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About tamarack

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    New Sharon, Maine
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  1. Nearing the 2nd half of Meteorological winter:

    Sure doesn't feel like it when you're up there. (Chris' comment about Chimney Pond) IIRC, Jay Peak's obs location is at 1,875', and your contour map puts Chimney at about 2,900. In Dec 2003 Jay Peak recorded 144"; can't recall what, if any, pack they had going into the month. I've never been to either Chimney or Horns; I've been told those are the two most heavily used (by number of people) hike-in camping areas in Maine, but both are well designed to handle the numbers while maintaining the experience.
  2. Nearing the 2nd half of Meteorological winter:

    How much after the April Fools monster? That one dodged east in the day before arrival, otherwise it would've brought the 48" depth on 3/31 up to a pretty respectable pack. Didn't St. johns get something like 500 cm that winter?
  3. Nearing the 2nd half of Meteorological winter:

    I'd rule out Chimney Pond as "non-mountain"; it's more than a thousand feet higher than the obs location at Jay Peak. (Are any depth records kept at either of those 2 places?)
  4. Nearing the 2nd half of Meteorological winter:

    Farmington reached 84" by the end of that 43" storm. 2nd is 56" twice, in 1971 and 1993. In '93 they had "T" in late Jan, then got 51" in Feb and 46" in March, touching 56 in mid month. Outside of Pinkham Notch, which built up to 164" at the end of getting 77" in the late Feb 1969 dump, I've not found a non-mountain pack in New England taller than that 84". (Mansfield and Jay have each topped 100".) Closest to 84 might be Downeast Maine in 2015. Edit: Those monster dumps in 1969 were indeed from the hundred hour storm. Pinkham measured something like 21"/24.5"/27"/4.5" over its 4 days.
  5. NNE Winter Thread

    Top couple inches very sticky at noontime today, heavy heavy snowshoes. (Even heavier with a 50 lb dog standing on the tails.) Crust was occasionally breakable, too - not as nice hoofing as I'd hoped, but still a good time in the woods.
  6. Nearing the 2nd half of Meteorological winter:

    Probably for a few hours on 2/23/09, immediately after 24.5" landed atop a solid 27" pack, but by my 9 PM obs time it was down to 49", still my highest bs here. Ft. Kent gGot up to 54" in early March 1977. Touched 60" for a few hours in early Feb 1984 and 6 days 50+ before a two week thaw chopped it to 36" by late month. Then the 26.5" atop 42" pack on 3/14-15 brought it to 65", tallest I've seen.
  7. Nearing the 2nd half of Meteorological winter:

    Over-40 snowpacks here, with peaks: Mar-Apr 2001: 48" Feb-Mar 2008: 48" Feb. 2009: 49" (briefly. Down to 43" a day later) Mar. 2014: 43" Feb. 2017: 47" Tops this year: 24", current: 10"
  8. FIXED - My Favorite Forgotten Storm

    In 1982 the Yanks' home opener was snowed out. Game time conditions: 25°, SN+, 6" new. It's about the only true-powder April event I find in NYC records, certainly the coldest for significant April accum. Also the best bust I'll ever witness. Late evening on 4/6, the CAR forecast added "flurries" to the earlier 20s/windy for the 7th. Less than 3 hours later we had SN+ in Ft. Kent. The 26.3" at CAR was a new 24-hr snowfall record (since broken) and while I only "measured" 17.0" at home (winds gusting 50+ make measuring a mockery), that storm created the biggest drifts ever in my yard. Our black Chevette was totally buried, not even a bump showing, just a small patch of dark on its lee side.
  9. Nearing the 2nd half of Meteorological winter:

    Kinda meh here, more a flurry than a squall - some moderate flakiness and a tenth or three, but essentially no wind. GFS is your ordinary cutter with rain to the border, given how bad the Euro has been I wish it had more support GFS remains stuck in a cooldown-cutter-cooldown-cutter-cooldown-cutter rut, right thru day 16.
  10. I see the boldfaced sentence as overly optimistic, at the very least. The biggies in the illicit drug trade are, as a species, businessmen - of a particularly ruthless sort but still businessmen. If the federal government were to legalize recreational marijuana use, as one example, the drug lords won't try to compete with city hall; neither will they walk away from their money machine. They'll do what other, less shady, businesses do when faced with intense competition - find a different product, a niche market, be imaginative. If marijuana/cocaine/heroin become legal, maybe specialize in fentanol, bath salts, some mind-altering chemical beyond my imagination. At what point of self-destructive substance should the government stop legalizing? The line between restriction of some freedom and protecting citizens is never hard and fast. That's why we have speed limits, so some doofus with a 'Vette doesn't lose control at 160 mph and annihilate a whole family as well as himself. With billions of tax revenue at stake and at their fingertips, they will find a way. Billions? I think you have Maine confused with California. The proposed (and failed) legislation to regulate rec sales included 20% total taxes on the product. By the time the state has reaped a billion dollars, every eligible (21+) citizen of Maine will have had to purchased at least $5,000 of marijuana. I'm ignorant of prices and amounts generally used, but wonder how long one could stay high on 5 grand. (And somebody would have to add my share to theirs. )
  11. If the legislature and governor can figure out how to unscramble the mess of the clumsily written referendum that was passed. Might not be all that soon.
  12. Nearing the 2nd half of Meteorological winter:

    In ice's defense, 5 of the last 8 Marches have been putrid for snow at BDL, ranging from T to 2.9" (LT avg is 8.7".) They were about average in 2013 and 2015 and shared in the 3/14 blizzard (Their 19.1" total for the month was a bit more than at my Maine locale), but getting 2.7" total for 2010-12, BDL's worst 3-year run in their March records, isn't inspiring.
  13. Nearing the 2nd half of Meteorological winter:

    Maybe for the banana belt. On average here, we reach 50% of season-total snowfall on Jan 31/Feb 1. (With much variation - in 05-06 85% came before February. The next winter 80% came Feb 1 on.)
  14. Obs Thread 1/15-17

    That's okay. I still remember March 2014 when points not far to my south got messy advisory snows while we had 13-14" here, twice.
  15. Obs Thread 1/15-17

    But climo suggests it ought to be closer to LEW than Farmington.