Saturday marked the 90th anniversary of the deadly roof collapse of the Knickerbocker Theater in Washington, D.C., resulting from a massive blizzard that struck portions of the South and the mid-Atlantic.
The weight of heavy snow proved too much for the flat roof of the Knickerbocker Theater, which was built in 1917. Drifting of snow likely led to an uneven distribution of weight that added to the devastating roof collapse that killed 98 people and injured 133 others late on Jan. 28, 1922.
Photo of the Knickerbocker Theater following the collapse of the roof from NOAA's Historical Photo Collection. Click here to see more incredible photos of Washington, D.C., covered in snow from the Knickerbocker Blizzard.
Washington, D.C., was buried by 28.0 inches of snow from the blizzard, setting a record for the heaviest snow in 24 hours. This record still stands today.
Other snow amounts include 19.0 inches in Richmond, Va., and 33.0 inches in Rock Creek Park, which sits along the Washington, D.C.-Maryland border. Railroads between Philadelphia, Pa., and Washington, D.C., were buried beneath as much as 36.0 inches of snow.
Up to 16-foot-high snow drifts occurred with the ferocious winds accompanying the storm between Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
The storm shut down all forms of travel in the nation's capitol, forcing people to travel to work on foot in treacherous conditions. A 24-hour record snowfall in Baltimore, Md., brought travel to a halt as well.
Although the Christmas holiday season is typically known for its wintry weather, carolers and tasty treats, not all Christmas traditions around the world are one in the same.
A prolonged heat wave across northern Argentina has led to blackouts in and around Buenos Aires.
At least five storm systems will impact the United Kingdom and Ireland through Christmas.
A storm brought heavy snow and travel headaches across the Northeast on Tuesday.
Warm air is forecast to surge into much of the eastern half of the nation by the weekend and will be accompanied by heavy rain and flooding risk in some locations.
As record challenging warmth air pays a brief visit to the Eastern states, delays from rain, fog, ice and snow will be on the increase this weekend over much of the nation for early holiday travelers.
Bennet Bridge, NY (1975)
Lake effect snowburst; 34" snow.
Southern Illinois (1957)
A tornado tracked across Jackson, Williamson and Franklin counties, killing 11 people.
Las Vegas, NV (1984)
Trace of snow fell.