winter storm Juno - Introduction
Winter Storm Juno
Winter Storm Juno hit Martha’s Vineyard on January 27th, 2015 dumping a record 27 inches of snow in less than 24 hours with Blizzard wind gusts of over 50 mph. Although I am from northern Canada, this was a more intense snowstorm than I had ever experienced. Alarm rings, get up before sunrise excited to photograph the storm, make coffee, turn on the radio, road bans in effect for non emergeny vehicles but no real impact on me as looking out the window there is no hope of digging my car out. Need a plan B. Find an old pair of snowshoes in the basement that made the move from Canada; gear up and hike the 3/4 mile from our house to South Road. As soon as I get to the road I am able to hitch a ride with a snowplow, who clearly thinks I am crazy (he exclaims this several times to whoever is on the other end of his cell phone), and drops me at the Lucy Vincent Beach turnoff. Snowshoes back on, hike into the beach. Storm is howling, waves are big, excited to be there and I endure an hour taking pictures. Realizing I am very cold I hike back to the road thinking I should easily get a ride. 30 minutes go by without a vehicle passing; now I am really cold. First vehicle finally comes and it is a police car, who I worry will scold me for being out, but he picks me up and happily drops me at my road. Snowshoes back on hike the 3/4 mile back home. Exhausted; Patty makes me coffee and breakfast. Before I can start eating, my friend Alison texts me that she has her beloved 4 Runner dug out and is coming up island and do I want to join her - of course I do. I quickly eat half my breakfast, gear up, snowshoes back on, hike the 3/4 mile back out to the road and travel around Chilmark, Menemsha and Aquinnah taking pictures. The storm now so strong it is hard to take pictures for more than 10 minutes at a time without our cameras and lens freezing up - not sure how I lasted so long at LVB earlier. Three hours later Alison drops me back at my road. Snowshoes back on, I hike home one last time. Patty has dinner waiting, food, wine, fireplace, music; I am now totally exhaused and satisfied. What a fun day.
Click on the "winter storm Juno photos" under new projects tab to see my photos from the storm.
(photo above by Alison Shaw)