Northern DE so far about a foot. All is fine here but it is windy and
power outages are biggest near the coast where my brother lives.
We are right in the center of biggest accumulation and I expect another
foot. It must have been '96 when I bought my snow thrower after a 22
inch snow. I shoveled it then but my back didn't like it.
These nor'easters can get pretty nasty. They sort of sit there and draw
moisture off the ocean. My memory goes back over many years but that 22
inch I mentioned was worse in last 10 years. I recall one in March
maybe 30 years ago that totally socked us in with roads to my area
I might get out Monday morning at best. My wife, with her new knee,
says she'll be home all week. I'm scheduled for a blood test Monday and
she has a check up with orthopedic surgeon Wednesday but both may be
I remember discovering the limits of my Subaru when I was driving
through a field and did not realize the snow had drifted and it lifted
the wheels off the ground. Fortunately I had a shovel to lower the car
and back out.
I recall '78 in Boston... close to 30" in 2 days. Of course, they've got
no place to "push" the stuff so everything had to be loaded onto dump trucks
with front end loaders and "driven" away.
Was nice to be in the city with *zero* traffic for a while! Thankfully,
I'd thought ahead and "stored" the car in the company parking garage.
Granted, it wasn't accessible -- but, also didn't get side-swiped by a
snow plow on the street!
Have fun, stay safe! Expecting a high of 79 here, today...
It was delightfully *quiet* -- save for the periodic "backup alarms"
on all the front-end loaders lifting snow into the backs of dump trucks.
[Apparently, you can't just dump the stuff into the Charles as it's not
really snow (water) once it hits the ground]
On Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 8:26:39 AM UTC-5, Frank wrote:
This was just sent to me by my brother from Great Neck, NY. Western
end of Long Island, just outside the border of Queens, NYC.
I told him that if he lost power he could head upstate and hang out by
my fire pit to keep warm. I told we would be inside if he needed anything. ;-)
All main roads are passable but there is a driving ban except for those
needed like plows or medical people.
My problem would be getting to these roads as 100 ft drive needs
plowing, then its quarter mile development road, plowed these AM but now
just as snow covered, then its a mile of back roads.
On Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 1:54:04 PM UTC-5, Dean Hoffman wrote:
Or he could use one of these and then just continue on down the highway.
This is the truck we used to clear the roads and runway at the Coast Guard
station in Port Clarence, AK. If I recall correctly, it had a 12 cylinder
diesel engine to run the truck and another 12 cylinder diesel engine to
run the blower.
In that picture it is clearing the 1/4 mile long road to the transmitter
building where I spent most of my time. Running along side the road, was
an above ground tunnel that we used to walk (or bike) to the T-building
in bad weather.
On Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 6:21:03 PM UTC-5, Stormin Mormon wrote:
Oh, I know things have been much worse.
My brother's picture was from this morning so I'm sure
it's much, much deeper by now.
My picture is just snow left over from the past week. I'm no
where near NYC/Long Island so I'm not getting any snow from
23 miles West of Philly, it was about 18" when I started clearing it.
That was 2 hours ago and it's been snowing hard since.
Wind gusting into the low thirties.... 50-60 at the Jersey Shore.
I'm thinking 24" or more for the Philly area.
I won't even try until tomorrow. Seems to me now thrown off to the side
creates a bigger trough for blown or new snow to deposit into.
Living in Hockessin, I'm about 40 miles from Philly. Maybe closer to
My brother made out well as it turned more to rain down in Lewes where
he lives. Power was out when my sister in law woke up early but my
brother slept through it.
I'm not sure what our snowfall numbers are but also know that one place
could get several inches more or less just a few miles away. They did
say on one of the Philly TV stations that they are getting nearly as
much snow from this one snow as they did all last winter.
Best wishes, you two guys. And your familys
and neighbors. I've been in, and stayed home
during, wicked winter storms. I'm quite
concerned. Hope your power stays on, and you
are safe. Warm, well fed, and doing well.
Christopher A. Young
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