The storm that battered the Vineyard this week began in the middle of the country as a small snowstorm known as an Alberta Clipper.
The blizzard of 2015 spared Norton Point, the long barrier beach that is about to reconnect Chappaquiddick to the rest of the Vineyard, from further breaching. Chris Kennedy, superintendent for The Trustees of Reservations, reported Thursday that the breach remained as it was before the storm.
By many accounts, the blizzard that dropped 20-plus inches of snow and battered the coastline with hurricane-force winds was historic. Days after it first struck, the impact of the powerful two-day storm could still be felt throughout the Island.
Lights flickered out across the eastern part of the state at the height of the blizzard Tuesday, with power outages in every town on Cape Cod, and all of Nantucket going dark. By contrast, few outages were reported on the Vineyard during the first major snowstorm of the season.
As the winds whipped snow across the Island Monday night and Tuesday, most people hunkered down and stayed inside, off the slippery roads and out of the chill. But some hardy Samaritans braved the weather and the roads to make the storm a little bit easier for their neighbors.
The Island-owned energy cooperative, along with a partner, was awarded a provisional lease to develop an offshore wind farm in federal waters off the Vineyard.
Two weeks after they took a unanimous vote to approve a subdivision on Mullen Way, the Edgartown planning board has rescinded their decision and referred the project for regional review by the Martha's Vineyard Commission.
Snow began falling on Monday afternoon; then came the howling winds. High tide brought icy floodwaters to the harborfront and fierce waves lashed beaches and docks.
Charmed by her warmth and her genial presence, one might forget that she is a warrior, commissioned with the simple and clear logic of her principles and armed with the ferocious innocence of all things possible.