We had ours last year, now it's Glenn's turn again to dance the little weather dances...
Sandy a Sign of Winter to Come ... Above-normal snow is forecast for the I-95 cities, including Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., this winter with an active coastal storm track expected. ... »www.accuweather.com/en/weather-n ··· /1741302
I think it depends on who you listen to. I actually read just the opposite on weather.com a couple weeks ago. Accuweather is run by a crew of Winter fanatics, so I take anything they say with a grain of salt. Also, they can't pin down a Winter crap storm 3 days ahead of time, never mind 3 months! We shall see.
In any case, I am very much looking forward to next April!
I take those longer range forecasts with a large grain of salt. Last year was supposed to be the winter to end all winters for the city of Chicago... and they got close to nuttin' like the rest of us. Considering how badly some of these forecasts have been blown as of late... I can't say I'll put a lot of faith in this one...
Now that I've said that... time to get the snow thrower ready!
With the climate in overdrive, I'm thinking one of these Winters in the near future may even induce Glenn to wish for Spring.
Perhaps we're due for a 3 or 4 footer? Hmmm...
When it comes to weather, we only have one certainty -- that areas that are prone to extensive weather issues (like lower Manhattan) will have done nothing to prevent future dilemmas. Our planning for the future as a populace is roughly 8 or 10 hours in advance. Then the response is "Run for your lives!!!"
I have to side with the weather wags when they tell us "Flood controls designed for the 20th century are not appropriate for the 21st." Do tell...
Apologies for the negative. Intended more as sarcastic, not that sarcasm is much better.
My first snow blower usage was only 4 or 5 years ago. I'm standing here, and the snow is going 20 or 30' over there - what's not to like about that?
One little caveat - it's almost always windy just after a snow storm. One day of post storm calm would be nice to keep the snow out of our faces, but Mother Nature thinks otherwise.
I'll never forget one day while blowing snow, the boss and family arrived. I opened the back hatch of their car to unload and said "Hello." The kids just looked at me, and said nothing. A fully iced beard and mirrored glacier shades perhaps? I guess they thought Admiral Byrd had risen from the dead to blow their driveway.
Not giving up hope of the storm taking a last minute swerve & staying out to sea where it belongs. Then I will be able to still do what I would like to tomorrow. They've done it before. Keeping my fingers crossed tomorrow's does the same!
Well, my AWD Rider snow thrower was finally put to use today after about a foot of snow last night, and it was UNSTOPPABLE!!
With no tire ballast, no wheel weights, and no chains, and starting from the bottom of my driveway, up a constant 9-degree slope, it never slipped or hesitated once!! It bit the ground and somehow knew where to send traction. Snow was flying at peak setting at least 40-50 feet. It was super impressive. I got done in record time, and got two of my neighbor's driveways done so I could get some more seat time.
I had a couple of quick videos shot from indoors, but during the next storm, I intend to get some better video. These videos really don't do it justice... but at least for now you can have a look.
I did learn from this first trial, and I have some pathway ideas to make next time easier. But this is one tough machine. I honestly thought about getting some chains before the storm just to have them on hand for when my machine started to slip on the steepness, but I would have never used them. Frankly, that Rider has better traction than my vehicles. When I was all done, and the road was packed with a slick, icy coating (sun was coming out), I tried to navigate up it, just to see if it could do it, and it never spun, complained or hesitated. It was freakish actually!