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How about this weather?

Heavy winds caused power outages throughout California yesterday. My power has been out since yesterday at 4PM and they're saying it won't be back until Wednesday morning. The previous longest amount of time I've been without power was 22 hours, so this is beating the record by far.

I waited-through a 30" blizzard in Northern Virginia without power (in a house with baseboard-heat) for five days a few decades ago . . . in my case, the 30" of snow atop the house acted as insulation.

Not to deprecate, but it will pass ;)
 
I waited-through a 30" blizzard in Northern Virginia without power (in a house with baseboard-heat) for five days a few decades ago . . . in my case, the 30" of snow atop the house acted as insulation.

Not to deprecate, but it will pass ;)

It's true that a blanket of snow provides insulation... my old place here in the Catskills is always less drafty when there's a lot of snow and the foundations aren't open to that biting wind when air temps fall below zero. So far this year there's only been snow a few times though. And, it was way warmer than usual in most of January, with just a few abrupt forays into subzero temps. My January complaint was about rain, a lot of it, an oddity for mountain winters.

Temperature-wise, I can always tell an easy winter by whether I still have a lot of dishtowels left on hand by mid-winter mark, since I drop one of those as a draft-stopper whenever I notice a cold spot in passing by a spot where the trimboards and floors don't quite meet.

Very weird February in the forecast too: zero precipitation is forecast for the next ten days. Usually this is peak time for the odd nor'easter but we're not even getting that sneaky Catskills snow now, the kind that the plow crews complain about, i.e., a quarter inch here and there all day or all night long with high winds blowing it into the roads, piling up just enough snow to make county roads very treacherous in certain drifty places but leaving them windswept and dry elsewhere. So a plow run involves a lot of lifting and setting down of the blades which can run into mechanical issues and more time in the shop.

Personally and on balance, I'm definitely not complaining! The northeast has got off easy so far this winter even if the groundhog is eventually proven wrong about an early spring. At least this year the rural mail carrier can actually get the seed catalogs delivered in timely fashion and we can get to the roadside boxes without taking a snowshovel along. 😊
 
Holy crap, is it cold here. 🥶 Not as bad as some places have it, but the wind cuts through you like a knife.
 
Nearly 50ºF yesterday and then sneaky snow flurries overnight... supposed to be 10ºF here on the weekend and then 55 by Tuesday. Rollercoaster! But so far it's the least snowy winter I can remember in over 40 years of living in the Catskills at least part time. Driveways have only been plowed twice all season. The budget underrun on that is going to my daydreams. But, there's plenty potential for at least one or two decent snowstorms in March. Hard to imagine that right now with bare lawns and just those little flurries now and then. Hah. Mother Nature is a prankster. We had a fairly big snowdump last April, so who knows.
 
Wind advisories re 60mph gusts and steady winds of 30-40mph tonight... and an email from NYSEG saying they have 200 crews ready around the state to deal with fallen trees and power outages from this rollercoaster shift in weather.

So it's almost 50 degrees now, but bizarrely also snowing, with the wind shifting around to come from the northwest and supposed to bring us down to 17 degrees by tomorrow night. A little snow and more rain coming with it. Power went out once already but it was brief. Hope my old maple trees along the west drive can take this kind of joke yet again. Glad this is happening while the storm windows are still on!
 
My sister was visiting today and we went out to breakfast. 60°, sunny and calm when we went in; 51°, cloudy and windy when we came out an hour later. From there the temperature dropped like a stone and it only got windier.
 
My sister was visiting today and we went out to breakfast. 60°, sunny and calm when we went in; 51°, cloudy and windy when we came out an hour later. From there the temperature dropped like a stone and it only got windier.

That wind must be coming straight off Lake Huron or points north of there, gee. Finally supposed to settle down around 4pm, but meanwhile it's been suppressing warmth all day even in full sun, it's only 24 and that's as warm as it's gonna get, I guess. Tomorrow back up to mid 40s and I sure won't mind.
 
I'm loving the rain and the snow here in northern California. We have plenty of time to be dry and hot. I welcome this weather, and next weekend I may have to get up to Lake Tahoe and do some skiing :cool:
 
That wind must be coming straight off Lake Huron or points north of there, gee. Finally supposed to settle down around 4pm, but meanwhile it's been suppressing warmth all day even in full sun, it's only 24 and that's as warm as it's gonna get, I guess. Tomorrow back up to mid 40s and I sure won't mind.
Lake effect? It made the ski season pretty wonderful when I went to college there, but it also caused something like 80% overcast. I’ve said on several occasions that when the sun came out, people in Syracuse would stop and look up…. :)
 
Wow. This evening we had loud thunder and rain so heavy I could barely hear the TV. (You have to understand how rare weather like that is here. It's been four years since I remember any significant thunder and lightning happening in this part of the Bay Area).
 
It looks like we’re going to get socked by this stormy weather front that’s crossing the Midwest and the Ohio Valley. Tornadoes are predicted. 🫣
 
It looks like we’re going to get socked by this stormy weather front that’s crossing the Midwest and the Ohio Valley. Tornadoes are predicted. 🫣

So weird to think about the word "predicted" with respect to tornadoes, when the only predictable thing about having those things in your forecast is how unpredictable their paths and duration can be. Hope people remain safe during passage of this storm system making its way across the whole country.

The Catskills are supposed to get hammered this week too, by that same storm system that nailed California and is now now trucking on eastward. We're not likely to get tornadoes from it, although there was a low-level tornado on March 1 about sixty miles west of here, first time since the 1950s for a winter tornado. Property damage, no injuries.

Our forecast is still sliding around as to type of precipitation heading in here this afternoon through Thursday. Either two inches of rain or else up to half a foot of snow, which will likely flood some rivers downstream from the mountains once the weather warms up again next week. Ugh. March tried to go out like a lion and now April threatens to drown us. Hope somewhere in a season that struggles to find Spring will be a few weeks for the daffodils and lilacs!
 
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