Yesterday we were hit by a nor'easter and the news says Suffolk County (in Long Island) got hit the worst. It was pouring rain that turned into hail, snowflake clusters the size of my fist, cold, windy, thunder and lightning!
We were snowed in with 4ft piled against the front door! Dad had to go through the dog run in the back, hop over that fence, then go to the front. The back-gate was frozen shut too, so he used the wheel barrel to stand on and climb over the fence to get to the front door while mom and I were using a dust pan to shovel the snow by the front door...
After the shoveling was done, I got my camera and took Yuki for a walk to see how the neighborhood looked...
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We got a "red alert" phone call saying that the town of Brookhaven was declared an emergency and there wouldn't be any plows as they were being used on major roads. They told people not to drive anywhere and that there won't be any rescue trucks. The main road is still really bad with only tracks of where quads and sleds had gone through. The side streets were a blanket of snow, frozen in time.
I'm glad I had put some seed and suet out the day before the storm. Many of our feathered friends were happy to see their feeders packed with seeds!
The dogs had a great time! Our rough collie Yuki was running amok and wrestling with our malamute Balto!
Even though snow can be a pain in the butt, it's a beautiful pain in the butt! I know some people hate it, but I see the nice side of a blizzard. It blankets the noisy world into a quilt of silence with only birds fluttering about. Nature's frozen beauty makes the artificial man-made realm into a work of art.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
Finally got the internet back! Hurricane Sandy did a lot of damage around here in Long Island NY… Tree’s fell all over the place, power lines down, many have no electricity, mile long lines to the few gas stations that are open, people with red gas cans waiting on line, traffic lights out in some areas, damage to buildings… Lowe’s hardware store had a huge line of people with cars lined up buying generators like candy.
Thankfully the area where we live is in a no-flood zone. Areas by the bay got totally flooded and had mandatory evacuation. Several huge branches of our Weeping Willow Tree tore off, some of the fences came down and we had blackouts. The wind was so incredibly powerful – as strong as pines are, even they were swaying. Dirt, branches and leaves flying, wind was roaring but it didn’t rain much here and the birds were still partying by my bird feeders. Thankfully our 60ft pitch pine withstood the storm!
I was trying my hand at creating keychains and pendents and made this Ronin Yoshino keychain! It's a little sloppy, but I managed to coverup most of my mistakes ^^; Once I get better at making these, I might sell them?
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The northern part of the territory is divided by the Namahage Mountains. Beyond the mountain range is a massive glacial tundra at an altitude over 12000 ft. An area in the glacial tundra melted and formed a massive fresh water lake which formed three major rivers: Tora River (which flows through Tora Forest into Lake O-Gon-Cho), Kappa River (flows into a series of small lakes) and Hebi River (the largest river which divides the Fujiwara Province from the Takemaru Province). Most of the landscape below the mountains consists of conifer pines, firs, hemlock, oaks and aspen.
There are two massive forests in the region called the Tora Forest (located in the Northeast) and Kirin Forest (located in the Southwest). The forests are divided by the Tora River. A smaller mountain range in Tora Forest borders Lake O-Gon-Cho. A large cave lies within the largest of these mountains and a series of rolling hills borders the Kirin Forest. Further south, the forests change to mostly maples, cherry trees and birch trees. Willows often grow by lakes and marshes. Pines tend to grow near shallow soil, beaches or rocky terrain.
The average temperature is between 60-75 degree's with night around the 50's. Spring is the longest season and often has more unpredictable weather. Most thunderstorms, tornado's and monsoons occur during this time of year. Flooding is common in the lowland regions. Summer is typically very hot and dry ranging 80-100 degree's with little to no rainfall. Wildfires, drought and the occasional dust storm rolls in over Kujira Sea from the far Southern land. Autumn is a very short transitional season as the deciduous trees change colour and drop their leaves. Weather is typically very windy with temperature's in the upper 70's. Tropical storms are common at this time of year. Winter isn't very long, but it's the coldest season with temperatures 15-40 degree's with nights dropping to as low as -10 degrees. Blizzards are the norm - by the lowlands the air is more humid from the sea causing wet-cold air and icy wind while the highlands have dry-cold air.