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  1. This air quality map really shows how bad the fires are out west.
  2. Believe it or not, when you hear a pop, it is a fuse blowing on a pole and not a transformer. Also, the momentary interruptions you see are devices on the line that attempt to clear a fault. Generally, a recloser or substation breaker will operate three times before locking out. If a branch falls and causes a fault then falls to the ground, power will be restored automatically. If it remains remains on the line, then the device will lock out and require manual intervention once the repairs have been made.
  3. My next door neighbor has had a well driller pounding away for two days now. No water yet. I hope mine holds out, it’s over 500’ deep already.
  4. Who would have thought snow in May then a thunderstorm with hail two days later. Add it to the list of 2020 oddities...
  5. Surprising to see PM 2.5 at ”1” at the area reporting stations today. I think the lowest I’ve ever seen was 20 or so. Pretty incredible. Bunch of articles online about better air quality around the globe with all the decreased activity due to Coronavirus. Took the day to go for a hike on Schunnemunk Mountain. Got 8 miles in. No Corona up there! Hope everyone is staying healthy.
  6. Thanks @gravitylover! Been poking around since 2010 but don’t post much. Always on here though when winter comes around. Enjoy the snowpack!
  7. Still pouring snow. Had the power bump off for a few seconds then saw the sky light up when a fuse blew. Luckily came back on. Here we go!
  8. Just measured 7” in Cornwall including yesterday’s glacier layer. Tail end of this storm is surprising to the upside, moderate rates with radar showing at least a couple more hours of incoming. Getting nervous with the tree branches though. I lost a small white pine in the front garden, snapped in half. And I have a large Japanese Maple still with leaves on it. I went out with a 20’ pole to knock the snow off the branches. I’m sure there’ll be some damage in the morning.
  9. Sleet/Graupel/Freezing Rain mix @ 22 degrees in Cornwall. Roads will be slick quickly at these temps.
  10. Moderate sleet in New Windsor. Lowest temperature of the event... 20.1 and still slowly dropping. Odd storm to say the least.
  11. 2” OTG. Down to 22.1. Still cooling steadily.
  12. About an inch on the ground near SWF with moderate snow. Temp has dropped 7.4 degrees since 5pm. Down to 23.7. Hoping the trend continues.
  13. After some exhaustive research, I found the most reliable and recommended brands to be Toro and Ariens. I ended up with a Toro PowerMax HD 1028 OXHE in December. Looks like I’ll finally be able to use it! Two good websites: and Both offer free shipping and no tax. They’re both cheaper than the local dealers. Good luck shopping!
  14. He must be working on the hospital expansion. Cool shot!