Monday, February 13, 2006


I was born in June 1947 and as long as my father lived, he would always find an opportunity every once and a while to recall the blizzard of 1947 in New York. He had a few photographs of himself and my late mother holding me outside the Bronx apartment house where we resided at the time.

There was an awful lot of snow on the ground.

But that record is no more.

A total of 26.9 inches fell in Central Park, the most since record-keeping began in 1869, the National Weather Service reported.

In what weather experts called a remarkable and relentless fall that began late Saturday afternoon and ended late yesterday, it eclipsed the legendary blow of Dec. 26-27, 1947, which dropped 26.4 inches and killed 77 people. It also easily surpassed the memorable No. 3 and No. 2 storms, of Jan. 6-7, 1996, which left 20.2 inches, and March 12-14, 1888, the notorious Blizzard of '88, which dropped 21 inches.

Oh, well.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

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