Sunday, January 30, 2011


Needless to say, New England has had it up to their ears in the with snow, as well as the cold that prevents it from melting and simply going away.   Snow control and removal budgets are, for the most part, nearly depleted due to the record breaking snowfall here for the month of January.Our area has been hit with 56 inches of snow, just this month alone.   The snow banks are so high, even on the main drags, that it makes those of us old wise enough to remember when cars had tall antennas and bright colored things such as ping-pong balls or flags stuck at the very top, warning on-coming traffic a vehicle was soon to emerge from behind a mountain of snow.     People are cranky, drivers are raging, the snowbanks are dirty and just when one thought it couldn't get worse...

A director of meteorological studies here in the state explains it all.  "There is no immediate change on the horizon."   He goes on to relate this is due to a persistent high pressure over Greenland, a phenomenon known as 'North Atlantic Oscillation.'   This high pressure blocks the cold air from lifting out of the Northeast.     

Wonderful.  They name the major winter storms, this does not include the squalls that leave an inch or two of the white stuff before moving on.  Our last was Denis.  With one 'N.'  Just to be clear about this.

On rare sunny days like today, one notices a marked difference in the mood of the general public, which makes it hard to imagine how those poor souls in Alaska manage with all those months of relative darkness.

Which brings me to the Silver Lining.   Even though, at this point, there is no end in sight due to this weird weather phenomenon which has a 90 to 120 day cycle, once it does break, it means...............

AN EARLY SPRING.        All righty then, I can deal with the rest of the bloody cycle.


  1. Yayy! Here comes the spring! And I do see little shoots coming up all over, those plants are ready and waiting to make my day! Hope you get that relief sooner rather than later...

  2. Hi there, New England =)!!!!

    Thank you so much for the sweet comment you left behind, it made me so happy.
    I realise I have too update the blog. Very soon...And I promise I will have a new post by the end of this week =)!

    Be strong, I can´t wait for spring to come, and it will be here soon. Very soon =)!

    Have a wonderful monday!
    Hugs from me!

  3. Wow! That is amazing! Where I live, people complain if it gets down into the 50's, or if it rains... Hang in there! Spring is coming...

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog! We're gearing up for a big storm-apparently, we've been declared a state of emergency!

  5. They've NAMED it. Here it comes again...

  6. The way I got through our four years in Alaska was by teaching a daily dance exercise program that involved large numbers of people, music, lights, laughter, and the joy of movement...a sure cure for SAD. Wasn't that fortunate?

    The one and only thing I love about February is that, toward the end of the month, you can actually SEE the incremental increases in minutes of daylight from one day to the next. Which means only one thing: there will be a Spring, even this year, and nobody can stop it.

  7. Yeah...early spring. I suppose a girl can dream! That high pressure over Greenland must be what has reduced the snow in these parts. Won't here me complain.