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Eversource (PSNH) 7.5 Hour Outage In SW Alton On Sunday, September 11, 2016 A SHAM, A SCAM & Shameful!

by Anura Guruge


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Most of the time I understand, I appreciate and I applaud Eversource/Eversore/PSNH for their efforts.

Not so TODAY.

This was a SHAM.

This was a SCAM.

This was SHAMEFUL on the part of Eversource.

Yes, we had a MINOR Thunderstorm that went through — around 9:30am. Yes, as forecast it was fast-moving and it was GONE within 10 minutes.

At least in Alton it wasn’t that strong. 

It did NOT bring down any trees. Mainly TWIGS. At most a few branches.

That it took Eversource 7.5 hours to restore power on a BEAUTIFUL Sunny Summer day is disgraceful.

There is no excuse.

If this was in January and we had snow, ice, cold weather etc. I would NOT complain.

This was NOT right.

Bloody Eversource/Eversore.

We were OK. We had BOTH generators going. But it is still NOT bloody right.


Second MAJOR, MORE than 7 hour Eversore outage this Summer.

The last one, 13 bloody hours (thankfully most of it at night) was on July 24, 2016. 49 days ago.


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Eversource (PSNH) 13 Hour Outage In SW Alton From 6pm July 23 to 7pm July 24, 2016.

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Though we knew that the storms were coming the Eversource (née PSNH) power outage that started around 6pm on Saturday, July 23, 2016 caught us off-guard BECAUSE we didn’t experience any wind. Just rain and it wasn’t even hard. The storms were to our South. This happens to us. We, at the VERY EDGE of Eversource’s service area, lose power when things look pretty calm at our end. To begin with we didn’t think it was ‘serious’. It was daylight … So I didn’t bother with the generators. Deanna called up and reported the outage. On the first call we got a recorded message that indicated that the outage should be fixed by 7:30pm! Wow. The lights did come on for a ‘second’ around 7pm and then go off.

Come around 7:30pm, and still now power, I had enough. PLUS I hadn’t run the 2 generators in awhile — and I like to run them for at least 30 minutes ‘once a month’ to prevent ‘rust’. So I decided I might as well kill two birds … So hauled the generators out with Teischan’s help. Worked the first time which is always gratifying. I kept on expecting the power to come on. By 9:30pm I was not amused. But we are lucky. With the two generators cranking we are 80% functional. We even had Wi-Fi. Then we started hearing that the outage would continue till Monday THOUGH I knew that there was some leeway and poetic license there. Nonetheless I turned off the generators at 11pm and went to bed.

Power came back on at 4am and we were glad. Went back to sleep. Around 6:20am, Sunday, July 24, our alarm system started beeping to say that power was OFF! Ahhhh!

I kind of had a hunch that Eversource was waiting for 7am. I was right. Just before 7am the power came on. There was some slight flickering but it has stayed on.


From what I can tell, NOT counting the Brownouts on July 6, 2016, this was the first Eversource outage in our neck of the woods since February 5, 2016. 169 days.

First outage of over 4 hours since Thanksgiving 2014.


Two Images That Capture Our July 23 – 24, 2016 Outage.


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Eversource (PSNH) Power Outage February 5, 2016 & MetrcoCast Internet Outage February 7 in Alton, New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


If nothing else I try to keep track of power and Internet outages, in Alton, New Hampshire, for my ‘record’ and edification.

Friday, February 5, 2016 was when we had the ‘unexpected’ (i.e., less than 12 hours notice) ‘big’ snowstorm — kind of the first of 2016 (after our unusually long stretch of above normal temperatures). There was an Eversource (nee PSNH) power outage around 9:30 am, that lasted for about 75 minutes, in Alton. We rolled out and hooked up the generators. To be fair as far as I can remember, and per my records (i.e., blog posts) this was the first time we had to hook up the generators since the 23-hour power outage at Thanksgiving 2014!

So to be fair to Eversource that is not bad. 435 days without a major outage. That is pretty good.

P1030476I try to roll out the generators ‘once a month’ and run them for about 1/2 hour. Folks tell me that this good. And I have done this for 6 years. So just two weeks ago I had gone through the ‘warm up’ drill. When doing so I recalled that I had not had to hook the generators up in a long time — 1 year 2 months.

So that was the Eversore (as I call them) outage. February 5, 2016.

Today, Superbowl Sunday, February 7, 2016 MetroCast had an Internet outage around 1:45pm. Actually two. The first a short blip followed by a full-blown outage. It was probably down for 30 minutes. I don’t know. I left, went and had my ‘brunch’ and watched cricket, South Africa vs. England 2nd ODI on Willow, via my Roku 3, using our TDS connection. When I finished brunch and came up I saw that all the lights were flashing on my Motorola Surfboard. So I knew MetroCast was back up. Working fine now. So another heads up.


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New Hampshire Lakes Region (Alton) Dodges, Just, The ‘Ice Storm’ Of December 2013.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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It was close, viz. this weekend’s, i.e., December 21 – 22, 2013, ice storm for Central New Hampshire, particularly the Lakes Region.

I don’t trust or bother with WMUR’s weather forecast at the local level. They can’t, obviously, tell me what is likely to happen in East Alton. The best they can do, and will do, is to talk about the ‘Lakes Region’ in general, and that as I know, is a large diverse area that covers many sins. So I check the weather maps by hand and also rely on ‘weather underground’ which does try to provide more specific, local forecasts. It was close. Touch-and-go.

But, we appear to have, so far, dodged the worst. Not much icing till Monday morning (i.e., this morning). No power failures on Sunday — though I had ‘warmed up’ my two generators on Friday for what I thought would be the eventuality. I know we still have a couple of hours of annoying, light precipitation to contend with. My thermometer, 30′ above ground, says it is 34F.

As the pictures show we do have icing. I didn’t go running Sunday or today. Saturday was my ‘day off’ on my ‘3-days-on, 1-day-off‘ schedule that gives me 6 days of running a week. So I haven’t run, or shovelled snow, in 3 days. Feel totally bloated. But not a bad thing. Every once in awhile this old, decrepit body, on its last legs, can do with a bit of  break. I guess I have no choice but to pound up the hill, wheezing, panting and grunting, as I always do, with the two dogs. I think they miss the run too.

These are pictures from 10:30 am, Monday, December 23, 2013.
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Remembering, With A Shudder, The December 2008 New Hampshire Ice Storm — And Pictures Of What Was Quite Beautiful.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Though I have lived in New Hampshire, year around, since 1986, this was but the second major ice storm that I had weathered — the prior one being that, exactly a decade earlier, that hit the Lakes Region quite hard.

In the scheme of things, we, in Alton, got off quite lightly. We were without power for ‘just’ 24 hours. That was before we got our two generators. My biggest concern was keeping this 4-story house warm. I succeeded quite well — to Deanna’s amazement. Yes, we, of course, had the wood stove in the basement going full tilt. I used all the gas burners in the kitchen stove. I even used candles. That the house was but 2 years old and well insulated helped. The temperature in the main living areas of the house dropped about 12 degrees during that time. Yes, of course, we rushed off looking to buy a generator. We drove as far as Biddeford, ME.

But, we lucked out. Deanna’s sister in ‘Rockland’, ME bailed us out. She, a good SEARS customer, located two generators — in Augusta, I think. I told to buy BOTH. She and her husband went and picked them up in their big truck and drove them down to us … in the dark. No sooner did they get here and we unloaded the generators, took them out of their boxes — the power came on. We lucked out.

I was also concerned about the water in the central heating pipes freezing. I LIKE to have antifreeze in those pipes. We hadn’t done that in this house as yet. I got it done that week — by Foley. Foley actually is not in favor of it! They worry about the corrosion it causes and the fact that water with antifreeze, because of its lower density, tends to leak. I still have antifreeze in my pipes BUT they dilute it every year!

But, I strongly recommend antifreeze in your pipes. 

Here are some pictures from the ice storm.
It sure was pretty.

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PSNH Power Outage In Our Neck Of Alton, Late Last Night, In What Was Quite A Storm.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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As far as I can tell this was the first PSNH outage we have suffered since the brief outage on June 3, 2013 — in between two storms. So that is 101 days without an outage. I, for one, am glad and thankful.

That was quite a storm that we had. We had over 24 hours of lightning. Pretty impressive and kind of scary.

When we were leaving Cactus Jack’s on Wednesday night, after dinner, around 7:30 pm, we heard one of those grating National Weather Service (BBC-like) alerts that warned of a significant thunderstorm that would last till 10pm Thursday night. This was 7:30 pm Wednesday. That was over 24 hours. I commented that they must have got it wrong. I can’t ever recall a single continuous thunderstorm that lasted over 24 hours. Well, now I do.

Actually I just heard a peal of thunder as I type this; 11:10 am Friday. WOW!

I expected to lose power. I disconnected the two Internet lines and my computer a number of times yesterday. It was getting so bad that I did it last around 4pm on Thursday and everything was disconnected when we lost power at 10:57pm.

There had been no flickering of lights all day, or none that I noticed.

I had taken Devanee for Clearlakes Chorale practice and we didn’t get home till close to 10 pm. That is when I had my dinner. Much to my amazement the TV was still picking up the satellite without any problem! Strange. I decided to watch WMUR (Channel 9) at 11pm to see the weather map. It was 10:57 pm. I had the remote in my hand to punch in 9. BOOM. Total blackness. No power.

Didn’t phase me. Didn’t even think about rolling out the two generators. I still had to finish my nightly yogurt. Went and found a bunch of torches (flashlights as some refer to them) — many rechargeable (some from solar). Ate the yogurt reading the paper since I couldn’t watch TV. There was still water in the taps, plus we had some bottled water. So I was all set for taking my handful of pills, hydrogen peroxide rinsing and brushing my teeth. Read my book, in bed, with a torch. I was all set.

Alarm company called up to tell us that they knew that we had lost power.

Power came back within 2 hours, I think. I can’t be sure. I didn’t bother to look at the clock (battery powered).

So that was that. Wasn’t bad.

Less Than A Hour, PSNH Power Outage In Our Neck Of Alton (NH) In Between The Two ‘Fair Sized’ Thunder Storms.

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stormJune2From what we experienced the thunder storms on Sunday afternoon/evening were very localized. We got out first thunderstorm around 5:45 pm. Lots of rain. Out yard can do with as much help as it can get so I was glad. The lightning and thunder wasn’t that bad. We lost power around 6:20 just as the storm was abating. That seems kind of typical because the cause of the failure was probably miles away. Nearly always the case with us. As far as I recall this was the first power outage since the February 9, 2013 blizzard. So that isn’t too bad. It was still light outside and I kind of suspected that it might not be a very long outage.

But, I decided to get the two generators out and give them a run. I like to run them for half an hour every month as folks who know this stuff had told me. I father it is to stop bits getting rusty. I remembered that I had been a bit lax and that maybe it was close to two months since I last trotted them out. So we got them out, powered them up, hooked the two cables — and Bob was again our uncle. I also in a rather ad hoc manner help an elderly lady with her generator. So the kids and I walked up to her house and got her up and running too. It was drizzling slightly but it was rather pleasant. I was topless. Probably the first time this Summer. No sooner had we got home when the power came back.

Thank YOU PSNH. That was good. I am happy.

So now I had to unhook and store away three generators. The second storm came by. But that wasn’t bad either. We didn’t get soaked. By 7:20 all was back to normal.

So, all in all it was not a major disruption. The cool air feels good. I turned the A/C off and opened the windows.

Blizzards Biggest Fallout: A Possible Recession!

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Some Of The Blizzard Related posts:
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Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton IV — Feb. 8, 2013.
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Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton III — Feb. 8, 2013.
>> Blizzard Of 2013: Now We Can Joke — Feb. 8, 2013.


Nemorecession

Hit me like a ton of bricks when I saw all the business closed in Providence and Boston today. Many also closed early yesterday. There won’t be much foot traffic in Boston tomorrow — the 1st (non-parade) Sunday of Chinese New Year.

This blizzard will have a negative impact on 1Q GDP.

Last quarters GDP was negative, though barely. But, it was negative — and Hurricane Sandy was responsible for some.

Definition of a recession: two back-to-back quarters of negative GDP.

1Q GDP was tenuous to begin with thanks to all of the continued mindless political wranglings in D.C. — and you know who I blame for much of that.

A recession is really but a technical indicator and by the time we are told that we are in a recession it could very well be in the rear-view mirror. Remember the definition: two negative back-to-back quarters of GDP. So by design it is a trailing indicator. We will only find out about 1Q GDP in 2Q. 2Q, thanks to President Obama, could be blowout. End of recession.

The President doesn’t have to worry about re-election and I already feel confident that Hillary will easily win 2016. I can’t believe I am saying that. In 2008 I detested her. I was never a Clinton fan during their Presidency. I spent so much time circulating Clinton jokes, so, so many about cigars and that blue dress, in the mid-1990s. I was even compiling a dossier on Hillary’s alleged dalliances. Remember that guy who shot himself in a park? Well that was then, and this is now. I started to warm up to her once she started embracing my man. She did a bang up job as Secretary of State. She made Obama proud. I have come to like and even admire Bill! I really have changed my stripes. This is why those that knew me in the 1990s are beside themselves as to my 180° change in political leanings. Since they are all conservatives, as was I, they don;t really like me much anymore. Some are holding out hope that I will see the light and change stripes again.

So a quick, passing recession precipitated by Nemo will not have any political ramifications. We might get a 400 point one-day drop in the Dow. That too will pass.

But, just keep an eye on this potential recession — and remember where you first read about it.

Blizzard Of 2013: Now We Can Joke. This Picture Cracked Me Up (And Folks Know That I Love 4-Legged Tigers)

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Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton IV — Feb. 8, 2013.
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Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton III — Feb. 8, 2013
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Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton I — Feb. 8, 2013.
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As The Northeast Braces For Blizzard … — Feb. 8, 2013.
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Boston Chinese New Year … Good Job It Is Feb. 17 … — Feb. 8, 2013.


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Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton, New Hampshire, Saturday: We Are FREE! We Are Free. We Shoveled Ourselves Out.

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As The Northeast Braces For Blizzard … — Feb. 8, 2013.
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Boston Chinese New Year … Good Job It Is Feb. 17 … — Feb. 8, 2013.


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11:40 am when I got to the top of the drive. Much of this is what the Town plow leaves behind when it plows the road. This is always the hardest part.


Head down shoveling. I get into a rhythm and keep on going. Devanee helps. She is good.


40 minutes of shoveling with Devanee’s help and we can see light at the end of the tunnel.


12:50 pm and we blast through onto the road. I am driving. We didn’t have to go anywhere. This is just liberation. Devanee and I drove around for fun.


Mission accomplished. About 70 minutes of concerted, nonstop shoveling with HELP. The rest can wait. Tomorrow the Sun will help.


After any snow storm I have but one initial goal. Make sure that at least one of the vehicles can get out. A safety thing, plus I am claustrophobic. Lot of snow by the road, thanks to the Town trucks. But, it was light. I pick my snow shovels with the same care that Test batsman pick their bats. It has to have the right balance, heft and weight. I only use very light shovels. I buy 3 of the same each year from Home Depot, checking each for balance. Then it is heads down, dig, lift, rotate, throw. I enjoy the effort. I like to feel the muscles and tendons stretching. Shoveling is easier than my ‘daily’ run up the hill — because I wear weights when I run. So, to me, this is FUN. As many know, I have never, ever, admitted to being normal. To me, to be normal, would be so boring and cliche.

Well we are out. We didn’t need to get out. We had enough food, wine and dog food for 3 weeks. Maybe just two weeks of supplies for the bunnies but you can feed them my salad stuff. So getting out wasn’t a necessity. Just a goal. So, that was our blizzard. Devanee and I will shovel the mailbox out tomorrow. No mail today or tomorrow. The above 32°F temperatures will help a bit. Actually quite a bit. When I am out there for an hour or more and the temps are around 36 (or more) you can see the snow going down.