Henry Marsh


Marsh receives Reagan award

NORTH HAMPTON – A local businessman and School Board member who will run for the Board of Selectmen in March has received a national award for his support of conservative initiatives within the business community.

Storm raters


One-to-five scales are not just for tornadoes and hurricanes anymore…

In today’s Globe, New snowstorm rating system includes pain index

WASHINGTON — Scientists are launching a new way of rating snowstorms, a scale with five categories of intensity, which will be used not as a warning tool but to measure storms and compare them with each other.

More snow…

Snowflake and snow crystal photos

Wilson Bentley: The Snowflake Man

“Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated., When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.”

– Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, 1925

Bentley’s Collection

What, me gloomy?

More snow this morning, maybe two or three inches and still coming down. World of white and, bizarrely, school is a GO, not even a two-hour delay.

I left my car outside overnight and can’t find the plastic windshield scraper. The plow truck knocked over our garbage cans.

But, hey, at least we’re past the Most Depressing Day of the Year. BBC: I don’t like Monday 24 January

Pile on the gloom. Locally, SeacoastNH.com names Portsmouth’s Most Depressing Places in Town.

Advice from the Heart of New England: Winter Blues? Light Up Your Life!

Boston.com: What is SAD and what can I do about it?

SAD is actually a bad name for this common disorder, which to a mild or moderate degree affects 25 percent of people living at latitudes like that of New England and strikes 5 percent so badly they meet the criteria for major depression. A better name would be “light deprivation disorder,” said Dr. Dan Oren, a SAD specialist and psychiatrist at Yale University.

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UPDATE 5:30 p.m.

Apparently teenagers can feel SAD too.

I picked up #1 from play practice and she said, “I feel depressed and cynical. Love is just brain chemicals and passion won’t last longer than 4 years, I read today. Everything is a stressor in my life right now and school is just busy work. I’m definitely depressed.”

We walked in the front door and I said, “A package came for you today.”

She saw the box. “My new shirts! Yes!!” She ripped off the packing tape, flipped open the cardboard and tore through the pink tissue paper. “Okay, I’m all better now.”

Ice time

This was fun to write. I just wish it was icy cold today instead of 50 degrees.

Backyard rink draws friends, neighbors

Hayden Choate, 5, in snowpants, bright yellow shirt, padded gloves and a safety helmet, gets a little help lacing up his hockey skates. Then he’s off – gliding across the ice, taking a corner sharply, using a hockey stick to wing a few pucks in the goal net.

I really hope our own backyard rink, the pond, freezes up good and hard soon. I will feel deprived without at least a little outdoor skating this season.

What’s with the warm weather?

This snow pro wants some winter too: Certified snow professional awaits some foul weather



No stick too big!

Our dog in new snow, 3 p.m.

It was warm and it rained yesterday. Thunder and torrents and fog the night before. (Lorianne blogs the snow ghosts.) This morning I woke to the white flakes falling.

We got an inch or two. I got my aerobic workout of the day hand-shoveling the driveway.

It was lite n fluffy on top but there was a frozen layer beneath I couldn’t scrape off, so the marks of my shovel, back and forth, made the driveway look like white corduroy.

It may snow some more, but the main feature of the next phase of the current Weird January Weather in 3-D will be blustery winds and temps falling to 11.

Northwest winds at 25 mph with possible gusts to 45. Chill factor of minus 7. Scattered power outages possible, with downed limbs.

Batten the hatches. We’re in the midst of a mother-daughters backgammon tourney. Will it be by candlelight?

Two of us have also been sucked into books 1 and 2 in the enthralling Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin.

My husband has a layover in St. Lucia tonight.

. . .

In winter, when the dismal rain
Comes down in slanting lines,
And Wind, that grand old harper, smote
His thunder-harp of pines.

– Alexander Smith