71-year anniversary of Ides of March Blizzard

7:12 AM, Mar 15, 2012   |    comments
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"Beware the Ides of March" we all have heard from Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar." An ominous warning for March 15, 1941 when the Ides of March blizzard made a suprise strike at the Dakotas and Minnesota.

The storm didn't yield a whole lot of snowfall, but a blizzard is defined by winds, wind chill, and visibilities. There were parts of Minnesota that did develop 5 to 7 foot snow drifts. Winds in the Twin Cities and elsewhere (Grand Forks and Duluth to name a few others) reached hurricane force at 75 to 85 mph!

Temperatures dropped from spring time readings in the 30s and 40s to below zero during the day across the region. Some spots saw a temperature drop of about 20 degrees in just 15 minutes! 

Thirty-two people died in the Twin Cities alone with 151 total dealths in the Dakotas and Minnesota.

So, while we bask in this incredible March warmth with high temperatures in the 70s, we all remember that March can yield a whole variety of weather: sometimes in the same month of the same year!

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