Monday, March 16, 2009

Beautiful Day!!!

It was a beautiful day
Beautiful day
Don't let it get away

U2 Beautiful Day

It had to be pretty darn close to 60°F today maybe even warmer than that in the sun. Oh coarse this meant it was time for the annual sump pump ritual here at the house. The house has not been landscaped properly and so we have water issues in the SW corner. Once the snow starts melting pretty good we have to pump water or it will start making it's way into the house. Today was heavy duty pumping with the main pump in the window well pumping continously, it's after 10pm and it is still pumping continously.

There is still a lot of snow left to melt and tomorrow is supposed to be pretty close to the same temp. wise as today and the long term forcast is a string of above average temps in the 40's. Potentially the snow could very well be gone by this time next week. Still with Minnesocold you never know what the weather is going to do and there is a lot of potential yet for cold temps and even significant snow. Check out this blog from April 11, 2008 and this blog from April 26, 2008.

Hopefully the mild weather will continue and open water in this neck of the woods will be sometime before April 15th.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your post. Do you have a plan to backup your sump pump if the power fails? Have you had this happen to you in the past?


Basspastor said...

We have a portable generator. I think we would only have enough extention cord length to get to the pump in the basement and not to the one outside in the window well.

Last summer during a bad storm with torential rains the power went out and we only ran a power cord to the basement pump.

Fortunately, the chances of a power outage during the Spring thaw is pretty remote. The biggest danger would be an ice storm and there is a pretty good chance power would be back my the time any serious melting were to begin. It usually wouldn't get warm right away after an ice storm but would be below freezing for a day or two.