Pat Shingleton: "Storms and Snakes"
On this date in 1973, Central Connecticut received a crippling storm 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 through February 1, 1951. The load of ice carried on the sides of an average evergreen tree 50 feet high and 20 feet wide would be five tons. December weather surprises are not unusual. We have experienced temperature swings and days of warm, muggy weather. During the morning hours of December 15, 1876, in Memphis, TN, light rain turned to torrential downpours lasting about 15 minutes. Acts of God, The Old Farmer’s Almanac reports that dark brown snakes measuring 12 to 18 inches long were crawling all over Vance Street. The snakes took over the sidewalks, streets, yards, and street gutters. There were no witnesses that the snakes fell from the sky and there were no snakes on higher places such as rooftops. Many believed it was a hoax and no plausible evidence resolved the mystery. On October 23, 1947, thousands of fish fell on Main and Monroe streets in Marksville, Louisiana