"" Writer's Wanderings: I Survived the Blizzard of 2008

Sunday, March 09, 2008

I Survived the Blizzard of 2008

One last whine about all the snow and I'm done--I hope! Don't want to see another flake, no sir.

Here is what it looked like in the midst of the storm. I call it a blizzard even though officially they are saying it didn't meet the criteria. The winds had to be sustained at 30 mph or more and the visibility had to be reduce to 1/4 mile for at least a three hour stretch to qualify as a full-fledged blizzard. We must have missed the mark by five minutes.

The first flakes started falling at 10:30 a.m. Friday as I was gathering food for the anticipated weekend barrage. It was supposed to start until noon. At noon when I went out to my Toastmasters meeting, the roads were already slippery and snow covered. When I got back, I pulled the car into the garage and it still has not seen the light of day.

The video was taken in the middle of the day on Saturday. The snow fell all through Friday afternoon with a little lull just after dinner. It started up again around nine and snowed all through the night and the next day. It didn't clear until around midnight Saturday night (that would be one a.m. since we set the clocks ahead before retiring).

When it was over, we officially had 21" but there appears to be 24" on the table on our deck.

Under the pile of snow from the driveway is a six foot crabapple tree--shivering, I'm sure.

The roads were still a bit treacherous this morning on the way to church, but the sun was a welcome sight. Hopefully we will see more of it tomorrow and the next day, and the next. . .and the next. . .

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