Monday 12 January 2009

Really Cold Weather

We’ve just had the coldest December for a decade in England and Wales, and the icy weather has continued into January, but if you’re feeling a bit chilly, think for a moment what it must have been like to have been caught up in what became known as the “Schoolhouse Blizzard” which hit the Great Plains of the United States 121 years ago today on January 12, 1888.

It got its name because many of the victims were children being taught in the one-room schoolhouses that then dotted rural America. One teacher in Nebraska found hers running out of fuel and decided to take her three pupils to her boarding house just 80 yards away, but they immediately got lost in the blinding snowstorm and all the children died. Altogether more than 230 people perished.

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