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Blizzard - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
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Blizzard
Well, apparently, it's not actually a blizzard, as the winds haven't been sustained at 35mph, and visibility got above zero for half an hour.

Ah, honestly, where I am, it's not bad. It's a flurry out the window, though I'm not in a rush to go out in it. There are pictures from not far away of the ocean being quite the unneighborly neighbor, but I'm pretty far inland. People I know from Salem might be interested to know that the North Shore is getting a bit buried--not as bad as the South Shore, but still buried--though there are also families out sledding. Apparently, there's a lot of ice under the snow, making driving treacherous.

I have vague memories of the Blizzard of '77 in WNY (here, the big blizzard was '78, and I keep thinking I need to correct that, then remembering that it's not the same storm). They tried to get us out of school early, but ended up just driving the elementary school kids to the high school, where we all stayed in the auditorium until parents found various ways to get us home. I went to a friend's house, as my mom was stuck the next town over at her workplace (the route was a bunch of steep, winding roads, and there was no safe way back and forth). There was all kinds of ice damage, too. We went out for a drive a few days after the storm to look at it. The winter before I left Buffalo, we had something like 38" in a day--chienar's car got buried, though we waded through hip-deep snow to liberate some snack food get vital items from the back seat.

This is a kind of middling inconvenience. Worse than it looks, but the newspeople have to tell viewers that they really shouldn't be out sightseeing, because they're the way of first responders.
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threnody From: threnody Date: February 12th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
*pouts* It's been years and years since we've had a good blizzard, and this storm is totally passing us by. I think the last time we had one was when I was about 13, we were snowed in for five weeks and had to go to the barn on snowshoes.
sreya From: sreya Date: February 12th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Down here near NYC it wasn't supposed to be a very bad storm at all. Ha. They're now saying it's the second worst storm (in inches of snowfall) on record, the worst being in the 50s. Over 22 inches in Central Park and the snow is still falling.

And I have to dig my car out of this mess. BLECH!
From: _kneebiter Date: February 13th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)
27 inches, final tally Central Park. Eat your heart out, 1946.
stephantom From: stephantom Date: February 12th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's pretty bad here in Plymouth. Course, I haven't actually ventured out there myself but...
chienar From: chienar Date: February 13th, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
we went to the store too! though I can't remember if it was CVS or Walgreens.

whenever people questioned if I would worry about winter in places I've lived since there (Cleveland, Denver, Michigan), I talk about -that- storm.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 13th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it was the Walgreens at the corner of Parkside and Hertel; that would have been closest.

The funniest part of that was that we weren't the only ones out. Everyone was like, "Oh, well. Snow."
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: February 13th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm in NYC, too—it was a truly impressive amount of snow. By far the most I've ever seen, though the Michigan winters from when I was about three still seem deeper. Obviously. Since I was about two and a half feet tall.
All day yesterday I had a Nada Surf song called "Blizzard of '77" stuck in my head: "In the blizzard of '77, the cars were just lumps in the snow..."
I should post a couple pictures of my fiancé's car. He had to stay in NY an extra night because the drive up to NH would have been awful.
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