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  1. Places that decoupled were quite different. Low was about 14 here (haven't checked the max-min) after slipping 5° between 5:15 and 6:45. PQI was well below zero.
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    February 2019 Discussion I

    Stephen Long's book "Thirty Eight: The Hurricane that Transformed New England" goes into considerable detail on tree damage and salvage, with white pine front and center. Grows fast and tall, wood is brittle, the one species that commonly projects well above the general crown level - no surprise it does poorly when the gusts pass 50 mph.
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    February 2019 Discussion I

    That's for I cm depth, not 1". Gotta cube that 2.54 cm/inch, not square it. Morning map from GYX shows our area at 5" (90%); 7" (expected); 13" (10%) - big spread at the low prob end, still some p-type questions.
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    NNE Winter Thread

    Been there done that. Best example was the big snowpack season in my next to last year in Fort Kent. An 18" dump (in 9 hr) in early Feb briefly buried my 61" stake, convincing me to jury-rig an extension. Then a 2-week thaw drew the pack down to 35". The 26.5" event in mid-March (biggest snow I've experienced anywhere) reached 65" on the extension. With normal late Feb wx we'd have entered March with 60"+ rather than 35 - just imagine. (And the 80" I measured near Maine's northern tip on 3/15 might've been triple digits.)
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    February 2019 Discussion I

    GYX - afternoon AFD talked widespread advisory gusts, though it's way too early for headlines.
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    WAA Snow/Mix/Obs Weds-Thurs 02/20-02/21

    Terrible, isn't it. Also missed a couple days in October 1985 as we moved from Fort Kent to Gardiner - meh mid-autumn wx with no precip, ho hum. Sun coming thru thin clouds in Augusta, and melting what fell (<1") after the plows went thru about 7 AM.
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    February 2019 Discussion I

    Warning criteria - wouldn't that be unexpectedly nice? Not confident it works out that way, more likely advisory snow to mix'n'mess, but still a pack builder.
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    WAA Snow/Mix/Obs Weds-Thurs 02/20-02/21

    Fortunately, we're in the woods so major drifting isn't common - pi-day 2017 was an exception. Another disadvantage of the 2x4 is that even light winds can pile snow a bit against the marked side, and moist snow will stick to the paint more than to PVC. Was an issue with the 24.5" dump of Feb. 22-23, 2009. I know the depth got to over 50", at least briefly, but couldn't read the numbers until several hours later when it had settled to 49, still deepest I've had here.
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    February 2019 Discussion I

    Family in SNJ may see mid-upper 60s; we won't see 40 and may be plowing siggy snow.
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    WAA Snow/Mix/Obs Weds-Thurs 02/20-02/21

    I liked the wider board, to allow sufficient stripe-stagger so I could distinguish among the 3",6", and 9" marks. Plus I'm a cheapskate. Snow briefly to moderate in Augusta, but the sun is clearly visible thru the clouds, so it's the last gasp here. Echoes gone at home 1/2 hour ago, and I suspect the sun/warmth will melt off the board before I get home, but the bucket will probably still have the after-6:30 snow un-melted.
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    WAA Snow/Mix/Obs Weds-Thurs 02/20-02/21

    Homemade, from a common 2x4, pointed at the bottom (chainsaw), painted white, then with the staggered black stripes so I can determine depth to the nearest inch from about 20 yards away. This past fall I re-painted it for the 2nd time since making it for the 1977-78 season. (Had a crude affair made from a rough old 1x8 board for 76-77, upgraded for the following year.) I drive a taller stick into the ground right behind the stake and tie the 2 together to ensure the stake remains vertical until freeze-up. Early snow caught me this fall, and I didn't get the stake in place until the depth was already 8-9". Most years upon melt-off, I find the ground has settled an inch in relation to the stake (even though I usually stomp the ground around the base - except this season) , so my late winter readings are probably a bit conservative. Thanks to all for the nice comments about the cabin. We've never been able to have a nice waterfront camp, so this is our substitute. It came with 40 acres of recently cutover land, and a year later we bought the 40 acre lot next to it, which gave us the full perimeter of a +/-15-acre beaver flowage - empty since 2011. It was the first place we'd walked through (2-3 days after Christmas 1996) when looking to move from Gardiner to someplace closer to my (then) office in Farmington, but were a bit put off by the tiny impractical bathroom. By January of 1998 we'd done drive-bys on well over 100 places and had showings at a couple dozen, when we said "What about that cabin in New Sharon?" Had a 2nd showing, decided we could fix the bathroom issue, and moved in on May 15th, though I didn't get the instruments in place until the 17th. We'd had closings on the 15th for both the Gardiner and New Sharon places, were moving stuff (that wouldn't fit in the van we'd hired) until near midnight on the 1st really warm day (mid 80s) of the year, and slept very soundly that night. Sept. of that year we enlarged the bathroom by "stealing" 3 feet from the adjacent bedroom, which became our computer/office room.
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    WAA Snow/Mix/Obs Weds-Thurs 02/20-02/21

    Had 3.5" at 6:30 with SN-, and saw some halfway decent flakes at 5 when it was mod/hvy. Actually a decent ratio, 0.27" LE for 13:1, easily best of season for a 3"+ event. Still SN- here in Augusta and some echoes over home area, so we may reach 4" there. Nice little event - roads snow-covered until we passed Belgrade town hall, at which point it was a wet 2-track with some slop between tracks; more salt there, I guess. On Mile Hill got behind a Kia Soul which was behind the plow, and noted that the car wasn't even keeping up with the truck. Got past both safely and had 10 miles of "free" travel before getting stuck in a long line, which was moving 40-45, so not tragic.
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    WAA Snow/Mix/Obs Weds-Thurs 02/20-02/21

    Snow stake at 43", would reach 47 by storm's end, tops for 16-17. The 4-foot level is at the bottom of the full-width stripe, stripes 1" wide and 2" apart. (Had to send in 2 messages due to incompetence - haven't figured how to compact images.)
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    WAA Snow/Mix/Obs Weds-Thurs 02/20-02/21

    Assuming this works, it's a pic of the house taken 2/13/17, toward the end of a 21" dump.
  15. Glad to hear it. The grandkids in Monroeville love snow.
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