Monday, October 31, 2011

Sticky Snow

An October snow storm can be worse than one in the middle of January.

It's usually in the 30's, so the snow is heavy, wet, and sticky.  The leaves are still on the trees, giving that wet snow additional places to land.  Trees and power lines get weighed down, and you know what happens next-- power outages.

The above picture was taken outside the WNEP building Sunday morning.  A tree near the employee entrance is bending under the weight.

PPL had a rough weekend, with a quarter of a million homes and businesses in the dark.  As always, the calls, e-mails, and Tweets came flooding in.  I'm sorry, but we can't pressure the power companies to work faster.  Electricity can be deadly.  Do you really want to rush someone working under dangerous conditions?  On top of that, the utility doesn't make money unless your meter is spinning, so it's in their best interest to get you hooked back up as quickly as possible.
Above is the satellite dish farm behind the station.  We're lucky in that we have a big, back up generator at the studio.

To those of you who lost electricity, best of luck and please stay safe.