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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for March 13

March 12, 2012

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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TUESDAY, MARCH 13: BLIZZARD OF 1888

Profile America — Tuesday, March 13th. The calendar says spring is close, but it doesn’t pay to let your winter guard down. On this date in 1888, New Yorkers were beginning the herculean task of digging out from one of the most devastating blizzards in East Coast history and the worst ever to hit the city, before or since. Forty to 50 inches of snow fell, driven by winds of gale force. The combination left drifts up to 40 feet high. More than 400 people died, 200 of them in New York City alone. It’s hard to imagine even such a cleanup without motorized equipment. Normally, New York City has an average of just over five inches of precipitation during the month of March. Profile America is produced by the U.S. Census Bureau: Measuring America–People, Places, and Our Economy.

Sources: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2012, p. 168
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 394

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Multimedia Gallery” by the “Newsroom” button).

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