The Great Blizzard of 2010 has been referred to by meteorologists as a millennial snow storm;
such a storm is excpected to strike Eastern Maryland every 1,000 years or so. We had 79 in.
(201 cm) of snow from 5-10 February. That would be about one inch (2.5 cm.) over the head
of the average American professional basketball player in the 2007-2008 season. As of this
writing on Sunday, 14 February, many four-lane streets are still limited to one open traffic
lane in each direction. Plows and front-loaders are working 24 hours per day to open
and clear the shoulders of roads where traffic lanes are already open. There are still a few
thousand homes in the Baltimore-Washington area without electricity. I am attempting to hire
someone with a front-loader to move the snow from the bottom of my driveway to my front
yard, as the parking and backing-up area at the bottom of the driveway is blocked (top photo
below). If I don’t get the snow moved, and if there were to be another heavy snow within the
doubtful that we could have the driveway plowed; there simply
for more snow. I have learned from a telephone consultation with my friend Sam,
who lives in Chardon, Ohio, that the problem with my snow blower is probably a burned valve.
I had suspected something like that after
I completely disassembled the carburetor for the third
time and cleaned every valve and orifice and the machine still did not produce
Tomorrow morning I’ll begin looking for someone to repair it.