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Blizzard Of 78 Still Ranks Supreme

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The Blizzard of 1978 was and still is the biggest winter storm ever to hit Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. On the evening of January 25, 1978 temperatures warmed up and a light rain began to fall. By early morning on January 26th the temperature suddenly dropped, the snow began and winds were sustained around 45 mph for a time. Some winds gusts reached 60 mph in northwest Ohio.

A record breaking storm developed after a southern snowstorm slammed into an arctic front and clipper from the north. The result was a super storm that dropped to a record low air pressure over Lake Erie. About a foot of fresh snow fell in our viewing area, but the winds were the worst part of the storm. Wind gusts reached 60mph in northwest Ohio but Cleveland saw winds reach 80mph. A weather buoy over Lake Erie recorded an 111 mph wind gust. It took days to recover from the supper blizzard.

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