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The Word From The Front Lines

Word from the front lines is that we have about 8 inches or so of new snow, but it has drifted across our driveway up to Weatherdude's chest. A bit higher than a snow blower can handle. The end of the driveway where it joins the access road is especially deep. Mind you, this was down to packed snow of maybe an inch yesterday and posed no problem. We shall have to wait for the winds to die down and go at it. We have power, tv, internet, but we are now truly snowed in. The neighbors are in better shape because most of their snow is on our driveway now.

Frog out

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dawtheminstrel
Feb. 10th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
Stay warm! We get a lot drifting too.

I am so sick of winter.
birdhousefrog
Feb. 10th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
yes, not much to stop the drifts in parts of the midwest, is there? Thankfully, this will probably be it for the year, we've broken the record for all-time snowiest winter.
dancinghorse
Feb. 10th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Good to hear there's life (and warmth and communications) in the birdhouse. This native Mainer is kind of amused by the whole production, but if you're in an area that's not used to it and doesn't have the appropriate infrastructure...

We might get snow here ourselves. For us of course, half an inch is ZOMG SNOWMAGEDDON REPENT THE END IS NIGH, so we're duly tucked in, horse-blanketed, and provisioned.
birdhousefrog
Feb. 10th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
Sharon (of Lee and Miller) is telling me that they've not had much snow this year, comparatively speaking. Yes, it goes on and on in those locations, in Syracuse and other lake-effect locations. I'm not downplaying any of that or comparing what we have. It's more that this is an anomaly to get slammed twice in one week and to such an extent, with blizzard-strength winds as well.

The end is nigh indeed, but there's no hope for you, so don't bother with the repenting part. Enjoy your little half inch of lovely and keep that Pooka warm.
deliasherman
Feb. 10th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
The huge fancy grocery store where I only shop for Special Dinner Ingredients (like duck) was full to bursting yesterday when I was shopping for a dinner party, with the New York Post interviewing people about what they were buying "for the blizzard." I'm afraid I went all New Englander on her. But the lady with the wheelie cart full of canned goods behind me had good reason to worry. Even in the City that Never Sleeps and Plows Lots, the elderly are at risk for slushy falls.

Our guests will be walking ten blocks in the snow for dinner. It feels like quite an adventure.
birdhousefrog
Feb. 11th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
I read your comment on your blog earlier and chuckled.

It's nice to be in a city, it is. I'd walk 10 blocks for dinner and good company, I would. As soon as we had a path dug we walked to the neighbors to get hot coffee last Saturday. I think it's an equivalent distance.

Greg says they're still in the thick of it in Philly, but he and Barbara have power. More snow than usual, blowing like anything.
jjschwabach
Feb. 10th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
Have you brought some corn for popping?

I've been stuck inside all day.
birdhousefrog
Feb. 11th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
I haven't had popcorn in ages! But I'll bet there's still some microwave variety in the cupboard and some marshmallows, if it comes to that. What I really have a hankering for is a pizza.
birdhousefrog
Feb. 11th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
Actually, when E Bear blogged about Indian food being delivered, I *really* got a craving for that. There's a restaurant 15 miles away, but they don't deliver and I won't be getting there tonight.
jjschwabach
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
Our nearest Indian food is 30 miles away, which is a great improvement over the previous 50. But they also do not deliver. Plus, the way the roads were today, I wouldn't have called them if they did -- can you imagine how you'd feel if the delivery guy got into an accident?

Both popcorn and pizza are off the menu until the braces come off.
birdhousefrog
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
They're off my menu too, but for dietary reasons.
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birdhousefrog
Feb. 11th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
It really is. One feels the lack of internet and other options the most when the power goes out. It isn't like I've been blogging and on social media all day or watching tv (though I've watched a lot of local weather news, must admit). It's that I can. I'm keeping an eye on the outages reported by our power company. So far, not too many in my county.

This is probably going to be Philly's snowiest year, too. We just broke our record so now we can stop, right? Snowiest winter EVAH.
kelly_yoyo
Feb. 10th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
Oh heck! I'm glad you still have power. Stay warm and safe!

And for next winter, two words: drift fence!
birdhousefrog
Feb. 11th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
I'm still waiting for him to drag the splitter out again to take a photo for you! I hear you guys have had relatively warm temps this year.

We essentially have a drift fence! I think we're up over the top of it now. Good thing the last snow was heavy and crusted over or it would be much worse.
kelly_yoyo
Feb. 11th, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)
Oh yes, this is the warmest winter we've ever seen in Vancouver. Perhaps not ever-ever, but for sure in the last 19 years that Alyx and I have been here.

Very early spring. We've seen magnolia, cherries, and crocuses. No snow blossoms yet. I don't know what happened to them. Usually they're out right now. Maybe it's too warm?
birdhousefrog
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC)
The Dude says it's an El Nino year (you know that, I'm sure) and there's a ridge over the west coast undercut by the subtropical jet that brings the rains to Southern California. And that combined with the very strong negative arctic oscillation has brought anomalously cold temps to the east coast (which has nothing to do with your weather except that when you're above normal, we're usually below normal, he says). When he said that, it reminded me that one of our winters in Seattle was in this pattern back in 79 or 80.
mindseas
Feb. 11th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
It's something like knee-deep here and still coming down. Our power was out for about an hour, but now we're snug once more. You have the wood-burning stoves for heating backup, should you suffer an outage, don't you?
birdhousefrog
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're snug again and the power outage was brief. We're still hanging in here, some outages around the county according to the company's map on the web. Still have internet and yes, still have woodstoves and a full rack of wood up by the house.
jongibbs
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
Why did your neighbors shovel their snow onto your driveway? ;)
birdhousefrog
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
Wikipedia says that 'fetch' is a word used for water, but that pretty much sums up how The Dude and I think of it (we were both raised near the ocean). There's a good long fetch across our five-acre field and we've noticed in years past that when the winds are this strong, our neighbor's driveway is blown clear and it all ends up on our driveway, at the end of that fetch, up against bushes and another fence. They're an acre or so away which means the west/northwest wind can really get going off the Appalachians or from the circulation associated with a storm of this magnitude. Believe me, the distances are too great for anyone to be dumping snow on anyone else's driveway. It's all wind-related. We'll dig out, but the winds won't die down properly until Saturday night or so. Which just reminds me of living in Nebraska where it blows for several days at a time. We're hoping that the one day of hard work will cut down how much we have to dig out each of the next two mornings. We have to remember to blow it to the side where it won't be blown back into the tunnel that passes for a driveway right now, a 750 foot length with 24 inch walls cut on each side with the snow blower.
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