Winter Is Officially Here
Winter is officially here. The Winter Soltice took place today at 6:21 a.m.. According to “The Old Farmer’s Almanac”, this is the earliest that winter has arrived since 1896. It’s also the shortest day of the year with only nine hours and four minutes of daylight. Last winter wasn’t much of a winter, and we’ll see what the 2012-13 winter season will bring.
If you’ve lived in this area for several years, you probably recall many harsh winter storms. I was a kid in Utica during the infamous “Blizzard of ’66″, when it snowed and snowed for three days straight.
Here’s more about the 1966 snowtorm and the “Blizzard of 1925″ from our sister station, WIBX:
“The Blizzard of 1966:
This was one of those storms that made you feel like you were never going to make it to spring, let alone the end of January. The massive Nor’easter originally struck the lakeside city of Oswego, but later buried the state in ridiculous amounts of snow. Oswego took the brunt of it, receiving more than 100 inches of snow during the five day storm.
The Blizzard of 1925:
Many of us weren’t around for this one, but the blizzard of 1925 struck like a lion. On January 29th, the city of Utica saw about 22 inches of snow fall on the city, covering it in a thick layer of white. Crews worked feverishly to clear the streets, and the storm still ranks among the city’s top ten. But, people mainly remember it as “The Big Snow.”