Nasty Weather

Winds gusting to 55 mph took the power out last night around 730 pm and it cycled off and on throughout the night.

So, Winter Storm Neptune is hitting above us and Winter Storm Octavia is hitting below. We’ve escaped the worst of either but it’s 13 degrees with wind chills as low as minus 15. Winds gusting to 55 mph took the power out last night around 730 pm and it cycled off and on throughout the night. It’s been on since 4, almost an hour now, the longest stretch since the outages began.


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  1. Just Me says:

    Well here in New England we’ve run out of places to put the snow and there’s apparently another storm due mid week.

  2. James Joyner says:

    @Just Me: Yup. I think of that a “normal” for New England and the Midwest but this winter’s been brutal even by those standards. We’ve been very lucky snowfall-wise, even though it’s been unseasonably cold.

  3. CSK says:

    Actually, the past few weeks in New England have been extraordinary in terms of the sheer volume of snow that’s fallen in so short a space of time. By tomorrow morning, some parts of eastern Massachusetts, which is having its third blizzard since January 27, will have 90 inches of snow on the ground. The projected snowfall from this storm is 21 inches in York, Maine, and the entire state of New Hampshire is due for another 15 inches. Greater Boston will get 14-24 inches. All of this is exacerbated by near-zero temperatures, very high winds, and coastal flooding from storm surges.

    I’m a bit to the west, so I got off easy with about six feet of snow, so far. It’s supposed to snow again mid-week. I’ve never experienced anything quite like this.

    Some guy in New Hampshire was joking that he’d given up trying to find his car and was now trying to find his house.

  4. Franklin says:

    The windchill was less than -30 Fahrenheit in SE Michigan this morning. But Boston …

  5. CSK says:


    It’s been pretty much the same here for the past few weeks. At night the temps go down to eight below (before factoring in windchill) and during the day, the temps don’t rise much above 10. With winds at 45 mph…you can do the calculation.

  6. Matt says:

    Meanwhile it was +70 here with a gentle breeze 🙂

    My hometown where I spent +28 years was 10 degrees without windchill. Windchill puts it around -4.

  7. James Pearce says:

    Re: Winter Storm “Octavia”and Winter Storm “Neptune.”

    Weather Channel branding, man…..

  8. Tony W says:

    @James Pearce: Agreed – we’ve been naming hurricanes for years, but now apparently we’re going to name every mild breeze and rain flurry.

    Next up – corporate naming rights for storms.