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  • Birthday 03/10/1946

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    New Sharon, Maine
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  1. lol, but Subaru is about the last brand I'd expect to see tricked out like that - a rather dull but practical machine for places where it snows a lot. Irony?
  2. "Keep right except to pass" signs aren't all that infrequent along the interstates. What sometimes bugs me, most commonly on 495 in Mass where I'm often in the middle lane of 3 due to occasional slowpokes in the right, is folks who - when the choice is equal - pass on my right. I think it's about 4 of 5, especially from Lowell north.
  3. Condensation of exhaust from the construction equipment east of city center? That I-84 rebuild has been going on since shortly after Henry Ford patented his first automobile.
  4. Found 3 winters, though my records begin in 1920 (I think there are city records 40+ years older) and are missing about 10 years late 20s-early 30s. Two others showed up in the sort, but were short periods of recording depth to the tenth inch w/o the decimal. Tops is 55" in 1923, but their January depths look suspicious. They recorded 44.8" during that month's first 16 days, and depth climbed from 10" to 55". Temp never topped 32 during that time, but zero compaction? A low 40s peak would seem more defensible. Next is 1920, topping out at 49" and without as much uncompactable snowfall. Most recently, they reached 40" in Dec 1970, in their snowiest winter on record (141.5") but never got back that deep. Their record storm, 31.9" in Feb 2013, was just the opposite of the 1923 depths, with the pack never exceeding 21".
  5. Nearly all trees do best in deep, well drained fertile soils. However, one finds them where they are able to compete, first for sunlight and then for water and nutrients. Tamarack needs full sun, and that's rarely available on the fertile sites but common in wetlands. Give it the lead on good site and it will hold on to it. Oak tolerates dry times better than most other hardwoods. It's also mid-tolerant of shade, fast growing, and long lived, a combo that often allows it to dominate, at least from southern Maine southward. Sugar maple and beech are very tolerant of shade, and can seed in beneath less shade-tolerant species and eventually take over.
  6. I've seen red oaks that go straight to brown - the 20" by 80 ft specimen near the house is one - and others with a subdued but nice auburn. White oaks can add some purplish, and if you have some pin oak a bright red is likely. (Pin oak also has abundant horizontal, or even a bit downward, branches. Not native to Maine but often planted as a street tree.) Except for that one oak, which still has most of its leaves, it's 90% sticks at my place.
  7. When I lived in the back settlement in Ft. Kent, there were numerous mornings when our office next to the St. John would be 15F colder than home - 450' lower but only 2 miles distant. If the cone burner at the cedar mill across in CA had a layer of smoke 100 yards or so above, I knew the inversion was working.
  8. Berlin reported 56" from the Nov. 1943 paste bomb. Once there's that much snow, 56 is "around 50".
  9. 2nd autumn in N. Maine this week, with aspens in full colors. Maples and birches 75% leaf drop there, but with the odd maple still standing out like a flashbulb. (dating myself)
  10. 34.5" IIRC. We were in SC during that storm, which was heavy enough to wreck the struts supporting the Tonneau cover on my pickup sitting in our driveway. Friends said it was barely accumulating under 500' until late aft, when the rate picked up. Only 15" for Farmington, but they got another 18" on 3/30-31 to put the depth at 48", tallest they've measured so late in the season - also snowiest March on record with 58.3". We had a winter harvest on the Redington Public Lot, maybe 5 miles SSW from the 'Loaf. The final load of timber squeezed thru the narrow stretch where the AT was crossed just as the intensity really cranked. That whole job was at elev. 2300-2800, so I would not be surprised at 40"+ from that storm (with no one there to measure.)
  11. Another dry CF, temp dropped 8F between 5:30 and 7 this AM. Glad Nate dropped in last week, as we've had only yesterday's "T" since, and not much on the horizon.
  12. Did not work well in Ft. Kent. In fall 1982 I saw nests 12' up a tree, and later saw the grass after a mid-January thaw. Next year the only nests I saw were about 6" off the ground, and had been mostly destroyed by skunks. That was followed by the winter when my 61" snow stake was overtopped. In late summer of 1985 I encountered (safely) perhaps the biggest hornets' nest I'd ever seen, in a young birch tree. The nest was so heavy that the poor sapling was bent over like a croquet wicket - I guess each new generation of hornets was reducing the snowfall forecast.
  13. Oh well, another two years for that - Waterbury might get done before that. We crossed it headed north after our Norway trip, just a week before any civilian traffic was allowed.
  14. I think I-84 just east of Waterbury is finishing its 3rd year of construction delays, about as long as building the new Tappan Zee bridge (except the latter is fully open.) At least it's not like some NNJ events back when I lived there - repainting the centerline 2-3 weeks before resurfacing the road. Mid 20s at the frost pocket this AM, bringing down showers of leaves despite no wind. Frost was still firm on the pickup roof when I left the house just before 9 AM.
  15. I think you'll wait a long time, unless CNH gets an April version of the Octobomb. Farmington's 36.1" that month is just over a foot more than in its other 124 Aprils of record. We were just discussing snowfall at the office, and I noticed a disturbing trend in xmACIS At GYX since I moved here the April snowfall amounts have been 0.2", 0.6", 1.2", 3.0", 5.2" and 11.0" All about location - my totals for those years: T, 1.4", 2.0", 5.8", 1.0", 5.3" - was too far north the past 2 Aprils. Irony. My April average is 5.0" but the median is 2.0". Top 3: 37.2" (2007), 15.6" (2011), 6.2" (2000); at the bottom are 3 years (1999, 2009, 2012) with 10 "T" among them. re: Eek's tropical - A former co-worker had a banana plant at his home a few miles west of CAR, and did the drag-in/drag-out exercise. After several fruitless years, he left it out to its inevitable fate. (His lemon tree produced fruit, however.)