Last Day of Aug. Already??

By: masshysteria , 13:54 GMT le 24 août 2011

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KEEPING TABS ON T/S KATIA AS SHE HEADS WNW TOWARDS THE EASTERN COASTLINES! HOPEFULLY, SHE'LL TRACK ALONG THE COLLECTIVE MAJORITY OF POINTS BELOW AND KEEP DIMINISHING AS SHE TURNS BACK OUT TO SEA!!



"LIKE SANDS THROUGH THE HOURGLASS, SO ARE THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES."

Together by den117, Posted Sat., 7-31-10, on WU'S Approved Photos

I just love this reposted pic (above) originally found in the Approved Photos section of WU last summer!! It's so reflective of the waning days of August and summer as a whole. Hopefully, those effected by T/S Irene's wrath can return to these more pleasingly placid and safer weather views before too long!

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WEDS., 08-31-11

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. Calm wind.





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Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. Calm wind.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming east between 4 and 7 mph.

Thursday Night: A slight chance of showers between 2am and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Light east wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63.

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34. NEwxguy
15:37 GMT le 31 août 2011
GM,Mass,what a week after Irene goes by,she really drew in some nice sparkling weather.Katia out there,but all signs point out to sea,but still watching as she gets in an area,where it makes people nervous.Bermuda may have to watch out for this one.
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33. masshysteria
15:08 GMT le 31 août 2011
Good Morning Everyone!

We have another beautiful day on tap this last remaining day of August and the forecast looks to hold up rather well throughout the remainder of the week well into most of the Labor Day weekend!! It's a such a blessing that the Northeast has continued to remain sunny, warm and dry as utility crews across this State and others continue to work long days, post Irene, to restore power to those still without!

I'm encouraged again to see that T/S Katia's esemble models continue to show daily improvement; with a majority of her tracks pointing far enough away from the East Coast while heading Northeast towards parts of Canada. I'm sure none of us, at this point, want to end summer with yet another ravaging bang!

New ~ Those Irene-effected Vermonters have certainly shown us what hearty, determined stuff they're made of. It's amazing what one can do when having to face one's survival head on! I'm glad to have learned that FEMA and National Guard troops have begun to drop (by helicopter) much needed food and medical supplies needed by those communities or homes that became stranded by washed out roads and highways. Those who hiked many miles for help seemed resiliant and determined, but then again, what would have been the alternative? It will take some time, but most citizens and companies seem determined to recover from this devastation.

(((Jus))) ~ Love that gorgeously bloomed rose you unexpectedly found and pictured in your yard below!! It's the perfect symbolic gesture or metaphor for many of us right now! Hopefully, all of us will continue to weather out the remainder of this challenging summer and enter fall in full bloom.
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32. juslivn
23:54 GMT le 30 août 2011
Low and behold, look what I found hurriedly passing by cleaning up the yard ;) I glanced, and stopped and grabbed my camera and thought of you :) These red roses have struggled all year, and now a perfect bloom. Thanks again for the comments. (Guess who has a second date? He brought her the NY times crossword puzzles on the first one. Work it, work it!!! shhhhhh, I'm not involved, lol, ;)

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31. NEwxguy
17:48 GMT le 30 août 2011
Hi,Mass,beautiful,and horrible stories from Vermont.They are in so much trouble up there,so much infrastructure has been destroyed.Many small towns have been cut off as roads have been washed away,and in rural areas,you don't have multiple roads to travel.
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30. masshysteria
16:47 GMT le 30 août 2011
Good Morning Pat, Pros and All!

Hubby and I are just about done picking up nine lawn bags full of fallen debris in the yard since T/S Irene swept by over the weekend. We still consider ourselves ever so fortunate to have received no real damage whatsoever to home and property!! It's still jaw-dropping to see so many pictures or scenes of many damaged or totally destroyed homes, etc. caused by large uprooted trees, limbs or from high water surges across some Mass. shorelines and along the entire Eastern Coast.

Hard to believe how Irene's punishing heavy rainfall caused Vermont, of all places, to have had complete homes, towns, villages, bridges, roads, etc. completely wiped out by raging floodwaters. Link to Huffingtonpost's: "HURRICANE IRENE LEAVES NEW ENGLAND HOMEOWNERS, TOWNS STRANDED" I don't even want to imagine what would have happened if Irene, for some curious reason, had ever remained a much stronger Cat. 1 in this region!! All of this really puts into greater perspective the effects, size and intensities tropical storms or hurricanes can have on our varying populations, topographies and withering infrastructures!

I'm nervously watching the ensemble models change daily as T/S Katia travels across the Atlantic towards the U.S. I certainly hope and pray that she will miraculously curve back out to sea, as the eastern shoreline and inland has already taken such an overwhelming beating. Some financial experts are already estimating Irene's financial costs to be approximately seven billion dollars. Looks like we'll be facing a lot of GOP political flack and obstructionism as well in trying to obtain it!!



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29. Proserpina
21:30 GMT le 29 août 2011
Mass, so glad that there is no major disaster in your area, and especially happy that you, hubby, and family are just fine. I have been thinking of you as I watch the news and all of the flooding in New England. Take care, stay well.
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28. Patrap
19:08 GMT le 29 août 2011
Thanx for the look back 6 years ago Mass.


Today is a day of Loss here, also a day of renewal and Hope.

Hope is a good thing, it shares with Faith, compassion and charity I believe.





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27. masshysteria
16:57 GMT le 29 août 2011
Good Afternoon All!

Just heard from my hubby that my parents-in-law's power is back on in Salem, NH, so he picked them up from B-I-L's and delivered the happy, appreciative twosome to their blessed domicile. Their property only sustained a few large broken tree limbs in the yard but no damage whatsoever to their home. WHEW! Thankfully, their park handles the upkeep of yards and removal of any such large fallen limbs.

This morning's sunny, crisp, early fall-like weather certainly belies yesterday's tropical storm conditions. It's almost like experiencing some sort of time warp. Thankfully, most of this week looks gloriously sunny, warm and dry which will assist many with any needed recovery efforts. I only hope that that our newly forecasted Labor Day weekend t'storms won't create further havoc to a still overly saturated ground.

I'm sadly reminded today on Patrap's blogsite, with the comments box presently disengaged, that this is the sixth anniversary of the historically devastating Hurricane Katrina. I can't forget the horrific scenes that eminated from NOLA just after or the debacles created by the previous Administration due, in large part, to the dismantling and defunding of FEMA for their own mal-interests and purposes!! So many more lives could have been spared and property salvaged if only they had the moral and intellectual capacity, at that time, to value humanity over their own personal, political and financial interests!!


(((EMMY))) ~ We sure miss your daily blogs, info. and levity on WU, but understandably, you've felt you've taken enough heat in more ways than one this summer. Glad that your actor-son and troup safely made it in and out of P'town before Irene tried to upstage them! It would be pretty hard to convincingly emote a good play while trying to hold up wind swept scenery on a leaky stage in soggy costumes. LOL!! Hope all went off without a hitch, and they were all well received by local critics and patrons alike!!

You, Pat and others effected by Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, etc. know all too well what a difference can be made when U.S. National/ State/Local govts. are cohesive, knowledgeable, expedient and place the safety of all its citizens first and foremost!!

Barefoot ~ So nice to hear from you again and thanks for your kind words! I realize that Oklahoma has been through much worse this summer between spring floods, tornadoes, scorching summer heatwaves, etc., etc. Hope the worst will be over soon and better weather and times will prevail upon you well before fall!

New ~ So glad to hear that you, too, escaped damage from T/S Irene! While watching the local news stations, yesterday, they mentioned that parts of Rt. 128 (major highway) in Waltham had to be shut down due to serious flooding. I immediately thought of you and wasn't sure how far reaching the effects would be for your area, since parts are located near a large dam and several streams. Hope your daughters' power lines will be restored in short shrift, as there are some customers with outages who must wait a full week!

(((OGal))) ~ I'm not sure just how badly Irene effected Peace in Chatham (on Cape Cod, MA). Her region did take it off the chin, especially, with massive flooding caused by high tides and storm surges along the coastline. I noticed she posted (on her WU site) that her power went out periodically, but she must either have a battery-powered laptop or the power's back on since she's seems to be posting short blurbs again. I'll need to double check. I sure hope this summer will end on a much higher note for everyone. It'll certainly take quite awhile to recover not only here, but nationwide, from so many weather related losses!

Mush ~ Thanks, good buddy, for your kind words and thoughts. We're all relieved that T/S Irene stayed more west than east while traveling through my area. I know full well it could've been a lot worse depending on where one lives in the Northeast!
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26. unclemush
16:14 GMT le 29 août 2011
Hi Glad you and New came through the storm OK!:)
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25. OGal
14:10 GMT le 29 août 2011



Mass so glad to hear that all is a ok at your house. I am wondering about Peace on Cape Cod. She has not posted yet. What a mess for the inland states way too much water and Tx would give anything just to have a little of it. Enjoy your day not listening to anyone tracking Irene. I know I will be glad if they just move on to 92 or soon to be Katia............and so the season moves on.
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24. NEwxguy
14:01 GMT le 29 août 2011
GM,Mass,glad to see you made it through,I did very well,didn't even lose power,in fact walking around our neighborhood,it doesn't even look like a storm came through,exept for leaves and twigs littered all over the place.Beautiful week ahead, two of my daughters are still without power.
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23. EmmyRose
13:57 GMT le 29 août 2011
PS Yes FEMA truly rocked this time around -
kudos to Obama also - nice when it all works out!
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22. Barefootontherocks
05:25 GMT le 29 août 2011
Good news, Mass.
Happy to read you and yours are relatively unscathed by this storm.
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21. EmmyRose
04:47 GMT le 29 août 2011
Mass - so grateful you fared well thru Irene
what a nail biter...son got out of P-town
just in time. His shows there were limited
but he thought the area very lovely. (pre-Irene)

Anyway, Irene sure wasn't very nice to NC or VA
and so much flooding in different areas of NY
and the NE! Vermont I see is having trouble from her.
21 people died too, that is so tragic.

If there is an upside to her, she's gonna help
finally break down our death ridge - FINALLY
what a summer of sheer hell for us
Today, another record breaking 107 degrees
yesterday, we topped 109 for a bit
those are temps NOT heat indices.
Thursday, we turn our eyes to the GOM as a
cute little caribbean cruiser will come and
hopefully, bring us a good soaking or two.
Let us pray.

So glad you made it through the storm.

Take care. Hope NEW made it thru also!
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20. masshysteria
00:56 GMT le 29 août 2011


Evening All!

Thanks so much for all your posts of concern and well wishes during this very challenging day for me and so many in the Northeast while we waited out this massive tropical storm; as well as, for all those living along and just inland of those effected East coastal states who received far more punishing winds and damage!!

I am so happy to report that our home and property continue to remain intact with only minor debris having fallen, i.e., small branches and leaves littering the entire yard. We're also thrilled that the power stayed on throughout the storm with only minor flickering occurring a couple of times. My brother-in-law, who lives a couple of streets over, lost his power around 11:00 am on his street due to a large fallen tree onto a power line. (This has been the case for many around here, in surrounding towns/cities, Boston, its 'burbs and across the State. Fortunately, he owns a very large professional generator which automatically converts once regular power goes out. My parents-in-law safely remained with him and his family overnight and will stay until their power's back on. Apparently, once winds had died down, my B-I-L drove my F-I-L to his home over the border into So. New Hampshire to find that he too had lost power. Since hubby's parents live in an elderly retirement park, hopefully, the power crews will tackle this area first.

While watching the local Boston newstations, it was reported to them, via phone by a National Grid Rep., that nearly 250,000 of their customers were without power and would have to wait, in some cases, up to a full week before restoration!!! Hope that's not the case for my brother-in-law, as National Grid serves this particular area.

Basically, it appears many of our MA coastal regions (Cape Cod and the Islands) and the Western portions of our State experienced the worst of it due to coincidal times of high tide and a full moon (Cape Cod) or tremendous flooding in (Western Mass.) due to already high rivers and streams. In one case, a large landslide occurred in a western MA town due to overly saturated ground and woodlands.

I truly give kudos to FEMA, MEMA and all local/state governments up and down the Eastern seaboard! Their coordinated efforts and early urgent warnings most probably spared many lives and quite possibly further resulting damage. It truly is better to go overboard with precautionary measures rather than risk what could have been another historically high fatality count. "An ounce of prevention is, most definitely [sic], worth a pound of cure."

Tomorrow and the rest of this week look absolutely spectacular around here with sunny skies, warm 80ish degree temps and low humidity. It'll certainly be appreciated by many businesses, homeowners, boatowners and utility work crews, etc. who need to assess and repair all damages. I know it'll certainly make our needed yardwork a much less daunting task.

Hope all of you are doing well, and glad to hear that Pros, Raindad, Koko and their home/property remained equally safe with their power soon restored. What a wild and wooley end to quite an unprecedented tumultuous summer season!

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19. AllyBama
00:37 GMT le 29 août 2011
YEA!!!...so glad that all is well with you. Hopefully Irene was good to you and you suffered no damage.
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18. juslivn
00:34 GMT le 29 août 2011
Yay! ok good. Have we heard from NEw? I guess he would have if it got bad eh? I'm encouraged. There is so much flooding though and some are suffering so. Our hearts are with them, but so glad you are doing fine.
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17. Proserpina
19:19 GMT le 28 août 2011
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16. Proserpina
19:01 GMT le 28 août 2011
May Irene treat you as gently as she treated me. Best wishes for a safe Irene visit.
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15. Bogon
18:58 GMT le 28 août 2011
Hi, Mass. Hope you're safe and dry.
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14. juslivn
14:37 GMT le 28 août 2011
Thinking of you and hubby, and hoping you will be safe. Please keep checking in from time to time if possible.
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13. masshysteria
14:48 GMT le 27 août 2011
Good Morning Shore and All!

Shore ~ Thanks for your current post and info. since catching up on my previous posts about the now deceased, but once persistently annoying. neighborhood skunk. Apparently, he didn't get the memo about supposedly being nocturnal nor to look both ways before crossing a busy street. I honestly had mixed emotions when it met its end, as it was a small one who seemed alone, abandoned and unable to draw upon more normal instincts. Nevertheless, hubby and I certainly don't miss the lingering odiferous scent or sudden home confinement it placed upon us and several others in the neighborhood!! LOL!

Regarding the Gogi Grant tune I posted yesterday, I grew up absolutely enamored with it and would sing or hum along every time it came on the ole am kitchen radio back in the late fifties/early sixties. I have a funny feeling that when all is said and done Irene-wise, I may be begrudgenly humming another favorite tune of yester-year, namely, "Baby, the Rain Must Fall", by Glen Yarborough. I'll never forget, somewhere in the early/mid sixties, just as I was attempting to help remove and pump out our very flooded finished basement (from a bad spring thaw), my mother decided to snap on our kitchen radio, while upstairs, just as this tune began to play!! We both doubled over laughing at the incredible coincidence and timeliness! Truthfully, though, I rather not relive those tender moments in a present-day setting after all is said and done with Hurricane Irene! Some memorable occasions should remain committed to just a fond distant memory! LOL!!





Currently, a calm, overcast pall has taken over from an earlier deceptively bright sunny sky. This morning's weather maps and models show Irene's vast girth spreading up through the mid-Atlantic coastline and stretching up to as many Northeastern coastal states as possible. It's disconcerting to see Irene vacillate again between an easterly and westerly direction because so much hinges on whether we'll receive more wind (if westerly) than heavy rainfall (if easterly) to an already overly saturated ground.

I truly feel for those living in the still tornado ravaged central portions of Mass. Sadly, this 20 plus mile long heavily wooded region still contains much debris from many felled trees and homes; not to mention, the many citizens living in temporary trailers as they slowly try to rebuild. A couple of local tv news station reporters interviewed a few of these people the other day, and they seemingly appeared a bit too cavalier, to me, about the severity and possible dangers this hurricane/tropical storm could cause, especially, if deciding to remain in their trailers. Hope that they'll come to their senses, quickly reconsider and weather out Irene in a much safer structure ... such as a sturdy evacuation center!!

Thankfully, hubby and I have gone through and checked off all the necessary items listed and required for full preparation of any/all hurricanes. Now, it's just a matter of watching and waiting to see what path Irene will take and how much steam she'll have left upon arrival. Hopefully, with enough time spent on land, she'll diminish with age!!








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12. shoreacres
04:34 GMT le 27 août 2011
Mass, that song by Gogi Grant is one of my favorites.

I know you're prepared, and it looks like it's not going to be worse than predicted, so there you are. I did see something on the main blog tonight that I thought I'd bring over in case you wanted to tuck it in your files for future reference. I missed commenting on Mr. Skunk, but did notice you had one roaming. If you just want to copy and paste this and then delete the comment that's fine. It's not exactly hurricane related and no, I didn't try and go back to find out how this got into the conversation!

Recipe for de-skunking a dog:

Need:

1 quart (or liter) of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, H2O2.
Use fresh (unopened) hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Hydrogen peroxide eventually turns into water (H2O).
1/4 cup (50 ml.) of Baking Soda
1 teaspoon (5 ml.) of Liquid Soap
1 pair of plastic or latex gloves

Method:

Combine the ingredients in an open container (do not store in a sealed bottle--it will explode).

Using gloves, wash your dog with lukewarm water and the mixture while the mixture is bubbling. Work the mixture well into the fur.

Be sure to concentrate on the area that was sprayed.
Keep mixture away from your dog's face and eyes (it's a harsh solution).

Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes or so before rinsing off.

Rinse the dog with lukewarm tap water. Don't wash the mixture into your dog's eyes (use a washcloth to cover the eyes if you're rinsing the head).

How it works:

Forget what you have heard about tomato juice--it doesn't work. Skunk spray is mainly composed of low molecular weight thiol compounds. ("Thiols" are compounds with the "-SH radical" attached to a carbon atom.)

In industrial applications, alkaline hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is used for scrubbing similar compounds from waste gas streams.

Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, when combined, become a "chemical engine" for churning out oxygen. That's why it has to be used immediately after mixing. The soap breaks up the oils in the skunk spray, allowing the other ingredients to do their work.

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This is the method groomers use. Good luck!
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11. masshysteria
22:05 GMT le 26 août 2011
Hopefully by Monday, all those who were in Irene's path and successfully made it through the storm, can return to the enjoyment of pleasant, non-threatening, end of summer days with much needed peace and tranquility! Thought I'd re-post a favorite pic, found last year on WU's approved photos site, that's the true essence of such!


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10. NEwxguy
20:45 GMT le 26 août 2011
Good luck this weekend Mass,hope you come through this unscathed.It will be a rough ride,but it could have been a lot lot worse,and maybe it will get even better.
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9. masshysteria
16:53 GMT le 25 août 2011
Good Afternoon All!

Thanks to all for your kind wishes and thoughts to those of us living through the eyes of Irene right now! I'm relieved that today's weather news brought about a downgrade in strength or back to a Category 1. For the most part, New England's hurricanes usually remain contained in this scale due to the increasingly chillier Atlantic waters found off of our northeastern shores, plus any landfall which generally helps slow down their speed. Unfortunately, it's the other related harmful effects (heavy rain, flooding, wind)and one's location to the coastline that's of greatest concern right now. The ferocity of a Cat 1's heavy rains and winds can easily compete with or beat one of our most severe Nor'Easters!!

Looks like we're about to be getting a small prelude to the weekend with some vicious pop-up t'storms currently heading our way. The winds are beginning to pick up and I can't or don't want to imagine what Sunday night might have in store. I'm hoping there's no crash, boom, bangs through any roofs now or later and everyone will remain safe and relatively sound!!

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8. juslivn
14:08 GMT le 25 août 2011
Quoting OGal:




Mass, everything sounds like it is in place at your house. The 90 year olds may be tougher to get to move then surviving the storm. Good luck and we will be watching too.


LOL

Big hugs Mass, yes, will be watching and with you all the way.
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6. unclemush
21:40 GMT le 24 août 2011
Hi Mass stay safe this weekend!:)
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5. OGal
20:47 GMT le 24 août 2011




Mass, everything sounds like it is in place at your house. The 90 year olds may be tougher to get to move then surviving the storm. Good luck and we will be watching too.
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4. masshysteria
16:29 GMT le 24 août 2011
Good Afternoon All!

It's been a very hectic few days around here with final touches and inspections done to our recent professional home renovation project. Now that all is said and done, (6 weeks!!!) the contractors, plumbers and electricians all did a thoroughly decent, albeit very time-consuming, job in ugrading our humble home. Wouldn't ya know, that just as they finally finished everything up, a possible hurricane is expected to arrive very late this Sunday? Hope we can get in a barbeque or two before storing the grill in our cellar. Fortunately, we keep all our outdoor furniture (table, chairs and a lounger) in our Florida room which has windows over the screens to crank completely closed. We tend to follow the "KISS" method (Keep It Simple, Sweetie)during the course of every season these days.

Yesterday, I was truly amazed that much of the East Coast experienced various sized tremors resulting from the 5.8 earthquake out of Virginia! If I hadn't been watching a local news channel just after 2:00 pm, I never would have known about it!! The last and only tremors I ever felt around here were minor while eminating from a 3 point something richter somewhere over the border in Canada in the late eighties. I've certainly got enough rattling around in my head right now than adding to it with a quake ... thank you very much. LOL! I'm grateful to hear, however, that no real serious harm came to citizens (some minor injuries); with only varying structural or property damage occurring near enough to the epicenter.

Regarding Hurricane Irene, well, at this point in our lives, hubby and I certainly know the full New England weather drill as we are old enough to consider ourselves quite seasoned or experienced storm veterans. On the up-side, at least it's not winter with below freezing temps and icicles hanging off of our roof!! A power outage, during these conditions, is quite overwhelming, to say the least! At least, if flooding occurs, we can test out our new replacement sump pump that's all hooked up and supposedly good to go. Hubby and I won't miss taking turns getting up in the middle of a very wet stormy night to possibly man the wet-dry vac in the basement!

Truthfully, the last documented full fledged hurricane (Bob) that I can recall to hit our shores, occurred twenty years ago, (in Aug. '91). It arrived here as a category 1 plus storm and, most thankfully for us, resulted in only one felled tree with a few other broken tree limbs in our then backyard. Most surprisingly, no power outages occurred to our specific area...just a periodic flickering of the lights. Hope and pray we can all make it through virtually unscathed as Irene seems intent on celebrating Hurricane Bob's 20th anniversary in a much bigger way!!

Naturally, our current chief concern is for my 90 yr old obstinantly independent in-laws who live in a large trailer and retirement park just over the border in New Hampshire. Hopefully, we can convince them to stay overnight either with us or, another trusted close family member. It would bring peace of mind to know they are in a more solidly resiliant structure. Believe you me, it's quite a tough sell getting them to rationalize or accept anything these days, but we must persevere for everyone's sake.

I'll do my best to keep you posted as the days progress, sinced hubby's keeping me hoppin' with concerns about getting things squared away post renovations and now pre-hurricane. We have plenty of batteries, lanterns, dry goods, spring water and a generator which hooks up to our electrical panel in the basement. After the ice-storm of Dec. 2008, we now leave nothing to chance!!!!

BE SAFE, WELL AND HAVE A GOOD DAY EVERYONE!





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Model Run Time: Fri Aug 26 2011 8:00 AM EDT
Date Position Pressure Winds
(UTC) Lat Lon in (mb) mph (kts)
1200 FRI AUG 26 30.0N 77.3W - 104 (90)
1500 FRI AUG 26 30.7N 77.3W 28 (946) 104 (90)
0000 SAT AUG 27 32.2N 77.1W - 104 (90)
1200 SAT AUG 27 34.4N 76.6W - 104 (90)
0000 SUN AUG 28 36.7N 75.6W - 98 (85)
1200 SUN AUG 28 39.5N 74.1W - 86 (75)
1200 MON AUG 29 47.5N 68.8W - 63 (55)
1200 TUE AUG 30 55.5N 57.0W - 46 (40)
1200 WED AUG 31 59.0N 38.0W - 46 (40)
About the OFCL model: NHC official forecast
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3. seflagamma
14:59 GMT le 24 août 2011
Hello Mass,

So how is this for a turn of events... your area could see Irene one of those once every 50 years events.

I know you are probably getting prepared to wait it out.. going to be long week and weekend for you New Englanders!

Good luck.. I will be watching as much as I can.
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2. OGal
14:44 GMT le 24 août 2011





This is just plain crazy. First you guys are bumped around and now you have a chance to join Dorothy in Oz. I don't get it. Is some one trying to get our attention. All kidding aside please get ready. As I have learned and I have been at this hurricane thing for 33 years here in Florida you never can be too ready. One little trick I learned is turn your air condtioner way low so incase you lose power for at least a couple of days you can make it without starting your generator. Ya now the next thing. if you don't have a generator get one. I think maybe there is still a chance this storm will move furter to the east. Got my fingers crossed for you and Beth on Cape Cod. Hunker down when you have to and stay safe, Try to keep us posted on what is going on in your area.
Hugs,
Sarah

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1. NEwxguy
14:24 GMT le 24 août 2011
GM,Mass,glad to see you,as all of us are,watching Irene.At this point,it doesn't look good,but we all know with tropical systems things can change quickly.
I started clearing the yard last night,and as the week goes on I'll have a better look at whether I should clear my entire deck.Still time to make that decision.Hope you are doing well my friend,lets hope and pray this suddenly turns out to sea.
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