Nature December 21, 2016
A Terrifying, Deadly Storm Struck New Hampshire In 1978 And No One Saw It Coming
So far, the snow has been flying with some regularity in 2016, so we thought it would be appropriate to remember one of the biggest, most deadly snow storms to ever strike the Granite State: the Blizzard of 1978.
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New Hampshire natives are used to handling snow, but on February 5, 1978 a storm hit New Hampshire that was unlike anything else we'd seen.
The storm blew into New Hampshire with hurricane force winds blowing at 83 miles-per-hour. Whereas most blizzards last less than a day, this storm stayed around for a full 33 hours, which increased the damage.
The worst damage was on the seacoast. There, the tides rose 14 feet higher than normal, causing massive damage throughout the coast.
The high tides combined with two feet of snow meant major damage in Hampton Beach.
Across New England, traffic was a complete mess. People who weren't stuck in their cars by the storm's force were forbidden to drive on the roads for much of the week.
When the roads cleared, the extent of the snow was visible, with ten-foot snowdrifts in some areas of the state.
While kids reveled in their snow days, the storm had very serious consequences.
Around the state. roofs collapsed from the weight of the snow.
On the seacoast, cars had been tossed around like toys, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
The horrible consequences of the storm weren't replicated until the blizzard of 2013, which also dropped a ton of snow on New Hampshire. Hopefully we will not be repeating any of these historic storms this winter!
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