Guest Writer Dana McDonald, Morning Host – WNCL (Cool 101.3)
Before you read any further, I want you to think about the sound of birds chirping, kids playing basketball in the street, and flowers beginning to come out of hibernation in your garden. Got it? Now imagine the sound of a record scratch, and all of those good thoughts come to a screeching halt! OK, now you can continue.
It’s 8:15 Wednesday night, March 21 the second day of Spring 2018, and as I write this I’m deciding, for the second time this year, which piece of carpet here at the Cool 101.3 studio I’m going to call home for the night, because once again Mother Nature has decided to rain, or in this case snow, on our parade. Winter storm Toby is having his way with the East Coast, and I figure it’s better to spend the night here than risk driving back to Townsend, where Toby is treating my house much worse than here in Milford.
Toby is the 4th, and hopefully last Nor’Easter this month, and I’m wondering if I’m ever going to see my lawn again! But Toby is by no stretch an “only child”. Let’s flash back and remember some of the wonderful winter weather we’ve been through! Let’s start with Winter Storm Grayson, a.k.a. the “Bomb Cyclone” which paid us a visit at the very beginning of the year. Snow totals across the state ranged between a few inches to as much as 8 inches, but the blowing and drifting made things much worse. 2016 brought us winter storm Jonas, which dumped anywhere from 8.8 inches of snow in Laurel, to 17.2 inches in Woodside. In 2010, we were treated to back-to-back storms in February nicknamed Snowmageddon and Snowpocalypse. The first storm hit Feb. 5 and 6, and dumped 23.41 inches of snow on Kent County. New Castle’s 25.8 inches smashed the previous single storm record of 19 inches, and Sussex County was treated to 21 inches. Before that could melt, the second storm hit Feb. 9 and 10. When all was said and done, all three counties in Delaware received more than 30 inches of snow in less than a week. I specifically remember that storm because the roof of the Townsend Fire Station collapsed under the weight of the snow, and the station had to be rebuilt from the ground up.
There was the Blizzard of ’96 that dropped eight to 10 inches of snow and sleet on Kent County on Jan. 7, while northern New Castle County received nearly 20 inches. About 8 inches fell on Sussex. Governor Tom Carper declared a limited state of emergency on Jan. 6, and then a full state of emergency Jan. 7 and 8, closing government offices. And who could forget the Blizzard of 1993 on March 13, 1993. That storm was famous not for its snow, but for its low. On March 13, the barometer dipped to 28.41 inches in Dover as the center of the storm passed over the city. With that storm, the pressure actually went lower than many hurricanes. Nowhere in the country was the pressure lower than in Dover that day. Kent County only received 5 inches of snow during that storm, however farther north, Wilmington received 14 inches of snow.
We’ve certainly had much worse winters than the winter of 2017-18, but for me, THIS winter seems to be going on and on and on. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I can’t wait to mow my lawn.Don’t worry though, in a few weeks I’m sure we’ll all be complaining about the heat and humidity.
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