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Depending On Where You Live, The East Coast Winter Snowstorm Makes You Cringe Or Get Excited.


If you are a kid, on a Sunday during a snowstorm, thoughts begin to play in your head revolving around "Are we going to have snow cancelled tomorrow?"

maine snow, houlton me 04730 Snowstorms, plowing the white stuff, seeing folks shoveling out on the news makes you feel how? If you grow up in the North East, snow is something we look forward to, snowsled, ski on, enjoy sliding and everything else that comes with it. Ice fishing, snowsledding, hockey games, hot chocolate after snowshoeing in it. In Maine, snow fuels a 350 million dollar winter industry.

     If you live in an area that does not get much snow, any snow, no matter how much is a big deal. Panic, unfamiliarity, confusion and even excitement as long as no one gets hurt. Frustration from cancelled flights, delays and postponed events cause a daily wrinkle. But when you live in Maine, winter storms have to be pretty big to cause concern.


Snow fall. Pretty, evoking a scene of a log cabin in the woods, by a frozen lake, under the moon with a crackling fireplace and a warm drink? Or terror and worry about frost bite, power outages, being stranded in a snow bank, thoughts of freezing to death? It all depends on how your area handles snow, how good it is dealing with it whether it excites or scares you.

     When I worked at a Bangor Maine radio station that depended on ad revenues to pay my salary, keep the transmitter pumping out that signal and tunes, my program director George Hale issued strict orders. Never never tell the listening audience to stay home, to not bother going out unless the Maine state police called with such a directive. Which would have been rare because we get lots of snow in Maine, know how to plow it, deal with it. The right equipment, experience and training with white stuff comes with living day to day in Maine. Snow experience. George said it was okay to say leave a little earlier. Be careful traveling to that sale, the movies, the restaurant but not to stay home. I think of what George would tell us if he was watching the news today when you see video of a few inches broadcast. And how chaotic regions not used to much snow react to just a little of it. He would probably say it must be a slow news day or the media is sensationlizing, going over the top starved for something to scare the public with. My dad, who the kids call "Buppy" would roll his eyes and have said..."Mother, that is so Hollywood, not the way it is".

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Comment balloon 10 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • February 07 2010 11:38AM


Hi, Andy. This seems to the The Winter That Was here in Tennessee.

I drove a white Subaru wagon the whole time I lived in Maine and the whole time I lived in Vermont so, when it came time to lease a car for real estate in Tennessee, I went straight to the nearest Subaru dealer. I pay for it in mileage the rest of the year but, if you need 4WD or AWD even once, it's priceless.

I know how to drive in it but, just as you pointed out, if you're in a part of the world where people generally don't...stay out of their way!

Posted by Leslie Helm, Real Estate For Trail Riders (Tennessee Recreational Properties) over 10 years ago
Have had many white jeeps..but that is a dangerous color with snowbanks the same color. They used to have orange balls to put on the antennae. Have a black jeep which makes sense in Northern Maine white winter weather. 4 wheel drive is neat but experience driving in snow is an art. Rear wheel drive and a skid means push the gas and accelerate out of it...not something every drive is used to doing by instinct.
Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 10 years ago

Wow! I don't know how you do it!  I am from Jamaica where hurricanes are very common.   Let's see, Hurricane or Snow!  I'll worry about the hurricanes

Posted by C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque over 10 years ago

Andrew, great video!  That's how it was yesterday around my neck of the woods.  Feel bad for the kids since ths storm hit friday night into Saturday.  BUT there is talk of schools being closed tomorrow anyway, so that can be good for kids.   At the end of the video it made me think of "It's a Wonderful Life"  with the scene on the bridge with Clarence dropping by......     ---Gloria

PS Lloyd points out that each location on this earth has to deal with nature's furry in some way!

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Weichert Realtors) over 10 years ago

I grew up in upsatate New York, but have been in the LA area for over 20 years now.  Today it is in the 60s and the skiy is as blue as it can be...your picture does bring back memories though...

Posted by Tony Cordi (Tony Cordi, Broker (Beachtime Realty)) over 10 years ago

Shoveling is good exercise.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 10 years ago

Andrew - We only had one good snow shovelling exercise - way back in mid December.  Never saw any of this northeast USA storm in Torontol.

Posted by FN LN over 10 years ago
Remember the excitement as a kid digging out tunnels, making "snow living rooms" in those banks. Getting plenty of fresh air, developing a good appetite.
Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 10 years ago

When I was younger and living in Germany I loved to go cross country skiing - that was then, this is now - no more snow for me!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 10 years ago

It would be fun to ski in Austria, Germany, Switzerland. Snow is to be played in and if you are cold, you are not dressed right or moving around skating, skiing, etc. Nothing like a walk in new falling snow under a sky filled with stars and crisp air in your lungs, crunching under foot as you make a trail in the moonlit night. Winter is one of my favorite of Maine's four seasons.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 10 years ago

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