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OCTOBER SNOWS October 28, 2008

Posted by thenaturalist in Snowstorms.
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October snows can be destructive because heavy, wet snow clings to leaves, weighing down trees until they topple, sometimes across power lines. Vermont has had some big October snows:

October 11, 1925: 6 to 12 inches of snow covered most of Vermont.

October 22, 1969: Burlington’s greatest Octobe snowstorm–5.1 inches.

October 4, 1987: Huge snowstorm stranded thousands of tourists during peak foliage weekend. 21 inches fell in North Springfield, 18 inches in Bennington County. Tens of thousands were without electricity.

October 25, 2005: Most leaves were still on the trees when storm hit, so massive tree damage resulted. 16.5 inches in Barton, 14.3 inches in Underhill. About 100,000 Vermonters lost electricity. (Matt Sutkoski, “Snowstorm could be heavy,” BFP, 10/28/08)

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