The headline on weather.com reads, "Northeast Snowstorm to Strengthen Offshore, Dump Heavy Snow, Warnings Issued."

Actually no one is panicking in the streets as we brace ourselves for Storm Niko. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for northern Fairfield County from midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 8 until 6pm on Thursday, Feb. 9. Snowfall predictions are for 6 to 9 inches total accumulation. That's nothing compared to the most gargantuan snowstorms of all time to slam into the Northeast.

The mac-daddy of all snowstorms was The Blizzard of 1888, also called The Great White Hurricane, it punished the Northeast with the most snow "in living memory!" From 20 to 60 inches of snow fell in Connecticut and sustained winds of 45mph caused snowdrifts of up to 50 feet.

The Blizzard of 1978 was a catastrophic nor'easter that hit Connecticut especially hard. Snow fell from Monday morning, February 6, to the evening of Tuesday, February 7 leaving up to 30 inches of snow along accompanied by hurricane force winds.

The Great Blizzard of '93 has been called, The Storm of the Century and one of the most devastating storms of the 20th century. 70mph winds blew snow drifts up to 20 feet high and affected people from Tennessee to the Canadian border.

My point is that the current storm we've got coming will be nothing in comparison to those three I mentioned. Let's all just calm down. It's New England, snow happens!

 

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