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  •  I measured 48" during Snowmageddon (4+ / 0-)
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    Ed in Montana, MKinTN, StrayCat, Just Bob

    which means it was more, because when you get wetter snow - and this was wet - it compresses fairly quickly.

    In most snowfalls, I can keep the public sidewalks along both sides of our property clear by going out and shovelling ever few hours.  Not this time.

    Fortunately one person in the neighborhood has a snow rake which we passed around, or we might have had some collapsed roofs.   The main part of my house has a fairly steep pitch on the roof, so I knew snow would slide off pretty much by itself, but the annex where I am sitting has a shallow slope, and I had to rake off 4 feet of snow to keep it from collapsing.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 06:10:23 AM PST

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    •  And at the time (1+ / 0-)
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      StrayCat

      meteorologists said you shouldn't get back to back blizzards; that the atmosphere should relax a bit, lie a rubber band that has been stretched and snapped. The reason the first blizzard on Feb 6 2010 dumped so much in the mid Atlantic was that it could not move north like most storms, due to an offshore polar vortex,a block. Sound familiar? As a result theonly part of NYC that got snow was the south shore of Staten island, which got around 7 inches.As you moved down the NJ turnpike the snow increased until you got to Camden,which had two feet...it was the first time Philly and NYC had such wide divergence in a big storm, with Manhattan getting nothing. We got the other storm 3 days later, and the "Snowicaine" which spared the mid Atlantic, and perversely, New England, which got flooding rains while we got snow....another anomaly. Two weks later brought a rainswept noreaster that downed trees all over the place. There's a pattern here of anomalous storms...also weather geeks have pointed out that we don't get average winters anymore; we either get dumped on or we get nothing. They've got the stats to back that up. By the way I meant winter of 10-11 not 11-12.

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