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Ireland's arctic siege : the big freeze of 1947 / Kevin C. Kearns.

By: Kearns, Kevin Corrigan.
Publisher: Dublin : Gill & Macmillan, 2011Description: 383 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., maps, photos ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780717148639 (hbk.) :.Subject(s): Winter storms -- Ireland -- History -- 20th century | Blizzards -- Ireland -- History -- 20th century | Ireland -- History -- 1922- | Ireland -- Social conditions -- 1922-1973DDC classification: 941.50822 Summary: On 19 January 1947 Ireland was invaded by a freakish anticyclonic weather phenomenon that lasted for two months. The arctic siege brought freezing temperatures of -14° Centigrade (7°F), a piercing east wind reaching 6070 m.p.h., five major blizzards, and snowdrifts of 12 to 20 feet, some topping 50. Cars, buses, houses and entire villages were buried, roads were blocked, telephone and electricity lines felled and towns and farms isolated as food and fuel dwindled. Tragically this happened amidst the worst fuel crisis in Ireland's history.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 364-371) and index.

On 19 January 1947 Ireland was invaded by a freakish anticyclonic weather phenomenon that lasted for two months. The arctic siege brought freezing temperatures of -14° Centigrade (7°F), a piercing east wind reaching 6070 m.p.h., five major blizzards, and snowdrifts of 12 to 20 feet, some topping 50. Cars, buses, houses and entire villages were buried, roads were blocked, telephone and electricity lines felled and towns and farms isolated as food and fuel dwindled. Tragically this happened amidst the worst fuel crisis in Ireland's history.

Irish archival copy dust jacket shelved separately.

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