Did Somebody Order Snow? Blizzard of 2013

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By Nick Tomchik on February 9, 2013, 7:50pm Last modified: February 10, 2013, 4:51pm

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Over the past 24 hours, a historic storm named both Nemo & Charlotte made its mark on New England as well as other states to the west of us. A HUGE amount of snow seemed to dump from the sky. Making snowfall totals for the season skyrocket. Bands of heavy snowfall did some impressive work, giving us snowfall rates of 4-5 inches per hour as the heavy band rotated into Litchfield county and just sat there while it unleashed its fury. This sure was no joke of a storm, in most places it broke the records set by the Blizzard of 1978. Bringing heavy snowfall, high winds, and a big storm system that would last a good chunk of time; this would be the perfect equation for a massive blizzard.

What did this storm do for life on the ground? It created a disaster for drivers and emergency personnel, all night the police scanner was going off with calls of drivers getting stuck and at one point an ambulance got stuck along with a plow truck. At this point when the heavy snowfall was occurring it was said that the ambulance service could not even respond to calls anymore. If it was an essential emergency, the FD would need to come to provide extrication. Not only was the scanner going off but my ham radio was going off on the Hartford/Tolland county and Litchfield county SKYWARN nets. Every few hours a net was held to gather important reports for the National Weather Service. Reports of heavy snowfall and massive precipitation amounts were coming in from all across the state. There was so many ham stations were checking into the net that the net control was scrambling to get more paper every 2 minutes.

While all this was happening i was holding a conversation with KB1RBI, Keith Mutch in Torrington on our local ham radio repeater. Around 2:45am, Keith went outside to take a measurement and evaluate the current conditions. While doing so he shot a video of himself in the snow up to his knees and at one point it reached his waist. When the snow reached his waist he almost got stuck out in the snow. The video he shot is here-Keith Reporting Live, Blizzard 2013

Many voices were echoed about this being the craziest storm they've seen in their life and then later on today more voices were echoed about staying off of the roads and staying in your home. Some even wondered why the storm was named what it was.

"What the heck does a winter storm have anything in common with a tropical fish e.g. Nemo. P.S. Would someone slap some common sense into the person who names these winter storms." -KB1RBI, Keith Mutch in Torrington, CT.

"This is the greatest storm ever, I drove around pulling stranded cars out till 3am." -Josh Cox in Torrington, CT

Unfortunately, There were deaths during this storm and my thoughts go out to the families of the ones who passed. According to NBC Connecticut there has been 5 Storm-Related Fatalities. For more info-5 Storm Related Fatalities Reported

Now comes the end of the storm and we start to take our final snowfall measurements. Here at my house in Torrington near the Torrington-Goshen line i measured a total of 30 inches. 

 

Here are the unofficial snowfall totals for Litchfield County taken in the past 12 hours.

Source: NWS Albany, NY


TORRINGTON 28.0 FACEBOOK

NEW HARTFORD 33.0 SPOTTER

BAKERSVILLE 28.0 CO-OP OBSERVER

WINSTED 25.0 SPOTTER

NEW PRESTON 25.0 PUBLIC

THOMASTON 23.0 CT DOT

HARWINTON 23.0 AMATEUR RADIO

WINCHESTER CENTER 22.5 DEPT OF HIGHWAYS

ROXBURY 22.0 AMATEUR RADIO

NORFOLK 17.2 CO-OP OBSERVER

LITCHFIELD 16.0 CT DOT

CORNWALL 12.0 AMATEUR RADIO

NORTH CANAAN 11.0 CT DOT


PHOTO CREDIT: Amanda DeSanti

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Nick Tomchik

Town: Torrington, CT  

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