December 26th, 2010

First day of school

Happy Holidays from Spongebob!



I am officially back from my Carribean cruise and apparently just in time! They're predicting 8-16 inches of snow! (Clearly, I should have stayed in the Bahamas!)

Anyway, I left last Sunday on the Norwegian Jewel from NY. The room was lovely, but I had the strangest feeling that I'd been on the boat before (after much searching and finding the same waiter from my last Norweigan cruise, I did discover that the boats are very similar!) Monday was at sea, Tuesday we were in FL, Wednesday was on their private island, Thursday as in Nassau (Bahamas) and Friday and Saturday were at sea. Needless to say, I spent lots of time reading, sleeping and eating (all good thing to do on a cruise) The weather was warm, but not overly hot. I got a little bit of color, but nothing drastic.

Overall, a lovely way to spend the holiday. Now I'm back in NY for the week visiting people and getting organized for the New Year!

First day of school

Clearly, I'm not going out...

Issued by The National Weather Service
New York City, NY
12:40 pm EST, Sun., Dec. 26, 2010

... BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST MONDAY...

A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST MONDAY.

* HAZARDS... HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS... WITH CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW WITH NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY AT TIMES.

* ACCUMULATIONS... 15 TO 20 INCHES... WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS UP TO 2 FEET POSSIBLE.

* IMPACTS... EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS DEVELOPING THIS AFTERNOON INTO THE EVENING DUE TO SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... AND STRONG WINDS CAUSING CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW. VISIBILITIES WILL BE NEAR ZERO AT TIMES... WITH WHITEOUT CONDITIONS EXPECTED. STRONG WINDS MAY ALSO DOWN SOME POWER LINES... TREE LIMBS... AND CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS.

* TIMING... SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES THIS AFTERNOON INTO MUCH OF TONIGHT. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF FROM WEST TO EAST MONDAY MORNING... BUT STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS WILL PERSIST THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.

* WINDS... .DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM TONIGHT... NORTH WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 40 TO 60 MPH. ISOLATED HIGHER GUSTS ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS LONG ISLAND.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS... MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET STRANDED... STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.