Snow-Flopalypse

It was going to be the Blizzard of 2015, an historic event to set snowfall records in several states and batter houses with hurricane-force gusts, downing power lines and trees alike. True, it was a tad gusty on Monday night, and there was snow; but it was nothing like forecasters had predicted.

In New York City, where forecasters had predicted one to two feet, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that “This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city” and “My message for New Yorkers is prepare for something worse than we have ever seen before.” Anyone who went to bed dreaming of a boatload of snow was disappointed, however, as only a meager 7.8 inches accumulated in Manhattan.

In southwestern Connecticut, 20-30 inches was predicted with chances of almost three feet in select areas- yet in New Canaan and the neighboring towns, only about half a foot of snow fell.

So where did the snow go? East. And south. And up north. Really, everywhere except where they said it would be – in southwestern Connecticut, right around New Canaan and other such towns, and New York City.

Instead, Blizzard Juno went south, dumping huge amounts on Long Island, then curving up to bring a lot to northeastern Connecticut, and multiple feet to southeastern Massachusetts, with especially bad conditions in Boston and the islands off of Cape Cod.

In retrospect, it’s probably a good thing that New York and Southwestern Connecticut did not get hit hard – especially in the City where snow is an expensive matter. In total, Time magazine estimated that New York City alone lost between $500 million and $1 billion from the storm – now imagine if two feet of snow had fallen. Each inch of snow costs approximately $2 million to remove, and most parts of the city got between eight and ten. With the parking rules on hold, no parking fines were collected, depriving the city of about half a million in revenue. Furthermore, shutting down the subway cost the city $320 million in lost fares. 7.8 inches was a blessing.

Had the predicted blizzard actually emerged in southwestern Connecticut, the aftermath would have been a whole lot worse due to fallen trees and downed power lines.

Did the kids want another snow day? Yes. One snow day and a ten o’clock start, however, was just enough to ease them back into the daily grind of school… while still providing time for sledding.

 

— Augustus Barringer, Staff Writer

Posted by on January 29, 2015. Filed under World News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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