The Blizzard of 1978 was the result of the untimely collision of multiple weather systems; the new moon; the perfect alignment of the sun, the moon and the earth; and the occurrence of the storm during weekday commuter hours. These components caused this storm to reach "awesome" proportions. The most severe damage of the storm occurred along the coast. The positioning of earth in relation to the sun and the moon, and the phase of the moon itself, are responsible for the tides, these specific conditions caused the tide to be unnaturally high, enabling the storm surge to be immense. The storm surge was so intense that houses were knocked off their foundations, people fled to their attics for safety and a man drowned in his basement while fixing his furnace. The Boston Globe reported in their Tuesday February 6, 1978 morning edition, an edition which for the first time ever, was never distributed due to the ferocity of the storm; that the explanation of the storm is similar to Ted Williams's explanation of hitting a baseball "everything was in the right place at the right time."
[...] But the looter operates with relative impunity in the impersonal setting of so many of our neighborhoods. The Blizzard of 1978's Societal Impact The Blizzard of 78 was the original “Bread and Milk” storm, it is because of the Blizzard of 78 that people are instructed to stock up on crucial elements of our diets, such as bread and milk, before the storm starts. With the roads closed it was bread and milk that people ran out of first. In addition for setting the precedent in terms of a large grocery shopping trip before a major storm, the Blizzard of also set a precedent in the workplace. [...]
[...] Photographs taken of the interstates during this blizzard are amazing, as they illustrate the status of these major highways having become huge elongated parking lots Despite weather forecasts, the people of Massachusetts realized the intensity of the Blizzard shortly after it began snowing on the afternoon of Monday February The snowstorm had started out strong shortly after ten in the morning, by two in the afternoon the storm had reached such a strong magnitude that, although unconventional, some employers began releasing their workers so they would be able to get home safely. [...]
[...] Although the winds of the Blizzard of '78 comfortably maintained their status as a Category One hurricane, at the height of the blizzard the storm surge was 15.2 feet above normal sea level, equivalent to a Category Four hurricane. If all of the elements of the blizzard were considered Category One, the storm would have been much less devastating. However, a Category Four hurricane is the second most damaging type of hurricane; it is the elements of the storm that are classified as Category Four that are responsible for the severe damage Blizzard of '78. [...]
[...] Boston Globe Special Section: The Winter of our Discontent. February 12. Boston Globe Tales of Hell of a Storm' 10 Years Later, Blizzard of '78 still shivers. February 6. Boston Globe Freeze Frames From '78 Twenty-Five Years Ago, Everyone in the Beanpot Wore the Same Color: Winter White. February 10. Boston Herald Johnson, Dean. Blizzard of Memories: TV Weathermen recall how historic 1978 storm forever changed way storms are covered. February 3. New York Times New York City calls 1,000 to fight snow as foot is forecast. [...]
[...] Richard J., The Blizzard of 1978: Its Effects on the Coastal Environments of Southeastern New England. Boston, MA: Boston State College “Blizzard of the Century”, Time Magazine, February http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,947998,00.html Time Magazine, February Boston Seasonal Snowfall Statistics (1920 -1996), National Weather Service, Eastern Region Headquarters, last update: May accessed: April www.erh.noaa.gov/box/climate/snowbos.html Blizzard of '78 What Happened in Ohio: a Meteorological Review, Butler County Engineer's Office, accessed: April http://www.bceo.org/78blizzardrev.html Time Magazine, February Tougias, Michael. The Blizzard of '78. Yarmouthport, Massachusetts: On Cape Publications Page Governor Michael Dukakis, interviewed by the author, telephone, March Boston Seasonal Snowfall Statistics (1920 -1996), National Weather Service. [...]
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