New England has experienced two Nor'Easters in less than a week. The first was during astronomical high tide and affected 3 or 4 tides to devastating affect on the seacoast of several states. Parts of NY got 2+ FEET of snow. Boston experienced 80+ MPH gusts. Tens of thousands of people lost power for days. Yes, Mother Nature came in like a lion.
I was lucky and only got a bit of snow and a bit of wind. Nothing unmanageable and I never lost power. The second Nor'Easter came 5 days after the first one - starting Wednesday evening and winding down on Thursday. Some of the people that had lost power in the first storm, still didn't have power back by the time of the second. The forecasts were all over the place. Depending on the source, my area was to get 5-8", 8-14" or 18-24" of snow. The day before the second storm hit, Red-winged blackbirds massed in the trees behind the house. Here is a crappy phone picture on max zoom because my camera's battery was dead. Everything that appears to be a leaf is a bird. The racket was almost deafening.
I chose to work from home on Thursday as did many people I work with. By 5 AM I had the ramp cleared of roof dumpage and logged in to work for an hour before snow blowing (I was being nice to the neighbors). At 6 AM I grabbed the snow blower and started clearing the driveway. The snow was heavy and snow blowing was slow dealing with wet snow that liked to just pack and push instead of going into the blades. I had to do everything in first gear and even stopping and starting progress to get the snow to cooperate.
Usually I can accomplish all of the clean up with one tank of gas. However, this time I ran a tank out after only getting the driveway, parking pad and to the mailbox clear (clear is relative since it was still snowing). I also got about 2/3 of the path to the tent garage cleared.
After running out of gas I took a break then filled the tank again and started working on the paths. After 2 hours, my job was complete. Or so I thought until I opened the back door to throw out seed for the birds
Once I got the ramp cleared and fed the birds I got back to remoting in to work.
That afternoon I took pictures around the house
Those at the coast again suffered massive power outages, many are still out and the power companies are saying that they will have power back by tomorrow evening. Although the tides were not astronomical highs this time, the previous damage to the seawalls was bad enough that more damage to homes was sustained. Part of I-95 was shut down for 3 hours because of power lines down across the highway. Although my area got more snow, again I didn't not lose power.
And now a 3rd Nor'Easter looks to be in the works for Tuesday and Wednesday. We are paying for the mild February :O