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Pat Shingleton: "The Blizz in Blizzard"

4 years 10 months 3 days ago Friday, January 09 2015 Jan 9, 2015 January 09, 2015 3:00 AM January 09, 2015 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

There could be episodes of blizzards as we advance through the Winter season. "Blizzard" originally meant "a stunning blow," often referred to a boxer's knockout punch. Davy Crockett, no relation to Jennifer, used the word in reference to a barrage of rifle shot as a deer to "taking a blizzard" to his prey. As noted in a previous column, on March 24, 1870, the editor of the Iowa newspaper, The Easterville Vindicator, described a massive wind-driven snow event as a blizzard. He compared the event to a severe snowstorm that "K.O.'ed" the city. The following Spring, an Iowa baseball team changed its name to the "Blizzards" and within ten years, numerous papers from New York to Canada were referencing storms as blizzards.

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