The Blizzard of 2016

Photo of Walden Pond, MA taken by author, Deborah-Diane; all rights reserved.
Laguna Woods, California
January 23, 2016 8:40pm CST
The blizzard that is creating havoc for people on the East Coast is apparently record-breaking on several levels: It is the most snow in Washington, DC in 90 years. It is one of the five heaviest snowfalls in New York history. It is the first time EVER that both New York and Washington DC got more than 18 inches of snow from the same storm. Two of our daughters, the mothers of three of our grandkids, live in the blizzard areas. They have been posting photos of their kids playing in the snow all day. If you, or someone you love, has been caught in this blizzard, I hope they are safe and enjoying it ... not in danger or overwhelmed by it.
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@paigea (22198)
• Canada
24 Jan 16
I am glad to hear that there are people enjoying the snow. I hope it is not causing trouble for too many people.
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@paigea (22198)
• Canada
26 Jan 16
@DeborahDiane Oh my. I always shovel the snow a little at a time. My husband goes at it with a vengeance!
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• Laguna Woods, California
27 Jan 16
@paigea - You better tell your husband to slow down and take it easy. No point in having a heart attack!
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@paigea (22198)
• Canada
27 Jan 16
@DeborahDiane I tell him. I try to do some of it because he just can't go slow. This year we have yet to have a real shoveling session which is turning into worries about a dry spring - and fires.
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@just4him (117471)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
24 Jan 16
That's a lot of snow for DC. I hope your grandkids are having lots of fun in it. I imagine that means no school and every kid loves that idea.
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• Laguna Woods, California
25 Jan 16
Our grandkids have been having a ball in the snow. It has been so much fun for them!
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@just4him (117471)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Jan 16
@DeborahDiane I always loved being out in the snow as a kid, so I'm sure they're having a blast in this unusual storm. Did they have school called off because of it, or is it back to school as usual tomorrow?
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• Laguna Woods, California
26 Jan 16
@just4him - The two youngest ones don't go to school yet. The older one had school called off today and tomorrow, so he is happy as a clam!
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
24 Jan 16
We've missed the snow. We'll see how long before we get some serious snow.
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• Laguna Woods, California
25 Jan 16
Wow! Not much snow in Ontario? That is shocking. I hope you get some, too.
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
25 Jan 16
@DeborahDiane last year it was late too. We were socked in a lot of February.
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• Laguna Woods, California
26 Jan 16
@Morleyhunt - Here is Southern California, we are still hoping that we will get some rain from this El Nino. It is supposed to be in the 70s the rest of the week, which would be nice if we didn't need rain so badly!
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@Platespinner (16522)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
24 Jan 16
It has been quite the storm. Glad your daughters, and grand children are able to enjoy it!
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• Laguna Woods, California
25 Jan 16
Yes, our family has been safe and has been able to enjoy it. Sadly, that has not been true for everyone.
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@jstory07 (67234)
• Roseburg, Oregon
24 Jan 16
I hope your family that lives in that area stays safe,
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• Laguna Woods, California
25 Jan 16
Our family has been safe and the grandkids have really enjoyed the snow!
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@1hopefulman (28631)
• Canada
24 Jan 16
I really enjoyed the video of the panda enjoying the snow. I guess pandas and children are enjoying the snow.
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@buenavida (8020)
• Sweden
25 Jan 16
Got any link to the video??
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• Laguna Woods, California
25 Jan 16
@1hopefulman and @buenavida - I don't have a link to the video, but I'm sure anyone could find it on YouTube. Just look for Washington, DC panda in the snow.
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@1hopefulman (28631)
• Canada
25 Jan 16
@buenavida I had to smile watching this video. It was on the BBC.
Tian Tian, a giant panda who lives at the National Zoo in Washington, has been taking advantage of the freezing weather by fooling about in the snow.
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@kevin1877uk (36976)
24 Jan 16
WOW I hope everyone is safe and warm.
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@kevin1877uk (36976)
26 Jan 16
@DeborahDiane Oh dear, sorry to hear about that.
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• Laguna Woods, California
27 Jan 16
@kevin1877uk - Yes, it is terrible that blizzards can be both beautiful and deadly.
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@kevin1877uk (36976)
27 Jan 16
@DeborahDiane That is true it can be both.
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@LadyDuck (157903)
• Switzerland
24 Jan 16
I have seen photos of the blizard online, I hope that all your family is safe.
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• Laguna Woods, California
26 Jan 16
Everyone in our family has been safe during this blizzard. The grandkids are all enjoying it. I am grateful that they have not had the problems that other people had.
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• Laguna Woods, California
27 Jan 16
@LadyDuck - Yes, it was a very serious blizzard. I have heard the same region could get a little more snow later this week. I'm sure that will not be very welcome.
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• Preston, England
24 Jan 16
so glad to be nowhere near there now
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• Laguna Woods, California
25 Jan 16
I totally understand. I like seeing videos of the snow. I don't need to actually be there!
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• United States
24 Jan 16
Hundreds or is it thousands of people who live in the area hit by this storm ignored the warnings and were stuck on roads and highways. Each one of them that had to be dug out and/or rescued should be handed a bill. Why should those who did the right thing pick up the cost of helping people who did not? I am not suggesting charging people who through no fault of their own had difficulties, like those who stayed home, but whose homes became flooded or otherwise damaged, but good grief, I knew the roads were unsafe, and I live in California. So why didn't they? They did, but they went out anyway.
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• Laguna Woods, California
26 Jan 16
I have to say that I agree that there were many people out on the road who never should have been there. It does seem irresponsible.
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• United States
26 Jan 16
@DeborahDiane Yes, also self-indulgent and dangerous.
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• Laguna Woods, California
27 Jan 16
@ElizabethWallace - It was definitely dangerous. It makes things extra hard for the people who try to rescue them, too.
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@DianneN (78466)
• United States
26 Jan 16
We had it worse 4 years ago in CT with 38 inches of snow in one drop. The only good that came out of it was our decision, right then and there, to buy a condo in FL. My family was lucky in NYC and CT. It was a light, fluffy snow.
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• Laguna Woods, California
26 Jan 16
I'm glad that your family survived OK with the snow in NYC and CT. Our daughters in Hastings-on-Hudson and Delaware both did fine. Our grandkids had a ball in the snow!
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@DianneN (78466)
• United States
26 Jan 16
@DeborahDiane So did mine on their roof top and in front of their building. What kids don't love the snow?
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• Laguna Woods, California
27 Jan 16
@DianneN - I agree! Snow is so much fun for children. Just watching them play makes me smile!
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@whiteream (3547)
• United States
26 Jan 16
It a lot of snow that is for sure. The kids are loving it.
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• Laguna Woods, California
26 Jan 16
It has been a long time since I lived somewhere that had so much snow! I grew up in Missouri, but now I live in Southern California where we have to drive somewhere to see the snow.
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@GreatMartin (4541)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
25 Jan 16
And go to my discussion today for another 'cold' aspect!! :O)
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• Laguna Woods, California
26 Jan 16
OK! I will check out your discussion to find out more about your "cold" aspect!
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@allknowing (65309)
• India
25 Jan 16
I have been glued to CNN and got to see those never before images.
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• Laguna Woods, California
27 Jan 16
CNN had some incredible images of the blizzard.
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@sgbrown (1643)
• United States
25 Jan 16
That is a lot of snow! Luckily, we don't have anyone that lives in those areas. I hope that everyone there stays safe and is able to enjoy it. I know it can be very dangerous too.
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@TheHorse (66034)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Jan 16
My auntie on Long Island NY says it's pretty but they're pretty much snowbound. My brother near Boston says they didn't get much snow.
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• Laguna Woods, California
26 Jan 16
I think the snow is following our daughter who now lives in Delaware but used to live in Boston. There was a blizzard when she lived in Boston, and now there is one right after they moved to Delaware. Maybe she caused this weather!
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@Juliaacv (30487)
• Canada
24 Jan 16
Its nice to hear that the little ones are able to play out in the snow. When we get a blizzard it is quite often filled with very cold temperatures and windy conditions which make for white outs and you don't let little ones out in that weather. It sounds like they got a lot of snow from that system.
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• Laguna Woods, California
27 Jan 16
Yes, the weather can be much more intense in Canada. I'm glad my grandchildren were able to enjoy it.
• United States
24 Jan 16
New York City's total yesterday put that storm at the second highest since the '69 storm.
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• Laguna Woods, California
27 Jan 16
It was a tremendous storm. Tonight on the news, the borough of Queens was complaining that their streets had still not been cleared.
@zebra2222 (5161)
• United States
24 Jan 16
I've watched CNN News. It was an unbelievable snow storm. Personally, I believe that Global Warming is part of the cause. I think that more of these events will happen in the coming years.
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• Laguna Woods, California
26 Jan 16
I have heard that global warming actually increases the amount of snow. It has something to do with the way the water evaporates and then comes down as snow in certain locations, but I don't understand the exact mechanism. At any rate, the weather has really been strange.
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@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
24 Jan 16
Glad all yours are safe and enjoying the snowy weather
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• Laguna Woods, California
26 Jan 16
The grandkids have had so much fun! We've been very lucky!
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