Numbers snowball because of snowfall
December 28th, 2010
10:26 PM ET

Numbers snowball because of snowfall

The epic snowstorm that whacked the Northeast after the Christmas holiday has involved a staggering number of resources.  Tens of thousands of air travelers have been stranded in airports. Tens of thousands of homes along the East Coast were without power.

A look at the numbers:

50,000: Number of people that the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency estimated were without power as of Monday night.

9,726: Estimated number of flights canceled among AirTran, American, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, United, US Airways, Spirit and Southwest.

8,000: Tons of salt on hand in Portland, Maine, to clear 566 miles of road and 82 miles of sidewalk.

1,700: The number of plows employed by the New York City Sanitation Department in the cleanup effort,  not counting the snow melters and salt spreaders.

200: Number of Connecticut Light and Power Co. crews dispatched to handle snow-related problems Monday.

80: Highest recorded wind gusts (in mph) during the winter storm, registered in Wellfleet, Massachusetts (National Weather Service).

32 Inches of snow that fell on the city of Rahway in Union County, New Jersey, during the storm (National Weather Service).

21: Inches of snow that fell at the Bronx Zoo in New York (National Weather Service).

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. RUFFNUTT

    i bet you there's going to be a spike in baby-births in 9 months.

    December 28, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sassyshaa

    sad to see soo not much was done in cleaning our streets in NYC......but yet still we are forced to pay our taxes yaerl and cnt reap the outcome

    December 28, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      WHY not put a trailer hitch and salt spreader on the back of the taxis?

      December 28, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 2100

    I think our secret government is doing test run exercises on a wheather disruption weapon for their (BLACK OS) war-fare technologies Milatary Industrial Complex , the U.S. Claims that in 2 years it will own the wheather...............

    December 29, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      they watched gi-joe as kids and now that they are grow up and some in the military they are trying to bring cobra-commanders weather dominator to real life.

      December 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Blogson

    Living in rural Minnesota, this sort of blizzard is not a rare event. Huge, almost solid snow drifts result from the strong winds, Sometimes roads are closed for three days, then when the snowplow does its thing a lot of packed snow is pushed into the head of the driveway, making it impossible to get out to the road until a path can be cleared. People cope, since it's either that or move to some place where it never snows.

    People who travel in winter should know that blizzards and other bad weather are to be expected.

    December 29, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Murphy's Law

    @RUFFNUTT re: bet you there’s going to be a spike in baby-births in 9 months. LMMFAO~ I bet you're right gotta stay warm & entertain yourself somehow when ya can't go outside & th power's out!

    December 29, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. theresa b

    Only knuckleheads get bent out of shape by a snow storm in the Big Apple. Sane New Yorkers have the good horse sense to stay in bed or buy a sled! As far as Minnisota goes, I can only hope that there is some good reason why someone would live in rural Minnisota.

    December 29, 2010 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Big Joe

    @theresa b: Good reason? How about less crime, less pollution, more greenery less steel/concrete.

    December 29, 2010 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jonathan parker

    Sure was a big storm!

    December 29, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |