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The Snow/Icestorm Cometh Fri-Sat. Only 3 days left till WU Blogs Adieu!

By: masshysteria , 2:18 PM GMT on March 01, 2017

Weather Underground PWS KMAMETHU12 Thurs., 30, 2017







Hey, there may be even more hope for some more of us longtime WU bloggers yet!
Aquak9 and her terrifically talented hubby, Rainman (son of Prosperpina), have created a new
simple WU blog site where we can all gather and still post pics or and some animated graphics.
Sorry but it doesn't allow all Youtube videos or maybe I didn't try hard enough.. Granted, it's not
like our individual blogsites here but it's a wonderful safe start to keep us all up-to-date plus
inform friends about either weather related issues (without having to soon own a meteorological
degree) or a variety of other topics to discuss. I'm posting the linkup to her new website below
for everyone to try if they'd like. I've joined already and am thrilled to see so many other familiar
WU monikers there as well!


and has all the familiar posting features currently used here on WU but like Aquak's site has
no individual blogs... as yet. I've joined this site as well and am supplying everyone with the
direct link below to check it all out. Beautiful design and terrific expansive posting features!
You can even post Youtube music videos using its supplied I frame code instead of using his
Youtube generator code that I have had linked here (to the side of my blog) for some time.
Rob's a real computer whiz and been an occasional go-to-guy when I've needed some real
computer expertise and advice. In time, he hopes to expand his site to include even a wider
variety of other enjoyable sections aside from those already listed. So exciting!

Link to "WELCOME TO THE ARK" - also for former WU bloggers.

I'd hate to lose contact with the manywonderful longtime friends made here!


03-01-17: I have just learned that this will be my very last created blog since WU's decided to downsize, destroy, eliminate our blogs and its wonderfully vibrant blogging community as of Apr. 3rd. Hopefully, all of us long-timers can exchange regular email or other viable website addresses so to keep in touch! Sorry, but I don't care for Facebook, but do have a Flickr account for just a few pictures. I have already signed up on Sandiquiz's Flickr blog for "WU Survivors", Aquak and Rainman's "Seeds of WU" on Disqus but, MOST NOTABLY, Robdahood's great new Classic WU-like venture, "The new Ark2".

This WU situation pains me to no end since it clearly shows that, once again, "Corporate America" cares little to none about the clients or consumers it is supposed to serve and only of their own profitability or self-interests. I seriously doubt that this website will thrive once all these so-called "progressive" (yeah, right) moves or changes occur for, as far as weather forecasting and features go, there are better weather sites than this that serve both meteorological specialists as well as just the ordinary weather enthusiast like myself. Additionally, I believe it was the large number of individual bloggers and wide variety of blog topics that really put the original WU website on the map ...so to speak.

I will be forever grateful, though, not only for all the wonderful, hopefully, lasting friendships formed here over these past 8 yrs of posting, but of all I've been taught and have learned from many very kind, caring, highly knowledgeable souls! I thank, too, those close friends who entrusted me with some of their more personal problems behind the scenes and those whom also made me feel supported, less alone and buoyed while under certain types of duress. Additionally, thanks to my computer wizard friends here for not only helping me to increase my overall knowledge, but in helping me to increase my slowly ever- burgeoning computer skills!!! Back in June of 2009, I was a relative novice during my first attempt to post on a blog. Later, that same year in November, the supportiveness, instruction and patience of close WU friends then gave me the impetus to start my own blog!!! Hard to believe how all the interim years have so quickly sped by and are soon coming to a end.

I will miss you all so much, come April 3rd, but hope there'll be enough of us who can keep in touch via other web/blogsites or just regular email. Until that time arrives, I will try to continue blogging/posting here daily with all you other remaining diehards for as long as humanly possible! In the meantime, keep your chin up dear buddies and may we get to post with one another again real soon!

Painfully, Tearfully, but With Deepest Gratitude,
Your longtime WU Buddy,

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         March 12th - Daylight Savings Time Resumes at 2:00 am.
         March 17th - St. Patty's Day
         March 20th - Spring Equinox/ 1st Day of Spring

    April Fools Day - 1st - BLOG PARTY ON SANDIQUIZ's BLOGSITE 2:00 pm!
               FOR A WU ADIEU!!
       April 2nd - LAST CALL FOR WU BLOGS - See you on Flickr,
          Seeds of WU or the new Ark2!!!





      TODAY'S TEMPS: [H] 49 [L] 32F     

  Thursday: Plenty of sunshine. High 49F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

  Thurs. NIght: Cloudy. Low 32F. Winds light and variable.

   WARNING POSTED ON THURS., 03-30-17 4:15 AM

Friday: Cloudy. Snow likely in the afternoon. High 37F. Winds ENE at
  5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 100%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches
Fri. Night: Periods of snow. Low 32F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph.
  Chance of snow 100%. Snow accumulating 8 to 12 inches.
Saturday: Snow likely. Some mixed winter precipitation possible.
  Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds NNE at 15 to 25 mph.
  Chance of snow 100%. Snow accumulating 5 to 8 inches.

  Sat. Night: Mostly cloudy. Low 31F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.













Click on map below to the link of NOAA's forecast.weather.gov. It also will forecast the type
of weather conditions daily as is reflected by the colors on the map below.


  Current Jet Stream Map from : http://cirrus.sprl.umich.edu/wxnet/maps.php




The map below is a composite plot of the radar summary, echo tops, storm movement,
TVS and MESO signatures and watch boxes. The radar summary is color coded by precip
type. Greens, yellows and reds are rain. Pinks are mixed precipitation (freezing rain, sleet).
Blues are snow. NOTE: Radar data is susceptible to a phenomena called anomalous propagation.
This generally happens at night and appears as a area of 20 dBZ echos (darkest green)
which is centered around each radar site and expands with time. To try and reduce the
problem, low echo values near the radar sites have been removed.



      2 Images below from .intellicast.com/WxImages/SatelliteLoop



The map below, which is produced by the Applied Climate Information System (ACIS),
shows recent precipitation and temperature patterns in the Northeast Click on map for
direct link to the Northeast Regional Climate Center website




    (IN KNOTS NOT MPH) 1 knot = 1.15077945 miles per hour


The webcam below is from WU member, Dr. Pelletier, whose WU weather webcam
site shows a pastoral Dracut, MA scene which is approximately 5-8 miles West of
my location. You can click on the webcam below for a direct link to his site, further
info. or even check out a time lapsed video if interested.

     Find more about Weather in Dracut, MA            

The webcam and weathersticker directly below was originally copied from YLEE's
"WINDOWS TO THE WORLD" WU blogsite. This webcam can also be found on
this direct link to Cape Ann Weather. Com's New England Webcam Sites

Click here for a Direct Link to Ylee's Current "Windows to the World" webcam blogsite
for further spectacular sights and accompanying weather from across the world!

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    Click for Base Bernardo O'Higgins, Antarctica Forecast

       Visitor Map






Link to www.colorhexa.com names.







The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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98. plapman
10:05 PM GMT on March 29, 2017
Good afternoon Mass. I was just over on the ARK just having a look at it.
Take care in the snow we're having rain and a bit of water in the basement again. :(
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97. plapman
1:57 PM GMT on March 29, 2017
Good morning Mass. It's raining here this morning. It looks like Abbey and me are grounded.
Have a good day.
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96. masshysteria
12:21 PM GMT on March 29, 2017
Quoting 95. GardenGrrl on Masshysteria's site:

Hi Mass, WU keeps saying I'm getting rain. The maps in your blog say probably not.

Hi G/G!!!~ I, myself, am hoping that WU's now lost its full credibility or ability to correctly display one's current or upcoming weather forecasts since ... now keep holding tightly onto your winter hats, folks, .... our Friday and Saturday forecasts each call for .... drumroll please .... 5- 8 inches of heavy snow or the potential accumulation of perhaps 10-16 inches altogether???!!!! AAARRRGGGHHH!!!!!! My bet is that they're picking up the wrong weather signals for you but will somehow be accidentally right on the money with me! HAVE MERCY!! Naturally, all this stuff begins on the last day of March, through .. uh hem, Sat. am, April Fools Day, and just when much of our previous snow has finally melted to where some nice green grass is shown. Who the heck is spreading the false rumor that the Northeast has been boycotting spring and perhaps even summer?? That person needs to be sought, found and dealt with immediately! Grumble, grumble, grumble .....

Hopefully, we won't lose any power due to any heavy weight issues (caused by lots of heavy snow accumulation), for it would be like a final stab in my back if I couldn't access my computer on Saturday, April Fools Day, .. ya right, ha, ha, joke on me,.. for the big WU blog sendoff party! May our fate in Mass be miraculously kind!
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95. GardenGrrl
3:49 AM GMT on March 29, 2017
Hi Mass, WU keeps saying I'm getting rain. The maps in your blog say probably not.
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94. masshysteria
2:12 PM GMT on March 28, 2017
Good morning Tony and Cal! ~ Great to see some fellow WU blogging diehards still around this continually cold and gloomy am in Mass.!

Boy, I was so relieved yesterday to finally get my medical authorization to see this podiatrist I saw (back in January) for a diagnosed left foot stress fracture. What a ridiculous debacle! So happy I can soon dump these Mass. insurers now that I'm officially on Medicare and about to obtain some decent Medicare supplemental insurance. Once that occurs, I won't be required to get a referral (as with my former great insurance provider) or an authorized visit (as with this current, ridiculously picayune, interim provider). I had issues, when turning 65 in January, with Masshealth as I was misled into believing I would be swapped over to a age 65 plus coverage without needing Medicare. Well, a week before my birthday, I found that I was deemed INELIGIBLE so I had to go scrambling for health insurance coverage until things were straightened out with Social Security and Medicare. I learned that had enough SS benefits for Medicare coverage and then some but had to wait till mid-March to find out. Talk about nearly tearing my hair out! LOL!

Well, all now is looking up and I'm now looking ahead toward hopefully better times as a full fledged retired senior. Boy, it will be bitter more than sweet, however, initially leaving the WU blogs behind, but now that I'm successfully set up on the new Ark ( with a creation of a replicate blog seen here with colorful backdrop and all), it's all steam ahead!! Hope more and more of you will join us there as it's rather spectacular and has far easier functionality once you play around with all the buttons. No more space or color codes to type in .... yeah!

I find I'm becoming increasingly wordy with my comments or responses here of late, but I want to make as much use of my time here as possible. Hey, I think it's safe to say, while as members, we all paid our dues in more ways than one!

Cal ~ I, too was so relieved that the nefarious "Trumpcare" medical act crashed and burned before even getting it to a congressional vote! Boy, what ringleaders of crimes against humanity! I guess our only hope is that the Dems get their act together to overtake the 2018 mid-term elections and, in the interim, Orangeman finally gets caught and receives the boot. Understandably, with nastier politics having created such a fracture within our society, it's hard to find a decent viable Presidential candidate who wants to run or has the ability to overtake all these dingbat (R) party obsessed obstructionists. I feel I can say this now, as all my and other comments will be hitting the netherworld come next Monday. LOL! A large populous of our Country doesn't realize that they only cut off their nose to spite their face when succumbing to wild crazy fervor over manufactured claims instead of calm reasoning, sound judgment and doing some research on the prospective candidates!
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93. calpoppy
1:52 PM GMT on March 28, 2017
I am so glad that the so called 'great' healthcare act did not pass! Especially since I am on the ACA insurance. I find it very good and am so happy to have it!!! Our system is so broken when the Republicans and Dems can't talk to each other about how to make the ACA better and more accessible to all Americans.

Looks like you are on the chilly side today. We are at 37 degrees right now but warming up!
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92. plapman
1:49 PM GMT on March 28, 2017
Good morning Mass. It's good to hear your going to get some financial help with your broken foot.
Have a good day.
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91. plapman
1:19 PM GMT on March 27, 2017
Good morning Mass. A broken foot must be painful. When you get older breaks take longer to heal. My mother broke her ankle at age 80 when she fell on some ice. She brought home an xray of her ankle after it was repaired. I took a photo of the xray. She had some screws in her ankle to hold the break together. It took a long time until she could walk again.
Take care and have a good day.
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90. masshysteria
3:11 PM GMT on March 26, 2017
Quoting 89. plapman:

Good morning Mass.
Manitoba health care cover most doctors visits except to some spealists. Drugs are covered depending on your income. It works really good. Has Trump's playing with the health care system effected you. I hope you can find help for your feet.

Hi Tony! ~ It still sounds as if your healthcare coverage and affordability rate is far better than the current system down here. Thankfully, Trumpcare died in Congress, a couple days ago, before it could even be voted on due to the serious splits and differing views amongst the Republican party. It would have been an egregious and devastating policy to millions of Obamacare subscribers and, especially, women. Hope that the Democratic party will gain some, uh-hem, steam to continue to truthfully inform the general public as well as. come mid-term elections of 2018, take back those Senate and Congressional seats lost to Republicans during the President Obama years. We need to initiate a single payer system like U.S. Medicare to cover the 99 percent of average citizens who need affordable health coverage like that in England and Canada. Hope it won't be a long ways off!

Thankfully, I made it to senior status and retirement as of my birthday, in January, which then entitled me to Social Security benefits and Medicare. Fortunately, I will have enough SS benefits deposited after the Medicare deduction to afford Medicare supplemental coverage as well. Under Medicare alone, doctor's visits are covered only 80 percent. One needs supplemental coverage for the 20 percent uncovered portion along with that for certain labwork and tests. The U.S. healthcare insurance industry sure comes with a hefty price tag no matter how you look at it and needs prudent oversight by a fair and equitable government. That painfully could be a long way off!

I'm awaiting my new Medicare health card ,which should soon be received by mail, so I can purchase medical supplemental insurance. My current interim health insurance is such a joke and requires a lengthy authorization process in order for me to see a podiatrist to re-examine my near recent broken foot. I previously saw him under a far better and accepting health insurance plan that expired due reaching the ineligible age of 65 Nevertheless, I'm doing okay, though, and the foot seems to have healed rather well but it's still tender in spots and needs to be seen again to be sure. I guess I can wait a few more weeks to be seen, if this stupid current insurer's authorization process doesn't come through by this Thursday's scheduled doctor's appt. Unbelievable!!!

On a lighter and differing note, it remains so dang cold here for this time of year. Granted, the sun's out again and more snow has melted, but we can't make headway toward more permanent warmer temps. Boy, I look like part of a successful Boston theatrical team called, "Blue Man Group! They literally paint their entire exposed heads, faces and hands blue while wearing blue skin tight clothing. My hubby and I can skip the paint and skin tight clothing! LOL! Let our blue show through!
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89. plapman
2:08 PM GMT on March 26, 2017
Good morning Mass.
Manitoba health care cover most doctors visits except to some spealists. Drugs are covered depending on your income. It works really good. Has Trump's playing with the health care system effected you. I hope you can find help for your feet.
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88. masshysteria
6:49 PM GMT on March 25, 2017

P.S. It's presently become another winter, (I) wonder
(when this blasted snow will end) land outside!
The snow looks to be accumulating on the ground
as well!. We are definitely in need of a good rain
rinse and repeat to finally melt it all. Ugh!

I sure hope that our late spring/summer seasons will
soon reach and linger well into fall. It's the
very least we deserve!

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87. masshysteria
5:24 PM GMT on March 25, 2017
Good Afternoon, Folks! ~ Last night, through some miraculous measure, I finally had an epiphany as to how to work the essential posting buttons on Rob's new blog testing site. I think I'm still in shock! LOL!! It's a bit of a laborious task due to the fact that I can't exactly copy and paste what's here on my WU header onto Rob's new blog set up but, with time and patience, I believe all will be successful. WHEW! It's also so heartening to know that all that I've managed to learn, accomplish and set up here through the years on WU won't be in vain! My favorites section on IE and Google bookmark are loaded up with referred sites for links to graphics, webcams, etc. Thankfully, Rob mentioned that, in time, we could directly upload those pics and graphics used so to circumvent having to post them on finicky Photobucket (and the like) first before downloading onto a blogsite for use. That is worth more than its weight in gold. As the 1980ish song by McFadden and Whitehead goes, "AINT' NO STOPPING US NOW, WE'VE GOT THE GROOVE!"

Quoting 83. RobDaHood:

You've been a bigger help to me the last couple of weeks than you know.
Thank you!

Hi Rob! ~ Thanks so much for your very kind words, for there were times I thought I might have been a nuisance or hindrance due to my occasional frustrative and impatient nature. I'm truly sorry for that and now more fully understand the full weight that's been on your shoulders, these past few weeks while attempting to create such a marvelous new venture! Glad I was finally able to do something helpful to assist you in furthering this new site toward total success. I think all our current members have been major contributors already and, hopefully, many more decent, knowledgeable and experienced bloggers will sign up and join forces with you and your crew to put the new Ark2 far over the top in expectations!! Currently, it looks incredibly encouraging!!

Quoting 84. sandiquiz:

Well - I am seeing double!!

I have just come from Rob's Ark and you have done it!! Way to go girl !!
Who says they can't teach 'old dogs new tricks'!
You, ycd and me are the first to get blogs up and running - and we are all over that "special" age!!

Sandy! ~ As I mentioned above, I feel it was sort of a fluke how I managed to figure everything out last night. Believe me, I drew my inspiration from you, Ylee and others to grasp what (little) knowledge I have to put to good use. My new Ark blog still has some small glitches to work out and additions needed but I could use a break right now after all the work put in last night. I'm just plumb blog tired, but still so inspired!!! I look forward to our hopefully sharing more helpful tidbits of computer knowledge needed so to help Rob out and make our blogging experience over there a most enjoyable one. Like you, I love being able to increase my general knowledge and that about computers, etc.... every day!

Quoting 85. plapman:

God morning Mass. It's spring here again today on the prairie. The high will be 43F. Have a good day.

Tony! ~ Love hearing that springtime has finally made a more permanent reside up there in La Prairie! It must seem like such a relief after such endless winter challenges! Admittedly, you had it a whole lot rougher than we did here during the earlier stages of winter, but we've made up for our milder January with a very wintry type of March. On the one hand, I can't wait till April's usually warmer weather finally rolls around, however, it will feel so odd and not being able to post about it here. I think it's going to take me awhile to recover from WU withdrawal symptoms. This place was so addictive to me for the past 8 yrs! I only hope you and others will continue following me over at the new Ark or on Flickr to make it all less difficult. May time heal all wounds felt here!

Hi ChiThom! ~ WELCOME AND THANK YOU for your lovely post below! Glad you enjoyed and was able to hopefully make good use of my blog and header posts at least on "lurker" status. Perhaps, you'd like to consider heading over to the new Ark2 that's linked above in my header? You have to join as a free member to access the blogs there but are under no obligation to post or create a blog. What's great is that it's a private site devoid of ads and membership fees. You'd be a most welcome addition and there's enough weather information there to keep you apprised of what's happening in your Chicago area. Just a suggestion .... If not, may you remain healthy and successful in all your future endeavors.

I'm not sure what you meant about the Youtube embed code, typed below, not working for I see the great Beatles tune, "Hello/Goodbye" showing up just below your post. The odd part, though, is that the video looks to be peering through an embedded window of sorts, in which the tune disappears when I scroll my blogsite down to post comments, etc. I can still access the tune, however, which is a marvelous selection for the occasion! Much appreciated and best of luck to you!!!
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86. ChiThom
3:29 PM GMT on March 25, 2017
Hello stranger! Mostly a lurker here, but I love your posts.
Now we have to say goodbye before we even said hello!
and I can't get the embed to work?

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85. plapman
1:27 PM GMT on March 25, 2017
God morning Mass. It's spring here again today on the prairie. The high will be 43F. Have a good day.
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84. sandiquiz
7:40 AM GMT on March 25, 2017
Well - I am seeing double!!

I have just come from Rob's Ark and you have done it!! Way to go girl !!
Who says they can't teach 'old dogs new tricks'!
You, ycd and me are the first to get blogs up and running - and we are all over that "special" age!!
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83. RobDaHood
6:49 AM GMT on March 25, 2017
You've been a bigger help to me the last couple of weeks than you know.
Thank you!
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82. masshysteria
2:54 PM GMT on March 24, 2017
Quoting 81. plapman:

Good morning Mass. We had a nice day yesterday. Today will be cloudy but melting again. Have a good day.

Hi Tony! ~ It's cold, raw and a mixed bag of rain and snow my way. Not the best of Fridays! I'm having to haggle with my interim medical insurer over getting a prior authorization from my primary care doctor's office so to see my podiatrist again. I suffered a stress-fracture in my left foot at Christmastime. My initial podiatry visit was under another medical insurer and only needed a quick referral. This Mass. health insurance co. is seemingly bamboozling people! Glad I'm about to receive my Medicare benefits card soon, so I can then also quickly subscribe for supplemental Medicare health insurance coverage as well. Then, I'll be free to pick and choose my docs or specialists, be fully covered without needing a referral from my PCP first, and eliminate these endless needless aggravations experienced right now.. Sorry for the rant. I just needed to get that off my chest today. Arrrghhh!!! LOL! Boy, how I envy England's and Canada's healthcare coverage system right now!!!!

Hope continued better weather is felt up there in La Prairie today and that both you and lovely Queen are doing well. I'm slowly getting there myself.
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81. plapman
1:43 PM GMT on March 24, 2017
Good morning Mass. We had a nice day yesterday. Today will be cloudy but melting again. Have a good day.
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80. masshysteria
2:05 PM GMT on March 23, 2017
Quoting 78. Ylee:

Dracut looks like a winter wonderland this morning! Tony would feel right at home there, lol!

Good morning Ylee! ~
Yes, Dracut's seemingly been looking like a winter wonderland for quite some time now. Unfortunately, the owner there didn't get the memo that it's supposed to be spring with his pastures there a lovely shade of green. Looks like we'll have to paint the spring greenery into the webcam, for I doubt the winter scenery's going to change there for quite a few more weeks! Amazingly, the snow has really melted in our yard as opposed to that of our neighbors! Currently, we have exposed green grass with just a tad of snow surrounding parts of the oak tree and a telephone pole. We must be sitting on some form of hot springs underneath or our house and yard or it was designed to benefit from the sun's direct rays. For now, I'm guessing more the latter!

Quoting 79. plapman:

Good morning Mass. It's going to be a nice day on the prairie today. Yesterday was cool. Have a good day.

Hi Tony! ~ Glad to hear that you'll be experiencing better temps and weather today. It remains quite sunny down here, with lesser brisk winds but still no relief with the sub-freezing temps. It was only 16F degrees when I awoke very early this am. Our high for the day, if we're lucky, will be 36F. I swear the Antarctican penguins look far happier and warmer than we are right now! I think we both still need their form of insulation!!
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79. plapman
1:51 PM GMT on March 23, 2017
Good morning Mass. It's going to be a nice day on the prairie today. Yesterday was cool. Have a good day.
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78. Ylee
1:38 PM GMT on March 23, 2017
Dracut looks like a winter wonderland this morning! Tony would feel right at home there, lol!
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77. masshysteria
2:53 PM GMT on March 22, 2017
Hi folks! ~ Well, we've returned to the "Ice Age" again, this morning, as it's downright freezing with blustering high winds posted! Sadly, the sunshine can't make a dent in all of this. Looks like we'll have to wait till sometime in April before we see any real signs of spring and, as we all know by now, I won't be able to report on that here but on the newer blogsites. I'm still emotionally wrestling with the thought of all these blogs disappearing soon. The new sites are good but don't provide me with as much creative license. Hopefully, in time, that will change for the better.

Hi Tony! ~ I guess we're in the same snowy, cold weathered boat for we, too, are freezing cold, but with high winds, more light snow indicated for Friday and a few flakes possible for Sunday. Wish we could be swapping better weather reports with one another but that probably will have to be either on Flickr and/or the new Ark come April. Guess we're going to have to do our best to tough this out till then. Hope you're staying warm inside and will continue to bundle up when taking Abbey out for her daily walks!

G/G!! ~ Boy, what it must be like to be feeling summery-like weather right now! I've almost forgotten myself. Every time we catch a breath of a near normal early spring-like day, wintry weather suddenly returns the next to keep disrupting the process. I think Tony and I will soon have to take up ice sculpturing as a hobby. I seriously doubt Texas will be suffering our plight but, if miraculously so, we'll be happy to lend you our ice sculpting tools. In the meantime, hope you're able to enjoy your warm summery weather down there to the fullest!! One can only imagine the lovely pics you'll be able to take with that great camera of yours! I'll be looking for them on Flickr!

Quoting 76. Ylee:

Can't believe there's still penguins.....

Hi Ylee! ~ Boy, you're absolutely right about this year's more lingering penguin population (viewed within my posted Antarctican webcam)! I'd like to think that many of them are just hanging round to give us all a proper WU blog send off, but I have a feeling that perhaps this year more l'amour was in the air for these adorable mammals than previously and has resulted in their late departure. If not, perhaps they've decided to take up more permanent residence via squatters rights! LOL! Well, whatever the case, right now, I say just keep em coming into view for they always provide a great sense of fascination and enjoyment for me! They make poster mammals for tuxedo rentals!
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76. Ylee
2:27 PM GMT on March 22, 2017
Can't believe there's still penguins.....
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75. plapman
1:34 PM GMT on March 22, 2017
Good morning Mass. Where is spring. Snow flurries are forecast here today. Have a good day.
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74. GardenGrrl
3:48 AM GMT on March 22, 2017
Hi Mass, feels more like summer than spring here. Will probably get an ice storm in April then. lol
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73. plapman
1:10 PM GMT on March 21, 2017
Good morning Mass. Spring has come to the prairie. I heard some Canada Geese yesterday and crows.
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72. masshysteria
2:40 PM GMT on March 20, 2017
Quoting 71. redagainPatti:

Waving hi and sending love your way!

Hi Red! ~ I've just visited your WU blog and left a rather lengthy post. Hope you'll soon feel better from your illness, are on proper strong medicine and that the pesky earlier am nose bleeding stops on its own. If not, get a referral to an ear, nose and throat specialist to have the affected nostril cauterized. We don't need you ending up anemic on top of everything else!

In the meantime, I've hooked up with you on both Flickr and Disqus and have recommended that you definitely try out the new Ark 2, linked above, as the best WU blog substitute. I'm not on Facebook, for my own personal reasons regarding this type of social media, but am glad more and more former and current WU posters and bloggers are flocking over to the new Ark. It's fabulous! Don't worry, though, I'll still be staying in touch with all those on Flickr and Disqus as well!

Big hugs and recuperative powers to you!
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71. redagainPatti
9:13 AM GMT on March 20, 2017
Waving hi and sending love your way
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70. masshysteria
5:18 AM GMT on March 20, 2017

Mon., March 20, 2017

Welcoming the first of Spring!

May it bring us warming temps to melt the snow in our region and much greener scenery for we need to see/feel the more enjoyable signs usually associated with springtime forecasts! Snow should be banished!

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69. masshysteria
5:38 PM GMT on March 19, 2017
Quoting 65. Ylee:

By the time I hit 70(in about 18 years), they'll bump it up to 75.... :P

You all dug out yet?

Hi Ylee! ~ What a beautiful synopsis you gave to each of your close WU blogging buddies, etc. on your now closed Windows to the World blogsite! Sorry, to have learned there that I had inadvertently banned you from accessing my own back in 2011. I believe it was due to a then tough period where my and other close-knit group sites had been slammed by some nefarious trolls. My WU mails were loading up by entrusted souls who kept alerting me to this, that and the other, so it took awhile for me to sort through the mess. Glad that all was soon rectified so that your true legitimacy was known and positive supportive posts allowed us to become good friends hence. Yesterday, your final post caused many of us to be passing around the virtual tissue boxes! You're quite the humbly talented, eloquent writer plus experienced computer technician and, thusly, have been quite the asset to WU as well as the rest of us. We will always be grateful for that and hope all our lengthy WU friendships will extend into the newer named blog sites as well.

Weather-wise, the snow's still gradually melting but we still have a way to go. At least, all the roads are clear and the forecast for more flurries over the weekend, thankfully, never came to fruition. The NWS has recently been in hot water in Boston for having previously overstated the severity of last week's snowstorm. I believe it's better to be safe than sorry, but their meteorologists' accuracy rates for forecasts do seem to be slipping. Don't know if it's due to budget cuts there or not, but those still working there should perhaps further investigate the science involved.

On a personal note, regarding my now successful entry into the so-called ranks of the fully retired, I'm grateful that I reached the near maximum age (now 66) for those babyboomers born in the early 50's to receive livable SS/Medicare benefits! I'm thrilled to have made it to age 65, as we could sure use the extra money, in general, and will also have enough to afford the extra cost of my supplemental Medicare insurance needed. Things are seemingly looking up for us right now, but I'm still in the habit of always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Force of habit, I guess. We shall see ... I now tend to take things one day at a time so to keep my sanity. Looking too far ahead usually gets me in trouble. I'm most grateful for the fact that my hubby's still doing well since he almost lost his life nearly ten years ago (an emergency subdural hematoma and neurosurgery) and then, a year and a half later a subsequent permanently debilitating stroke during our infamous Dec. 08 ice storm/ 4-day/night power outage. What a tumultuous time that was and decade it's been. This is why I credit this WU blog site so much for helping to save my sanity during those harrowing times. It allowed me to defer or deflect some of my fearful thoughts, during free moments, into reading or responding to something more positive and uplifting. It's true what some have past written in books or other sources, i.e. "laughter can truly be the best medicine". I'm eternally grateful to all those here (past/present) who supplied me with that and much more! Boy, I'm getting maudlin in my ole age! I need to snap out of that! LOL!

Hi Sandi! ~ My left foot is still tender from the fracture site of a few months ago, so now that I'm re-insured again, I have an appointment coming up in a couple of weeks to have it re-examined and re-xrayed. I can freely walk on it without suffering any sort of pain but the topside of my foot still looks a tad bluish. Hopefully, it will go away with time, patience and probably some much needed exercise, as I tend to remain on my behind for far too long while on the computer LOL! My legs' circulation is strugglin' despite mercifully having low B/P.
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68. Ylee
4:30 PM GMT on March 19, 2017
#67: +1,000,000 :' )
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67. masshysteria
4:00 PM GMT on March 19, 2017
Hi Pat~ Thanks for yet another perfect tune and lyrics to post that reflects the closing of our individual WU blogs!

I found another old tune (with some parodied words to lyrics of my own inserted) that seem to also mimic both our lot in life here on WU and sometimes life in general.

Big Yellow (WU) Taxi
Joni Mitchell,

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
(With a smaller website, one blog
...a dwindling) hot spot!
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the (BLOGS)
And put them in a (BLOG MUSEUM)
And they'll charge all the people
(Quite some dollars) just to see 'em
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And they put up a parking lot

Hey (blogger, blogger)
Put away that D.D.T. now
(We've got new sites on Flickr, Disqus,
the New Ark, please go see them)
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Late last night
I heard the screen door slam
And a big (corporate giant)
Took away my (WU fans)
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Till it's gone
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot

Original songwriter: Joni Mitchell

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66. sandiquiz
3:35 PM GMT on March 19, 2017
I am so glad you got through that phone call and all seems to come out right!
No wonder you felt like celebrating! How is the foot - is that mending ...finally?

Poor Ylee - Young whippersnapper that you are! I will reach the big 70 in 1/6 of the time it will take you!!
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65. Ylee
3:29 PM GMT on March 19, 2017
By the time I hit 70(in about 18 years), they'll bump it up to 75.... :P

You all dug out yet?
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63. plapman
1:58 PM GMT on March 18, 2017
Good morning Mass.
Yesterday was nasty on the prairie. The wind was really blowing. I thought spring was coming a couple of days ago but yesterday changed that. Have a good day.
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62. masshysteria
1:12 PM GMT on March 18, 2017
Good Morning, Folks! ~ This morning's temps are so ridiculously freezing, for this time of year, at 26F, that spring's official arrival on Monday looks to be considered as more "fake news". I guess it goes without saying that the March lions won very handily over the lambs as we delved into this atrocious weather month.... but hey, I've said it anyway. Moments ago, I surveyed the weekly weather forecast for my location and naturally grimaced, for I saw that some snow flurries are indicated overnight as well as less than an inch for tomorrow. Guess there's nothing like a little more snow to ring out winter's end and herald in the alleged new spring season eh? With that in mind, our temps will also be yo-yoing up and down to an alleged high of 51 on Tues. and, gulp, a low of 7F overnight Wednesday? Somehow, someway, we have to make a truce with Canada regarding this form of winter weather atrocity! I didn't live this long in the hopes that I would live out the rest of my years as 365 day resident of the North Pole!

Bug! ~ Hi there and sorry I couldn't respond to your post yesterday. Hubby and I have been joyously celebrating as my turning 65 in January now seems far brighter than originally felt back then. My SS/Medicare interview, over the PHONE yesterday went exceedingly well and supplied me with such wonderful news. I'm now officially considered amongst the senior rank and file who have finally enlisted with SS and Medicare. I must now visit what we call a SHINE rep. (Seniors Helping the Insurance Needs of the .. heh, heh, Elderly. These volunteer representatives (some former healthcare insurance professionals or of related fields) are usually quite knowledgeable in dispensing information concerning what Medicare alone offers and the various Medicare related insurance companies that offer affordable coverage for parts of PART A,) Hospitalizations, B) the 20 percent difference not covered for Doctor's visits as well as certain tests, labwork, etc., plus D)
Pharmaceutical prescripton coverage which isn't covered by Medicare at all. I've pretty much figured out which Medicare health plan/insurer would meet my needs and pocketbook, but I first want to chat with one of these more knowledgeable reps. before signing up too quickly.

I wish you all the best once you officially are able to retire and hope you can hang in there long enough to receive your optimum SS amount upon your day of reckoning. Our government now obviously has it in for seniors or our baby-boomer generation and seemingly want to wipe a majority of us off the globe or map. Don't they know that "time waits for no one" and "what goes around can easily come around?" So ridiculous and dangerous!

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61. palmettobug53
2:00 PM GMT on March 17, 2017
You have a Medicare/Soc Sec interview?

I'm about ready to do the same thing. Some dastardly person/agency leaked out the fact that I turn a certain age this year. I've been deluged for several months with mail offering to 'help' me with choosing coverage.

Don't they know a lady never divulges her age?

I work in the health care field, so am a bit more cozignant than some but I still have a few questions, so need to set up an appt with my local SS office (sounds a bit Nazi-ish, doesn't it?) and get the answers I need. It's just for Parts A, B and possible D coverage. I won't be due for my benefits check until sometime next year, since they're raising the age in increments to a final of 70 years.
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60. masshysteria
3:01 PM GMT on March 15, 2017

It appears we received 13 inches of snow altogether which wasn't too bad in itself but the strong
wind gusts alongside were a most challenging contender. Lot's of springtime cleanup to come.

417 AM EDT WED MAR 15 2017


********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************



HAVERHILL 13.3 635 PM 3/14 NONE

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59. sandiquiz
3:00 PM GMT on March 15, 2017
Glad you survived with power intact.... And the snow dropped about what you hoped and not the fifteen feet of previous years!
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58. Ylee
2:47 PM GMT on March 15, 2017
I think Dracut got a little over a foot; I think the NWS had a case of "hope for the best, prepare for the worst"!

Glad you all are doing OK!
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57. plapman
1:53 PM GMT on March 15, 2017
Good morning Mass. The weather is going to be nice today on the prairie. Yesterday the sun had enough power to melt ice on the edge of the road. Spring can't be far away. Have a good day.
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56. GardenGrrl
9:51 AM GMT on March 15, 2017
Wow. Some storm. Glad you have power and a great neighbor.
Was watching the snow blow all day on the Cornell Bird cam in upstate NY.
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55. masshysteria
1:44 AM GMT on March 15, 2017
Boy what a mess Blizzard Stella left behind! Our backyard is littered with tree branch debris and a few large pine tree limbs are cracked and hanging on by a thread. Unfortunately, they're too high up to reach by ladder or ground so ... it's going to be a wait and see proposition. Probably, our neighbor (who owns an electric pole saw) can help to cut down those that are within his reach.

Here's a small pic I took earlier of the mess left in our backyard. All 'n all, it really isn't too bad and will
certainly give my hubby something to do once the snows melts and better weather finally arrives/remains for
later springtime cleanup.

Currently, about 30 percent of my City is without power right now. People living a few streets down from us and on a different electrical grid were unfortunately affected by a blown transformer. I've been seeing electrical trucks flashing their lights or hearing their beeps as a few parade up and down our main street to check on power lines or make their way toward repair sites.

Our driveway's remained cleared, via my hubby and neighbor's intermittent snowblower efforts, plus the walkway and steps have been shoveled. Our neighbor's been so protective of my hubby's medical/physical status, considers him as an adoptive uncle, so won't let him do heavy shoveling. Hey, I say welcome to the family, neighbor!!!! Neighbors or people like that are so hard to come by these days!!! We feel so truly blessed to have had him so readily available and close at hand during these recent years of challenging weather etc.

Glad this system has mostly left the area so we can now begin to prime ourselves for some more light snow showers to descend on us over the weekend. Ugh! Thankfully, only an inch or less is indicated for Sat. and/or Sun. I don't know about you, but I'm so over the color white. It should be listed as quite passe' for this time of year! Geesh!
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54. masshysteria
3:20 PM GMT on March 14, 2017
Good Morning Ylee and any remaining bloggers, posters or lurkers out there! ~ Boy, throughout this winter season, I haven't seen our local and regional weather maps, posted above in my blogheader, look so colorfully active until today. I guess this Nor'easter is bringing along all forms of precipitation as it affects the coastal areas and reaches toward the interior of the state. Glad we're getting more snow than sleet as it's easier to deal with.

Currently, the light looking snow is blowing, gusting or swirling around so much that it produces very large cloud looking pockets. The winds are getting fiercer to where to where the mid to upper sections of trees are really swaying. Hopefully, these trees remain intact, as we don't need more large limbs or branches falling onto homes, cars, or even just our yards.

Our city's snowplows now seem to be hanging back a bit in anticipation for the rougher stuff this afternoon. Right now, the main street in front of our house is nearly covered in snow despite a few earlier passes made by some of the contracted plow truckers.

I'm now kind of questioning just how much snow will actually have accumulated by the end of this storm. With the size and rate of the currentsnowfall, my guess would be less than to about a foot. We shall see. In any case, so far all is well inside our humble home and we're just relaxing until it' time to later head outside to snowblow the driveway and that of our entrusted dear friend and neighbor across the street. He does so much to freely help us, so we do whatever we can to compensate!!

I'd attempt to take a picture of today's Nor'easter/snowstorm to post here, but right now it just doesn't seem worth it. My old recycled snow pics shown below still hold far more dramatic scenes than what we're experiencing presently. Basically, if you've seen one reasonable snowstorm, you've seen 'em all. Well, that and the fact that many members here have already left and all these posts will be permanently going away in a few weeks. Okay, now I'm getting misty-eyed again. Aaaccck!

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53. Ylee
2:09 PM GMT on March 14, 2017
Dracut doesn't look too bad, but it looks like the heavy stuff is coming ashore! Take care!
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52. masshysteria
8:43 PM GMT on March 13, 2017
Hi Sandi, Tony and Cal! ~ Boy, now that I've joined three other blogsites, I've been hopping around trying to post weather related info and other stuff on each one. I'm going to miss having just one consolidated blog to turn to but I look upon these new other sources as great alternatives and definitely a learning curve.

Well, as mentioned earlier, we're all prepped for tomorrow's big blizzard, but I sure wish we could presently trade places with those living in far warmer climates, preferably, surrounded by sand and surf. I think I have the Milos, Greece webcam on my mind. Unfortunately, the Greek Euro or former Drachma currency may be in serious scarcity or jeopardy there due to their big debt mess! I think that, among other things, prompted the euro exit and/or "Brexit" situation in England. Sandi would know more about that than I do, but one tries to stay informed of various global situations.

Back to the world around me right now, I'm at least glad that this month isn't a repeat of March of 2015, as we were so overwhelmed with snow back then. I found pictures posted of my hubby snowblowing and those of the mounds of snow piled high around our driveway in my archived 2015 March blog. It still boggles my mind. I seriously doubt we'll be faced with a similar fate or type tomorrow. If all we get is 19 inches or so, no problem. In March 2015, we were talking about five feet high of daily compacting snow. The mounds were nearly taller than me and took till the end of April to all melt. In Boston, MA it took till the end of July due to snow farms containing huge high piles from where trucks/machinery dumped all the snow collected from its already congested streets) !!!!

Scenes of Feb./March 2015. Recycling as an example of some previously bad
snowstorms experienced here.

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51. calpoppy
5:15 PM GMT on March 13, 2017
I like Sandi hope you get far less then predicted you can send the excess to me, I love snow and don't have as much as I would like
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50. plapman
1:33 PM GMT on March 13, 2017
God morning Mass. I'm getting up later due to the change too. The Queen usually wakes me up at 7 but now she gets up at 8.
Take care in the noreaster. Have a good day..
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49. sandiquiz
7:10 AM GMT on March 13, 2017
I don't like the sound of ..."Potential for this much"!!!

Hope it comes - leaves four inches and then melts in two days!!! Good luck and keep us in the loop if you can:)
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48. masshysteria
1:39 AM GMT on March 13, 2017
Quoting 47. Ylee:

Ah! You're using the "expect at least this much" map! I was referring to the "Most likely snowfall" map!

I hope your map is right!

Ylee! ~

I just saw your responding post with the quoted transferred "most likely snowfall" map scenario and was going to say that more than likely we'll fall into the near 17 inches of snowfall category that you mentioned previously. It's par for the course around here due to our location and such. This time, it looks like much of Mass. will average about the same amount of snow. Hope there's enough in the city/town budgets to financially accommodate this storm. Hey, they don't call us "Taxachusetts" for nothing. Many went near bankrupt due to extreme snow removal operations needed during the historic winter of early 2015. Thankfully, our city does a decent job with budgeting to keep up with needed snowplowing and other street maintenance..
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