Do you love winter weather? Test your knowledge with this winter weather storm quiz, and maybe you'll wish spring was on its way.
A nor'easter is a cyclonic storm that dumps heavy rain or snow, causes coastal flooding and brings hurricane-force winds from a northeasterly direction. This type of storm typically affects the northeastern portion of the U.S.
The blizzard of 1888 left New York City buried in 22 inches of snow. Drifts on Long Island measured up to 50 feet and wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour were reported, along with more than 400 casualties.
The President's Day blizzard of 2003 began on Feb. 14, 2003 and lasted five days. It caused $20 million in damage.
The Chicago blizzard of 1967 hit on Jan. 26 and left nearly 50,000 automobiles stranded on Chicago roadways.
The Great Blizzard of 1899 began in eastern Canada but intensified as it moved through the Southern United States. The storm set records for snowfall and freezing temperatures, many of which continue to stand as record totals today.
While nor'easters are more frequent and stronger from September to April, the storms' "season" is broad. Nor'easters can actually occur any time of year.
The great storm of 1975 raged during Super Bowl weekend, spawning 45 tornadoes and dropping as much as two feet of snow across the Midwest. By the time the storm subsided, it had cause at least $63 million in property damage and claimed at least 60 lives.
The blizzard that hit Baltimore and Washington D.C. on Feb. 5, 2010, was nicknamed Snowmageddon. The severity of the storm prompted officials in both Maryland and Virginia to declare states of emergency.
The Armistice Day blizzard blanketed the upper Midwest with over a foot of snow on Nov. 11, 1940. Freezing temperatures and winds up to 60 miles per hour claimed 150 lives and left thousands of livestock dead.
The light that hits the snow is reflected at so many angles that no single wavelength of color is reflected with any consistency, causing the reflected light to be white.
The 1991 nor'easter was given the name The Perfect Storm. Three large weather systems collided off the coast of New England and claimed 12 lives, including all six aboard the <i>Andrea Gail</i>.
The New York City blizzard of 2006 dropped a total of 26.9 inches and was the largest snowfall the city had seen since 1947.
On March 5, 2015, Capracotta, Italy, received 100.8 inches of snow in approximately 18 hours. The previous record was held by Mount Ibuki, Japan, where 90.6 inches of snow fell in a 24-hour period in 1927.
A February 1959 snowstorm in California dumped 189 inches of snow over six days, including on Mount Shasta. According to Weather Underground, this is a world record for a single snowstorm.
The Knickerbocker Storm dropped between 28 and 33 inches of snow. The roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre In Washington, D.C. collapsed and killed 98 people.
The official U.S. record for 24-hour snowfall is 75.8 inches measured at Silver Lake, Colorado, on April 14, 1927.
Cryoseisms, known colloquially as frostquakes, are caused when extremely cold temperatures quickly freeze moisture trapped in soil and bedrock. The frozen earth expands and can cause tremors and loud explosion-like noises.
The National Weather Service defines a blizzard as large amounts of snow, winds exceeding 35 mph and visibility of less than 1/4 mile.
The lowest temperature in recorded U.S. history was 80 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (minus 62 Celsius). It was catalogued at Prospect Creek Camp in Alaska on Jan. 23, 1971.
The Schoolchildren's blizzard in January 1888 took place in the Northwest Plains. Approximately 235 people were killed by the storm, most of them children.
The Storm of the Century dumped snow for three days across the eastern U.S. from New York to Alabama. Tornadoes, flooding and snowfall left 2.5 million people without power for days and claimed 270 lives.
Thundersnow can happen when a warm layer of air close to the ground rises through colder air and causes instability.
In February 2011, an ice storm covered Dallas in a layer of ice causing flight cancellations, power outages and highway closures.
Chionophobia is the fear of snow or being trapped by snow.
Molecular charges determine the way the ice crystals bond together. This process causes snowflakes to have six sides.
The Halloween Nor'easter began Oct. 29, 2011, and dropped record snowfalls on more than 20 cities on the East Coast, causing major power outages and claiming nine lives.
Hypothermia occurs when a person's core body temperature decreases to 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius).
An Alberta Clipper weather system develops east of the Rocky Mountains and sweeps across the northern plains toward the mid-Atlantic states.
A NASA satellite recorded a temperature of 135.8 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (-92 Celsius) in Antarctica on Aug. 10, 2010, making it the lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth.
A single snowstorm can drop up to 39 million tons of snow, carrying the energy equivalent of 120 atom bombs.