Well we were given plenty of warning. The weather forecasters were talking about this nearly a week ago. I think they were quite chuffed that they got it right & saw it coming a week ago.
Given that we were close to 70°F two-days ago this was quite the change.
Yes, having lived in New Hampshire for 36-years I am used to seeing snow in April & May — & possibly even June.
This was quite the storm. The snow was coming down in HUGE blobs. Heavy. But, the air temperature was always slightly above freezing. So, the snow would melt on dark surfaces — especially roads.
Though the heavy snow stopped in the afternoon it was still sleeting at 11pm when I went for my evening walk. Not nice.
Well, I thought you might like to see what it looked like.
Well, as is my wont, I set off for my brisk, 1-mile, 11pm after-dinner constitution — accompanied (as of late) by Braxton, off-leash — around 10:50pm. It was dry when I left the house. Then it just burst forth. A mini-blizzard. Whiteout conditions. I was glad that I was NOT driving. I was only out, max, for 25-minutes. See how much snow I accumulated. It was ‘fun’. Certainly was an experience.
I Do NOT Let A 28-Day February, With Some Bitterly Cold Days, Get In The Way Of My 500,000-Steps/Month Goal.
I only started this 500,000-steps/month goal last May (i.e., May 2020). Kind of walked that without setting out to do so, But, when I realized that I had walked 500,000 steps, I LIKED it. Decided to make it a goal. The following month, June 2020, was 30-days. Ooops! One day makes a difference.
I then decided that I will not let 30-day months get in the way. One days was not that difficult to surmount.
So, this was my 1st February.
Well, I set out to see what I could do. I did the sums. I had to walk, on average, 1,000 more steps a day than on other months. So, that is what I did. I like to bank up steps on good days. So, in February I did quite a few 20K days. That helped.
So, my streak is still going. 8-months & counting. SMILE.
Today’s picture was at the end, with 2-hours of snow in ‘my hair’. SMILE.
They got it wrong again. We weren’t supposed to get any snow till noon. Well, it started snowing, pretty steadily, around 9:30am. Well, I had to go for my 2-hour walk. I did.
At long last I have FINALLY learnt to dress warm for winter. So, this was what I looked like when I got back.
WOW. It bucketed down today — till mid-afternoon. Torrential rain & gusty winds. WHAT TO DO?
I could have tried waiting until it stopped — BUT then it might be getting dark, & I PREFER to limit my ‘night walks‘ to 2-miles or below. Plus, I wasn’t sure whether the dog wanted to go out. He did NOT. He was NOT having anything to do with this weather.
I, as I had done a month ago, wore TWO layers of outerwear. It kind of works. Outer latey gets soaked.
Snow is ALWAY much better than rain! Trust me. I know. Rain is wet. Snow not as much. When the ground is FROZEN (as it was today) they are BOTH slippery. That was an issue.
I wear the yellow glasses to keep the rain from my eyes. Pretty simple. Logical.
Well, I did 10,589 steps in this rain. SMILE. Felt good. I was SOAKED. But, I think I will live.
The 14-year old, in pink, is handling the snowblower. This is our 2nd year with a snowblower. I taught her to use it last year. Though she pretends to complain she likes using it. Beats shoveling snow — THOUGH she is very good & FAST at shoveling. She is like a machine. Just gets going.
They both have had years of practice. Prior to last year we did it all by hand. Then I busted my knee when I slipped shoveling. THEY insisted that we get a snowblower. So, I got this monster, 3-stage. It sure worked well today.
Yes, I did fair amount of driving the snowblower. But very little shovelling for a change. I am not supposed to do much since I had cataract surgery just last week! SMILE.
Search ‘snow’ & ‘snowblower’.
It was much, much more than they had forecast. They assured us that it was a Southern storm, i.e., most of the snow would be gone by the time it got as far North as us.
They got it wrong. We got about x5 than they had told us. Yes, they had various excuses.
It was a LOT of snow. Quite frightening in its volume BUT quite beautiful. In the end we managed. Glad of that.
It was a LOT of snow, at least 20″ (0.5 meter). But, that was NOT going to dent my walking streak. I have walked more than 10K steps, a DAY, without a single break, since April 17. 244-days & during that time I had two cataract surgeries. Still got my steps in even on those days. Doctor knew it. He was all for it.
Then, with the help of my two daughters (14 & 20, we cleared the drive. SMILE.
Click pictures to ENLARGE.
Attribution WILL be enforced.
I have lived in New Hampshire for 35-years! I have lived in NH longer than anywhere else in my life! I have lived more than 50% of my life in NH! There is not much I have not experienced, re. weather, when it comes to NH.
I have lived through snowstorms in June. Those are NASTY. Trees are in full leaf and the snow is wet and heavy. Trees come down all over the place.
Today’s snowstorm was intense to begin with. I went out in it. I was out in it for 1 hour 50 minutes. It stopped snowing during that time. The Sun even came out. It was windy & cold. But, after the -15F this winter it really was a walk in the park. I had fun. It was BEAUTIFUL. I sometimes can’t believe how lucky I am.
Well, I wanted to share with you.