And You Thought This Winter Was Hell?

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And You Thought This Winter Was Hell?


Sure, we had bone-chilling temperatures and record snowfall. But that was nothing compared with these monster storms, among the worst in U.S. history.

San Francisco

Feb. 5, 1887

Snow rarely falls over the Bay Area. So when it did come in 1887, locals seized the moment by building a trail down Haight Street and learning to toboggan.

Green Bay, Wis.

Dec. 31, 1967

Pigskin fanatics will always remember the "Ice Bowl," which pitted the hometown Packers against the Dallas Cowboys. Lambeau Field was so cold that it earned a new nickname, the Frozen Tundra.

Baltimore

Feb. 12, 1899

The "Valentine's Day Storm" hit Baltimore: snow clogged the streets, making it impossible for dairy wagons to make their way. Homeowners protested the Milk Famine with MILK WANTED signs.

Washington, D.C.

Jan. 5-Feb. 16, 1912

The Great Cold Wave of 1912 was one of the worst in D.C. history. Ice formed on Chesapeake Bay, but congressmen left their hearths long enough to admit New Mexico as the 47th state. …

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