November 9th, 2015

Snowtober

by Brian Walker, Greg Walker and Chance Browne

Hi and Lois Sunday page, November 12, 2006 Hi and Lois Sunday page, November 12, 2006

The Hi and Lois Sunday page above, from 2006, proved to be somewhat prophetic.

Five years later, on October 29, 2011, a major storm hit the northeastern United States and produced an unusually early snowfall. Accumulation records were broken in at least twenty cities, resulting in a rare “white Halloween” two days later.

“The Bedford Oak, October 30th, 2011” by Sylvain Cote Photography, taken in Bedford, NY after the 2011 storm. “The Bedford Oak, October 30th, 2011” taken in Bedford, New York  after the 2011 storm.

The nor’easter, which arrived just two months after Hurricane Irene, dumped snow on trees that had not yet lost their leaves, adding extra weight. The ground in some areas was still soft from warm, rainy weather and caused many trees to be uprooted. Falling trees and branches caused considerable damage, particularly to power lines. In all, 3.2 million residences and businesses in twelve states experienced power outages, with estimates of storm costs ranging between $1 billion and $3 billion.

In some areas of Connecticut, outages lasted as long as eleven days. Many communities chose to postpone celebrations of Halloween, or cancelled them entirely. Delays in restoring power led to the resignation of the chief operating officer of Connecticut Light & Power after widespread criticism of the company’s mishandling of both the nor’easter and Irene.

Many kids, like Dot and Ditto, who enjoyed time off from school after the storm, were not happy when they had to make up days at the end of the school year in June.

– Brian Walker

 

 

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