On November 9, 1913 the Famous Great Lakes Storm hit and 270 lives lost. Buffalo had 80 mph winds; Cleveland 22.2" of snow; Pickens, WV had a 36" snowfall; Pittsburgh 12.5" of snow. The Great Storm of November 1913 has been celebrated as the "Freshwater Fury" in several books and many articles as the most disastrous in the area’s history. The storm began at Port Huron, MI at 2am on November 9, 1913 and reached maximum force around 4pm when the wind rose to an extreme speed of 62 mph from the north. At Cleveland, OH the wind averaged 50-mph for most of the day, and the extreme was 79 mph. Buffalo had a peak wind of 80 mph from the southwest. The depth of the storm was indicated by the lowest barometer of 28.61" at Erie, PA. Ten large ships of 300 feet or more lost, seven more were total wrecks on reefs, and ten additional were severely damaged in a grounding across the Great Lakes. At least 270 sailors were lost, and countless others were badly injured or crippled by exposure. The storm was accompanied by below freezing temperatures and gave Cleveland its biggest single snowstorm - 22.2".
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