The Winter of Our Discontent
Seems like it doesn’t matter where we live, this winter everyone has had an equal opportunity to feel discontented with our weather. The nor’easter that blanketed the northeast is just the latest of winter storms that has residents ready to surrender to the force of nature or “old man winter”.
As I am from New Jersey, I would like to express my discontent for not only my home state, but for the first state, Delaware, and for Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, DC while I’m at it.
Truly we are all ready to cry out in unison, “uncle, we surrender" in the presence of the mounds of snow growing by heaps and bounds.
What started out as a beautiful winter wonderland, quickly lost its appeal once we passed the 1 foot mark. Some two feet later and the clean-up has everyone suffering.
Even the nation’s capitol was not spared as February's 1-2-3 winter punch has shut down many of its federal agencies.
Snow Fall Amounts - NJ.com
- Snow Fall Amounts in NJ
These are the lowest snowfall estimates provided by the National Weather Service for counties in New Jersey. Of course official reports can vary from actual amounts some neighborhoods received, but this is a good estimate.
Most Overused Snow References
What would a winter blizzard be without a salute to the list of most overused words in referring to snowfall in all its many contextes.
A special shout-out to the weather broadcasters who worked the hardest to annoy us with the same ole tired words regardless of the day or time you switched on the television.
Thank you for burning into my psyche the following:
The blizzard of 2010, frigid, brutal, snowmageddon, all time highest snowfall in a single season, live coverage, digging out, clean-up, truck plows, snow blowers, ice build-up and the ever popular snow covered, snow banks, black ice, white out,snow mountains, salt, and cabin fever.
There’s Such a Thing as too Much Coverage
Live coverage of every snow flake that fell went on for so long that newscasters truly ran out of relevant things to say.
They were reduced to interviewing each other, and showing the inside of their vans. Filming the making of snowmen and snow-woman. Seasoned veterans laying out in the snow demonstrating how to make a snow angel. A moon-walking competition which was to demonstrate the slipperiness of the ice. ( A truly, we’ve-been-out-here-way-to-long- moment) Giving recipes for snow-cream, and practically holding captive anyone who passed by their camera to ask deep probing questions such as , “what brings you to this store?” What’s it like driving in this snow”
Where Records Were Set
Are you wondering just how much damage the blizzard of 2010 has caused? It is amazing how paralyzing the build-up of snow can be on populous areas.
71.6 feet is the new record for the Philadelphia area, breaking the old record of 65.5 feet. Delaware reached a record as well and so as not to be outdone, so did Maryland and Washington, DC and New York as some of the headlines below demonstrate.
Lift With Your Legs
Shoveling a foot of snow is hard work, shoveling feet of snow is a near death experience for those not in good shape or good health.
With my husband’s bad back and my bad health we were truly relieved that our new neighbor a young “kid” in his 30’s, took it on himself to go out and shovel our areas in common, as soon as the blizzard was over, late in the night.
For the very first time, we understood why we were shown so much appreciation when it was us in our 30’s, making sure someone our age didn’t have to shovel themselves out.
My husband personally thanked our thoughtful neighbor and commended him for his good deed. He truly has no idea what a favor he did us and we are so glad to again have a good neighbor living right next to us.
Kudos to the Snow Removal Crews
Those unsung snow-plow drivers, hand shovellers and snow-blower operators who worked 24/7 while the rest of us sat in our warm and comfy heated homes, surely are deserving of our appreciation and gratitude. I hope they are finally getting some sleep and resting up from their never ending service during the winter storm.
Preparing for a Snow Emergency
You know you have had too much snow when folks begin remembering to prepare snow survival kits.
I was shocked to see my husband getting things together just in case the high winds that had been predicted actually occurred and knocked out our power. Fortunately the winds were exaggerated and we didn’t even come close to losing our power, unlike the poor individuals in the Atlantic and Cape May counties of our Jersey shoreline.
Still, the threat itself was a good reminder to keep a emergency kit of some sort together, preferably one for the car and one for the home..
So the survival kit should include
- · Water
- · A radio
- · Batteries
- · Candy bars
- · Warm clothing
- · Flash lights
- · Candles/matches
Of course the trunks of our cars should have all of the above in addition to
- · Cat liter/salt
- · A shovel
3 is Enough
Or is it? Reportedly more snow is on the way. It is called a clipper, fast-moving with 4 inches max. Needless to say, no one wants to hear the word snow, let alone see any more of the white stuff this month of February, 2010.
Hopefully, the next one will be the last snowfall of the winter. Although March is notorious for surprises, we are all hoping that will not be the case this year.
With 3 major storms in one winter season, the talk around my area is that we should now be good to go for the next THREE winter seasons . . . . if only!
Just When You Think It's Over We Have Storm #4
It seems the month of February and snowfall walk hand-in-hand this year. Just when we were reminded there is grass underneath all this snow, just when the rain removed inches of the now ugly, dirty mess from the sidewalks and streets, here we are at the beginning of yet another snowstorm which could dump from 6 inches upward on the Delaware Valley.
Snow-fatigue is becoming the latest catch phrase and is an apt description of how sick we are of the white stuff.
By now the well rehearsed routine is automatic as everyone stocks up on milk, bread, eggs and junk-food. Buys shovels, salt, and sand. And accepts the inevitable chores of snow removal, plowing, and blowing that will commence once this storm leaves.
Why is this Nor'easter a Nor'wester?
This year it seems that every storm which hits the area is determined to distinguish itself from the rest.
Storm #4 is no different.
As meteorologist try to make viewers understand that this storm is wrapping around and heading back in land to the west, instead of out to sea and to the east, all I understand is that it means we are going to end up with a slow moving mess that will not leave us until early Saturday morning, 2 days from now.
Once again it will fall, stall, stop, and resume. Starting to sound like a catchy dance step, maybe the snowfall shuffle!
The New England states, which usually get the greatest snow fall each year, have a piddling amount in comparison to this area. A fact that is truly unheard of and one more strange characteristic of the snowfall of 2010.
True to form, this go-round New England is to only expect tremendous rain totals not snowfall from this storm.
For all of us here in the Northeast, I have one piece of advice: Please don't forget to lift with your knees, not your back as you do the snowfall shuffle!
Did your area receive record level snow fall totals?
20 seconds from nancyghcmc
March Roars Like A Lion Caught in the Rain
As to how a lion sounds when it is caught in a downpour, I know not, but seemed like a fitting way to describe yet another Nor'eastern which fell in the form of rain instead of snow.
How much rain fell? So much that our pump failed to work and for the first time in the 15 or so years we've lived in our townhouse, our basement actually flooded!
Had it been snow, we would have received FEET not inches. As it is, we received on average 3-4 inches in our area.
At least we didn't have to shovel this time!