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BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast

wysiwyg 13 Feb 07 - 09:53 AM
Midchuck 13 Feb 07 - 09:56 AM
wysiwyg 13 Feb 07 - 09:59 AM
MMario 13 Feb 07 - 10:03 AM
wysiwyg 13 Feb 07 - 10:06 AM
Amos 13 Feb 07 - 10:12 AM
Wesley S 13 Feb 07 - 11:06 AM
GUEST,LilyFestre 13 Feb 07 - 11:18 AM
Midchuck 13 Feb 07 - 11:26 AM
wysiwyg 13 Feb 07 - 11:37 AM
catspaw49 13 Feb 07 - 11:44 AM
MMario 13 Feb 07 - 11:46 AM
Bill D 13 Feb 07 - 02:02 PM
GUEST,LilyFestre 13 Feb 07 - 02:22 PM
pdq 13 Feb 07 - 02:24 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Feb 07 - 02:30 PM
MMario 13 Feb 07 - 02:31 PM
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Subject: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 09:53 AM

I hear southern PA is already getting it. Up here in the north, those of us with rural experience are battening down before it even starts. Some of us may get a miss and some may get a bigger hit, but it would not surprise me if Mudcat Central gets quite a bit of snow over the next 36 hours.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: Midchuck
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 09:56 AM

My experience of many years in Vermont is that when you get predictions of a big snowstorm well in advance, it misses us; and when you do get a big snowstorm there's little or no warning. But there's always an exception just when you think there's a rule you can count on.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 09:59 AM

It's not well in advance-- it's here. What was predicted well in advance was bands of snow, rain, and icy mix. Usually, in our area, we're told it will be all ice and it usually turns out to be all rain, instead. But what it actually will be is what we're starting to get, now.

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: MMario
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 10:03 AM

we don't expect to see it until later this afternoon - and since my supervisor has issued a "snow alert" chances are very good I will *NOT* get a snow day tomorrow. (over the past ten years it rus about 90% that when they issue an alert nothing happens)


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 10:06 AM

Mmario, I think you should leave now and come keep us company down here, then. Faulkner says he'll let you use one of his new dog beds, and there's a third recliner in here now too. :~)

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: Amos
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 10:12 AM

Better still, old chum, leave now and join us down here, where the gentle rays of the warming sun are even now dispersing the quiet mist-clouds rolling over the green hills, and wakening the nestled seabirds drifting on the bosom of the warm and dark Pacific. I think it is expected to be around 65 today... It does get cold in the early mornings. I even wore a light jacket to work.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: Wesley S
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 11:06 AM

How do folks batten down the hatches up in snow country? When we get any kind of warning about ice or snow in north Texas folks make a run on the grocery store like another war is about to happen. Bread,milk,candles,batteries. It gets a little silly sometimes. And then when the weather does hit folks either drive way too fast or way too slow on it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: GUEST,LilyFestre
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 11:18 AM

No weather to report on our mountaintop just yet, although the wind that is blowing is from the same direction as it always comes just before a big storm. I know the weather folks aren't always right but I think that this time they probably are.

Schools all over the state are shutting down early (from southern schools being closed to the schools around here who are letting out early).

And Vermont....I used to live there.....there's nothing quite like winter in Vermont!!!! We used to look forward to the snow there (I actually still do...just so long as we can stay put!).

I'm stocked with firewood, the gas tank was filled last week, lots of groceries...we are set. And the camera is ready...can't forget the camera!!!!

I think a quick run to town (since it is doing nothing quite yet) is in order to get some more bird food...they have to eat too you know!!!

Snuggle in and stay warm!

LQF


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: Midchuck
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 11:26 AM

I'm psyched to go XC skiing without those little "crunch" sounds from your ski bottoms hitting rocks or tree roots. I am not psyched to shovel the 10 to 15 inches we're supposed to get. Isn't there a middle ground available?

P.


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 11:37 AM

Wesley,

Household battening here is pretty much a way of normal life once true winter is on the doorstep. By the time a day like this comes along, we have most supplies well in hand. All we need to do for now is move the van to one end of the mouth of the driveway so a tractor can haul it through a road plow's leavings and onto the road if pastoral necessity requires, while we confidently await the bigger plow that clears us up anytime a snowfall bigger than Hardi's little Deere can keep up with-- so that the rest of the winter, the Deere can push additional snow far enough back to keep the turnaround circle nice and roomy. Sometimes it also requires Hardi to wax his cross-country skis and pack a bag to go stay in town a few days. (The skis make getting around Main Street, funeral home, church, and hospital do-able.)

In farm country, we all know which neighbors have generators; if it gets really dicey we'll take the new can of coffee, a couple of freezer items, and the crockpot full of good beans, and go visiting uproad. :~) Let's see-- if we go one way there will be a freezerfull of homegrown veggies, and if we go the other way it'll probably be venison in their freezer. :~) Or if we head another way there's a friend new to the area who might need a little more help, and we might head there. Or whatever.

Biz battening, though, includes packing up a few days worth of work-at-home projects, letting colleagues know how to be in touch if necessary, being sure printer ink is on hand, and so forth. For our work, phone calls to clarify which events are on and which are off, what to do in case of this or that usual emergency, etc.

Hanging loose and being available, and keep eyes and ears open, is what it boils down to. Letting neighbors know if you can help, or need help. Letting concerned cityfolk know we're set and that even if we might not be heard from for awhile, we're cozy, safe off the roads, and doin' mighty fine.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: catspaw49
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 11:44 AM

It's here and in full force. Looks to be about 10-12 inches total including the ice which is still happening. It should be out of here by tomorrow morning with the temps dropping back into the deep freeze level where they've been for the past two weeks.

We had this wonderfully mild winter going and the WHAMMO........Well, this oughta' kill the nasties like fleas and the like.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: MMario
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 11:46 AM

Only if Cletus and the boys go out in it, 'spaw.

Latest reports here are we can expect it about sunset - and it should continue to about the same time tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: Bill D
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 02:02 PM

trade you a few inches of snow for the ˝" of ice WE are supposed to get! We already have an inch or two of snow, but it is supposed to change over to freezing rain in awhile...
I went out this morning and covered the car with a big sheet of plastic to save hours of chipping ice off.

Stay warm, everyone.


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: GUEST,LilyFestre
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 02:22 PM

Well, I had myself a nice little jaunt to town, took care of some normal business, picked up some bird food and some straw for the outside critters. I stopped by the local elementary school to drop off some Valentine's Day goodies (meant for tomorrow but likely there will be no school tomorrow) and as expected, the kids are all wound up...anticipation of the snow and an early dismissal will do that to a body! A stop at the pharmacy to ensure I have enough insulin for a week or so (really more like a month and a half at the moment) and it's all good. Like most folks around here, the freezer is pretty full and the pantry is stocked for just such an occassion. The roads are still clear, no snow or ice just yet in the northern tier of Pennsylvania. I overheard two old farmers at Agway saying that Williamsport (about an hour south of here) has over a foot already. It'll be here soon.

lQF


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: pdq
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 02:24 PM

Oswega County NY has up to 12 feet of Global Warming! We're all going to die!! Oh, the humanity!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 02:30 PM

It's suppposed to get pretty cold here in North Texas in the next couple of days. Better head to the grocery store. . .

:-D


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: MMario
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 02:31 PM

that's OSWEGO County - and they are still only at 65% of their normal snowfall.


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: GUEST,LilyFestre
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 02:36 PM


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Subject: Sally Visits
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 02:47 PM

The "snug" old farmhouse shows off its drafts when the weather gets like this-- feels the cold in its bones? The living room is awash in dampening breezes as the many sun-catching windows start giving up their heat, and instead roll colder and colder glass-cooled air down to swirl around my shoulders no matter where I am in the house.

When the laundry room water pipes froze last week, where they come up out of the basement and run through poorly-insulated wall into the add-on porch, the landlord brought us a Salamander. We usually see the Sally next door, aimed at the spot that lets the neighbors, who've rented that house for the year, meet the most intractably-frozen pipes in the county. Sally sits there in the side yard, red-hot and roaring, aimed like a cannon of fire into a precise spot in the opened-up claboards that we've come to know well.

Well, once she'd thawed the neighbors last week, we put in our claim and the landlord brought her here fro her first visit. It only took an hour to pop that laundry supply back open, but she's still down cellar waiting for her next firing. The pipes here are fine now (although just in case I did run a tub of water into the empty washer earlier today), but old Sally makes that kitchen floor so warm over top of her that we may get her going for a bit, just to counter that draftification of the downstairs.

Salamanders are really neat-- kerosene from a reservoir makes heat, but the motor that blows the heat is cheap electric. Like Paul Bunyan's blow-dryer, a Sally has safety mechanisms that even I trust not to give us a second experience of house afire! That is, as long as we are at home and awake. :~)

In the meantime, putting the bean crockpot on will warm the colder corners of the kitchen.

The lower the barometer falls, the readier I am for a nice, long sit under my special lap robe. It's an old satin-covered comforter I doubled over and sewed into a sleeping bag shape? The satin reflects body heat, the stuffing is lighter than feathers, it's easier to pull over me than any afghan I've ever had, and it never fails to attract a nice warm lapcat. Supper is thawed and ready for a quick dash out from under the robe to dish it up. There's hockey tonight on TV, but even if the snowplows hit a power pole I'll have my oldtime radio shows and audiobooks on my MP3 player.

Sounds idyllic, except there's one detail I left out till now-- pre-trial hearings for Jessica Lundsford's killer are underway, today.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: GUEST,LilyFestre
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 03:35 PM

As I have been standing in the kitchen chopping up onions, peppers and garlic for a nice big pot of chili, I have watching the snow approach our mountaintop. About half an hour ago, I could see the snow falling 4 mountains over. It didn't take long to move over the other 3 peaks to here. It's a fine, misty snow but falling hard.

Now's the time to throw some more wood on the fire, curl up with a hot cup of tea and a book...and I think that's just what I'll do while the chili simmers and fills the house with wonderful winter smells.....

Meanwhile, the kittens and cats are all curled up around, underneath and on the ledge of the woodstove. The cocker spaniel has already had a spin around the yard...nothing but pure joy!!!!

LQF


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: pdq
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 03:56 PM

Little Wing

All her friends call her little wing
But she flies rings around them all
She comes to town when the children sing
And leaves them feathers if they fall
She leaves her feathers if they fall

Little wing, dont fly away
When the summer turns to fall
Dont you know some people say
The winter is the best time of them all
Winter is the best of all.

          ~Neil Young


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: Bill D
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 03:57 PM

(filled our bird feeders awhile back...Titmice and Goldfinches ans Sparrows saying "thank you"_


2 inches of snow now, and it's beginning to bounce: The Prediction, from my weather program..
SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO TOTAL THREE TO FIVE INCHES OVER THE POTOMAC HIGHLANDS AND EXTREME WESTERN MARYLAND.

EAST OF THE APPALACHIANS SUBFREEZING AIR IS FILTERING INTO THE REGION FROM THE NORTH...AND REMAIN IN PLACE OVERNIGHT. AT THE SAME TIME AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WILL DEVELOP ALONG THE CAROLINA COAST AND SPREAD RAIN INTO THE MID ATLANTIC REGION AFTER MIDNIGHT....BECOMING MODERATE TO HEAVY AT TIMES. THE RAIN WILL FALL INTO THE COLD AIR AND FREEZE ON IMPACT... CAUSING ICE TO FORM ON TREES...ROADS... AND POWER LINES.

THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY BETWEEN I-81 AND ROUTE 15 WILL BE ESPECIALLY PROBLEMATIC...RECEIVING ICE TOTALS TONIGHT OF BETWEEN ONE QUARTER AND THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH. THIS WILL CAUSE SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS WITH POWER OUTAGES AND TRAVEL.

ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF INCH OF ICE IS EXPECTED FURTHER EAST. TRAVEL PROBLEMS AND ADDITIONAL POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE I-95 CORRIDOR OVERNIGHT.

THOSE WITH TRAVEL PLANS...DECISION MAKERS...AND PLANNERS SHOULD CLOSELY MONITOR FORECASTS FOR UPDATES. SEVERE ICING OF TREES AND ROADS ARE LIKELY... WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES.


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: MMario
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 03:59 PM

Just make congress meet out-of-doors for a few hours - that should create a warm front of hot air to melt the ice.


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: gnu
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 04:06 PM

I hear New York State is getting pounded! 80 some inches so far. We are not getting snow, much.... just -20C with -30 windchill. I'm lovin' it!


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: LilyFestre
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 04:08 PM

From where I am sitting at the dining room table, I can see 4 bird feeders. There are more but I can't see them from here. RidgePlucker fills them almost every other day....lots of birds here this year. We have the usual array of cardinals, blue jays, titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, etc. This year, however, we have 2 different kinds of woodpeckers visiting the winter feeders as well. When the feeders are empty, it is not uncommon to see one of the woodpeckers sitting on the window casing looking in as if to say HEY, COME FEED US!

Snow sleds are ready to go............WEEEEEEEEEEE!

LQF


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: Bill D
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 04:19 PM

Yep...the suet feeders bring Downy woodpeckers, an occasional Hairy, and a pair of Red Bellied...watching the squabbling thru the picture window is better than TV.


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: LilyFestre
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 04:22 PM

It sure is! We have free ranging chickens (ok..that really means that they got out of the pen and we didn't put them back yet) who love to peck at anything that drops from the feeders. The roosters are especially pretty to watch. The green sheen on their feathers against the snow....gorgeous!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: Bee
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 05:34 PM

The ground here in Nova Scotia is almost bare; we've had hardly any snow, though it's been very cold the past two weeks. That storm you're all getting is on its way here, but we're getting wind and hard rain from it, not much snow.


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: LilyFestre
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 09:41 PM

The power rarely goes out here at my house due to underground lines but I was thinking about what I would do if the power did go out to entertain myself (not so much worried about heat and cooking as we have a woodstove).

I have a list a mile long of things to keep myself entertained (it doesn't take much!) and am wondering what the rest of you do when the power goes off during a storm?

LQF


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: Bill D
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 09:49 PM

Oh, it's terrible! We have to watch TV and use the computer using a hand crank! (The gerbils are retired)...




(well, actually, being in a metro area, by the time we light the candles, the power is usually back on. The one time we had several days outage, we cooked on BBQ grill and read books by daylight...and toured the neighborhood, looking at downed trees.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 10:35 PM

WHAT is that odd sound outside?!?!?!? Gotta go see.... peering.... straining to see through the snowy dark.....

OH! It was a CAR went by! None since dark, I think, till now.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 10:47 PM

.... and I was just in time to see the plume from the snowplow making its first real run of the year, shining in the front porchlight. Gosh that was pretty! Hm, come to think of it-- looked a lot like the shower of white feathers the day the just-dropped-off rooster got it on the front of a truck one summer day. I like chickens, but we've lost a lot of critters on this damn road, and at least that one was quick!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: LilyFestre
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 10:49 PM

Still isn't snowing too hard here...just enough to fill in the footprints from when my honey got home.

LQF


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: MMario
Date: 14 Feb 07 - 07:10 AM

went to dinner at my niece's last night - got to cuddle with the great niece's and found out there is another great on the way; due in august. By the time I left (about 8) there was two or three inches on the car; but at home we'd only had about 1/4 inch at that point. This morning we have a good foot on the cars....

SNOW DAY!


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: Bee
Date: 14 Feb 07 - 07:44 AM

Congrats on the impending 'great n.', MMario.

I expect to lose power when the wind starts up. We almost always do. Hurricane Juan weakened so many trees, they're still falling on the power lines with depressing frequency.


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: LilyFestre
Date: 14 Feb 07 - 07:46 AM

We have about 6 inches here this morning and more is on the way! The snow is falling HARD this morning!!!! :)

LQF


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: jacqui.c
Date: 14 Feb 07 - 07:58 AM

We've got a couple of inches of fresh snow overnight and more expected today. No need to go out today so we'll just stay home and watch the world turn even whiter than it already was.

This is supposed to finish by tomorrow morning. I hope so - I'm supposed to be flying out of the local airport for my trip to the UK tomorrow afternoon........


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: kendall
Date: 14 Feb 07 - 09:16 AM

pdq, there is a big difference between weather and climate. Global warming is a fact and the occasional snow storm doesn't change that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: RangerSteve
Date: 14 Feb 07 - 10:31 AM

Little snow, mostly sleet and freezing rain here in Central NJ. It's a good day to be retired. I don't have to go anywhere and can just loaf. The sleet on the skylights in my bedroom kept me awake all night. According to the weather maps on TV, I'm on the border between more sleet or more rain. Either way, it's just plain disgusting weather.


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Feb 07 - 11:07 AM

Well, the lightweight fluffy stuff they told us about last night turned out to be wet and heavy, but the van I left near the mouth of the drive made it through the snowplowed driveway ruts just fine and is now safely stowed out back where the kindly plowman left me a little spot out of the way of later passes to come as needed.

Hardi wisely stayed downstate at the clergy conference last night and so did not risk his life (and my heart attack) trying to go over the deadly mountain on the way home. :~) Faulkner and Ruby are surprisingly energetic watch dogs when he's away; they're on the job effectively even when the person coming to the door is someone they know well, if I don't reassure them I was expecting company. I've always wondered if Mudcat Gatherings and open-door policies with friends would change that. But they're quite a team-- one barks as big as a Great Dane and the other slides silently toward intruders to seriously stop them. That dog may be a couch-potato, but on the job he's like a missile from a potato cannon and since he started eating so well, he's quite heavy as well.

Later today I will take an ice-chopping tool to soften up the piled-up snowbanks between driveway and back door, so he can actually get to the door when he makes it home. :~) I think Faulkner will be helping me by dog-wiggling a path through the deeper drifts, and then we'll both curl up by the gas heater to warm back up! :~)

By 10:15 I was able to call shut-in friends to see if they needed me to come over or deploy any other assistance. The road, of course, is not exactly bare, but a car goes by every once in awhile, and anywhere I really need to get would be a short trip on a relatively flat road.

OK, so the car-clearing longbrush is still out in the shed on the other side of those snowplow piles (along with the assorted snow shovels). Ooops. I thought all the equipment was on the back porch. Hardi will be gratified to have a few Man Against the Elements tasks awaiting his return! :~)

The funny thing of the day so far was the neighbor, across the creek, calling her dog back in. The dog is about the size of a large squirrel, so he was not visible from her back door (or our driveway). I'm sure he tunneled his way back to her eventually, but it was so funny hearing the tone of her mystified voice! The sunless white of the snow is too nondescript to show it from here right now, but I bet when the sun returns there'll be a large, clearly-etched "mole" tunnel across their backyard snow!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: Bee
Date: 14 Feb 07 - 11:31 AM

I once had a wandering black tomcat stay out during a huge snowstorm; worried about him all night. Next morning, as I'm trying to clear huge fluffy drifts from my door, I hear: "Mewww!" *thump*...."Mmewww!" *thump*... This continued for some time, until I see, leaping high above the drifts, a snowcovered black kitty. As he leapt into the air, he would release a piteous 'mew', then would land with a thump deep in the powder, completely disappearing from sight, only to explode upward a moment later. I never saw such a grateful cat as when I plodded over to rescue him and carry him the rest of the way.

He didn't go back out for over a week.


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: Bill D
Date: 14 Feb 07 - 11:48 AM

Well, we dodged the worst possible scenario...instead of ˝" of ice, we have 3-4 inches of compacted sleet/snow....very heavy to shovel, but not dangerously slippery, and it didn't stick to trees and power lines. Some work to do, but temps will be above freezing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: LilyFestre
Date: 14 Feb 07 - 11:55 AM

There are a few Jenko's (spelling?) hanging out on the back deck who haven't figured out where the bird seed is. They are hovering around all my large tomato pots that have some fall weeds that sprouted and got rather large. It's kind of funny to watch them. The sit on the deck (on the snow) and hop up to pull seeds from the weeds and promptly fall down into the 10+ inches of snow with a little POOF and the snow dances up around their bodies. They shake it off and start over.

We are lucky in that we are both able to stay in today which is a special treat, especially since it's Valentine's Day! We'll putter around for most of the day and have picked out a movie to watch for later. I'm looking forward to RidgePlucker's popcorn...he makes THE best popcorn EVER (in an old fashioned hand cranked popcorn pan)!

I'm hoping to spend some playing my new instrument by the fire this evening. :)

LQF


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: Bee
Date: 14 Feb 07 - 12:03 PM

Do you mean 'Juncos'? Little grey and white birds?


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: Bill D
Date: 14 Feb 07 - 12:15 PM

Yep, Juncos are ground feeders. They don't really like perching...if they can, they like to pick up dropped stuff under feeders. Some sort of platform above the snow would make them very happy.


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: GUEST,maire-aine
Date: 14 Feb 07 - 12:17 PM

I'm in south Oakland County Michigan (just north of Detroit), and we got about 5 to 7 inches of light, powdery snow overnight. Our biggest problem was the wind. As soon as the plows went by, the wind blew it all right back on the highway. Some places in my driveway were bare, and some places had 3-foot drifts. Folks down toward the Ohio border got a lot more show.

Right now, the sun is out & there are a few puffy white clouds and a bit of a breeze, but it's a beautiful (altho cold) day.

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: Becca72
Date: 14 Feb 07 - 12:34 PM

Bee....thank you SO much for that visual. Poor kitty! But I needed a laugh like that. :-)

We're mid-storm here now. I left this morning with plenty of time to make my doctor's appointment at 9:30 only to get there and find the place locked up tight. And we'd only had a couple inches at that point! This is MAINE, people! I was able to pick up extra hours at the part time job because of all the absenteeism today, though. Should be an interesting drive home. My little Passat does quite well in the snow, actually.

I also lived in Vermont for a couple of years. I moved there New Year's Eve 1999. We lived just over the notch from Smuggler's Notch ski resort. I walked out one January morning to go to work and it was 42 below with the wind chill. Had me wondering why I'd left home and I'm used to bad winters!


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Feb 07 - 01:46 PM

Yes, Bee, it was a riot. Faulkner, who is a black dog, did some jumping around today to help clear a path, but no yipping for help-- he was having a good time.

Following his track, my wide farm boots and strong legs pushed a good path open to the shed and I found all the shovels I needed. I know Hardi's plow pattern with the Deere like the back of my hand, so I won't need to overdo.

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: mmm1a
Date: 14 Feb 07 - 02:32 PM

Well here in Indiana, we've managed to survive the blizzard. Ok really wasn't that much of a blizzard, but for people who were here back in 78, everyone was prepared. We spent the day watching the weather and being lazy. kids were happy not to go to school.Today the sun is shinning and temps really don't seem that bad. Our neighbor took care of the drifts in the street and ally with his bobcat and son took care of the ones blocking back door and front walk. The dogs liked being in last night but were ready to go play outside this morning. Beagle is'nt all that thrilled but as long as the lab goes first she can get around the yard.
So ok we've had our bitter cold, we've had our snow now where the heck is spring.

             mmm1a
             who is waiting for warmer weather


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Subject: RE: BS: Here Comes the Snow - US Northeast
From: RangerSteve
Date: 14 Feb 07 - 03:09 PM

The sun, which wasn't in the forecast for today, came out a little while ago and hopefully, I won't have to shovel the steps.


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