History: The May blizzard of 1903

Reprinted from the August 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The May blizzard of 1903
By Mary Terrill, Medicine Hat, Alta.

‘The range was lush in this short grass country of southern Alberta in the spring of 1903. It was the lushness of two immediately preceding years of ample snowfall, and an abundance of rain in the growing season, followed by an early spring in the third. It was the best hand old Dame Nature had dealt the short grass rancher in a long time…

The May Storm is a weather phenomenon peculiar to the prairies. But the incidence of May, 1903, was a classic of its kind, unequalled in the history of the short grass country. For a week, blizzard conditions prevailed.’

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