11:22 am-Snow day!!!
One of the things about working from home is that one never, ever gets a snow day....until today, oh happy day.
The company just sent out an email (and I don't believe I'm compromising any vital company information to pass along a portion of it): "Due to the bad weather in the midwest and east coast, we have an unprecedented number of people trying to access the system remotely. Our servers are unable to handle the demand. We ask that you disconnect from the system so that functional groups that must access the system are able to do so."
11:04 am Linkfest:
Amy has an update (with pics) from the Granite State
Seacoastonline.com covers the blizzard
Portland Press Herald has more news (I love Frank's comment: "I actually enjoy driving in this weather." Attaboy Frank. That's a christly good mainah for ya.
HIP HIP HOORAY--Pat the Plow GUY is HERE! Crud. False alarm. It's Alex, the neighbor's son plowing them out. He was nice enough to knock back the snow from the town plow at the top of our drive, though. I believe we're now the only drive in the hood that hasn't been plowed. Might be time for a new plow guy.
Manchester Union Leader reports on the storm.
The wind is now picking up.
9:45 am Trip to the post office was uneventful, but the nice postal lady warned that they are not to make any guarantees about delivery dates. She has been told that their planes may not be flying today (a coastal flood watch is now in effect)...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM EST THURSDAY... ...WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAY HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM EST THURSDAY. THE WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
SNOWFALL TOTALS WILL RANGE FROM 8 TO 12 INCHES ALONG THE COAST AND 16 TO 24 INCHES IN THE MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS TODAY THROUGH LATE TONIGHT. SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN MAY MIX WITH THE SNOW AT TIMES NEAR THE COAST. A THUNDERSTORM IS ALSO POSSIBLE.EAST TO NORTHEAST WINDS WILL GUST TO 40 MPH AT TIMES...ESPECIALLY ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST AND IN THE HIGHER TERRAIN. THE HEAVY SNOWFALL COMBINED WITH BLOWING SNOW WILL RESULT IN BLIZZARD CONDITIONS FROM LATER THIS AFTERNOON INTO THE LATE EVENING HOURS. THIS WILL CAUSE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS
9:00 am Snow continues to pile up. We've had our breakfast, mugs of coffee and our fill of NECN news reporting (summary: not too bad in Mass, CT, RI, horrible in VT, NH, ME).
For those of you not from NE, that ugly thing on the side of the house is where then nice fuel oil man adds fuel oil to our monster tank in the basement. In past years, we've had to shovel a path to it and clear the pipe from snow. In most years, the snow is higher than the pipe cap.
We're getting ready to head out to the post office. I've got to mail my tax information to the fascists, oh excuse me, that really wasn't nice. I mean the State of Ohio Department of Taxation. I still don't have the tax information from the IRS for 1996, 1997, but I'm sending them the required information for 2003-2005, as those returns clearly show I should not have filed a tax return for Ohio in those years. I'm hoping that once they see these returns they'll forget about 10 and 11 years ago...btw, is there a tax attorney out there who knows if I really have to provide them information from that long ago?
8:34 am Just checked with Comair, and my 5:40 pm flight out of the city (Portland for those of you not from Maine) has not yet been cancelled. HMMM.
CVG (the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati International Airport) has been under a snow/sleet/ice siege since yesterday, none of my colleagues are able to make it into the office, and our weather still projected to deteriorate during the day. Over under on this flight taking off? I'm taking less than 50%.
Long Sands Beach 7:15 am
7:32 AM Hard snow is now falling. Temperature has dropped to 11 degrees, but winds are light. We've been out to check on the beach. Waves are medium, but not fierce, and they haven't topped the new rocks that the village put in this fall to help keep the winter storms from breaching Rt. 1A (see nice new rocks at left).
A nice hot bowl of oatmeal to warm us and then the big decision: do we really think Pat the Plow guy will show up today? If not, we'd best take a first pass at the driveway/luge run ourselves.
This involves shoveling--the luge run is too steep for a snow blower.
6:00 AM Happy Valentine's Day! 16 degrees, two inches of snow and a blizzard warning in effect at wake up. The mountains of Maine and most of NH and VT will get feet of snow.
NECN tells us that tropical air aloft is pulling a lot of warm air into the upper surfaces and changing rain to freezing rain/sleet sooner than thought(It's almost all freezing rain in Mass and CT at this point). The meteorologists have decreased our estimated accumulation totals from 12+ to 6-10 but tell us that the ice accumulation will cause many power outages and difficult traveling conditions.
The plow drivers are desperately disappointed. They've not had much work this winter.