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Lisa
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Holy crow. It is horrendous outside. Incredibly fun, but scary. Which is weird, because I hate roller coasters. I'm not the scary-is-fun type of person, usually. But... we have 6-10" already, and they're calling for another 14" by noon tomorrow.
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*blinks*

I'm assuming thats "alot" of snow to you people south of the Yankee-Canuck line?

Actually that's part of the reason why when I apply to JET when I graduate from University to be deliberately placed in Hakkaido/Inaka/Tohoku, places where it *actually* snows.

Although I'll be the only foreigner for hours around though >_<

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We're getting freezing rain. [Mad]

Not only is it the most boring an most inconvenient of winter precipitation, with the only perks being the delay/cancellation of school, but it is very likely to damage my prized Snow Jabba the Hutt that I made after the last winter storm.

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Shanna
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I can't even imagine what that much snow would look like! Do people actually go to work and school in that kind of weather? I feel like I'd look out my window and then dive right back into bed. Maybe spend a few months hibernating inside like a bear.

I freak out when it drops below 30 degrees! Forget the Canuck line, I'm never moving north of the Mason Dixon.

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Blayne, that's a lot of snow anywhere. I lived in MI, and had a lot of friends from Canada, and 24 inches of snow in a 24 hour period is a lot even to them.

I've been in bigger storms, but it's hardly a little storm.

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Pansies.
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It is about -25 here. We have a frostbite wind chill advisory. Nobody can move anywhere.
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*Struts around outside in a furcap, jeans and a t-shirt.*

Cold? Whatchatalkin aboot'.

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I had a fair bit of difficulty getting the door open to shovel just now; the wind's blown drifts up past the midpoint, so I had to put my shoulder into it.
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quote:
Originally posted by Shanna:
I can't even imagine what that much snow would look like! Do people actually go to work and school in that kind of weather? I feel like I'd look out my window and then dive right back into bed. Maybe spend a few months hibernating inside like a bear.

I freak out when it drops below 30 degrees! Forget the Canuck line, I'm never moving north of the Mason Dixon.

It looks like the Detroit area might end up missing the worst of it. The storm sort of broke in half and went different directions, and we're right at the breaking point, which means a lot of it missed us, though it's not over yet.

30 degrees in winter is just fine by be. It's when it gets down into the single digits without wind chill, and the negative 10s and 20s with wind chill, that I start to get pretty annoyed.

If it ends up stopping at 6-8 inches here, I imagine almost everyone will be at work tomorrow. They already closed my school based on the predictions, but if it turns out to have been a dud, they'll be kicking themselves tomorrow. My university is notorious for not closing school come hell or high water. This is our second school closing in 10 years.

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Someone tell me again how SoCal is a place where people weren't meant to live? [Razz]

Upper 60s and low 70s all week. *basks*

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Yeah, here in the SF Bay Area it's been pretty freezing. I think it might have been 40 early one morning! My breath was fogging and everything.

Ridiculous, I tell you. Ridiculous!

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quote:
Originally posted by Blayne Bradley:
I'm assuming thats "alot" of snow to you people south of the Yankee-Canuck line?

No, but it is a lot of snow.
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quote:
Originally posted by rivka:
Someone tell me again how SoCal is a place where people weren't meant to live? [Razz]

Upper 60s and low 70s all week. *basks*

Riots, fires, and mudslides.
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rivka
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When? Where?
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Goody Scrivener
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As of 6 am, Chicago was officially at 17.3 inches of snow. Our record is 23.0, set in 1967.
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Ye gods, that sounds horrific.

I love the snow (in small quantities) but this is why I've moved to where it's 60 degrees and sunny today - it feels almost like spring.

Go south, you poor cold people. Think seriously about that direction.

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I'm reading that we're at about seven inches here in SE Michigan, and though a few more are supposed to fall over the next couple hours, pretty much everyone is saying we dodged the bullet, and this is a little lame compared to what we were told to expect. A lot of businesses that were going to be closed are now open, and while I imagine most regular schools will stay closed, most universities in the area are wishing they'd stayed open.

Though I'll say, while this isn't relatively bad, I don't know why they think seven inches on the road is a particularly great situation to be driving from all over the county in. It still takes awhile to clear the roads.

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Eh?
What is this snow thing you're all excited about?

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Freezing rain here in Boston. Not going to be fun when the temperature drops tomorrow.
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quote:
Originally posted by rivka:
Someone tell me again how SoCal is a place where people weren't meant to live? [Razz]

Upper 60s and low 70s all week. *basks*

And if for whatever reason SoCal were to get that much snow, the earthquakes would simply open up a nice giant maw and swallow it all up! Brilliant!
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Should be in the upper 50's or low 60's here in Las Vegas today.

It was 40 driving home from dinner last night, and my wife thought she was going to die.

We are pretty spoiled during the winter.

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I would much rather deal with having to take a snow day - work at home, sleep I, snuggle the cat- once a decade than worry about my house burning or falling down or being blown down or being flooded or washed away by mud.

And Chicago deals with this really well. I am pretty impressed with city services.

[ February 02, 2011, 12:59 PM: Message edited by: kmbboots ]

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rivka
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quote:
Originally posted by BlackBlade:
quote:
Originally posted by rivka:
Someone tell me again how SoCal is a place where people weren't meant to live? [Razz]

Upper 60s and low 70s all week. *basks*

And if for whatever reason SoCal were to get that much snow, the earthquakes would simply open up a nice giant maw and swallow it all up! Brilliant!
"Giant maws" pretty much only happen in the movies.
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We got some rain last night. I'm actually quite jealous of all these snow reports. 70 degrees in February feels... somehow wrong, despite it being normal for the area. That is why I will be that strange person moving back north, come the end of school. [Smile]
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quote:
Originally posted by Bella Bee:
Ye gods, that sounds horrific.

Yes, it's a ton. Yes, it's horrific. But it's also rare. The last time we had a storm like this was 12 years ago.

I think the worst part of a storm like this is the people who either think they're good enough drivers that they can handle any conditions or didn't bother to listen to or read any news reports before hitting the road - or even while on the road when they see things getting ugly. There's several pictures of dozens of cars left stranded on Lake Shore Drive. I was hearing as early as 2:00 yesterday afternoon that the high winds (60mph or more) were blowing waves onto the Drive and that ramps were already closed off. So to then hear this morning that people were still getting on the Drive after 5 pm to go home from work and are now whining that they weren't rescued until after midnight? I don't have a whole lot of sympathy there.

Personally, I love being in the Chicago area. I love the crazy weather and I love that we actually have four real, definable seasons. I love the culture. I love my little sleepy suburb. Most of my family is here. And right now, I especially love that I no longer work downtown LOL. So I find it difficult to contemplate the idea of moving anywhere else.

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quote:
Originally posted by kmbboots:
than worry about my house burning or falling down or being blown down or being flooded or washed away by mud.

None of these are worries for me. With the possible exception of the earthquake one, and that's pretty unlikely, both due to the newness of most of the buildings I have lived in and the area I'm in.
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Good.
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quote:
Originally posted by Geraine:
Should be in the upper 50's or low 60's here in Las Vegas today.

I think you might be looking at the wrong day. We're spiking down today, all my weather sources say a high of mid to low 40's today.
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At least two of the drifts were taller than Sophie. She was very excited about that. [Smile] (Note: I, as the guy with the shovel, was not.)
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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by BlackBlade:
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Originally posted by rivka:
Someone tell me again how SoCal is a place where people weren't meant to live? [Razz]

Upper 60s and low 70s all week. *basks*

And if for whatever reason SoCal were to get that much snow, the earthquakes would simply open up a nice giant maw and swallow it all up! Brilliant!
"Giant maws" pretty much only happen in the movies.
Well sink holes certainly happen.
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I'm supposed to move from Missouri to Hawaii next week. Definitely looking forward to the +70 degree swing. Also, leaving the snow shovel behind.
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quote:
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Well sink holes certainly happen.

Exceedingly rarely. Florida gets way more of them.
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Besides the cold air, which is universal, we got a light glaze of freezing rain (just enough to make the sidewalks slippery), about 3 inches of snow, and several metric tons of wind from this storm.

What a waste.

But, hey, when we get a truly grand storm, it's never in the news...so I just pop into these threads to say hello. [Smile]

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quote:
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Well sink holes certainly happen.

Exceedingly rarely. Florida gets way more of them.
The Sink Hole pictures I've seen are pretty nightmare inducing, they look like they go down for miles.

On a side note, shoveling a km of even this paltry amount of snow I admit is fairly tedius.

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I have more individual job sites now than I've ever had, and the arrival of the cold front meant I had to go out and weatherproof them all, double-time, in -15 degree weather.

It was pretty awesome, no sarcasm. It was a flat-out adventure for me the past few days. A DOWNSIDE: I am mildly frostbitten.

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quote:
Originally posted by rivka:
"Giant maws" pretty much only happen in the movies.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/06/100601-sinkhole-in-guatemala-2010-world-science/
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quote:
Originally posted by Goody Scrivener:
quote:
Originally posted by Bella Bee:
Ye gods, that sounds horrific.

Yes, it's a ton. Yes, it's horrific. But it's also rare. The last time we had a storm like this was 12 years ago.

I think the worst part of a storm like this is the people who either think they're good enough drivers that they can handle any conditions or didn't bother to listen to or read any news reports before hitting the road - or even while on the road when they see things getting ugly. There's several pictures of dozens of cars left stranded on Lake Shore Drive. I was hearing as early as 2:00 yesterday afternoon that the high winds (60mph or more) were blowing waves onto the Drive and that ramps were already closed off. So to then hear this morning that people were still getting on the Drive after 5 pm to go home from work and are now whining that they weren't rescued until after midnight? I don't have a whole lot of sympathy there.

Personally, I love being in the Chicago area. I love the crazy weather and I love that we actually have four real, definable seasons. I love the culture. I love my little sleepy suburb. Most of my family is here. And right now, I especially love that I no longer work downtown LOL. So I find it difficult to contemplate the idea of moving anywhere else.

I applied to two grad schools in the Chicago area (neither of which I'm likely to get into), and really the only thing giving me pause about possibly moving there is the weather. It's funny, Chicago is only slightly to the south of Detroit, but the weather always seems a hundred times wilder on the news.
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there's a third reason that should give you pause:

- is chicago

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by BlackBlade:
Well sink holes certainly happen.

Exceedingly rarely. Florida gets way more of them.
Ever here they aren't all that common. And rarely looking like even baby sized maws.
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No, I actually love Southern Cali. I am there once a year, with family in Escondido. In fact in April my free ticket lands me in LA. (Which train do I take to get from LA to Oceanside again?)

My uncle is a fire marshall out there, and the fires scare me a lot more than the earthquakes. Heck, we get minor tremors in Maryland from time to time. During a couple of the fires they could see the flames from their backyard.

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quote:
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As of 6 am, Chicago was officially at 17.3 inches of snow. Our record is 23.0, set in 1967.

The official O'Hare final reading was apparently 20.2". I remember the Superstorm of '67. I wasn't even 4 yet. My Mom was pregnant with my little sister, we couldn't get out of the house, and Bozo, which had a 5 year waiting list for tickets, aired reruns (the kind of thing a 3 year old would find amazing, I guess).
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I missed '67 by a few years. I remember '79 well, which we surpassed yesterday. The snow had drifted up the back side of the house all the way to the third floor (split ranch with add-ons) bedroom window. My sister and I got all bundled up, climbed out the window, slid down the drift, crashed into the garage, then ran around the block to the front of the house (because the back door was completely blocked by snow) to get back inside to do it again and again and again. Mom finally came to investigate on the 4th or 5th pass through. That was fun [Smile]

Lyr, I noticed on the radar feeds last night that Lake Michigan seemed to have sucked a good amount of the storm's power. If that's typical, it's no wonder that Chicago winters seem wilder than Detroit ones. And good luck on the grad school apps!

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We lived in Michigan in 1967. Dad managed a hotel in Traverse City and he had to cancel (only time ever) a ski group(from Chicago) because there was no snow.

I remember 1979 quite well. 6 foot high "walls" along the streets and sidewalks.

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quote:
Originally posted by Kwea:
quote:
Originally posted by rivka:
quote:
Originally posted by BlackBlade:
Well sink holes certainly happen.

Exceedingly rarely. Florida gets way more of them.
Ever here they aren't all that common. And rarely looking like even baby sized maws.
Exactly!


Anyone who thinks there is a place called "Cali" gets ignored.

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