07 January 2009

more ice please!

Back on 11 December, we were recruited as unwilling participants in the ice storm of 2008. Our power went out on Thursday morning at around 3:00 am, and didn’t return until Saturday evening at 5:30 pm. For those three days B and I bit our nails in Manhattan, wondering whether the pipes in the house would freeze and burst. I went up on Saturday afternoon (I’d had a concert to sing on Friday evening in the city) and arrived just as power was restored.

Fortunately, the temperature in the house didn’t go below 40.5°F. If it had dipped to 40°F the low-temperature sensor would have alerted the alarm company who would have called us. Relief!

But there was a little added extra bonus.

In November, B pointed out a leaning tree on the cowpath behind the garage:

B: We should get that taken care of, J.
J: Oh, B, it’s been that way for a long time; no worries!
B: (worriedly) All righhht.

The ice from the big ice storm coated that old leaner, the top snapped off, CRACK!, and part of it went through the garage roof. The falling branch poked a hole between the rafters, however, and the repair was not difficult or expensive. Very happy about that.




So, this morning the forecast for our area is:
... WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST THURSDAY...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW... SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST THURSDAY.

A COMPLEX STORM WILL CONTINUE TO IMPACT THE SCHOHARIE VALLEY... CENTRAL MOHAWK VALLEY... CAPITAL DISTRICT... SARATOGA REGION AND SOUTHERN VERMONT THROUGH TODAY AND INTO TONIGHT.

ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF OF ICE IS EXPECTED THROUGH TODAY... WITH THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ICING ACROSS THE CENTRAL MOHAWK VALLEY AND THE GREATER CAPITAL DISTRICT. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 5 INCHES ARE EXPECTED THROUGH TONIGHT... WITH THE HIGHER TOTALS NORTH OF THE CAPITAL DISTRICT. THIS INCLUDES SNOW THAT HAS FALLEN EARLY THIS MORNING. THE COMBINATION OF SNOW... SLEET AND SIGNIFICANT ICING WILL LIKELY RESULT IN DOWNED TREES AND POWER OUTAGES.
Emphasis mine. Well, at least that leaner is down!

2 comments:

  1. Hello Jared !
    Yes .. we too are under a winter storm warning .. and wow .. that is a bit of a fix now isn't it .. but as you said not a major one and you sort of knew it was a problem so it isn't a shock right ?
    Winter .................. arrgghh !! : )

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  2. Hi, Joy! Yes, well, not TOO much of a shock, but still and all, let's say, a surprise!

    And, yes, winter is winter is winter. Get used to it, right? Heh heh.

    Hope you get some good pictures of the snow!

    J

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