Yes, It Is Time to Prepare for Lake-Effect Storms

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Don't delay! Now is the time to prepare for the infamous Lake-Effect snow storms that blow across the Great Lakes.  Most of us who live around the Great Lakes escaped the wrath of Hurricane Hermine but we know what is coming in a few months.  

Snow 1

 Sunrise over my back yard


Both the Farmers Almanac and the Old Farmers Almanac, which my dear Mother bought every year, have predicted a colder than normal winter for the northeast.  Yes, it is time to prepare for lake-effect snow storms.

While I was teaching a real estate class last week Dave was busy cutting & splitting wood that he dumped down the basement steps.  We are lucky to own six acres, most of which is wooded.  




  However, all that wood needed to be neatly stacked on the other side of the basement.  Guess who had that job?  Me!


Firewood 2


 Let it snow.  We are ready!



   But this Labor Day weekend we will enjoy a family picnic on the sandy beach of Presque Isle State Park.

Presque Isle


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Comments (17)

Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

We are still experiencing the effects of the hurricane with some much needed rain; at least, in our area there was not too much damage. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend.

Sep 03, 2016 01:14 AM
Mary Yonkers

Pat Champion Good to hear that your area did not have much damage.  Have a good holiday weekend.

Sep 03, 2016 01:43 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning Mary,

The farm boy in me thinks we will not have that many lake effect storms this year!

As it is up to me to split the wood it also becomes my chore to stack it!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 03, 2016 01:35 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Raymond E. Camp I hope the farm boy in you has accurate prediction for upcoming winter season.  Enjoy the holiday weekend.

Sep 03, 2016 01:45 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Mary Yonkers,  You are right, better to have the firewood ready and close to the house.  Lake effect snow in your area can get bad!

Sep 03, 2016 02:05 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Your gym and weight-lifting happens right at home with the firewood and your beautiful trails right outside your door. I LOVE your top picture!

Sep 03, 2016 02:15 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Mary ...

Summer is not even over yet and you are preparing for snow and winter please get your rear end outdoors and enjoy the weather

Sep 03, 2016 05:22 AM
Mary Yonkers

As the old saying goes, 'Make Hay while the sun shines,' still applies Robert Vegas Bob Swetz 

Sep 04, 2016 03:19 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Mary- Brrrrrrr!  You're smart to get prepared now and if it's good enough for your mother, then the Farmer's Almanac is good enough for me!

Sep 03, 2016 06:17 AM
Mary Yonkers

Thanks Kathy Streib Might be cold outside in winter buy nice & warm in front of that fireplace in our family room.

Sep 04, 2016 03:20 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

We don't get snow here in Sacramento, other than on the rarest of occasions. Looking at your photos with the snow, the hearth and the woodpile, makes me think it's a delightful way to spend part of Winter.  You'd only need to add a stack of good books and a quilt!

Sep 03, 2016 07:20 AM
Mary Yonkers

Right Myrl Jeffcoat lots of books and a quilt or two in front of the fireplace with cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows.

Sep 04, 2016 03:22 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Mary... that sunrise over your backyard is a beautiful picture, but that picture is precisely why we live in the Carolinas! 

Sep 03, 2016 07:51 AM
Mary Yonkers

Nina Hollander Thanks. And your area of NC has lots of many interesting events, like the Yard Art Day that you wrote about recently.  Enjoy!

Sep 04, 2016 03:23 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

It is always important to be prepared, now how many Chords of wood do you go through in a year?? Endre

Sep 03, 2016 02:28 PM
Mary Yonkers

Between one & two cord depending on how often we build a fire, usually two to three times a week.  We enjoy an evening with a fire not necessarily as alternative heat source.

Sep 04, 2016 03:27 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Good morning Mary.  I live in a subdivision where about the only thing (if I had a fireplace) that I could cut down would be the grass.

Sep 03, 2016 07:58 PM
Mary Yonkers

Aw, we, rather Dave, cuts the grass as well as cutting & splitting wood.   I stack the wood and cut flowers for display.

Sep 04, 2016 03:28 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the post. I am glad you were not affected by the hurricane. 

Sep 03, 2016 08:43 PM
Mary Yonkers

Gita Bantwal Hope your area did not not suffer from hurricane either.

Sep 04, 2016 03:29 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Mary. I'm pretty ready for winter too. I just have to take my plants in.

Sep 04, 2016 12:24 AM
Mary Yonkers

Of course the plants.  Thanks for the reminder Sheila Anderson 

Sep 04, 2016 03:29 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Mary Yonkers , We are also in position for Lake effect snow off of Lake Michigan, but we will let you have ours this year! 

Sep 04, 2016 11:33 AM
Mary Yonkers

Aw, how sweet, Larry Johnston Then we will return favor the following year

Sep 04, 2016 12:36 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Mary, so true. Reminds me to have the chimney man visit to check our fireplaces.

Sep 04, 2016 01:04 PM
Mary Yonkers

Chimney is on our list, too.Thanks for reminder Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor® 

Sep 05, 2016 03:59 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a very good reminder for area residents.

Enjoy the Labor Day holiday.

Sep 05, 2016 03:11 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Thanks Roy Kelley Enjoy day in Maryland.

Sep 05, 2016 04:00 AM