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09 February 2013 -- 40/365
North Providence, Rhode Island
There was still a light snow falling when I set out for some photos this morning. I walked a 2.5 mile loop from my house, capturing scenes along the way. Only 2 of the streets were plowed, so it was a challenging workout. Unofficially, we got about 20 inches of snow. It's hard to judge since there were some very deep drifts, but that was about the consistent depth I saw as folks shoveled their walks. We lost power at 8:09 PM last night, and it was finally restored at 6:10 tonight. The temperature was dropping fast, and the forecast was for single digits tonight, so the folks still without power are in for a very cold evening.
Today's photo shows someone on Smithfield Road using a snowblower to clear his driveway. The snow is almost up to his waist, so that should give you some idea as to what fell overnight. I was asked by several younger folks along the way if this storm was worse than the Blizzard of '78. My answer was a consistent "absolutely not." In '78, it snowed for 36 hours, dropping between 29 and 40 inches of snow throughout the state. Plus, it was HEAVY snow! It took me three days to clear my driveway in '78 because it was like shoveling concrete. The one difference, though, is that we never lost power in '78. Losing power in every storm is a new phenomenon here, and is directly tied to the acquisition of Narragansett Electric by National Grid. Service has declined and rates have continued to spiral upward to the point where we now have the second highest power costs in the nation. (Only Southern California has higher costs according to a properties study we recently completed.)
Post processing started with a classic filter in Topaz B&W FX. I adjusted color sensitivity sliders followed by adaptive exposure, regions, boost black, boost white, protect highlights, and contrast. A sepia photo filter was added in PSE.