35. The Blizzard of January 1996

Photographer: Adam Scher

Year: January 1996

Location: Mid-Atlantic

Casualties: 154

New York City's limited subway, bus, and taxi service left this man to ski his way thorugh Times Square. Physical fitness is an important tool in winter conditions, since a large proportion of winter storm-related deaths happen due to heart attacks occuring while people shovel snow, or other mishaps with ploughs and blowers. The 1996 blizzard took numerous lives from snow-clearers. Warm weather following the storm caused severe flooding, which was another large portion of the casualties. Philadelphia felt the 1996 blizzard as the worst of all-time, and it ranked along much of the East Coast.