Where’s Nemo? Winter Storm Falls Short of Expectations

Photo Credit | Danny Sawyer '11

Photo Credit | Danny Sawyer ’11

Published on: February 10, 2013

Katherine Corn

As Winter Storm Nemo’s record-breaking visit to the Northeast comes to a close, the nation is breathing a sigh of relief at its passage. However, its impact on Great Barrington on Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11 was less than anticipated, leaving winter sports enthusiasts disappointed.

“I was really excited for Nemo because as a skier and snowboarder, the prospect of having a lot fresh snow at Catamount this weekend was tantalizing,” Jared Weiss ’10 said. “I eagerly kept my eye on the storm as it progressed throughout the day, but much to my surprise, it never really seemed to pick up as much as I was expecting.”

According to weather.com, while Great Barrington received only 5.8 inches of snow from the storm, places like Worcester, MA were not so lucky. They received 28.5 inches of snow from Nemo, leaving their skiers more than satisfied – if they can get to the mountains.

Fortunately, much of Nemo’s damage was done through the thousands of flights delayed or cancelled throughout the Northeast. However, much damage was still done in areas of higher snowfall. For those inland, with lower snowfall, Nemo can be described as Jared Weiss put it: “Overall, [Nemo was] definitely an overhyped storm.”

Bob Graves, Dean of Students, sent out an email to students on Thursday, Feb. 7 reminding them to take necessary precautions for the storm. Many clubs and organizations used the storm to their advantage though, using the new snow to advertise movie rentals and snow boffing.

Peter Laipson, Provost, released an official thank you on Saturday, Feb. 9 to Residence Life staff, Security, Chartwells Dining Services, and especially Physical Plant staff, who “had folks on around the clock to make sure the campus was plowed and shoveled.”

Meteorologists expect temperatures to rise throughout the week after possible snow showers on Monday and Tuesday.