The Big One of 2009
Everybody’s talking about the weather, and right away this morning, this one boy needs to get to doing something about it.
It seems more certain than most of these “perfect storms” we expect that never happen–that this one WILL happen. Eight inches is the very least I’ve seen forecast, and up to 36” in northern Virginia where the Atlantic component heaps on top of the Gulf component.
The point is that, with the frigid temps and the strong winds and another storm coming Christmas Eve, we are in for altered livesÂ including some degree of risks for which the ounce of prevention needs to start very soon. I’m bringing three days of wood onto the porch, even though we’re not usually equipped for such; I’ll stack it on plastic up to the window bottoms. Both stoves need ashes cleaned in the next hour as daylight comes.
How to get into the chicken pen if we have 20” of snow (which I’m predicting here)? I’ll bring over a 5 gallon bucket of feed so we don’t have to take the extra steps of going around to the back of the barn to get it. Getting across the creek is another matter, we’ll cross that bridge when–and if–we can get to it.
Park the car facing OUT, pray Ann can get home from work before this thing gets serious and park hers the same.
Snow shovel and broom by the back door: check. Candles and matches ready: check. Gallon jugs of water for drinking, cooking and flushing: check.
A major snow of the predicted proportions will easily overwhelm VDOT so that some roads (like ours) will not be plowed for days, without which there will be NO coming and going. Then once scraped, there doesn’t look to be much melting for at least a week. Some elderly and medically at-risk folks will be seriously impacted by this storm.
I wish I could say this weather event was exciting to me in a way other than to get my stress hormones revved and my angst amped–most especially for the wife’s travels today and next week. I’ll take some pictures from the porch and the windows. Getting around in thigh deep snow, however, I think I’ll leave to those with more drive and a better attitude about this frozen impediment soon upon us.
Our power will likely go out. So if Fragments experiences a silent night, you’ll know why.