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Maritimers flock to their phones to capture Atlantic Canada's storm


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 2:40 PM -

It brought the entire east coast to a snowy standstill. Almost ironically, it also brought out scores of Maritimers and their cell phones to the tune of over 1,000 combined photos and videos submitted to The Weather Network. 

In doing so, our team of reporters and meteorologists were able to see what was going on in the remote parts of every province and use the photos and videos to enhance story-telling. For that, a collective round of applause to Canada's toughest citizens.

Some communities saw in excess of 50 cm of snow pile up -- while others experienced record-breaking wind gusts.

Through it all you, our viewers, helped us tell the weather story and filled the web site and broadcast with remarkable images, and in the end some stories for our reporters to take home.


RELATED: Check out these incredible meteorological stats from Wednesday's storm


All day theweathernetwork.com was flooded with images and videos of the storm, like this one from Nadine Maclean in Mount Stewart, P.E.I.:


Or this one from Kevin Ross in Charlottetown, PEI:

We were amazed by your ability to keep your spirits high as the storm pummeled the east coast.

Over the span of 24 hours - between 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday and 9 a.m. ET on Thursday - we received 384 videos and 694 images from Maritimers wanting to share what was going on outside their front doors.

In addition to that, your Twitter updates were an invaluable resource for the TWN newsroom.


WE'VE GONE VIRAL!

The Weather Network's Chief Meteorologist Chris Scott tweeted that standing amid the infamous 'Les Suêtes' winds in Cape Breton during a weather bomb was top of his weather bucket list. 

On Mar. 26, 2014, we sent Chris and meteorologist Mark Robinson to that very spot in Grand Etang, NS, an area where on the day wind records fell as quickly as they were established. It made for a very dangerous situation:

It's worth noting that Chris and Mark are trained professionals and were not hurt in this incident.

Video of their tumble has gone viral, racking up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube and our website.

It has also been picked up by major media outlets in Canada and the U.S., including most-recently by digital giant mashable.


RELATED: Live on TV: Winds knock reporters out of frame 


COMING TOGETHER
In the true spirit of the Maritimes, people came together to lend a helping hand.

TWN's coverage was extensive and the storm was fierce, but perhaps the most heartwarming story came from MétéoMédia's Marco Parent in Shediac, New Brunswick.

After a full day of providing live reports, the evening looked dismal when travel conditions turned ugly.

"We had food, we had water, we had candles," said Parent who expected to sleep in his car for the night. "Happily, a good Samaritan came with a heavy duty truck and was able to get us back to the hotel for a good night's sleep."

Last but not least, we'd like to thank our audience for the amazing feedback we've received on our storm watch coverage.

"As a former television reporter ... who has covered and stood outside in blizzard, tropical storms, and just about anything weather related, I want to pass on to you your excellent coverage of the Nor'easter that hit Wednesday. Your reporting crews delivered vital up to the minute information and gave the viewers a good snapshot of the storm as moved across the region," said Susan King from New Brunswick.

"Greetings from Ocho Rios, Jamaica! We are watching TWN coverage of the blizzard hitting the Maritimes right now. We can't express our appreciation enough for the effort that is being put in by TWN staff and reporters in the office and directly reporting from the storm itself," said John and Cyndie.

And that's just a snapshot of some of the feedback and reports the TWN newsroom has received since Wednesday.

If you'd like to be a part of the weather story, upload your photos and videos to our website. We'd love to show off your contributions.

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