Thursday, January 01, 2009

What a Way to Start a New Year

It was downright chilly here--around 10ºF with 40 MPH winds. With those kind of conditions, sea smoke is common. Funny thing, we had just returned from Iceland where the temperature was more like 35º to 40ºF.



  • What was with the bright flashes in the sky and the flickering lights last night? I guess a transformer blew (Liquors said down by the beach) see anything?
    Janice on Cape Ann

    By Blogger J Brand, at 7:52 PM  

  • Janice,

    Good to hear from you. I didn't get all of the details, Ross Burton was in contact with the NSTAR folks that evening. We lost power here at a little past 9 PM, but it was very localized (most of the cove had power). At about 2:10 AM the power came back on for a few minutes (long enough to turn off the lights around the house that had been left on) and then when out. I though I saw a flash, but wasn't sure. When it went out at 2:10 AM, everything went out (my neighbors in the cove then lost their power). Power returned at about 4:10 AM.

    As you know, there was severe icing conditions that evening. I was at the Cape Ann Amateur Radio Assn meeting earlier and getting home was pretty dicey. There was a fire truck near Plum Cove beach that was pulled to the side of the road--I later learned that it was stuck because of the ice and there were no city sanders out. Later a state sander was commandeered at the Grant rotary to do Washington St to Lanesville, at least providing us with a lifeline for emergency services. I understand that a woman was stuck in her car for several hours in that area.

    I was at the L.E.A.P. meeting last night discussing the issue. This is another example of the need for a small community-based organization that can lend assistance when city services are unavailable. Given the financial situation of the City, it becomes all the more important that we take responsibility for ourselves and be prepared to help our neighbors in times of need.


    By Blogger Stan, at 7:15 AM  

  • Hi Stan and Co.
    It is always great to read the blogs just to have a touch of home. Winter in upstate NY has been icy, and filled with more snow than anybody here wants or cares for. Needless to say, it is motivation enough to cause many to become snow birds! (the big chickens!) Our fire place is a must on cold days and whenever the power decides to go out for several hours or days. I love watching the live web cam in all weather just to see the ocean. You are blessed. Breath in some good salt air for us and we hope to see you soon!
    Dona W.

    By Anonymous Dona W., at 4:11 PM  

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