..that we've moved the salt into the bedroom, where the A/C unit is. Because [livejournal.com profile] zeightyfiv noticed that it was deliquescing.
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Yesterday, moisture from hurricane Sandy started arriving as tiny high-altitude ice crystals, much like this. It made quite a show. [livejournal.com profile] zeightyfiv and I stood out on the porch and watched it for a good while, but didn't take pictures because it was Shabbat. Here are some from other people:

Forwards (2) and backwards (1) rainbows over the Boston Public Library. (Credit: @madeinlowell.)

Both of the sundogs, plus halo and two backwards rainbows. (Credit: @robwright11)
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The sun is warm, the air is cool, and the shoreline is truly beautiful. And me? I'm sitting in a windowless classroom for an extra two hours today, thanks to physics recitation.
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( Aug. 28th, 2011 11:30 am)
No rain at the moment, but the pavement is clearly wet outside. Light wind with a strong gust every minute or two.

SOP for hurricanes and tropical storms is to assume that your tap water has been "contaminated" until proven otherwise. Last night I learned that they don't mean run-of-the-mill broken water main contamination, but contamination with raw sewage. Ew. Glad I filled a bucket with wash water. Wish I'd thought to grab a bottle of hand sanitizer.
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403: A rack of test tubes with the caption "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate". (Solution or precipitate)
( Aug. 28th, 2011 03:16 am)
It's been drizzling lightly for most of the day, with occasional interludes of heavy rain. I spent most of the alleged daylight hours paying down sleep debt rather than doing anything productive.

As far as storm prep goes, we have plenty of water and food that doesn't require cooking. I'd be irked if the weather remained too awful to barbecue for more than a couple of days in a row, though. (We have an electric stove & oven, so I'm not expecting them to be available continuously.)
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( Aug. 14th, 2011 03:20 pm)
I'm trying to pack, but my forwards momentum is being sapped by how disgustingly humid it is today. Ugh.
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I went outside to chop ice off the sidewalk, just to have an excuse to go out in the thunderstorm.


Did find that the cobblestones on the Minuteman extension trail had iced up earlier this evening, requiring use of YakTrax. I'm sure it's all melted again by now - the rain is quite warm.
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403: A rack of test tubes with the caption "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate". (Solution or precipitate)
( Feb. 2nd, 2011 03:55 pm)
First it snowed tapioca. Then it rained for a while. Tonight it's supposed to freeze hard. Since the snow is blocking almost all storm drains, water has pooled in low-lying areas like shoveled sidewalks and crosswalks.

Tomorrow is going to be so much Fun.
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403: Fractal of nested rainbow curves. (Edges)
( Jan. 27th, 2011 06:29 am)
Woke up 2h early by a mis-set light on a timer, I discovered that my classes were canceled due to snow. It's been a really long time since I've lived in a place where people had to concede anything to the weather at this time of year.
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I'm up an hour too early because, after taking all reasonable precautions against being disturbed, the fire alarm in the hall has started its low-battery *bip!*. An hour is too little time for me to get further useful sleep.

I'm getting up so early because I have a Godawful Morning Class, of which only one section is offered this semester.

Classes this term: Microbiology & Lab, Cell Biology & Lab, General Bio II & Lab. 12 credits total. I don't expect any of them to be too much work, but the lab reports may get tedious.

*glances at the house weather station* It's currently -0.4F (-17.5C) outside, not including wind chill. With wind chill, it's -19F (-28C). Just thinking about that makes me feel cold. The walk to the train station is going to be so much Fun.
We were supposed to fly to Phoenix tomorrow. However, the airline canceled all flights out of Boston tomorrow due to the impending blizzard.

I spoke with an efficient customer service person who has us scheduled for a flight leaving almost exactly 24h later. Kind've needed that day, though.
Yarn store was open today, so I dropped by on my way to the grocery. It took me an hour to learn the most basic three parts of crocheting. (For the record: chain stitches, single-crochet stitch, how to finish a row and start another.) It'll take further practice to get it into muscle-memory, of course.

The downstairs furnace is on strike (has been since yesterday), and the chance of getting a repaircritter with the incoming blizzard is precisely nil. So I'm planning to stay upstairs and warm.
403: Cheerful-looking octopus. (Hapalochlaena lunulata)
( Dec. 20th, 2010 03:08 pm)
That is all.
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403: Cheerful-looking octopus. (Hapalochlaena lunulata)
( Oct. 21st, 2010 04:49 pm)
My order of long underwear arrived today. It's made of win. (Okay, silk and wool. But that's close enough to win, right?)

Now, if only I could find a good source of fingerless gloves...
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403: Listen to the song of the paper cranes... (Default)
( Oct. 5th, 2010 01:49 pm)
It's a lovely, misty day outside, and cool enough to make physical work an attractive activity, even with the humidity. I'd love to be out gardening right now. Instead? I'm spending most of the day sitting in windowless classrooms.
403: Spiral of black and white stones, on a go board. (Spiral)
( Sep. 4th, 2010 10:35 pm)
They promised me a tropical storm, or at least an evening/morning of rain and wind. Instead? It was clear and breezy.

In other news, I have a fresh stack of books to read.
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403: A rack of test tubes with the caption "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate". (Solution or precipitate)
( Sep. 3rd, 2010 11:40 am)
NOAA's current estimate is that there's a 57% chance of hurricane Earl (currently a Cat2) creating tropical storm conditions in the greater Boston area as the main storm passes by just outside of Cape Cod. We also have a flash flood watch going until tomorrow (9/4) at 06:00. I love rough weather and am feeling excited about it - and a little disappointed that it's passing through during Shabbat, so I won't be able to take pictures.

I have a healthy respect for natural events, of course, and have made a few pessimistic assumptions about what I should be prepared for.. and then found the household to be in decent shape.

Going down the life-systems checklist... )

Yesterday, I sifted through the garden and pulled 11 small-to-midsize potatoes from plants that didn't survive the move. I think I've made back my investment in potato. Still to bring in are the green beans and an ear or two of corn.

The rest of today will be spent preparing for Shabbat, with a scattering of removing smaller potted plants into the house, where they won't get blown over.
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Right now, it's 92F with 22% humidity. In Somerville, MA.

In Phoenix, AZ, it's currently 95F with 31% humidity.

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