27. The New England Blizzard

Photographer: Kevin Cole

Year: February 1978

Location: New England

Casualties: 100

Regional all-time snowfall records aside, the nor'easter that struck New England in 1978 was the most damaging of all time. Boston and Providence were the worst hit, as it struck the coastal cities during a period of very high tides, causing waves and flooding that wreaked considerable further damge. The tremendous, apocalyptic sense of the event is captured in a photo of a lighthouse blasted by 100-foot sprays. It was part of a Boston Herald American spread documenting the catastropic storm that won a Pulitzer Prize for photography.