Ah, ah! I stepped outside at 9:30 PM last night and saw one meteor - big and bright with a decent tail - heading from north to south. But then I noticed that while looking straight up, from about 2 or 3 degrees to the north the sky was overcast! Oh, oh! Those clouds just had to be slowly moving south. When I stepped back outside an hour later, completely overcast! But I didn’t mind too much as I didn’t plan on staying out for too long - it’s freaking cold out here! We’ve had wind advisories since the night before… really strong winds with high gusts that gave a wind chill effect of 16 degrees (F) colder than it actually was. The overnight low was 18F/-7.7C which felt like 2F/-16.6C and the daytime high was only 26F/-3C which felt like 10F/-12C. The only birds I saw flying today were a few crows and two blue jays. Even they were stopped in mid-air by the wind gusts and looked as though they were hovering. I watched a helicopter traveling south make a left turn to head toward Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The tail section was swinging a little to side as the gusts were hitting it. I was amazed at how many “choppers” were flying today in this wind. Crazy!
Since it turned overcast last night, the winds have died down to being mostly calm. The temperature is slowing rising. From 17F/-8C at 11:00 PM last night, it is now 20F/-6.6C at 3:27 AM. It’s actually not bad outside since the wind has left to bother someone else.
As for snow, we did receive another 3"/7.6 cm the day before (12th), but just before it ended, the temperature started climbing and the snow turned to drizzle. Snowblowers don’t work very well when the snow - as it gets packed - turns to slush. The chute plugged up after only moving one step. Cleaned it out and tried again… one step and plugged. Shut it off and got out the shovel. Now where’s the electric starter on this thing? The snow that “turns to slush as you touch it” was so heavy, I could only lift half a shovelful at a time. By the time I got halfway through my son’s driveway, I was down to 1/3 of a shovelful. My lower back was killing me as I looked around and said to myself, “just another 30 minutes and I’m done.” Oh wait! I still have to go down and do my own walks, two sets of steps and the driveway. I decided to let my driveway go as it is a stone driveway… just the apron is blacktop/asphalt. But after shoveling just the tall set of steps to my porch I gave up. Although I really wanted to clear everything before the arctic air mass swooped down on us for the remainder of the week - the high for the week is supposed to be 27F/-2.7C - so it didn’t turn to ice and remain there for the week or more, I just couldn’t do any more. I was done. And to make matters worse, Solo (one of my son’s dogs) chewed up one of my new insulated leather gloves! This would have been the first time wearing them!
Arriving back at my son’s house I noticed the temperature had shot up to 38F/3.3C by 2 PM. By 3 PM it started to drizzle, got a little foggy and the temperature began its drop. By 4 PM there was a steady light rain and dense fog. By 4 PM the temperature was already down to 24.7F/-4C! Overnight it dropped to 18.0F/-7.7C, but the wind chill made it feel like 2F.-16.6C! Everything is frozen and even the deck boards pop and snap when you walk on them! Sometimes they make “pops” on their own!