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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 17:00

Recalling the Storm That Rocked New England

(TNS) - It was supposed to be just another nor'easter, a little storm by New England standards, 10-12 inches at best, but what started on Monday, Feb. 6, 1978 turned in the stuff that legends are made of and it remains, 40 years later, the storm that all other storms are measured by.

"You have to remember, in those days, forecasting was not what it is today," said Michael Dukakis, who was a first term governor in 1978. "It's improved enormously since then."

For those of you too young to remember, the day started out mild, but before nightfall, a weak storm that had formed off the coast of South Carolina ran smack up against an arctic cold front and a weirdly strong band of high pressure over Canada and turned into a kind of perfect winter storm that stalled over New England for almost 36 hours.