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Post  roddie on Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:11 am

"Hunkered-down" here in N. Smithfield, RI where it has been snowing heavily for the last several hours. Our Governor declared a state of emergency yesterday and imposed a ban on driving for all but emergency/service vehicles, starting at midnight last night. We have not lost power yet.. but are prepared; if and when that happens.

As of last night; about 5 inches of new snow had fallen.. and this morning we woke to about 14 inches.. but in the last hour or so.. about 3 more inches have fallen. This storm has the potential to equal; if not surpass the legendary blizzard of 1978. This region generally sees a fair amount of snow throughout our Winters.. but storms like this one are far and few between.

The snowfall accumulation in the last 8-10 hrs. has been 1-3 inches/hr. and is forecasted to continue at that rate, through late this evening. I'll post some photos in a little bit.
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Post  crankbndr on Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:26 am

Looks like NYC was spared, wonder how Bob is out on Long Island.
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Post  dckrsn on Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:35 am

crankbndr wrote:Looks like NYC was spared, wonder how Bob is out on Long Island.
Hey Doug, thanks for asking. Looks like 2-3 feet here, with a few more inches before it's  supposed to stop.
Wind is still 20-30mph with higher gusts. I don't think we're getting hammered as bad as Roddie though.
Wish I were in Homestead.
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Post  getback on Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:37 am

WOW that's just stupid there ! us Southerners would be FREAKING OUT !! Glad to here you are doing OK Roddie , BOB BOB BOB  you out there boy Snowman
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Post  getback on Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:38 am

getback wrote:WOW that's just stupid there ! us Southerners would be FREAKING OUT !! Glad to here you are doing OK Roddie , BOB BOB BOB  you out there boy Snowman
Over post good to here from you man . Eric
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Post  dckrsn on Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:46 am

Thanks Eric.
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Post  roddie on Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:45 am

Thanks guys! Yea.. this is definitely more snow than we've seen all at once.. in years. We don't have 2-3 feet though!! (not yet anyway...) Holy crap Bob!!! I'm debating whether to go outside and run the snow-blower, while the snow is fluffy. If I wait.. I could have more trouble.. especially if the temperature rises and it gets heavy. My machine is a small 7hp/24" Simplicity/Allis-Chalmers.. (1968) but it is very well made.. starts on 1-2 pulls and I just cleared some real heavy snow with it just 2 days ago.

Here's some storm pics..




the front stairs.. Where are they?




I made sure to fill the bird-feeders yesterday.. Watching the birds is fun for us and our three cats!





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Post  balogh on Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:59 am

I am not sure what to say...you guys in the US at least know what the winter looks like...here in Central Europe we have not seen snow for the past 5 or so winters...(last year I drove to neighboring Austria to do some skiing at 2300m a.s.l. but the whether was so mild we had to leave for home after 2 days.

It is true though that my snow-shovel is also quite deep in the pile of stuff in my garage and I do not have to wake up to shovel deep snow from my doorway...So who knows which is better?
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Post  dckrsn on Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:49 am

balogh wrote:I am not sure what to say...you guys in the US at least know what the winter looks like...here in Central Europe we have not seen snow for the past 5 or so winters...(last year I drove to neighboring Austria to do some skiing at 2300m a.s.l. but the whether was so mild we had to leave for home after 2 days.
It is true though that my snow-shovel is also quite deep in the pile of stuff in my garage and I do not have to wake up to shovel deep snow from my doorway...So who knows which is better?
Looking at the bright side, the cold temps have made for a fluffy snow. The wet stuff is a real pain
to shovel. Too bad Roddie and I can't box some, and send it to Lieven for his Snowpalne.
Also, beautiful photos Roddie.
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Post  roddie on Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:24 am

Thanks Bob! Yea.. Lieven's snow-car would no-doubt be a blast to try! I'm convinced from the vids he posted, that it will boogie when he gets his engine running at peak rpm. Maybe we can find a way to smuggle him some of the new Cox fuel that Kim's using for the tach race!! That blend seems like it's "Lightning in a Bottle"!!!

Well.. it's time now to "git' er' done" (or at least started..) with cleaning up the snow. My wife made scrambled eggs w/melted cheese.. CRISP well-done bacon.. and cinnamon toast.. and we just mowwwwwed it!! Popcorn She's getting her boots on now (this is serious..) so I better get mine on too. I'll be back in a while with a report.
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Post  dckrsn on Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:16 pm

Aftermath sky.
It was gone a minute later.
Turns out, the total here was 2-2.5'.
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Post  WingingIt74 on Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:48 pm

dckrsn wrote:Aftermath sky.
It was gone a minute later.
Turns out, the total here was 2-2.5'.
Bob

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Re: Blizzard check-in

Post  dckrsn on Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:56 pm

Thanks Travis. My neighbor Jim was quick to remind me, we may not be out of the woods yet.

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Post  rsv1cox on Tue Jan 27, 2015 5:12 pm

Easy day here in West Virginia, only about 5 inches, good time to burn off a year long brush pile.





Nice to look at, but being a Floridian at heart, I can do without it.

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Post  dckrsn on Tue Jan 27, 2015 5:24 pm

Beautiful photos, Bob.
The second one is worthy of an angelic chorus.
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Post  roddie on Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:10 pm

LOVE the photos guys!!! If you work outside in a region that has snowy Winters... well.. you're used to it. Otherwise; it's only a pain when you have to deal with driving in it.. or cleaning it up afterward. Personally.. I love the seasonal changes of New England. I don't like dealing with insect pests.. like ants, gnats, mosquitoes, biting-flies and hornets.  It's nice "not" having to deal with those elements all year long.

My snow-removal this afternoon was not without incident though. The 7hp Tecumseh fired right up with 2-3 pulls.. but my auger-idler was frozen. I had to get the tools out. (my wife went in the house.. because she's seen how I can be when these things happen..  affraid ) I pulled the side-cover off the machine, lubed the frozen idler, checked the belt-path and was good-to-go. After 3 hours and less than one tank of fuel.. I finished. We currently have 28" accumulation.

I couldn't orient this photo correctly, to save my life.. (taken by my wife with her smart-phone)

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Here's "this year's" photos of Barbie.. in her airplane with skis. My Chevy Trailblazer's blower-motor decided to stop working today.. (incident #2)




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Post  RknRusty on Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:36 pm

Man, y'all gotta be tough to live in that stuff.
I hope the power stays on. Good luck,
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Post  KariFS on Sun Feb 01, 2015 3:28 am

We got about 5-6" of snow overnight. Not exactly a blizzard, just snowing. Already had about the same amount on the ground, so it's not bad at all, total less than knee-deep Smile

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Meanwhile in Australia:





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Post  Oldenginerod on Sun Feb 01, 2015 5:18 am

KariFS wrote:We got about 5-6" of snow overnight. Not exactly a blizzard, just snowing. Already had about the same amount on the ground, so it's not bad at all, total less than knee-deep Smile

View from my back yard:



Meanwhile in Australia:



Funny that you post that picture. It is indeed the middle of summer here, generally should be about 32°C - 40°C, but we've been struggling to get above 25°C for the last couple of weeks. Mind you, I'm not complaining. Some like it hot, but not me. Drizzled rain all this morning while I was out at a vintage truck show with my old stationary engine- the rain was killing people's magnetos. Last year at the same show it was 42°C. (107.6°F)

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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:17 am

Hey, good bye January. Here in West Virginia it came in like a lamb but out like a lion.

I don't think that Rod's winters "down under" are as severe as ours here in the North East, but cold is cold where ever you are.

In Florida we had three seasons - Spring, Summer, and Fall. Best months there were November thru April.
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Post  roddie on Mon Feb 02, 2015 4:27 pm

rsv1cox wrote:Hey, good bye January.  Here in West Virginia it came in like a lamb but out like a lion.  

I don't think that Rod's winters "down under" are as severe as ours here in the North East, but cold is cold where ever you are.  

In Florida we had three seasons - Spring, Summer, and Fall.  Best months there were November thru April.

Well Bob..... Cold Cold Snowman January may have gone out like a lion.. but February came in like a lioness!! I just came inside after 3 hours dealing with another 10-12 inches of heavier snow that fell over the last 12 hours. It's tapering-off.. but there's still 3-4 more hours left before it's due to stop.

MR. WIZARD!!!  affraid
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Post  rsv1cox on Mon Feb 02, 2015 4:55 pm

Darn, Bostons getting hit again too. I have lived in/near both places.

In NH we considered 10-12 inches a dusting..... Laughing

We had a cabin on Onway lake in Raymond. I used to snow show the five or so miles up there to go ice fishing. Wonderful experience to hear the ice cracking along the faults. Sounds like lightening strikes in the summer.

Dumb stupid teen agers know no fear.
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Post  roddie on Mon Feb 02, 2015 6:30 pm

rsv1cox wrote:Darn, Bostons getting hit again too.  I have lived in/near both places.

In NH we considered 10-12 inches a dusting..... Laughing  

We had a cabin on Onway lake in Raymond.  I used to snow show the five or so miles up there to go ice fishing.  Wonderful experience to hear the ice cracking along the faults.  Sounds like lightening strikes in the summer.  

Dumb stupid teen agers know no fear.  

FEAR?.. lol! You're still here.. right? We're due for another storm on Thursday!!!!!!!!!!
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Post  getback on Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:29 am

Man Yaw are getting HAMMERED !! Snowman Snowman Just cold here in the 20s . But there are some 50 degrees days coming wind has been pretty stupid lately Cold Good time to be building if I ever get my time sorted out Mad Eric
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Post  roddie on Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:16 am

Not a "blizzard" report.. because there are no associated high winds... but here in Northern Rhode Island we got more snow last night (4-5") and there is a warning in effect with 10-14" forecasted to accumulate between now and early Tuesday morning. We haven't seen this much snow in 40 years!

Apparently the city of Providence purchased a fleet of new trucks with plows that are malfunctioning. The local "talk-radio" station is having a field-day with that news..  What?  What?  

Jacob (admin) will no doubt Smile when he reads this.. because these kind of Winters are par for the course in his region. Laughing Snowman
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