Life Beyond Boating  l  Marblehead, Massachusetts

Getting Ready for the Next Big One . . .

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January 23-26, 2011

Sunday morning was greated with a fantastic sunrise -- and a forecast of Artic air plunging down toward us, record-breaking cold.  (Jan. 23, 2011)

After doing my "Squeaky Wheel" routine with Sears Warranty Repair Service, a repairman arrived on Tuesday morning (instead of "the best we can do is February 10th"), completely disassembled and near-rebuilt the snowblower.  (Jan. 25, 2011)

Everything this morning had a fine coating of frost, crystalline in effect.  (Jan. 26, 2011)

While it was magical-looking, another forecast for the next blizzard was upon us, the next storm due to start falling later today.  (Jan. 26, 2011)

The Boston Globe
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Arctic blast leaves many frozen in place
Travel stalls, shelters fill, but warming on way

By Eric Moskowitz

The coldest weather to strike Boston in six years wreaked havoc on commuters yesterday, freezing car batteries across the region and leaving thousands shivering in the bitter cold on exposed platforms as they waited for MBTA trains that either broke down or were stalled behind those that did.

An Arctic blast drove the officially recorded temperature down to minus 2 at Logan International Airport, minus 9 in Bedford, and minus 24 in the Franklin County town of Orange. Emergency responders said the region appeared to be spared death and serious injury. But hundreds called to seek heating assistance and other help coping with the extreme cold, and homeless shelters were over capacity.

Eleanor Vallier-Talbot, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton, said the minus 2 at Logan was the first sub-zero temperature in Boston in six years and matched the low of Jan. 22, 2005.

The mercury crept back above zero by midmorning and hit 10 at Logan in time for lunch. More normal January temperatures, highs in the 30s and lows in the 20s, are expected today and tomorrow, just in time for a predicted mix of snow, rain, and sleet, courtesy of a storm headed this way from the Gulf of Mexico....

At the National Weather Service’s Boston station, the low of minus-2 — which coincided with much of the morning commute, before climbing back to zero a little before 9 a.m. — was 11 degrees shy of the January record, which also came on Jan. 24, in 1882. At the observatory atop Blue Hill in Milton, the temperature dipped to minus-7, the lowest temperature since another minus-7 day in 2005, according to observer Robert Skilling; the last time it was colder was 2004, when it reached minus-12 on Jan. 16.

Chip Ahoy is still holding its own out alongside the house.  (Jan. 26, 2011)

Oh well, take one last look at all those cleared paths and appreciate -- I'll be doing them all over again tomorrow.

The hot water pipe in my house froze Sunday night. With the Arctic cold over the past couple of days, I drove down the hill to the town dock for a look at the harbor.

The ocean shoreside has frozen, but I've seen it worse. This sure is a different view from sailing season!

The Salem Power Plant across the harbor was being refueled by a coal freighter. Keep generating that power, guys!

Looking up the sanded Village Street hill toward my place at the top-left.

The Blazer parked, overlooking the dock and harbor.

The first snowflakes began falling at about 6:30 pm, just after I took this photo.  (Jan. 26, 2011)

It quickly began coming down hard. This was to be a big one.

The kitchen wood rack is stacked, a supply good for a couple of days if necessary. The stove is blazing away.  (Jan. 26, 2011)

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