Tag Archive | Nor’easter

Teischan & I Enjoying ALL The Snow We Got With March 2018 Winter Storm “Skylar”.

by Anura Guruge

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This is the most snow we have had with one storm in a LOG TIME! Definitely over 2 feet (24 inches).

But, we prevailed. Devanee did a fair amount of shovelling to get HER car out. This morning was my 4th go around. Teischan helps. Her main goal is to keep her trampoline clear and in this storm she had to shovel the trampoline three times!

But, we took some time off.

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March 2018 Winter Storm “Skylar” Dumped Over 2′ (Yes, 2 Feet) Of Snow!

by Anura Guruge

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Third snow storm, third Nor’Easter at that (in that the wind/snow is coming from the NE), in as many weeks. This, by far, the most spectacular and SEVERE.

Quinn” last week gave us 9″. That was pretty easy to deal with.

Skylar” started off deceptively — though we had all heard the forecasts and kind of knew what to expect.

At 10:30am when I went out to shovel for the first time there wasn’t that much snow. Less than 4″.

Then it started coming down heavy.

We were out twice after that and have only made a DENT!

Luckily it is light, fluffy snow. BUT, LOTS of it.

Going to be spending a lot of time tomorrow clearing some of it. This one is going to take a few days to clear.

I will keep you posted. More pictures tomorrow.

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“Bomb Cyclone” Nor’easter Storm, New Hampshire — January 4, 2018.

by Anura Guruge

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

As I write this at 9:03pm (Eastern) the wind is HOWLING and rattling the house — and this is a BIG, solid house.

I am braced waiting for the power to go off! 3rd row — middle — a NEW generator! We are now a 3 generator family! Need 2 to run the house and with this cold it would be irresponsible not to have a backup since the house would FREEZE solid within 10 hours.

At 4:15pm, when we went out for the second time to shovel snow, we had had 10″ snow — on the front steps. Since then we probably have exceeded the 12″ mark.

The snow is bad BUT I can live with it and survive it.

It is the WIND that is the killer — especially when we lose power. That is, alas, NOT funny.

The Christmas laser, which is still out there, mainly because it is frozen solid, makes pretty pictures on the snow.

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Shoveling Snow By Hand After A Nor’Easter — A Privilege!

by Anura Guruge

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My INNER MAN in the winter — I and my shovel.

The kids helped yesterday.

Cleared for the two generators — just in case. So happy that we didn’t need to use them, THIS TIME.

We have had a lot of snow.

Much of this PILE is snow that I have shoveled, by hand, this winter. When I look at it I can see how much shoveling I have done. As they said last Summer — FEEL THE BURN.

The snow even tries to climb trees.

I like to shovel snow, by hand!

That I am strange, goes without saying. But, this snow shoveling isn’t a total fobile. I try to get at least 50-minutes of solid exercise 6-days a week; 3-days on, one day off. My usual form of exercise is running, with 6 lbs of wrist-weights, for about 2.5 miles — in terrain with considerable elevation. So, I am no stranger to exercise …

I would, in the winter, rather shovel than run.

Like today, the day after the BIG Nor’Easter. Sun beating down, 26°F, cloudless cobalt blue skies and nobody around. It beats skiing! It is NOT as good as sex, but what is. But next to that, in terms of physical activity, I will take shoveling on a day like today.

Within 20 minutes I was so hot and sweating that I had to get rid of my jacket. Just to be on the safeside, given my advancing years, I put on another sweatshirt.

I lost 1.2 pounds in one hour of shoveling. Yes, much of that was liquid. But, wouldn’t YOU like to lose 1.2 pounds in a day?

I have been shoveling by hand for over 15 years. I plan to carry on till I drop. I could, as ever, be wrong, but I do NOT somehow see myself dropping dead while shoveling! Just don’t. It isn’t as if my ol’ hear doesn’t know what shoveling is all about.

Clearing the mailbox.

This was my main project today.

The mailboxes of my two neighbors,
and they both have snowblowers.

This motivates me.

My snow shoveling tutorial from 2014.

Basically it was ditto today — no jacket.

Enjoy. I wish ALL of you could share the pleasure and privilege of shoveling snow by hand.

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The February 12 – 13, 2017 Nor’Easter in Alton, New Hampshire — Fun In The Snow.

by Anura Guruge

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With my Sony a6000.
No post processing, i.e., NO PhotoShop.

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We got a LOT of snow — as you can see from the pictures, especially the second one (at top). The winds roared this afternoon. BUT, as yet we have not lost power though the lights flickered, ominously, around 5:30pm.

We waited until 3pm to go out to shovel the snow — by hand. By then the temperature was a BALMY 26°F.

We shoveled enough to get the van out and the GENERATORS (x2). I will be shoveling, steadily, by hand for the rest of the week. That is FINE with I. I like shoveling. Great exercise. Teischan cleared the snow from the trampoline, first thing. She has also built a snow fort underneath.

As you can see folks can have FUN in the snow. I have no complaints — provided we don’t lose power.


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On This Stormy, Nor’easter Day, MetroCast & TDS Compete To See Whose Internet Service Is Less Reliable.

by Anura Guruge


Yes, we did have a storm, a Nor’easter no less, BUT by our Central New Hampshire standards it wasn’t that a bigger of a deal. Yes, there was some ice, but it was minimal. We did NOT lose power and that alone tells its own story. The lights didn’t even flicker — once.

BUT, both MetroCast and TDS somehow managed to lose their Internet services, on and off, all day! Not funny.

Woke up this morning, at 8:40am (which is par for the course), to be informed that BOTH our Internet feeds were down. That irks me. I pay for BOTH MetroCast and TDS Internet services for redundancy — to have one up if the other is down. Well, they were both down.

I called up MetroCast and as ever they were very courteous and told me at once that it was a known problem and that they had crews working on it. MetroCast was back up around 9:30am. Was I glad.

TDS was still down. Around 10am I called them. What a DIFFERENCE. They had NO CLUE. I was on the line with them for over 20 minutes and they claimed that they were NOT aware of any problems in my area. They then scheduled for SERVICE CALL to happen between 2pm to 5pm — today! What a joke.

The TDS service came up around 1:30pm. Suffice to say no Technician showed up. The Service Call was another TDS lie. They like to do that.

MetroCast Internet, offering 150/160Mbps, did fine all day. Then it went down AGAIN around 5:30pm! YIKES.

TDS was up so we were not dead in the water.

Called up MetroCast again. Again very polite, very apologetic. Told me, quite quickly, that yet again it was a known problem. A fibre cable had been cut! I would NOT put that past TDS. Again I was assured that a crew had already been dispatched to splice the cable.

MetroCast was up in about 30 minutes. So that was good.

But, all in all, TDS was down for longer and I, as is now the new norm, got dreadful service from TDS!

Kind of ironic. Given that I have had TDS/Union Tel. Internet service at this house for 10 years, TDS is rather anxious for me to get TDS TV. Yes, of course, I would love to have 1 Gigabit Internet. I can afford it. The cost, at $225/month, is not an issue. It is TDS’ damn reliability or lack thereof. Plus their appalling service.

No point having 1 Gigabit if it is down to 0 Mbps more often than not. Plus, with TDS TV, if I lose Internet, like today, there is a 95% that I will lose all TV too! Not good. I actually had a call from a TDS salesman just yesterday! I told him, without having any idea as to what today would hold, that I worry that TDS would not be reliable. BINGO.

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Blizzards Biggest Fallout: A Possible Recession!


Anura Guruge

Some Of The Blizzard Related posts:
Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton IV — Feb. 8, 2013.
Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton III — Feb. 8, 2013.
>> Blizzard Of 2013: Now We Can Joke — Feb. 8, 2013.


Hit me like a ton of bricks when I saw all the business closed in Providence and Boston today. Many also closed early yesterday. There won’t be much foot traffic in Boston tomorrow — the 1st (non-parade) Sunday of Chinese New Year.

This blizzard will have a negative impact on 1Q GDP.

Last quarters GDP was negative, though barely. But, it was negative — and Hurricane Sandy was responsible for some.

Definition of a recession: two back-to-back quarters of negative GDP.

1Q GDP was tenuous to begin with thanks to all of the continued mindless political wranglings in D.C. — and you know who I blame for much of that.

A recession is really but a technical indicator and by the time we are told that we are in a recession it could very well be in the rear-view mirror. Remember the definition: two negative back-to-back quarters of GDP. So by design it is a trailing indicator. We will only find out about 1Q GDP in 2Q. 2Q, thanks to President Obama, could be blowout. End of recession.

The President doesn’t have to worry about re-election and I already feel confident that Hillary will easily win 2016. I can’t believe I am saying that. In 2008 I detested her. I was never a Clinton fan during their Presidency. I spent so much time circulating Clinton jokes, so, so many about cigars and that blue dress, in the mid-1990s. I was even compiling a dossier on Hillary’s alleged dalliances. Remember that guy who shot himself in a park? Well that was then, and this is now. I started to warm up to her once she started embracing my man. She did a bang up job as Secretary of State. She made Obama proud. I have come to like and even admire Bill! I really have changed my stripes. This is why those that knew me in the 1990s are beside themselves as to my 180° change in political leanings. Since they are all conservatives, as was I, they don;t really like me much anymore. Some are holding out hope that I will see the light and change stripes again.

So a quick, passing recession precipitated by Nemo will not have any political ramifications. We might get a 400 point one-day drop in the Dow. That too will pass.

But, just keep an eye on this potential recession — and remember where you first read about it.

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