While looking through some
back-up CDs of pictures taken over the years and scanned images of slides
taken with my ole Nikon 35MM F2AS
camera, I ran across a few pictures taken
of the Blizzard we had here in Anson County, NC on or about January
24, 2000. Once the snow started, it didn't let up for a day or more
and there was approximately 22 inches of snow measured which is the most
snowfall that I can ever remember.
It wasn't long during the late afternoon and night hours that trees began
crashing down behind and beside our home and you could hear the explosions
of power transformers in the distance and see the fireworks from the closer
ones. Our electricity stayed off for around 3 1/2 to 4 days if memory
is correct, maybe longer. We used one of our propane cooking burners
and stand for heat and to do what cooking we did. We used the
accumulated snow on the deck table to store perishable items such as milk
and other things from our refrigerator which worked great and reminiscent of
the pre Depression Era
Icebox. We dug out one of our old
camping percolator coffee pots
that was in storage since the mid 1980s and put it to good use.
When the snow started to melt the next afternoon, it would leave our
driveway and road with a solid sheet of ice the following morning and we were unable to get out of
the drive and up the steep hill incline from our home for at least four
days due to the thaw and refreeze, etc. Our neighbor,
Johnny Hildreth used his large
ditch witch type
trenching machine to push the snow off the road at the crest of the hill to our
driveway. My employer,
The NC Department of Correction didn't like the idea that I couldn't come to
work and they definitely were short handed. They could care less about
your personal hardships and only concerned with the job which is
understandable if you are in the management side of things.
One of the most timely things that I did back in the fall of 1999 was to
purchase a farm model 55 Husqvarna chain saw and had an
immediate urgency to cut down and
remove about twenty-two (22) trees that were very close to our home on the
South and Western side which many were leaning toward our home. I used
a chain drive Coffing Hoist type aluminum housing winch aka
come along and
75 feet of chain to get the trees to fall in the direction I needed them.
I climbed a very large Sweet Gum tree with climbing hooks aka
and hooked the chain about 30 feet off the ground and secured it to a large
pine tree with the Coffing Hoist come along in between to pull it in that
direction away from our home. Also, I had my Brother-in-Law
Harris of Gastonia come and cut down a very large white oak tree that was
less than 15 feet from our carport. There were three of us on the
ground removing the limbs that he cut while working his way to the top of
the tree and it was all we could do to keep up with him and he was in his
high 60s age wise at the time. Being a retired Green Beret, he kept
himself in top physical condition. Vernon had two small Poulan chain
saws with him going up the tree and a double safety chain with a rope weaved
between the links. He also had a safety belt of which one of the
safety chains/rope was always
tethered to himself and around the tree while he was working his way to the top of the tree.
When he needed to get to and past the next limb, he hooked the other safety
chain/rope around the tree before releasing the other one. After removing the limbs and top of the tree, he cut the tree into
manageable lengths on the way down. I later cut the large stump he
left standing which was about three feet in diameter at the base and maybe
10 feet tall of which his chain saws were to small for that job.
Below is pix of Vernon Harris taken in November, 1999 at the top of the White Oak
tree felling the top out of the tree:
That oak tree was leaning badly toward our home and thanks to Vernon for
getting it cut down. He would not take any money for his work but he
got a good chicken
n dumplings meal with the trimmings for his work. Vernon is
in very poor health at this time but he stayed fit and trim for many decades
after his retirement from the U. S. Army and there was never a dull moment
when you were around him!
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE UNDER ESTIMATED THE SEVERITY
OF THE STORM TO
I don't believe there was an accurate weather forecast that predicted the
amount of snowfall to come during this storm since we had a few earlier
snowfalls prior to this big one.
Below is a weather map captured off the internet:
This storm was the third of four storm systems to impact central North
Carolina during the last two weeks of January, 2000. This two week
period featured an active winter storm pattern that featured a deep trough
over the eastern U.S.. Winter storms impacted North Carolina on
January 18, 2000; January 23, 2000; January 25, 2000 and January 30, 2000.
The January 25, 2000 storm was preceded by a rather weak storm that dropped
up to an inch of snow and some freezing rain across the North Carolina
Piedmont on January 23. As this storm moved off the Mid-Atlantic
coast, a second low pressure system developed over Florida on the morning of
the 24th. This storms system rapidly strengthened late in the day.
Snow began falling across portions of North Carolina during the afternoon
and evening on January 24, as the storm moved north along the North Carolina
coast, dropping well over 10 inches of snow throughout central North
Carolina in 24 hours. The heaviest snowfall amounts of 15 or more
inches occurred from Anson County northeast through Wake County and
continuing into Virginia. Areas both east and west of this line
received 5 to 10 inches of snow. Even some locations near the coast,
such as Wilmington, received up to 5 inches of snow. This storm
received a great deal of media attention including a news story on CNN.
Below are some pixs taken:
My bride needed a pair of snow shoes to navigate the deep snow. She
is wearing my winter duty cap I nicknamed Ivan Koloff.
Below is pix of our neighbor Pat and Johnny Hildreth's home. Their
carport had two cars trapped underneath it and with a couple of my hydraulic
jacks, Johnny and myself raised the carport roof off them. There was minimal
damage to the vehicles and Johnny took down the damaged structure and he never replaced the metal carport.
Below pix of the Tim and Joyce Deese home and their son's SUV that was
totaled from the fallen tree across the middle of the vehicle.
We purchased the property from the utility pole to the right adjoining our
property last year. During the 14 years after the blizzard, Tim and
Joyce Deese opened up a considerable amount of the property which was owned
by Ellen Lipe in High Point, NC to give them the illusion of owning a larger front
lawn and property line. We planted six Leland Cypress trees in there
last year to fill in the large gap that they opened up.
View from our deck; not much damage on the upper lot facing South.
Below a few pixs taken when the snow had melted and I started cleaning up
the Northern lot below us which looked like an explosion of some kind had taken
place. Even today, there are still portions of the logs that have not
entirely rotted away. We had to cut down several of our trees that were badly
damaged, one being a Weeping Willow tree which was beautifully shaped.
One of our East Coast Grandsons, Trevor Lane Huneycutt posing for a
Our two Huneycutt Grandboys, Travis Lee and Trevor Lane stated,
was all Nanny's fault because she had been praying for a snow"....grin if you
Since that Blizzard 2000, we have an operational generator for such
emergencies and have used it for a few hours until the power was restored.
Our neighbor and friend
Johnny Hildreth passed away on May 25, 2009 after
a long battle with cancer and surely do miss him.
Time waits for no
Web published by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 03-28-16.