Presidents' Day snowstorm of 1979

Title

Presidents' Day snowstorm of 1979

Description

On Presidents' Day 1979 a 22-inch blizzard shut down Washington, DC. Forecasters had predicted that the storm would bypass the city, so residents and city planners were taken by surprise. For the first time in fifty years, the Smithsonian museums were closed for two days in a row. Farmers in town to protest agricultural policy as part of a movement called "Tractorcade" used their tractors to help clear streets and get emergency personnel to hospitals.

Source

Smithsonian Institution Archive. View original.

Date

02/19/1979

Coverage

Event Sort Date

19790219

Description

On Presidents' Day 1979 a 22-inch blizzard shut down Washington, DC. Forecasters had predicted that the storm would bypass the city, so residents and city planners were taken by surprise. For the first time in fifty years, the Smithsonian museums were closed for two days in a row. Farmers in town to protest agricultural policy as part of a movement called "Tractorcade" used their tractors to help clear streets and get emergency personnel to hospitals.

Date

02/19/1979

Coverage

1950-1979

Source

Smithsonian Institution Archive. View original.