The winter of 2011 received the most snow in recent memory here in Ipswich, at least since the Blizzard of ’78. We hadn’t see a flake until a couple of days before Christmas when we received our first snowfall, but Mother Nature made up for it quickly. During the week of January 8-13 we received two feet of snow, just a hint at what was to come.
On January 12, after clearing our driveway, I turned to the seemingly impossible task of excavating our buried mailbox just as the town plow redid what I had just undone. The weatherman was predicting another Nor’easter the next week and I admit that I hoped for a big one. Edgar Allen Poe referred to such thoughts as “The Imp of the Perverse.”
The Great Snow of 2015
Four years later, the first half of winter was again almost snowless until the blizzard of January 27, 2015 which delivered 29″ of snow. A series of snowstorms followed, bringing the total for the season to over 100 inches. The snow eventually covered most of our windows, and I spent several days shoveling snow off the roof to prevent it from collapsing.