Thursday, December 11, 2014
Looking Back: Five Years Ago, A Record-Setting Christmas Blizzard
The blizzard of Christmas 2009 was one for the record books. Not even Bing Crosby would have been too happy.
Climatologists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln confirm that year's snowfall was the most snow ever recorded in the Dorchester area on Christmas.
Five years ago this month, the news wires were abuzz, reporting that most eastern Nebraska residents had lost electricity during the storm.
Many, if not most, highways were closed. Rural residents were literally trapped in their homes as country roads were drifted shut.
The Christmas blizzard of 2009 brought an estimated 10.5 inches of snow to Dorchester.
The Lincoln Journal Star reported that December 2009 was the Lincoln area's snowiest December ever, with a total of 23 inches that month.
The following pictures were taken in Dorchester five years ago, sent to us by Times readers. Click on each for a closer view.
Meanwhile, while many of you want a white Christmas, let's hope we don't see a repeat of Christmas 2009 in the near future. (It appears for the Dorchester area, our only hope for any of the white stuff comes on Dec. 15 and 18.)