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  1. wackymann

    Winter Begins Jan 20th AWT

    Thank you to everyone who responded - I guess I should start looking for a place to stay...
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    Winter Begins Jan 20th AWT

    Supposed to fly home from Italy on Sunday, landing in Boston around 10 PM. Is our flight likely to be canceled?
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    The King Regains its Throne

    Chelmsford is a mess. We lost power at 10:00 PM last night. Trees and power lines are down everywhere. We hit 2 different road blocks trying to get to work this morning, and then got a message that it was closed when we were halfway there. I don't expect to get power back for days...
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    Sunday's Screaming Southeaster

    Finally got power back late Wednesday afternoon. It was getting pretty cold in the house! On Tuesday evening, my generator's pull cord broke on the first pull, so I had to spend 2 hours finding a new rope and installing it in the dark.
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    Sunday's Screaming Southeaster

    Lost power in Chelmsford around 12:30 AM - interrupted me watching the World Series game. I'm guessing it will be at least a couple of days before we get power back after scanning the outage map. I will probably be firing up the generator tonight! I'm glad I fired it up and changed the oil a few months ago...
  6. I think the biggest lesson I learned from this eclipse is to just book the hotel room for 1 more night and stay put after the eclipse. It is much easier getting to an eclipse than getting out of it! It took us 6 hours to drive from Nashville to Louisville (about 175 miles). After that the traffic opened up, but we were so tired, we couldn't keep going very long and stopped at a hotel in Lafayette, IN around midnight. Traffic was fine the next morning.
  7. And here is my one and only attempt at the diamond ring photo JUST after totality ended...
  8. We had an amazing view in Hendersonville, TN! There were some scattered cumulus in the area. One random cloud completely covered the sun for a few minutes (about 20 minutes before totality), but that cloud moved on and we were totally in the clear the rest of the time! It was a very surreal feeling to look up at the sun and see a black disk. And Venus was so bright!! I told myself that I would just soak in the atmosphere and not worry about taking pictures during totality, but about a minute into totality I decided I needed to get a few pictures, so I took some hand-held shots of the corona. I'm glad I did - they actually came out way better than I expected they would! I know i can easily download photos that are way better, but these are MY photos of MY view haha
  9. Staying in Belleville tonight, driving to Nashville early Sunday morning... not sure where we will watch the eclipse, but our hotel is in Hendersonville. Worst case we just watch from there...
  10. I was hoping there would be a very clear target by now, but it still looks like a crap shoot across most of the country. I wish I could make it out to Oregon LOL.
  11. I'm still trying to decide between NE, MO, and TN. MO would be awesome because I have a brother near St Louis. But I want to head to the highest percentage chance of clear sky. We're flying out to Chicago this evening and then just winging it from there.
  12. Flying from Boston to Chicago Friday night (mostly because of the super cheap flight), and driving from there. First target choice is St Louis area (since my brother lives there). If that looks really bad, we will probably head for either Tennessee or Nebraska, whichever looks best.
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    The Blizzard of the Ides, 2017 ...observation time

    Nice storm in Merrimack Valley still snowing pretty hard and we have over a foot of snow in Chelmsford. Waiting for it to stop before we start snow blowing. We won't reach the 18 inches they predicted, but it's still our biggest storm of the year.
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    February 12/13 SWFE/Coastal Observations

    Power was out for about an hour and a half. Nice to have it back on!! We have about 8 inches of new snow on our driveway.
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    February 12/13 SWFE/Coastal Observations

    Just lost power in Chelmsford. Tried to come back on a few times, but no go.