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Stewart "Start" Rhine

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Life in the Polar Vortex
« on: January 08, 2014, 01:54:18 PM »
Life in the Polar Vortex -

Up just before 6.  Check the digital weather station and the readout informs that it's -23 outside.  Wait ... what??  Remove glasses, rub eyes and look again. Dang, numbers are still there.  Trek down cellar to check the wood stove.  It still has some fire. Good, kept the house at 64 overnight.  Go for logs in the woodshed, ooops the hatch doors are frozen shut.  Well, plenty of wood in the cellar.  Have some breakfast and check email.  Around 7:30 check outside temps again.  Ok, up to -17, wierd to be happy about numbers getting smaller.  Bundle up and wait about 10 minutes for heat to build up inside coat.  Gotta get going, go out to the garage to get the truck out.  Hmmm, garage door won't lift due to ice along the bottom.  Try to pry it up but the weather strip starts to tear.  Plan B:  Clean snow off the old truck sitting outside.  Door is frozen shut but a little hot water and yanking free it.  Hop in, it cranks slowly but starts, yea!!  Let it warm up a minute and try to put the seatbelt on.  It's stuck, frozen in the roller.  A hard pull brings it out, covered with frost, never seen that before.  Ok, underway now, gotta get some gasoline, first purchase in 2014.  Drive to the Quick Stop where the driveway entrance looks like an olympic slalom course between snow piles.  Fill up the truck and get a bottle of cherry coke from the cooler box but it's warm.  No problem, just dig a hole in the snow in the back of the truck and put the bottle in the 4X8' cooler.  Digging around, wait... whats this??  There's firewood under the snow?  Forgot about that. Oh dang another job when I get home.

Happy Polar Vortex everybody!    
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Re: Life in the Polar Vortex
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2014, 02:30:40 PM »
What a great report, Stewart!

Made me think of the accounts in Two Feet to Tidewater of the ordeals of WW&F snowplow crews in the big blizzards.

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Re: Life in the Polar Vortex
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2014, 06:08:28 PM »
Polar Vortex is new to me this year. I always new it as cold air. Nothing new accept the name.
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Re: Life in the Polar Vortex
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2014, 09:06:14 PM »
Why did I move to Maine again?



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Re: Life in the Polar Vortex
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2014, 09:26:04 PM »
And we're trusting you to safely deliver the Turner Creamery car to West Springfield??? Or did you get caught in the vortex? Glad you were in good enough shape to be able to take photos.

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Re: Life in the Polar Vortex
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2014, 09:48:59 PM »
I was trying to get two feet closer to the telephone pole in the right side of the 1st picture. It was warmer waiting in the cab for the wrecker anyhow.
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Re: Life in the Polar Vortex
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2014, 04:28:05 PM »
Start,
Are you sure that there isn't a decimal point in the middle of that digital display?  ;) You know those new fangled contraptions can be confusing to us oldsters.

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Re: Life in the Polar Vortex
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2014, 04:52:44 PM »
Gordon,

What you mean-um "us oldsters" kemosabe??

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Re: Life in the Polar Vortex
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2015, 07:16:30 PM »
So,  another snow storm coming.  We already have 3+ feet of snow on the ground from 4 storms and there's another foot or so coming tomorrow.  Question ... where are all the reports that a "Polar Vortex" is giving us this weather??  Isn't that what happened last year?  Did I miss something?  My neighbor had to use a large loader to plow snow from my drive and the frozen piles are up as high as the garage doors.  I even heard a report that a polar bear in Wiscasset broke into a sub-compact and consumed the occupants. Tough times.  Portland and Boston may have new records for snowfall this month.  No polar bears in town but I hear that a Yeti was sighted in Boston the other day ... 

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Re: Life in the Polar Vortex
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2015, 07:41:57 PM »
It has been in the 60's and 70's the past week and a half here. Record highs several days.
We have still had over 24" of snow this winter.
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Re: Life in the Polar Vortex
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2015, 07:57:25 PM »
75 inches here in the foothills so far this season. What I would call below average cold temps.
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Re: Life in the Polar Vortex
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2015, 08:36:06 PM »
Temperatures have been a bit low this month.  We had -20 this morning but some sun brought it up to 12.  With tonight's cloud cover we may stay on the up side of zero.  (Insert crossed fingers icon)

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Re: Life in the Polar Vortex
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2015, 06:43:31 AM »
Growing up I don't recall Denver having such mild winters...looks like the new best place to live! Meanwhile, the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington more and more resembles the White Pass & Yukon. RowMow Mfg will have to build a Rotary before the decade is out!  ;)

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Re: Life in the Polar Vortex
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2015, 03:30:39 PM »
I wonder why it's colder here in Lancaster, PA (13*F) than it is in Alna (15*F) right now? It wouldn't be bad at all if it wasn't for the dang wind. It's been blowing 20-25 mph since last night. That couple of inches of snow we had has all blown away!

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Re: Life in the Polar Vortex
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2015, 04:18:24 PM »
Been in Bartlett, NH the last couple of days.  Was mildly surprised to see the snow on the ground here in Bartlett was about half or less that back home (Westwood, MA).  Back home we had four feet on the ground, and I understand home got another 12+ inches overnight.  Deer last week were having a tough time getting around in our back yard.  Can hardly wait to get home tomorrow and have to clear the driveway.
What–me worry?