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Forecast for the next 24 hours: "Total snow accumulation of 18 to 24 inches." I should wander out and put the chains on the van now. With chains and some determination I can drive through about anything.
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Today was one of those Maine days were everyone is dealing with just dealing. When I drove home almost all the stores were closed down and dark, the plows were running and the few people outside were bearing shovels. I helped one of the neighbors get his car out of the lot and up to the already plowed lot up the street. A few minutes ago the plow came through to clear our lot. We only got probably four inches of snow, but then it rained and the stuff is incredibly heavy and yucky.

It seems we had a pretty good cooperative effort to clear the decks and the walkways today. Almost everyone seems to be participating in the effort.
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Last night we put chains on the rear wheels of the van and drove it around the block to test them and make sure they were tight enough. They make a huge difference.

This afternoon we went out to the Eastern Prom and tried out our new flying saucers. We had waxed them last night so they were ready to go. We made the first to runs on the tall, exposed part of the hill. The wind was so strong it immediately froze pellets of snow and ice to our faces and started to form rime ice on our glasses. After the second run we ventured to a slightly shorter, but less exposed part of the hill. That was much better, we took maybe 8 more runs and were actually feeling fairly warm and comfortable when finished. The temps were probably in the teens F with wind chill down below zero, but walking up hill in winter clothing can warm you up.

It was quite a bit of fun. It had been a long time since we had hurtled downhill at breakneck speeds toward impending doom surrounded by nothing but air.

Now safely home, vehicles secured for the evening and books enough to last a century. Bing Crosby would feel right at home.
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"Friday: Snow in the morning...then snow likely in the afternoon. Total accumulation of 4 to 8 inches. "

It is officially Spring. Cut. It. Out.

wow

Aug. 6th, 2007 08:15 pm
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Rainfall record in Portland today: 2.29 inches. I think that probably fell in about half an hour right while I was driving home. I almost didn't make it home. If I hadn't had a good strong engine I wouldn't have made it through the lakes that were pretending to be streets. I passed by several people who weren't so lucky.

At least the bottom of the van should be clean now.
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The snow is falling in flakes so large they would be better named chunks. I don't think I've seen such large snowflakes in my life, which is saying something because I've seen a lot of snow. It's blowing around and being all dramatic. Now this is proper winter!

I'm going to go out and shovel now. I'll use the excuse that it'll make less to shovel later, but really I just want to go outside and be in it. Plus it'll make hot chocolate feel like heaven.
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It rained again all day today. I wasn't aware before that Maine had a monsoon season. At least such things usually have a marked beginning and end. Does anyone know when Maine's Monsoon Season ends?
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It's raining in proportions that make me think I should start measuring things in cubits. The ducks are talking about moving to Arizona or m maybe Seattle.

But I'm now inside in a warm apartment. *does the Irish Breakfast Tea dance* Oh, and I have [livejournal.com profile] lucylou's CD cranked up to the point where smoke is starting to pour out of the little speakers attached to my computer.

"Maybe there's a lesson here,
in patience or in perseverance,
but it's hard to feel before my tea." Lucy

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