• Yankeeland Blizzard Memories

    Posted by on December 26th, 2010 · Comments (6)

    So, we’re having another blizzard today, huh? Contrary to what some other bloggers and twitter-mongers would like you to believe, I’m not old enough to remember the Blizzards of 1888 and/or 1947. But, I do remember these notable storms:

    The Storm of the Century, aka, the Great Blizzard of 1993 (March 12–13, 1993)
    Storm of February 1994 (February 8-9 & 11, 1994)
    Blizzard of 1996 (January 7-8, 1996)
    President’s Day Storm 2003 (February 17, 2003)
    Storm of February 2006 (February 11-12, 2006)
    Storm of February 2010 (February 25-26, 2010)

    The first two here elicit strong memories. In 1993, I had to walk a mile in the blizzard to go to a pharmacy, as my wife was sick and needed a prescription. And, then I had to walk a mile in it, again, to get back home. And, the storm in 1994 caused drifts so high that I couldn’t use the front door at my (then) house for a while. The President’s Day Storm 2003 is one I’ll always remember too. After they plowed the streets on that one, the snow on my sidewalk was over three feet high. I remember being out there, looking up and down the street, and seeing that all my neighbors were not shoveling their walks – and only doing their driveways. So, I thought “Screw it, I’m not doing mine either.” And, the next day, the county came by and gave me a summons for not clearing my sidewalk. Lesson, learned.

    How about you? Any major storms/blizzards in the New York City area stand out to you, more than some others?

    Comments on Yankeeland Blizzard Memories

    1. December 28th, 2010 | 8:33 am

      Well, I’ll always remember this blizzard now. My 8-year old had a sledding accident in our yard. Lacerated both lips and we had to rush her to the ER for stitches. And, the roads in NJ were terrible.

      Granted, we left at 1:30. But, by the time we got out of the ER, it was 6 pm and they were still terrible. And, these are not side streets that I’m talking about. I mean multi-lane routes with concrete dividers between the north and south lanes. How could they not salt these roads?

      Shame on NJ. They really did a shitty job. We saw lots of abandoned cars and trucks, accidents, downed poles, etc. It was a miracle we made it there an back.

    2. redbug
      December 28th, 2010 | 9:53 am

      Steve, sorry to hear about your daughter – not the thing to have in common w/ President Obama. Make sure she gets plenty of ice cream!

    3. December 28th, 2010 | 10:25 am

      Thanks redbug. She’s resting today. It was not a fun day yesterday, for sure. Just glad it wasn’t worse.

    4. MJ Recanati
      December 28th, 2010 | 11:44 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Shame on NJ. They really did a shitty job.

      You’re telling me!

      My fiancee lives in Hoboken, NJ and we got back to her place at 2:15 pm on Sunday after driving back north from her folks in suburban DC. Fast forward 43 hours later and her street hasn’t been plowed. I have no idea what they’re waiting for, considering the city of Hoboken is only one square mile and it hasn’t snowed in over a full day. Get on it already!

    5. Raf
      December 28th, 2010 | 2:35 pm

      Sorry about your daughter, Steve, here’s to a speedy recovery!

      Things are getting back to normal in Port Chester. Yesterday, the main roads were plowed, they’re getting to the side streets today.

      From what I hear, MTA is getting their act together, slowly but surely.

    6. December 29th, 2010 | 9:23 am

      Thanks Raf. It’s been slow. But, it’s only been slight more than a full day since she got the stitches. Hopefully the swelling goes down soon.

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