|2011 What a Year - More Climate Records Broken.
Worst October Snow Storm on Record in North East USA
By Colin Andrews
Posted November 3, 2011
|Here on our small farm in North Guilford, Connecticut, the 12" of heavy wet snow on trees still fully laden with leaves, meant
one thing: Broken limbs, trees and wires down and no power for a couple of days. These old 20 feet tall lilac stands were
taken down onto the ground. Copyright: Colin Andrews
Millions without power after US
By Lauren Keiper
BOSTON | Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:21pm EDT
(Reuters) - Devastation from the rare and
deadly October snowstorm lingered in the
Northeast on Monday, leaving 2.2 million
houses without power, closing schools,
snarling the morning commute and
postponing Halloween fun.
The storm that raged from West Virginia to
Maine from Saturday until late Sunday was
blamed for at least eight deaths, most of them
on slippery roads.
Many roads were still barricaded to steer
traffic away from downed trees and power
Ghost and goblin decorations were blanketed
with record snowfall in many places for
October, such as 32 inches (81 cm)
measured in the western Massachusetts town
of Peru, according to the National Weather
Across the Northeast, more than 2.2 million
customers remained without power on
"What a storm, my power is still out!" said a
Monday morning Twitter post from U.S.
Senator Scott Brown about his Wrentham,
Just 45 minutes northwest of New York City,
in West Milford, New Jersey, 19 inches (48
cm) of snow fell.
Despite a sunny Monday, several New Jersey
Transit train lines going into New York City
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said
100 state roads were closed and about 200
more were partially closed.
Connecticut was particularly hard hit and
Malloy called the power outages in his state
the worst in history.
|Heavy snow fall on leaf laden trees, caused many thousands to fall.
This one onto cars in Worcester, Massachusetts - Oct 30, 2011. Credit:
Reuters - Adam Hunger.
It snowed heavily most of Saturday 29th October, 2011
and just got worse Saturday night. Standing outside in our
back yard at around 4 PM the first cracks were heard which
sounded like gun fire as trees and branches began snapping
and falling. We lost two of our old apple trees as well as five
other large trees and numerous limbs from many others. The
power was lost at 4.20 PM as it was for over three million
others as the hours passed, according to news reports. Not
a single shrub was standing in our garden by sunrise the
next day. Power remained out for two days for us and we
were the lucky ones. Connecticut was the worst hit with over
a million still without electricity five days later. News reports
Over lapping of seasons saw leaves still on most of the trees, which
caused the big problems. A State of Emergency was declared in
Connecticut. Some areas saw devistation. Copyright: Colin Andrews.
The scene Sunday morning, October 30th, 2011. 12 inches of heavy wet snow, no power, water, heating, toilets, Internet or telephones but with
lessons learned from Hurricane Irene just 8 weeks earlier we were better equipt. Our Life Saver List: 5,000 Watt generator, LED lights on
headbands (amazing), buckets, hand pumped water in garbage bins already in position for washing and horses, battery radio, cellphone
chargers from car cigar outlets, lpg picnic stove and spare lpg containers (essential), wood fire and wood ready to go, bottled water (important),
coffee and plunger (pick you up), free cellphone to oversea countries via Vonage, Iphone for internet and information. All good preparation for
Reminiscent of just eight weeks earlier and Irene. Lots of trees down and roads blocked. Utility workers all over the place doing a great job. Not fast enough
for some who complained that a week without electricity in the cold was not acceptable. Copyright: Colin Andrews
Half a dozen more trees lost to the severe weather of the last few weeks - this time we lost two of the three apple trees, making more than fifteen trees in 8
weeks. Numerous others badly damaged and the garden virtually destroyed. Synthia's Mother, Suzie lives just 9 miles to our south on the coast at Branford
where they had just an inch and no damage at all. Three families are living with her from north of the county where its even worse than we have it. Northern
Mass reported 31" of snow, Ouch! Copyright: Colin Andrews.
|There were those who were not happy with such an early winter (me left) and those who were
over the moon (above - Gabe and Emerson).
Copyright: Colin Andrews
|State by State look as of November 1st
|President Obama declares emergency
exists in Connecticut; 679,000 remain
powerless - Nov 1st, 2011 - HERE
November 14, 2011
Just 16 days later, plants
flowering for the second
time in a single season
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|Eight weeks before this record storm, another record breaking Hurricane 'Irene' hit the area and 16 days after this
snow storm many plants flowered again for the second time in a single season - Climate Change is showing its mark.
Some of the flowers seen below.
|Some of the plants flowering again for the second time in a single season.