Weather Talk: Many of the "best" blizzards happen in January
The climate and flat terrain of the northern Plains makes it susceptible to blizzards.
Some of the most severe blizzards in history have happened in January. These include the Pioneer Blizzard of Jan. 10, 1873, the Children's Blizzard of Jan. 12, 1888, and more recently a three-day blizzard from Jan. 9-11 in 1997.
Another famous blizzard in our region occurred during the second week of January 1975. That storm dumped over 20 inches of snow with wind gusts reported over 70 mph in parts of Minnesota.
The Fargo-Moorhead area received 6 inches of snow from that blizzard, but the extreme wind mixed dirt into the snow to create snirt. Drifts were brown.
That particular storm caused many Minnesotans to miss the Vikings play in the Super Bowl that year because of power outages, and therefore the storm is sometimes referred to as the Super Bowl Blizzard. The Vikings lost to the Steelers 16-6 on a cold, windy day at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.