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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published January 17 2011

Weather Talk: Remembering 1975’s ‘Super Bowl Blizzard’

Last week was the anniversary of many famous blizzards that have struck the Great Plains in the past 150 years. These include the “Pioneer Blizzard” of Jan. 10, 1873, the “Children’s Blizzard” of Jan. 12, 1888, and more recently, an unnamed three-day blizzard Jan. 9-11 in 1997.

A blizzard I remember very well that occurred in the middle of January was the so-called “Storm of the Century” that peaked around Jan. 10, 1975.

That storm dumped more than 20 inches of snow with wind gusts reported over 70 mph in parts of Minnesota. Locally, we received 6 inches of snow from that blizzard.

That particular storm caused many Minnesotans to miss the Vikings play in the Super Bowl that year because of power outages. Therefore, the storm is sometimes referred to as the “Super Bowl Blizzard.”

My family was fortunate enough to have power that weekend, which meant I watched the Vikings play as poorly as the weather was outside against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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