Elevation Matters

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By James Heuschkel on February 19, 2013, 2:25pm Last modified: February 23, 2013, 12:19am

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Living on West Hill in New Hartford, elevation of 1,000 feet, I have witnessed many drastic changes in weather from higher to lower elevations within my town. I can remember well, even though I was very young the 2002 November ice storm here. I remember waking up in the middle of the night hearing trees break in my woods. Losing power for 4 days with no generator. 

It caused much damage in the higher elevations and on my hill. I can remember driving down the hill to the center of New Hartford and there being very little ice on the trees as it was too warm for freezing rain. I was shocking to see such a dramatic difference of 400 or 500 ft to 1000 ft.

After the October Nor'Easter I drove down the the center of New Hartford to the shocking images of trees toppled over on power lines and branches everywhere. However on my hill we had hardly any tree damage! Due to the temperature difference I had more of a fluffier snow, which had caused minimal damage to the trees.

Every day when I drive up and down the hill I always watch the car thermometer go down a few degrees as elevation rises. These few degrees have proven to be very important when it comes to the form of precipitation here!

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James Heuschkel

Town: New Hartford, CT  

Reporting for WXedge since February 2013.

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