They Used The B-Word And I’m Ticked

Yup, they said it!  Right there on the TV.  Another storm coming.  We had more than a foot a few days ago and now another storm has just started.  The last one was a nor’easter and this one is, too.  That’s a relatively big storm coming from, you guessed it, the North East.  That storm made me grumpy, as you well know.  Today the weather people are just taking their lives into their own hands.  More than one of them said that we are going to have a BLIZZARD!!!  Aww, c’mon people!  Are you freaking kidding me?

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I finally decided that there must be one angry god or goddess hating the Hades out of us up here in New England.  I looked it up and this is what I found:

“Khione is the Greek goddess of snow, daughter of Boreas, god of the North Wind and Winter, and sister of Zethes and Calais. She is depicted as a goddess in the series, although in some myths she is visualized as a snow nymph.”

Let me just make it perfectly clear, Khione.  Your number is up!  I am about to go on a Khione-killing mission. So girl, you’d better make yourself scarce.  Scarce as in skeddadle, baby!  Take a powder!  Yes, take all of the powder with you!  I’m not kidding!  I have dragons and they will smite you.  Or at least melt you a bit, so if you don’t want to get all melty, get out!

You know, I complain about Winter a lot here.  Much of it is in jest.  After all, I live in Maine and Winter is to be expected.  A long, cold winter is to be expected.  But today I’m just ticked off.  Can you tell?

So think of us in New England as we are digging out, yet again.  Meanwhile, I’ll be summoning the dragons!

 

It’s Not The Snow This Time Around

It’s snowing outside.  By Maine standards, we’ll get a fair amount of snow, but it won’t be of epic proportions.  Up to a foot or so.  Meh… no biggie.

It’s not the snow I’m worried about, it’s the wind and the cold.  For those of you who have heard me bitc…er gripe about snow in the past, you will be happy to hear that snow is ok…relatively…this time around…don’t get used to me feeling this way…it won’t last.  Snow is one thing, but then it’s going to be cold.  Very cold.  We’ve been having cold temps lately and I’m not happy.  Not one little bit.  This weekend there will be record lows.  Did I mentioned that I’m not happy!?  The other problem will be the wind.  This storm is going to bring winds that will almost guarantee power outages and those cold temps are going to put a lot of people in jeopardy.  So this time, it’s not the snow that has my thermal underwear in a twist.

We live in the country so when the power goes out, we lose our water supply, too.  We have a well and the water is moved via an electric pump.  So, no power, no water, no joy.  We lost power for nearly 2 days in a couple of months ago.  It was a pain in the “ask me no questions” as my mother would have said, but it was October so a fire in the wood stove kept us warm.  Not a lot of fun, but tolerable.

This storm is different.  There will be fewer outages most likely.  Great, right!?  However, if the power goes out this time it will be much more than an inconvenience.  For some people, it will be devastating.  Today  it is warm at 20F or so.  Warm compared to what it has been.  Warm compared to what it will be.  The temps after this storm are predicted to fall into the minus 15-20F range.  Yes, as much as MINUS 20F.  And that’s not considering windchill.  I’ve seen it much colder, but not right after a storm with outages predicted.

A lot of Mainers are going to be in real trouble.  For the last few days, oil companies have not been able to keep up with the demand.  We’ve been having record lows for many days on end and there just aren’t enough oil trucks to deliver the amount of fuel needed.  That means some folks are going into this storm with houses that are already without much heat, if any.   Frozen pipes, anyone?  I thank my lucky stars that we had the foresight to put antifreeze in our hot water heating pipes.  The regular water pipes are on their own.

Now that I’ve painted a grim scenario for Maine, let me just say that we have it good compared to some of our southern neighbors.  We are prepared for snow, even though the cold and outages will make things difficult.  Our friends down south are not used to this type of thing at all.  An inch or two of snow doesn’t sound like much, but if you are trying to drive on it with summer tires, it is downright treacherous.

Those poor folks are being hit with a lot of ice, too.  Icy roads, icy trees, and frozen crops.  Not only will it be dangerous, but financially devastating for many.  They don’t have heating systems down there to handle this.  A friend of mine lives in Alabama and the other day her outside temp was lower than what her sister was seeing in Alaska!  And what doesn’t freeze will flood.

As I’m typing this I can’t help but think about the people who were in the middle of the hurricanes a few months ago.  For us in Maine, this storm will be hard on some people, but nothing like what the hurricane victims endured, and continue to endure.  I feel a little silly posting this in light of that.  However, since I’m in the middle of this thing I might as well share what’s happening here.

I don’t usually do posts like this but I would really like to hear how everyone is doing as this storm passes through.  Please leave comments here so everyone will be up-to-date.  Multiple comments are encouraged.  Fingers crossed that the power stays on so we can keep in touch.