Blizzard in Acadia!
A Blizzard Warning remains in effect until 7 PM EST this evening.
* Precipitation type… snow
* accumulations… 8 to 12 inches with lower amounts along the
immediate coast and outer islands
* timing… through this evening
* temperatures… upper 20s inland to low 30s along the coast
* winds… sustained northeast winds 25 to 30 mph. Frequent gusts
of 40 to 45 mph across interior downeast areas… with gusts of
60 mph along the coast.
* Impacts… extreme impact. Heavy snow and strong winds will
create extremely hazardous traveling conditions. Blowing and
drifting snow will result in blizzard conditions.
CNN is abuzz with news of the great blizzard of ’10. New Jersey has 14 to 18 inches, New York City 13, and all their airports are closed. Here along the coast of Downeast Maine we have about 6″ so far, and it might change to rain before it’s all over. Across Frenchman Bay from our shore the sky has melted into the water in a luminescent gray void. My neighbors, new Florida transplants, are building a snowman. They tell me this is not something they could do in Florida, although their state has had some really cold temperatures lately.
Up and down the East coast it seems that temperatures are surprisingly uniform. This usually means that any weather systems coming up the coast dump most of their snow further south. By the time they get here, where we are brimming with all the necessary snow removal equipment and survival mentality, the show’s over. (I shouldn’t speak too soon, it’s still coming down).
By 5 PM today the snow will be over and our plow guy will have cleared our 1/4 mile long driveway. Our method of dealing with a Downeast blizzard is simple: stay put. Mainers are good at preparing for such an event. We watch the weather reports obsessively, hit the grocery stores the day before, stock up on batteries and generator fuel, save gallons of water in buckets and make sure the woodpile is dry and accessible. The vehicles of choice tend to be 4 wheel drive trucks or Subarus. We get by with front drive Hondas with snow tires. Our biggest challenge is usually our driveway.