12/27/11 Blogging for Snow

Sunday, December 25, 2011

I’ve mentioned before how much I love big snow storms.  Hey, I don’t have to explain that feeling to you.  We all share the “thrill of the storm.”  I was thinking how wonderful it would be if we could be awarded for our patience with one of those super storms.  I’m not talking 5-8”.  I am longing for a storm that can be measured in feet.

 March 13 – 14, 1993:  The “Storm of the Century” rolled in and left Mount Snow with its best snowfall year on record, 234” (the average is about 155”) for the year.  The NESIS (Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale) for this storm was a 5 – Extreme, a ranking that has only been assigned to one other storm in history.  This storm was cold, windy and brought a lot of snow.  At the top of Mount Washington, winds reached 144 MPH.  I am ashamed to say that I can’t remember it.  I will blame it on being preoccupied with my 9 month old daughter.  I have to start keeping a diary!

 March 11-14, 1888:   I imagine living in Vermont in 1888 when another March storm crippled the state.   Before all of the technology and heavy equipment that we rely upon how did they handle a storm of this size?  With drifts that were reported to be as high as 15ft?  The Blizzard of 88 spanned 3 days and is the blizzard which all others are measured by.  The town of Middlebury, VT is shown in the photo below.  Reportedly, all rail service was discontinued throughout New England.  Talk about being cut off from the rest of the world.












February 6-7, 1978:  This storm is known for its impact on the coastline but it reached all the way over to eastern NY and western NE.  Boston received 26.7” of snow, their largest storm total on record. 

For our family, the real blizzard of 78 was on January 20th, the day my sister got married.  I remember riding to the church in the back of a 4-wheel drive pick-up truck and my sister remembers snowmobiles passing us on Main St.  At Mount Snow our snowfall totals are recorded back to that year but they are totaled by month, not day.   It is interesting that in February of 1978 we recorded 22” of snow.  But in January (the month of my sister’s blizzard) we recorded 59” of snow. 











Blizzard of 78.  This is 128 in MA. 

February 23-28, 2010:  The Snowicane is still fresh in our minds.  Officially this storm started on 2/23 and raged until the 28th. 

Storm totals for Mount Snow

2/23 = 1”

2/24 = 13”

2/25 = 14”

2/26 = 11”

2/27 = 14”

2/28 = 3”

TOTAL = 56’ or 4 feet and 6 inches!












Can you identify this trail?  Looks different when the snow is waist deep!











Snowicane photos courtesy of Greg Fisher

The NESIS ranking system takes into consideration the size of a storm, how much snow falls and how many people it affects.  Thus, storms impacting large populations get instant brownie points.  I am assuming that our Snowicane of 2010 would get top rating if they counted the population bump at Mount Snow on the weekend after the storm hit.  Let’s just say you all showed up for the Powder Party!

Tell me your memorable storm moments.  Help feed my appetite for the next super storm.


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