Rural residents became volunteer storm correspondents for editors from big city newspapers like the Omaha World Herald where this story was published. Papers made far-ranging long-distance calls to gather information from those who were enduring the series of blizzards. [ClippingcourtesyofConnieThornton,RapidCity] R emembering T he blizzard of ’49 J On Sunday, New Year’s Day 1949, a light jacket would have kept you comfortable in Deadwood. Thermometers peaked at 50 degrees. By David Super 24 DOWN COUNTRY ROADS anuary2,MotherNaturepouredamuchdifferentweathermixtureovertheHigh Plainsthatbeganwithfourdaysofpunishingwind,snowandcold.Seventyyears later,old-timersstillremembertheBlizzardof’49.Thehardwinterof1996-97,the Atlasstormof2013andothermeteorologicaleventshaveearnedtheirplaceinhis- tory,but’49remainsapartfromtheothers.Inaseriesofstormsthatdidn’tletupuntil lateFebruary,atleast40peopleinSouthDakota,Wyoming,NebraskaandColorado losttheirlivesinweather-relatedevents.Livestockandwildlifesuffered.Roadandrailtraffic groundtoahalt.Dailylifedidnotreturntonormaluntilthespringthaw.