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  1. 2 minutes ago, Whineminster said:

    Last similar one before 38 was the colonial hurricane.  These things only happen once every few hundred years. 

    Mother Nature:  "oh would you look at that!  It's only been 84 years, better cancel what I had in store for SNE.  Need to wait another hundred years. Drat."

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  2. 1 minute ago, Hazey said:

    SST's are above average even up this latitude. If there is ever a chance at breaking the Atlantic Canada all time low pressure, this is it.  

    Is Halifax/NS as woefully unprepared for a storm like this as New England is?

  3. 10 hours ago, STILL N OF PIKE said:

    What they need to do is stop putting people in drug court , where you go out relapse ...get thrown back in rehab where the state gets big bucks per “bed” then you f up at rehab wander through the streets till your next Major relapse incident and back to drug court . That isn’t working but those beds at the 20 rehab centers in Nashua are MINTING $$ . I know many acquaintances in Nashua (from the gym - where many rehab places give their people memberships ) in that situ and some get straight , many are on a merry go round . Either that or when you find a major dealer make a painful example of them , thou I don’t think the law allows that . 

    That's ugly, and obviously not doing anything to solve the issue.  Those for-profit rehab centers are not the solution and sound like they mostly exacerbate it.  I'm talking about non-profit detox (or outpatient) combined a long-term recovery facility or home.  We have one in Portland and it seems to work well.  There will always be people who cycle through, though, regardless of the setup.  Very few people are successful achieving recovery on their first attempt.

  4. 12 minutes ago, HIPPYVALLEY said:

    Heroin and opiates are everywhere.  It's more hidden in some cities than others but most big towns in New England and the Northeast in general have a problem that is not getting better.  A family that we are friends with, helped start the Franklin Co Opiod Task Force years ago, so I hear first hand about the problems in Massachusetts and beyond. 

    I was at a show in Hartford last month talking to a few Hartford cops about it.  They said kids from VT and NH can drive down to Hartford and get heroin for $5/bag and then flip it for twice that back home.  Even worse, because firearms access is much looser up North they trade guns for big packets of heroin to resell or use.

    The town I live in has worked very hard to come face to face with the problem and address the many challenges of stemming use, stopping supply chains and getting people help.  

    I think people are realizing this isn't a "poor person" issue - addiction impacts all walks of life.  And at this point, there is no stopping it - and it's clear now that you can't arrest your way out of it.  The best that can be done is having low-barrier support programs in place that offer help to those who are ready for it.  Although funding and staffing for these programs are difficult to come by.


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  5. 3 hours ago, powderfreak said:

    Nice meso-low swirl on radar just went south of Montreal and is now entering N.VT by Jay Peak.

    Harder to see on this regional radar but the path of that swirl looked to drop a lot of water.  Torrential rain in it.



    That's about to roll through here.  Would post the radar gif but it's barkin at me about size limits...https://weather.cod.edu/satrad/?parms=subregional-New_England-comp_radar-24-1-100-1&checked=map&colorbar=undefined


    58°F off a high of 80°F, 0.07" so far tonight.

  6. 2 hours ago, dendrite said:

    Clover can take a beating as well. And like you said, if you cut it frequently it'll struggle to flower. I just like to let it get long a couple of times for the bees and for it to drop new seed for the next year.

    I love it, wish it would take over more of my lawn than it already has.

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  7. 1 hour ago, Lava Rock said:

    I've checked recently for them and have not seen any, but will check this week. Would rather not put more chems down than necessary.

    Early fall is the better of the two times of year to apply, but if you don't have visible grub damage (or are only finding 1 or 2 if you dig up some sod), you don't need to apply.   Not chemicals, but I get what you're saying.  They're pricey, too.

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  8. 9 minutes ago, RUNNAWAYICEBERG said:

    Looks good. Some lawns can definitely get away with it. But around here I see some lawns during the growing season that would be brutal to let the kids run around in. Again, I don’t recommend nor like to use heavy chemicals but annual aerating and overseeding does wonders, and that’s natural. I’lll fertilize once in spring and once in the fall too because of the high weed infestation. 

    Thanks. And for sure, I see them too.  I think if you keep the growth short, it's not an issue with bees.   We also have a ton of other flowers outside the yard that keep the bees out of the play area, even when the white clover is in bloom.  I only made it 20 days or so into no-mow-May, because, yeah, that was NSFKids.

    Nothing wrong with aerating and overseeding, like you said, it's natural.  I can trace the drainage from this yard straight to the bay 3 miles away, so no chemicals here either.

  9. 23 hours ago, Damage In Tolland said:

    Sounds absolutely awful 


    20 hours ago, RUNNAWAYICEBERG said:

    Kids playing soccer while bees hover over a yard packed of dandelions tickling their shins just isn’t an appealing way to enjoy the property. I’m not one to advocate for heavy chemical use but a little yearly fertz, overseeding, and aeration…and the lawn is enjoyable. 

    Definitely awful.

    Lawn is plenty enjoyable without all that but I appreciate your concern.


  10. 1 hour ago, CoastalWx said:

    What is the cheapest way to overseed? Mow-->rake--> aerate-->seed?   Stein killed half my yard and I don't feel like taking out a HELOC for it.

    Cheapest way?  Let mother nature do it for you.  Don't do anything at all.

    After a few years it'll be a vibrant, natural, FREE, ecosystem of native and non-native "weeds" and grass.

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  11. On 9/3/2022 at 5:01 AM, moneypitmike said:

    Most of my lawn has come through the worst of the drought fine.  With the recent rains you'd never know it's been dry.


    There are a few patches that got really burned.  Any thoughts on  these areas?  Would you rake them out and reseed as if it were a spring clean-up?



    Pull the dead grass..  do the roots come with, or does it snap off at the surface?

  12. I've got hardware cloth for the primary veggie garden (for groundhogs) as well as for the coop (predators).  I had considered rat traps, but with chickens and children and songbirds I decided against to avoid any accidents.  

    They weren't a nuisance to my garden, but their tunneling was causing sinkholes to pop up dangerously close to the footing of my deck.  I was content coexisting with them until then.

  13. 53 minutes ago, CoastalWx said:

    Effing chipmunks are eating my tomatoes. Anybody have a good trick to repel them?

    Used as a last resort as I hate killing things unnecessarily, especially in this semi-humane manner...5 gallon bucket 3/4 full of water, handfull of sunflower seeds on top.  piece of scrap wood 2x4 as a ramp.  Check for bodies 1-2x a day, refill with seeds as needed.

  14. 59 minutes ago, dryslot said:

    We managed 0.45" last night, Nothing like what fell in SME.

    Managed to double my July/August to date total with 1.79" yesterday.  Needed it.  Not the 3-5" that fell in interior York but it's a dent in the Stein bucket nonetheless. 

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  15. 1 hour ago, powderfreak said:

    Just watched the whole radar loop since 6pm and it’s pretty impressive.  Love that stuff.  I don’t know how big one or two pixels are (a mile?) but rainfall does vary quite a bit locally on that product.  Big area of 2-4” pixels but narrow corridor of 5-7”. Probably never know for sure the max amount depending on station locations… but that’s a large footprint overall of heavy rain.

    On that image you posted I am between Cape Elizabeth and Portland, that blue/green zone and I'm over 2".  Very efficient rainfall this evening.




    2 minutes ago, TauntonBlizzard2013 said:

    So we are actually only spending about $800-$1000 dollars on propane a year, our system is pretty efficient as it’s a new house.

    Is a heat pump basically just a type of mini split?

    We're in the same boat.  Newer house, newer system, propane for 2400 sq, spend $1200 a year all-in on propane.  Even with the price we locked in at this year, we're looking at $1400 based on past usage.

    Looked at heat pump system, did the analysis, would not be worth the investment for heating because we're so efficient.  The only reason we would have gone for it would have been for cooling.  Much more efficient than running window units.  My local climo/house isn't that demanding on cooling, though, so ultimately we didn't get them.

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