U.S. # 5033
2015 49¢ Teal Snowflake
One of the worst blizzards to ever hit the Midwest, the Armistice Day Storm of 1940 caught millions by surprise. That November 11th began mild and warm. From Kansas to Minnesota, people pursued outdoor activities in just their shirtsleeves. Hundreds of duck hunters were out on the Mississippi River. Colder temperatures with some flurries had been forecast for later in the day, but no one expected the drastic weather that was coming.
A storm system had recently pummeled the Pacific Northwest with hurricane-force winds. But most storms like that lose momentum over the Rocky Mountains. This storm, however, strengthened as it cut a 1,000-mile-wide path across the country.
The poorly predicted storm brought sudden high winds with rain, then sleet and snow, as temperatures dropped by 50 degrees. Five-foot waves and 50 mile-per-hour winds stranded boaters on the Mississippi while whiteout conditions and huge snow drifts crippled rescue efforts. For more than 24 hours, the blizzard incapacitated the Midwest.
The inaccurate forecasting was blamed on poor weather monitoring. After the storm, the Midwest’s weather office in Chicago went to 24-hour surveillance. More storms were sure to come, but next time people would be better prepared.
Each of the 2015 Snowflake stamps pictures a different type of snowflake in a different color. They were designed by Antonio Alcalá and Leslie Badani.
Value: 49¢ 1-ounce first-class letter rate
Issued: October 23, 2015
First Day City: New York, NY
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America for Sennett Security Products
Method: Offset printing in double-sided booklets 20
Perforation: Serpentine Die Cut 11 ¼ x 10 ¾
Quantity Printed: 75,000,000 stamps
Snowflake stamps have proved a popular wintertime favorite since the first set was issued in 2006 in four different formats (U.S. #4101-16). There was also a set of four snowflake stamps issued in 2013 (U.S. #4808-12)