Town snowplough – ‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It’


Town snowplough

Well, maybe not the end of the world, but..it is a nasty ‘Nor’easter’. This is a particularly savage type of winter storm that we get here in New England. It starts with an area of low pressure moving up the coast from the Carolinas up towards the Maritime Provinces of Canada.  As the centre of the storm passes just off the coast, the circulation picks up moist air from the (relatively) warm Atlantic, which is dumped at fairly impressive rates over the New England states. Snow at the rate of 2 to 3 inches per hour is not uncommon. Nor’easters are one of the reasons why the Boston area averages around 50 inches of snow per year.

We have just been told that the next 8 hours will see another 12 – 18 inches of snow in our part of Massachusetts (on top of that already on the ground). It is going to be a trying commute, that is for sure! Possibly the only ones clapping their hands with glee are the owners of various ski resorts, just to the north of Boston; and, of course, the legions of skiers and snowboarders who flock to them.

The photograph shows one of our town snowploughs in action.
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