28 Years Ago Today
The Blizzard of '78.
More than 4 feet of snow.
100 MPH winds.
High tides cresting 40 foor waves.
Dozens of homes and businesses wiped out instantly, hundreds badly damaged.
100 people dead due to every imaginable weather related cause.
I was 12. Old enough to shovel snow for several people in the neighborhood to help out. Old enough to be terrified watching the news showing the parking lot route 128 had become and waiting for my dad to make it home.
But young enough to enjoy the fact that we had a week off from school and that the roads were shut down. Young enough not to worry about being without power or phones for a while. Young enough that the '64 Impala that someone had run a red light and smashed into my Dad and brother two months earlier, which no longer had a driver window, which was totally covered to the roof with snow - I was young enough that it became our snow fort for the winter.
I very well remember the Blizzard of '78, but as a child ... I wonder what my memories would be had I gone through it as an adult?