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As you are probably aware from the postings of other Boston-area LJers, we had a bit of snow yesterday and overnight into today. We actually achieved OFFICIAL blizzard status late last night (defined as "3+ hours of sustained 35 mph winds and 1/4 mile visibility") which, as the Weather Channel people never ceased telling us, is the first time Boston has had a REAL blizzard since the infamous one of 1978. We did not, in fact, beat that snow total record. However, we did have a 76 mph gust at Logan Airport last night, and a category 1 hurricane is 74 mph (sustained, granted), so well-played, nature.

I took a bunch of "before", "during", and "after" pics. You can click through and see any of them larger.


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Please note in the following set how I stuck my windshield wipers out.

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What windshield wipers? What CAR? You can see the little rearview mirror just poking out.


Cats are snug during the blizzard, even though they want to be on the same chair, and can't figure out a better way to make that work:

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Across the street. I want to point out that the only way you can tell that there's a car parked between the van in back and the red pickup truck is the windshield wipers sticking out:

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Neighbors trying to dig out their entire driveway by hand. Mind you, the winds are still VERY strong. I then noticed that one of them (right) had, halfway through, gone and fetched a lawn chair, and just gave up.

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I agree, neighbor. I'm not even going OUT there to clear off my car until tomorrow.

Date: 2013-02-09 10:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenlev.livejournal.com
I love the cat in the 19th photo, hee! ANd digging out by hand? WTF? Lawn chair is the way to go. Just stopped here a bit ago...we've got to have about 30" in the village by now. And that car is so very buried, just the windshield wipers....meep!

PS. Pointing you at my post about the rescued Junco. :)

Date: 2013-02-10 04:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eregyrn.livejournal.com
I'm kind of disappointed that we didn't break the record, or hit 30" ourselves.

And yet at least it snowed enough to make us feel very justified in cancelling or giant annual event, which was supposed to be today, and thank GOD it wasn't.

Date: 2013-02-10 01:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenlev.livejournal.com
I hope the rescheduling goes easily. *hugs* And yeah, not a good day to have it yesterday, meep.

Date: 2013-02-09 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elishavah.livejournal.com
N'awww, your little car. And I love all the pics that are being posted where there's this WALL when someone opens a door that all the snow was thrust up against. In the meantime, my plow guy hasn't been back, but I suspect that's because he's been pressed into service for the general population. All I know is, my car doesn't need to go anywhere.

Date: 2013-02-10 04:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eregyrn.livejournal.com
Our plow guy actually showed up at some point! Color me shocked!

Date: 2013-02-10 03:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trickofthedark.livejournal.com
D: Wow. That looks like a day for staying in.

Date: 2013-02-10 03:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katie-m.livejournal.com
You didn't toss Emily out into a snowdrift just to see her reaction?

Yeah, people were out shoveling here this morning but I refused to go outside until the wind had died down a little. In retrospect, I think some of that might have been people taking advantage of the presence of the frontloader next door to take away the snow as they shoveled out their cars, so maybe next time I should go the other way with that...

Date: 2013-02-10 04:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eregyrn.livejournal.com
Remember, Emily is the one who LIKES to go out in the snow. She would LOVE me to harness her up and take her out. Possibly tomorrow. I've posted video of her in the snow before. The little nutbar.

So the trouble was, if she had gotten out into the snowdrift, the likelihood is that I would have had to go out AFTER her.

... Man, what I wouldn't give for someone to bring a frontloader to put some of this snow into. I agree, that is a compelling thing that could have made me get out there today, just to take advantage of it.

Date: 2013-02-10 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katie-m.livejournal.com
Oops! That was obviously not meant as a reply to you. :)

Date: 2013-02-10 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eregyrn.livejournal.com
It is always nice to have a storm like this on a day when you really don't have to go anywhere, neither the day the storm hits, nor the day after, nor the day after that. Eventually I'm going to want to move my car, but fortunately, not SOON.

Date: 2013-02-10 09:30 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-02-11 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] okojosan.livejournal.com
But did you get the bread and milk?

I love the neighbor just plopped in the chair there. That would be me after 15 minutes. That is a great deal of snow, but it sounds like your power didn't go out?

Also, waiting for Adventure Cat adventures!

Date: 2013-02-11 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eregyrn.livejournal.com
Ha ha! I already had bread and milk, fortunately. ;-)

The reason you really need to get milk before a snowstorm is: you're going to make a LOT more hot chocolate than you usually do, and that goes through milk very quickly!

I was out there today shovelling for 3 hours. That's how long it took me to clear my car, and I also helped my neighbor shovel out a place to put HER car so that later, my other neighbor and I will actually be able to get in and out.

I WISH I'd had a lawn chair.

I am so sore.

(My power never did go out, yay!)

There are going to be no Adventure Cat adventures this time. :( If I'd done it earlier, maybe. But by the time I was done shovelling, all the places I would have taken her to walk around had ice-melt spread liberally around, and I don't want her to get that on her paws and then lick it off, it wouldn't be good for her. I have to remember that the time to take her out is when the snow is actually falling. Or soon after.

Date: 2013-02-11 07:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] okojosan.livejournal.com
Aww, no Adventure Cat, but I totally understand your concern about the de-icing stuff. I've been wanting to take Tavi out but haven't for the same reason. Too many chemicals on the ground.

Date: 2013-02-12 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raqs.livejournal.com
Thing is, unless you see a visual marker of depth, like a ditch or those windshield wipers, it just looks like... a lot of snow. !!!

The one of the cat's head is very arty.

The one with the back door is pretty alarming. Got snowshoes?

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