Saturday, October 29, 2011

Snowy New England: A Once in a Century Storm

The forecasters predicted that at 2 p.m. today we would have a bit of rain which would turn to snow showers around 6 p.m. During the night hours a Nor'easter would descend on us and last until morning. We arose early, and began putting away outdoor furniture, being careful not to slip on piles of leaves that had dropped following the five inches of snow that fell two days ago. We put in the grill and drained fountains and hoses. At the exact moment we planted the last daffodil bulb, at exactly 2 p.m., one snowflake fell from the sky. At 2:02 p.m. thundersnow began falling at the rate of an inch an hour, and has yet to stop. It is after 10:00 p.m. We are expecting two feet of snow.
The meteorologists are calling this a 100 Year Storm. The east coast has not seen an October Nor'easter like this since before the Civil War. We wonder how many layers our sisters from 1864 wore under their outer skirts. Now we know why they made flannel petticoats!

We were looking through our photo archives and found this gem of two Edwardian women riding their bikes in the snow! It gives us so many ideas for tomorrow morning. Anyone for a bike ride in the snow down Peabody Hill???

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