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Title: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: James Patten on February 25, 2009, 07:04:44 PM
OK Winter, I've had enough playing.  Let's go home now.

Between 3 days of no power and the massive snow banks around here, I'm ready for spring.
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Dwight Winkley on February 25, 2009, 07:14:57 PM
How much more snow did you get?
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Bill Reidy on February 25, 2009, 07:28:04 PM
Dwight beat me to the punch, James.  I'm curious, too -- how much snow did you get?

Want to know if I need to bring snow shoes if I come up to the museum on March 7.

- Bill
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Mike Fox on February 25, 2009, 07:54:43 PM
I recieved 20 inches in Waterford. That brings my total for the winter to 98 inches. Close to what we had last year at this time, which was 105.5 inches. I'm just glad it isn't snowing every 3rd day like it did last year. I took my snowshoes Saturday and used them to pack trails around so we could get back to burning brush. Too bad the trail is now under knee deep snow.
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Ira Schreiber on February 25, 2009, 10:38:02 PM
Gee, it has been in the upper 60's here in Denver the past week. Total snowfall has been around 5" this season.
VERY dry here as the UP set many fires, yesterday, from a diesel, including a 100 year old house with a 92 year old resident who survived unhurt. Shades of coal burning steam engines setting grass fires.
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Paul Horky on February 25, 2009, 10:48:37 PM
Sorry to hear about your weather. Here in Tucson Arizona it was in the 80's and Tiger and the boy and everyone else was running around in shirt sleeves. The low was some place in the 50's. So why don't you guys bring your trains down here so we can play all year round?
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: James Patten on February 26, 2009, 08:06:07 AM
At my house we got somewhere around a foot.  I didn't measure it, so I don't know exactly.  It was wet, heavy snow, which coated every available surface.  This helped bring down branches which brought down the power.  Very pretty.  There are still a number of poles and trees with snow stuck to the north side from the winds during the storm.

Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Josh Botting on February 26, 2009, 09:21:45 PM
8" here in woolwich, and the power finally returned this afternoon. 4 days w/o power is ducky.

Rain tomorrow, then snow, sunday and monday?

Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on February 28, 2009, 10:59:38 AM
After having the coldest January on record and the first half of February wasn't much better, the last few days it was 55 degrees in Maryland.  The frost is coming out and heaving my porch up.  Tomorrow we are due to get 4-6" of snow starting as a "Wintery mix" in the afternoon.  The weather's not as bad as New England but the words "Wintery mix" sends the Baltimore City and DC folks running to the grocery store. 

Just keep thinking ... Track weekend is only 9 weeks away!!
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Bill Reidy on February 28, 2009, 01:43:48 PM
60oF here in Westwood (outside Boston) yesterday.  8 - 12" snow predicted here by Tuesday morning.

Is it spring yet?
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Mike the Choochoo Nix on February 28, 2009, 09:32:14 PM
Just so you guy's won't feel to bad, Thursday we had 8 inches here in Minnesota, I was in the southern part of the state, there was less snow but they had freezing rain first! It's no fun driving a semi on that stuff.  O well, four more weeks and the worst will be over. The sun even feels warmer now.
Mike Nix
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: James Patten on February 28, 2009, 09:40:08 PM
Winter must have heard my plea and has begun to give up it's grip.  40's and 50's yesterday, with rain in the evening, plus sunny in the PM today has gotten rid of a lot of snow on the roof, and ice in my driveway and on my eaves.  Now of course we have to deal with the mud, but I like mud.
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Keith Taylor on February 28, 2009, 10:37:13 PM
James, don't smile too much, they are forecasting another snow storm Sunday night through Monday.
Keith
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Ira Schreiber on February 28, 2009, 11:10:26 PM
Denver has +12* last night and 70* predicted for the early part of the week. A crazy winter(?) for sure.
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: James Patten on March 02, 2009, 12:13:52 PM
Another foot or so out the window right now, light fluffy stuff thank goodness.  My poor plow guy is struggling to move the stuff out of the way.
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Duncan Mackiewicz on March 02, 2009, 12:23:17 PM
You too James? I have at least a foot of snow that I cleared before heading off to work this morning.  And to think I was having thoughts of spring.  Ha,ha!
Duncan
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Vincent "Lightning" LeRow on March 02, 2009, 02:26:06 PM
just revieved a foot in Lowell.  another 2-6 inches is supposed to start coming down in a few hours....   Is it time to ballast yet?
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Josh Botting on March 03, 2009, 07:36:24 PM
9" here, luckly I was able to convince my tractor and snow blower to run for one more storm. 

But I think that James spoke up too much and jinxed us, January is back for the week.  50 on the weekend though, but near or below 0 tonight?  Sap will run some day?
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Ira Schreiber on March 03, 2009, 08:16:49 PM
OK, we have been setting record highs here in Denver, CO. 74* yesterday, warmer than Miami or Los Angeles. 75* today. Where is winter??
Ira
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on March 03, 2009, 08:52:17 PM
Ira, It looks like the Colorado mountain Winter is on vacation in Maryland.  We had 8" of snow Sunday into Monday and this morning the temperature was all the way up to 6 !!  Supposed to be in the single digits tonight as well.
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Wayne Laepple on March 03, 2009, 10:55:11 PM
Just a few flurries here, but it was very windy and cold. We are just far enough west to have missed it. That's been the story all winter. Every snow event has fizzled into freezing rain or sleet. I'd enjoy a good storm for a change. Wanna send some this way from Maine?
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Mike Fox on March 04, 2009, 08:35:11 AM
We are not keeping up with last years totals. Last year I had 124 inches of the white stuff measured by  this date. This year, only 102.5 inches. The snow banks aren't near as high but it is definately a year for snowshoes. Step off a packed snowmobile trail and you are going to your waist in some locations.
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Gordon Cook on March 04, 2009, 09:33:01 AM
Ahh, but we turn the clocks ahead this weekend. Tempus Fidgets, as they say.
Spring will seem all the more wonderful this year as the black flies swarm,
And Dana's gentle urgings will once again ring out across the forests.... ::)

An Image of Summer to brighten your day:
(http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-10/1221509/IMG_0155.jpg)
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: John McNamara on March 04, 2009, 10:15:13 AM
Shame on you, Gordon. You weren't supposed to show the new microprocessor-controlled Number 10 that operates without crew! :o
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on March 04, 2009, 10:44:07 AM
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You weren't supposed to show the new microprocessor-controlled Number 10 that operates without crew!

The best part is that it is running on a diesel generator hidden in the tender tank. The fake steam is made by putting 1' diameter pellets that say "LIONEL" on them into the stack. A sub-woofer in the firebox provides all the sounds, perfectly synchronized with the speed, steam releases, etc.

It's so convincing, Jason didn't even notice.
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Gordon Cook on March 04, 2009, 06:00:36 PM
Darn!
McNamara figured it out again!

Here's a picture of the wireless remote control:

(http://newsm.org/Wireless/WE_CW-925.jpg)

Pulllease don't tell Jason.
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on March 04, 2009, 07:08:32 PM
I think I saw that in last month's Steampunk Gazette!
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on March 05, 2009, 01:36:31 PM
ROTFLHMGLMAO! :D

Now if only we could do that with our subs so we wouldn't have to go out to sea ON them all the time! ;)
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on March 07, 2009, 07:27:21 AM
Ok ... wait, Steampunk Gazette, are they the ones who do the new cable show - Pimp my Forney ??!?
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Vincent "Lightning" LeRow on March 07, 2009, 12:23:25 PM
Of course!  Didn't you know?  They're at boothbay refiting #9's boiler with superheaters and a juke box.
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on March 07, 2009, 02:29:35 PM
Not to mention, a hyperdrive, dual exhaust, and Corinthian leather interior.  ;)
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on February 10, 2010, 08:33:53 AM
Time to revive this thread.  Why ? ... because it is once again snowing hard in northern Maryland.  There is 4 feet of snow of the ground (no, that's not a typo) with another 12 to 18 inches on the way.  Add in 40 - 50 mph wind gusts and I think I woke up in Telluride this morning.  The power has been out for 4 days so I've been living with the generator and wood stove.  The fun part ... reading two foot books by the light of a WW&F kerosene hand lantern.  Yep, definately looking forward to going to New England to get away from all this. 

BTW - There's talk of moving the Winter Olympics to Washington DC.
 
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: James Patten on February 10, 2010, 11:01:50 AM
Stewart, the weather down there is just toughening you up for Winter here in Maine.  Frequent power outages, frequent snow storms, cold northerly winds - sounds just like home, but not typical for this year.
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Duncan Mackiewicz on February 10, 2010, 01:10:08 PM
James,
When you say "not typical for this year", you aren't kidding. I'm sitting at my desk at work waiting for snow that apparently will not be hitting western Mass anytime soon (big hole in the storm stretching from Hartford, CT to Greenfield, MA).  We had already cancelled 2nd & 3rd shifts in anticipation of 6" to 10" of snow.  The cities around my town have all cancelled school and shut down many businesses in anticipation of snow that has failed to arrive.
So Stewart, if you want a respite from the snow this year just come on to western Mass.  We have dry roads green yards.
Duncan
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on February 10, 2010, 02:30:58 PM
Thanks Duncan, I may take you up on that, but it's been snowing so long I gotta look up "green"  in the dictionary!  James, There have been bad storms in years past with a foot or two of snow and the power going out for a few days, we are prepared for that ... but we set new temperature and snow records this time.  I know 70 some inches a season is typical in parts of New England but Northern Maryland has never totals like that and never had back to back two-foot plus snow storms in just 3 days.  The local media is calling the storms "Snowmegedon" Part 1 and 2.  Maybe gettin thru this qualifies me to be ready for a bad Maine winter.  

I had some coal here that I picked up from the B&SR grade a few years ago.  I threw it in the stove this morning.  It burned well and man did the house smell great.  
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Wayne Laepple on February 10, 2010, 03:32:04 PM
Are you ready for Round 3, Stewart? There may be more snow next Monday or Tuesday! Aiiiieee!
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Mike Fox on February 10, 2010, 10:13:08 PM
Bad Maine winter? Been some deep ones, but those are usually the good ones. Bad ones have bare ground.
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Ken Fleming on February 11, 2010, 01:20:51 AM
Philly has had 42.5" of snow in five (5) days.  Enough!
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on February 12, 2010, 12:04:36 PM
Ken,  Now that the storms in DC, Baltimore & Philly have been on the national news every night I think everyone believes us.  I saw how bad it was in Philly.  The Baltimore area has now had almost 80" of snow and my area has had 91".  I just finished clearing 4 feet of snow off my car port so it won't collapse.   Yep, I think we've had enough snow in the Mid-Atlantic region for a while.
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Eric Bolton on February 13, 2010, 02:41:50 AM
It isnt any better on the Jersey Shore. Had 18 inches with the first storm then another 12-14 on top of that this past Wed. Sounds like a round three is coming Sunday or Monday with mentions of snow in the forcast for later in the week as well. Even the beaches are white!
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Wayne Laepple on February 13, 2010, 09:13:52 AM
If it makes anyone feel better, the Associated Press today is reporting snow on the ground in 49 of the 50 states. Hawaii is the only holdout.  :D
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Ken Fleming on February 13, 2010, 09:35:32 AM
Actually Wayne, Mauna Kea, on the big island, has snow on it. At 13,796 ft., people hike up there and ski.  By the way, Mauna Kea means White Mountain.
Title: Snow
Post by: Jock Ellis on February 13, 2010, 11:25:40 AM
Ah! We finally got some of that white stuff down here in Georgia. It got pretty deep - about 3/4 inch - before the whole place stalled out. I got halfway to work Friday, turned around and called my boss and said I couldn't get there. We ended up with 3 1/4 inches here at the house. Sure is beautiful, but I think just how much prettier it would be with a two-foot railroad running through the woods in my backyard. Or even a 7 1/2 incher.
Couldn't find a single AA battery that worked so I had to shoot my photos on film that I had put in the map pocket on the back of the driver's seat in my wife's car and forgotten about. Lucky I'm getting old and senile or I wouldn't have had any way to record it.
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Wayne Laepple on February 13, 2010, 11:45:17 AM
According to the AP story in this morning's newspaper, " Hawaii's 13,800-foot Mauna Kea volcano, which often gets snow much of the year at its higher elevations, is the most likely place in the 50th state to have snow, but there 'is nothing right now,' said research meteorologist Tiziana Cherubin at the Manuna Kea weather center."
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Ken Fleming on February 13, 2010, 03:23:00 PM
Oh well!  There goes my Hawaii Ski Trip.  Darn, I guess I'll to go Blue Mountain.  If this global warming keeps up, then perhaps the next rolling stock to build should be flanger and maybe a snow plow.  I can see it now, #9, #10 and #11 plowing the main.
Title: Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on February 13, 2010, 07:01:49 PM
Well ... made it to Maine last night.  Just a few inches of snow with alot of bare patches.  Zack told me it hasn't snowed at the railroad in 3 weeks.  We cleared more trees for the parking lot today. Nice sunny weather.  With the burn pile and temps in the 40's it was warm enough for some to work in shirt sleeves.  There isn't even much snow in the woods - what a pleasure to walk on the ground.  Heck it's nice just to see the ground.  It was warm enough when I quit (around 1 o'clock) that I went back to the house and washed my truck.  I think I'll stay up here until Winter is over :o