WHEN I WAS A KID...PART 2
By: Charlie Lopresti
Thanks for joining me again. Did you miss part one? Read it here.
Now, Let's talk SNOW!
Skiers and snow boarders have been enjoying some of the snowiest winters on record over the past decade and a half. Here's the list of snowiest winters for Concord, Manchester, Boston, and Portland.
The data also suggests these cities have received some of the biggest snow storms on record over the past few decades as well.
Six of the last eight winters have been snowier than normal in Portland. The Jetport averages 61.8" of snow annually. Here are the seasonal totals since 2007/08
-2007/2008 103.0" (5th snowiest on record)
The all-time single storm snow fall record occurred three years ago and 4th on the list happened to be last winter Jan 27th and 28th. Snow records go back to 134 years.
A few of the more interesting snow statistics involve the past three meteorological winters (Dec, Jan, Feb). Of the 134 years of records the past three years fall 11th, 12th, and 13th snowiest.
Now back to my original point about, "When I was a kid." My opinion on the snow topic is not that we're liars, or our memory is bad, but our perception of the world was different when we were young.
1. As kids we were small: The snow banks sure did look big when we were three feet tall because they were. As grown adults that same snow bank may look half the size.
Children have small legs and a 2 foot snow pack may be waist high or higher for little ones. I amused myself with this after the Jan. blizzard playing with my kids who have a hard time moving in waist deep snow. They had fun too.
This little guy, stuck in chest deep snow, grew up to be a meteorologist. He loved snow as a child and still does! I wonder where I can get a cool orange striped winter jacket like that these days.
2. Snow removal: Snow banks most likely were higher when we were kids for the simple reason, we shoveled. These days, snow blowers can throw snow into your neighbor's yard (if you'd like) instead of piling high next to the driveway with a shovel.
In big cities, snow removal has become more and more popular. Many years ago, piles six feet high would be common, but these days machines and dump trucks remove most of that.
3. Plows: Plows have come a long way just in the last 30 years. The trucks in combination with the advanced hydraulic systems can handle just about any type and amount of snow.
Many years ago that wasn't the case. The blizzard of 1978 in Massachusetts is the best example I can think of. This picture has become a classic and shows how cars were abandoned on Rt 128 during that storm. Just too much snow in a short period of time.
It's my opinion this will never happen again thanks to advances in machinery and plows.
There is no question last winter and some other recent winters will give Maine's current youth some great memories to be used a half century down the road. I foresee many, " I remember when I was a kid" quotes many decades from now.