Astronomically speaking, it isn’t winter yet. Meteorologically, however, is another story. Parts of northern Maine have already had several significant snowfalls, but southern and central Maine have not. Until now.
Usually, it seems, we have a few light dustings, or even a few inches of snow in mid to late November, which mostly melt, to steel us against the coming winter. Not so this year. Today’s storm is being billed as a “killer” storm. While any adverse weather event may have some potential for causing hazardous travel, utility interruptions, and other causes of injury or death, it seems to me that we have gotten soft. Or at least “someone” thinks we have. The local TV stations have, to some degree, toned down their “ohmigod, look outside, it’s weather!” response, but only a little.
By the time things wind down tomorrow morning our area is supposed to have received from 10 to 18 inches of snow, accompanied by strong northeast winds. Glad I got the snowthrower on the tractor yesterday.