We had a real Northeaster a foot of wet snow, trees down, and power out for two days, but the below was before snow plows, generators and as a friend used to say “before the spine had gone out of the American working man!”

The Great Blizzard of 1888 Hits the Northeast:
March 11–14, 1888

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During the night of March 11–12, 1888, heavy rain falling across the northeastern United States turned into snow, heralding the start of a blizzard that would kill hundreds of people and cut off major hubs like New York City from the rest of the country for days.4.

Great Blizzard of 1888The weather had been warm and mild leading up to the blizzard, but a cold, snowy storm moving in from the Great Lakes region collided with a warm, wet storm moving up from the south, creating a blizzard that not only dumped 20–60 inches of snow but was also accompanied by hurricane-force winds and below-freezing temperatures.

The blizzard was at its worst on the 12th and 13th. The wind blew so hard that snow accumulated in drifts sometimes dozens of feet high. Trains were unable to run for days, telegraph lines were knocked down across the northeast, and hundreds of boats along the coast were sunk or beached. Due to the cold temperatures and whiteout conditions, people froze to death in the streets and livestock died in the fields.

On the 13th, while New York City was still in the grips of the blizzard, the New York Tribunedescribed the previous day of the storm:

“The forcible if not elegant vocabulary of pugilism supplied the phrases which will, perhaps, best reveal to the popular imagination the effect of the storm that visited New York yesterday. New York was simply ‘knocked out,’ ‘paralyzed,’ and reduced to a condition of suspended animation. Traffic was practically stopped, and business abandoned. […] Chaos reigned, and the proud, boastful metropolis was reduced to the condition of a primitive settlement.”

The storm had mostly dissipated by the 14th, but the cleanup was only beginning. Mountains of snow had to be cleared from the roads and train tracks, communications lines had to be repaired, and debris blown around during the storm had to be removed. To make matters worse, when the weather warmed back up, flooding from the snowmelt occurred in some places.

The consequences of the storm made a big impression on local officials, and as a result, major cities like New York began moving their trains and communication lines underground.

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First Post 2018

Guns…. I have posted about this before but after the horrendous shooting in Parkland Florida, two things happened that have to be noted.

1- Rush Limbaugh was on Chris Wallace Sunday news show and said he thought the answer to the problem was allowing canceled weapons to be carried in the schools. To me the extraordinary thing was that chris Wallace did not even push back on this absurd statement.

Senator Langford from Oklahoma  was on another Sunday new show and responded to a question about AR 15s when asked whether they were necessary for hunting. He said some of his friends use them for hunting.

Now as I have said before I own guns and believe a citizen should have the right to own firearms. However I also agree with Ronald Reagan who said he believed in the right to own guns but not machine guns… read semi automatic weapons.

There goes my rating with the NRA!

Autumn in Clove Valley

The leaves are turning now, almost two weeks late and the colors while bright are not the usual flaming orange red and yellow.

But, it was a spectacular year for peaches and apples, more than any in my memory. We were loaded down with peaches until early September and the last of the apples were picked yesterday.

I made enough apple sauce for most of the winter and froze about 25 containers as well as three gallons of cider.

Pam over in Millbrook gave me the recipe easy and perfect, core em, leave peels on add lemon juice and cinnamon, cook em slow and then mush em and there you are, no sugar or other things and it comes out perfect. And I can’t boil water!


White Footed Mice, Carey Institute

The article below describes a study related to the tick problem in the Northeast. They are everywhere in the woods and when the dogs are out they often come in loaded with ticks. Ticks somehow jump off plants and land on you and find a nice warm spot to dig in.

The Carey Institute is in Millbrook and was founded by the Flagler family who I think among other accomplishments built the railroads in Florida and the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach.

Now here is a little known fact about the Flagler family. Their original name was Vlageler and they were German Palatines who came to America in 1709 as refugees from the war between England and France. They settled in….. yes…. Clove Valley!


white footed mice

Pip Squeak

I don’t know why the words came into my mind, maybe I saw some pip squeak on television talking about some political matter. Many politicians are pip squeaks. You may want to send in your favorite one.

Anyway when I looked up the word I found an interesting link to a Second World War device described below.

We saw the movie Dunkirk last night and it was pretty good but I dont go to the movies that often anymore, too much effort and two of the lead actors we had seen in Netflix, Wallender and Peeky Blinders lead actors were in the movie.

Pip-squeak was a simple radio navigation system used by the British Royal Air Force during the early part of World War II. Pip-squeak used an aircraft’s voice radio set to periodically send out a 1 kHz tone which was picked up by ground-based high-frequency direction finding (HFDF, “huff-duff”) receivers. Using three HFDF measurements, observers could determine the location of friendly aircraft using triangulation.

Pip-squeak was used by fighter aircraft during the Battle of Britain as part of the Dowding system, where it provided the primary means of locating friendly forces, and indirectly providing identification friend or foe (IFF). At the time, radar systems were sited on the shore and did not provide coverage over the inland areas, so IFF systems that produced unique radar images were not always useful for directing interceptions. Pip-squeak was added to provide coverage in these areas. As more radar stations were added and over-land areas became widely covered, pip-squeak was replaced by IFF systems of increasing sophistication.

Pip-squeak gets its name from a contemporary comic stripPip, Squeak and Wilfred. It was first implemented in the TR.9D radio. The system was also used by the USAAF, where the equipment was known as RC-96A.

Coffee, Olive Oil and Other Things

I’m not very careful about what I eat, yes not too much red meat, not too much fried foods, plenty of fish, you get the idea.

But i saw an article recently linked below that coffee is good for you and may reduce death. Now that doesnt mean it will eliminate death but may not bring it on early and may in fact delay it.

I stopped drinking coffee a few years ago and usually drink tea but recently I have started to have a cup of coffee from time to time. When I go to Babette’s in Millbrook I sometimes ask for a small coffee with the croissant (which I am sure is bad for you) but now here is one for those who are careful students of diet and what to put in your mouth, Olive oil!

We have a neighbor who was horrified that I was using corn oil to cook in. Of course I don’t cook that much but I listened. She told me avocado oil or what I thought was olive oil was good for you. But when I saw her she said regular olive oil wasn’t good for you only extra virgin.

Enough of this stuff, a good cup of coffee and God Forbid, an old fashioned donut from Dunkin Donuts, might kill you but it does taste just fine.

coffee and death

Occoms Razor and Baily’s Beads

Ok here we go, a one year free subscription to those who know the meaning of both……

First Occum’s Razor, see the below link:

occum’s razor

But far more interesting is Baily’s Beads who I saw back in 76 at the last total eclipse of the sun in Nova Scotia. I intend to go out to see the total eclipse in Kentucky, the best place in the country to observe it on August 21st, should be a steller show!

Baily’s Beads

baily's beads