Buffalo Blizzard of 1977
The Blizzard of 1977 is still remembered in Western New York, especially in Buffalo, which received the brunt of the storm. The blizzard occurred during the most extreme cold the area had ever seen, accompanied by some of the largest winter snowfalls on record.
The blizzard struck with little warning on Friday morning, January 28, 1977, and the blowing snow and extreme cold paralyzed the Buffalo area until the first week of February. The storm made travel impossible and stranded thousands of people across the region, while snowdrifts buried houses up to the second story.
This is a story not only of survival, but also of community. Neighbors helped neighbors, radio stations relayed messages and provided crucial information, and countless individuals donated their time and equipment to bring needed medicine or food to shut-ins across the region.
About Timothy Kneeland (Buffalo, New York Author)
Timothy W. Kneeland was born and raised in East Aurora, New York outside of Buffalo. He earned a B.A. in history from the University at Buffalo, an M.A. in history from the University at Buffalo, an M.A. in the history of science from the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD. in history from the University of Oklahoma. He has been teaching at the college level since 1989, first in the Oklahoma City area, then in Greenville, Illinois, and since 2000 at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York.
Dr. Kneeland is married to Laura, who was born and raised in Cheektowaga, New York. The couple met while Timothy was working at Bryant & Stratton Eastern Hills Mall. They have four children, all of whom still live in Western New York.
Dr. Kneeland has published widely on topics in politics and the presidency, the history of science and psychiatry, and in natural disaster history and policy. He has finished a book lenth study of Hurricane Agnes which caused devastation across the U.S. in 1972 and is working on a study of how snow became a natural disaster after the Blizzard of 1977 that struck Buffalo, New York.