I Survived Storm Nemo, the Great Snowpocalypse

Very grateful for this.

Very grateful for this.

I lived in upstate New York through the ice storm of 1993. It reminded me of Narnia–probably, to this day, the most striking thing I have ever seen. It was stunning. Crystal ice encasing trees, bowing their branches in genuflection toward nature, refracting a million tiny rainbows as the sun hit–gems and diamonds of ice…sparkling whiteness shining an archetype of purity.

Except that all of the power lines were snapped. I lived off campus and was without heat for about ten days. Most people were gone for spring break.  I sat by the gas stove, with cups of tea, wrapped in eighty blankets, not really realizing that people died in this stuff. Eventually, I got rescued by a friend with heat–heat is always a nice perk to have in Upstate New York.

Coming from New England and having lived in Rochester, I’ve been well trained in storm prep.  I made a short list of Storm Prep Tips to get through this weather event so I could sit and enjoy my wood stove. I tweeted them out to share:

Storm Prep Tip 1: Bleaching, taping, and filling tub. Because I never know when the urge for a bath will come.

Storm Prep Tip 2: Charge all devices. Download ton of stuff you prob won’t finish on Kindle; free classics. You’ll feel smarter.

Storm Prep 3: Send kid out to play now, before drifts are taller than him. Include dog in the package. She finds people and tattles.

Storm Prep 4: Check to see if any Chinese delivery joints are open, just in case.

Storm Prep Tip 5: Check the map for The Weather Channel ‘s Jim Cantore . If he’s too close to you, you know you’re in deep trouble.

Storm Prep Tip 6: Let the kids watch all the Netflix they want before power’s out. Enjoy the silence.

Next time I will remember to open the door once or twice to push away the snow.

Next time I will remember to open the door once or twice to push away the snow.

I apologize for leaving out the most important tip of all–The sun just rose and I tried to go out and survey the situation. The door was blocked. The next time I will add a tip about opening the front door several times to keep the snow drifts away. As you can see, it’s tough to get out when there are several feet of snow piled against the door. Luckily, I pushed out a crack, and I will be able to squeeze through to start my snow removal. If you need to be rescued, just let me know. I’ll bring my shovel.

I hope you prepared well and that the storm is being good to you. May you be safe and warm. It’s been a tough year for a lot of people with storms, but it’s also been a year of pulling together and getting through things, both with storms involving weather events and storms in life. Storms, both physical and those storm-like challenges presented in life, give me a chance to reflect about things like slowing the fast pace of life for a brief moment, helping out where I can, and accepting the help of others.

Storms are a part of our lives. They come and they go. They challenge us to respond with our best mental or physical shovels and dig ourselves out. We dig. And we dig. And soon the storm is over.  Meanwhile, they make me just a little more grateful for the gifts that I have when the skies are clear.


8 thoughts on “I Survived Storm Nemo, the Great Snowpocalypse

  1. Im glad you made it through OK. Wow, I remember the ice storm. I was a teen so it was great! No school, sliding all over my backyard with my brothers and our dog. Looking at all the beautiful ice glaze covering everything. I know oh so well. I was born & raised in upstate NY. I tell people all the time, when there are these huge storms…oh that’s just winter! They look at me like Im crazy down here in North Carolina. The people in upstate NY & in most of new England are used to it. They know how to prepare & live through it. In fact most people are prepped with bags of salt, shovels, scrapers & other forms of making heat or generating power well ahead of the season. It’s just part of life up there. It’s metro NYC, that panics because you have so many visitors, heavy air traffic in and out & new migrants that haven’t experienced it before. Plus, media coverage that scares people half to death. Weather wise they don’t normally get hit with as many inches as upstate either. Some things are just common sense preparation.

    I wish the south would catch on. It still kills me how everything shuts down when there’s a forecast of a few inches (which rarely ever happens as forecasted btw) AND they have salt stored up but DOT doesn’t salt the roads on time or ahead of storms. When I pull out my ice scraper/brush I get side eyed like I’m carrying a foreign tool no one has ever seen. So my neighbors continue to scrape their cars with CD covers. Crazy!

    Well, stay warm and relax if you can. Thanks for the great post, as usual.

  2. Reblogged this on and commented:
    I’m reblogging this post from Cafe Casey for those of you curious about the North East Blizzard. Her posts are always tell it like it is and comical.

    • I think I can safely let my water down the drain now. I just like to wait an hour or two extra. Hope that your storm was as productive as ours–by productive, I mean, forced relaxation with no power outage!!!

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