It’s the storm of the century of the year. I might be happy that I got that generator when I did.

Nearly every single major weather model now shows the eventual “phasing,” or capture, of Hurricane Sandy by an intense polar airmass

When snow comes before all the leaves are off the trees, especially if it’s a wet and sticky snow, very bad things happen. We’ll make contingency plans for the blog in the event of a serious, prolonged outage.

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  1. Miami: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 79 by 5pm. Windy, with a northeast wind 20 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.

    So basically wet & windy down here. You guys are not even showing a Tropical Storm Watch so you don’t get to fire up the generator.

  2. Please, please do not forget to ground your generator to a cold water pipe or an 8 foot ground rod that is bonded to your house ground.

    I put the generator on the far side of my truck to deaden noise, and I have a piece of wood to help deflect the noise as well.

    Get a cheap siphon to use on your cars to fill smaller lighter 2.5 gallon plastic gas jugs. (Fill the cars, duh)

    Is your supply extension cord high quality 12, 10 or 8 gauge? I made mine out of house wire. 10 gauge to go 25 feet, then 4 plug gang box on end.

    Need to take yard signs down before they blow away. (This storm will keep kids inside on mischief night though)

  3. They are calling it the “Perfect Storm”.

    The sensational headlines generally means we can rest easy. A little wet, a little wind and a lot of blowing from weather-casters who love the attention.

    1. I don’t think they’re being irresponsible, it could be really, really bad, storms like this have hit before with nasty results. Telling people a very possible worst case allows the diligent to make final preparations in case everything right, or is that wrong?, happens with this storm.

      1. Of course, you are correct. I was being a wise-ass.

        When Irene hit last year my super-preemie son was just a little more than a week home from two months in the Annapolis NICU. He was on a heart/lung monitor 24/7 and would regularly stop breathing. The machine would let us know to wake him up and get him going again. Scary as hell, but you get used to it. The little machine had a battery pack that lasted about 12 hours.

        As the weather nerds (said with respect) talked, it became clear that something might happen to affect us down here in bay country. I only had one older pull-start generator. I also had a kid who needed power 24/7. We have no local family and all our friends were in the same boat as us.

        I bought another generator and had it air-shipped to us, just in case and just in time. We ended up losing power five days, and we didn’t have to decamp elsewhere. Little man was safe. I lent the new backup-backup generator to a family down the road. I didn’t need two when some people had none.

        I really do appreciate what these weather guys do for us. A few days warning is all it takes to save lives.

        But that doesn’t mean I can’t have a little fun at their expense, given how often they say it won’t rain before I stand outside in the downpour. ;)

        And as a side note, the good people in the Annapolis, MD NICU rock. The things they do daily amazed me. Those nurses literally save lives every hour, and it rolls right off them. They have the added task of teaching parents how to manage life-critical care that 99.99% of parents never need to worry about. And they also lend a shoulder when needed. If you ever find yourself in this position, get over to them and tell them little Xander sent you.

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