Non-Event in Virginia

On Friday, October 7, my school held it’s annual fall mile run event on the boardwalk.  A front was moving in from the west, coinciding with winds from Hurricane Matthew, which was curving east and heading out into the Atlantic.  At least, that was what the National Hurricane Center and our local weathermen were predicting.  The skies looked ominous, but not atypical of local frontal storms.  The students ran their mile with the wind slowing their times.

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something’s brewing

 

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blowing sand forming ridges

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Dreaming of Warm Weather

So…like everyone else living on the US east coast, we had a few more school snow days.

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So what’s one to do when cabin fever sets in? Take your mother out for some southern comfort food.

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If one went by today’s forecast, one would think Spring must be just around the corner. 

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source: wavy.com

And…Thursday’s forecast is back down to the low 30°F’s with a chance for snow. Like I said, crazy! I can not fathom Massachusetts’  total snowfall. Incomprehensible. I’m sure I am not the only one itching for Spring’s arrival in 16 days on March 20. Remind me when I complain of the heat in July. 😉

George and I will be my photographer sister’s guests at a 150-year-old cabin tucked in the low hills of the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains this weekend.  At least this snow should be pretty.  I knew there was a reason to learn how to quilt! We’ll definitely bring a few with us on the trip. Hopefully it won’t be too cold and we’ll get a nice portfolio of images.

Try to stay warm! – – Joanne  

 

2 Hour Delay :: A Beautiful Thing

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I almost wore my pajamas inside out last night. Hoping to go back to sleep, I barely opened my eyelids as I surveyed the early morning news crawl. A 2-hour delay! I’ll take it.

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It’s true. Coastal Virginians don’t know how to drive on snow or ice – to the ire and lamentation of my mid-west friends.

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Hardly an inch forecasted and we clear grocery store shelves.

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Wishing our northern neighbors safety and warmth during Winter Storm Juno – – Joanne

F-0 Tornado! What?

It’s been muggy, hot, with afternoon thunderstorms and lightening. Last Thursday, my little school by the sea was caught in a mini-tornado that lasted all of a minute, was only an F-0 and was contained in a small 5-block area. It was gone as soon as it appeared.

 

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school gymnasium to the right of white house

Tornadoes aren’t the norm for our area. (Hurricanes? Yep.) F-0. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? Tell that to the house next to our school gymnasium. They lost their top floor. Other homes lost roof shingles and windows.

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back of home, roof ripped away, no top floor

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school gymnasium, back entrance  – – boarded windows on side

The school gymnasium lost part of the back roof and had many windows blown out. The light pole (bottom of above photo) was ripped right out of its base – – onto parked cars.

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boarded up windows, broken fencing

 

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parked cars, recipients of gym building debris

 

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a light pole in another life time

 

Across the street, an old beach cottage lost windows and part of its slate roof. Next door, a surf shop’s windows blew out.

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Beach goers use the gym parking lot during the summer. The two lot attendants’ hut was hurdled across the lot and thrown down into the street. They were hurt, but are mending. Many of the vehicles lost windows.

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Many thoughts: Grateful our parking lot friends are going to be okay. Thankful that school is out for the summer. Humbled.

It’s been six days since. These photos were taken with my iPhone and do not convey the damage adequately. The images show the “cleaned up” after version. We are used to wind and rain, edge of hurricane storms. NOT tornadoes. Crazy weather.


w.o.w. – – Joanne

 

 

Snow Day::Off Day::Yay! Day

It doesn’t take much to stall an area that has limited snow removal equipment. Sledding and bucket lists go hand-in-hand around here. 

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To some, mostly north and west of the coast, snow is a dirty word.  It might seem ridiculous but announcements of  “2 inches accumulation” and “school closings” are music to the ears in our house. 🙂

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(1 block from school)

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