Wednesday, December 09, 2009

The real snow began after dark

The Real Snow Began After Dark
That's when it really started to come down hard. The 7.1 inches of snow that fell before midnight yesterday in Madison set a new record for Dec. 8th, breaking the previous record of 7 inches set in 1977. We got roughly another 7 inches or so by this afternoon, for a total of 14 inches, give or take a bit depending on where you live. Power lines were down in some areas, knocked down by tree branches overloaded with snow. There were the usual injuries as people started digging out from the deep, heavy, wet snow, which overtaxed many snow blowers.
Steve Van Dinter, spokesman for St. Marys Hospital, said the emergency room has had seven amputations already today from snowblower accidents. “It’s all guys,” he said. “Fingertips are gone or even worse.”. . . Mae Knowles, a spokeswoman for Meriter Hospital, said the emergency room also had received at least three people today with "severe lacerations" to their hands from trying to clear obstructions from snow blowers.
Pretty nasty autumn weather, since it's not actually winter yet. The good news is that as the new El Nino settles in, we're likely to have less snow than usual after New Year's.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi! I think I've got you beat in the Snow Dept. this season so far -- and I live in Northern California! OK, I live in the Sierras at 3,200 ft. We had 18 inches of snow fall between Sunday afternoon and Monday afternoon -- the most I've ever seen in the 12 years I've lived here. It's not melting. Last night, the temp was down to 12 degrees F. It almost reached 38 today.

I never thought I'd be able to top your Wisconsin snow, Madison Guy -- and certainly, not in late autumn. But here it is. If you'd like to see photos, check out Oh -- and by the way -- THANKS for the good birthday wishes. Meant to write back, stored your email and forgot. Forgive me... I'll write soon.