Black Dust Blizzard

It was 95 years ago this that one of the worst blizzards in modern times was moving through the region.  It started as a weak Alberta Clipper that moved along the Rocky Mountains, reformed in Colorado and moved northeast into Minnesota.  Much of North Dakota had little snow cover, similar to this winter.  The fierce wind in excess of 50 mph picked up soil and mixed it in with the snow.  The storm became known as the “Black Dust Blizzard” because of the black snow (snirt) that blew into Minnesota and Wisconsin courtesy of those exposed soils in North Dakota.  Sadly, over 20 people from this area perished from exposure by the poorly forecasted storm.

Daryl Ritchison

 

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