Thoughts on the last snowstorm

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Just a few random thoughts after a 9" heavy snowfall yesterday. I was undecided at first, but went to work anyway.
Remote starters, heated steering wheel, a good snow brush are better than coffee to start the day. The one I have is like a blade on an extendable pole. Just push right across the roof or hood.
Going 25 mph on the highway is not so bad. I guess the guy that passed my but never went ahead thought the same.
All Wheel drive is great on hills. In the past a long hill I take has been a slippery challenge. With AWD I passed to cars having a difficult time and did not spin a wheel
Snowblowers are a great invention. If you live in snow country they are a must if you are over 60. Nah, over 50. Walking behind a machine is much easier than shoveling.
Hats that cover your ears are a good thing no matter what they look like. Well insulated gloves make it easier to walk behind a machine with metal handles.
The tree branches that came down will be good in my smoker come summer. Maybe it is time to take the tree down?
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Tires are a bigger factor than most ppl realize. Buy the right brand/type for yer season.

Mittens are better than gloves for keeping yer phalanges warm. My hat covers my ears.

Watch that snow!! Last yr, we had a storm of 14 inches of powder snow. No problem. A week later, we got a mere 5" of the wettest snow I've ever seen. I call it the "pruning snow" cuz of all the tree branches that caved under the weight of that incredibly wet five inches! Caved my golf-cart roof, too!! No kidding. Five inches, max!, and there were broken tree branches throughout the valley. Now, I pay attention to jes what kinda snow is falling. 8|
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branches!!!
I have heated grips on my blower and "hot-paws" gloves and my hands still get cold.
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On 02/06/2016 11:04 AM, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

I'm glad you mentioned that. I pruned an ornamental crab last month and still have the branches. I'll have to see what it smells like in a smoker.
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On 2/6/2016 12:40 PM, rbowman wrote:

When we prune the citrus (rarely), we save the branches -- complete with foliage -- for a friend's smoker. We don't have the patience to smoke our own meats, etc. (though he's generous with the pork shoulders!)
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On 2/6/2016 12:04 PM, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

I don't much consider 9" of snow a heavy snowfall. Where I live, I've seen much worse than that. Got out the snowblower after it stopped and had the driveway done in about 40 minutes. I have a very long driveway.
I always keep my ears covered because I'm prone to ear infections. I don't normally get cold out working in the snow, which is a good thing since sometimes I have to put on snow shoes to get to the wood pile.
I'm from the south, but I love the winter's up here.
All you need are the right kind of clothes and you're good to go!
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wrote:

you KNOW you've had a heavy snow.
Or when you need to use the little blower to get to the 180HP tractor with the 3 auger 8 foot blower on it.
Back in the sixties and seventies I'd bust snowdrifts over the hood of the old T234 military power wagon we used as a tow truck. When I couldn't get through with "Kaw-Liga" we knew we'd had a bad storm. (Kaw-Liga - from Hank Williams' sang about a "wooden indian") was the nickname of the old red Texaco PowerWagon)
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On Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 6:41:12 PM UTC-5, snipped-for-privacy@snyder.on.ca wrote:

Remember this? It has drift cutters. ;-)
http://www.loran-history.info/port_clarence/PC%20-%20Pugh%20%20pc46ea.jpg
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On 2/6/2016 5:41 PM, snipped-for-privacy@snyder.on.ca wrote:

still snowing.
The worst snow I've ever seen was in Valdez, Alaska. Now that's a bit too much snow for me. They built tunnels to get around in.
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On Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 10:03:22 AM UTC-5, SeaNymph wrote:
...snip...

Lucky you! We can see dry snow then wet snow within hours of each other.
While this winter has been really mild for us so far (he said with crossed fingers) there was a night when I went out at about 9 PM to clear a couple of inches of light stuff off the driveway, telling myself it would make the morning shoveling session a little easier. In reality, I just needed an excuse to be outside for a little while.
The next morning, another 2 inches were in the driveway but it was wet and heavy. I pushed it to the sides with my shovel and then blew it onto the lawn with my blower. No more lifting of the wet stuff for me. If it's not enough to blow where it lays, I'll pile it up with a push shovel and then move the pile with my blower.

I spent a year in Port Clarence AK, which is about 700 miles NW of Valdez. The snow would bury one side of the buildings while leaving the tundra exposed on the other side. It was more about the drifting than the actual snow fall amounts. The door outside our radio room was on the windward side, so it would get buried. We would start by shoveling the snow to both sides of the walkway and then eventually lay plywood across to pile to create a tunnel and then dig nice neat steps up the drift to get out of the building.
The steps were built to code, more or less. ;-)
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5:20 PMSeaNymph wrote: "- show quoted text - I don't much consider 9" of snow a heavy snowfall. Where I live, I've seen much worse than that. Got out the snowblower after it stopped and had the driveway done in about 40 minutes. I have a very long driveway. "
It's not just the height of accumulations, it's the consistency. 4 inches of wet snow could prove a real back-breaker compared to 9 inches of pillow feathers.
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On 2/6/2016 7:28 PM, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

in Indiana, that's all we had.
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On 2/6/2016 5:20 PM, SeaNymph wrote:

The depth does not mean as much as the density. Last year we had a few storms that ledt 18" to 26" and they did little damage. This one was wet and heavy and took down a lot of branches and trees. Many people still without power.
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On Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 9:52:33 PM UTC-5, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

I have blown 4" of powder off of my driveway with a leaf blower (just for fun).
I have sweated my ass off shoveling 2" of wet stuff.
Nothing sucks more than having to shovel heavy, wet snow when there is already 2 feet of snow lining both sides of the driveway. It's all "lift and throw" at that point.
Since a snowblower likes to have snow behind snow to help push it through the machine, blowing an inch or two doesn't really work. I split my drive down the middle and push the snow to both sides, then use my blower to throw it up and over the mounds on the side of the driveway.
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On Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:23:41 -0800 (PST), DerbyDad03

wet it is. Our only REAL snowstorm this winter dropped about 8 inches of slush. Each shovel full must have weighed close to 100 lbs. None of the neighbours' blowers could handle it but my little Yamaha was pumping water from my sidewalk clear across the road.like a fire pump. I plugged it up a few times blowing the slush from the side of the road to clear the storm drains - particularly after the plow had plugged them up for the second time I put over 2 tanks of gass through it that morning.
When we have light fluffy stuff and a west wind (meaning I can't blow my driveway onto MY front lawn) I blow the snow from my double driveway right across my neighbour's double driveway onto his front lawn. Sometimes I have to be carefull it doesn't fill the next neighbour's driveway..
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On 2/6/2016 9:52 PM, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

This week, I took a mini vacation. Drove from my home in western NYS, and visit a friend in South Carolina (western part of SC). Leaving NYS, the weather was clear and the roads were dry. About half way through Pennsylvania, I started noticing snow on the ground. at one rest area, about seven or so inches of heavy snow on the grassy areas. Listening to the radio in VA and NC, they were talking about power cuts and people in the dark.
The weather guys are saying that next week will bring another snow storm, so it may very well be me in the dark next time.
The AM radio was good. Also the DOT put up some portable signs, there was a traffic mess in Charlotte NC, and I changed my route to go well around that. Thank you, Virginia DOT for that kindness.
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On Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 1:04:28 PM UTC-5, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

I bought one (actually 4) brushes like that this year. 1 for me and 1 for each of my ladies.
I'll use the blade for my windshield but not for any painted surface. I wouldn't want to take a chance on scratching the paint, no matter what the claims are. I'm anal. New car or old, I use the 2 bucket method for washing my cars. The microfiber mitt doesn't go back into the wash water until it's been wrung out, rinsed in the rinse bucket and wrung out again.

Slow but steady wins the race.

Full time AWD or Real Time AWD, like Honda uses? SWMBO's Element has the Real Time All Wheel Drive, which only kicks in when it senses one of the front wheel slipping. She just bought the E last July, so this is the first winter in long, long time that I could easily do donuts in a snow cover parking lot. Man, I missed that. :-)
Based on all the tracks in the mall lot that I went to, I wasn't the only one that wanted to play that night.
Real Time AWD explained:
http://www.awdwiki.com/en/honda/

I bought my first 2 stage snowblower when I turned 54. ;-) Before that I either shoveled or used whatever beat up single stage blower I found on the curb or at a garage sale and fixed up.
Size does matter! ;-)

A coworker bought me a Tenergy Bluetooth Beanie for Christmas.
http://tinyurl.com/BT-Beanie
(Amazon.com product link shortened)54802760&sr=8-1&keywords=tenergy+bluetooth+beanie
It works great for walking the dog, shovel, etc. but the blower is too loud. I'd have to crank the beanie and my phone to full volume to barely hear it. Don't want to do that to my ears. (anymore)
Still, I love my tunes, so I really like the hat.

If it's the tree is weak/diseased, then yes. If it was just because of this storm, I wouldn't. I love trees enough to put up with occasional problems they cause. I've been through ice storms and wind storms, lost a car to a toppled tree and took my 2 year old out of toddler swing seat less than 10 minutes before a huge limb crushed the swing set on a beautiful sunny day. Still, love 'em.
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On 2/6/2016 1:04 PM, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

My first thought on this thread brought me back to what a hunting buddy said about the start of each new season and that was it was like your cherry grew back after the last one and you had to break it again.
I hate driving the first day of a big snow as other drivers have to relearn their limitations. You will notice that most of the vehicles stuck on snow banks are four wheelers as drivers don't appreciate that four wheelers don't brake any better than two wheelers.
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You got that right. I have a 4WD truck, and while the 4WD helps me get thru the snow, it dont help steer any better on icy roads and dont brake any better. If the roads get too bad, I dont drive, or if I have to, I'll drive very slow and sometimes even drive on the gravel shoulder of the road. I still remember some years ago, when the rural paved road was so slippery that I slid right into someone yard as soon as I ieft a gravel road, and got on that paved road. I got out of that yard, with the help of the homeowner and his tractor. He pulled me across that paved road right back to the gravel road. (and even his tractor was sliding). I had to drive a lot further, but I took the gravel road home. At least that was drivable. I called the sheriffs as soon as I got back on the gravel road, and told them that paved road was very dangerous. They told me there were a lot of accidents on it, and they were working on getting the road crew out there ASAP. I was actually lucky that all I did was slide into that yard.
There was a rollover near here this week during the snowstorm. It was a 4WD. The woman driver was going too fast. She slid into a ditch, rolled the truck, but it ended back on its tires. Amazingly, she was not hurt, and after the truck was towed back onto the road, she drove it home. But the windshield was broke, all mirror off, and lots of dents. Yet the doors work fine. The tow driver said she is going to get the windshild replaced and new mirrors, and will just keep driving it. I wonder what it looks like??? I only heard about it from the tow driver, who is a friend of mine. I also wonder if any damage was done to the drive train. WHen the engine oil goes into the top of the engine, and the same for tranny fluid and so on. Not to mention the battery, cooling system and gas tank (when the fuel pump is running without any gas, for a few seconds).
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On 2/6/2016 8:18 PM, snipped-for-privacy@unlisted.moo wrote:

I wonder if the windshield will fit or if the pillars were distorted. The centrifugal force, if it rolled fast enough, may have left the oil where it belongs and a few seconds probably don't matter much.
Some people should stay home. Going to work one day I passed a car in the grass off the road around a curve. On the way home I saw her again off the road going down a hill on a curve. It was not bad of a snow day either.
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