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March 02, 2007

Bye-Bye Winter


This is likely to be your last wintery photo from the Scalzi Compound for a while. I took this picture last night before a big rain storm melted most of the snow and washed it off to the nearby creek (causing a bit of flooding as it did so down by the road); now about 95% of the snow is gone and the rest isn't likely to last the day. There's a chance of a couple of snow showers tomorrow but all next week the forecast is for mid 40s. Bye-bye, winter, nice knowing you.

Posted by john at March 2, 2007 08:43 AM

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Steven desJardins | March 2, 2007 09:11 AM

The poor wolves!

Ethyachk | March 2, 2007 09:14 AM

No! Come back winter! I swear I'll treat you better this time! Don't go! You complete me!

Lugo | March 2, 2007 09:35 AM

60 degrees and beautiful here in northern Virginia, woohoo!

Annalee Flower Horne | March 2, 2007 09:48 AM

You realize you've just invited a freak freeze by jinxing it, right?

The weather here keeps vacilating (sp?) between beautiful and Just Plain Screwy, but I suppose that's to be expected. I just wish Scotland would oblige me by keeping its wind and rain to itself.

Steve Buchheit | March 2, 2007 10:01 AM

We're getting a big melt, and I'll be hearing about flooding problems by noon, I'm sure. And then snow shower and low 30s this weekend before it warms up again. Just freaking fabulous. But at least we're better off than what the south got hit with last night.

Nathan | March 2, 2007 10:24 AM

Hey Steve,

Did those new snowplows you bought come with a handy squeegee attachment?

Chang, father of pangolins | March 2, 2007 10:25 AM

We're in the midst of a wet blizzard. Witness:


The thing in the snow is a war monument of some kind. Beyond it is miles of Casco Bay and the Atlantic. The white stuff blocking the view is snow.

(I'd do that link up proper HTML stylee but the whatever thinks every link I post is me trying to sell Canadian vye-agg-raahh.)

Chang, father of pangolins | March 2, 2007 10:27 AM

I'm psyched!

It's my first day off (entrepreneurs don't really get those) and my kid's snow day. So it's day of grazing, writing, posting, and maybe some sledding.

Not fit weather for man, furrie or maarsie out there.

Yanni | March 2, 2007 10:59 AM

Boy are you funny! It was raining here at the "D" (and yes I do hate myself a little for typing that) when I headed to the gym this morning at o'dark thirty. By the time I left at just past sun crack, the snow had started. Visibility is down to less than half a mile. It's coming Scalzi. Batten down the hatches!

Steve Buchheit | March 2, 2007 11:16 AM

Nathan, that was an option, but we went with the stainless steel edge. We could trade it out for one, though.

Fortunately my village is on the high ground, but we have many storm sewer issues (we will be rehauling them in a few years, there's some other projects we need to finish first). Not all of the village has them, and our older open ditches were getting near max when I left. The good news was with all the warm weather in December, we did some major ditch cleaning and repair then (instead of in May/June when we normally do it).

Jim Wright | March 2, 2007 11:23 AM

Ah, look, the southerners are talking about the weather again (yawns, outside the winds howl). Whatever. We're off to help weight test Iditarod sleds today. And tomorrow my wife is riding in the ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage. Sunday is the actual start, 8 days to Nome! Whoohoo! Winter ain't over yet.

Steve Buchheit | March 2, 2007 11:26 AM

Jim, are you making the run yourself?

Nathan, I forgot to add that with the squeege edge you can't knock down as many mailboxes, and that's one of our metrics for the employees. That and they have to time their snow plowing to plow shut the mayor's drive as he's putting his snow blower back in the garage. So far this year they've been doing a great job with the meager amount of snow we've had.

Jeff Hentosz | March 2, 2007 11:43 AM

The Southerners!? Hey, we won that war, smart guy. Kindly rephrase.

— Jeff* in by-God Ohio, soul of the Republic and heart of it all. Ohhhhh, John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave ...

*Yeah, I'm full of it. My great-grandpappy came over in steerage in like 1902 or something.

Jim Wright | March 2, 2007 11:47 AM

Steve, I wish. I'm afraid those days are past, my left shoulder no longer functions in any useful fashion, certainly not well enough to make the run. But, hey, who's complaining?

Jim Wright | March 2, 2007 11:52 AM

Jeff, I live in Palmer, Alaska. Hell, Canadians are southerners to me. So far, I think the only regular commenter north of me is Tania.

Yanni | March 2, 2007 11:57 AM

Jim, I heard that a team of poodles ran recently and did rather well. Is there any truth to this rumor?

John Scalzi | March 2, 2007 12:02 PM

Yanni, poodles have been running the Iditarod for some time now.

Jim Wright | March 2, 2007 12:04 PM

Yanni, yeah it's true. A musher named John Suter ran 3-4 times as I recall. It's been a while though, think early 90's. He did pretty well, as I remember. These were not your mini-hairballs, they were big-ass full sized dogs. It was funny as hell too, like a sled dog in a sweater.

Hmmm, I may have a glimmer of an idea for the "Give John's future novel a scathing review" contest...

Yanni | March 2, 2007 12:12 PM

What can I say, I'm a bit behind the times with dogs. I haven't gotten to that part of wikipedia yet! I've been so focused on following the Academy Awards trail...oh my gods those poodles look hilarious! Women win, men mush poodles! I love it!

Connie B. | March 2, 2007 12:13 PM

John, don't put away the snow shovels just yet. I live a few states to the west of you. We just got dumped on. In the spirit of sharing, we're sending it your way...

Chang, father of pangolins | March 2, 2007 12:27 PM

Snow's still coming down here in Maine. If only someone would check the spam queue and see my pictures are in there so they don't get deleted like I was a selling pron of durgs. :(

Jim Wright | March 2, 2007 12:31 PM

Yanni: I haven't gotten to that part of wikipedia yet! After reading your myspace page, I can see why. With all the things you do, I'm surprised you've got time to read the Whatever. Fascinating video BTW. The people you meet here, Goddamn, but I love this site.

Okay, but now I really have to go. Have to find the 10-year old's snow bibs before we head off.

Tania | March 2, 2007 02:27 PM

Wow, I feel like a celebrity - Mr. Wright remembered my name!

Have fun with the Iditarod. We have been helping out with the Quest for the last few years. The dogs are fun, and mushers are interesting.

Winter is still here. It's been -39F every morning this week, but it warms up to about -8 in the afternoon, so it's not that bad. The Ice Park opens this afternoon, and the single block ice carving finished up last night. The spouse and I will probably throw on our winter gear and check it out tomorrow night.

Pat Lundrigan | March 2, 2007 02:38 PM

Nice photo. Is there any way to set the focus on your camera to the "hyperfocal" distance, and make both foreground and background in focus?

JerolJ | March 2, 2007 02:41 PM

We've gotten more snow here in central MN in the last 7 days than we have all winter - probably a couple feet at least. Duluth really has it rough, 20+ inches of snow yesterday with a sustained wind of 50 mph and gusts over 60. Whatever god lives in the depths of Lake Superior is full of righteous wrath.

Jeremiah | March 2, 2007 03:01 PM

Canada. Alaska. Etc. You people live all over the place. That's really cool. I'm just in boring ol Pennsylvania. And it's definitely warm here.

John Scalzi | March 2, 2007 03:11 PM

Pat Lundigran:

"Is there any way to set the focus on your camera to the 'hyperfocal' distance, and make both foreground and background in focus?"

Probably, but I like the current effect.

Heather | March 3, 2007 08:41 AM

Just when most of the snow from December and January had melted off here in Denver, we got more. "Mild winters" my butt.

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