Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Return to normal at the Aerie

Sunday, Terry took the kids back to NJ to catch a plane for Chicago out of Newark Airport--which they did on Monday. Terry returned to the Aerie Monday. The kids (Rick and Sandy) will visit with her parents and family in Chicago until the 6th or 7th. They then will catch a train back to the west coast.

On Sunday the temperature here at the Aerie was over 50 degrees. We had hours of sunshine on aptly named Sunday and more on Monday (although the temperature did start to fall on that day). Tuesday we had more sunshine but winds out of the northwest soon brought clouds and the temperatures fell even more. Tuesday night the clouds thickened and this morning we got two to three inches of very light snow with temperatures topping out at 16 or 17 degrees. The snow stopped shortly after noon and the sun came out briefly. As soon as it set, however, the temperatures fell still more. It’s currently 9 degrees and it will go lower overnight.

I got my workout shoveling the driveway. It was easy to do as the snow was both light and not very deep. By being in constant motion and using the shovel like a plow, I was able to finish the job in about 90 minutes.

We’ll have some sun and some snow flurries with temperatures hovering around the norms for the next week. Things aren't clear as to how much if any accumulation we are likely to get but the best chance will come on Friday night into Saturday. The wind will be whipping the powder off the fields that line the road, however, so drifts will be a concern for anyone driving in the Northern Tier for a couple of days.

The good news is that we will be getting a little more daylight each and every day from now until June 21st. I like daylight. Lack of daylight makes me SAD.

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