1978The Blizzard of ’78 occurred.Events & Anniversaries, Natural Disasters

Gloucester Daily Times. “Snow, wind, surf batter Cape Ann.” February 7. 1978.
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There had already been a large snowfall of 30 inches on January 20th when the Blizzard of 1978 started in the afternoon of February 6. By the time it was finished, it had produced 32 inches of snow, which was the largest one-day snowfall in the city’s history. Winds were recorded at 65 mph at Eastern Point lighthouse. Damage was widespread across Cape Ann. Bearskin Neck was evacuated due to the storm surge and more than a dozen Rockport homes were destroyed. The iconic Motif No. 1 was completely demolished. The Annisquam River overflowed its banks. Many seawalls were damaged, Lane’s Cove breakwater was wrecked, and cracks on both sides of the Blynman Canal widened. Route 128 was closed with abandoned vehicles littering the highway and drifts on the exit ramps reaching 10-12 feet. Schools were closed for several days.

Gloucester Daily Times. "Snow, wind, surf batter Cape Ann." February 7. 1978.
Gloucester Daily Times. "Rockport shore damage in millions." February 8, 1978.
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