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I’m Moving Back to Boston

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Just joking.  But given that it was 70 degrees in Boston this weekend and it took me two hoursto dig my car out to get into the office today, the thought cross my mind (several times.)  The weather here is completely fubared.

We had a hurricane in our canyon in Eldorado Springs last night.  Seriously.  The winds topped 115 mph at 2am (that would be a category 3 hurricane for those of you following along at home.)  Amy and I were pretty certain that we were going to end up in Kansas last night when we went to bed.  We have a sculpture just outside our bedroom window called “The Vistors” – they are giant rocks on the top of 8 foot plus poles.  I dreamed that one of them was blown through our bedroom window (floor to ceiling) last night.  Thankfully, it was just a dream.

I woke up at 5am to no Internet (thanks Qwest.).  At 7:30am, I got in my car to drive to the office (it’s a 15 minute drive on a bad day.)  The main part of our road was completely windblown – it was mostly gravel – which was weird.  I was pondering where all the snow had blown to as I went down the road and made the sharp left turn that heads down to our main road.  The car abruptly stopped as I high centered myself in a two foot snow drift.  Stuck.  Completely.  Going nowhere.

I got out and marched back to the house.  Fortunately, my neighbors were coming down with snow shovels to dig out the road.  I grabbed my snow showed and the three of us proceeds to spend the next 90 minutes shoveling 4000 cubic feet of snow.  We managed to get my car down (after high centering it one more time.)  I arrived at the office soaking wet (from snow and sweat) around 10am.

At least I got a good workout today.  Packed snow (and you could make a nice igloo out of this stuff) is 481 kg / cubic meter.  According to Google, this is 30.027849 pound / cubic foot.  Given that we shoveled 4000 cubic feet, that would be (according to Microsoft Calculator) 120,111 pounds.  It’s a little hard to believe that I just moved approximatly 40,000+ pounds of snow, but my back is telling me that I did.  For perspective, a box of potatoes is about 50 pounds (if I remember correctly from my job in high school at Potatoes Etc.)  That would be around 800 boxes of potates.  Even if I’m off by a factor of two (ok – some of the showels weren’t completely full of snow bricks), that’s still a lot of potatoes.

It’s 50 degrees and the roads are wet (no snow – lots of snowmelt).  I keep telling my California friends who moved here this summer that “this is atypical.”  Whatever.

  • http://globelogger.com/moonwatcher/ Charlie Wood

    Brad,

    As someone who claims to be “extremely good at doing simple math in [your] head” you don’t strike me as someone who would ask his computer to multiply 30 by 4,000. :-)

    -c

  • http://www.burnertrouble.com Martin Edic

    Meanwhile, here in Rochester, NY I have yet to get my snow shovel out of the garage. For December we had the highest monthly temperatures above average of any city in the US.
    People here talk about ‘missing’ snow! Go figure.

  • Andrew

    I see your having a very unproductive day. Looks like you threw in the towel with this long post. Weather here in Boston is rainy but great compared to your weather.

  • http://www.jimmansfield.com Jim

    Yea, I convinced my mother, brother, and a recruit to move out here because the winters are “very mild. You will be out hiking in light jackets most of the winter.”

    Gear up, its looking like another cold snowy weekend.

  • Martin

    Yeah, but what about us folks here in Eastern Canada who can’t wait to go skiing, but instead we’ll have to get our lawn mowers out if it doesn’t start snowing soon? :(

  • http://www.coloradostartups.com David Cohen

    Yeah, what the hell is going on? I’ve dug my car out twice in the last two weeks, having never done that before in 13 years of living here. I’ve been through 4 blizzards here in Boulder in 13 years, and two were in the last two weeks. If another one comes this weekend, at least I’ll be in Cali.

  • Dave Jilk

    Or as Lewis Black would say, they didn’t even get weather like this in biblical times, because if they had, they would have *written* about it.

  • andrew

    and i want to move to colorado…from boston. We were outside in t-shirts and shorts on saturday…which is great in june but I’d rather be skiing

  • http://journals.aol.com/valeski/one jvaleski

    We lost another ~100′ Maple in across the street from hour house last night; insane winds!

    pics of the fallen tree are here: http://flickr.com/photos/jvaleski/sets/72157594467550619/

  • http://www.rebeccalaing.ca/ Toronto Home For Sal

    Yea, I convinced my mother, brother, and a recruit to move out here because the winters are "very mild. You will be out hiking in light jackets most of the winter."

    Gear up, its looking like another cold snowy weekend.

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    Meanwhile, here in Rochester, NY I have yet to get my snow shovel out of the garage. For December we had the highest monthly temperatures above average of any city in the US.
    People here talk about 'missing' snow! Go figure.

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    Yeah, what the hell is going on? I've dug my car out twice in the last two weeks, having never done that before in 13 years of living here. I've been through 4 blizzards here in Boulder in 13 years, and two were in the last two weeks. If another one comes this weekend, at least I'll be in Cali.

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