Recalling 20,047 Cubic Feet Of Snow On Madison Isthmus!

We are in that stretch of summer when the warm humid air presses down on Madison, and we are grateful for any breeze that blows in our direction.  To be honest, I have not thought the recent weather has been oppressive, at least when compared with recent summers.  I have actually enjoyed the summer very much!  Nonetheless, the warm weather did finally entice us to calculate exactly how much snow we shoveled during the snows of this past winter.  We had planned for months to measure the corner sidewalks that outline our lot, along with the driveway, but never got around to it.  Today we took the 50′ tape measure, and went to work.

The numbers are staggering.

On average, Madison gets roughly 38 inches of snow per year.  (That’s 3.2 feet)

But in the 2007-2008 season Madison received almost 103 inches!! Wow!  What does that mean to guys like us who shovel?  We have almost 2,331 square feet of surface to shovel (1,105 square feet of driveway, and 1,226 square feet of sidewalk, since we have a corner lot.)  103 inches of snow is roughly 8.6 feet.  When one multiples the 2,331 square feet by the 8.6 feet of snow we had, one discovers that we lifted almost 20,047 cubic feet of snow out of the way this past season!

In four months we could be starting again……….

Now lets get back outside in the warm summertime fun of Madison!

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GOP Voter Rolls Drop Around Nation

Front page and above the fold.  Not the type of story the incumbent party wants to read in August.

While the implications of the changing landscape for Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain are far from clear, voting experts say the registration numbers may signal the beginning of a move away from Republicans that could affect local, state and national politics over several election cycles. Already, there has been a sharp reversal for Republicans in many statehouses and governors’ mansions.

In several states, including the traditional battlegrounds of Nevada and Iowa, Democrats have surprised their own party officials with significant gains in registration. In both of those states, there are now more registered Democrats than Republicans, a flip from 2004. No states have switched to the Republicans over the same period, according to data from 26 of the 29 states in which voters register by party. (Three of the states did not have complete data.)

In six states, including Iowa, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, the Democratic piece of the registration pie grew more than three percentage points, while the Republican share declined. In only three states — Kentucky, Louisiana and Oklahoma — did Republican registration rise while Democratic registration fell, but the Republican increase was less than a percentage point in Kentucky and Oklahoma. Louisiana was the only state to register a gain of more than one percentage point for Republicans as Democratic numbers declined.

Over the same period, the share of the electorate that registers as independent has grown at a faster rate than Republicans or Democrats in 12 states. The rise has been so significant that in states like Arizona, Colorado and North Carolina, nonpartisan voters essentially constitute a third party.

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