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1888: The Great Blizzard
This storm struck NYC in mid-March of 1888, after several days of warm spring weather, which, once again, proves that Mother Nature is nobody's bitch. Seriously, JUST when you think you're in the clear—she strikes! The 20+ inches of snow that were dumped on the city during the two-day storm were accompanied by 75-mile-per-hour winds which caused snowdrifts up to 30-feet high. This storm did not mess around. It took two weeks for the city to fully recover. Power lines were severely compromised because of the snow and this led to the 1889 mayoral proposal to put all power lines underground, which is why we almost never lose power due to storm-related reasons today. I really hope we don't lose power today. I don't know how to live without the Internet anymore.