That’s not a snowstorm; THIS is a snowstorm!

28 Jan

Wow, after all that hype about the biggest blizzard ever to hit New York and then what did they get? Eleven inches? Give me a break.


You often enough hear them talk about the snowstorm of ’78 too. But do you ever hear them talk about the blizzard of ’69? Nooooo. Everybody seems to have forgotten about that one. Well, I haven’t. I’ve got a long memory when I need to.


It was the Winter of 1969 and New York was hit with a brut of a snowstorm. What was new about this one? Mayor Lindsay forgot about Queens where I was born and raised. Queens was where the snow had buried cars and where snowplows were nowhere to be seen.


Mayor Lindsay forgot to disperse snowplows to Queens, NY in the blizzard of ’69

All Queens folks could talk about was how Mayor Lindsay forgot about Queens. I remember being at the bus stop on my way home from work after taking two trains to get to the bus station. There was a woman standing in line with me, waiting for the bus, cursing Mayor Lindsay because we didn’t receive snowplow assistance to help us dig out. If you want to read more about it, check out all these gory details.


When Lindsay finally visited, his limousine got stuck in the snow and the mayor was berated by angry residents. Served him right.


Snow was up to car door handles; with drifts, even higher. The photos speak for themselves.

The forgotten snowstorm of '69.

That’s me standing behind our buried car.

These photos are date stamped June of ’69 although I cropped these photos for this post.

Snowstorm of '69 pales in comparison to the snowstorm of 2015

View from our apartment window of the snowstorm of ’69

If the month date was accurate, that would really be the snowstorm that was! I think that’s when we had the photos developed. We were in no rush to reminisce on the event. We New Yorkers have to live up to our name of being blasé!


The snowstorm of 2015 in New York wasn’t a blizzard. The snowstorm of 1969, now THAT was a blizzard!


Although the snow is beautiful when it’s fresh, just remember that when you shovel it to use caution and take breaks – don’t overdo it. Eat a good breakfast and drink plenty of fluids before you go out there and have fun! It’s usually very sunny after a storm like this so enjoy the sunshine and the exercise!






10 Responses to “That’s not a snowstorm; THIS is a snowstorm!”

  1. mikeakin1 January 28, 2015 at 11:24 pm #

    I’m in total agreement with you. However, wasn’t there a possibility of it being worse then it was? I’m sure the folks north of you who did get three feet or so would surely trade places with you. 🙂


    • Marcella Rousseau January 31, 2015 at 11:56 am #

      Yes and the public got an apology from the weatherman! That was a first! So far, here in Indianapolis, we’ve had a mild winter but they expect 3-5 inches Sunday night. The snow never lasted in Manhattan where I worked because the underground subways made the sidewalks warm enough so that the snow melted fast.


      • mikeakin1 January 31, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

        3-5 inches would shut us down in texas lol


        • Marcella Rousseau February 3, 2015 at 11:59 am #

          Boston, Mass really got hit hard again. I think they got record snowfall. We got about an inch Sunday night but the roads are all ready clear because the sun has been shining. That makes a big difference. I’m surprised Texas would be that affected especially because it is so sunny there!


          • mikeakin1 February 3, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

            Not that it snowed recently, just saying that if it snowed that much it would shut our town down. lol


            • Marcella Rousseau February 6, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

              How big is your town?

              On Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 9:47 PM, For Your Good Health wrote:



              • mikeakin1 February 6, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

                115000 or so


  2. Ninjaprooved January 28, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

    Thank god, this time nobody got hurt then.


    • Marcella Rousseau January 31, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

      As far as I know, one teen died during the 2015 snowstorm from a sledding accident but it’s certainly an improvement from the dozens killed in ’69. You don’t normally think of a snowstorm as causing death, but it probably happens more often than we think. Remember Sonny Bono, (Cher’s husband)? He died in a skiing accident. Last year, several elderly people died here in Indianapolis while shoveling the snow. It looks so white and pure but it’s not so innocent! Thank you for leaving a comment.

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      • Ninjaprooved January 31, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

        Thats aweful, i wish esp. elderly people didnt had to do that hard job. I didnt know about Sonny Bono, but i know how vicious the snow can be. Even if i have to admit, i love snow. It gives nature a romantic touch. Have a nice Weekend x


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