Thursday, March 16, 2017

Stella in Perspective

David Voorhees reminded me earlier today that, among historic snowstorms, Stella was really not all that catastrophic:
Tuesday's snowstorm was nothing compared to the Blizzard of 1888, which lasted three days with 80 mile per hour winds, and dropped more than 60 inches of snow in some parts of the Northeast. Albany's official tally was 47.7 inches, Saratoga topped that with 58 inches, New Jersey had 46.7 inches, topped by sleet. The death toll was over 400 people.
To provide a visual comparison of Stella and the Blizzard of 1888, Paul Trantanella took this picture on Tuesday night, after it stopped snowing and he had finished shoveling the sidewalk in front of this building on Warren Street.

Photo: Paul Trantanella

Compare it with this picture, which shows a sidewalk on Pearl Street, near Maiden Lane, after it had been cleared of the snow that fell during the Blizzard of 1888.

Photo source: All Over Albany

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