Saturday, July 23, 2011

Now This Is Winter! (3)

In part 2, I gave everyone just a general overview of how bad the snow was this past January and February. This week's post will give everyone a good specific idea on just how bad it really was, mostly because these were taking during the bright sunshiny morning and afternoon. Nothing like a little bit of light to really bring out the ugliness of Mother Nature. Sort of like when someone uses black and white for dramatic and emotional photos instead of color.

This was taken from my shoveled out sidewalk. That shrub in the background and the tree in the foreground should give you a good idea of how deep the snow was in the front yard. Well that, and the buried car in the background.

If that didn't do the trick, then this shoveled out path (done by yours truly and not by my lazy ass son) should be a better example. The top of the wall that you see on the left is about two and a half feet from the ground. The hump that you see with the little opening in the foreground is actually a buried bush some three feet in height.

I was very fortunate to have a neighbor of mine help me with the driveway. I had shoveled down to the back end of my car before he came over with his snow blower, and together we finished out the driveway. The snowbanks are courtesy of the town plows. And just to give you a basic idea on how crappy the plowing was due to being smacked by back-to-back-to-back-back snowstorms (seriously, I am not exaggerating on the amount of snowstorms), where you see the last of the car shadow is about where the actual end of the driveway is. And you can definitely see how deep the snow is in the front yard, just by looking at the tree.

Because we got smacked sooooooo bad by the multiple snowstorms, it became virtually impossible to make a right turn from my street to Mountain Road for about a month. The multiple snowstorms basically forced the town to put the snow wherever they were able to find a spot for it. Thus, it got put on the corner of our yard, which is where stop sign is.

Think I'm fooling about the depth of the snow at the corner of my yard? The snowbank on the right is the same one in the previous pic. Mountain Road literally became a true one car road. If two cars were coming towards each other, whoever was closest to one of the side streets would stop about several feet from the side street and wait for the other car to pull over on the side street in order to let them pass. From this section of the road, there are only three other side streets. Out of those three, only two were used for this maneuver. The third was the road just before the multi-photographed concrete barrier and had a hill that absolutely ate up cars in this kind of weather.
About the only pretty things that you'll find in this entire series (besides Holly my cat) are the snow covered trees. Everything else just shows off Mother Nature at her worst.


  1. Wow now that's what I call snow! You cracked me up about your son. So he's not too keen on helping Dad shovel snow then? :D

  2. Joe: My 10 year old daughter has help me more with shoveling snow than my son has. Five minutes worth of work and suddenly he's tuckered out for the next hour or so.

  3. You guys have just had super extreme weather this year, haven't you?

  4. R: This year has been a bad exception to the rule.

    We usually get mild snowstorms by the time January rolls around, but last year we had a pretty dry summer, which meant we were gonna get socked with a lot snow.

    However, getting socked with 150 inches was major overkill.

  5. I made myself sick in the heat this afternoon, so that actually looks pretty good right now!

  6. Mama Z: Yeah, been having the same problem out here. Temps in the 90's with high humidty since Wednesday and today was supposed to be the pick of the weekend.

    But it sure does feel good to look at. :D

  7. That snow is about as thick as mosquitoes down here in the summer.

  8. Charles: That snow crippled traffic in the city for weeks afterwards. You just couldn't drive in it, shovel it, plow it or dispose of it.

    And yeah, you ain't kidding. I think I would take your mosquitoes over this quantity of snow any day of the week.


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