- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: April 6, 1999
The name comes from the military term for a massive volley of gunfire, and the storms called blizzards are more than capable of living up to their deadly label. No other type of storm so often returns a community and its inhabitants back to a pioneer state--shutting off communication to the outside world, depleting supplies and setting the stage for unrest.
Filled with rare photographs, film clips, period accounts and archival material, BLIZZARDS: WHITEOUT! tells the story of four such storms. Find out why an 1888 Nebraska disaster was called the "School Children's Blizzard," and relive the Great New York Blizzard of the same year, which proved that the largest city in the nation was not immune to the ravages of nature. Then, head west for a detailed look at two more modern storms in Chicago: the "big snow" of 1967 and the 1979 snowstorm that did the unthinkable--toppling the city's Democratic machine.
With gripping accounts from those who were there and expert theories about how the risks they present can best be handled, BLIZZARDS is a fascinating examination of these storms.