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Friday, February 05, 2010

Snow at the beach

This is a sight I never thought I'd see - snow on the pelican planter and sea grass. I mean, we purchased a home in a more "moderate climate" so we wouldn't have to deal with the white flaky stuff.

It's really starting to come down now with much, much more predicted to come. The nifty little temperature gauge our friend Bill installed last month at our kitchen window says it's 36 degrees outside.

It's toasty warm in our wee cottage - thanks be to God!

Ms. Conroy just called with instructions on how to start the gas stove on the sun deck, just in case we lose electricity.

Losing electricity is really the only thing that concerns me. I suppose I can do without light and even my cell phone. At least I'll be able to keep warm and dry.

Global warming? What an inconvenient truth!

18 comments:

suzanne said...

Elizabeth, I'm afraid that while the coming amount of snow is a rarity along the shore, you and Ms. C just didn't go far enough south for a true temperate climate. Some believe you Are in God's country. Having said that, we'll be happy to welcome you and her to the Diocese of Delaware.

ST

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

"Temperate" is okay. I was really looking for something more "moderate". Thanks for the welcome. It can't come soon enough.

the cajun said...

Just stay safe. The snow, so far, is heavy and wet (temps in RB hit 42 today)so it won't be an easy shoveling chore.
There's already talk of DE issuing a State of Emergency which will shutdown everything tomorrow. If not, I am expected at DL at 10 am.
Slow, but a good lunch crowd today.
If I lose power I'm dead in the water here. Everything, even running water needs electric power.
Love to you both.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Hey, Baby Boy. I'm not looking forward to shoveling. Hoping the teen boys next door can help. I went to the bank and have a few $20 ready.

I would love nothing more than to see you at lunch at DL. I'm thinking that's not going to happen.

the cajun said...

You're right about that, sugar.

He's done it.

http://governor.delaware.gov/news/2010/1002february/20100205-emergency.shtml

Stay warm and safe.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Good call. I just realized I don't have any boots here. YIKES!!! Hope you are warm and safe.

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth,
wishing you well in the midst of the storm...
Grace and peace from a balmy Anchorage AK tonight...

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Thank you. I do believe this is the nicest note I've ever gotten on this blog from anyone named "Anonymous".

Riley said...
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Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Maker's Mark is always in stock at the beach, along with Dewars, Gray Goose, Bootles and Bombay Sapphire.

Anonymous said...

I wish you the best as well. I have a twin in Newark with a condo at Rehobeth. Re: The Makers Mark...those of us in the Bluegrass respect you for that. If you find you need ice, unfortunately we may have more than we want tonight, and would gladly share but it's really hard to shovel.

romelover said...

Elizabeth--global warming probably is part of the cause of these storms...this is an El Nino influence. And (per NOAA's site) "El Niños have been present for thousands, and some indicators suggest maybe millions, of years. However, it has been hypothesized that warmer global sea surface temperatures can enhance the El Niño phenomenon, and it is also true that El Niños have been more frequent and intense in recent decades. Whether El Niño occurrence changes with climate change is a major research question."
In short--they're looking at what impact global warming has on such storms.

(Don't mean to lecture, but I work at with this department. And the Head of NOAA, Dr. Jane Lubchenco, was on TV describing this effect.)

romelover said...

Elizabeth--global warming probably is part of the cause of these storms...this is an El Nino influence. And (per NOAA's site) "El Niños have been present for thousands, and some indicators suggest maybe millions, of years. However, it has been hypothesized that warmer global sea surface temperatures can enhance the El Niño phenomenon, and it is also true that El Niños have been more frequent and intense in recent decades. Whether El Niño occurrence changes with climate change is a major research question."
In short--they're looking at what impact global warming has on such storms.

(Don't mean to lecture, but I work at with this department. And the Head of NOAA, Dr. Jane Lubchenco, was on TV describing this effect.)

Janet Detter Margul said...

Then, my dear friend I know on the intertubes, the only thing to do is to cuddle down, enjoy the splendor outside the windows, and stay warm. The only thing missing is a purring cat on your lap. My pound kitten I got right before Thanksgiving (at 1.6 pounds) is trained (ha! not trained, just likes to do it) to crawl down onto my feet when I tell him my feets are too cold. He's now 5.2 pounds!! and puts out some serious warmth. I'd say I'd share, but I couldn't, he's too dear already, but I could go get you your own at the pound, they always have way too many cats and kittens. Did you get enough $20s to get dug out clear to the street? If not I'm sure your teens will do so anyway, such is the way of teen boys, and you'll be fine, even without power. Just call it a God-enforced contemplative time, and you couldn't have a more wonderful view. Stay warm!

whiteycat said...

No boots at the beach? Elizabeth, this was your week for having "boot issues" wasn't it.

Bede said...

Dear Elizabeth,

I was in Rehoboth in the late 70s/early 80s, and there was a huge snow storm. I actually saw the ocean freeze! My gas line on my car froze, too, but a little warm up in the parking lot of an Italian restaurant took care of that little problem. Stay warm.

VTcrone said...

It's cold but sunny up here in VT but as I noted elsewhere, the Mid Atlantic states and going south do not know how to handle even a little snow.
Of course the global warming deniers are just loving this. Here's a link to TPM;
http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2010/02/snopidity.php?ref=fpblg
Keep warm-and safe!

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Some are in total panic here. Srsly. Well, it's understandable. Would you all in VT really know what to do with HOT weather that lasted most of the summer? 'Cept, maybe, give thanks and praise to God.