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Baby it's cold outside

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turbo
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Jan19-12, 02:00 PM
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High temp of the day is 20 deg F. At least it's clear and sunny, for another day or so, then more snow.
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Ugh. The dreaded tic-tic-tic sound of freezing rain as it hits the window.

Meanwhile I got a message from my daughter, she's without power .
There is a nice little trick to end the suspense. If the lights are on and dim three times, you're fine. If the lights go off and come back on three times, you're toast. After the third try they won't be coming back on.

Luckily they put in heavy new lines a few years ago, but for a long time we frequently lost power. A few years before we bought this place, they were without power for almost two weeks, beginning with a heavy snow storm. So we've got a generator and wood stove. In a disaster like the flood of 1996, we are far down the list of prioreties for the power company. Local outages could be a real bugger if there is a lot of damage.
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Jan19-12, 05:16 PM
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Ugh. The dreaded tic-tic-tic sound of freezing rain as it hits the window.

Meanwhile I got a message from my daughter, she's without power .
I'm afraid, it's not looking good

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...73AQ_blog.html

Slippery in Seattle: surprise ice storm cripples city

a dangerous ice storm is presently glazing the Emerald City, with mounting power outages (around 120,000) and car accidents. Washington’s Governor has declared a state of emergency.
I think you would have told us that...if there was power.

We think of you.
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Jan19-12, 07:58 PM
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I'm afraid, it's not looking good

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...73AQ_blog.html

I think you would have told us that...if there was power.

We think of you.
Well it's been very "interesting"! Power was on and off for the afternoon, lots of momentary "blinks" followed by surges. Is that caused by the linemen powering up a line that was down, I wonder? So I shut down my electronics to protect their delicate circuits .

It seems stable now, though.
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Jan19-12, 08:09 PM
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Well it's been very "interesting"! Power was on and off for the afternoon, lots of momentary "blinks" followed by surges. Is that caused by the linemen powering up a line that was down, I wonder? So I shut down my electronics to protect their delicate circuits .

It seems stable now, though.
Do you have a portable generator Lisa ? Enough for fridge, lights, TV, cable ? I got one after the last hurricane, glad I did. Turbo has one too, a fairly big one if I remember correctly.

Rhody...
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Jan19-12, 08:25 PM
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Do you have a portable generator Lisa ? Enough for fridge, lights, TV, cable ? I got one after the last hurricane, glad I did. Turbo has one too, a fairly big one if I remember correctly.

Rhody...
No, I live in an apartment . And it's all electric - everything! The heat, the cooking, the water heater. Not my preference, but renters can't be choosers.
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Jan19-12, 08:34 PM
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No, I live in an apartment . And it's all electric - everything! The heat, the cooking, the water heater. Not my preference, but renters can't be choosers.
Same here. How's your daughter? Is her electricity back?
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Jan20-12, 07:14 PM
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This weather here is ridiculously hot this winter. A mid-januaryfly mayfly just flew by when I let the dogs out, and the cherry trees are already in blossom.
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Well it's been very "interesting"! Power was on and off for the afternoon, lots of momentary "blinks" followed by surges. Is that caused by the linemen powering up a line that was down, I wonder?
The utility company would not powering up a line with momentary blinks. That's more likely short circuits somewhere on the local grid and possibly breakers opening and closing in response to current/voltage transients. That happened during the snowstorm in October. We had power, which fluctuated, but neighborhoods around us lost power for 2 or more days due to downed power lines. Usually, breakers open and isolate those areas from the grid.

We just had our first snow since the October storm. It was a light dusting, but we're supposed to get several inches tonight.
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Daffodil blooming the first of January. Not typical at all
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I was always under impression that there is an automatic switch somewhere, that tries to restore the power after a short circuit - and it does it three times. The idea behind is that the part of the grid responsible for the short circuit is cut off by the local fuse, and rest of the grid can work correctly. That's why a single or double blinks are often followed by the normal operation. It may happen that you are in the part of the grid that is being cut off by the fuse, it may happen that these three attempts fail, and even after the last grid is still shorted somewhere. Then you are out of luck.
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We've had a warm winter so far with no snow since last winter, that is to say October. With good luck we won't have any at all, but unfortunately, there's two inches of bad luck on my sidewalk right now and it's still coming down. Wouldn't you know it, my wife's inlaws are coming to visit for a few days and I have to drive up to Newark this morning to pick them up.
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We've had a warm winter so far with no snow since last winter, that is to say October. With good luck we won't have any at all, but unfortunately, there's two inches of bad luck on my sidewalk right now and it's still coming down. Wouldn't you know it, my wife's inlaws are coming to visit for a few days and I have to drive up to Newark this morning to pick them up.
Brings back memories. I used to live in Yardley, PA and my office half of the week was in Edison, NJ, the other half was in Parsipany. How I loved those daily commutes up Hwy 1 from Trenton to Edison.
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This weather here is ridiculously hot this winter. A mid-januaryfly mayfly just flew by when I let the dogs out, and the cherry trees are already in blossom.
We've been getting crazy fluctuations, and it's killing me. The only times I usually have sinus trouble are during the major seasonal transitions from warm to cold and old to warm. I'm getting that every two days now. It was 60 degrees on Wednesday and 23 degrees on Thursday. And, yes, a few of my trees are budding and my spring bulbs are sprouting.
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Jan21-12, 10:01 AM
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There was raining one day, next day we had a snow storm, and the day following slush!
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Jan21-12, 10:45 AM
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Tiny bit 'o freezing rain, watching all the cars fishtail around the corner in front of my house last night. Should have sat out on my front porch on my rocker with a Bourbon and been more entertained.
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Brings back memories. I used to live in Yardley, PA and my office half of the week was in Edison, NJ, the other half was in Parsipany. How I loved those daily commutes up Hwy 1 from Trenton to Edison.
I took route 1 to Newark, and it was treacherous all the way. Coming back I decided to take the turnpike which was much better except that there was a crash right in front of me. I had no time to stop and so I threaded my way through the obstacle course. Fortunately, I didn't hit anything.
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Jan21-12, 11:55 AM
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A former (part-time) neighbor from RI called me earlier. They're getting a lot of snow, evidently. He is anxious to get back up here with his Polaris sled and go trail-riding. Unfortunately, there has been insufficient snow to build a base for the trails, so people who are silly enough to go trail-riding risk damaging their machines on rocks and stumps.

It's 18 degrees, so the precipitation is coming down as fluffy snow, though not enough to bother grooming and packing.


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