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    Does any body know what it was like at the summit during the blizzard of 78?I lived in southern New England and I was 12 so I thought it was great. Just curiuos about the wind and snow at the summit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHRIS
    Does any body know what it was like at the summit during the blizzard of 78?I lived in southern New England and I was 12 so I thought it was great. Just curiuos about the wind and snow at the summit.
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    Good Question. I remember that storm also since I lived in CT. The 70's seemed to be a great decade for snow in the north east. 80's and 90's?...not so much!
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    I can see from http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/normals.php that the summit received 24" of snow in one 24 hour period in January of '78. The total for that month was 94.6". Both of those numbers stand as records for the month of January.

    Also of interest would be a firsthand account of the 68-69 season. The summit received 566.4" of frozen precip that season, which is about 47 feet!!!

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    From my memory of '78, at least in the Durham area, New Hampshire kind of skated by the actual storm. My memory says that the storm tracked out to sea somewhere near Gloucester and spared NH most of the snowfall. MA and RI were not so fortunate. I have a vivid memory of a frontpage picture on the Globe that showed I-95 at the MA/RI border where you could see where the MA plows had turned around and RI was just trackless white. The Maine and NH coast was pretty well pounded, a friend of mine was working at the Cleiif House in Ogunquit and they were scrambling to get some plywood over the window as the waves were breaking on top of the cliff. We also took a trip down to Hampton Beach a few days later and saw some houses moved off their foundations and some of the bus-sized jetty blocks moved from the seaward side of the road to the landward side. All in all, it was pretty impressive.
    It was a pretty cold and snowy winter though, as the records attest, I remember a few storms and some heavy duty snow removal in Durham.

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    I was living in upstate NY that winter. After the storm was gone I called my sister in RI. She was standing in her house looking out at the back yard. She could see a little bit of red in the snow - was the top cross bar of her daughter's swing set!
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    I was at the (then) Statler Hilton across from Grand Central Station in NYC, watching people cross-country ski down the middle of the Avenue. Not a car in site ... if the buildings were mountains, I would have thought I was in NH

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