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I Slept Through Fall

Decided to sleep in today, but apparently I woke up having slept through fall and gone straight into Winter. Not much accumulation on the ground here, but it’s coming down. The real concern is there are many outages on power. We’re pretty good here so far, but if the blog disappears, you’ll know why. I have about 50 minutes on UPS if things go south, so I’ll update in that case, assuming it doesn’t happen in the middle of the night.

My relatives up in Connecticut are reporting 7 inches. I’m hearing reports from New Jersey that it’s more like 4 inches there. We’re in the “Wintery Mix” zone, which means we’re getting wet, heavy slush like accumulation. My only concern is my trees still have their leaves, and freezing water over that large a surface area, with wind gusts, is a lot to ask of a tree. And much like the Money Pit, we have very weak trees.

Been working on getting some performance tracking working for the new server. I never really cared that much previously, but I decided to put some time into getting some MRTG tracking working. This way if we get a traffic spike while I’m not paying attention I at least have some data to analyze. Here’s some preliminary stats if anyone is interested.

11 Responses to “I Slept Through Fall”

  1. Hank Archer says:

    Had to turn on the A/C coming back from Sacramento today.

  2. Oakenheart says:

    Just curious what kind of UPS you have. I modded a APC SUA1500, and with a 450W load I can run 6 hours. Yanked the internal batteries, routed the Anderson connector out the back, reprogrammed the EEPROM battery constant and set the unit as if it had 2 external battery packs, and connected her up to 2 marine deep cycle batteries in a closet that has ventilation to the attic so hydrogen buildup is no problem. :) Seems the XL models that have a plug for extra batteries, and the non-XL models are identical except for the plug for extra batteries. Easy to mod up :)

  3. MikeSilver says:

    Settled Science …. Global Warming is real … except for the snow outside.

    • Bitter says:

      That’s why they switched the term to “climate change.” They couldn’t stand having it thrown in their faces how warm it was not, so instead they chose something that will fit no matter what happens on the planet. It was smart PR, but it was far too late for it to stop becoming a joke.

  4. Dannytheman says:

    I had 5 inches of snow fall on us yesterday and into last night. I truly might have to go out and shovel the walk from the driveway to the front door. But I will wait till noon and see what the sun does. I drug the generator 2500 KW out and ran it yesterday in case. It took 4 pulls to get it started!

    • Bitter says:

      It’s probably a smart move on checking the generator. If this is a preview, this winter will suck.

      At least we’re not Northern New Jersey, though. I just checked on the Accuweather list of places that got the most snow. A town near the area where a friend lives got 19″ of snow. A town not terribly far from where I went to college got the most at more than 27″. Talk about misery.

  5. j t bolt says:

    It’s worse than you think, Sebastian. You probably think it’s 2011. It’s 2051. And President Chelsea Clinton is in for a tough re-election campaign.

    • Sebastian says:

      I’m glad that rumor was just a rumor about Chelsea. We need another generation of Clinton politicos like we need another generation of Kennedys.

  6. larry weeks says:

    I feel your pain. It usually hits here in Iowa, then moves your way, but we dodged this bullet. My little town still has four big diesel generators. When Iowa Power takes a dump, Kevin or Mark just fires them up and away we go. We regularly lose trees and power lines to ice build up so very familiar with what you’re going through. Don’t envy you a bit. My 10K generator is ready and waiting, just in case.

  7. Ian Argent says:

    The weather forecast caused me to check an assumption about my furnace that turned out to be incorrect. The electrical supply for the furnace (required exhaust blower and whatever electronics are in the thing) is hardwired to the breaker box (though the same circuit has a standard outlet attached downstream). This means I can’t power it independent of mains power without installing a transfer switch. Which is annoying.

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