroit, michigan, usa – 1920s
walking in the beautiful snowfall yesterday, it was clear some things never change, even after 100 years
“snow was falling, so much like stars filling the dark trees
that one could easily imagine its reason for being was nothing more than prettiness.”
photo credit: historic detroit
should we swim or play ice hockey today?
luckily this sign helps to make the decision easier.
“i try not to go the obvious route all the time,
but sometimes the most obvious is actually the best.”
image credit: jim grampie, at gallup park, ann arbor
puxatawny phil with some other (less famous) celebs.
it’s his big day, and one of my favorite fun holidays
no matter what he predicts
about the coming of spring
(*not sure about his accuracy)
i love his spirit.
*the national climatic data center compared U.S. national temperatures from 1988 to 2012 to determine the accuracy of Phil’s predictions, and he’s only been proven correct 39% of the time — significantly worse than chance.