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Oregonians, prepare! [just in case they get it right]

  1. Jan 3, 2005 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    There is talk of a record snow fall down to the valley floor, this weekend. Some meteorologists are talking about the possibility of very cold temps, down in the teens, and snow conditions not seen since the early 50s. One model would leave us with about 50" of snow on the ground where we live.

    Of course we're talking about predicting Oregon's weather here. :rolleyes: Year after year they promise me all of these wonderful things and they almost never happen. :grumpy:

    Not everyone is getting quite that excited, channel 8 is talking about the possibility of a foot of snow up in Portland.
     
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    Holy **** !! snow and frost ? my cannabis field in the forest gonna frezze :cry:
     
  4. Jan 3, 2005 #3

    Kerrie

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    Ivan, i am curious to see any weather event happen close to what happened to one year from today....ice and 6 inches of snow that literally stopped out city for several days...
     
  5. Jan 3, 2005 #4

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    YIKES!!!!! I hope you guys stock up on supplies just in case, flashlights, batteries, candles, firewood, necessities.

    The weather has been crazy this past year.
     
  6. Jan 3, 2005 #5

    Ivan Seeking

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    Oh I remember. We were virtually stranded here for a couple of days.

    The one extreme model comes from someone with the national weather service. It would leave Portlanders with something like 36" of snow...I think [The numbers were only shown briefly]. Now that would really shut things down for a time. Imagine PDX or the I-5 with 3 feet of snow on the ground. :eek:

    Last year they never got it right. I know; I was depending greatly on the weather reports due to frequent trips to a job on the coast. It almost always did something other than they predicted. If you remember, there was a lot of complaining about the failed forecasts last year when the big one hit. So I'm putting on the studded tires but certainly not holding my breath. :wink:

    Edit: late post... Yes Evo I agree. It could get ugly, in fact Tsu will be up chopping wood all night. :rolleyes:
     
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  7. Jan 3, 2005 #6

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    Good deal, a chain saw's good for the big stuff, but you can't beat a good ax for chopping firewood.

    If you're really going to get that much snow, make sure Tsu goes outside and shovels at regular intervals, you don't want too much to accumulate, oh, and you'll need to get her up on the roof to knock the snow off, too much and your roof will cave in.
     
  8. Jan 3, 2005 #7

    Ivan Seeking

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    You bet. As you well know, Tsu can shovel it with the best of them... :biggrin:
     
  9. Jan 3, 2005 #8

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    LOL! I laugh when we get our once a year big snowfall here and people wait until the snow is all on the ground before starting to dig out. I'll come out in the morning, and there's only 2 inches of snow left on my driveway because I cleared the snow as it fell the night before, got a good night's sleep, then shovel the drive while the coffee is still brewing and then listen to the sound of shovels scraping pavement while I'm relaxing in a hot bath. I even shovel my neighbor's sidewalk for her (she's in her 80s and has a bad shoulder). I was worried about her this past snowfall, because I was out of town and hadn't had a chance to tell her I'd be away before I left this time (usually I tell her and she watches my house for me). I hope someone helped her with her sidewalk.

    Good luck! At least if you get lots of snow, you know pretty much everything will be shut down, so you can just snuggle by the fire for a few days. It's worse to get those borderline amounts of snow that you don't want to leave the house, but you can't really justify skipping work for it.
     
  10. Jan 4, 2005 #9

    Integral

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    Been there, done that! In January of '69 Oregon got hit with a massive snow storm that dumped about 3' of snow in the western vallies. I was in southern Oregon at that time, it was a lot of fun...till I blew the motor in dads jeep!
     
  11. Jan 4, 2005 #10

    Evo

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    How are you guys doing? I am in the middle of a terrible ice storm, I'll trade you for snow.
     
  12. Jan 4, 2005 #11

    Kerrie

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    it's very cold but super clear out...i'll take this dry clear cold over the damp rain anyday.
     
  13. Jan 4, 2005 #12

    Ivan Seeking

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    No kidding! The sky is crystal clear and moonless. I was out looking at the stars a little earlier. Often, we don't get to see them much of the year.

    Evo, I feel for you. Ice storms are the worst. So far we're fine but the threats from the weather people continue. I haven't seen any more indications of 50" of snow coming, luckily. That would be a bit much even for me. We usually end up getting a few inches at most.
     
  14. Jan 5, 2005 #13

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    We're freezing here, too, in L.A. Good Lord - it must be 60 degrees outside! brrr!!!
     
  15. Jan 5, 2005 #14

    Ivan Seeking

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    The smog holds the heat. :biggrin:

    West, west, west, Texas, ppppppppllllllllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssseeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!111111111


    edit: oh yes, :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
  16. Jan 5, 2005 #15

    Integral

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    It is interesting in that as cold as it has been the last few mornings there has been no frost. Would imply that the air is very dry, so we are getting an air mass from Canada rather then our usual mositure laden flow from the south and west, ie the Pacific. All this cold air had to do is hit a good stong wet and warm system from the south and things will get nasty in a hurry.

    The kids will love, I don't!
     
  17. Jan 5, 2005 #16

    Ivan Seeking

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    The front is coming; its out there. The question is, will it move this far south?

    [plays theme from Jaws]
     
  18. Jan 5, 2005 #17

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    Weather Underground predicts rain and snow showers off and on starting Friday and going through Tuesday. Wow!1 We might actually get an ACCUMULATION of snow!!!??? :surprised

    Ivan, can I leave for Hawaii NOW???? PLEEEEAAAASSSSEEEEE?????? I do not like cold and snow. I lived in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It snow a LOT there. It sucked.
     
  19. Jan 5, 2005 #18

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

    Okay this is pretend Tsu where she asks me...I don't think I can even type the words...for permission. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

    Okay I'll play along. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
    Sure dear, would you like me to load the car?

    Tsu is heading to Hawaii soon!!! She really hates it there. :yuck:
     
  20. Jan 5, 2005 #19

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    That would be nice. :shy: Give me about 2 seconds to pack a bag . . there, I'm ready. Let's go! :biggrin: Let me know how much snow you get! Oh, yeah! Sorry! You'll have to chop your own wood and shovel the snow off the roof yourself this year, dear. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: Ohhhh BOY!! I'm gonna be snorkeling and yes, MAYBE even surfing again in a few weeks. :approve: :cool: :cool: At least a little parasailing is in order, I think... :biggrin:
     
  21. Jan 5, 2005 #20

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    Oh how I miss snow. I was informed this winter would be bitterly cold. We've had a few frosts, and somewhere in the region of 8 snowflakes. I miss last year, where I went into a field with some friends, and built 2 snowmen as tall as me. While we were doing it, the snow came in so thick we couldn't see any edge of the field. Could have been interesting finding our way back if it kept up & covered our footprints.
    We also never get ice storms in the UK. I want to experience one of those just once.
     
  22. Jan 5, 2005 #21
    WOW, here in New England we occasionally wake up to snowfalls greater than 12 inches and still make it to work on time! That's just not fair!

    And you guys want to move to Canada?
     
  23. Jan 5, 2005 #22

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    6 inches? 12? Here in regular England, London ground to a halt after what can have been no more than 4 inches, maybe less. People were stuck in cars over night on the M25. Makes me kind of glad I live in something of a quiet backwater compared to London. No such problems up here, just many snowmen :biggrin:
     
  24. Jan 5, 2005 #23

    Kerrie

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    The pacific nw isn't prepared for snow that interferes with daily life...we don't salt the roads, we don't have snow plows, etc. we had one heck of an ice storm this time last year and without the right equipment, only the brave were willing to drive in the ice covered roads.
     
  25. Jan 5, 2005 #24

    Ivan Seeking

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    Canadians are allowed to go to Hawaii. :biggrin: SW BC is not too different from our weather here. N. Manitoba would be another story entirely.
     
  26. Jan 5, 2005 #25

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    Up to 6 inches of snow, there's just no excuse. Any halfway decent all-weather tire will get you through it (if you get a lot of rain, you would have those anyway). I haven't had any problem driving through 6 inches of snow. More than that, and my car isn't far enough off the ground. Driving in snow is actually pretty easy; I think maybe even easier than in rain, because everyone has to slow down and after a few cars have gone through, you've got pre-made tracks in the road that it's really hard to drift out of (hard to turn out of too if you take an exit nobody else has taken yet).

    Ice is an entirely different story. Cincinnati gets a lot more ice than snow because it's just warm enough here that the first snow to hit the ground melts, forms a layer of ice, then snow over it so you can't see it's there. That's probably what you'd wind up with in OR too if you usually have warmer winters and a lot of rain. I can deal with patches of ice, you just have to drive carefully, leave lots of room for other cars, and be prepared to downshift or throw the car into neutral until you coast over it and get traction again...some salt, sand or kitty litter in the trunk will get you out of any slippery spots if you get stuck. But when you get a real ice storm, the best solution is to just stay home and wait for it to melt. I had to drive after an ice storm once. Fortunately, I was out on a farm, so no other cars to hit (had experiments running that couldn't wait a day, and animals that needed to be fed...no fun chipping blocks of ice out of water buckets on those days either). Anyway, I wasn't driving more than 5 mph, started braking as soon as I got through the gates of the farm, and the car "skated" the rest of the way across to the other side, just barely stopping about 6 inches from the fence on the other side (I was sure the fence would be doing the stopping for me). Then I got out and tried to walk into the barn. Each barn sat up on a slight incline from the parking area around it so they would stay dry. Ended up pulling myself hand over hand along the fence to get in, because I could not walk, crawl, or otherwise propel myself toward the barn without sliding right back down toward the parking area. I was glad nobody else was around to watch. Hooves work much better than feet in boots when it comes to walking on ice. The goats had no problem at all taking me for a walk as I tried to grab their collars and bring them inside. :grumpy: At least I wasn't falling over as long as I was hanging onto them.
     
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