I have lived in various parts of Maryland since 1963. In the NE part til 1968, at Univ of MD til 1973, and around Washington DC since then.
The worst single snowstorm I experienced in Maryland was in 1966 where is snowed for 4 days. The accumulation was only 20", but the winds whipped up snowdrifts covering the ground floor windows. And Mom was about to have a baby! The neighborhood roads were not plowed. Dad and I shoveled 20" of snow a car width wide for 150' to the main road behind the house.
And off Dad and Mom went by car seeking the local hospital (which had a maternity wing of course). At 15 (I keep thinking 16 because it was 1966, but I wasn't really 16 until May), I was left behind to take care of my 2 younger siblings. For 2 days. It was quite an adventure... It's a good thing I could cook. And apparently, I would have made a good parent (if I do say so myself); peace and calm abounded!
7 Mothers delivered babies in Harford County that day. The other 6 Mothers were brought to the county hospital by helicoptor. Dad drove... Determination and self-reliance (to a point) is a family habit. And school was closed for a WEEK!
So that was a really serious snowstorm. And there have been some bad storms since then, but mostly several close-together storms with recovery time between.
But this one was BAD. I think it is now considered 2nd or 3rd worst in the Washington DC area (that 1966 one mentioned above slid north of DC so they don't count it here).
So here are some more pictures of THIS one...
The wind collected a lot of snow near the house on the deck. It was 3' deep in the drift Saturday afternoon.
The sunflower seed birdfeeder was standing tall. I had cardinals, sparrows, juncos, titmice, nuthatches, chicadees, purple finches, and goldfinches there at various times. I could have done without the sparrows (they get i seeds and kick backwards, shoveling seeds out of the tray. It is their successful "scratching the ground" habit, so I can't exactly blame them. But they sure are unwelcome at a seed tray.
* and shovel the snow from around the sides of the heat pump. That didn't get it started again. When I looked inside, it was all full of snow. I know it is SUPPOSED to "de-ice" itself when that happens. So I tried some simple repairs. I loosened the grid on the top to scoop out the accumulated snow inside. NO GO! I couldn't remove the grid because there is a heavy duty electrical cable stuck to it.
But I WAS able to lift up the opposite side and scoop most of the inside snow out. That didn't get it going either. So I poured bucket after bucket of VERY HOT water into it to melt the remaining snow. and ice around the working parts. Well, those parts are exposed to rain all the time (water drains out the bottom), what harm can water do? But that didn't get it started either. I removed and replaced the outside unit circuit breaker. No success there either. I suppose some part has failed at the worst possible time (like there is ever a BEST possible time?) and I will have to call for service.
But I am still getting heat from the inside part of the equipment, so it is not an emergency. I keep hoping to hear the outside unit suddenly come on though...
The snowdrift on the deck is probably about its highest.
Did get to use the snowblower though. More on that next post!
* Warm meant thermal underwear under heavy jeans, extra thick socks in the 16" rubber boots, thick flannel shirt, ski mask, insulated rubber gloves, AND a hat with ear flaps! And of course a long insulated jacket you could explore the Arctic in... I don't play around with cold windy weather.