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  •  I'm with you Ken (11+ / 0-)

    but i will say this; I've lived in central NJ for the past 50 years; never have i required a generator. Until the two big winters of 09-10 and 11-12, the latter of which threatened a catastrophic ice storm after a run of impossible blizzards. We did not need the generator that winter and it sat on my back porch,,,until Irene, Power out for days. No problem I told my kids, both my own and my students ( i am now doing direct counseling as opposed to paperwork ) these storms are rare. And then in October of the same year, a freak snowstorm brought down more trees, and I had to break out the generator yet again. This time even more power outages resulted. It then did not snow for the rest of the winter, maintaining a freakish 50 degree winter, with dandelions blooming in Feb. But I didn't need the generator and put it back in the shed, where it collected dust and mouse droppings. A month ago or so, i decided to fire it up to see if it still worked. What's the chances i'd need it again? And then Sandy, another freak Hurricane, one that wasn't supposed to happen, a storm that defied the odds; the hurricane equivalent of the California big one; the storm that just may propel the vile Chris Christie to the White House ( but i digress ) because he cried when the Boss gave him a hug, but whatever. A week later, we had another freak snowstorm, with Freehold NJ getting 13 inches. Think about it. Baltimore with two impossible back to back blizzards in 2010, parts of the area had some 50 inches onthe ground. More like Anchorage than Baltimore, which averages what, 17 inches in a normal year?. And a hurricane phasing with a cold front, blocked from moving out to sea by an offshore rex block and a kink in the jet stream? The facts before us are obvious; something is going on with the climate. And I am looking at spending the bucks for a back up generator that runs on natural gas. What's next? An earthquake?Oh, wait a minute....anyway, you can convert a standard gasoline generator to natural gas rather easily if you are the least bit mechanical, and there are kits available online. Happy Thanksgiving, and in NJ many of us are happy to have a home still standing because just minutes from me people in Staten Island and Union Beach NJ have no place to go.

    •  I measured 48" during Snowmageddon (4+ / 0-)
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      which means it was more, because when you get wetter snow - and this was wet - it compresses fairly quickly.

      In most snowfalls, I can keep the public sidewalks along both sides of our property clear by going out and shovelling ever few hours.  Not this time.

      Fortunately one person in the neighborhood has a snow rake which we passed around, or we might have had some collapsed roofs.   The main part of my house has a fairly steep pitch on the roof, so I knew snow would slide off pretty much by itself, but the annex where I am sitting has a shallow slope, and I had to rake off 4 feet of snow to keep it from collapsing.

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      by teacherken on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 06:10:23 AM PST

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      •  And at the time (1+ / 0-)
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        meteorologists said you shouldn't get back to back blizzards; that the atmosphere should relax a bit, lie a rubber band that has been stretched and snapped. The reason the first blizzard on Feb 6 2010 dumped so much in the mid Atlantic was that it could not move north like most storms, due to an offshore polar vortex,a block. Sound familiar? As a result theonly part of NYC that got snow was the south shore of Staten island, which got around 7 inches.As you moved down the NJ turnpike the snow increased until you got to Camden,which had two feet...it was the first time Philly and NYC had such wide divergence in a big storm, with Manhattan getting nothing. We got the other storm 3 days later, and the "Snowicaine" which spared the mid Atlantic, and perversely, New England, which got flooding rains while we got snow....another anomaly. Two weks later brought a rainswept noreaster that downed trees all over the place. There's a pattern here of anomalous storms...also weather geeks have pointed out that we don't get average winters anymore; we either get dumped on or we get nothing. They've got the stats to back that up. By the way I meant winter of 10-11 not 11-12.

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      I just want to mention the possibility that since so much de-industrialization of the US has occurred and shifted to China and asia in general (where corporations are free to pollute as much as they want), that the jet stream has probably shifted and can be causing all the changed weather patterns and freakishness.   I know people (US persons) who worked in China for a few years and had to quit their jobs finding work back in the US with another employer JUST so they could protect the health of their families.  They couldn't take it anymore.

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      by FreeTradeIsYourEpitaph on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 06:49:50 AM PST

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      •  The northern jet stream (1+ / 0-)
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        has probably been more affected by the arctic ice melt than moving manufacturing to China.  However the air quality there is quite bad, esp. in the cities.  My daughter and her family lived two years in Beijing and said just living there was the equivalent of smoking two packs of cigarettes daily.  

        •  That's right. (1+ / 0-)
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          Enhanced warming of the Arctic affects the jet stream by slowing its west-to-east winds and by promoting larger north-south meanders in the flow. Predicting those meanders and where the weather associated with them will be located in any given year, however, remains a challenge.
          Read more here:  http://thinkprogress.org/...

          Renewable energy brings national global security.     

          by Calamity Jean on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 06:36:55 PM PST

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