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Winter storm Nemo caused 16 deaths, hundreds of thousands of power outages, and shut down major metropolises for days.
In the small town of Scituate, Massachusetts, massive waves of freezing water poured over retaining walls a midst of pelting snow and ice.
The damage was vast, but for many New Englanders, Nemo presented little more than several snow days.
Used to severe winters, this storm, although extraordinary even by their standards, was familiar, terrible, and beautiful to those in New England.
Its marvelous how something so damaging can be so familiar, so breathtaking, so joyful.
Those unaffected by the storm heard only of the debilitating snowfall, days without power, and tragic deaths.
But who hasn’t marveled at the breathtaking silence of a street newly covered with snow, blanketed with the promise of laughing children and hot chocolate?
Winter storms of these sorts strike us with the knowledge of nature’s terrible beauty: of its breathtaking destruction and of its awesome sights.