Finding Blizzard Alley

We’ve all heard of tornado alley, but did you know that there is actually a place known as BLIZZARD ALLEY? True story! In the last 2 years, we have seen blizzards in Oklahoma and blizzards in New York. But, these places are not even close to blizzard alley. So, where is this place? Look below…

According to a study done in 2002, there is an area that is most favored to experience a blizzard. And that’s from The Front Range of Colorado to The Dakotas and east towards Minnesota. With the bullseye being in The Dakotas and Western Minnesota. So why here? The rolling terrain and the lack of trees allow the wind to encounter less friction and thus, can create whiteout conditions. The Northern Plains, since 1959 have experienced on average 60 blizzards. Oklahoma has had about 3 on average. Remember, a blizzard has nothing to do with seeing heavy snow, but rather just winds and visibility. There seems to be a misconception of what an actual blizzard is. So, to define, winds need to be greater than 35 mph, visibility under a quarter-mile with these conditions persisting for more than 3 hours.

-Damon

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