As we mentioned above, for those of us who have been around longer than we care to remember, the Blizzard of 2015 certainly rates as a whopper, but we have to say that it does not even come close to the Blizzard of ’78, which was a coastal event the likes of which we hopefully never will have to endure again.
We were reminded of the difference between this storm and the Blizzard of ’78 by a photo yesterday in (of all places) the Huffington Post, which showed a snowy, but serene, Winthrop Shore Drive during the day Tuesday, as compared to the photos, still fresh in the recesses of our minds, that appeared in the Sun-Transcript in the aftermath of the 1978 storm, which showed Shore Drive torn up with huge chunks of ice and asphalt littering the devastated roadway. Pt. Shirley and Winthrop’s immediate coastal areas were accessible only by amphibious DUKW vehicles supplied by the National Guard, which gives an idea of the degree of devastation wrought by that powerful force of nature.
Still, the Blizzard of 2015 was a big one and will be remembered by schoolchildren in Greater Boston who got two days off from school. We know we speak for all of our fellow residents in offering our thanks to the dedicated members of our Department of Public Works, who have worked tirelessly to make our streets passable, and to our public safety forces with the Police and Fire Departments, who were at the ready to respond to any emergency.