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Pittsburgh Blizzard of 2010

By Edited Nov 5, 2015 0 1
In February of 2010, the slumbering

hamlet of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was hit with thousands of pounds of icy destruction hiding under the guise of innocuous, diverting snow.


Cars Attacked by Snow

It was a record high for the city of Pittsburgh, home of the six-Super-Bowl-winning professional football team the Steelers (aka SixBurgh). The amount of fluffy, fatal snow that fell on Pittsburgh through the winter season was over 76 inches (193 centimetres, gasp!), making it the fourth "snowiest" winter on record for the city.

Initial Measurement of Snow Depth
A Regular Carnegie Mellon Christmas Tree

This ceaseless barrage also made February 2010 the http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10057/1038796-53.stm">snowiest month ever for Pittsburgh, with a total of 48.7 inches. The new millennium officially beat the disco era, which had previously held the record from http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/weather/22687306/detail.html">January 1978. Good job, twenty-first-century precipitation technology.

Students sledding using a postal box

The boisterous blizzard also forcefully wrought several records from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Mellon University. The institution, after imprecations by the city of Pittsburgh, was forced to cancel classes due to the surrounding city's lack of plowed streets, which marked the first time in five years a snow day had been called. Then, the university had to cancel classes a second time. And then, holiest of miracles, the hardworking denizens of CMU were forced to yield once again to the almighty blizzard, and closed school for the third day in a row--a momentous event that had not occurred in over thirty years, and a story that would be recounted by current students to their grandchildren forever.

Walking to the Sky in the Snow
Snow-Rimmed Trash Cans
Children's Joy Ruined by Snow

The continual cancellation of classes resulted from the city of Pittsburgh's failure to plow the roads, which engendered intense dissent among Pittsburghers against their local government. Mayor Ravenstahl came under much fire for the breakdown of the city's snow-combatting infrastructure. Early on in the first night of the blizzard (February 5), the city had depleted its stockpiles of salt, which left the streets covered in an invisible, ninja-trained death facade. Conversely, Carnegie Mellon had a large surfeit of sodium chloride, which continued to plague the campus as a giant pile of unusable spice.

A Bicycle Struggling to Escape Death's Embrace

Throughout the blizzard of 2010, the unsuspecting, unprepared city of Pittsburgh was effectively shut down. Businesses were closed, local colleges (more than six different institutions in the city and its surrounding areas, including the aforementioned Carnegie Mellon) put a halt to their imparting of knowledge, and cars were fearfully reluctant to serve their meat-bag masters and drive on the slippery, frosted roads. The great snowfall's ramifications extended far beyond lost revenue and the growing seeds of opposition against the mayor: for, thousands of college students irretrievably lost countless GPA points because of their lost momentum from the glorious halcyon of those three snow days in heaven.

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Aug 17, 2010 8:50am
Twincapes
Ah how fondly we remember it...my back still hurts from shoveling!
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