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More Strange New England Weather

Friday, November 4, 2011, 13:21 EST Leave a comment Go to comments

By now, everyone has heard about last weekend’s October nor’easter, about which I made reference in my last post. Even by New England winter standards, it was quite something. Precipitation in Massachusetts ranged from a few inches to almost two feet of wet, heavy snow, but what was most unusual was the fact that it fell on trees that had shed few, if any, of their leaves.

This was the scene looking out my parents’ family room window on Sunday morning:

October snow storm

At my house 24 miles to the south, the scene was so much less dramatic that I didn’t even bother to photograph it. We got half the amount of snow and, at least in my neighborhood, almost no tree damage. By Sunday afternoon, the sun had melted enough snow in my back yard that a small patch of grass was exposed. Still, the southern half of my town had enough damage that a couple thousand houses were without power as recently as three days ago. The National Grid outage map of the town now shows only scattered outages, with each green bulb representing fewer than 5 customers still awaiting restoration of electrical service.

National Grid outage map

The rest of the snow in my yard is now almost gone, with just the remnants of a plow pile near the street. With any luck, we will remain precipation free for the next couple of weeks so that the rest of the leaves can fall and get raked before winter sets in for real.

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