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Happy New Year!!!

By: NEwxguy, 1:58 PM GMT on December 30, 2010

We come to the end of 2010,and I have to tell you,it seems to have just flown by.It really doesn't seem like a year has gone by.I was look back and reflect on the events in my life this past year,good and bad.
My wife finished her Chemo treatments successfully,I guess thats the most positive thing.I had some nice vacation time,although not enough,wonderful trip to Las Vegas in September.It was a nice,even hot summer,which was ok after such cool wet summer the year before.Heathwise ,I've been doing great,I've been suffering with a bad case of psoriasis,which was getting progressively worse,and then the doctors put me on methatrexate,which has completely cleared up the psoriasis,with no side effects,which has made me a very happy guy.
On the downside,my job continues to be a source of High stress,mostly because of a manager who shouldn't be a manager.Still no raises,so I fail to keep up with the rising cost of living.
Our sports teams have risen to new levels of success,with the Patriots poised to make a run at the Super Bowl.The Celtics and Bruins riding along in first place.And most of us can't wait until baseball starts with new acquisitions made this off season.Should be a fun ride for our sports.
So all in all it has been an up year.
I hope everyone has a great New Year's eve and New Year's Day.


A breather for the northeast

By: NEwxguy, 3:00 PM GMT on December 29, 2010

Mother Nature has seen fit to give us a little respite after giving us a one two punch.Many cities still digging out some of the side roads and still some neighborhoods with flood waters covering the streets.
The rest of the week should see a steady climb in temps,and by Saturday,some places may hit 50,but a cold front will pass on Sunday and put us back to around normal,in the 30's.No real frigid weather forecasted right now or major storms.Maybe some rain with the front on Sunday.
Both our winter teams won last night,and currently we have 3 first place teams and the RedSox with their offseason
pickups,certainly have the possibility of being a first place team.I hope everyone in our area is enjoying this,I grew up with a lot of poor teams,with the exception of the Celtics,and the Bruins in the 70's.It really is remarkable with all the success of the local teams.


Aftermath of Nor'easter

By: NEwxguy, 1:54 PM GMT on December 28, 2010

The nor'easter is near Nova Scotia,but the winds continue to howl,gusts over 40 into last night.This morning winds 20 to 30 dropping windchills below zero.I finally got the snow cleanup in the evening,but this morning a lot of drifting occured,so had to do more cleanup before work.The Coastal communities are still having major problems with a lot of water still flooding streets,and some of the shallower pools of water turning to ice,some homes are still without power.It was one of the storms we new englanders expect every once in a while,major beach erosion occur along our shoreline,and there are many homes that are teetering right on the edge now.A couple more nor'easters and these homes will probably collapse.
Luckily we get a break this week with temps warming into the 40's by this weekend,before a cold front moves through around Sunday,but no major cold behind this front.



By: NEwxguy, 2:26 PM GMT on December 27, 2010

So our End of year Nor'easter is winding down,just some light snow,but winds are still gusting over 30,with lots of blowing snow.My town has about a foot,but hard to tell with all the drifts.Not as much as I thougt we would get,but this storm was so strong,that it set up like a tropical system with banding,so towns that were under the bands,received much more snow.some areas close to two feet.
All up and down the east coast got slammed by this storm.Our Mass. coastline really got hit hard,with severe coastal flooding,with a 3-4 foot storm surge and waves 10-20 feet.Then this morning a house in one of the coastal towns caught fire when flood waters shorted out the wiring and it caught fire and also spread and burned the next door home,and both were complete losses as fire dept could not get to the house with the flooding.
Blizzard warnings are still up due to the strong winds and more bands of snow rotating through.
So our string of out to sea storms came to a crashing end.It will be cold the next couple of days ,but a warming trend end of the week.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas,we had a nice Christmas although my wife had those sad moments missing her mother,but having the family around certainly helped.


Merry Christmas!!!

By: NEwxguy, 1:55 PM GMT on December 22, 2010

Well,I've reached my last day of work,before I have four days off,and thankfully the week hasn't been too bad.Looking forward to the break and spending time with the family.And I hope everyone has a fantastic holiday with their family and loved ones.My prayers go out to the people in the west who so many have had their their holiday celebrations washed away.The devastation is widespread from California to northern Arizona,to parts of Nevada, and Utah
We are expecting a period of light snow later today into tonight,maybe 1-3 inches,which should put a little decoration on things for the holiday.
All eyes will be turning to this weekend for a potential major storm for Sunday into Monday.Still too far out for any consensus from the models.So something to watch.


First snowshoveling

By: NEwxguy, 2:08 PM GMT on December 21, 2010

Well,you don't have to have a direct hit by a storm to get snow,as the monster storm out at sea continues to spin in bands of snow,mostly light around the boston area,but down on Cape Cod,some areas got up to a foot.Still some light snow this morning coming into work,enough to make it a mess.
Occ. light snow through the day,another band of snow should move in tomorrow evening,then should end on Thursday.Should be dry Christmas eve and day,with the potential for a major storm sometime Christmas night and Sunday.
So eventhough winter doesn't start until this evening,we have been locked in to winter since the begining of December.Don't see any warmup in the future while our pattern holds on.
Looks like we get our white Christmas we all love to see.


Christmas week.

By: NEwxguy, 1:57 PM GMT on December 20, 2010

So we enter the christmas week with our weather not to bad through the holiday.Our big coastal storm stayed away from us,with only some light snow on Cape Cod and the islands and parts of SE Mass.,but nothing too bad.Winds are going to pick up strong the next couple of days as the storm really deepens east of us.We may get some wrap around light snow through wednesday before the storm moves out.The next threat will come Christmas night and Sunday,potential again for a major Nor'easter,will have to watch that closely.
Patriots escaped with an ugly win,but it was a win.I decided I like the blowouts better,these tense games are not good for my sleep on Sunday evenings.They made a lot of bad penalties,and made the rookie QB look great,but in the course of a season,you will have these ugly games and its important to win even though you don't deserve it.Around the league a lot of ugly games.
Great comeback by Phil. over the Giants getting 4 TDs in the last 7 minutes of the game.
The Jets looked good in a close game in Pittsburgh.
Full Cold Moon with a lunar eclipse tomorrow night,and the start of Winter at 6:30 tomorrow evening.
Best of all a short work week.I will be off Thurs. and Friday.


nor'easter is off again.

By: NEwxguy, 2:02 PM GMT on December 17, 2010

Well,as I've said all week,each morning I come in and look at the models and they flip from yesterdays runs, and this morning is no different.Yesterday when I went to bed,it was looking likely we were in for a major nor'easter.This morning the models have flipped and now the phasing will take place farther east and SE Mass and cape cod may get a few inches and the rest just some lt snow,and then the storm will hang around the maritimes and wrap some moisture in to eastern areas on Tues and Wednesday with some light accumulations.So as I said yesterday,lets wait and see what it looks like on Sunday,because models just can't be consistent run to run.
Looks like the Patriots game will have some light snow for the game on Sunday night,which is fine for them.Cold weather.


Potential Nor'easter

By: NEwxguy, 1:57 PM GMT on December 16, 2010

So all week have been watching the models and what they do with the coastal storm on Sunday and Monday,and models have been flip flopping from day to day,with the majority sending it out to sea.The ECMWF model has been pretty consistent sending out to sea.So what do I see this morning?
The ECMWF now has a major nor'easter for New England.1-2 feet of snow possible.So my feeling?Lets wait until Sunday morning to see what the models say,all kinds of possibilities.
1. Major nor'easter
2. Out to sea.
3. moves closer to new england and delivers some snow to southern sections.
Stay tuned.

Frigid temps continue,but wind has died down,so temps are more bearable.After a long cold spell,one gets used to it and when you get a sunny day in the 30's it really seems nice.Its all relative.


Deep Freeze!!!

By: NEwxguy, 3:02 PM GMT on December 15, 2010

East of the Rockies are shivering this morning,as the artic air plunges to the deep south.Key West reported a low of 47 degrees this morning,which must feel like our 0 degree windchill this morning.Extreme cold being recorded all over the south.
Panama City=26
Fort lauderdale=35


First snowflakes

By: NEwxguy, 2:17 PM GMT on December 14, 2010

Well,December 14th,and I saw my first snowflakes this morning as a few light snowflurries wandered through around day break,dusting the ground,a few scattered flurries around today and again tomorrow night.Watching a coastal storm for Sunday,but indications it will stay out to sea,possibly coming close enough to give SE Mass and Cape Cod and the islands some snow.We need some snow for Foxboro for the Patriots game on Sunday night.They are the best snow team I've ever seen.
Yesterday was a mess of a day,didn't get on to blog much.Day started off with Wife's car battery going dead over the weekend,had to get her an appointment to get the car looked at.Turned out to be a bad battery.Car is only 3 years old,so not sure why the battery is going dead.
Got to work and work was a nightmare,bad meeting with boss,and more of his demands.Anybody out there need a hard working computer Tech???
Then a dentist appt. which was very unpleasant,with work on a front tooth,which is going to need a crown.Nothing like coming back with one side of your face numb and trying not to drool all over yourself.
Had a nice quiet evening, as wife was out with the girls at work for a prechristmas dinner,so me and Prince had a nice evening,it was still fairly warm in the evening for our walk.So lets see what lies ahead for the day.
Hope everyone in the midwest is doing ok.


A storm to remember,especially the Midwest

By: NEwxguy, 2:17 PM GMT on December 10, 2010

So the storm is by.The midwest got buried,and we here in the east got drowned,well maybe not drowned,but we certainly got wet,and everyone snow or rain,got wind.
Gusts over 50 last night.Drifting and blowing snow in the midwest,but certainly didn't matter to the patriots,who snowed under the Da Bears!!!I kept hearing this was Bear's weather,ummmm,not so much!!!The Patriots machine just keeps trucking along,as they have certainly reached their peak at the right time.Barring injury,doesn't look like anyone will stop them.Greenbay comes in next week and what chance they had may have been knocked out,when Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion.And long range looks like a major winter storm may be setting up for Sunday,will have to watch that as the weekend approaches.
Saturday was a beautiful day in the 40's,and despite the rain yesterday,it reached 55 degrees by midnight,not bad for December 12th.
Hope everyone in the midwest made it throught the storm,unlike the Minneopolis Dome.

Updated: 4:04 PM GMT on December 13, 2010


Winter weather

By: NEwxguy, 3:33 PM GMT on December 09, 2010

So the winter is off to a very cold start for most of the country.La Nina,is less of a factor right now,as the -NAO setup is effecting our weather right now.If you remember last year,we had -NAO for most of the winter,with an El Nino.So as long as the -NAO holds,this is our weather for now.Artic air plunging into the country.Right now with a blocking pattern set up out in the northern atlantic,This keeps systems from moving E and NE,and tend to deflect systems either west of us or a coastal hugger.I don't expect the -NAO to last all winter this year,but for most of December it looks to be cold and stormy.
Our sports world still keeps making news,as the Redsox continue to shell out millions of dollars for big free agents.It still amazes me how much money teams throw around.In a time when people are losing their houses and jobs,the sports world seems to be uneffected by the economic woes.As a sports fan I'm over joyed,but as human being,I wish we could channel some of this money to people who really need it.


Elizabeth Edwards ends her valiant fight

By: NEwxguy, 1:49 PM GMT on December 08, 2010

From time to time,you find people that you just admire for their fight against sometimes overwhelming odds.Elizabeth Edwards certainly qualifies as one of those people.At first she was simply a wife standing beside her politician husband running for political office and eventually the presidency.But as we found out there was so much more to this woman.First she had to endure the tragic death of her son in a Jeep accident.She supported her husband when he ran with Senator John Kerry,eventhough she disagreed with her husband his stance against same-sex marriage,after John Kerry conceded,she was diagnosed with breast cancer,and went through the full treatment and thought she had won the battle.Then in 2007,it was discovered that the cancer had returned and she continued to fight the odds,and became a staunch advocate for cancer awareness.Then she found out that her husband had fathered a child by another woman.She then split from John,finally this month we found out that her fight was over and the doctors could do nothing more for her.If you ever get to see some of her interviews,you will really be impressed with the strength of this woman,and how she has inspired other breast cancer patients to keep up the fight.


Boston sports day!!!!

By: NEwxguy, 2:58 PM GMT on December 07, 2010

So Christmas came early for our area.Yesterday started off
with the RedSox finally resolving issues with Adrian Gonzalez and he has joined the team.This will be a big addition to the team.
Then we cap the day off with a demolishing of the New York Jets.As I watched things unfold,I kept thinking,"all right here is where the Jets will start their comeback",but they never did.They had no answers and Tom Brady just picked them apart.I never expected this kind of a game,and I doubt anyone else did.It was an incredible performance by the whole team,but orchestrated by the QB. So on to their next challenge the surprising Chicago Bears in Chicago,which will be a much tougher challenge than this one.
Our weather,its cold,but then most of the country is in the deep freeze.We will stay cold until the end of the week,then a quick hit from a clipper,a little warmer on the weekend, then a big storm for late Sunday into Monday,track is still up in the air right now.


Where is the snow?

By: NEwxguy, 2:18 PM GMT on December 06, 2010

Dec.6th and I haven't seen a flake of snow.Certainly unusual to not even have a snow flurry yet,but for the snowlovers out there,don't get impatient,we know its coming.
Those who hate the snow,don't get your hopes up,it is only early december.
I our first chance of some snow is on late Friday when a little clipper system moves by.Accumulations will be light,but 1-3 inches especially interior isn't out of the question.Along the coast it may mix with some rain.The bigger storm will come late Sunday into Monday,and its still up in the air what the track is going to be,will have to watch this as the week goes along.
The big game of the year is tonight.The Patriots and the Jets,its been 10 days so good to finally play this game.Should be a real good game.
And the big news also is the acquisition of adrian gonzalez,which will really strenghten the team for the future,7 years,126 million dollars,these huge contracts still stagger me.So much money,just to play a game,but if you want to stay competitive,you have to spend the money.


Cold and snow

By: NEwxguy, 2:00 PM GMT on December 03, 2010

I think its safe to say winter has set in for most of the country. Cold has plunged all the way down to the South.Florida experiencing some early cold temps, Snow and cold in the mid-west,the lake effect snow machine has set in big time in western NY,with some areas getting 2-3 feet since Wednesday,and our temps here in the northeast and down the mid-atlantic are slowly dropping each day.Low 40's today,and 30's this weekend into next week for highs.
The big return to Cleveland for Lebron James was a resounding thud for Cleveland,the Cleveland team acted like they didn't even care.Although the fans certainly let him know how they felt.
Up here we are counting down until Monday night for the game of the year.


all good things must come to an end

By: NEwxguy, 3:16 PM GMT on December 02, 2010

So our one day warmup, 57 degrees at 6:30 last night,has ended,dropped to 32 degrees this morning,which isn't too bad,but its all downhill from here.Highs will be in the low 40's through the weekend and by early next week,highs may stay in the 30's. Also may experience intermittent snow flurries.At this time no major storms in sight,although we will have to watch a coastal storm beginning of the week,but should stay well off shore.
So no playing around,we are entering winter,so every storm from here on out,has to watched closely.****longing for a 70 degree temp.***
Busy day today,got in late to work,then had to run home with plumber coming this morning to fix a leak,and had to clear the area for him to work.Boss has his scheduled one-on-one with me this morning,always a high point in my work day!!!!Hoping he has to cancel for some reason.
We get the horrible visit from the Westboro Baptist Church tomorrow,to protest one of our High schools putting on a play about the suicide of a gay student,I believe occured in NY.How can such a hateful group people exist in such a diverse country has ours.Sad,just Sad!!!
And Happy Hanukkah to all our Jewish friends!!!!
Now back to work,will drop in when I can.


warm and wet day ahead

By: NEwxguy, 2:24 PM GMT on December 01, 2010

So we have one more warm day ahead before we get into a more winterlike pattern,as a good part of the country already is experiencing.What is interesting so far is that we haven't even seen one snow flake as of yet,although parts of new england did get an inch or two in one of our storms earlier in November.
The pattern ahead is more normal for this time of year,but staying pretty much dry.There may be a coastal storm early next week,but odds are that it will stay off shore,with a slight chance to knick Cape Cod with a little snow.
Certainly will feel more like the holiday season,with the Great lakes getting their first episode of lake effect snows.
I still have to get my lights up outside,I usually do it on Thanksgiving weekend,but as most of you know,the passing of my mother-in-law delayed any decorating.I usually like to pick a warm day to do it,but it looks like this weekend will be very chilly.
All the Christmas TV shows are showing up.Being the big kid that I am,I try to watch most of them.I enjoyed the Shrek Christmas show last night,and of course everyone watches Charlie Brown's Christmas.
Anyway another busy day ahead,trying to appease the boss,although I've given up hope of ever making him happy,one of those guys that likes to criticize, not praise.


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