12. The Blizzardopolis

Photographer: Associated Press

Year: December 1947

Location: New York City

Casualties: 77

The 1947 New York City Blizzard was silent and selective in its destruction. Snow began to fall on Christmas Day, and with no high winds or pressure systems to predict it or move it elsewhere, by December 26th there were drifts as high as ten feet. Streets were blocked and subways were shut down, crippling commerce and communication throughout the city. Smaller effects were felt in surrounding regions, but the brunt of the storm had landed almost directly on top of the Big Apple.