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The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin
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Jul 04, 12

bookshelves: read-in-2012, diasters, non-fiction
Read from January 13 to 17, 2012

This is an incredibly moving story about a blizzard in the Midwest during the 1800's. The morning of January 12, 1888 started as a bright and clear morning, a welcome relief to all the cold. There was no indication to the settlers on that mild sunny morning that within a few hours, a frozen hell would be released on them. The tragedy was that the blizzard hit while most of the children were at school, either trapping them within or else they were released and attempted to make their way home in the blizzard, hence the name 'The Schoolchildren's Blizzard'.

Due to three meteorological happenings coming together, this was no simple blizzard. It did make my eyes cross a little to try and keep up with exactly what each system was doing to the other, but it made perfect sense that this was one of those times that Mother Nature just wanted to show what she was capable of doing. And the fact that the indications system at that time was sorely lacking in the communications department was also a contributing factor.
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