Okay, 2011 has seen many “great” storms, including the blizzards earlier in the year. But yesterday’s storm dumped about 3-4 inches of global warming onto central Jersey, and today was just warm enough to melt most of it away, creating miles of heavy, wet slush throughout the area. My friends and family in Northern Jersey were the hardest hit however, with over 6 inches in most areas (and over a foot in Sussex County).
With one of the earliest snowstorms on record (early being late October), piling snow onto trees which are still laden with leaves, which have only just recently begun to turn, the biggest danger we’ve had has been snapping trees and tree branches. Thanks to that, power is out all over the state.
During the warmer months, and into the fall, and
before after daylight savings time, I usually forgo the gym for walking and hiking. I really enjoy the seclusion and austerity of an hour-or-so walk. Roosevelt Park is somewhat close to my home and one of its great features is a 3+ mile hiking trail, which includes a paved walkway for about a quarter of the trail, and forest trails for the remainder.
This morning I bundled up to take a walk in the brisk post-storm air (sunny and upper 40s most of the day today) to find that the Nor’easter did a job on the trail that would make any landscaper proud. The trail already took a hit with Hurricane Irene this past August, and now even more damage was done. I took some photos with my iPhone.
Upon entering the trail:
Amazing how this happened:
In the following shot, you can see a stream. Up until August, you couldn’t see it from the the trail path. After Irene, it was partially visible. This morning, it’s in plain sight:
More ruined trees:
Finally, you can’t make it out to well, but here is significant damage to the trail which all but blocked the path:
It’s a three day weekend, so me and the signifcant other are packing up the car and headed to western Massachusetts, the Berkshires to be exact. As of right now, we should be driving up I-95.
Normally it’s supposed to be in the 50-60 degree range up there, but this weekend is supposed to be sunny and unusually warm–more like low 70s. Hopefully, I can get to relax and recharge from an anxious, stressful few weeks. And some nice New England foliage won’t hurt. To wit:
September is usually a month of cooling down, switching gears to the fall, which happens to be my favorite season right now. Since August however, the weather here in Central Jersey has been an alternating mix of hazy, muggy days and rain. Lots of warm rainfall.
Today we actually got a respite from that, as the midday temps dropped to around 70, and a cool, steady drizzle was falling as I write this. Today felt like fall (still no sun) and this morning, looking out from my porch, I saw this:
tomorrow is supposed to be even cooler, so here’s hoping that we maintain some fall-ish weather.
Speaking of fall, it was in the fall of 1966 that the Beatles embarked on a mini-vacation from being Beatles, and enjoyed time on their own for those two months. George Harrison took off to India for about four weeks. And speaking of George, here’s the trailer for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biopic of my favorite Beatle, which looks nothing short of awesome:
Earlier this year, while trying to figure out where to go on vacation, we came up with a few destinations, one of which was Maine. That didn’t pan out, and we ended up having a great week-long trip to Cape Cod instead. We had gone to Rhode Island the previous summer, and this year to Harwich Port on the Cape. My appreciation for New England grows with every trip we take.
Still, Maine is on my list and if it’s anything as relaxing as this video, I can’t get there too soon:
[Hat Tip: Twitter]
Well, not really. More like a middle-aged Muslim man verbally abusing an elderly non-Muslim woman on a train in Denmark for…um, “destroying” his bike:
As others on the train defend the woman, the Muslim douchebag starts bloviating about his “rights” and how the woman should respect him. Radical Islamofascism personified.
UPDATE. More from Pam Geller: “This is the sharia”
Finally, Iron Man lives:
On a rainy weekend last year, Patrick Priebe, a German lab technician and Iron Man fanatic who rewatches the film and its sequel every week, decided to build a compact yet powerful laser inspired by Tony Stark’s repulsor-beam weapon. In the U.S., the maximum strength for consumer laser pointers is typically five milliwatts; Priebe’s handheld laser is 1,000 milliwatts, enough to instantly blind anyone not wearing special safety glasses.
Here’s my favorite:
See the entire list here.
Yesterday morning, I went to get the paper and did some grocery shopping for the impending snow storm. As I got back to my place around 11 am, the snow flurries began. It didn’t stop until sometime early this morning.
Here in Central Jersey, we got about 18 inches, so it came down about almost two inches an hour. I just got in from shoveling out my car, but it was almost useless as there is a biting wind and I’d say the temperature is not getting above 30 degrees, which really doesn’t help at all.
I have no problem with snow and cold weather, but this is ridiculous. Winter is not even a week old, and it’s already picking up where last winter left off. Somebody pissed off the snow gods royally.
So basically, I’ve been inside since Christmas night. It’s worth noting that the Green Bay Packers shellacked the New York Giants yesterday afternoon at Lambeau Field, or rather, the Giants beat themselves with six…SIX…turnovers. It’s not done yet for the Packers as they finish out the season at Lambeau in what is essentially a play-off game versus the Bears. And nobody can confuse the Giants defense with Julius Peppers and the Bears. The playoffs begin for the Pack this Sunday. I’m hopefully optimistic.
Here’s hoping that most of you out there are not like me this Christmas Eve, and subjecting yourself to mandatory face-time with family members that will stress you out to no end.
But it’s important to find a moment of peace sometime this evening and reflect on the reason for the season, as it were.
I’m wishing everyone who would read this blog a Merry Christmas. Enjoy.