The New Year’s Eve Blizzard of 1978

Blizzard 2015

Statue of Liberty, 2015

During the week of January 19, 2015, New York City, Boston, and the rest of the Northeast prepared for a blizzard which hit on the night of January 26th. Before the storm even began, it had been termed the “Blizzard of 2015”. That is amazing because usually a storm is called a blizzard during or after the storm hits an area. Storm totals for Boston were predicted to be over two feet of snow, possibly even three feet. Let’s wait and see whether the totals are downgraded.

I remember a simpler time during the winter of 1978 when I was only ten years old. My mother always hosted the neighborhood New Year’s Eve party out in the countryside in Iowa. I didn’t watch much news back then, after all we only had CBS, NBC, and ABC to choose from. But, during the early evening hours it began to snow. My mother decided to take the van across the neighborhood to pick up some kids who would be attending our party before the adults came. On two occasions, the van became stuck in the snow. With the added help of the passengers along with the weight of other kids in the back seat, we were able to escape.

The party went on throughout the night. By the next morning, we learned that two feet of snow had fallen. Drifts were as high as eight feet in some areas. Snow everywhere! We had two medium-sized dogs at the time and they never stood a chance. So, I took it upon myself to create a path for them so that they could get around and do their business.

I also cleqrly remember how our town of 23,000 was closed for a week. Christmas break, as they called it back then when Christianity was not deemed federally offensive, was extended an additional week…three weeks in total. When the schools did reopen, the snow collected from the school’s parking lot was ten feet higher than the school itself. Of course, king of the hill was played and we all had a blast!

I don’t know what will become of the “2015 Blizzard” but instead of over dramatizing a storm before it hits by bombarding us snow totals and wind speeds far off the charts, it is better to simply inform the citizens to prepare: collect food, provide shelter, help your fellow neighbor, and then stay home until it is safe to venture outside.

Save the dramatics for the big screen movies.

Article by John Coder

Posted January 27, 2015

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