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For the Abecedarian challenge

By Babs IversonPublished 5 months ago β€’ 1 min read
Photo by Gabriel Alenius on Unsplash


Blizzard from

Chesapeake Bay through New England

Deep snow drifts



Grounded ships and people confined in

Homes for days

Iconic Great Blizzard of 1888

Jammed roads with cars and horses abandoned

Keeping warm was problematic

Lives were lost

March 11th, the day the storm started

New York City reported deaths

Overhead wires froze and broke causing hazardous situations

Property damaged

Quieting gas and candlelights on the streets

Railroads shut down

Snow fell up to 58 inches

Transportation gridlock

Unseasonably mild weather before the storm

Visibility hampered by

Winds up to 45 miles per hour

X-treme cold

Young and old suffered

Zero temperatures and below.

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Author's notes: More information about the Great Blizzard of 1888 also called the Great White Hurricane can be found at the link below.


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Babs Iverson

Barbara J Iversen, also known as Babs Iverson, lives in Texas and loves her grandkids to the moon and back. After writing one story, she found that writing has many benefits especially during a pandemic and a Texas-size Arctic Blast.

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Comments (16)

  • Daphsam3 months ago

    Second read- just so well written!

  • One I had missed, excellent take to describe a blizzard

  • Heather Zieffle 5 months ago

    Nicely done! Very intense.

  • Sid Aaron Hirji5 months ago

    Sounds like the 2020 Minnesota nightmare

  • This was so tragic and scary. I never knew of this incident. Loved your Abecedarian!

  • Amethyst Champagne5 months ago

    Loved your poem!

  • I love that picture. Great idea for an Abecedarian. This is a winner in my book

  • Denise E Lindquist5 months ago

    Great! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’• Minnesota had a long winter last year. This year we have very little snow. Some pipes have frozen due to no snow to bank around the skirting of our double wide. This abecedarian reminded me that this could happen with our "Unseasonably mild weather before the storm"!

  • Cathy holmes5 months ago

    Wonderful job on this one!

  • Daphsam5 months ago

    This is outstanding intense poem!!!

  • Gerard DiLeo5 months ago

    Extreme weather is so exhilarating (not always in a good way, obviously. I loved your work from a little part of history. There's a short book about the Galveston hurricane that's spine-chilling. 1903, I think. "Isaac's Storm."

  • C. Rommial Butler5 months ago

    Well-wrought! Back in the time when people were unaware of so many dangers created by technology. From smoking cigars in the gunpowder factory to insulating electric wire with paper around openly burning gas lamps. Yet not only have we made it this far, there's more of us than ever! Divine providence? Cosmic joke? Is there a difference? Your work in the world must delight the divine!

  • Hannah Moore5 months ago

    Wow. I'm feeling for those horses.

  • A somewhat greater challenge in 1888 than today, though still quite problematic for most people now. Love the poem, Babs!

  • Lamar Wiggins5 months ago

    Nice! This told a tragic story from the past. And the flow disguised the ABC format. Well done!!!

  • Shirley Belk5 months ago

    This is EXCELLENT! great historical read in very creative format :)

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