Pat Shingleton: "A Purga and a Buran..."
Erie, Pennsylvania recorded their largest snowfall amount on December 26th and this weekend most of New England will experience the same. One of the fiercest blizzards of the world is the purga or poorga that barrels across northern Siberia. With below zero temperatures, it is filled with wind-driven snow that causes disorientation that prevents humans from opening their eyes and are also unable to breath. In years past many have frozen them to death within a few yards of their home. A buran is a violent snowstorm that occurs over southern Russia and Siberia. With warmer air temperatures, it too fills the air with blinding snow.