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As This Bizarre Late Winter Storm Approaches, Follow These 3 Lessons

As I wrote this, just about the entire Northeast (including where I live near Baltimore) is bracing for Winter Storm Stella, a blizzard that could bring wind gusts of 35 mph, thunder and lightning, and low visibility while dumping a foot and a half of snow or more from Washington up to Boston.

We're in for a tough couple of days, I'm sure, with drifting snow, closed roads and probable power-and-heat outages. Even so, thanks to the early-warning systems we have today - which gives us the ability to prepare - the actual human toll from Jonas should be held to a minimum.

But the proliferation of headlines made me think of another winter storm - one that took place 170 years ago.

Unlike Stella, this storm had no name.

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