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Wolfeboro Oct. 30 snowfall sets a record

CATE PARK in Wolfeboro normally doesn't look like this until January, but the Oct. 30 snowstorm blanketed both the park and town docks with 16.3 inches of snow, according to record-keeper Bill Swaffield. (Heather Terragni photo) (click for larger version)
November 03, 2011
WOLFEBORO — A survey of area towns confirmed that the unprecedented October snowstorm this past weekend did not produce the power outages experienced farther south, even as snowfalls in the county ranged up to two feet.

One anonymous Wakefield resident opined that so many limbs came down in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene that there were few weak branches left to drop under the heavy snow. Wakefield and Brookfield residents lost power for up to three days when Irene blew through in August, even as Tuftonboro and Wolfeboro were spared major outages.

According to Wolfeboro record-keeper Bill Swaffield, snow accumulation in Wolfeboro was 16.3 inches. "We had 9.6 inches through Saturday night, then 6.7 inches more early Sunday morning. The 6.7 inches could have been a little more as it had settled some by 7 a.m. when I measured it (the snow stopped between 2 and 3 a.m.). This is by far a record snowfall for October!"

Though a fair amount of shoveling and brushing of decorations by homeowners was required, Halloween trick-or-treating went on as scheduled on Monday evening.

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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