Thursday, February 15, 2007


The flakes have stopped falling for the moment and we're slowly digging out. Officially we've gotten 16 inches, and it's a little difficult to know where to put all of it when trying to clear driveway and sidewalk. The snow in the backyard is level at approximately 2 inches below the bench on the picnic table out there. There is a path across the deck. Making that path meant that the snow on the rest of the deck is above knee height. I've been listening to snowblower motors for the last two days. It was a constant buzz yesterday. It's been a few years since we've had this much snow, and we're sort of out of practice in dealing with it.

The schools were out of snow days after the cold snap that dropped wind-chill temperatures below zero, and forced the schools to close. With this storm, days will have to be added in June to make up for days missed.

In the news was a twelve-year-old boy who was playing near the road, apparently tunneling into the piled up snow, when the snowplow went by and buried him. His mother couldn't get him out and had to call 911 for help. The boy was taken to the emergency room, but will be ok.

I woke up wondering if the snow was nearing the furnace exhaust pipe that exits the house a couple inches above the foundation blocks. Checked it and found there was no problem. I wonder how long it would take for someone to succumb if the pipe were blocked by snow?

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