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February 7, 2013

Salem weatherman remembers the Blizzard of ’78

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The snow and the winds were bad enough, but there was another serious aspect of this record-breaking storm for those living along the immediate coastline — a series of exceptionally high tides and disastrous, wind-driven coastal surf. It just happened that there were extremely high “spring tides” on the 6th and 7th of February.

By Tuesday evening, the record-breaking storm passed over Nantucket and continued to move east-northeast. Finally, the storm abated and the huge task of snow removal and rescues began. The resulting flooding and devastation along the Massachusetts coastline was the most severe in the memories of long-time residents and weathermen. Fortunately, the post-storm weather was delightfully sunny with very little wind, allowing the inevitable clean-up period that followed.

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Arthur A. Francis is a Salem meteorologist.

BLIZZARD OF ’78 SNOWFALL

Ipswich 44 inches

Middleton 29 inches

Salem 26 inches

Newburyport 25 inches

Rockport 33 inches

Lawrence 37 inches

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