I looked at the 6" of snow in my driveway this morning but didn't start
up the snow blower mounted 18 HP garden tractor to clean it.
I knew the freezing rain was coming later, so I put off cleaning the
driveway until later. The temp is supposed to reach 34º F.
I figured I'd rather have the freezing rain and ice laying on top of the
snow than on a cleaned driveway. The blower can handle both.
We're slow at work this time of year so yesterday I decided to just shut the
place down today. Why risk a dozen people travelling is snow and ice to do
what can be done tomorrow?
We can get out if we want to, but we don't want to. No practical reason.
Our town (in CT) does a good job of snow removal. If I can get out my
driveway, I can get around town. Total before yesterday was 71".
Yesterday, I slipped on ice, fell backwards and banged the back of my head.
Never had a concussion like this before, don't want one again.
It's nt too bad here in North Jersey. There is about 2-3 inches frozen
precip, but at least on the car it's wet underneath. Even our cul-de-sac
in Radburn got "plowed" by the town's miniplow. We'll wait a little before
venturing out. Locally, the schools are closed, but our daughter had to go
and teach at the Soth Orane/Maplewood high school.
Well, that was a big letdown. I got all of 3 inches and a little bit of
sleet. I gotta stop listening to these damned alarmist news
broadcasters who were making out like it was the start of the
My grandson shoveled part of the drive and I'm glad he only made a path.
Where shoveled, it is slick and slippery. There is plenty of slush to walk
on in the morning. Plenty of accidents on the road though, was best to stay
Just made it to 32 F here today. 19 F last nite, but no precipitation.
Supposed to snow tomorrow maybe, but don't expect to get snowed in.
If it does ice or snow, this whole town shuts down, no matter how small
of an amount it gets. We should be above freezing on saturday.
No, but snow is forecast for tomorrow night in Houston.
When it snows here, the residents go nuts! They stock up on canned goods,
they huddle in the family room and pray, church pews fill up. The city
itself scrambles into its "dire emergency" mode: Schools, freeways, and
airports close, CONELRAD is activated, city trucks prowl the streets with
speakers blaring "Bring out your dead, bring out your dead..."
Evacuation routes are clogged.
The radio stations give out up-to-the-minute reports from on-scene
reporters: "The Kroger store on Flat Opossum Road is OUT OF BOTTLED WATER!"
Little children scrape the snow off car hoods, mold six-inch high snowmen,
and dance in circles (wearing everything they own) with childish delight.
Neighbors wearing Bermuda shorts, stop by with a beer and shoot the snowmen.
The children make MORE snowment. Soon we have a shooting gallery - until the
beer is gone. Then it's off to the Stop-And-Rob for more, plus a supply of
It's embarrassing for those of us who have actually SEEN snow.
Got about 15" over the last 1.5 days... wife drove 30 some miles last
night during the worst of the winds and it was the last 200 yards that
stopped her... 50 mph winds, four foot drifts over the driveway...
My poor neighbor with his driveway just over the crest of the ridge
(which runs E/W, winds were outta the North) had one massive drift
over his entire driveway, level with the ridge top (about 5 foot above
most of the driveway) was running his snowblower before me and for
more than an hour after... and his driveway is about 1/3 the length of
Now, for areas around Lake Erie this is just another day in paradise
but for us, it was a 20 year storm, if not 50....
Oh, yeah, I am in southern WI.
Hope everyone else is as happy about getting an unscheduled day offa
work as I am :-D
Remember weather like that when I was a kid growing up in the boonies
of NE Ohio.
Great in the summer but winters were a bear.
Here in SoCal temps had a tough time reaching 60F; however, winds are
Sustained 65MPH-70MPH winds in the canyons and passes.
The I-10 & I-15 interstates between L/A and Vegas were littered with
18 wheelers flipped over on their sides like match box toys.
Good day to stay hunkered down.
We got sprung this morning. Our neighbor bailed us out again with his
tractor and scoop. City grader made another pass while he was here
and got the street cleaned. We are fortunate that some of our town's
sewer system controls are about 1/2 mile south of us so they keep the
road open in all weather. Another small town trait - A local farmer/
rancher has a couple hundred head of cattle down there, and they have
been grading past the control station so he can get hay in and keep
the pond surfaces broken.
BTW - This has been an interesting few day in the four state area.
Broke a record on Sunday with a high temperature of 72 degrees.
Tuesday, a blizzard that with the third largest snowfall on record.
Expecting temperatures tonight in the -8 to -15 range. That is damned
cold in this part of the country. The edge of the Ozark Plateau is
about 30 miles southeast of here.
All this talk about some fantasy extreme weather. Doncha know, in the age
of global warming, that these winter storms are right wing propaganda??
It was sunny and 47 degrees here today with no wind. I tried walking the
dog. I had to take my winter coat off. I got too warm. What an
inconvenience!! Bitch, bitch, grumble, grumble
Have to go now. My missus is preparing some late winter barbecue for me. I
am not sure what it is, but it sure smells good. Winter livin' sure is
On Feb 2, 11:24 pm, "Lee Michaels" <leemichaels*nadaspam* at comcast
dot net> wrote:
We Q all year round. I have 2 chickens in dry rub to be Q'd tomorrow.
Our back deck is sheltered from bad weather (unless the wind comes
from the NE) and when I fill my smoke-brick with hickory shavings, I
piss off the entire neighbourhood with that 'summer BBQ' smell.
A few weeks ago, Angela called me from her car and wanted to know what
I was cooking... she was at least 1/4 a mile away...LOL We love winter
On Feb 2, 10:24 pm, "Lee Michaels" <leemichaels*nadaspam* at comcast
dot net> wrote:
You might be right. Not the weather but the overblown media coverage
regarding some of it. Granted the amounts of snow and cold we are
seeing here is quite unusual; but the news coverage regarding the
coastal areas seems to be way overdone.
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