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A Terrifying, Deadly Storm Struck Cleveland In 1913… And No One Saw It Coming

Of all the cities in the US, Cleveland is relatively safe from natural disaster. It experiences very few hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and earthquakes. But there are occasional storms, especially in winter, which take the city by surprise. Freezing wind and snow coming across the warm, shallow Lake Erie can create volatile weather events and systems. Significant precipitation from the lake can turn into snow, striking as an unexpected blizzard. We have all experienced Lake Erie’s changeable weather, but the Great Lakes Storm, raging for three full days in 1913 was something Cleveland has not yet seen again…

The storm forever changed the way that the cities on the shores of the Great Lakes built and operated ships.

Giorgia Kerr
Giorgia is an anthropologist and freelance writer from Australia, currently living in Cleveland. Her main hobbies are traveling and sleeping in.