“photo is from last year’s blizzard”
“THE BLIZZARD OF 2015”
As I sit here writing this, the temperature outside is 14 degrees and the snow is angrily blowing around creating a frozen wall of absolute whiteness. It is snowing at a rate of 2-4 inches an hour and the sustained winds are around 35 mph with gusts to near hurricane force. Throw in the wind chill of negative 5 degrees and you’ve got a day not fit for man nor beast.
The roads are eerily silent except for the sound of the occasional plow and the roar of the wind shouting; “I dare you to come outside and challenge me!” Everything is closed down and for the first time in history, the U.S. Postal Service has cancelled all mail delivery for today and possibly tomorrow. Seriously, how can you park any vehicle or safely walk from house to house when there’s more than 2 feet of snow blanketing the ground? Even McDonalds is closed today, I guess I won’t be getting a Big Mac anytime soon.
We are a hearty lot of people up here on the North Shore of Massachusetts, we are “True New Englanders” and we can handle any element of weather Mother Nature throws at us. My ancestors migrated here from the Gasp Peninsula way up in Canada and also came from the Abernaki Indian tribe so winter survival skills are part of our DNA. Looking out my window and making an experienced and educated guess, I’d guesstimate that there is already 15-16 inches of snow on the ground with no signs of Mother Nature easing her wintry grip. It’s supposed to snow all day and night. We might as well just call it “Snowmegeddon!”
The waves off shore are 28 feet high and high tide won’t happen again until later on. There is coastal flooding and it will only get worse as the day progresses. We’ve even experienced some thunder snow within the last hour and unfortunately, many people have lost power already. For now, me and my family will just hunker down, watch and respect the awesomeness of Mother Nature and hope we don’t lose power. No power=No heat=freezing our butts off!
We’ll survive, we always do! A few days from now it will be sunny, cold and a winter wonderland. Schools are closed (probably will be until at least Thursday) and most people don’t have work today. We’re under a state of emergency and only essential personnel (police, firefighter’s, doctors, nurses etc . . .) are allowed on the roads. Who knows, it could even extend into tomorrow. It all depends on how angry Mother Nature is at us! Its days like this that we (my family) enjoy cooking, baking, watching movies and watching it snow!
“Greetings Blizzard of 2015, I see you’ve made yourself at home. You may stay awhile, but then you must evacuate us and move on. Of course, you could always stay and help us shovel and plow”
It’s times like these that I am so glad I have a kick-butt snow blower and a family member who’s young, healthy, and loves to use the snow blower. The only problem is . . . “Where the hell are we going to put all this snow?”
Stay safe my friends and as always; Namaste!