Blizzard Storms Valentine’s Day

Several snowfall and precipi-tation records were broken and new ones set by what is being re-ferred to as the Valentine’s Day Storm of 2007. By 1:00 a.m. on Feb. 15. enough snow had fallen to make the storm the second greatest to ever occur in Burlington, accord-ing to the National Weather Ser-vice (NWS). NWS reports a 25.7 inch snowfall at Burlington In-ternational Airport, falling short of the 29.8 inches that the town received in 1969. The storm was severe enough to cause a two-day University closing – the first shutdown of classes in two decades, according to University Communications. The storm did bring home some first prize snow fall and precipitation prizes. According to the NWS, the 1934 record of 23.1 inches in 24 hours in Burlington was broken with the 25.3 inches received in 24 hours on Wednesday. “It’s no surprise that this was a record-breaking storm,” UVM student Jason Deoliveira said. “I mean, it’ll be great for snow-boarding, but other than that this much snow seems to cause more problems than it’s worth for a lot of people.” The storm also set a new pre-cipitation record of 1.94 inches, which breaks the 1937 record of 0.90 inches, according to NWS. Although Burlington broke some town records, it was Cam-bridge that had the most snowfall of 36 inches, according to NWS. The storm wasn’t simply a two-day break from school. The Burlington Free Press reported that over a dozen people had to go to the hospital because of carbon monoxide poisoning from snow piles blocking vents of gas ap-pliances. They also reported a number of collapsed barns, that killed a number of cows. There was also the problem of finding a place to put the record-breaking heaps of snow. The di-rector of the Physical Plant, Sia Chiarelli, said that his crew had to truck snow to Centennial Field due to a lack of space, according to University Communications. “Nevermind the fact that it took me an hour to shovel out my car, driving in general is a lot harder,” said Deoliveira. “Traffic can be gridlocked at times. It’ll take me a half-hour to drive what usually takes five minutes.” The Physical Plant crews weren’t the only ones working hard during the storm though. Dining Hall service workers are essential employees who needed to trudge through the mounds of snow to come to work so campus residents could be fed. The snow’s not a burden for everyone though. “It’s freakin’ awesome,” UVM student Justin LeMoine, who is also a member of the Ski and Snowboard Club, said.