Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Given the proximity to the major US convention "Cold Wars" coming up later this week, there has been much discussion of the weather--and the winter storm that just hit. I've noticed a few posts that other bloggers have put up about the storm (and other similar events over the years), and always find these snippets of "real world" insights into the community of interest, so I thought I'd do a quickie here. In these parts, the seacoast region of New Hampshire (in Northern New England), this storm was officially a "blizzard." It's the morning after, and we're dug out, basically. The snow pack had been receding (note the two step effect on the edge of the drive), with still some snow cover in the middle of the lawn before this storm arrived. In short, this is what the place looks like around here 1 week before Spring.
The worst part of any storm around here is dealing with what the plow banks up at the end of the drive, which definitely takes a machine to clear.  The mailbox has been cleared (again), and the upside is that street is clear. As opposed to the mid Atlantic (I used to live in Maryland), here in New Hampshire and most of Norther New England the place is up and running again shortly after even major storms like this.  There are some delayed openings this morning, but I'm typing this as I get ready to head on in to work. There should be no problem with anyone from the Northeast making it to Cold Wars later this week.
Some people give up on their front doors for the winter. We always make it a point to clear ours.
The power went out, and we were on generator power for about 45 minutes. Clearing the venting and exhaust for our standy-by automatic generatore is part of the drill whenever we move snow, and this this time it proved necessary. This piece of kit has more than paid for itself:there have been periods of up to 5 days when we were on generator power. Having an automatic generator provides great peace of mind if you are away from the house for an extended period in winter and the power goes out: it ensures that your mechanicals keep working and that your basement won't flood or your pipes won't freeze while you're away.
Speaking of equipment, the snowblower clears 17": when I took this beast out into the snow yesterday evening, the snow was at the limit, and we received a few more inches after that overnight. So I figure we got around 18"-19" of snow, all told.
Out back, we dig a trench so the dog can get into the trees at the back of the property where the snow levels are lower. This area was down to the grass before the storm, so this is all new snow. 

The back of the house. Normally, we clear off the entire deck. But given that we aren't expecting much more snow this season (fingers crossed), we only cleared out the area near the doors this time. Interesting to note that the snow is up to the level of the deck out back.

So, in the end, this winds up being a sort of non-story. We had a day where we rode out the storm, and now things are pretty much back to normal. The wife headed out the door this morning to do some snowboarding (and I am going to trudge in to work).

I spent my time yesterday while the storm was going doing a post about my Chocolate Box Wars project: that's when the power went (wouldn't you know it). In the lag between the power going out and the generator kicking-in, things got interrupted. I'll be finishing that post shortly. So, this concludes the "real life" interruption. Back to normal programming in the next post!


  1. Wow! That is a lot of snow for what seems to me to be late in the season.

    1. Yes, after a nice bout of warm weather and snow melt, the storm put us back into something that looks more like February than mid/late March. The forecast has 4 more inches coming this weekend.

  2. Funny how a storm of this size in January isn't even news worthy, but in March, it's a big deal. Glad you got dug out. 10 miles away in Lee, NH we got about a foot, and only a flicker on the power - just long enough to reset all the digital clocks, but not enough to require the generator. Mine is the manual start type....still essential, but not quite as posh.

    1. It's certainly the case that when a storm of this size hits the region by itself it doesn't make much news. But then again, maybe it shouldn't :)

      We were fortunate that timing and circumstances allowed us to install the automatic generator in the initial wave of remodeling that we did when we bought the place.


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