Who turned the oven on?

I thought it felt a little warm out yesterday. Especially since this is the end of April and we’re in Maine, so I put two thermometers in the shade on the patio table. It was >90F (>32C) in the shade! Quite a departure and historic heat record in Maine, considering the previous record was 73F, according to wunderground. 

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2 days 60F difference

The good thing about going to Florida for two weeks mid-winter is that you get to spend some time in a warmer climate, relax, sun & surf. The bad thing about going to Florida for two weeks mid-winter is that you can come back to 15F with 25mph winds (think 0F wind chill) and more than a foot of snow & ice covering everything. Reality can be cold and white.

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Road sign

The Kennebec river went several feet above flood stage here in Augusta, causing a considerable part of the riverside city park to be flooded and this sign (at the start of a walking trail by the access to the boat ramp) to stand up to it’s shoulders in water.

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>28 hours of snow. Heatwave requested

I have never moved that much snow on a continuous basis before. I don’t mind a bit of snow, but we’ve had I don’t know how many inches now and it is still snowing. Enough already! All that shoveling (and hanging some drywall actually) made my arms feel like they’re two inches longer. LOL. And, where do you put all this snow? ( little peek in the back yard, which actually doesn’t look too bad ) After a big half hour of digging around this morning (and several clearing sessions yesterday (morning, noon, afternoon, night), I had cleared the driveway again. The only question was how tough it would be to drive through the snow pack on the street. It didn’t look like the city came around since yesterday afternoon. Luckily there came one of the big trucks with two plows. Right on time! Oh, wait a sec, … no, he’s not going to plow us right back in, right?! (happened every time yesterday) I ran back to the street with my shovel and the driver was nice enough to lift the side plow a little so we only got a quarter load of all the snow that was on the street. The rest of the folks in our street were out of luck, with a super-sized at least knee-deep 2 foot wide mound of packed snow all along their driveway. Happy digging!

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