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6 snowstorms that crippled the East Coast

Jan. 11, 2012, 2:51 p.m.
snowball fight at the Florida Capitol, 1899

Photo: Wikipedia Commons

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The Great Blizzard of 1899

The Great Blizzard of 1899 got its start in Florida, dropping its first flakes on Tampa on Feb. 12 and creating blizzard conditions along the west coast of Florida. (In fact, this 1899 photo of a snowball fight was taken on the steps of the capitol building in Tallahassee, Fla.) As the storm moved north, it brought plummeting temperatures and more snow. Washington, D.C., recorded 20.5 inches of snow; Cape May, N.J., saw an astounding 34 inches of snow; and many parts of New England recorded 2 to 3 feet.

In particular, The Great Blizzard is notable for pushing the temperature in Miami to 29 degrees and damaging crops in Cuba. The Great Blizzard was also dubbed "The Snow King" in a nod to the wide area covered by the snow and ice.