Barry Margolin wrote:
> In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Gene S. Berkowitz
> <email@example.com> wrote:
>> And, as usual, the wires were wrong. Yes, it was a big snow, for MA.
>> But trivial compared to the Blizzard of '78. I have about a foot or
>> so on my lawn. Because it coincided with a high tide, the coastal
>> town of Winthrop, MA got a storm surge, but that isn't unusual. The
>> storm wasn't unusual; the mildness of the winter has been, and that
>> has helped keep heating oil expenses tolerable.
> While it wasn't record-breaking here in MA, it was in many other parts
> of the northeast and mid-Atlantic coast. And the geographic extent of
> this storm was bigger than most Nor'Easters, which typically just
> cover NY and New England.
As someone who spent mid January 1978 through mid March 1978 living in a
Holiday Inn outside of Cleveland while doing contract work, well I have
to agree that that blizzard was likely bigger. And that blizzard was
just a part of THAT winter. 18" of snow on the ground after a storm in
Lexington, KY, where I lived. But back in Cleveland, they were telling
me about having at least 1/2" of snow every day since Thanksgiving.
There were big ice patches on the street where the water MAINS froze,
thawed, covered a street, then refroze. A single storm does not a winter
make. Businesses were going out of business as folks just hunkered down
to wait for spring. We went to a main release movie on a Friday night
and there were only 5 of use in a theater that could seat 500. After a
while they began to wonder if spring was going to show up. :)