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By noon, the snow had moved on. The quick storm dropped 8 inches of heavy, beautiful stuff. It was a photographer’s delight.
As the snow continued throughout the morning, alert “06880” readers sent in photos from around town. Here are a few:
Westport students received an unexpected day off from school today.
It wasn’t a blizzard — just a very pretty snowfall.
If you didn’t have to go out, it was a nice start to the weekend.
Even if you had to get on a train, it was not so bad:
For others, it’s a day for beauty. But not for sitting in the garden…
…or a hot tub.
Several Westporters felt the ground shake earlier today.
No, it was not an earthquake. Nor was it Chris Christie working out on a treadmill.
Although it does involve New Jersey.
According to NBC New York, residents from the Jersey Shore to the Connecticut coast reported rattles and rumbles.
The shaking moved from southern New Jersey up the coastline, shortly before 2 p.m. It spread to Staten Island, Long Island, then all the way to southeastern Connecticut.
The shaking is probably the result of a sonic boom, said Julie Dutton of the United State Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center. The boom could come from a military aircraft breaking the sound barrier. McGuire Air Force Base is located in southern Jersey.
“We don’t believe it’s an earthquake, based upon what we see in the wave forms,” she explained. “It’s probably sonic boom, but we can’t prove that.”
The most calls to authorities came from Hamilton Township, Toms River and Ocean County, New Jersey.
EarthquakeTrack.com says there have been no earthquakes in Connecticut in the past month.
Meanwhile, in other what-the-hell-is-going-on-here news, that black helicopter you’ve been seeing hovering over transmission lines is legit.
According to Eversource, the copter uses high-res cameras to check out problems like lightning strikes or corrosion.
At least, that’s what we’re told.
(Hat tip: Bart Shuldman)
We’ve had a few hours to dig out — and play in — the Blizzard of 2016. Here are a few scenes from a day that looks quite a bit different from the one 24 hours earlier. (Click on or hover over photos to enlarge.)
New York City nearly set a record: 26.8 inches, the 2nd biggest snowfall since 1869.
We got substantially less — but still over a foot. The winds were not as strong as predicted, and the snow fell on a Saturday, disrupting far fewer commutes than a weekday.
As we get ready to dig (or pay the plow guys), here are 2 final images to remember the Blizzard of 2016:
Alert — and hopefully thawed-out — “06880” readers continue to send images of today’s less-than-apocalyptic-but-still-long-and-drawn-out storm. Here are a few more:
We’ve still got a few more hours of this. So put another log on the fire, open up one more bottle of wine, and enjoy these wonderful views of Westport in winter. (Click on or hover over to enlarge)
Blizzard bonus feature: Seagulls were out surfing at Compo. Thanks to Dee Dee Scanlin, Chip Stephens and Betsy Pollak for sharing!