Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Nor'easter is Clobbering Us With a Mess of Snow UPDATED (scroll down)

Results of The Last Storm
As I mentioned yesterday, it's Wednesday so it's time for another nor'easter to blow through Maine. That's exactly what's happening as I type these words. It's snowing like hell, at a rate of over an inch an hour. The maintainence guys plowed the sidewalks less than an hour ago and we have gotten another inch and a half snow since then. That's a lot of snow in a short time. On top of the 3 or 4 inches we got yesterday, the snow we'll get today and tonight will have left us between 20 and 24 inches. Wind, snow, ice, blizzard-like conditions for 2000 miles and 30 states, 100,000,000 people, worst storm in 50 years, state of emergency and natural disaster. In Maine, we call that Wednesday.

My family and I are all hunkered down here at home mwith plenty of food and soft drinks to last us for a while should things get a little too hairy with the weather. I am, of course, typing this story, Heather is watching some movie she DVR'ed from one of the Lifetime Networks and the girls are upstairs - Bailey playing the loot she scored for her birthday and Issy is playing "The Sims 2" on her computer. Besides no school today, there are literally hundreds of cancellations for things like AA meetings up to and including VFW be closed for the day. Pick a letter from the alphabet, and something with a name that starts with that letter is closed today. Oh, yeah...this storm is so intense that the announcement of the schools closing here in Augusta was made last night! They usually call about 5:00am with that kind of news.

Although it's snowing pretty hard right now, the heaviest snowfall is still to come this afternoon. Just look at this forecast from

Right Now Next 36 Hours
Light Snow Today Tonight Tomorrow
Heavy Snow Snow Cloudy
Light Snow Heavy Snow Snow Cloudy
10°F 14° 24°
Feels Like: -7°
High Low High
Past 24-hr:
Precip: 0.22 in (est.)
Snow: 4.6 in (est.)
Chance of Snow:
Chance of Snow:
Chance of Precip:
From NNE at 16mph
NNE at 18 mph
N at 14 mph
NNW at 10 mph

Humidity: 82% 70% 70% 58%
Dew Point:
Pressure: 30.15 in Falling Pressure
Visibility: 0.5 mi
UV Index: 0 - Low 1 - Low -- 1 - Low
Daylight Remaining: 6 hrs 59 min Sunrise: 6:56 am Sunset: 4:50 pm Sunrise: 6:55 am
Through 3pm: Snow will fall at varying intensities. Some of the snow will fall heavily especially by 11am. Cloudy with increasing winds. Temperatures steady near the low teens. Winds NNE at 15 to 20 mph. Additional snowfall of 2 to 3 inches through 3:00pm. Snow will become heavy at times this afternoon. Cold. High 14F. Winds NNE at 15 to 25 mph. 8 to 12 inches of snow expected. Snow this evening will give way to lingering snow showers late. Low 9F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 70%. 2 to 4 inches of snow expected. Cloudy skies. High 24F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

That's where we stand as of 10:15am, EST. I'm sure I'll pop in a time or two with updates on the weather conditions and any other relevant information. Until then, my family and I will stay warm and fed for the duration. Count on it. Because Toby said so.

UPDATE: The worst of the storm has passed through and left the gift of about a foot of snow. There's another round of the white stuff beginning to make its way into the area, but it will only give us another few inches of snow. I'll try to remember to post some pictures in the morning.

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