And Now, in the Storm’s Wake, The Digging

Down the highway
Down the Highway

 

The Southold Presbyterian Church
The Southold Presbyterian Church

Snow totals reported by the National Weather Service as of the end of this week’s blizzard are as follows: 29 inches in Southampton, 30 inches in Orient, 26.9 inches in Mattituck, 24 inches in Hampton Bays, 22 inches in Flanders, Baiting Hollow and Eastport, 20.3 inches in Noyac, 16.5 inches in Jamesport and 17.1 inches at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

In comparison, in the blizzard of Feb. 8, 2013, the National Weather Service office at BNL received 30.9 inches of snow and during the blizzard of Feb. 6, 1978, nearly two feet of snow fell across much of Long Island (there was already more than a foot of snow on the ground from a storm two weeks prior).

 

 

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As we finish digging out from under all this snow, the hardy kids of the North Fork are expected to go back to school tomorrow, and, for some, it will be a bittersweet return. Both Riverhead and Mattituck school districts have also made Friday a regular school day, when it was intended to be a faculty-only work day. And students who missed Regents exams due to the snow will see them rescheduled over the upcoming week. Kids in Southampton, East Hampton, Springs, Montauk and Amagansett, however, are the lucky receipents of another day off on Thursday.

If you’re done shoveling out, and wondering if this storm was really all that bad, below are some great trips down memory lane to some cold, cold storms:

http://www.longwood.k12.ny.us/history/midisl/bayles%20stories/book%207/OLD%20TIMERS%20STILL%20RECALL%20BLIZZARD%20OF%201888.htm

 




Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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