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Pat Shingleton: "Early March Headlines"

6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago Thursday, March 02 2017 Mar 2, 2017 March 02, 2017 4:15 AM March 02, 2017 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton:

Welcome to March with a couple of significant weather events.  March 1, 1910 noted the deadliest avalanche in United States history.  Two trains with carriage cars were stalled on a snowbound grade leading to Steven’s Pass in Washington.  The avalanche swept the engines and cars into a canyon resulting in fatalities ranging from 96 to 118.  The then famous Wellington Station house was also leveled by the avalanche. Other March events include a major ice storm on this date in 1960 that snapped hundreds of miles of power and telephone lines in northern Alabama and northern Georgia. A covering of 1 to 4 Inches of ice was reported and 90% of the trees in Dekalb County were damaged as ice remained on the ground in numerous locations until March 11.

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