I have tried to find accurate records for our local snowfall this winter, but have failed. Seems all the anal retentive types like my dad was regarding weather are taking a breath and laying low. All I have is my own imprecise total. A total compiled by looking outside, seeing where the top of new snow is relative to the piles of old snow. Add in serious discussions and considerations by my wife and we have agreed that so far, the Winter of 07-08 is back on track to the winters we both remember from 20 years ago.
Now I do not want to assume our tally is the final word. So I ran it by my crusty ole fart neighbor, Bob, while he was out with Tar, his crusty ole fart dog. Bob felt, and I have to agree, that my total was low. He figured another 10 inches at least. So, after meticulous and accurate estimating and after consulting with local experts, we have decided that Sam Page Road in Acton, Maine is well over 50" total snowfall for the winter. So far.
My snow blower would agree with this but probably contend our final amount was on the low side. If I cared to listen to it beyond it's whining when I attempt to run it through the hard pack from the town plow at the end of the drive, I might be more considerate of it's opinion. But as most us of do, I only listen to my machinery when it refuses to work for me.
Because I do not want to jinx my thus far excellent relationship with the Ariens sno blower, I will say that so far, it has stepped up and done what it is supposed to do without any complaint. With the exception of the occaisional shudder and binding at each end of the drive, it has moved the snow out of the way.
Which brings me to why I even started this post.
Just who do I blame for this untimely uptick in snowfall? Who is to blame for my having to buy more gas to feed my sno blower? I mean, the way we seem to be fired up about the weather of late, I figure this recent turn has to be someone's fault. Since no one wants to step up, I guess I'll just blame Al Gore. He has broad shoulders, he can handle it.