Chip Ford's 1974 Catalina 22
Sail #3282 l Marblehead, Massachusetts
Winter 2008: Really, just a
February 23, 2008
Feb. 23, 2008 -- This was simply a
typical New England snowstorm of no great significance -- just
one of those one-footers we have to get out and move around a bit,
get it out of
the way before maybe the next one.
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A new trick I learned (after how much of my life living
in New England!) from the truck drivers who share
our lot is to lift the windshield wiper blades on our vehicles in
anticipation of snow. (Feb. 23, 2008)
With the wiper blades up and out of the way, it makes for
easier windshield clearing.
We were well plowed out come morning. (Note Chip Ahoy parked and covered
alongside the house and "Firewood.")
A view from Village Street.
Not a whole lot of snowfall, until it has to be moved from one place to
another. Then even a foot of snow is an effort for its long term
My paths cut with the Sears snowthrower, which worked
this time -- incredibly from start to finish, a near-record!
Done, at last.
The Boston Globe
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Winter punch stings region
Amid cold, vision of a warmer world
By Peter J. Howe and Megan Woolhouse
A slow-rolling snowstorm that peaked during
the afternoon commute delayed thousands of homeward drivers last
evening and led to more than 120 flight cancellations at Logan
International Airport at the end of the busy school-vacation
With 8 to 9 inches of snow forecast for Greater Boston and 7.5
inches on the ground by 11 p.m. yesterday, airlines began
canceling flights in droves early yesterday, hours before any
flakes fell, worried that planes would get stuck here. By 5
p.m., 77 departing flights and 50 arriving flights had been
canceled at Logan, about 10 percent of the airport's total daily
Because many Boston-bound flights from Southern cities are
booked to fly 95 percent to 100 percent full today and tomorrow,
many travelers were facing a nightmare trying to get home.
"There are no flights I can get on for two whole days," said Dr.
Jane Liebschutz, a Boston Medical Center physician attending a
medical conference in Austin, Texas, whose American Airlines
flight home through Dallas yesterday was canceled. The earliest
she could get a flight home was tomorrow morning, which meant
missing a friend's 50th birthday, an appointment with her tax
accountant, and two days with her daughters, who are 4 and 3.
"I told them I would fly to New York, to Hartford, to
Providence, to Manchester, and there's nothing, absolutely
zero," Liebschutz said in a telephone interview.
Carolyn Fennell, a spokeswoman for the Greater Orlando Aviation
Authority, said that more than 60 northbound flights were
canceled there yesterday, but that it appeared that airlines had
notified travelers by phone and electronic mail well before they
came to the airport, where it was 84 degrees and sunny. "We
haven't seen any unusual number of people camping out here,"
Fennell said. "It's just a busy Friday."
New Englanders hoping to escape to warmer climes weren't faring
any better. Pat and Paul Pouliotte of Augusta, Maine, braved a
three-hour bus ride to Logan, only to have their flight to Miami
canceled once they got there. They faced a 24-hour-plus wait in
Boston. "I am so sick of the snow," Pat Pouliotte said.
Logan spokesman Phil Orlandella said Boston was a victim of
delays that began in the early morning at the three New
York-area airports and in Philadelphia and quickly snarled
Logan-bound flights. Plowing crews were able to keep Logan
runways open throughout the storm, Orlandella said.
That was no help to travelers like Chris Wile of West Newbury,
who said his flight from Cancun to Boston was diverted to
Philadelphia because of the storm. Speaking on his cellphone
from on board the plane last night at 11 p.m., he said that
passengers had been sitting on the plane for more than four
hours and that frustration was mounting.
"The plane is half full of kids because of school vacation," he
said, adding that one had become ill.
"We have no idea . . . if we have a flight back or what," he
said. "We don't know what's going on."
Orlandella said that "there should be no problems in the
morning" by way of additional canceled flights, but he urged
travelers to check with their airlines. People trying to rebook
flights that were canceled yesterday could face delays getting
new tickets on flights today and tomorrow, officials said.
On area roads, travel was smoother, if slow. By early evening,
State Police and SmartRoute Systems, which operates the 511
traveler cellphone information line, reported that homebound
commutes on most roads were taking two to three times longer
A spate of spinout accidents was reported on Route 2 in Acton
and Boxborough and also in Needham and Franklin. Interstate 495
in Hopkinton, just south of the Massachusetts Turnpike, was at a
standstill, authorities said.
But officials said several factors appeared to help traffic flow
and prevent a repeat of the traffic paralysis that ensued during
a midday storm Dec. 13: Many workers had taken the school
vacation week off; Governor Deval Patrick sent most state
workers home at lunchtime; and the Registry of Motor Vehicles
shut down all its branches and canceled all hearings and
driver's license road tests.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino declared a snow emergency in Boston at 2
p.m., triggering a parking ban on most major city streets, as
more than 300 city plows went to work. Traffic is "definitely
lighter, today being a school vacation week," said State Police
Lieutenant Eric Anderson. "I think people also realized the
storm was coming."
Peter Judge, spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency
Management Agency, agreed. "On Dec. 13, we had a confluence of a
lot of bad circumstances, and today it was the reverse, a
confluence of a lot of good circumstances including the vacation
week," he said.
The state Highway Department deployed hundreds of trucks to
spray highways with liquid calcium chloride, which melts snow
before it sticks. As the snow piled up, more than 2,600
MassHighway plows and salt- and sand-spreading trucks went to
work across the state, spokesman Adam Hurtubise said.
The MBTA reported that about a half-dozen trains were delayed by
20 to 30 minutes during the afternoon rush hour, including the
2:45 p.m. train to Worcester from South Station. Usually running
express as far as Natick, the train was making stops at every
station in Newton and Wellesley to accommodate a crush of
passengers leaving the city.
About 5:10 p.m., the lead wheels of a two-trolley train heading
to Riverside on the Green Line's D branch derailed at a switch
near Reservoir station, shutting down the line, T spokesman Joe
Pesaturo said. A bus shuttle was set up from Fenway to
Reservoir, with trolleys continuing to operate from Reservoir to
Riverside. Pesaturo said none of the 70 train passengers was
Tania deLuzuriaga and Andrew Ryan of the Globe staff
contributed to this report.