Another lame Winter

Stax Posted By Stax, Jan 8, 2013 at 7:15 PM

  1. thewoodlands

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    I can't imagine what it would have been like living here during the ice storm, so many more trees.

    In 98 we lived in a small town across from a park with some trees, the sounds that came from those trees once the ice built up I'll never forget.

    The transformers blowing up on the poles lighting up the sky, the peeping tom who was caught across from our house ( I helped track him down, just call it a scanner catch) he ran through my neignbors backyard over a live downed power line (buried in the snow & ice) he saw me coming off the porch so he turned then tried to hide, the police found him so I left.

    He was taunting the police so I decided to leave, he was asking for it.
     
  2. Mrs. Krabappel

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    still waiting for my snow day:mad:
     
  3. fossil

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    Eh, she seemed to do OK dealing with me. :rolleyes:
     
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  4. thewoodlands

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    That's a chit load of snow plus the winds. We live in the area that during the ice storm they lost power for 4 weeks, during the ice storm we lived in Massena, NY so we only lost power for 9 hours.

    I was the only guy on the block that had a chainsaw (small homelite, bought so we could take down two small trees blocking the sun to the pool);em but we used it on three or four good size branches that came down across the driveways,
     
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  5. tfdchief

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    And then Zap found out what chainsaws were really good for:cool:
     
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  6. Stax

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    MS Counseling Psychology here. I burn wood for cheap heat. I split and stack wood because it feels right.
     
  7. thewoodlands

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    Near the end of the ice storm we were told via the radio station (they did a great job keeping power or having backup for the radio station for the length of the storm) to put any wood out near the road so they could pick it up later, my neighbor had a limb come down in his driveway so I went over..cut it up then put it by the road (thought I was doing good) until he came out and gave me chit, he said he planned on burning it that day (seasoned for a few hours) I tried to explain the wood was right there he could still have it but he kept bitching.

    Fock U came out of my mouth.
     
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  8. tfdchief

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    Well, that was not a very good first lesson from a wood burner. Shame on him. Obviously you turned into a much better example of a wood burner;)
     
  9. thewoodlands

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    His wife was warming up the gas grill to cook steaks for him, he came home early and gave her chit because when he saw the grill on, told her she was wasting gas, she should've thrown the steaks at him.
     
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  10. tfdchief

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    Auh, the guy is just a TOTAL ass. Not just a poor example of a wood burner.>>
     
  11. midwestcoast

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    Super Lame winter here too. No snow. At least not more than a dusting or 2 that melted by mid-afternoon. Makes working outside easier, but I am going through snow withdrawals.
     
  12. firefighterjake

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    About a foot of snow here . . . warmer temps forecast for today and tomorrow . . . I wouldn't mind a bit more snow, but I should be able to go snowmobiling this weekend.

    Wait a minute . . . did Fossil say he has a phaser gun . . . geez . . . do all Moderators get issued phaser guns . . . if so, count me in! ;)

    P.S. Please do not turn this thread into a pro- and con- phaser gun or disruptor debate . . . otherwise the Klingons will surely win.
     
  13. firefighterjake

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    All firefighters are a little bit "off their rockers" . . . fire chiefs are even more so. ;) :)
     
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  14. firefighterjake

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    Agreed . . . I suspect this is just the "normal" January thaw . . . if folks think Winter is over and it's time to break out the shorts and Hawaiian shirts I think they may be in for a rude awakening in another week or so. ;) :)
     
  15. yooperdave

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    Lame winter??? You bet! And loving it. Take advantage of the lack of snow and lack of colder temps while you can. It's nice being able to drive on a bare highway...
     
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  16. corey21

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    Yep in the 60's this week how boring.
     
  17. jharkin

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    Heading for 55F here on Saturday... 'll be heading up to Mt. Washington where they are expecting a balmy 45F.


    Jake I'll see your disruptor's and raise you a full spread of photon torpedoes!
     
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  18. tfdchief

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    GUILTY !!!
     
  19. Backwoods Savage

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    Sorry Grandpa John but don't believe everything the media tries to throw at you. That map is very, very wrong no matter where they got this information. One good reason I say that is because of where we live and the lack of snow. It might be the most in 10 years for some areas but not this whole area. I haven't even given thought to putting the snow blade on. The most snow we've had so far was on December 8 when we were buried in a whole 1.5" of snow! Any other snow we've received has been basically unmeasurable. Yet, according to that map we should have had up to 9.8" on the ground. Sorry, but the media simply loves to blow things out of proportion.
     
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  20. tfdchief

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    Yep, same here. Map says 2 in. We have nothing right now. Had a little unmeasurable but it melted.
     
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  21. granpajohn

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    Nothing like ground truth.
    But according to this you should have had (at the time) 1.2" with a December total of 2.5". (It is for Lincoln IL I believe. Is that near you?)
    http://www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/getclimate.php?wfo=ilx

    I don't know where Dennis is located in MI.

    Most of the places I seem to care about are pretty accurately depicted. The kids in East Texas had a white Christmas. Very rare for them.

    NOAA (and Environment Canada) data are often wrong.

    BTW, the Northern Hemisphere snow cover record for December is not North America. Most of the cold is on the other side of our hemisphere (makes sense). It is also straight from the NSIDC, not media released. Here is image of the pixels:
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    Huh....there does appear to be a couple blank spots right over Michigan. Could be true!
     
  22. thewoodlands

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    The map is right on for us in Northern NY. We have a cold front moving in tonight after being in the low 40's today, the wind is howling at the moment.
     
  23. jharkin

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    We do have a little bit of snow on the ground, but not for long.

    Time to break out the grill :(

    weather.jpg
     
  24. tfdchief

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    True. And I will say flying to PA last week, I did not see anywhere on the ground that did not have at least patchy snow cover. granpajohn, we are about an hour and half SE of Lincoln, on your satillite map, right at the edge of the snow cover. Of course that all melted yesterday with a high in the 50's. For the date on the map, it was probably fairly accurate. We probably did get 2.5 inches in December, just never had all of that on the ground at one time. Here is a nice article from an area news paper and a IL state climatologist. Says 2012 set a record for mean temp., and dry. So last winter here was lame for sure! Admit ably there is a lot of 12/13 Winter left......we'll see;)


    http://www.news-gazette.com/news/weather/2013-01-09/how-hot-was-2012-hottest-ever.html
     
  25. granpajohn

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    "Playoffs" does not equal "Superbowl Champs"...and...
    "Unusually Extensive Snow Cover" does not equal "Great Winter"
    But, we expect our team to win the SB every year; knowing that it can't happen.
    But, playoffs is better than normal. The snowcover probably protected us from warmer temps for a while, but our luck may be about to run out. (Depending on your perspective, of course.)

    That news-gazette link is an example of what Dennis was talking about. 1921 was/is the warmest year in Chicago records.
     
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