New Hampshire Lakes Region (Alton) Dodges, Just, The ‘Ice Storm’ Of December 2013.
by Anura Guruge
It was close, viz. this weekend’s, i.e., December 21 – 22, 2013, ice storm for Central New Hampshire, particularly the Lakes Region.
I don’t trust or bother with WMUR’s weather forecast at the local level. They can’t, obviously, tell me what is likely to happen in East Alton. The best they can do, and will do, is to talk about the ‘Lakes Region’ in general, and that as I know, is a large diverse area that covers many sins. So I check the weather maps by hand and also rely on ‘weather underground’ which does try to provide more specific, local forecasts. It was close. Touch-and-go.
But, we appear to have, so far, dodged the worst. Not much icing till Monday morning (i.e., this morning). No power failures on Sunday — though I had ‘warmed up’ my two generators on Friday for what I thought would be the eventuality. I know we still have a couple of hours of annoying, light precipitation to contend with. My thermometer, 30′ above ground, says it is 34F.
As the pictures show we do have icing. I didn’t go running Sunday or today. Saturday was my ‘day off’ on my ‘3-days-on, 1-day-off‘ schedule that gives me 6 days of running a week. So I haven’t run, or shovelled snow, in 3 days. Feel totally bloated. But not a bad thing. Every once in awhile this old, decrepit body, on its last legs, can do with a bit of break. I guess I have no choice but to pound up the hill, wheezing, panting and grunting, as I always do, with the two dogs. I think they miss the run too.
These are pictures from 10:30 am, Monday, December 23, 2013.
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