Wednesday, September 29, 2010

One final wrambling on the hurricane of 38

While reading many, many sites and related matter from the ’38 Hurricane,
One interesting observation was that in Woonsocket, the windows were encrusted
With sea salt.
Being a good 50 miles from the open ocean, I have no doubt the winds exceeded
120 mph up here as reported in some articles.
I dread even thinking what the effects of a similar storm would be in the “modern”
World. Just repairs to the electrical distribution infrastructure would certainly be
On the order of months not to mention structural damage. With communications,
Computers, television and our primary source of energy
all connected to utility poles, life as we know it would be interrupted
For a considerable period of time.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Blackstone River Dam repairs in Woonsocket

Under the auspices of the Army Corps of Engineers, work has begun on repairs to the Dam at Market Square and eventually the levee system here in Woonsocket. This long overdue work will shore up the deteriorating Flood control system built after the Great Flood of 1955.

Saturday, September 11, 2010 I wramble about Woonsocket street names

Park Avenue: without a park;
Willow Street: yet to have seen a willow;
South Main Street: takes you to the North Northwest;
Providence Street: Providence is south of Woonsocket, the street leads you east and west;
Market Square: without a market;
Blackstone Street: does not bring one to Blackstone;
Mt. St. Charles Ave: The Mount is on Logee St

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Hurricane Earl Post Mortem

Hurricane Earl passed by New England with just over a half inch of rain here in Woonsocket. Cape Cod bore the brunt of the storm with upwards of 5 inches of rain around Hyannis, scattered power outtages and surely some beach erosion, rips and rough surf. Earl was a very large Hurricane in girth and that may have helped his demise. Off the SE coast as a Major Cat 4 Hurricane, his wide circulation began to feed in some dry air in the Carolinas helping to weaken the storm. There are many other reasons, but we are all lucky in the Northeast to have dodged a bullet. A Cat 4 making landfall would have caused perhaps damage unseen since the Hurricane of 1938. Everyone who checked their emergency kit, freshened up supplies and reviewed their emergency plans, kudos to you !!! Yes, not really needed this time, but there will be a "next" and it could be serious so never ignore the forecast, yes, things do change as Mother Nature is wont to do, but it is always wise to be prepared !!!