Stunning photos of New York during the Great Blizzard of 1888

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We've had some snow this week in Britain. Even London, always desperate to get in on the act, had a dusting, albeit one that lasted till lunchtime yesterday when it melted away.

America's Great Blizzard of 1888 was a different matter altogether, as these photos of New York show.

Between March 11-14, between 51-152cms of snow fell on North America's north-eastern coast.

Such was the sheer amount of the stuff, cities like New York and Washington were paralysed for days, with telgraph lines rendered useless by the weather. In total, 400 people along the eastern seaboard died as a result of the blizzard, with 200 perishing in New York alone.

It didn't end there. When, after a week, the snow started to melt, Brooklyn was badly affected by flooding, resulting in further damage. 

To this day, it remains one of America's worst storms. And a reminder that no matter how far advanced we become as a species, Mother Nature likes to show us who's boss from time to time. 

Read more on the Wiki page here.

Tip: Mashable









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