You want to talk blizzards then you want to talk The Great Blizzard of 1888.
That baby remains one of the most severe in the history of the United States. It came in mid-March, dropping 50 inches of snow in Middletown, 30 inches in most parts of Connecticut, and its sustained 45 mph winds produced towering snowdrifts.
Railroads were shut down and people were trapped in their homes for up to a week while workers cleared the streets the old-fashioned way — one shovel full at a time.
Of course, even if you wanted to talk 1888, there's nobody who experienced that storm around to talk to now.
The same can't be said about the blizzard of 1978. Not only are there many people still kicking who survived it, but it is the first thing they want to talk about whenever a potentially big snowstorm is forecast.
What is interesting about the blizzard of 1978 being such a popular point of reference is that it doesn't even rank in the top five among snow producers in Connecticut.
The thing most people remember about 1978 is Gov. Ella T. Grasso shutting down the state for three days.
The next thing most often mentioned is how fast the storm came. There was no gradual buildup. When it struck in late morning it hit at full force, the snow coming heavy and hard right from the git-go.
While there was advanced notice of a storm, many were not aware that the storm had been upgraded to a blizzard until after the snow had started falling. For those trying to make their way home, it was too late.
Thousands were trapped in a massive gridlock. At some point people simply left their cars and sought shelter wherever they could find it. The abandoned vehicles made it difficult for plows to do their work, adding to the problems.
The most intense snow fell during the early evening hours, sometimes at a 3-inch per hour clip. Drivers who decided to stay in their cars had to worry about being completely buried. State troopers went car to car along the highways checking for trapped motorists.
Along the coast a storm surge of up to 16 feet caused widespread destruction. Most of the storm's 75 deaths were recorded along the shore in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
For days after the storm, workers operating heavy machinery had to slowly pick their way along roads, uncovering buried vehicles one at a time and towing them.
It remains to be seen how Friday's storm will measure up. One thing we have going for us, however, is that we have many forms of communication now. And no one can say we have not had sufficient warning.
The bottom line is we are New Englanders. This isn't our first trip to the rodeo, to the land of snowmageddon. We know what to do and what not to do. So hunker down, chill out, and work on your talking points.