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  •  The Great Lakes Storm killed hundreds, actually (8+ / 0-)

    I found a great link to the Ohio weather events at the Ohio Historical Society. The destruction in Ohio from the spring floods was state-wide and massive, and it included in Dayton the near complete-loss of the Wright Brothers' personal archives, including a lot of the original engineering diagrams and most of their photographic negatives. The November "Hurricane" dumped 22" of snow on Cleveland and caused a short-term famine due to supply interruptions in food deliver. (Cleveland at the time was an incredibly important economic center, the focus of the American Petroleum industry, and had become heavily dependent on rail for its daily food supply.)

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    by TheCrank on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 01:10:52 PM PST

    •  Thanks for the link. (2+ / 0-)
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      My grandparents lived in Dayton in 1913; in fact they were married there, in July.  Oddly I don't remember them ever talking much about the Great Flood.  A few years ago, on a road trip, I stopped in Dayton and hunted down the house in which they were married, happily still standing and in decent shape.  It is also pretty high up on a hill above the street, so I'm guessing my granny's family survived without any flood damage.

    •  The "White Hurricane," day-by-day, boat-by-boat (1+ / 0-)
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      I like the book "White Hurricane," which tells the story of the Great Lakes storm, day-by-day and boat-by-boat, and has a whole chapter on Cleveland. My article based on the book tells how the storm formed, and the stories of two of the boats fighting the storm.

      31 cargo ships and barges stranded, twelve ships sunk with crew, 253 sailors drowned — that was the the toll of the most disastrous storm ever to hit the Great Lakes. ... On Lake Huron that Sunday many sailors expected the gale to end soon, after a typical three day blow. But on Sunday afternoon a low pressure system from Virginia entered Lake Erie. Feeding on the cold air from the front, the low deepened and strengthened. The low may have further strengthened by getting under and in phase with a sharp southern dip in the jet stream. So the northwesterly gale, with its 48 mile-per-hour (77 km/h) winds, did not blow out. Instead, its winds went to the northeast and sped to near-hurricane force at 70 miles-per-hour (113 km/h). The storm belted land and lake, from Superior to Erie, with wind and snow, and came to be called the “White Hurricane”. On southern Lake Huron, the evening of Sunday the 9th, sailors found 35-foot (11 m) waves, blinding snow, and winds gusting to 90 miles-per-hour (145 km/h).

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      by hungeski on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 09:35:10 PM PST

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