Iowans are basking in the relative warmth of this 50 and 60-degree day, with 60s and lower 70s in tomorrow’s forecast. But harken back to a different time. Weather history buffs recall the landmark winter storm on this date more than 130 years ago that forever changed our winter lexicon. Sixteen inches of snow fell between March 14th and 16th of 1870. It lead an Estherville newspaper to use the word “blizzard” for the first known time in print. The word was actually spelled with only one “z” when the paper first used it.
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