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Boston's High-Rise View of the Blizzard of 2013

Updated on January 26, 2014

As I am starting this article, it is just over a week after the snowstorm, and it is snowing again. It sets me in the right mood to compile this. This time we are only expecting a few inches at the most, and since we have had many mild days to melt some of the snow away, and a week to get things cleared, it's not big deal at all. We're back to normal life in the Northeast.

The storm that was from February 8th, Friday, through February 9th, Saturday in the Northeast was a result of 2 storms combining forces- one with the cold weather, and one with the moisture.

It was predicted that Boston would get up to 2 feet, or at least 21-22 inches. Intense snow was supposed to start early in the evening, and it was expected to be over late on Saturday morning. Since there would be high winds, power losses were fully expected. Thunder-snow was a possibility in some spots, and there was a coastal flooding warning for some. With two astronomically high tides in under 13 hours, a 2-4 foot storm surge was expected, resulting in flooding and beach erosion. 1/4 mile visibility was expected for some time during the storm.

Upon waking up on Saturday, my neighborhood was peaceful, and blanketed in snow
Upon waking up on Saturday, my neighborhood was peaceful, and blanketed in snow | Source

South Boston, Massachusetts

In the Beginning of the Storm:

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This is what the neighborhood looked like before the snow accumulatedVisibility is not too bad at this point, although it is hard to see the buildings in the distanceLight coating of snow on the grass
This is what the neighborhood looked like before the snow accumulated
This is what the neighborhood looked like before the snow accumulated | Source
Visibility is not too bad at this point, although it is hard to see the buildings in the distance
Visibility is not too bad at this point, although it is hard to see the buildings in the distance | Source
Light coating of snow on the grass
Light coating of snow on the grass | Source

My Experience During the Storm:

  • I woke up on Friday, February 8th to white skies and quietness. There were dark clouds in the distance.
  • It was 32 degrees, but it was expected to cool down more as the snow shower rolled through.
  • We had the news on for much of the day, and I was jotting down notes on the storm, and what I could see from my window. It wasn't a dramatic day, but it sure was exciting!
  • To keep roads clear, schools were closed, and non-essential state employees were told to stay home. It seemed that most of the cars in my neighborhood stayed where they were, and not many people were waiting at the bus stop.
  • At around 9:30, it was harder to see the buildings in the distance, and it started flurrying.
  • At 10:30, the flurries multiplied, the wind was blowing it all over the place, and snow had accumulated on the grass.
  • At 12, it was snowing harder, and it was very gusty out. The snow was still only sticking on the grass. Roads were wet. Plows were making their rounds. They pretreated roads in preparation of the storm.
  • Last-minute shoppers were buying food and supplies, and gas stations were full of people looking to fill their cars and their gas cans. Some gas stations were running out of the cheap gas.
  • At some point, utility companies brought in over 2,000 people to help once it's safe to start working.
  • There was a parking ban downtown.
  • At 2 pm, snow was going steady, and the wind was remaining strong. It was still 32 degrees, and snow was sticking to rooftops and pavement. Most everything had a coating of snow by then.
  • At 3 pm, there were no toll collections (toll collectors needed to get home before the driving ban).
  • At 3:30 pm, the public transportation stopped. Until Sunday, there's no buses, trains, subways, or boats running in Boston. At Logan International Airport, no flights in or out of Boston, and no departures until around Sunday.
  • At 4 pm, there was a ban on driving, except for the plows and emergency personnel. This kept the roads clear, so the plow drivers could effectively remove snow, and also reduced the likelihood of car accidents, or getting trapped in cars.
  • As it got later, the visibility dropped dramatically. From one of my windows, it was hard to see across the street at one point.
  • At 6 pm, the visibility was low. With no sun, the sky was fairly dark, but the snow made the landscape look bright. The streetlights looked pretty, reflecting off of the snow. It was 31 degrees, and winds were 40 mph, with 46 mph gusts, according to the news.
  • I noticed kids going down the street with sleds, and wondered where they were going.
  • As of 7 pm, there were only 2,500 power outages in the Northeast.
  • As of 9:30 pm, 93,000 people were out of power. What a difference 2 1/2 hours makes! My apartment didn't lose power, but I felt bad for those that did. Most people prepare any way they can, but it is never a fun thing to go through.
  • After 5 1/2 hours of the driving ban, no citations had been handed out, deeming it effective.
  • Snow had accumulated quite a bit, but it was hard to tell how much, because the wind was blowing it all over the place! On the news, they're not giving snow totals for Boston, only other towns.
  • At one point I saw light flashing across the sky three times, which was most likely thunder. It lit up the sky, although I didn't see the actual bolts. Stunning! Thundersnow was reported in a few different areas of the Northeast.
  • As of 11:30 pm, over 300,000 power outages. An astounding amount of people to be without power, but nothing unusual for a big snowstorm.
  • I went to sleep, excited about what I would see in the morning.
  • At 8:30 on Saturday, February 9th, I looked out the window to see uneven layers of snow all over the place, winds blowing powder all over, and snow still coming down.
  • At that point, the news reported that there were 398,913 outages in the NE, and that the storm had been proclaimed as a blizzard late last night.

Blizzard Qualifications: 3 consecutive hours with snow, 35 mph winds, and 1/4 mile visibility.

  • A state of emergency was declared at one point.
  • The National Guard mobilized over 5,000 troops for the storm.
  • As of 9 am, no deaths were reported as a result of the storm itself.
  • In the morning the snow total for Boston was up to 21.8.
  • The United States Postal Service didn't deliver on Saturday (not only in Boston, but in about 7 states).
  • The airport opened one runway on early Saturday morning.
  • All morning, while the roads were nearly free of traffic, I saw many people outside. There were kids with sleds, adults in skiis, and dogs bouncing all over the place. Many people started digging their cars out of the snow. It was fun to watch from up high!
  • The final total for the storm in Boston, which I didn't hear about until later, was 24.9.
  • Over time, reports came in about deaths resulting from the aftermath of the snowstorm: car accidents, heart attacks, carbon monoxide poisoning, and such. It's a tragic and unfortunate part of any storm.
  • I didn't actually get outside until Sunday. It was a clear, beautiful day, and once I went downstairs I could see that the snow really was pretty deep! In my boots, I went through the snow to get to the beach, which was free of snow. It was low tide (or close to it), and I could see where the high tide had been, right next to the snow line. What a beautiful sight!

Accumulation of Snow:

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The plows were out before it even started snowing, and they were diligent about plowing the snow all nightAs snow accumulates, everything looks brighterA few hours in, the visibility was severely reduced
The plows were out before it even started snowing, and they were diligent about plowing the snow all night
The plows were out before it even started snowing, and they were diligent about plowing the snow all night | Source
As snow accumulates, everything looks brighter
As snow accumulates, everything looks brighter | Source
A few hours in, the visibility was severely reduced
A few hours in, the visibility was severely reduced | Source

Storm Fatalities:

Across the Northeast and Canada, 18 people reportedly died as a result of the storm.

2 people in Boston died of carbon monoxide poisoning inside running snowed in vehicles, in 2 separate incidents. At least 2 others were hospitalized in another incident, but fortunately they survived.

In Connecticut, there were at least 2 heart attacks, one woman was hit by a car while she was using a snowblower (a hit-and-run), and a couple of others were found dead outside their homes (possibly monoxide poisoning).

A man in Maine crashed into a tree, and his truck fell into the river.

In New Hampshire, a man died in an auto accident.

In New York, a young woman lost control of her car, hitting an older man, who died. In addition, there was one tractor accident, one possible heart-attack, and three more unspecific deaths.

In Canada, 2 deaths were caused as a result of heart attacks, and two as the result of auto accidents.

I read in articles that the total was 18, but this doesn't quite add up right...

After the Storm:

Hamden, Connecticut was the hardest hit community, reporting 40 inches of snow, going down at 4-5 inches per hour.

In Boston, we had wind gusts up to 76 mph, and we ended up with 24.9 inches, putting it as #5 on the list of big snowstorms in the city.

In Boston, February is often the cruelest month. The top 3 storms took place in February.

Once the storm was over, utility crews could start working. Houses and businesses gradually got their power back on, but it took several days for all 398,913 of them to be restored. As of Sunday at 10 am, it was down to 250,000 outages, and on Monday, it was down to 114,000. On Tuesday, there were still 17,000 left. I'm not sure when the remaining got their electricity back on.

The travel ban for Boston was lifted at 4 pm on Saturday.

As the storm strengthened, and even after the storm was over for us, areas along the coast still had a hurdle: The astronomically high tides occurred at 9:45 pm Friday, and 10 am Saturday morning. Evacuations were issued in Hull, and shoreline areas of Marshfield, and Scituate.

Most schools in the area were closed on Monday, due to the snow or loss of power.

Driving Ban:

The driving ban was for a period of 24 hours, from 4 pm on Friday, to 4 pm on Saturday. During that time, anyone (except for emergency, personnel and plowers, as well as other necessary exceptions) caught driving on ANY road during that time would be subject to a $500 penalty and up to 1 year of jailtime. They really didn't want anyone to disobey that rule!

In large part to the driving ban, only 30-32 stranded motorists had to be rescued, which is much less than usual.


After Dark Photos:

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I love how the lights reflect off of the snowEven when it's dark, the snow brightens everything up
I love how the lights reflect off of the snow
I love how the lights reflect off of the snow | Source
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Even when it's dark, the snow brightens everything up
Even when it's dark, the snow brightens everything up | Source

Top 5 Snow Storms Now:

Previously, the top totals for Boston were:

  1. 27.5 Feb 17-18, 2003, President's Day Storm
  2. 27.1 Feb 6-7, 1978, Northeastern US Blizzard of '78
  3. 26.3 Feb 24-27, 1969
  4. 25.4 March 31-April 1, April Fool's Day Storm

Previously, #5 was 22.1 inches, Jan 22-23, 2005 storm, but now the February 2013 storm has taken its place!

5. 24.9 Nor'easter, February 8-9, 2013 (A.K.A. "Nemo")

Saturday: the Aftermath:

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Snow  on Saturday morningNotice the cars: they're not getting out anytime soon! The roof and a view of someone's snow-covered yardThe little plow is at work, clearing snow from the parking lot below meIn the afternoon, the sun came outThis is a view of some of the cars that were buriedSouth BostonPart of my city view- on Friday, some of these buildings were not visibleView of rooftops. I live high above them! In the distance is a slight view of the water, where the cruiseships port in Autumn, and also the airport. I see planes fly in and out all day when they are runningAnother city view
Snow  on Saturday morning
Snow on Saturday morning | Source
Notice the cars: they're not getting out anytime soon!
Notice the cars: they're not getting out anytime soon! | Source
The roof and a view of someone's snow-covered yard
The roof and a view of someone's snow-covered yard | Source
The little plow is at work, clearing snow from the parking lot below me
The little plow is at work, clearing snow from the parking lot below me | Source
In the afternoon, the sun came out
In the afternoon, the sun came out | Source
This is a view of some of the cars that were buried
This is a view of some of the cars that were buried | Source
South Boston
South Boston | Source
Part of my city view- on Friday, some of these buildings were not visible
Part of my city view- on Friday, some of these buildings were not visible | Source
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View of rooftops. I live high above them! In the distance is a slight view of the water, where the cruiseships port in Autumn, and also the airport. I see planes fly in and out all day when they are running
View of rooftops. I live high above them! In the distance is a slight view of the water, where the cruiseships port in Autumn, and also the airport. I see planes fly in and out all day when they are running | Source
Another city view
Another city view | Source
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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      AliciaC, thanks, I'm glad you like my photos! They were fun to take, and it was interesting to keep track of what was going on the entire time. It gave it a different feel than those times I just wait for it to get over, without really enjoying it.

      Thundersnow is dramatic! It startled me at first, because the white sky would light up in such an eerie way. I didn't see the "bolt", I just saw the light it reflected everywhere. It was beautiful. I didn't actually hear the thunder itself, so it must not have been very close. Either that or I heard it, and mistook it for the sounds/vibrations of the elevator that is right next to our apartment!

      Thanks for reading and commenting on my article, and have a great Monday.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I loved the photos, Kathryn! This hub is a very interesting account of Boston's snowstorm. Thundersnow sounds dramatic!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thanks, Vicki, I'm glad you enjoyed. The photos were fun to take.

      I hope you're having an enjoyable weekend!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      That was as great play-by-play of the storm. The pictures were gorgeous. Awesome job. Voted up and more!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Tony,

      Oops, I should have noted what MBTA means in my story. It stands for Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and is what the public transportation here in the Boston area is called. It includes the buses, trains and subways. We also refer to the subway as the T. I forget sometimes that anyone outside of this area would not necessarily know that!

      I'm glad you enjoyed my play by play of the storm. It made my time go by faster, and made it more interesting.

      Wow, I have never really thought of how helpless people in wheel chairs are when it comes to bad weather. It would be an inconvenience to not be able to get out during such a long stretch. I know it is a pain to try to walk around when roads and sidewalks are unplowed, but of course a wheelchair in that weather would be dangerous if one actually decided to try to get out.

      I'm sure there was some grumbling about the ban! I'd imagine there were some people who would ignore it, but I suppose it wouldn't be a huge deal as long as there were not too many people ignoring it.

      It (the Boston bombings) was upsetting, but you are right. It was tragic, but things like that happen in many places. At least here it was just a random set of guys. I can't imagine having to worry about it happening often. I really feel for anyone who has ever had to worry a lot about it. That really puts things in perspective for me.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Tony. It has been enjoyable to read.

      Take care.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Tony Mead 4 years ago from Yorkshire

      Hi Kathryn

      Wow you had a real downfall, I like your personal hour by hour log of the events which really shows the progress of that day.

      We had a very similar train of events too. I was pinned in the house for almost three weeks, as my wheelchair is hopeless once the pavements are blocked, and of course they plough the roads and pile it up on the pavements [sidewalk]

      I think there would be some grumbling about the driving ban.

      what is the MBTA?

      Sorry about the bombings in your Town, it is very upsetting. Here we had to live with that every day when the IRA were killing everyone indescriminatly. I was once in Belfast when a bomb went off on the famous Shankil Road several were killed and about 200 injured not a pleasant experience.

      nice hub, voted up and buttons.

      regards

      Tony

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I think there is much more behind this than we know. Have a good night my friend.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Yes, and I am so happy about it! I was so glad I had yesterday off from work, because the MBTA was shut down for most of the day, and I would have been stranded at work. Not to mention I would have been intimidated by the events that went on. I watched the news for much of the day, and was very relieved when they caught him (alive). It may not be over for many of the people who are coping with death in the family, or injuries, but at least no one has to worry about the bombing suspect anymore. We can rest easy.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Scary stuff. Happy to hear you made it home. It is over now they have the boy in custody.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thanks, Suzzycue. I wasn't right there, but when it happened I was on my way home from work. Because of the marathon, the subways were full by the time it got to Newton Highlands, where I work. As a result, it wasn't until 1 1/2 hours after I got there that I got on one, the 13th subway since 1 pm. It was very crowded, and at the station after the area where the bombs went off, we were all told to get off the subway and exit the station immediately, but weren't told what was going on. It was strange. One of the MBTA workers told us it was because of a "police presence", which is a bit vague. Maybe they didn't want us to panic. So I went out, and spent time trying to figure out how to get to a familiar area. I don't know that part of downtown Boston very well. I had no idea that bombs had gone off only 20 minutes or so before then, until a man came up to me and asked me if I was ok, and commented on the tragedy. Confused, I asked him what had happened, and he told me. From that point, it took me about a half hour to find my way to a bus stop I needed to wait at to get me home, and the entire walk I heard people all around me, talking about it. I had no idea where it had happened, so I was a little intimidated of walking around. (It turned out I was near the street, but not on that part of the street. They blocked it off, so no one would walk there). It wasn't until I got home and saw the news that I realized how bad it was, and it felt so surreal.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Kathryn hope you stayed away from the Boston Marathon shooting. I have been thinking of you.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Boston was hit a lot harder than I expected! From up high, it didn't look bad. It wasn't until I went outside that I saw how deep it was. I wish I had remembered my camera when I went on a walk!

      I would hate to be caught in a blizzard like that! I'm glad you made it ok, though. It really can be scary. I'm sure NY had it pretty bad. I think your neck of the woods usually gets it worse than here, because I am next to the warm water, making it a little warmer than the areas away from the coast.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, and I'm glad you enjoyed my article. Taking pictures for this was fun!

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      StitchTheDamned 4 years ago from Clifton Park, NY

      Great article. I especially loved all the photos in this and your account of the storm. I remember this one. I live jsut a few hours from Boston and we experienced a lot of this storm, as well. I accidentally got myself caught in it. How scary! It seems like Boston was hit a lot harder than we were, though.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Suzzycue, I finished it super late, but when you get to see it, I hope you enjoy! It took much longer than I thought to complete it. Haha, I probably didn't need to include so many photos, but I wanted to show many things about the beach. Have a good night!

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Horray. I am so proud to have inspired you and I can't wait for the results. I am tuned in. So happy you had fun Kathryn. Your idea is great.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      :) Thank you, Suzzycue, for inspiring me to go out. I took so many pictures my camera's battery died (I'm charging it up now), and I have just finished going through my photos and deciding which ones, in what approximate order, to go into it. I had an enjoyable time, and got to take my first pictures of the beach on a snowy day, and I would not have thought of it if you hadn't mentioned it. I decided I will do seasonal posts of Carson beach, and this will be my Winter one.

      Also, we had more snow than I thought! And since the tide was low, there's more snow on the beach than when I saw it after the blizzard, so there are quite striking photos.

      Have a good day, and stay tuned!

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I sure did. It was creamy, rich and awesome. I can't wait for your next hub. Thanks a lot. Have fun at the beach! :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Aww, I wish I had brought my camera when I went out to the beach. That reminds me, though, we have some snow right now (although not as much), and it would be nice to go out there today and take photos, why I still have the chance! I will write up a special hub, so you can see it :) It may not be quite as cool looking as during the blizzard, but it is pretty.

      I'm glad you feel like you were here with me! I hope you enjoyed the virtual cup of hot cocoa.

      In a few minutes, I will make a trip out to the beach :)

      Have a wonderful day!

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Kathryn thank you for the snow trip to Boston. I loved the pictures and the ride. Well done I thought I was right there with you riding out the storm. I was waiting for a picture of the beach. I would love to see your beach in the winter. I use to go to our cottage on Lake Huron in Ontario in the winter and loved to see the lake in ice and snow. It looked like the moon with big craters and mounds of sand and snow .

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Dream On, thank you, that is a great compliment!

      Yes, the parking ban helped the plowing out quite a bit!

      Yes, Boston is over budget. But any state in New England has to expect to go over once in a while.

      I hope your neck of the woods didn't get hit too hard.

      You have a good night, too, and enjoy your hot chocolate (imagined or real). Now I am in the mood for some!

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      I watched the news and you seem to cover it better.They were ready for snow and new England got it.The parking ban helped get the plowing that needed to be done.I heard they are over budget in the city of Boston because of the Blizzard.Lots of snow and I will take my hot chocolate to go.Have a great night.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thank you, Rajan. I can't imagine not ever seeing it snow! But I would imagine that there are many things I haven't seen that others could not imagine not seeing.

      It can be an inconvenience, but I think many people secretly liked it, because most people had to stay from school and work for one day! I am just glad I didn't have to shovel. It is healthy to get exercise, I just don't tolerate the cold very well.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Lovely pictures and wonderful detailing of the blizzard. I've never seen it snow so this is totally new to me. You have provided some excellent pictures as well.

      I enjoyed reading though those who were affected would not have liked it to be so.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I am not comfortable below 40. I lived in Virginia for about a decade (up until a few years ago), and got used to the warmer weather. I didn't think it was much warmer until I came back to New England. In VA I didn't have to have a heavy Winter coat, just a light coat and sweaters. It got cold, but not bitter cold. It stayed warm much longer, and didn't start getting cold until way after MA did. I was spoiled. When I came back here I was shocked into remembering how it was in my childhood. It's so easy to forget!

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      Cheryl A Whitsett 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      I get mad when it's below 40 lol

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thanks, Cheryl.

      I like snow, but not in huge doses, and not over and over again. I'm ready for warm weather to come, for sure. It's definitely nice living in a milder climate.

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      Cheryl A Whitsett 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      They are some really awesome pictures. I am originally from NJ and do not miss the snow one bit. I shall remain south and deal with the hurricanes then go through that.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Moonlake, it is too bad you're getting more snow. We aren't due to have anything for a few more days. Today got up to 50 degrees, and the weather is really teasing me. I want Spring to come!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, and I hope you have a wonderful night. Stay warm!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I love your photos. We are getting snow now we had snow yesterday and here it comes again. We are sick of snow and winter. Feels like it will never warm up. Voted up on your interesting hub and shared.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I wish I had gone down and taken pictures from the ground level, because it is actually hard to tell from my photos that we had around 2 feet. Even though I knew how deep it was, it still shocked me when I went out in it, and had to walk through some of it to get to the sidewalk!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, MJ, and it is nice to bump into you on HubPages!

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Kathryn

      WOW I thought I'd seen snow until I saw your before and after pics. Great job on this hub. You'll be on the AP in no time.

      MJ.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Kashmir, it does seem like there's been a lot of shoveling for at least part of this season. My brother lives in the Worcester area, which has been slammed with more snow than Boston for the past few snowstorms. I don't envy him!

      I'm glad I don't have a car outside, because I would hate to have to shovel it out, and then try to save a spot or lose it. We rely mostly on public transportation, and my boyfriend's car is parked in an indoor parking garage. It is so nice to live in New England without having to worry about shoveling snow off of a car (it is a first for me)!

      Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!

      Don't worry, Spring is real close! Here in Boston it is 49 degrees... so close to being 50! But unfortunately it is due to be cold before it gets warmer again.

      Have a good day, fellow New Englander!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Kathryn great well written article about the blizzard that hit us in New England . It started a little later for me because i live about 55 miles from Boston. But i had to be out in the storm Saturday because i shovel some older people out when it snows . It seems every time we get rid of the snow more come....enough, where is blooming Spring ? Well done, love all your awesome photos.

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thanks, Anna, I'm glad you liked it!

      That storm was terrible all over the place. It was huge, and it took a while to dissipate!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Koffee, thanks, that is a very good compliment! I like to make people feel like they're right here with me. Feel free to imagine enjoying a cup of hot cocoa, too! :)

      I appreciate that you took time to read and comment, and to share.

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      AnnaCia 4 years ago

      Your photos are really great. I experienced the storm (south coast), and it was terrible.

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      AnnaCia 4 years ago

      Outstanding! Great photos; excellent article.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Wow, wha an experience. I feel like I was there with you. I have a dear friend whose daughter lives in Boston - of course I'm sharing this with her. Terrific photos. Up and awesome.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Yes you made a good point here - being mindful and making it interesting helps - in the hands of another mediocre writer it may have just been a dull weather report (to an outsider) (meaning 'you should have been there' )

      but you, Kathryn, made it exciting, like a movie.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Epigramman, Thank you, that is quite a compliment! It was especially interesting to write about because I planned on writing about it beforehand. Since I already planned to do it, I was careful to pay attention to what was going on during most hours of the day, and to take photos during the storm. I wanted it to be interesting. Being mindful helps!

      It must be beautiful where you live. I'd imagine you get a lot of lake-effect snow there.

      You're welcome, and thank you for taking the time to read and respond to my article.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      This is a very fascinating read , Kathyrn, I especially like the documentary feel of your fabulous hub presentation and the diary aspect of it as well. I live at lake erie time ontario canada 10:00pm and I am literally right across from the lake itself and I have seen my fair share of storms (all season) come in off the lake.

      Sending warm wishes and good energy ......and this is one of the best weather related hubs I've ever read .... thank you for your keen eye

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Travel, I haven't seen you around lately. I hope all is well, and if you are busy I hope it is for a good reason.

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I'm glad you like it.

      Yes, try the cocoa. I made Jim's version, and it is so tasty!

      Thanks, Travel Man, and have a wonderful day.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Tiffany, you're welcome. The pictures are definitely different than ones from out in the country, but they're an interesting take on city living, I think. I'm glad you liked them!

      I checked out several of your hubs, including two on the February storms. Very nicely done. After hearing the stories and looking at the pictures, I feel as if I have just visited you, rather than just reading your article.

      Thank you for reading and commenting, and it's nice to meet you!

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Great account of the blizzards. It looks cool on the photos but I've seen the worst of being out there.

      I was a 'moonlighting' seafarer (hehe!) when I experienced it in Ukraine (that was 2002).

      Snowflakes are beautiful to look at falling from the sky but the snow storm is another thing.

      And the cold (brrr), it good to watch it in the movies.

      Well, thanks for the cocoa. I would love to copy that recipe.

      Rated up and voted!!!

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      tiffany delite 4 years ago from united states

      thank you so much for sharing your experience! you have some absolutely beautiful pictures. i live in kansas, and we recently experienced snow (probably from this same storm), and of course, i wrote a blog about it, too...and made some videos :) it was so beautiful! thanks again...blessings!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      You're welcome, it was fun to share. It was beautiful and exciting, but it's nice when things get back to normal.

      I hope the Winter weather is over now, too. I'm ready for Spring!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Lindacee.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Arizona

      What a blizzard! Thank you for sharing this monumental storm with us. Fascinated by your account and photos. Hopefully the worst of the winter weather is over for the Northeast!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thank you, Debbie, I'm glad you liked it!

      I stayed inside all day, and I was so happy that I didn't lose power!

      Thank you for reading this, and commenting!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Kathryn wow great hub.. so sorry you had to go through all of that.. terrible storm .. so sad the people that died.. the pictures are great..what a blizzard it was.. so glad you are alright..

      thanks for sharing.. voting up and sharing

      Debbie

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thank you, Anna, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      I like using the bullets to organize some of the article.

      It is beautiful. Sometimes disruption isn't too bad, but I feel bad for those who lost their power for days! Missing school or work is bearable, but being without power is no fun!

      Thanks for reading, and for providing feedback.

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Good article, the bulleted time points gave it a real sense of build up. The pictures are so beautiful, shame it was also so disruptive and destructive. Very enjoyable reading, voted up.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Gypsy,

      Yeah, as dangerous as this weather can get at times, I would miss snow if I were not around it at some point during the Winter. And hot weather is miserable!

      I'm so glad you enjoyed this. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      Beautiful photos. How I miss the snow and cold weather. I've lived in Canada, Alaska and Europe and yes I was one of those kids that had to walk to school in three feet of snow. As an adult I know what it is like to bundle up two kids and prepare them for the cold weather. Living in Texas now and I can't stand the heat. Cold weather and blizzards can be hazardous but I still miss it:) Voted up and beautiful.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Eddy, Thanks. I am glad you find it interesting. It was fun to put together, and I double-checked some of my data with news sites, so I would be sure to get the facts straight.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Cyndie,

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I don't like the cold, but since I live here I just deal with it and enjoy the pretty things about Winter!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      So well informed and intersting !! Thanks for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      That was some storm you had. Even though I love the snow, I don't like the cold and wouldn't like to think of losing power in a snowstorm. I really enjoyed reading your blow by blow of the blizzard. The pictures were very interesting. Thank you for sharing your experience. Sharing this.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thank you, I'm glad you liked!

      It's funny when "lucked out" is in the same sentence as "a foot of snow"!

      I don't think it has been a bad Winter, at all. So mild that last week seemed very exciting! I'm just glad that a lot of people stayed inside, because in storms past the casualties have been much worse.

      It was so nice to watch from the comfort of my home!

      Thanks for reading, commenting, and voting. I appreciate the input!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      As you know Kathryn we lucked out in this storm with only about a foot of snow, but I totally related to the wind and blowing snow. Your pictures are great...how nice to be inside while all that was happening outside.

      I think schools all over the northeast were closed that Monday. All things considered though, this hasn't been a bad winter.

      Voted this up, useful, and awesome. I really liked your photos!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      J.S.,

      Oh, I thought you were going to say "If you don't like the weather in New England, move somewhere else"! LOL. Very true, the weather changes quite often.

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      JS Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Ya, we got more than you (for a change!) I was lucky to only lose electricity for a day. In some remote areas like the Cape they lost it for almost a week! My house was very cold but we survived; whatever doesn't kill us makes us stronger! The snow is just about finished here...I hope. Like they say, "If you don't like the weather in New England... Just wait a minute!"

      JSMatthew~

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Wow, so you probably had it worse than I did! I bet it was a relief to only lose power for a day. The last time I lost power was wehen I lived in Ct, October of 2011, and I lost power for only a few hours short of 1 week. Just a few hours short of getting free money from the power company! LOL. But it was such a relief to get it back, because the condo was getting down to the 40's. And the only time I could brew coffee was when I was at work.

      Thanks for dropping by! I'm glad you enjoyed this.

      It's been snowing all morning and part of the night here, but I think it stopped. The wind is blowing it all over the place, so it's hard to tell.

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      JS Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Found this one in the feed! I am from the South Coast (MA) and we pretty much got buried! This was a tough storm and I lost electricity for a day. Still snowing a little as I write this. We got a few inches today! Great coverage of this storm. I have a feeling there may be more to come. Nice photos! Voted and sharing.

      JSMatthew~

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I am so glad you liked it!

      I hope people do enjoy it, whether it brings back memories for them, or lets them in on what a blizzard is like. I enjoyed creating it. I had my notebook by my side the whole day, so that I could record stats and information about what I saw, giving the article facts as well as a personal view.

      I remember the early 90's. I was a teenager at the time, and I think '92 was when we lived in this pretty Victorian house in Orange. Since my Dad owned the house (every place we had before and after that were rentals, so we didn't have to worry about shoveling), my two brothers and I had to go out and shovel - often several times a day. At the time, we had a long stretch of sidewalk along the main road, a sidewalk that went to the front of the house (or side, however you looked at it), and kind of a long dirt driveway that had potholes galore. Also, we had bunny hutches and 2 dog houses (poor little things) that needed paths shoveled to. I have some beautiful pictures of the snow that year, but they are not digital (obviously). Maybe sometime I'll scan them in and upload, and post them on a Hub.

      Thanks for sharing your Winter story with me! And for sharing it.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Great photos! I lived in Arlington MA for 3 years (August 91-May 94). I believe it was '92 when we had a record snowfall for the year of 100 inches. We did a lot of shoveling that year and the snow was still piled high on May 20th when we brought our 24' cabover moving truck down the narrow street (Varnum) piled with snow on both sides, and my husband had to maneuver it into the driveway.

      Originally from Wisconsin, it really wasn't a big deal for me, but my husband (a Texan through and through) never did learn to like the cold or snow. I remember my daughter (then 3) said, "I hate snow!" Has anyone ever heard a child say such a thing before? ;) The snow was deeper than her legs were long at the time, and so it was inconvenient for her. I think she likes snow a little better now.

      Very much enjoyed your photos. They brought back a lot of memories, and this hub might give people who have never experienced a real blizzard an little insight into all a blizzard can be.

      Voting you up, interesting, and will share this with my followers.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thanks, Bill! I wish I could bring the experience to you, rather than just photos and accounts! I love Boston, too. It is a very interesting place to live. Before I came here, I had never thought of myself as a city girl, but I have adapted quite well. And with these views, I couldn't complain!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great pictures and account of the storm. Wish I had been here. I love Boston! :)