Friday, February 15, 2013
Cute Nemo video from Swampscott on YouTube.
It started a week ago, the Big Blizz. Step back in time and have a look out the front door of this Swampscott home and see Nemo, the Blizzard of 2013. The narrator in this YouTube video sounds less than thrilled with the snow piling in the neighborhood. By the time the last flake fell, some two feet of snow settled on the town.
Towns take advantage of any open space for a snow depot. In Swampscott it at Phillips Park.
Where once a soundstage stood, stand mountains of snow. This video is from Wednesday afternoon at Phillips Park in the back corner where Adam Sandler's Grown Ups 2 filming was based last July. The pool scene becomes a snow scene. Swampscott Department of Public Works crews are depositing snow scooped from dead-ends, snowbanks and sidewalks in the Phillips corner near the walking path to Phillips Beach. Town Administrator Tom Younger says that towns and cities that are largely built out in Massachusetts take advantage of open space where they can find it to dump snow. These include landfills, DPW yards and, in Swampscott's case, the rear right corner of Phillips Park.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Swampscott got some snow removal help from community service workers on Tuesday.
Some Bay State towns and cities, including Lynn, have by-laws that require residents and businesses to remove snow from sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses. Not Swampscott. The proposal has come up a number of times at town meeting but has been defeated each time, said Public Works Director Gino Cresta. The director has been a town meeting member for 15 years. Some communities have regulations requiring businesses in downtown areas to remove snow, the town administrator said. In Swampscott, Public Works removes snow from sidewalks around schools and town properties. About four sections of sidewalks remain to be done, the DPW director said. They are: on Essex Street by the cemetery; along Loring Avenue; and by the former …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The race to remove two feet of snow started Friday morning with blizzard preparation.
Snow depths left by Friday and Saturday's blizzard have made clean-up a marathon for Swampscott Department of Public Works crews digging out, a marathon that will likely continue to the end of the day on Wednesday. Late in the day Monday the clean-up phase moved to removing snow from dead-end streets, said DPW Director Gino Cresta. The final phases also include removing snow from sidewalks around schools and from high and wide snowbanks at tricky intersections including those on Burrill. The National Weather Service's unofficial snowfall totals at the end of the blizzard were 27 inches for Lynn, 25 inches for Salem and 23 inches for Marblehead. The service listed no total for Swampscott but it looks like its snowfall fell in that range. …
See huge waves crashing in this one-minute video by Joel Sapp. Especially toward the end.
Tuesday, February 12
Courtesy of Swampscott's Joel Sapp. Here is a minute of video from the Blizzard of 2013 on Saturday. Joel Sapp's footage shows the Beach Club at Phillips Beach. The end features mammoth crashing waves.
Photos from under the pier at Fisherman's and elsewhere.
Photos from under the pier at Fisherman's Beach and elsewhere.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Here are local dogs — and two with Swampscott connections — digging Blizz '13 conditions. Upload your storm-pup pics or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dog lovers' dogs loved Blizzard 2013. For some it was their first blizzard. Juneau, for one, looks like he's ready for a sled.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Let's see what this storm brought us. Click Upload Photos and Videos button to share photos and video or send photos to email@example.com
Light, fluffy snow on rooftops can act as a sponge for rain, which is in the forecast for Monday. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency offers these tips.
With rain in Swampscott's forecast for Monday, the Blizzard of '13 may not be finished wreaking havoc in Massachusetts. While temperatures dropped overnight on Friday resulting in light, fluffy snow, he Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) warns that fluffy snow piled high on roofs can act as a sponge, absorbing rain and adding additional stress to structures. Relatively flat roofs are particularly vulnerable, MEMA says. In other cases, roof ice dams have formed causing water build-up, leading to interior damage. These conditions can accelerate the snowmelt. To minimize the risk of over-stressing a building roof due to accumulated or drifting snow: Information from a release by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (…
Here is a rundown of the blizzard and some cautionary notes as Swampscott continues to dig out from two feet of snow.
Too Much Exercise Can Tax the Heart All the digging that follows a massive snowstorm can trigger heart attacks, medical experts say. Swampscott emergency crews were called to a local home today at 12:30 for a report of a possible heart attack victim. The person had been shoveling snow. Heart problems can arise when people who rarely exercise take their snow shovel and heave hundreds of pounds of snow, according to a Harvard Medical School journal article. Add cold weather to the mix and probelms can grow, the journal article states. Cold temperatures can boost blood pressure, interrupting blood flow and making it more likely to clot, according to the article. A clot inside a coronary artery blocks blood flow to part of the heart, causing…