Thursday, February 5, 2015

What Snow Storms We’ve Been Having!--Blizzards of 2015 By Pat Kinsella Herdeg and Various Cousins

What a crazy few weeks we’ve been having here in New England. So, I asked cousins to weigh in from their parts of the country.

From around Cousin Country, we have all sorts of results— Read on!

Monday January 26th was when our storm hit New England. After having almost no snow to speak off all winter (a few inches at Thanksgiving), we had finally gotten some snow the Saturday before the 26th

I asked my immediate family to become Storm Chasers and tell us what the ‘Mighty Blizzard’ did to their parts of the country. I began my email thread with:

‘We should begin our storm Monday around 7PM. And, as Glenn just reminded me, if we lose power, our electric snow blower will be no help!! We are hearing anywhere from 12-30 inches.

 And, the Mayor of NYC--Be prepared for a 'storm like we have never seen'??!! Irresponsible!’

 Dad (In Greece, NY)chimed in at 12:36PM with –
 My Kindle said "feels like 6." Like hell, it felt like 10 below. --roads all dry though

I emailed back:

Getting ready. Brian (our son) has texted he is on his way over to fill up his truck with some of our fire wood. We have already taken in our pile as we have nine fresh inches of snow already from two days ago. Oil lamps are ready.

View Outside our Front Door Here in Acton, MA

Syracuse reporting here (my brother Tim and wife Rose):

4:30 PM   Gently snowing for the last couple hours, not much is sticking.  They are saying 1-3 inches tonight.  In the Syracuse world that basically means we aren't getting any snow at all. 

Then, the next day—Tuesday:

Northern Most Outpost reporting in (i.e. Pat in Acton):

The storm was slow to start, but every station said, 'Just wait, it will arrive.' So we waited. Glenn and I tag teamed--he went to bed and I stayed up. At 1AM I shoveled out three inches and the first of the snow plowed at end of street. Then I headed to bed.

At 6AM, Glenn snowblowed away 11 inches of light powdery stuff--no sign of snow plows since 1AM and Glenn went back to bed.

So, 23 inches so far!! A good size blizzard. And, yes, we still have electricity.

South reporting (My brother Tom),

Wow, what a let down here. I've got about 2 inches of snow on the ground and that is all. It is cold and the snowplows have been through the street about every 20 minutes, pushing around that said 2 inches. School has been canceled, but it wasn't much of a storm. By the way, our weather reporters have apologized for getting it so wrong.

Angela Kinsella, who is usually cavorting on the California beaches with her hubby and dog Riley, was in New York City for business. She tells us: Only 4-11 inches in NYC - hardly a "historic storm"!

Ted Lochner's Home, Spencer, MA

But, in Spencer MA, Cousin Ted writes:

The snow is still falling here in Spencer! Finally a respectable snowfall of 25 inches so far! Having grown up in Spencerport, NY, this is what I am used to. Love it, love it, love it!

 Jen Kinsella in Cicero, NY comes back with:

We have just about nothing here. Please feel free to keep it!

Cousin Diana—You have more snow than we do in Minnesota!

 Then, days later, Diana sent this picture and wrote: I was feeling left out cause we had so little snow that most of my yard was brown. Mother Nature gave us a couple inches dusting today.
Cousin Diana's Snowfall--Not Much for Minnesota!

That blizzard ended with Acton, MA getting 34 inches, the sixth highest in the state. Yes, winter has arrived!

Barely cleared roads and driveways and as you all know, Linus (since when did they start naming snowstorms?) was upon us. Acton got about 14 inches three days ago, which was not bad as long as our roofs all hold up under our 57 plus inches of snow.

Cousin Norma on the Youngs/Baker side lives in central New York and tells us that she got 15 inches and that was quite enough!

Jen Dalle Kinsella in Cicero, NY says they got 10-12 inches of snow which resulted in no school for the kids and dicey driving, and interestingly enough for this SnowBelt area, way more snow than they got all of January.

From Baker Cousins--Hi from Fred and Linda Emhof who are spending our winter in Lakeland, FL.  It’s tough to keep up with the shoveling of sunshine but we love every drop of it.

My brother Dan in Rochester wrote:  Looks like 10-15 inches here on Superbowl Sunday. (Editorial Comment—Superbowl—whole other subject—We are BIG Patriots fans, so much snow and much joy here in Patriots Nation. OUR 12th Man?—Tom Brady! But, back to weather).

My sister Sue in San Francisco tells us even stranger weather statistics:
We haven't gotten rain since early December and San Francisco got zero--ZERO--inches in January, the first time that has happened since they began recording rainfall in the Gold Rush Days of the 1850's. 
Going into our fourth year of drought, the reservoirs are gasping, the countryside looks like ash, land in the fertile Central Valley is beginning to subside as the farmers pump out the aquifers to try to save their crops, many of the ski resorts in the mountains are closed because there's no snow, and the snow that does exist does not have sufficient moisture content in it.
San Francisco's Seal Rocks--No Snow Here!

One cousin in the mid-Atlantic states begged: Could you spare a few inches for the snow-deprived southerners in the family?

Meanwhile, Cousins Julie and Wes just got back to Colorado from a vacation in Mexico.
Julie writes:

 My wardrobe filled one suitcase. Wes's consisted of 1 pair of socks, 2 pair of undies and 1 pair of flip flops.  We caught snatches of the Superbowl game in Spanish (interesting) and continued our plight to empty the resort of rum drinks and margaritas at the swimming pool.

Judy Taylor Alberts writes: It has been chilly in Sarasota -- mid 60's -- we are getting to use our sweaters and jackets, while including this picture of their swimming pool to pour oil into the wound!

 Life is Tough at Judy and Jimmy's in Florida!

Jim Kinsella tells us:

Buffalo was hit by the storm of the century early this winter.  Syracuse was pummeled by several succeeding snowstorms.  Rochester, sandwiched between the two, got nothing!  Up until this past Sunday/Monday we had a paltry few inches.  Then the snow came...and it came...and it came.  It even resulted in a snow day, not something that comes often in Greece NY.  So what did we do...we skated on our enlarged ice-rink, built snow forts, and then cross county skied (first in our yard, then around the neighborhood).  We had school today but, upon coming home, we repeated the same things today.  It's been wonderful.  We LOVE winter (bring on the snow)!!!

So there you have the round up of cousins. I think over all, most of us DID grow up in wintery country, so we are used to it and enjoy it. As Ted Lochner said, it reminds us of our youth.

Just shoveled another three inches of fresh but wet snow and this weekend brings another 18 inches?! Truthfully, THIS time round, Acton could use what New York City got last time—not much!

Stay safe and warm around Cousin Country!


Pat Herdeg said...

Love 'The Shoveling of Sunshine'!!

Thank you to all who contributed to this story.

Now, another foot or so for us in two days??

Susan Kinsella said...

Yesterday the weather service was telling us, "Watch out! Big rainstorm coming! Flooding likely!" I left the door to my deck open slightly so that I'd be able to hear the rain when it started. Waited all night.

It finally started probably about 7:00 a.m. this morning, but it was just a little pitter-patter. Some winds. Later this afternoon it was raining hard for a little while, but now it's stopped! Definitely not the "big storm coming" we were warned about. (Where have I heard that before?) Presumably more is on the way. We are happy measuring this in inches, not in feet!

Susan Kinsella said...

When Pat first put up this story, I thought it was fun - a huge snowstorm approaching, "reporters" from many different regions. It was great to hear from so many cousins. But still, it seemed to me like, "That's just what winter is like on the East Coast."

But now, when the Boston area has been hit with several big snowstorms in just the past two weeks and more is forecast, it has taken on a more serious tone. I mean, really - nearly 80 inches of snow in just two and a half weeks?!? Now I'm worried about roofs, and people driving.

I know people there are "Boston Strong," but do we really need to keep testing it? I have spring flowers blooming on my deck (our "huge rain storms" over the past week were pretty tame). Wishing less challenging weather to you all!