Subject: TOO MUCH FLUFFY STUFF; LOG OF THE HMS SNOWBOUND:
7:15 34 F - light rain 7:33 BIG snowflakes - snow shower not sticking - 33F 7:42 Flakes not as large - steady moderate snowfall - 33F snow sticking to cars and grass 8:02 32F Dusting on ground light snowfall drizzle starting again 8:05 32F light snow flakes that are definitely getting bigger 8:10 32F Brighter light -Phew - snow has almost stopped - can get Lisa to airport 8:21am Barely snowing 8:30 Light mix of slop - snow and rain mix 8:35 Fluffy flakes - light to moderate rate 9:00 Left home to go to airport - about .75 " on ground As we drove across 480 East to West - snowfall got more intense - almost a whiteout at big bridge and just beyond - thought Lisa was staying then it steadily slowed down and became more rain than snow and ground was no longer white like it was at bridge - at airport - just icey drizzle In Strongsville on west side - about 9:45 light dusting on the ground - light mix of rain and snow. 11:00 definitely snowing - ground getting white again 12:00 Shaker Hts.snow has melted - 33F - light snow shower medium flake 12:50 Steady fluffy snowfall moderate rate 32.5F No wind Ground getting covered 14:10 A bit lighter rate - more of a snow shower -bright light Total at this point - 2 1/16" very wet snow no wind 14:40 very light snowfall 16:40 2 1/4" - light snowfall 18:00 getting heavier - went to a wedding [about 5 miles west] - sat by a window - watched it snow steadily and fairly hard all evening - didn't appear to be any wind. 23:30 7.5 " down - coming down so hard it's hard to keep second car windshield clear long enough to back it into garage - the car was really bogged down in this mushy stuff Trees are broken everywhere and in the streets - Looks bad in the backyard - bushes are all crushed to the ground - spent 1 hour trying to beat off the snow but it was exhausting work - TV news says power failures everywhere.
07:45 a total of 11" on grill - sunny and 28F TREMENDOUS TREE DAMAGE beautiful sunny day all day - went to Kent, Ohio [about 20 miles south and east] - looks like they had about 8" 19:00 CLEANED OFF GRILL 29F Snow starts again 19:30 29F - Snow getting moderately heavy 19:35 Light snow 20:10 29 F - Snow shower - mod. heavy rate 20:25 Heavy snow - .75" on grill 21:00 I think we hit the Major dump stage 22:00 Windy, Heavy snowfall -LIGHTNING AND THUNDER (My brother said if this happens we've had it and kids can plan on staying home - within seconds the entire hockey team gets this news and celebrates! ---4" on grill now - left it there
6:30 very heavy snow and wind - all schools closed (poor kids) - 28F snow is now granular - 9" on grill 8:30 27F - lightening and thunder - flurries 8:40 An Angled moderately heavy snow wind appears to be blowing west to east - small somewhat granular flake (less granular than earlier) 9:00 Thunder - very light snow - 10.75 " on grill 9:05 The return of fluffy moderate flakes 9:30 Very bright - light snow 9:35 Mod snowfall 11:30 12" on grill - moderate snowfall - brightish skies, quiet 13:15 Heavy squalls - almost a whiteout on the way to Van Aken (about 2 miles west and south) going on Warrensville South - then at [Van Aken] center not really snowing and could see blue sky to the south - Whoa! 13:45 Home - Squalls - and dark 14:00 Heavy snow - now have 14" on the grill - went to Euclid (guess the hockey coach doesn't know its so bad here) - only about 6-8" on ground in Euclid 19:25 27 F - Many squalls - 17" on grill - horrendous by lost nation coming back from Euclid - really weird - not snowing at all in Euclid - barely got on Richmond and it started lightly - by Lost Nation - total whiteout which lasted until Mayfield Road then just heavy snow until home. 20:00 Per brotherUs orders - cleaned off grill to start again fresh tomorrow - kids celebrating and passing news of my brother all over the East side - keep getting calls asking if he has made his call for whether school will close tomorrow - I said he had. 21:00 THUNDER AND LIGHTENING - no snow 21:20 Lightening and thunder again - I wanted kids to come in - Heavy fluffy snow - only a trace on grill 22:20 3.5" on grill - For Real - As I type this, I realize that it snowed 3.5" in 1 hour - no wonder we felt overwhelmed.
07:00 23F - 8.5" - Not snowing 11:20 27F - Now have 11" on grill - still snowing 15:10 15" on grill - bright, hazy sun - dark over the lake 22:05 snowing - CLEANED OFF GRILL
07:08 gray skies/ quiet - 23F Trace of snow on grill from last night 22:15 Quiet and sunny most of day - temp 23F
11/14/96 3" new on grill large trees still toppling
DAY SEVEN - Friday, 11/15/96. It's definitely over!!!!! - gutter came down last night - 15F in morning - sunny. Heard official count was 50" for Shaker -(I got 48 - not bad) - and 68" in Chardon Whoopeeeeeee - Glad It's over - now it melts and we call the roofer, the tree surgeon, and most importantly - THE INSURANCE COMPANY!!!! LOVE, THE SNOW SPOTTER IN SHAKER YOUR SISTER, LORRA