Baby it’s cold outside

(Photo from Adams Country Record, May 1 1967)

Yes, it’s that time of the year again. The time for snow angels, sledding, snowmen, hot chocolate, and most important of all, trendy winter clothing.

For The Record

The cold weather can even serve as  an excuse for some of us to stay inside the house curled up in a blanket with a good book. As exciting as these activities sound, sometimes winter can be one of the most troublesome seasons of the year in the south western part of the state.

North Dakota is known for its bipolar weather. Winter and summer seem to be the only seasons we get to experience. Hettinger most definitely gets its fair share of extreme weather, especially during the colder months of the year.

Now, taking a trip down memory lane, we visit some of the worst blizzards in our area’s history. One of the worse blizzards in the history of the area occurred back in 1907, lasting three days! Huge snowdrifts covered streets and roads throughout the Northern States where the visibility was zero. Buildings everywhere were heavily covered by snowdrifts reaching from six to eight feet high. Any form of transportation was halted due to terrible weather conditions. Even railroads, which were able to travel the first two days, ceased on the third. City employees worked long and dreadful hours to help open the streets while receiving help from locals who could use their equipment to help clear the pathways.

Another terrible winter storm hit on May 1, 1967. May? Is that a typo? Well, it most definitely isn’t. The accompanying picture, taken on Main Street facing south, was actually taken from that historic winter snowstorm. In the picture you can see one of the few cleared spots at this time which was where the local barber, Mel Melling, was standing in front of his shop on Main Street.

Of course, we can’t forget the common predicament that people like to make debating whether there will be a blistering blizzard or a mild winter season. The season would be appreciated more with open streets, offering locals a rest from too much time spent snow blowing or shoveling.

Either way, temperatures can drop quickly with a snap of Mother Nature’s fingers. Like Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban said, “Baby, it’s cold outside”. So stay safe, be prepared, and wear appropriate clothing this wonderful winter season.