A New England mailbox covered in snow

The Great Snows of 2011 and 2015

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.

Appleton Farms January 2011
Appleton Farms January 2011

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.”

Our front door after the January 2011 blizzard
Our front door after the January 2011 blizzard
Our back door in January 2011
Our back door in January 2011. The snowpile in the corner of our house grew so large that I didn’t need a ladder to shovel the roof.

The Great Snow of 2015

Our house, February 21, 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.

The author clearing his roof, February 10, 2015
The mailbox, February 2015

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