Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 14, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 17, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Finally Nemo

OK, so I am still not comfortable with the folks on the Weather Channel identifying winter snow storms by name, especially one like Nemo?!?  But, it appears that Boston is about to get walloped by our first major nor'easter of the season.

For folks around here, it is about darn time.

Several weather systems have passed over New England this year. But each advancing weather front has produced only a coating to a few inches of snow.

It looks as if Mother Nature is about to make up for lost time.

We live north of Boston and are currently under a blizzard watch for Friday and Saturday. Weather experts are predicting a storm of historic proportions. Snowfall estimates are currently at 16-24 inches, with some towns possibly reaching the 30" mark. Winds will be gusting to 60 mph. Snow falling at the rate of 2-3" per hour. Thunder snow and whiteout conditions are possible.

If you live in New England, you know that every major snow storm we receive is undoubtedly compared to the infamous Blizzard of '78. This too was a storm of historic proportions and was nicknamed The Storm of the Century.

It was the only time that I can recall when Route 128/95 was closed. There were 3,000 cars and 500 trucks buried bumper to bumper in snow. It took over a week to remove them all. Boston received over 27 " of snow with wind gusts measured at 79 mph. Coastal communities were badly damaged by tides of over 16 feet above normal.

Schools were closed for the entire week. Local streets looked like this. Everyone walked to get where they were going. Driving a car was difficult. It was nearly impossible to see around the mountainous snow banks.

I will be sure to keep you all posted with photos of our pending Nemo blizzard. We will see if it measures up to the big blizzard that struck 35 years ago.

Of course, historic storms and Nicholas infections seem to go hand and hand and in true Nicholas fashion he is fighting another illness, complete with swollen glands. This time, however, I have scheduled a doctor's appointment for him tomorrow. I am not leaving the pediatrician's office without a prescription for antibiotics.

One visit to the emergency room at Children's Hospital....through a raging storm...is enough for this family!

I will keep y'all posted. That is, provided we don't lose power.