11 February 2013

Blizzard of 2013

Parting the snow sea.

Thirty-five years, almost to the day, after DH and I survived the Blizzard of '78, we have renewed our New England weather bragging rights. From early Friday, February 8, until the afternoon of the next day, fierce winds flung 24.9 inches of snow at us, the fifth deepest snowfall on record.  The good news is that we did not lose power, as we did during Hurricane Sandy, when a Norway maple tree on the next block toppled onto a power line.

My car is under there, somewhere.
The Sunday sky was a brilliant, crisp azure, the brightness of the white snow contrasting with the blue shadows. My heroic DH made like a suburban Hercules and dug us out.

Clearing the sidewalks.

A traffic island becomes a very short piste.

Source: http://www.petrexgmbh.com/year-of-the-snake/chinese-paper-cut-out-snake-as-symbol-of-year/

On a warmer note, February 10 marks the beginning of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac cycle, so Happy New Year to everyone who celebrates the lunar calendar.