Pat Shingleton: "Big Snow-Big Blizzards..."

6 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, February 09 2016 Feb 9, 2016 February 09, 2016 4:15 AM February 09, 2016 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat SHingleton

New England will once again endure another snowstorm, nothing unusual for them during the winter months. The biggest blizzard in southern New England’s history banged Boston and coastal areas on February 6, 1978, with 27 inches of snow and for the first time in its 106-year-history, the Boston Globe was unable to deliver its paper with snow falling at a rate of four inches per hour.  In addition, 100 mile-per-hour winds were reported. For the New Hampshire Primary today, 34 weather advisories have been posted. Other spectacular storms include an early March storm called the Blizzard of 1888 from New England to Chesapeake Bay when 100 lives were lost at sea and another 400 died inland. The "'93 Storm of the Century" impacted 26 states with Burlington, Vermont registering daytime highs at minus12 with 40 inches of snow in Syracuse and 50 inches in the Catskills. New York City endured the "Blizzard of 2006" that included sustained winds similar to Baton Rouge on Monday-35 miles'per-hour. Residents of Mount Shasta weren't phased by the 189 inches of snow the occurred in 1959.  Acts of God-The Old Farmer’s Almanac notes in its “Blizzard Hall of Fame,” the Great Snow of 1717 was a series of four storms that extended to March 7th with five feet of snow in New England. Newspaper accounts reported that 95 percent of New England’s deer population died and residents remained indoors until the snow melted. Buffalo's "Blizzard of 1977" caused 177 deaths with a record 199 inches of snow and finally, Chicago's snowstorm of 1967 included 23 inches of snow and 76 deaths.

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