October Storm

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October 2006, Buffalo New York. The snow you see in these images fell in one night. The trees were not ready for winter, and many branches simply snapped under the extreme weight of the thick, wet blankets of snow. It was very creepy standing on my back porch that night, the heavy silence punctuated by the gunshot-like snapping of tree limbs.

The tables you see in the first shot are cable spools on top of tree stumps, to give an idea of scale. Most people in the area were without power for up to a week because of power lines snapping everywhere. The weight of the snow actually pulled some telephone poles out of their moorings due to the wires being pulled down.

Also, enjoy the action shot of my neighbor snowblowing.

The good: Watching neighbors come together to pull branches off of everyone’s yard, and offer food & supplies to each other.
The bad: People who had to wait even longer for power because assholes stole the fallen lines and sold the copper for scrap.

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    8 Responses to October Storm

    1. suck my diiiiiiiick

      i’m a blizzard


    2. Its like this for 4 straight months in Saskatchewan.
      Doesn’t make it any less stupid.


    3. Oh, make no mistake, MrDrooves. We get a crap ton of snow here every year. It’s just that when we get that much, that early in the year, all in one night… the trees weren’t in winter mode yet. We lost thousands of trees that fall. Two years later, you still see dead trees laying around everywhere.


    4. I’m gonna have to agree with Dooves. Calgary gets less snow, but enough wind to knock down trees when they do get a storm. Here in the mountains we don’t get the wind, but that amount of snow is pretty normal for late October/December. Probably twice that in Fernie.


    5. Last pic looks like surprise buttsecks.


    6. @ Caio: I think we probably live pretty close.
      But ya, suicydking, We get you.
      I think perhaps Canadian trees are made of sterner stuff, cause the snow never really gets to em.


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