Take a deep breath. We survived “Snowmageddon” ’08. T-shirts anyone?
This was eschatologically tame stuff indeed, limited principally to the mad dash for the ‘burbs as folks punched out early to get a beat on the storm, assorted fender-benders, school-closings, and interminable flight delays. Though for those still young—or young at heart—the white stuff provided a welcome transformation to a bleak late-fall New England landscape.
Taking a turn for the serious: Remember that thousands of Bay Staters are still without power as I type this, with the snow and accompanying temperatures making things worse. On Here & Now today, Deborah Becker spoke with Ray Bazan, who along with his 78-year-old mother, is getting by with a hibachi stove for heat. On a side note: As I was preparing the rundown for the program’s website, a Fitchburg resident Tweeted me that her home was the only one on her block with power.
My thanks to all who collaborated in the storm coverage. What our little experiment provided above all is proof of the power of this informal citizen-based network. What we lacked in “storm team” radar and other shiny electronic baubles, we more than made up with with a dedicated group of social media–savvy listeners. Thank you for all the Tweets, photos, and Utterz.
I will be hopping on a flight shortly to take me away from precipitation of the frozen variety. Hope to talk with you soon from the other side of the continent.
Stay warm and dry.