Saturday, February 9, 2013

Welcome to My Blizzard

The Blizzard of 2013, as the current confluence of an off-shore storm with a land-based storm has been called (with full confidence by hype-loving media that there won't be another one any time in the next 10 months), has about another six to 10 hours before it scoots out of my area in southern Maine. As of this moment we are at one of two critical high tides so us coastal folks have to worry about the North Atlantic invading our streets and front yards. One port saw a 26-foot surge in 14 seconds. I live close enough to smell the ocean but not so close that I have to worry about direct damage from the flood. For our part, this is what we're facing:

Our wheelchair ramp is buried, though the blowing snow has the very end (which you can't see) fairly clear.

My neighbor's garage as seen from one of my bedroom windows. Thats about a 4-foot drift.

A view of my neighbors from our front window. This will make them think twice about using their garage for storage instead of for a car. That is one nasty snow drift. The property across the way is owned by a retirement home complex so they've been plowed a couple times over night.

While we wait for our plow guy (none of us are medically cleared to shovel snow) we can watch the drifts pile up from the 50 m.p.h. to 70 m.p.h. wind gusts. Some were stronger last night.
Almost no power outages in our area (thank you, Central Maine Power!) so one of our TVs is always tuned to the NECN, the regional all-news network so we can watch folks that are even worse off than we are in our little town. Welcome to the Blizzard of 2013!

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