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Pat Shingleton: "A Load on the Trees..."

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 5:58 PM by Pat Shingleton

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Topics: HUrricane of 1938. The worst southern storm.

Yesterday and today are the biggest shipping dates for UPS with no weather disruptions expected. On December 16, 1973, Central Connecticut received a crippling storm, similar to 2010 that caused more damage than the famous New England Hurricane of 1938. Power outages were the worst in New England history as lines snapped, putting thousands of homes without electricity. In year's past, we experienced power outages from snow and its weight on trees and roofs. The worst ice storm in U.S. history struck the south from January 28 to February 1, 1951. Researchers have calculated that the load of ice carried on the sides of an average evergreen tree 50 feet high and 20 feet wide....would be nearly five tons.

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