Map of record temperatures and snowfall Jan. 1978
Here at the Beacon we asked readers to submit their stories from the Blizzard of ’78. With the record amount of snow and visibility restrictions it certainly sounds memorable. Even though we have had a lot of snowfall in our area this January, it can’t compare with the Blizzard of ’78. What can compare, though, is the record cold.
In Jan. 1977, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center reports that in Ohio throughout the month 307 record low temperatures were broken and 46 were tied with data going back to the late 1800s. This year we face comparable cold along with heavy snowfall. Perhaps this will be a month we will tell our children and grandchildren about.