blizzard, winter storm characterized by high winds, low temperatures, and driving snow; according to the official definition given in 1958 by the U.S. Weather Bureau, the winds must exceed 35 mi (56 km) per hr and the temperature 20℉ (−7℃) or lower. Blizzards are most common in the N Great Plains states—South Dakota is sometimes called “the Blizzard State”—but they also occur as far south as Texas and as far east as Maine.
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Blizzard (pop culture)
The name “Blizzard” refers to several supervillainous characters in the Marvel Universe, all of whom are enemies of Iron Man. He first appeared as the Stark Industries scientist-infiltrator “Jack Frost” in Tales of Suspense vol. 1 #45 (1963), and officially adopted the moniker “Blizzard” in his next appearance in Iron Man vol. 1 #86 (1976), in a story scripted by Bill Mantlo and penciled by George Tuska. Although Blizzard adopted chilly, icebased superpowers and donned an icicle-dripping costume, it appears he was killed by the time traveler Iron Man 2020 (Arno Stark, a descendant of Iron Man) in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #20 (1986). His successor (sometimes referred to as Blizzard II) is Donald “Donny” Gill, whose elemental powers are derived from his Blizzard costume: its high-tech micro-circuitry enables him to manipulate water and ice and to freeze any moisture in the air, creating unusually hard projectiles and shields. Blizzard II resembles human ice, is impervious to sub-zero temperatures, and is capable of shooting small ice bullets with enough force to cut steel. Created by writer David Michelinie, penciler Mark Bright, and co-plotter/inker Bob Layton, this Blizzard first appeared in Iron Man #223 (1987). The sub-zero saboteur has occasionally partnered with mischief-makers Beetle, the Melter, Whiplash (also known as Blacklash), and Boomerang, and sometimes befriends other villains in the employ of corrupt multimillionaire Justin Hammer, from whom Blizzard received his costume and for whom he has worked. Although the replacement Iron Man (James Rhodes, later codenamed War Machine) convinced the Blizzard to reform, he eventually returned to a life of crime, which he maintains in the mid-2000s. After stealing a Blizzard costume from Gill's home, a third Blizzard appeared once in Marvel Holiday Special (1992), although he was quickly defeated by Iron Man and has yet to appear in comics again. Blizzard appeared in the FOX Kids animated television series Iron Man (1994–1996).
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
a term used in the USA to denote the Russian metel’ (mainly with swirling snow along the ground) having strong northwest winds and temperatures far below zero. Blizzards occur in winter in the trailing edges of cyclones. In a broader meaning (in the USA and Great Britain) this term is applied to any metel’ with strong winds and is analogous to the Russian concepts of purga and buran. “Blizzard” is also used to describe strong outflowing winds on Adélie Land in Antarctica.
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A severe weather condition characterized by low temperatures and by strong winds bearing a great amount of snow (mostly fine, dry snow picked up from the ground).
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An extremely severe weather condition in which temperatures are very low and wind speeds are high, accompanied either by falling or blowing snow. A blizzard must have sustained winds or frequent gusts reaching or exceeding 35 mph (55 kmph) with visibilities restricted to ¼ mile or less by the blowing snow. The minimum duration for a blizzard is three hours.
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a strong bitterly cold wind accompanied by a widespread heavy snowfall
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