This happened on March 10,1888. This blizzard mainly happened in New York City and on the east coast. This happened when cold arctic air from canada collided with gulf air from the south and temperatures plunged. Rain turned into snow and winds reached hurricane strength levels. Up to 15,000 people were stranded.
As the storms blew across the plains, it came in a yellowish-brown haze from the South and in rolling walls of black from the North. This just wasn’t any wind, this dust-filled wind made even the simplest acts of life difficult. Taking a walk, eating a meal and breathing were no longer easy and they couldn’t be taken for
Someone even wrote a song titled “The Murderous Blizzard”. No typical blizzard will ever compare to it, none in history. The death tolled could have been minimal or better yet nonexistent if there had been technology in place to protect the people in those counties. As well as if there was someone in that telegraph office to receive the alert and communicated it to the resident of those counties in order to prepare for
David Laskin’s The Children’s Blizzard explains the devastating force of an intense blizzard, which caught several people unprepared, and it tells the tragic stories of these people. On January 12, 1888 a massive blizzard struck the center of North America, killing between 250 to 500 people and affecting thousands. There were many factors that made this blizzard exceptionally deadly. Many farmers and children who were outside were unprepared to deal with any cold conditions, “a day when children had raced to school with no coats or gloves and farmers were far from home doing chores they had put off during the long siege of cold” (Laskin 2).
Most children were being sent on their way home and most adults were working in their farms. The storm hit mostly rural areas in Nebraska, South Dakota, northern Kansas, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Winds were extremely high and temperatures fell to 40 below zero, the temperature dropped almost 100 degrees in 24 hours according to some accounts. The heavy snows created zero visibility. The blizzard was so severe it left trains unable to run for hours.
Details, such as the “wild weather” and “cold sky” (62), form the basis of this foreboding tone. In learning that “[t]he wind warbled wild as it whipped from aloft” (62), the audience’s feelings of uneasiness about what is to come grow. Furthermore, the personification of weather as an antagonistic force allows for the description to have more of a
Imagery is one of the crafts that is very well used. I think that as a reader and our culture always view fire as a bad thing because it have the power to destroy a lot on its path such as we see here in the Desert when we have wildlife fires but ice has the opposite effect. It is supposed to bring peace and beauty. At Christmas, many around the world eagerly await snow to fully bring the season of the joy. I think the same is said in this story.
Weather Representing Emotions Normally weather and emotions are not associated, but throughout the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald makes multiple references comparing the feelings of Jay Gatsby to the weather outside. He uses rain to represent the times of sadness or awkward situations. When those moods uplifted the clouds would break, and the sun would shine. Other times he would use heat to represent times of anger, or tension.
The impact of the weather scene is a way to indirectly relate to the murder of Victor’s young brother, William. The author, Shelley utilizes weather to convey the Victor’s emotional feelings about the murder of his bother William. Through imagery in the quote, Shelley is able to utilize words to describe the weather relating them to both the storm and what has happened to our protagonist. To me, the flashes of light illuminate the lake which is his brother. William’s illumination is the light of his life is soon quenched when the author describes the “pitchy darkness”
Winter and summer storms are characteristically very different. In winter storms, there is often mindless shrieking winds, and they occur quite often. However, summer doesn’t usually have that many storms, so when one happens, it seems to always happen with strong intention. Thus, using this word choice to describe the setting of the scene gives the reader the impression that there is a motive in the events taking place. Hence, adding to the idea that the results of the situation are inevitable.
The weather is often used to create a mode and scene in books. The weather in Fitzgeralds book “The Great Gatsby”. Heat is portrayed with anger,chaos and confusion because most times people don't want to be crowded or around others in really hot and crowded places. “The next day was broiling, almost the last, certainly the warmest day of the summer” (pg 114)
With how often the characters in the book mention the weather, you might almost think they are obsessed with it. The settings’ symbolism can portrait aspects like how the characters had completely different recollections of how the weather was on the day of Santiago’s death. It isn 't the weather itself that matters so much, it is what is behind it, the deeper meaning. One character, Colonel Lázaro Aponte said "I can remember with certainty that it was almost five o 'clock and it was beginning to rain.”
In many poems, poets use nature as a metaphor for human life. In "Storm Warnings" by Adrienne Rich, she uses an approaching storm as a metaphor for an emotional storm inside herself. Although, there is a literal meaning of the poem. There really is an incoming storm. Rich uses structure, specific detail, and imagery to convey the literal and metaphorical meanings of the poem.
Snowfall is a pretty sight, the world is still; no movement, even the air stays still. When you look up at the cloudy gray sky and see the snowflakes fall they float down in a graceful path that would make ballerinas look clumsy. It 's a euphoric moment almost, the kid inside you wakes up and without thinking everyones impulsive habit is to scream “It 's snowing!” and raise their hands to the sky asking for more. In this case, I wanted less snow.