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Postby VEFF on Fri Dec 05, 2003 8:13 pm

Talk about a fast start: we are getting hit (parts of the Northeast) with the first snow storm (actually a blizzard) of the season with 10 - 15 inches of accumulation by tomorrow evening, even though winter is still a bit over two weeks away.

Today we have a white Saint Nicholas (aka Sinterklaas)...

Happy holidays all!
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Postby aviationwiz on Fri Dec 05, 2003 8:27 pm

LOL. We have had snow up here for a few weeks now.
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Postby VEFF on Fri Dec 05, 2003 8:34 pm

I feel for you guys; it is always so cold in Minnesota this time of year.

The worst part for me is that my car's assigned parking spot is near the apex of a 90 degree turn, so that is where cars turning in too fast are most likely to slip... I have been lucky for years now though.

I have AWD, so I am not worried about my own car as much as others losing control around me.

I was juyst watching the Nightly News and one reporter (located in PA they said) called today a "$500 deductible day".

It's a good thing this happened at the beginning of a weekend, although I was on vacation this week and take a train to work anyway.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Fri Dec 05, 2003 8:35 pm

All that I get is cold rain.... :cry: Stupid Vancouver weather! How the heck are we going to host the olympics?
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Postby VEFF on Fri Dec 05, 2003 8:45 pm

That sure could be a problem dolphinius :)
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Postby dodecahedron on Fri Dec 05, 2003 10:30 pm

we got our first serious spell of cold weather the last 2-3 days too.

medium rains, can't even call it heavy rains by our standards...
and already some places look like venice because of fucked-up drainage systems (municipal officials should be shot) stupid 3rd world country </rant>

i wouldn't know about temps, but if only yesterday i switched from short-sleeved T shirt to long-sleeved it can't be that cold.

i really wish it would snow here. i miss snow.
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Postby MonteLDS on Fri Dec 05, 2003 11:33 pm

what is snow?
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Postby CDRecorder on Sat Dec 06, 2003 4:59 am

MonteLDS wrote:what is snow?


We don't get much were I live, either. :lol:
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Postby MediumRare on Sat Dec 06, 2003 9:13 am

The first longer "cold spell" is scheduled to start this weekend. It'll be below 0 (Celsius) tonight. Our winter weather here is pretty similar to Vancouver- fog and cold rain. At least 10° too warm in the winter, so when it does snow, it only lasts a couple of days at most.

I miss a proper winter. Where I grew up, Minnesota was considered semi-tropical. :wink:

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Postby oslik2 on Sat Dec 06, 2003 10:49 am

and where is that, MediumRare ?
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Postby VEFF on Sat Dec 06, 2003 10:57 am

They just increased the total snow accumulation again.
12 - 18 " now by tonight.
It is supposed to snow (heavily at times) all day today, with a blizzard warning (not watch) starting 10 AM and ending somewhere between 10 PM and midnight; it started yesterday around lunch time (varied somewhat by area since the storm was travelling).

I guess I'll just watch movies and play games (haven't done that in a while).

The highs today and tomorrow will be below freezing, so icing could be a problem, depending on how clean the streets get.
Hopefully they will salt accordingly...
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Postby F1Pilot on Sat Dec 06, 2003 11:34 am

It's been a bit chilly down here in Georgia. Many cold and rainy days...no snow just yet. I'll give it a week or so.
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Postby MediumRare on Sat Dec 06, 2003 2:08 pm

oslik2 wrote:and where is that, MediumRare ?

Saskatchewan.

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Postby tazdevl on Sat Dec 06, 2003 3:21 pm

Kind of chilly today... 77. :D
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Postby MonteLDS on Sat Dec 06, 2003 3:53 pm

tazdevl wrote:Kind of chilly today... 77. :D


:P
just because it is summer down there doesn't mean you have to stick it to us up here :)
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Postby F1Pilot on Sat Dec 06, 2003 9:35 pm

37 degrees right now with the wind factor taking it down to 30. 26 by morning. :o
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Postby TheWizard on Mon Dec 08, 2003 12:52 am

MediumRare wrote:Saskatchewan.


Saskatoon!

Nothing, I just wanted to say Saskatoon. :)
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Postby MonteLDS on Mon Dec 08, 2003 2:50 am

still no one has answer my question; what is snow? :wink:

i feel sorry for all you people who have it so much worst then I do. And I think it is VERY cold right now

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Postby Bhairav on Mon Dec 08, 2003 5:18 am

Haha.. 32 celsius in the daytime here, which is about 90F. Goes"down" to about 25-26 celsius here at night.
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Postby treemana on Mon Dec 08, 2003 8:03 am

Wow, I saw some highlights from the New England Patriots - Miami Dolphins game (in New England) and the fans had to dig their way through the snow to get to their seats!

Supposedly, they received about 2 feet of snow before the game, and the stadium crews didn't have time to dig out all of the seats.

BTW, the Patriots won 12-0.
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Postby MediumRare on Mon Dec 08, 2003 9:02 am

TheWizard wrote:
MediumRare wrote:Saskatchewan.


Saskatoon!

Nothing, I just wanted to say Saskatoon. :)

Gesundheit! :D

Let me second with Moose Jaw (always a favourite locale with foreign pundits and now home of a Spa), Porcupine Plain, Buffalo Narrows, Pemmican Portage, Indian Head, Elbow, Arm(p)it, Tramping Lake, Uranium City (now dropped to <50 population) and specially for the Yankees: (New York is big, but this is) Biggar.

Looks like you're having some really hefty snow there- they even brought some pictures in German television. You could send us some (I wouldn't mind).

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Postby VEFF on Sat Dec 13, 2003 3:41 pm

Wow: two weekends in a row.
We are possibly going to get 6 - 12 inches of snow accumulation (in addition to rain/freezing rain) from Sunday to Monday inclusive, and it still isn't winter; at least it isn't supposed to be ;)
This time we won't have the luxury of a full day to clean up before the work week starts - what a mess!

Parking at the train station has been a major hassle, and now the snow piles will block even more spots than after the big storm we had last weekend - I have been getting up 30 minutes earlier than usual just to TRY to get a spot.
Meanwhile they are building a 5,000 space commuter train parking lot in the next town over!!!
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Postby VEFF on Thu Jan 15, 2004 11:12 am

More record lows are expected tonight into Friday morning.
- 5 tonight and wind chills of - 35.
To top it off we got hit with six inches of snow (they had predicted 3 - 4 inches) and it was still snowing when I left home early (just to get a spot at the good ol' train station) this morning.

Even with AWD, sophisticated traction control, and tires that have 90% or more of their tread (new car), it was very slick, especially going downhill at above 25 MPH.
As a colleague told me, it was simply too cold for the salt to work. er mentioned that they use sand up north, but it is messy.
They should use sand here too; there werenumerous accidents on the major highways this morning.
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Postby NoSmartz on Thu Jan 15, 2004 11:43 am

North Texas forecast:
Next week it's suppose to ice and snow and all around be a pain.They projected this forecast 2 weeks ago.They're all excited here about the possibility of this stuff called "snow".1 flake here and everyone goes runnin' for the phone to call the boss and say " it's too snowed in for me,I can't make it in today".We call it free pass season.

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Postby Spazmogen on Thu Jan 15, 2004 12:31 pm

We've had 2 days of straight snow again.

I've already got 3' of it on my lawn.
You 'aint lived until the snow plow goes by and leaves a 3' high wall of snow across the end of your driveway...

temp is +1F today as a daytime high (-17C).
With the wind chill factored in it's -13F (-25C).

It was so cold last night, that my moustache was frozen white (from my breath) when I was shovelling the end of the driveway. If you breathe through your nose, you can actually feel the snot freezing up...

And I'm working a highway dispatch console today :o
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