Tons of snow piled up in New England Friday and Saturday. And a lot of that snow ended up on front pages around that region today.
Here’s a look at the seven best snowstorm front pages…
Awesome is indeed the word to describe this family’s front yard in Scituate, Mass., yesterday.
The photo is by staffer David L. Ryan.
The abandoned vehicles on route 347 in Lake Grove, N.Y., reminds me of an old elephant graveyard.
Terrific picture, and well-played. That’s by staffer John Paraskevas.
A tractor attempting to clear I-84 west of Hartford runs into an obstacle: A pickup truck abandoned at the height of the storm.
The picture is by staffer Michael McAndrews.
New London, Conn.
The Day of New London — on the coast near the border with Rhode Island — chose to go with a gorgeous poster-front treatment.
That’s Garfield Ave., in New London, as shot Saturday by staffer Tim Cook.
CAPE COD TIMES
As nice as those “digging our way out” pictures are, nothing says “Wintercane” quite like a man making his way down the street in skis in the driving snow.
The photo is by staffer Jim Preston.
It took me a few moments to understand what’s going on in this photo by staffer Bob Luckey.
At this housing complex in Greenwich, residents pulled their wipers out so they wouldn’t freeze hard to their windshields.
I lived in Chicago for three winters and then Iowa for five. It never occurred to me to try this. Pretty slick idea.
Note the listing of snowfall amounts across the tip of the page. Wow: 40 inches in Hamden.
Hearst’s other Connecticut papers followed suit today. Instead of using the same headline and same photo, however, each of the papers wisely used a local photo and wrote a custom hed.
On the left is the Connecticut Post of Bridgeport, circulation 48,701. The picture of local folks digging a cart out of the snow is by staffer Cathy Zuraw.
On the right is the Stamford Advocate, circulation 12,057. The picture of a two-year-old child and his dad playing in a snowy park is by staffer Lindsay Perry.
But wait — that’s only three Hearst papers. Where is the fourth?
Glad you asked…
…because my favorite snowstorm front page of the day is this one from the News-Times of Danbury, where they got 21-and-a-half inches.
The picture by staffer Carol Kaliff of a row of cars at a condo complex in Danbury with their wipers raised is excellent. But what’s really singing is that fabulous headline. If anyone at the Hearst regional hub can tell me who wrote that one, I’d be glad to add that here.
Honorable mention for wit in headline writing are these two Massachusetts papers for comparing the task of digging out to the giant, oft-delayed highway tunnel effort beneath Boston: The “Big Dig.”
On the left is the Boston Herald, circulation 108,548.
On the right is the Telegram of Worcester, circulation 74,563.
Check out that gorgeous downtown-from-above picture by staffer Tom Rettig on the front of the Telegram.
Do you see the snow plough at the bottom center? What a great shot.
And, with apologies to the fine folks at the Hour of Norwalk, Conn., this was my most disappointing front page of the day.
Why was I disappointed? Two reasons…
1. That’s an Associated Press photo on the front. Hey, you usually need to use the best art of the day on page one. But I’m very disappointed the Hour couldn’t come up with staff art there in town of folks who were “walloped” by the storm.
2. The Hour chose to use the name the Weather Channel gave to the storm. Most reputable meteorologists and news outlets stayed away from calling it Nemo. I spanked the New York Post for using Nemo on page one yesterday. Today, I do the same to the Hour.
All these front pages are from the Newseum. Of course.
Previous blog posts about this winter storm:
- Friday: Surely, I don’t need to remind you where you can get free, high-resolution images of the winter storm that’s currently laying a smackdown on the Northeast.
- Saturday: Never mind the Post‘s miscue — four major metro dailies used the same picture on the front of page one.
- Today: The Weather Channel needs a copy editor.