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Ugh. This is how we do winter.....

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by two fingers, Jan 2, 2018.


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  1. None. Just cold.

    1 vote(s)
    2.9%
  2. Small snow flurry

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    8.6%
  3. Mixed bag..... all of it.

    4 vote(s)
    11.4%
  4. Just cold rain

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  5. Freezing rain

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  6. Snowpocalypse!!!!!

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  7. Slush.... sort of freezing rain but not realy

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  8. Milk and bread flooding

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  9. Sharknado?

    9 vote(s)
    25.7%
  10. Wind-driven grated carrots.

    7 vote(s)
    20.0%
  11. It's a conspiracy to get you to watch the local news.

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    11.4%
  12. Cloudy With a Chance of Meastballs

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  13. Meastballs????? What tha...

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  1. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Here in Eastern NC we have a "Winter Storm Warning" from mid day tomorrow to daybreak Thursday.

    "No biggie. It's the south. Your winter storms aren't exactly six feet of snow."

    One would think.....

    No, here's how we do it. The fronts usually come in from the south or the east (meaning the ocean). They pick up a TON of moisture and then slam into a cold front. But our winter storms are schizophrenic. They can't make up their minds whether or not they are cold rain events, freezing rain events, snow events, freeze the crap out of everything events, or all of the above.

    There will literally be a lines on the weather map that run from west-southwest to east-northeast that are green, white, blue and pink which is rain, snow, freezing rain and ice.

    Never mind that the natives all freak out at the very mention of snow. There won't be bread or milk for a hundred miles in any direction. We'll all he eating milk sandwiches for weeks!!!!

    Then there is the "fairness" of our school systems. 99% of us live on perfectly paved amazing roads. But about 30 families live on awful dirt roads or poorly paved roads. Every time somebody sees one snowflake in our area the schools shut down until every single snowflake has melted. We will all be driving on dry pavement for the several days the schools are shut down. (This is not an exaggeration. The last time schools were poopie down for days there were people freaking out because nobody could even find a latch of ice anywhere. But the authorities swore there were like two neighborhoods in the county still frozen.... So is created a safety issue for those families.)

    So, wanna start a betting pool? What kind of weather are we gonna get?

    How do you do winter?
     
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I voted for "Sharknado" just because....
     
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  3. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I've never watched them but my wife gets glued to a bunch of shark shows on Animal Planet. One of them had the term "Sharknado" in it. :D
     
  4. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Listening to the local radio show and the weather guy from our local TV station said...

    "This will not be a pretty foot of snow event. This will be an ugly ice event and we won't get above freezing until Friday or later."

    :banghead:

    @bolophonic What are they calling for that far inland?
     
  5. mrb327

    mrb327

    Mar 6, 2013
    Colorado
    Nobody Knows
    I’m inland. Mostly just cold
     
  6. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    From what I've experienced when in the south, it's not the snow that is the problem so much as it is how it's dealt with. Even where I was just outside of Richmond, there just wasn't much infrastructure in place to deal with a few inches, let alone anything more. Schools would close for a week for storms that would be a one day event here in the NE. I was speaking with my brother in law who is a Tenn native, lived up here in NY for some time and then settled in VA. He said (and correct me if this is BS) some of it has to do with how certain rural roads down there are graded. He said they are designed with a higher "peak" in the middle and a steeper slope on each side to promote water runoff from heavy rains. These roads are apparently harder to maintain with a plow than they are up here in NY, where the roads tend to have a more gradual "center", or are "flatter" for lack of a better term. I think there is some merit to this, as navigating them seemed to me a bit more difficult when covered in snow, as if it was a struggle to keep the car to the left of a ditch and just right of the center line...a recipe for a spin out if the car or truck isn't equipped for such conditions.

    Up here in the winter months, you can pretty much find a snow shovel at any gas station or dollar store if you don't already own several. Not so in the southern US. Municipalities are larger and laid out across many more miles with much longer roads between points, while there may be only one or two Highway Dept plows to cover all that area. People's inexperience driving in those types of conditions, together with these other things can make a small storm a huge PITA, at least IME.
     
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  7. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    That's a pretty accurate assessment. No need to spend a gazillion dollars on equipment that would sit around rusting only yo be used once every other year.

    And drivers around here are idiots in perfect weather so ice? Yikes.

    The Fingers girls got a Nintendo Switch from Sandy Claws this year so it looks like this is a good time to smoke them on Mario Kart. :D

    (I have never been much of a gamer in my life so even typing that statement makes me laugh.)
     
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  8. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
    The temps are really cold even down your way. If you get the moisture, think it's gonna be snow all the way. This sub zero frozen tundra snap is beginning to take my will to live. 20 degrees and snow I can handle, below zero is to much for me.
     
  9. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I hope you are correct. Snow is easy. Ice not so much.
     
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  10. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
    Yeah I feel bad for y'all when you get hammered with the freezing rain. It's no fun when we get it here, luckily not that much. It's heavy, hard, and destroys stuff.
     
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  11. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Zero Degrees Fahrenheit this morning. 10 right now. Highs will be in the 20's all week.
     
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  12. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    At least if the power goes out you can burn your Rumbles to keep warm. :roflmao:

    Or would the warm tone just emmit from then as needed.... :wideyed:


    :wacky:
     
  13. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    I voted conspiracy but wind driven carrots was tempting.
     
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  14. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    We have chilly and dry today. Low to mid 50's but rain is on the way. Glad about the rain but I will be riding my bike today while I can still pedal and stay dry.
     
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  15. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    I didn't see cloudy with a chance of meatballs so didn't vote.
     
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  16. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I habe kids and should have remembered. That's actually a pretty cute movie.

    I'll go back and add at your request.

    Please hold....
     
  17. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    A hail of tomacco...
     
  18. GoLeafsGo

    GoLeafsGo Not Quite Right! Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2013
    Whitby Ontario
    It's going to be a Major Storm! Anyone from the South, stock up on groceries and water and do not go outside. For those from the North, you may need your big jacket. That is all.....
     
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  19. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    I didn't wear 2 shirts today. It's gonna rain soon so the temps are up.
     
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  20. Richland123

    Richland123

    Apr 17, 2009
    Right now, it is a balmy 6F with a wind chill factor of -11F here in Johnstown, PA.
     
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