HALLIE EPHRON: Rhys, I fully expect a huge exodus from here to your part of the world.
I live just south of Boston, the bullseye of this year's Snowmageddon. We joke that we’re changing our name to Alaskachusetts. That the penguin is replacing the chickadee as our state bird.
I now understand “lake effect.” Because I gather that’s what’s
happening. The jet stream is pulling down frigid air, shooting it down
through the middle of the country, sweeping it back up and out over our
ocean where the warm temperatures are making it snow. And snow. And snow some more. We are in a
little snow vortex.
No, we don't have a snowblower. This picture shows me, shoveling the last 2-footer after two previous storms dumped 3 feet and 2 feet respectively.
A month into this and we're still festooned with icicles. There's still no parking on my street which has 6-foot mounds on either side of a single lane.
But we're dry and warm. The people I feel for are the snow plow drivers and our poor mailman -- last SUNDAY morning at 7 AM I nipped out to get the paper (which glory be! had been delivered) to discover him coming up my walk, and catching up on mail delivery. Poor guy looked exhausted.
Though we seem to have come through intact, the roof of my local UPS store collapsed. My lovely neighbors have ice dams in the back of their house and tiles popping off the bathroom walls — their insurance company sent emergency services with massive fans to dry them out.
How much snow? Our clever press got excited
when the 30-day total exceeded David’ Ortiz’s height (6’4”) 76.5” in 30
days.The last round of snow showers brought Boston’s totals to 101.8
inches. Here’s the view from my office. Yes, up to my
And with it all, here’s a bunny (can you spot him? at the base of the fence post) hunkered down in our garden behind a bush. I'd seen his tracks through the snow and then, there he (she?) was! How do they survive?
I gather this winter there's plenty of misery to go around. Did I mention the cold? Single digits every night.
Am I ready for spring? You betcha. We're all guessing when the snow will be melted. May 1?