Memories of Past Snow Storms

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Sun, 02/10/2013 - 03:32.

February 9, 2013 will be frozen into the memories of many folks along the east coast. Nemo, the blizzard/nor’easter/storm, will not be easy to forget   I’m happy to be living in Carteret County, North Carolina where snow does not make a lot of appearances.

I have paid my dues when it comes to snow.  My wife, Glenda, and I lived in Atlantic Canada for sixteen years. I remember one storm of over three feet when it took me most of the morning to blow a quarter mile path to our nearest barn.  That might sound about right, but I was using a 100 PTO HP tractor and an eight foot wide dual auger snow blower.  It took me the rest of the day to get to our cattle.  

It was one of many adventures which came from living in a Canadian snow belt.  You know it is bad when you live in area famous for snow in country where most think it snows year round. 

It was very different. The snow plows did not even get on the road unless we had more than six inches of snow.  The first year I kept track of the snow.  We had twenty-three feet.  There were times when our fields had over six feet of snow on them. 

I can only remember the school being canceled a couple of times.  One was when there was so much snow that they were worried about the kids playing on snow banks and touching power lines. The other was when the temperature dropped to minus forty.

Once we moved back down to the states we settled on a steep mountainside in Roanoke, Virginia. Turns out that it really knows how to snow in Roanoke as well.  We saw numerous whopper storms that isolated our hill for few days.

One of the best was the storm that arrived on December 19, 2009.  We actually raced back to Roanoke to beat the storm.  We got there just in time, but we made the mistake of going back out to pick up a few more things.  In the thirty minutes that we were gone, our steep hill became impassable probably because I had given up on snow tires.  After all we were living at the coast. It was a bad mistake.  We had to leave our car at the foot of the hill.  We were lucky to find a neighbor who would come and get us in his snow tire equipped four wheel drive.  In a way it was payback for all the times I hauled people up the hill.

Still that was a healthy storm with over 28 inches of very heavy snow.  It took a long time just to get a path out to the end of our drive way with my trusty Canadian snow scoop.  It was a while before we got my car back up the hill and we put new snow tires on it before we left town.  The picture at the top of the post was taken the morning after that storm.

We have seen a little snow here at the coast but it is nothing like what we saw in Roanoke must less in our Canadian snow belt.  This a slide show of some of the pictures from the 2009 Roanoke storm.  My favorite is in this batch of pictures which has a glass topped table that ended up looking like a snow cupcake.

Personally I prefer winter sunshine on a snow free dock or warm winter weekends in January to a full-fledged blizzard.

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