The Knickerbocker Snowstorm -- January 28-29, 1922

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View looking down at the rescue effort at the Knickerbocker Theatre after the roof of the theater collapsed under the weight of 28+" of snow, January 29, 1922. The liquid content of the snow was over 3" of melted precipitation.



Crandall’s Knickerbocker Theatre on the morning after its roof collapsed under the weight of a 28-inch snowfall, January 29, 1922. The roof collapsed during a show on the evening of January 28. This photograph was taken from the police line and shows ambulances waiting to take away the injured. The death toll was 98, with 133 people injured.



Clearing away the rubble inside the Knickerbocker Theatre after the roof and balcony collapsed on the audience as intermission was ending.



Digging out during the record-breaking Knickerbocker Snowstorm, January 28, 1922. A slow moving storm system dumped 28 inches of snow on Washington. Temperatures hovered in the 20’s for the majority of the storm, but slowly rose to 31°F as the snow ended.


Commuting during the record-breaking Knickerbocker Snowstorm, January 28, 1922.



Snowfall map for the Knickerbocker Snowstorm, January 28-29, 1922.



The surface weather map for January 28, 1922.


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