storm on the cape

February 24, 2007

February 22 saw the first major snowstorm of the winter on the cape.  It was an unusual winter this year in comparison to last winter, my first winter on the cape. 

While the rest of the world north and to the east of us got battered by monster storms, the locals who live on Cape Cod year round as well out on the islands enjoyed a nice mild winter, rarely was a day when the temperature dropped below 35 degrees at noontime. 

Even more rarer a day on Cape Cod when the weather started turning in a snowstorm.  Snow had not fallen on the ground since the end of winter in March, 2006.

Alas, it was not my first snowstorm this winter as I had the fortune of being in York, PA during the much publicized fiasco of the Valentine’s Blizzard which left motorists stranded on the Interstate.

Snow started falling last night as I emerged from my work outside to enjoy my break.  The snowflakes were nice and soft, not quite fluffy but fluffed up from the howling winds synonomous with the cape winds.  After a year on the cape, I have begun to understand the cape winds are not just an oddity, we are directly in the path of the winds coming in from off-shore as it makes it way to the coast, some 30 miles away where the Bourne bridge ends.

There is an outdoor light that shines on a small corner of the parking lot from the corner of the building I work in.  Snow was falling nice and tight together, maybe 2 to 5 mm of space in between each snowflake.  Neverless, falling like a mad army of millions in a uniformed wave.  A gust of wind would rush down and grasp them up like waves crashing on the beach in directionless swirls.

Snow continued to fall though the night, covering the town in a nice clean blanket of white shadows as the headlights from my car traced the way home.  Only if I had a good camera to take a picture in the night with.  I turned in for bed wondering how many more inches would fall…

As it turned out, not that many.  We only got a measely inch of snow, maybe 2 in some parts but it was already beginning to melt by lunchtime the next day.

a snowy week

February 16, 2007

strange as it seems to me, it is already Friday.  in case some of you notice, I don’t always capitalize in my writing.  I learned a long time ago, it’s not the proper rules of writing, it’s the proper message I want to share.

anyways, I just returned yesterday from a trip to York, PA where the “Valentine’s Blizzard” hit and closed out a 50 mile stretch of the interstate.  York was at the southern end of this stretch but I can tell you it was an ugly storm.

Ugly but still beautiful.  Tuesday brought light, fluffy snow which was nice to see in the beginning.  Then night fell.

That’s when the beast reared it’s ugly head, four inches of icy snow [also known as sleet] fell in lumps on York and the entire PA region.  neverless, my friends and I passed the evening huddled inside my friend’s warm home, filled the hours with conversation…

the sun came up wednesday morning but only through the cloud-shade lighting up the world without showing its face. I went outside with Oreo, my friend’s dog to find a winter wonderland encrusted in a thick layer of sleet.  it was thick enough to support the weight of a 40 lbs. dog and a 185 lbs. giant without falling through.  as each hour passed through the morning, the sleet returned to giant wet snowflakes just plopping down to the surface. 

by nightfall, it was evident that the storm took the town by surprise as well as the rest of the state.  the roads were so ugly, cars frozed to the pavement.

Living on Cape Cod

February 5, 2007

Having lived on Cape Cod for the past 14 months with a planned stay for at least another 18 more months, I can say I am at the halfway point to becoming a local. 

If you want to visit Cape Cod without the crowd, the best time of the year is off-peak, non-tourist season which runs pretty much from Labor weekend to Memorial weekend.  Only during the weekdays.  The weekends is slightly busier than usual with second homeowners commuting to the cape from Friday afternoon to Monday morning.

 Spring and fall is the best time of the year for a drive on route 6A which basically meanders through the towns on the inside shore along the length of Cape Cod from the Bourne Bridge to Provincetown.

One good restaurant to recommend is Landfall in Woodshole for a fancy night out on the water.  A little hideaway restaurant is Crabapple in Falmouth.