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While I was just taking notice of the recent uptick in posts in this forum it suddenly struck me that, yes, it is September. This is the time when some of us begin to dust off the memories of winters past, realizing that this upcoming winter is not too far off on the horizon anymore.
 

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I am still waiting on the dry season to come so some earth work could be done without digging in constraint mud. Our fall monsoon season will be soon upon us and then the cold of winter.
 

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No, .......no, ........no, no, ..........NO!

I am planting grass seed. In the immortal words of Chip Diller: Remain calm, all is well!
 

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I'm trying to figure out what happened to summer. :tango_face_surprise
 

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Whoa.. I need a lot more warm boating weather.
 

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I'm hoping that winter forgets to come here this year.
ha ha good luck with that. Farmers alminac says here in PA we are getting record amounts of cold and snow. Glad i have the 332 with a plow or snow blower. :tango_face_devil:


I am still waiting on the dry season to come so some earth work could be done without digging in constraint mud. Our fall monsoon season will be soon upon us and then the cold of winter.
Man do I hear that. It poured again today making more mud..............

I'm trying to figure out what happened to summer. :tango_face_surprise
Really! I spent it at a job 45 mins away being so hot and sweaty that by the time I got home I had no energy to do anything. :tango_face_crying:

I know what happened to summer. Rain, rain, more rain, hot and humid. I am ready for fall.
Yep same here rain rain rain then HEAT and sun making humidity. :tango_face_crying:
 

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We went from 90 degrees to 70 degrees last week and evenings now dropping into the 40's. Won't be long!!
love it! :tango_face_grin:
 

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Summer has been 1) cold and wet 2) dry some heat 3) hot. It is now turning cooler day by day. Only 70 here at noon. Will see some hot days yet, but fewer and far between.

My lawn, which I don't water, is green as if were early May. Couple of Buckeye trees already turning brown and dropping some leaves. Sunday, I saw a couple sugar maples with tinges of yellow and orange on top. Its not because of drought. Corn is yellowing too but that is more due to variety than weather.

Suspect that much of summer heat may be past now. Fall is the best season IMHO.
 

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I was reminded yesterday when I was showing a friend what it looked like when I went to clear another friend’s drive last winter. He was coming home from South Carolina and we got dumped on. His drive is a U shape and about 300’ to the road almost all up hill. There was about 2” of ice on top the blacktop which really made things interesting using his big Cub Cadet with bucket and back blade. I found myself really wishing he had gotten a blower with his Kubota BX2380.

I was worried going in. More so when I stepped out and couldn’t find the running boards and again when I saw I had been plowing snow with the bumper of the Yukon all the way down the hill. I managed to get one lane completely open before he got home, but it reinforced how much I hate pushing snow around rather than blowing it somewhere it won’t be a bother for the rest of the winter. The second picture was an earlier snow that was dwarfed by the snow in the first picture. Yes the snow removal has to start from where the first picture was taken. The piles are from me trying to shovel snow away from the house before I started with the blade on the back of the tractor.

The friend I was showing the picture to drives truck hauling milk to other states. He got to where his car was, about 9:00 P.M., about 4 miles from home. He decided to take the long way home only to drive off the road because he was plowing so much snow that he couldn’t see. He was stuck, about a mile from home, so he walked 100 yards to his cousin’s house who was asleep, but he got up to take his 4 x 4 truck to take my friend home. A little way down the road the snow had drifted onto the road about 3’ deep and 100 or so yards long. Yep, cousin thought he could just barrel through only to find the truck off the ground. Which meant a walk back to the cousin’s house to get the big tractor with a loader. My friend got home about 1:30 A.M.
 

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I can't wait to see how the 332 does with the blower on it this year! :tango_face_grin:
 

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I've dreaded snow ever since the winter we had in 2014/15 here..
I'm getting older & weaker,and can't deal with snow like I once could,,

Though the Blizzard of '78 is still regarded as the "worst" storm we ever had-in 2015 we had enough deep snowfalls back to back to overwhelm all the equipment available,we got a bad storm every 2-4 days every week--the '78 Blizzard was a 3 day event that closed roads for a week,but in 2015 from the last week of January well into March we got many snowfalls well over a foot,many were 2 footers,and a few even hit 3 feet...with extreme cold,below zero for many days in a row,so very little of the snow ever melted between storms..

We ended up with about 12 feet of snow that winter--the typical average here is 40"..we got almost that in one storm,and high winds drifted it each time much deeper too..
My yard gets drifted in deeply even if we only get a foot,it piles up in drifts 2-4 feet deep in the driveway and back yard from the winds..

My 3/4 ton 4x4 plow truck had a hard time moving 2+ feet of wet slushy snow after each bad storm,we got 60+ mph winds with several of the storms so you couldn't really stay out and keep ahead of it---and I was unable to push the first storm's snow back the usual 75 feet past the end of the driveway into the back yard,I barely made it to the end ,and soon started running out of room to pile any more snow ,the piles grew to 8 feet high at the street where my driveway met the road,making pulling out into the street a very risky thing..

My driveway started shrinking to the point I had only one path wide enough to fit the truck in,and you could not open the doors very wide to get in or out by the time March came..

My truck weighs over 3 tons,and I filled the bed with sand from the DPW garage ,so it was more like 4+ tons,but it still wanted to slide sideways when I'd go to push the wet heavy snow each storm..
I was wishing I still had a front loader tractor...it got to the point a full sized pickup couldn't move it any more,and there was no place to pile it !..
My garden tractors were a joke against those Nor'easters...tinkertoys against that kind of extreme winter..

Last winter was hardly a winter at all though...we only got about 20" total all winter and it was not that frigid or for long if we got a cold spell...hoping that becomes the norm here and repeats again this winter..
 
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