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By the Numbers


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Back-to-back blizzards in early February dumped unprecedented piles of snow on all of Baltimore, effectively shutting down the metropolitan region for a week or more. Johns Hopkins closed, and, for the first time in its history, stayed that way for five days. As a result, the Homewood academic calendar was extended by a week, with classes ending May 7 instead of April 30. Somewhat compressed reading and exam periods allowed the May 27 Commencement to stay on track.

Now that we can see grass and pavement again, here’s a look back at some of the staggering stats from the unrelenting storms, which chronicle the heroic efforts of dedicated staff members who fought the good fight and got the university back to normal as quickly as possible.

1,350 Inches of snow accumulated on the Homewood campus in the two February blizzards

75,000 Pounds of salt spread on roadways and parking lots in and around
the Homewood campus

50,000 Pounds of magnesium chloride laid on campus walkways

45 Grounds crew members working at one time to clear snow and ice

720 Cubic yards of snow hauled from campus (that’s six dump-truck loads
a day for four straight days)

3 Nights crew members slept on cots in the grounds shop (managing
a paltry 10 total hours of sleep in that time)

63 Pots of coffee consumed by the crew

20+ Area residents’ cars dug out by JHU crew

Source: Mark Selivan, JHU grounds manager




snow photos

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