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We finally got hit by the winter weather

  1. Jan 29, 2014 #1

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    Until yesterday, the southeastern US had escaped the snow and ice that the Northeast and Midwest have been dealing with repeatedly. Now it's our turn. The college where I work first announced late yesterday afternoon that classes would start and offices would open at 10 AM today (two-hour delay). When I woke up today, they had pushed it back to noon. Now they've decided to close for the entire day, because of icy roads.

    It's not as bad here as it is further west in Atlanta, where people have been stuck in traffic jams all night on the expressways, unable to move because of the ice and abandoned cars.

    Stranded, cold motorists spend nights on freeways after rare snow in South (CNN.com)
     
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  3. Jan 29, 2014 #2

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    *looks out the window*

    Nope. No snow here in the Arizona desert.
     
  4. Jan 29, 2014 #3

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    Just you wait!

    http://www.rei.com/share/rei-blog/2011/02/even_cacti_have_had/postImages/snow_on_saguaro.img.jpg
     
  5. Jan 29, 2014 #4

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    Clearly that's photoshopped... :tongue:
     
  6. Jan 29, 2014 #5

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    Welcome to our world!

    A couple of days ago, we had a high of only -3 F in the Chicago area. And of course, we had been getting A LOT of snow since Thanksgiving of 2013.

    And to think that the West Coast is in a drought.

    Zz.
     
  7. Jan 29, 2014 #6

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    Houston was hit by that storm yesterday. It was pretty much a non-event. However, Houston was pretty much shut down because the mere threat of anything remotely resembling winter weather causes the entire city to go bonkers.


    The alliteratively named "ridiculously resilient ridge" has meant no winter weather for the southwest. The Pacific fronts that normally bring winter weather to the southwest are being diverted to the far north this winter. We are soon going to be looking at high produce bills because of this weather phenomenon.

    Here's a nice snapshot of a beach at Folsom Lake:

    http://www.kcra.com/image/view/-/23755560/medRes/2/-/maxh/460/maxw/620/-/1169yy1/-/folsom-lake-water-JPG.jpg [Broken]
     
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  8. Jan 29, 2014 #7

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    Well, I've seen snow in southern Arizona with my own eyes, in Tucson during Christmas vacation several years ago. Not much in town, just enough to produce a dusting on the ground. It was remarkable enough that I took some pictures... they're around here somewhere... somewhere...

    There was a lot more up on Mt. Lemmon, but that's a separate microclimate!
     
  9. Jan 29, 2014 #8

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    I live off of the 85-75 connector in Atlanta. I got to spend 24 hours watching cars not move last night. I felt bad for those people =(.
     
  10. Jan 29, 2014 #9

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    I used to live in Atlanta, they are not equipped to prepare roads for even a dusting and the hills there make driving treacherous.
     
  11. Jan 30, 2014 #10

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    The Gulf Coast states are not equipped/prepared for icy roads or snow.
     
  12. Jan 30, 2014 #11

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    Not at all. People who have to get to work are terrified of the slightest bit of snow because the traffic is screwed up by people who have no idea who to drive when conditions are slippery.

    Moving farther north to Columbia, MD, I went to to work one morning for General Physics. The only person in the division was our administrative assistant. I asked her where everybody was, and she said that they were all "snowed in". She grew up in Buffalo and I grew up in Maine. There is no way that one inch of snow could have kept us from doing our jobs, but apparently in MD, the rules are different.

    The purchase of snow tires can be a one-time expense in places that do not often get much snow, and they won't wear out soon. We all pay for that lack of productivity.
     
  13. Jan 30, 2014 #12

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    We're getting some winter weather here too...

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/40020825/887.jpg [Broken]
     
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  14. Jan 30, 2014 #13

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    and now we start the national blood sport of the ' Blame Game'.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/30/us/ice-storm-southern-united-states.html?_r=0
    The PNW has been on the other side of the jet-stream, other than an early freeze we've had nothing of note until this tuesday when the monster high pressure center finally broke down. We need a massive rain/snow storm.
     
  15. Jan 30, 2014 #14

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    Thresholds where I live:

    12 cm (4.7 inches) - the minimum new snowfall for snowplows to be deployed, anything less than this means no snowplows;

    -15 C (5 F) - the temperature at which students (e.g., my seven-year daughter) are kept inside at recess and lunch, anything warmer than this, and students are forced to go outside and play;

    buses pulled off the streets - university closed.

    Last December, we received 40 - 50 cm (16 - 20 inches) of snow during a couple of days storms. This happened during final exams at the university, but, since the buses were not pulled off the main streets, students were expected to be at their exams on schedule and on time, i.e., snow wasn't a legitimate excuse.
     
  16. Jan 30, 2014 #15

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    I was stationed at a site in Alaska. They plowed the site every Tuesday.

    Couldn't care less when it snowed or how much - plowing day was on Tuesdays.

    I arrived there in January and it was nearly 5 months before I found out whether the site's roads were paved or not (they actually were, which kind of surprised me).
     
  17. Jan 30, 2014 #16

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    That's the difference between weather and climate, which is the cause of most of the weather issues in the UK. Last year we had this, within a few miles of where I live:
    article-2299812-18F337D2000005DC-516_634x393.jpg

    So far this winter, no snow, and not even any overnight frosts, but rainfall for January has been the highest for more than a century.
     
  18. Feb 1, 2014 #17

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    We got a solid coating of ice last night. I'm trapped. Can't get to the main road.
     
  19. Feb 1, 2014 #18

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    Don't worry Evo, I've sent Phinds. He's on his way through the snow and ice with relief supplies. I hope you like ramen and Dr. Pepper.
     
  20. Feb 1, 2014 #19

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    :rofl:
     
  21. Feb 1, 2014 #20

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    Hmmm... Phinds has yet to return...

    Anyone got any Lost Dog flyers I can put up?
     
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