DISCUSSION: By going back in time to just over 99 years ago today, we arrive at the start of what was one of more impressive winter storms of all-time and definitely one of the more historic snowstorms to occur during the earlier part of the 20th Century. During the period between December 8th and 9th of 1917, the hardest hit areas in terms of total snowfall accumulation were between the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes regions of the U.S. One of the harder hit cities during this major snowstorm was the city of Vevay, Indiana where an impressive 26 inches of snowfall fell before the storm came to an end. As is described but may be hard to read in the graphic attached above from a local data archive from Vevay, Indiana (which is located in far southeastern Indiana), there were snow drifts of 9 to 14 deep on-average just after the conclusion of the heaviest snowfall during this event. Thus, it was a very prolonged, wind-driven snowstorm which evidently paralyzed travel and communication into or out of this part of the country for several days. It just goes to show how far technology and communication has come since people far away from this region likely did not hear about how much snowfall various parts of the affected states received until days later; whereas today with the advent of social media and real-time weather broadcast channels there is a very transparent distribution of up-to-date information on a real-time basis.
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