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Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

On the home front

December 12, 2008
Emilie Phillips

Most of the ice in MA had melted by our drive home. However there were still surprisingly many places without power. Up by us, there was still a bit of ice. The roads are mostly cleared. No one really has any idea when we will be getting power back, other than that a couple of nearby towns are mostly back online.

The neighborhood holiday party did happen. I managed to make a well appreciated no-electricity chilli. We’ve gotten to know enough people in the neighborhood that I had fun chatting. Afterward, we went out for a lovely moonlight walk.

The one unfortunate bit is that the landlord’s generator failed this evening. So Tyson and Wes are off to borrow a generator from another neighbor for this evening. It sounds like tomorrow morning, it will get passed on to yet another neighbor.

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    • An ice storm’s severity isn’t measured by how long the ice sticks around, but rather by how much damage it does. At least as far as the power infrastructure goes, this storm did a lot of damage. And even though I say the roads a mostly cleared, we still had a few one lane sections and a detour this morning.

      • Sure, but for damage to build up takes a while. In 98, it freezing rained for days, so there were inches of ice, so substations and high-voltage transmission towers were flattened. Most of Montreal lost power for about a week. But it apparently didn’t much reach into NH or Mass back then, which must be how the comparison can be made.

        (Reading the US and Canadian media was odd: the US focussed on the tens of thousands out of power in Northern NH, Vermont, and Maine; the Canadian media was more worried about 10% of the country’s population being out of power).

    • Another view

      As far as I am concerned, the severity of the ice storm is defined by how long the power is out. There was an ice storm in VA in the early 90s and most of the city did not get power back for nearly a week. The ice storm was thick and broke the top of 50-75% of the trees. Within a day the temperature was in the 50s, but all the power lines were down. This was before most people had generators, so people lost everything in the refrigerator. Many people lived the week at motels in an adjoining city about 60 miles away.

      • Re: Another view

        At least in the great frozen north you can put your food in a cooler and shove it outside (optimally in the garage, so you don’t get attacked by bears.

        What was the no-electricity method for cooking the chili? I hear charcoal chimneys make good emergency burners, as long as you don’t mind standing outside while cooking. (and have cookware that can stand really high heat.)