Greetings from the snowy tundra of Cambridge

I woke up a couple of hours ago and checked outside.  Dave Epstein had predicted that many of us would have a foot of snow or more by this point, and I am pretty sure his predictions have been born out in many places across Massachusetts.    I cam’t tell how much snow we have gotten so far but it looks like we have gotten enough to almost reach the top of the Mini’s tires.

Looking out the front door a few minutes after 7 AM.
Looking out the front door a few minutes after 7 AM.

While it appears that a snow plow made its way down our street at some point, it’s clear that the plowing has not kept up with the storm.  The wind is still blowing quite hard.  Hard enough that snow is plastered all over the front of the building, including the front doors, and you can definitely tell where the weather sealing needs some work.

Maybe the accumulating snow will stop the cold drafts.
Maybe the accumulating snow will stop the cold drafts.

We still have power, thank goodness, and since the snow here is light and fluffy I doubt we have too much to worry about in that regard.  But further out towards the Cape where the snow is wetter and heavier they are having some problems, even at Pilgrim Nuclear Station.

Partial view of front steps, looking out towards the street past the front "yard".
Partial view of front steps, looking out towards the street past the front “yard”.

Note all the snow plastered against the window and on the bricks.  It is blowing into every little nook and cranny, it seems.  It looks just awful out there.  I fully expect Han Solo to go by on a Tauntaun any minute, looking for Luke.

Once the storm is over, I will head out to do some shoveling and snowblowing. But that won’t be for a while just yet.  Probably not today at all, really.  Maybe tomorrow.  I will take some more pictures later to compare to the ones from this morning.

In the meantime, it’s a good day to stay cuddled up with the animals.  I think they agree.

Scratch was curled up on me but stayed in place when I got up.
Scratch was curled up on me but stayed in place when I got up.
Thumbelina next to her mommy.  I guess only her front two thirds was cold.
Thumbelina next to her mommy. I guess only her front two thirds was cold.

I hope people had the sense to bring all their animals inside for this.  And I hope no homeless people fell through the cracks and didn’t get into a shelter.  It’s just awful out there.  It’s currently 13 degrees Fahrenheit, with a steady wind chill of just below zero, with gusts that occasionally push it down to -9 or so.  I have already heard a couple of loud noises outside that I couldn’t identify.  Transformer blowing?  Car crashing into something?  Couldn’t tell.

Definitely White Walker weather.

In fact, it seems that some new Arctic-friendly wildlife has found its way to the Boston area.  And like so many other examples of Boston-area wildlife visitors, this new resident has already got its own Twitter account.

More to follow.  Stay warm, New Englanders.

-Geoff

 

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