edschweppe: (whiskey tango foxtrot)
My local National Weather Service forecast for this afternoon:
Rain likely, mainly before 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 56. West wind 8 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.


My local National Weather Service forecast for this evening:
A slight chance of snow between midnight and 4am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 9. Wind chill values as low as -4. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.


That's a forty-seven degree swing in less than one day. (In degrees Fahrenheit, which is just over twenty-five degrees Celcius, if that's your local scale.) Even for around here, that's pretty damn extreme.

(Meanwhile, between the warmth and the rain, we're getting holes in our snowpack, again. Sigh.)
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
At least, not in my neck of the woods. This storm will be strongest along the coastline; the National Weather Service has blizzard warnings up for parts of Essex and Plymouth counties and Cape Cod. I "just" get a Winter Storm Warning and somewhere around ten to fourteen inches of snow predicted. Plans to go out tonight to the Agile New England meeting fell apart as said meeting was cancelled.

Oh, and record cold temperatures tomorrow night. Say, -12F. Brrr.

The good news is that this snow is extremely fluffy and thus easy to move out of the way. The bad news will be that the high winds expected for later will find it equally easy to move this snow around, and tomorrow's snowdrifts promise to be ... interesting.

Yep.

Dec. 15th, 2013 10:09 am
edschweppe: A picture of my church (church)
Church cancelled this morning "due to the storm and the bad driving conditions." A bummer, as we were going to sing Distler's arrangement of "Lo, How a Rose Ere Blooming" as an introit.

The snow has stopped here, with only about eight inches of accumulation. Our forebears would consider us wimps. On the other hand, our forebears would have had the minister living in the parsonage, not twenty-plus miles away over not-yet-plowed roads.
edschweppe: (snowpocalypse)
At least, not according to the actual weather forecasters. (The folks running TV promos? They spent all summer coming up with cool new graphics and by God they're going to use them!)

Still, the National Weather Service does have a Winter Storm Warning up from 1PM tomorrow to 1PM Sunday, expecting 6-10 inches of snow out in my neck of the woods with "around a trace of ice" and winds 10-20MPH gusting to 30MPH. There's a good chance that Sunday church services will be cancelled due to road conditions (the minister lives a good twenty-some miles away).

If we don't have a big thaw in the next couple of weeks, this should give us the proverbial White Christmas.

Oh, joy.

Mar. 18th, 2013 09:38 pm
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Another day, another snowstorm. The National Weather Service has put a Winter Storm Warning into effect from now until 8PM tomorrow, calling for 8-12 inches of snow (plus maybe a trace of ice) in my neck of the woods. No word yet from the Current Paying Gig as to whether or not they're going to ask folks to show up tomorrow morning.

So I guess I'll have a White Vernal Equinox. Not quite the same ring to it as a White Christmas, somehow.

Snow day

Mar. 8th, 2013 11:35 am
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Around six this morning, the folks at the Current Paying Gig sent out a message that said CPG would be opening at ten, due to the ongoing snowstorm. I'm wasn't terribly surprised; driving home last night, the local streets outside the CPG were in terrible condition, while those at home were barely wet. (I found myself stuck behind a bus just outside the garage at work; that bus took three traffic-light cycles to get enough traction to make a right turn up a hill.)

Around nine AM, the CPG sent out another message, further postponing the opening time until noon.

About half an hour ago, they sent out yet another message, throwing in the towel and declaring the place closed for the day.

All this makes me think that the conditions at work must be really bad. During last month's snowpocalypse, they had the place open despite active National Weather Service blizzard warnings.
edschweppe: (snowpocalypse)
But of the light, fluffy, not-taking-down-the-power-lines variety. Which is good.

(Folks south and east of Boston got the heavy, wet, lets-drop-trees-on-power-lines variety. Which is not good. And why about four hundred thousand folks are in the dark.)

OTOH, some of that whole lotta snow is between me and my car, which I will have to dig out so that the snowplow can snowplow.
edschweppe: (snowpocalypse)
Bright shiny blue band on the weather radar. Fluffy white snow in the air and on the ground.

Lots of fluffy white stuff. Probably two inches in the last hour.

But can it really be the snowpocalypse when the local television station is broadcasting "CSI:NY" instead of constant storm coverage?
edschweppe: (snowpocalypse)
Only light snow so far, but the blizzard warnings remain in effect. (As does the hyperventilation of the television news.)
edschweppe: (snowpocalypse)
Today was nice and sunny.

Tomorrow? Not so much.

So sayeth the National Weather Service:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
355 PM EST THU FEB 7 2013

...A POTENTIAL HISTORIC WINTER STORM AND BLIZZARD IS EXPECTED TO
DROP AROUND 2 FEET OF SNOW FRIDAY INTO SATURDAY...

MAZ005>007-012>023-RIZ001>008-080500-
/O.UPG.KBOX.BZ.A.0001.130208T1200Z-130209T2100Z/
/O.NEW.KBOX.BZ.W.0001.130208T1100Z-130209T1800Z/
CENTRAL MIDDLESEX MA-WESTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN ESSEX MA-
SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-
SUFFOLK MA-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-
WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-
SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH MA-BARNSTABLE MA-DUKES MA-
NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-WESTERN KENT RI-
EASTERN KENT RI-BRISTOL RI-WASHINGTON RI-NEWPORT RI-
BLOCK ISLAND RI-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FRAMINGHAM...LOWELL...LAWRENCE...
GLOUCESTER...MILFORD...WORCESTER...FOXBORO...NORWOOD...
CAMBRIDGE...BOSTON...QUINCY...TAUNTON...BROCKTON...PLYMOUTH...
FALL RIVER...NEW BEDFORD...MATTAPOISETT...CHATHAM...FALMOUTH...
PROVINCETOWN...VINEYARD HAVEN...FOSTER...SMITHFIELD...
PROVIDENCE...WEST GREENWICH...WARWICK...BRISTOL...NARRAGANSETT...
WESTERLY...NEWPORT...BLOCK ISLAND
355 PM EST THU FEB 7 2013

...BLIZZARD WARNING FROM 6 AM FRIDAY TO 1 PM EST SATURDAY...

* LOCATIONS...EASTERN AND SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS...INCLUDING
  BOSTON AND BOSTON METRO AREA...ALL OF RHODE ISLAND INCLUDING
  BLOCK ISLAND.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW...BLOWING AND DRIFTING AT TIMES...
  QUARTER MILE VISIBILITIES...AND WINDS GUSTING IN EXCESS OF 30 MPH.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 18 TO 24 INCHES.

* TIMING...LIGHT SNOW WILL DEVELOP BY FRIDAY MORNING...BECOMING
  HEAVY LATE IN THE DAY INTO THE EVENING COMMUTE. THE HEAVIEST OF
  SNOWFALL...ESPECIALLY FOCUS ALONG THE I-95 CORRIDOR...WILL FALL
  FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY.

* IMPACTS...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AND DANGEROUS TRAVEL. WHITE OUT
  CONDITIONS ARE ANTICIPATED AS ROADS BECOME SNOW COVERED BY THE
  FRIDAY EVENING COMMUTE. STRONG NORTH-NORTHEAST WINDS ARE
  ANTICIPATED WITH GUSTS UP TO AROUND 60 MPH...RESULTING IN
  BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW. DAMAGE TO TREES AND STRUCTURES
  ALONG WITH SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES ARE ANTICIPATED.

* WINDS...NORTHEAST 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 65 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE MID 20S.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS OR FREQUENT
GUSTS OVER 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH CONSIDERABLE FALLING AND/OR
BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.  VISIBILITIES WILL BECOME POOR WITH
WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES.  THOSE VENTURING OUTDOORS MAY
BECOME LOST OR DISORIENTED...SO PERSONS IN THE WARNING AREA ARE
ADVISED TO STAY INDOORS.

&&

$$

Fortunately, the local power lines are underground; unless one of the main lines into town gets hit, I should stay happily powered and connected. I suspect that tomorrow night's congregational meeting is going to be postponed, however.
edschweppe: (snowpocalypse)
The National Weather Service has posted a blizzard watch for my hometown:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
319 PM EST WED FEB 6 2013

...A POTENTIAL HISTORIC WINTER STORM AND BLIZZARD IS EXPECTED TO
DROP 1 TO 2 FEET OF SNOW ACROSS MUCH OF THE REGION FRIDAY INTO
SATURDAY...

MAZ005>007-013>018-RIZ001>004-070430-
/O.CAN.KBOX.WS.A.0002.130208T0600Z-130209T1800Z/
/O.NEW.KBOX.BZ.A.0001.130208T1200Z-130209T2100Z/
CENTRAL MIDDLESEX MA-WESTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN ESSEX MA-
WESTERN NORFOLK MA-SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-SUFFOLK MA-
EASTERN NORFOLK MA-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-
NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-WESTERN KENT RI-
EASTERN KENT RI-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FRAMINGHAM...LOWELL...LAWRENCE...
GLOUCESTER...FOXBORO...NORWOOD...CAMBRIDGE...BOSTON...QUINCY...
TAUNTON...BROCKTON...FOSTER...SMITHFIELD...PROVIDENCE...
WEST GREENWICH...WARWICK
319 PM EST WED FEB 6 2013

...BLIZZARD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY
AFTERNOON...
...WINTER STORM WATCH IS CANCELLED...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD
WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY
AFTERNOON. THE WINTER STORM WATCH HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

* LOCATIONS...MUCH OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS AS WELL AS NORTHERN AND
  CENTRAL RHODE ISLAND. THIS INCLUDES THE BOSTON TO PROVIDENCE
  CORRIDOR.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR BLIZZARD
  CONDITIONS.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 12 TO 24 INCHES.

* TIMING...LIGHT SNOW DEVELOPS BY FRIDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL
  INCREASE INTENSITY DURING FRIDAY AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST SNOW
  WILL OCCUR FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS WILL BRING THE POTENTIAL
  FOR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS. THE WORST OF THE STORM WILL BE FRIDAY
  NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING. SNOWFALL RATES OF 2 TO 3 INCHES PER
  HOUR POSSIBLE. TRAVEL MAY BECOME NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE WITH BLOWING
  AND DRIFTING SNOW.

* WINDS...NORTHEAST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 55 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE MID 20S.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR CONSIDERABLE
FALLING AND/OR BLOWING SNOW WITH SUSTAINED WINDS OR FREQUENT
GUSTS OVER 35 MPH AND VISIBILITIES BELOW 1/4 MILE FOR AT LEAST
3 HOURS. WHITE OUT CONDITIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE...MAKING TRAVEL
VERY DANGEROUS.  BE PREPARED TO ALTER ANY TRAVEL PLANS.

&&

$$
Yes, I've got all-wheel-drive on my car. And this storm doesn't sound quite as bad as the infamous Blizzard of '78. And, unlike in 1978, the ground is pretty much bare, so there are plenty of places to put a foot or two of snow.

Still, I suspect I'm not going to risk going into work on Friday, considering how sucktastic the drive home would likely be.

Originally posted at http://edschweppe.dreamwidth.org/157484.html - comment wherever you please.
edschweppe: (snowpocalypse)
The National Weather Service has posted a blizzard watch for my hometown:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
319 PM EST WED FEB 6 2013

...A POTENTIAL HISTORIC WINTER STORM AND BLIZZARD IS EXPECTED TO
DROP 1 TO 2 FEET OF SNOW ACROSS MUCH OF THE REGION FRIDAY INTO
SATURDAY...

MAZ005>007-013>018-RIZ001>004-070430-
/O.CAN.KBOX.WS.A.0002.130208T0600Z-130209T1800Z/
/O.NEW.KBOX.BZ.A.0001.130208T1200Z-130209T2100Z/
CENTRAL MIDDLESEX MA-WESTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN ESSEX MA-
WESTERN NORFOLK MA-SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-SUFFOLK MA-
EASTERN NORFOLK MA-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-
NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-WESTERN KENT RI-
EASTERN KENT RI-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FRAMINGHAM...LOWELL...LAWRENCE...
GLOUCESTER...FOXBORO...NORWOOD...CAMBRIDGE...BOSTON...QUINCY...
TAUNTON...BROCKTON...FOSTER...SMITHFIELD...PROVIDENCE...
WEST GREENWICH...WARWICK
319 PM EST WED FEB 6 2013

...BLIZZARD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY
AFTERNOON...
...WINTER STORM WATCH IS CANCELLED...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD
WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY
AFTERNOON. THE WINTER STORM WATCH HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

* LOCATIONS...MUCH OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS AS WELL AS NORTHERN AND
  CENTRAL RHODE ISLAND. THIS INCLUDES THE BOSTON TO PROVIDENCE
  CORRIDOR.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR BLIZZARD
  CONDITIONS.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 12 TO 24 INCHES.

* TIMING...LIGHT SNOW DEVELOPS BY FRIDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL
  INCREASE INTENSITY DURING FRIDAY AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST SNOW
  WILL OCCUR FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS WILL BRING THE POTENTIAL
  FOR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS. THE WORST OF THE STORM WILL BE FRIDAY
  NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING. SNOWFALL RATES OF 2 TO 3 INCHES PER
  HOUR POSSIBLE. TRAVEL MAY BECOME NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE WITH BLOWING
  AND DRIFTING SNOW.

* WINDS...NORTHEAST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 55 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE MID 20S.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR CONSIDERABLE
FALLING AND/OR BLOWING SNOW WITH SUSTAINED WINDS OR FREQUENT
GUSTS OVER 35 MPH AND VISIBILITIES BELOW 1/4 MILE FOR AT LEAST
3 HOURS. WHITE OUT CONDITIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE...MAKING TRAVEL
VERY DANGEROUS.  BE PREPARED TO ALTER ANY TRAVEL PLANS.

&&

$$
Yes, I've got all-wheel-drive on my car. And this storm doesn't sound quite as bad as the infamous Blizzard of '78. And, unlike in 1978, the ground is pretty much bare, so there are plenty of places to put a foot or two of snow.

Still, I suspect I'm not going to risk going into work on Friday, considering how sucktastic the drive home would likely be.
edschweppe: Submarine warfare qualification badge, aka "dolphins" (submarine insignia)
Back in August, I spent a fun day playing seaport tourist, including a tour of the replica HMS Bounty as she was making a port call in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Today, she sank off Cape Hatteras, courtesy of Hurricane Sandy:
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The Coast Guard rescued 14 members of a crew forced to abandon the tall ship HMS Bounty caught in Hurricane Sandy off the North Carolina Outer Banks and continued the search Monday for two other crew members.

[ ... ]

The director of the HMS Bounty Organization, Tracie Simonin, said the tall ship had left Connecticut last week en route for St. Petersburg, Fla.

"They were staying in constant contact with the National Hurricane Center," she said. "They were trying to make it around the storm."

[ ... ]

Coast Guard Vice Adm. Robert Parker, Operational Commander for the Atlantic Area, told ABC’s "Good Morning America" that at the time of the distress call the ship was taking on two feet of water an hour.

He said the crew abandoned ship into canopied, rubber life rafts with about 10 feet of water on board.


I presume that the two life rafts mentioned by VADM Parker are the ones in this picture:

Looking aft from the helm

The sea can be unforgiving.
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
I have made it my custom to post some small bit of commentary every 19th of April, marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord. I've told the story of the "Concord Fight" several times now, occasionally quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous "Concord Hymn":
BY the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.
Today, on this two hundred thirty-seventh anniversary of the "shot heard 'round the world", the latest incarnation of the Old North Bridge still spans the Concord River - but there's not much in the way of flood for it to arch. We had abnormally low snowfall last winter and have had an exceptionally warm and dry spring. This keeps the rivers in their banks, but has made for a lot more brush fires than usual.
edschweppe: (whiskey tango foxtrot)
This is still the month of March, right?

And I'm still in New England, right?

But the 10 PM reading at Hanscom Field was SIXTY-EIGHT degrees Fahrenheit?

Boy, this weather makes no sense at all. Even by New England's infamous "wait-a-minute" standards.
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
... has been mostly ridiculous. It's still two days before the vernal equinox, which means it is still theoretically winter, and average high temperatures are around 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Today's high temperature? Seventy-seven degrees Fahrenheit at Hanscom Field in Bedford (the closest official weather station).

Good thing I don't invest in local ski resorts, I guess.

Brrr-idge

Feb. 12th, 2012 08:31 pm
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Plenty of cold today. No snow, mind; apart from a few remnant plow-berms, the only snow to be seen is the artificial stuff at Nashoba Valley. Ground this bare in February just ain't right.

I drove up to Portsmouth (NH) this afternoon to see the partially-dismantled Memorial Bridge, which I'm used to seeing from below as the boats head out to Star Island. The bridge hadn't been given anywhere near enough maintenance - the amount of rust on that thing was frightening - and the states of New Hampshire and Maine have finally given up and agreed to replace it. Last week, the lift span was cut away and placed on a barge, which is currently tied up at Prescott Park:
pic behind the cut )
In related news, the Star Island "blue book" (conference catalog) arrived the other day, so it's time to sign up for this year.

Brrrr!

Jan. 15th, 2012 07:54 pm
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Seriously cold out there - nine degrees Fahrenheit at Hanscom Field in Bedford. Add in clear skies and a subzero dewpoint, and tomorrow morning is going to be bitter.

This would be great for preserving our snowpack, if we had any. On the other hand, the town isn't issuing dire warnings about blowing through their plowing budget.
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Well, Hurricane Irene has come and mostly gone from my neck of the woods. Net impact to me personally: a couple of power hiccups and a car covered in pine needles. Just the way I like my natural disasters: anticlimactic.

I hope the rest of the folks reading this are doing well.
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Well, Hurricane Irene has come and mostly gone from my neck of the woods. Net impact to me personally: a couple of power hiccups and a car covered in pine needles. Just the way I like my natural disasters: anticlimactic.

I hope the rest of the folks reading this are doing well.
edschweppe: (tropical storm)
Irene is arriving. Gusty winds? Check. Humid? Check. Bursts of rain? Check. (8AM conditions at Hanscom Field in Bedford: temperature 72F, dewpoint 71F, winds 28MPH gusting to 38.) Teevee reporters standing out in the middle of all that crap? Check.

I've still got power, though. So I'll sit back and enjoy the show for now. Stay safe and dry, folks!
edschweppe: (tropical storm)
Irene is arriving. Gusty winds? Check. Humid? Check. Bursts of rain? Check. (8AM conditions at Hanscom Field in Bedford: temperature 72F, dewpoint 71F, winds 28MPH gusting to 38.) Teevee reporters standing out in the middle of all that crap? Check.

I've still got power, though. So I'll sit back and enjoy the show for now. Stay safe and dry, folks!
edschweppe: (tropical storm)
Not today, at least. The center of Hurricane Irene is currently about three hundred miles away from New York City, which is a good five hundred plus miles away from me. However, Irene is a big storm, and we've been getting off-and-on showers all day.

The current forecast track takes Irene well to my west, which means my neck of the woods is "only" expected to get six or more inches of rain tonight and tomorrow, along with winds of 45-55 MPH (with higher gusts). I suspect I may lose power for a little while if trees take down the major lines in town; the lines in this subdivision are all below-ground, so there's no risk there.

All in all, tomorrow looks to be a good day to stay in and stay safe. Which is my plan.
edschweppe: (tropical storm)
Not today, at least. The center of Hurricane Irene is currently about three hundred miles away from New York City, which is a good five hundred plus miles away from me. However, Irene is a big storm, and we've been getting off-and-on showers all day.

The current forecast track takes Irene well to my west, which means my neck of the woods is "only" expected to get six or more inches of rain tonight and tomorrow, along with winds of 45-55 MPH (with higher gusts). I suspect I may lose power for a little while if trees take down the major lines in town; the lines in this subdivision are all below-ground, so there's no risk there.

All in all, tomorrow looks to be a good day to stay in and stay safe. Which is my plan.
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
We've had several lines of thunderstorms pass through the area today, including a real whopper at work that included a spot of hail this afternoon. However, apart from loud noises and some momentary hiccups in the electrical service, I haven't been seriously inconvenienced.

Other parts of the state were less fortunate. From boston.com:
At least four people were killed and a number of others were injured in the violent storms that swept across Massachusetts today, which included at least two tornadoes, state officials said today.

Two people were killed in Westfield, one in West Springfield, and one in Brimfield, said Scott MacLeod, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Governor Deval Patrick said damage had been reported in at least 19 communities, mostly in Central and Western Massachusetts. He declared a state of emergency, saying he was mobilizing up to 1,000 members of the National Guard to help in search and rescue, debris cleanup, and other recovery tasks.
Now if only Echo Bazaar wasn't slower than molasses ...
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
We've had several lines of thunderstorms pass through the area today, including a real whopper at work that included a spot of hail this afternoon. However, apart from loud noises and some momentary hiccups in the electrical service, I haven't been seriously inconvenienced.

Other parts of the state were less fortunate. From boston.com:
At least four people were killed and a number of others were injured in the violent storms that swept across Massachusetts today, which included at least two tornadoes, state officials said today.

Two people were killed in Westfield, one in West Springfield, and one in Brimfield, said Scott MacLeod, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Governor Deval Patrick said damage had been reported in at least 19 communities, mostly in Central and Western Massachusetts. He declared a state of emergency, saying he was mobilizing up to 1,000 members of the National Guard to help in search and rescue, debris cleanup, and other recovery tasks.
Now if only Echo Bazaar wasn't slower than molasses ...

Brrrrr!

Jan. 24th, 2011 07:53 pm
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
This morning, as I left the house, the local temperature was -3 F, according to my car's onboard thermometer.

As I arrived home this evening, my car reported a temperature of 1 F.

I'm ready for our next snowstorm, just to warm things up a bit.

Brrrrr!

Jan. 24th, 2011 07:53 pm
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
This morning, as I left the house, the local temperature was -3 F, according to my car's onboard thermometer.

As I arrived home this evening, my car reported a temperature of 1 F.

I'm ready for our next snowstorm, just to warm things up a bit.
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
... local TV stations have dropped their constant SNOWSNOWSNOWZOMG! coverage and started showing soap operas again.

It is still snowing, although not nearly as heavily as earlier today. Much of southeastern Mass. (including Amtrak's Northeast Corridor) has lost power due to trees falling on power lines, but so far no worries in my neck of the woods.
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
... local TV stations have dropped their constant SNOWSNOWSNOWZOMG! coverage and started showing soap operas again.

It is still snowing, although not nearly as heavily as earlier today. Much of southeastern Mass. (including Amtrak's Northeast Corridor) has lost power due to trees falling on power lines, but so far no worries in my neck of the woods.

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