It started snowing last night, and was still snowing when I got up. The temperature stayed cold enough to keep the snow as a very fine, light powder, and the high winds kept the snow from building up on the tree limbs. Several of my trolls went out to play in the snow — reminding them of their home in Norway. Later in the day I dug my car out and made a path from the house to the street. Not too much of a problem since the snow was so light.
I went for a walk at the local Sourland Mountain Preserve. It was snowing, a late winter storm. The long winding road is the right-of-way for a cross country high-pressure gas line. The other images are of cattails, a pair of Mallard ducks swimming in a pond, and tree bark coated with snow. Images from 4 years ago today.
Not as much wind from Nor’easter Athena, but we did get 8-12 inches of snow last night. I didn’t know that nor’easters get names like hurricanes. Power was off for about 12 hours, so it was cold in the house this morning. Still not sure if the power was off due to ongoing power grid repairs, or new damage due to this storm.
PSE&G just sent an e-mail out that stated 70K users were still out due to hurricane Sandy, and another 90K users were out due to the nor’easter last night. The other comment was “Despite the snowstorm, the 4,000 out-of-state workers and 700 PSE&G linemen restored service to more than 120,000 customers affected by Hurricane Sandy in the past 24 hours. Many of our crews from the south have never worked in snow before, but have proven more than capable of handling this new challenge.”
Other than a few power dips (brown outs), the power remained on for the last day. My APC UPS units continue to protect the computers and servers. The following is an update from PSE&G.
88% of the more than 570,000 PSE&G customers impacted by power outages from
Saturday’s wet, heavy snow that brought down numerous trees and power lines.
Crews will continue to work around the clock until all customers have power.
PSE&G expects to meet the state’s goal of having at least 95 percent
of customers restored by Thursday. At this time, about 67,000 customers are
without power with the majority of these in Bergen, Essex and Passaic
This storm caused more individual incidents of damage to
PSE&G’s electric infrastructure than did Hurricane Irene. There is a larger
number of service lines that are damaged as a result of falling tree limbs.
Repairing the significant number of single lines from the poles to customers’
homes and businesses presents the greatest challenge with this
PSE&G is using every available resource to make repairs and
restore electricity as quickly and safely as possible. Resources include 262
crews and troubleshooters, 116 line contractor crews and 240 tree crews working
to restore power. In addition to its own crews, PSE&G is receiving
assistance from mutual aid crews from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and
Electric crews work to restore power to the largest numbers
of customers first, taking into account “priority” customers, such as hospitals,
police stations, fire stations, water and sewer facilities, schools, and
communications facilities (TV, radio, and telephone). At the same time, the
utility restores power to homes and businesses, starting with the circuits
serving the largest number of customers.
I finally got power back here at my house in New Jersey after a very early snowstorm. Two years ago today I was in Florida for a wedding of Lars (my brother) and Valerie. I’ve made it clear in the past that I do not do, and am not a wedding photographer. On the other hand this did not stop me from taking some pictures that day. For a full selection of images from that day please check out 31-October-2009.
Yesterday’s forcast that the Northeaster would switch from rain to snow after midnight Saturday was wrong. It started snowing here a little after 8 AM. The trees still have leaves, and I have seen many branches coming down. The power has been going on and off — and is now off. Running on battery backup right now — will probably end up moving into the RV until power is restored. Images to follow.
Day 12 and Counting
My Drobo disk-array is rebuilding after adding a new drive. Don’t know how long it will take. New images to follow. The down side to large storage solutions such as Drobo is the time required for backup and restore. Not sure how many days this will take!!!!
An early snow storm closed Tioga Pass, and I ended up having to find a different route home from the Nikonians ANPAT-8 in Yosemite National Park. I detoured north to Interstate 80, and crossed the Sierra Nevada at Donner Pass. As I moved east on I-80 I started catching up to the early winter storm. I took this image of Pilot Mountain in northern Nevada as the storm clouds were clearing. I caught up with the storm when I got to Salt Lake City, and spent the night.