Facts About The Armistice Day Essay

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Armistice Day, November 11 to November 12, 1940 was one of the worst blizzards to hit the Midwest following the Schoolhouse Blizzard in 1888. This blizzard affected the states in between, and including Nebraska to Michigan. November 11th, which would later become known as Veteran’s Day, on this day schools and many businesses were closed in order to observe the day. Fall in the Midwest had been “warm and uneventful” creating less than ideal conditions for duck hunters (Washburn, 2008). This day back in 1940 would also become known as the most infamous duck hunt in the United States. Weather forecasts, observations, and warnings were communicated much differently during the 1940s than they are today. Observations were transmitted over telegraph, there were also no satellite images. The Chicago District was in charge of issuing weather forecasts for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota ([http://www.weather.gov/dvn/armistice_day_blizzard]). Before 1938 weather observations were taken at 8am and 8pm. Then, predictions were changed to four times a day: 4am, 4pm, 10am, and 10pm. Also starting in the 1940s forecasts covering 5 days were introduced, which were issued twice a week ([http://www.weather.gov/dvn/armistice_day_blizzard]).
Blizzards are nothing new to the Midwest, but the blizzard that occurred on November 11th was something that no one saw coming. As mentioned previously, fall of 1940 in the Midwest had…

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