The Blizzard of 2005

January 2005

The blizzard of January 22-23, 2005, paralyzed Cape Cod with hurricane-force winds and more than three feet of snow. In some places, drifts were six feet or higher. Nauset Light weathered the storm well, but there was considerable erosion of the coastal bank. The storm hit during the time of a full moon, which resulted in an astronomically high tide. This caused several feet of the bank to wash away. This photo, taken on January 24, shows the aftermath of the erosion. Note the concrete blocks on the beach. They were part of the foundation of a building that once stood on top of the bank.