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Craving Spring

 

caprese, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

After all the snow they has been dumped upon us, I am craving spring. As I look out my office window at the moment and witness soft white snow falling gracefully to the ground, I am reminded of how much I miss spring and summer. The winter white is beautiful in its own way, but I crave GREEN! About 8 more weeks of winter will descend upon us and we can look forward to a carpet of lush green to be rolled out in May. Only problem is…..”Can I wait the long?” How many more days til Spring? 🙂

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Absolute Cold

 

today, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Cold, dark and desolate today -15 degrees this morning with a -37 degree wind chill factor! That means COLD!

Often when it’s cold outside and the wind is blowing, it’s difficut to know how cold it will really feel just by finding out what the basic temperature is.   Some days feel colder than others when there is a wind blowing, even if the temperatures are the same, and taking the wind into account, you could feel much colder than the temperature itself.  This effect is known as the wind chill factor, a measure of the cooling effect of wind.  The rate at which a body loses heat increases due to the wind, so the air on a windy day feels cooler than the temperature indicated by a thermometer.  This heat loss can be calculated for various combinations of windspeed and air temperature and then converted to a windchill equivalent temperature (or wind chill factor).  Our handy little calculator below will instantly calculate the wind chill factor for you if you input the temperature and windspeed. Calculations are done using the new windchill formula which came into effect on 1st November 2001.

http://www.springfrog.com/weather/wind-chill.htm

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The Day After the Storm.

Well we all survived, but I’m not sure for how much longer. Another 26inches of snow dumped on us yesterday. Another snow day! There is no more room to put the snow. In other parts of the world they are experiencing serious droughts, and us? WE can’t get rid of these heinous snow storms! Snow, snow and more snow! I am so ready for spring.

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The weather is changing.

Cool days, and colder nights. Frost on the pumpkin. The scents of pumpkins and apples fill the air. Autumn is sure here now. The leaves are dropping, crunching sounds underfoot in the forest. Gardens harvested, wood piled for the winter. That’s right, but I’m headed to Kentucky on Thursday so maybe I can harvest a few more days of summer.

The word autumn comes from the Old French word autompne (automne in modern French), and was later normalized to the original Latin word autumnus. There are rare examples of its use as early as the 14th century, but it became common by the 16th century.

Before the 16th century, harvest was the term usually used to refer to the season. However as more people gradually moved from working the land to living in towns (especially those who could read and write, the only people whose use of language we now know), the word harvest lost its reference to the time of year and came to refer only to the actual activity of reaping, and fall, as well as autumn, began to replace it as a reference to the season. Wikipedia.com

Watch out in the woods, you never know who you may run into….the photo above is not me, but a lovable family member ready for Halloween!

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road closed, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Yes, what you see is right. When I went to bed last night I knew the water was rising due to yesterday’s heavy rains and snow melt. Over the last two weeks the temps have soared up into the 70’s and the snow has been melting nicely, but then it had to rain. So my basement is flooded and the sump pump ran all night. My yard is a mess with debris that floated into it it over night. In Maine we have, Winter, Flood Season, Mud Season , and Black Fly Season

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CARIBOU MAINE HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING FOR URBAN AREAS AND SMALL STREAMS IN… PENOBSCOT COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MAINE…

* UNTIL 400 PM EDT WEDNESDAY…

* AT 600 AM EDT…THE RECENT HEAVY RAINFALL HAS ENDED…HOWEVER SEVERAL AREAS CONTINUE TO REPORT FLOODED ROADWAYS EARLY THIS MORNING. MINOR ROAD FLOODING WAS REPORTED.

A FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR HAS BEEN REPORTED. STREAM RISES WILL BE SLOW AND FLASH FLOODING IS NOT EXPECTED. HOWEVER…ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS IMMEDIATELY.

MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. FLOOD WATERS ARE USUALLY DEEPER THAN THEY APPEAR. JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS MAKE THE SMART CHOICE…TURN AROUND…DON’T DROWN.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS SAFELY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.

I should have stayed in bed this morning!

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Has Spring Arrived?

spring sky, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Blue skies, what more could one ask for……

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The weekend has come and gone once more. Emma celebrated her third birthday in style as, of course, a pirate! She is a non-conformist by nature. The three hours trip south to the coast was long over due, but was hindered by recent said gallbladder attacks. Emma had a great time sharing her party with her family and friends for her third birthday. She definitely knows how to make someone smile!

So as life knows it things are changing. March is right around the corner and hopefully spring will be too, although tonight weather forecast is predicting 12-15 inches of snow, through tonight and tomorrow. I finally have an appointment to see as surgeon about my gallbladders issue. According, to my PCP, it has to come out. Infection and other disgusting things are brewing and causing pain, that can only be relieved by removal.

In the meantime we wait, we wait for spring and return to Italy, in the form of a two week trip. So I keep pressing forward and wondering when spring will make it’s appearance instead of weather like tonight!

…HEAVY SNOW WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 PM EST WEDNESDAY…

A HEAVY SNOW WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 PM EST WEDNESDAY.

OCCASIONAL SNOW CAN BE EXPECTED ACROSS THE REGION THROUGH THIS TODAY. ANY SNOW THAT FALLS TODAY WILL BE LIGHT WITH ACCUMULATIONS GENERALLY AN INCH OR LESS.

STEADIER SNOW IS EXPECTED TO OVERSPREAD THE REGION THIS AFTERNOON AND BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES TONIGHT AND INTO WEDNESDAY. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED TO OCCUR AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT…AND CONTINUE HEAVY AT TIMES THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE SNOW WILL BEGIN TO DIMINISH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 10 TO 15 INCHES ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE WARNING AREA THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

THIS STORM WILL HAVE A MODERATE IMPACT ON THE WARNING AREA. HEAVY SNOW WILL COVER ROADS AND REDUCE VISIBILITIES MAKING TRAVEL DIFFICULT AT TIMES. SOME BLOWING OR DRIFTING SNOW IS POSSIBLE LATER TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

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