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Old October 31st, 2011, 08:04 AM
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Fall Snow Storm 2011

I'm not sure how the rest of the Eastern seaboard faired, but it was BAD up here in the Northeast. My parents came up to visit me and my oldest brother and his kids out in the suburbs, so we headed out there on Friday (NJ). There was light snow on Saturday morning, which got progressively worse throughout the day. The snow was so wet and heavy, that we saw many disabled cars, vans, an trucks with broken windshield wipers. Mine almost broke, too, I think! The snow would get moved across the windshield, then build up against the rollcage, and kept building up.

Anyway, there were/are 3+ million people without power. The trees still had green leaves when this storm hit, and as you can see, many trees were either down or losing large branches throughout the weekend, under the weight of the snow that accumulated on their leaves. The result of this storm was WAY worse than Hurricane Irene. Many (including my brother's place and my gf's family) are still without power, heat, etc.

The Defender was actually useful, as a large branch fell across my gf's parents' driveway, so we used a chainsaw, and my truck to then move away the wood so that they could get out of the house yesterday.
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Old October 31st, 2011, 08:09 AM
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Yeah I was driving thru some of it. It missed us for the most part. The snow was very heavy as it came down. Thanks for the heated windshield, Mr Rover!
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Old October 31st, 2011, 08:16 AM
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Lost a third of a big silver maple next to the house that took out 1/2 of a big pine. Minor house damage, but it blocked the driveway, and you know how important our driveway is. How would all the rollbacks deliver the disabled and broken British 4x4's? (Dont want to use L*nd R*v*r as they may send me another letter...)
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Old October 31st, 2011, 09:40 AM
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As much as I was pissed during the storm for all the rained-out kids soccer and activities on Saturday, I was very thankful yesterday after hearing reports on the amount of snow and damage from areas pretty close to us. We just got really wet.

Talked to my parents yesterday in Western MA who have no power and everything is a total mess. Feel bad for the kids, as Halloween is probably a total bust. Western MA and other parts of New England got the crap beat of them this 2011: Tons of snow in the early part of the year, a tornado in the spring/summer, earthquake at one point, then all the rain/flood damage from Irene, and now this storm. Thank God, New England breeds some tough people.

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Lost a third of a big silver maple next to the house that took out 1/2 of a big pine. Minor house damage, but it blocked the driveway, and you know how important our driveway is. How would all the rollbacks deliver the disabled and broken British 4x4's? (Dont want to use L*nd R*v*r as they may send me another letter...)
Actually Broken British 4x4 sounds like a cool shop name. Everyone would know you were talking about a Land Rover.
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Old October 31st, 2011, 09:49 AM
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you think you would have pulled over to take the photos of your windshield.... you nut. =)
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Old October 31st, 2011, 09:49 AM
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Yeah everything is a complete mess here in NH. Between 12-20" throughout the state. It's pretty close to that ice storm we had a few years ago.

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Old October 31st, 2011, 10:42 AM
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Wow! Early Winter!

we have had winter weather down here on the gulf coast too. Lows 50s.
I guess it's just another sign of global warming
If I understood the news this morning in passing, they said 2.5 million were without power still!
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Old October 31st, 2011, 11:38 AM
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Old October 31st, 2011, 02:18 PM
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Trick I figured out for the build up of snow is to not run the heat up to the windshield so that it wont be hot enough to melt the snow/ice that falls against it which then freezes once it is pushed to the side. Helped quite a bit when I figured this out during a snow storm a few years back.
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Old October 31st, 2011, 02:34 PM
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Well, what was happening in my case was that the snow was so wet and heavy, that it would just hit the truck and stick. So, as snow built up on the truck right below the windshield at the bulkhead vents, and along the rollcage surrounding the winshield, the snow from the windshield had nowhere to go...and just kept piling up inward. Usually you'd think to just pull over and rake it off, but we were on a dangerous stretch of highway during a near white-out, so as long as I could see ahead of me through the few remaining inches cleared by the wipers, I figured I was safer than risking it by getting out of the car at that point and hoping the other trucks and cars could control their vehicles as well. When I finally pulled off the highway at the next exit, I pulled 3-inch-thick slabs of compacted snow from the front of my car, that had perfectly molded to the front headlights.
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Old October 31st, 2011, 03:15 PM
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Yeah been there in all kinds of winter weather.
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Just got the power back from Saturday night. Long couple of days with infants and cold temps. Definitely putting in a generator after this storm.
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Old November 1st, 2011, 08:49 AM
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Just got the power back from Saturday night. Long couple of days with infants and cold temps. Definitely putting in a generator after this storm.

There are 2 must haves to live in the NE a generator and chainsaw, you can get by without everything else for a few days.
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Old November 1st, 2011, 09:04 AM
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We got hammered in our area. Orange and Rockland guy came up to our neighborhood yesterday on an ATV and left notes that we prob will not have power until Sunday or Monday. The streets are impassable on our side roads there must be 20 trees down just on our roads.
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We were fine without a generator until we hadkids this year. Wife never cared about camping out in the house for a few days int he previous storms. Totally different when you are trying to keep the kids warm and happy.
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Old November 3rd, 2011, 04:53 PM
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In Philly the storm was strange. If you drew a line through the middle of the city dividing the north and south philly (including 'burbs) there was snow above and only rain below. We (in the NE 'burbs) for 4" of snow-snow, after getting about an inch of sleet. That usually bodes well for having a sheet of ice UNDER the snow, ahhhhhh. Despite this Wifey and I were able to get to the Jason Bonham's Led Zepplin experience Saturday night with no issues. No other cars on the road near us though, roads were never plowed.
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14" and no power for two days but it forced me to get motivated the day before the storm and finish fabricating my plow frame. I will never hurt my back again digging out. Bring it on winter!!
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14" and no power for two days but it forced me to get motivated the day before the storm and finish fabricating my plow frame. I will never hurt my back again digging out. Bring it on winter!!
Awesome!

We just got our power back this morning around 3:30am
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Old November 3rd, 2011, 07:09 PM
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I just got power back a couple of hours ago.... then it went out for another hour... hopefully it's back for good now!
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