Ides of March

This Sunday, March 15, will mark the anniversary of two of the worst blizzards to hit this region since weather records began in the second half of the 1800s.   The first occurred one-hundred years ago in 1920, which is often called the Hazel Miner Blizzard, as Hazel, a 15-year-old girl sacrificed her life to save her younger brother and sister when they couldn’t find their home in the blizzard.  The other was the “Ides of March” blizzard of 1941 that killed nearly 80 people mainly in the Red River Valley when wind of over 80 mph suddenly changed the weather on a busy Saturday evening.  Both of these blizzards came quickly after mild pleasant weather left many unprepared for the rapid shift in conditions.

Daryl Ritchison