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January 27, 2015

A Wonderful, winter whiteout (plus thundersnow!)…

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 9:46 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the blinding white blizzard conditioned island of Nantucket! Great to be back with you on this rather blustery morning, a Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 (losing power earlier, gladly rejoining the ‘broadcast’; coming to you LIVE at eight twenty-eight, from the snow and wind blasted Hyannis/Hyannis Port Waterfront(s), as you peruse “Pleasant Street Park” above and the white out conditions therein.  No boats going in or out of Hyannis Harbor anytime soon, going nowhere as you can clearly SEA, or not, as this little sand bar is being pounded this very moment with heavy snows, whipping up a frenzy with hurricane force winds.  At five a.m., before light, I witnessed lightening flashing in the distance as this epic storm makes land fall in a big way all up and down the rugged New England seaboard…

New York City dodged a bullet, as did Philadelphia, Hartford, with Fifth Avenue looking like a set from a future science fiction movie, or a past one, for that city has been shut down completely, including the New York Stock Exchange, major airports like JFK, Laguardia; essentially the whole of the New York metro area, a surreal scene much like the one in Atlanta only a few years back..

Moving north into Massachusetts, we have Boston’s Logan closed and the combination of over 6000 plus flights cancelled in these major metro areas is proving to be a travel nightmare for many all around the country; the flight cancellations causing ripple effects that can be felt as far as Europe and California, with the city expecting at least two feet before this thing wraps up sometime later on tonight.  At last report by NSTAR, 29,000 Massachusetts residents are now without power now, due mostly to the high winds all around the Bay State, with Nantucket clocking in at 78 m.p.h., although outside of my office window I would say the howl of that north wind may be clocking even higher as that storm intensifies for a few more hours, dumping up to 30 inches in the Worcester hills and towns like Milton, just south of Boston.

The mere fact that Mother Nature can grind a city like New York to a virtual halt is impressive, even if the forecast was off by a few hundred miles.  But erring on the side of caution is better than the converse of that statement.  Just ask the 1969 Mayor of New York, “…dat Lindsay guy, yeah, what an a$$hole! He’ll tell ya!” So we here at Sea Cape Cod applaud Mayor Bill De Blasio of New York for closing down the subway, Park Avenue and Wall Street, because you know that it is all your fault anyway, this misdiagnosis in the weather department!   And that goes for you too, Bill Karins of MSNBC! Your forecast has made people sit and read a book for a moment, unplug from their electronic device (don’t panic!), or take a walk in the five inches of snow and perhaps reflect on the FACT the earth IS getting warmer, even though that is counter-intuitive during a blizzard. We are with you Bill, be well!

A single weather event is much like a piece of clothing in one’s wardrobe; whereas the ‘climate’ is the whole wardrobe, as well as the house, the land and the planet it rest upon…

This recent exercise in caution when it comes to dangerous weather is only a warm up of what is to come. So it was a ‘good thing’ emergency crews are gaining experience with these storms of the century becoming more the norm than the exception.  So all you weather man haters out there–give Bill K. and his crew, as well as meteorologists everywhere, a break.  They are doing a bang up job and if only we gave them a little more funding, we might get that “European model” we always wanted, maybe for Christmas?

Have a pleasant day and if you had any plans to come to the Cape and Islands, I might put those off for at least the next 24 hours or so.  Especially Nantucket, who as of 10:11 a.m., has lost complete power and Water Street has plenty of just that in said street!…

PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

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