It’s herePosted by MightyMoe on October 21, 2019 at 12:20 am
The big storm a couple of weeks ago fizzled out. Now it seems the storms are worse than advertised.
I followed this guy for about 80 miles on an 80 MPH highway, it took way longer than an hour:
We passed accident #4 of 5 at about 10 MPH:
Visibility down to 300-400′ at times, about one reflector post, 50MPH winds.
Good thing was most everyone dropped into line and we all moved together between 25-50mph, depending on conditions. A few idiots flying by in the passing lanes, hence the accidents I suppose.
I’m too old to be doing this, it’s not fun anymore.
- 15 Replies
- MemberOctober 21, 2019 at 12:43 am
Right now we are reveling in beautiful fall conditions but we could be you at the drop of a hat. I feel your pain.
- MemberOctober 21, 2019 at 1:29 am
After this summer of over 90 days above 90?ø F I am praying for snow and about 3 feet will be about right however butt hole deep to a tall giraffe would be better.
Come on guys help me out, go stab a snow turtle or something.
- MemberOctober 21, 2019 at 1:55 am
What you describe is precisely why I left my first job out of college at the tender age of 25. I simply could not endure another Winter in the snowbelt of Michigan along the Lake Michigan shore with the high velocity winds coming over the bluffs. It was a wonderful job that I enjoyed greatly. It might have been my first and last job if it had not been for the miserable weather. A trip to the supermarket located only a half mile from my apartment could take two hours with only ten minutes of that being inside the store. The five mile trip to my office might turn into ten miles of better routes but still take well over an hour of white knuckle driving/sitting/driving/backing up/sitting/driving to finally arrive at a parking lot with piles of snow over fifteen feet deep at the edges. I recall the day we were all advised at 10:00 a.m. to try to get home because the storm was going to get much worse. The parking lot had been bare, except for an inch of unscrapable icepack at 8:00 a.m. It was at least 10 inches deep as we attempted to leave. Another 15 inches came down by early afternoon. The times when I needed to fly out of the airport about ten miles from my office in such conditions were not pretty. I remember getting off in New Orleans at nearly 80 F carrying all the extra clothing that had been needed to board in 5F with a negative wind chill and near whiteout conditions.
If I had been exposed to such Winter weather from birth I probably would have survived somehow. But, I’m sure I would have still griped every time the idiot snow plow that came through our apartment complex shoved all it could directly behind our vehicles parked in the only spaces we had available. First thing every such day you would find nearly all inhabitants out in the dark trying to shovel the impenetrable snow barrier back out into the common driveway. Otherwise, there was zero possibility of having a chance to even get out of the 12-vehicle carport.
- MemberOctober 21, 2019 at 12:12 pmPosted by: @just-a-surveyor
I am praying for snow and about 3 feet will be about right
Snow, hell, after 2 days of 35 of temperatures you’d be beggin’ for the heat again. Southerners CAN NOT tolerate anything below 83 degrees. You sure yer a good ‘ol boy? ????
- MemberOctober 21, 2019 at 12:24 pm
This summer was kinda tough for me, I fell out once and my wife had to come get me because I got dehydrated and overheated. I have had several heat related incidents through the years and the problems associated with heat come on faster nowadays so yeah, I would like a break from it. I would probably be whining after a couple of days but doggone this year was tough for me.
- MemberOctober 21, 2019 at 12:44 pm
Excess heat is nothing to mess around with. One of my grandmothers suffered for the rest of her life due to a heat stroke when she was fairly young. In slang terms, it scrambled her brain.
Extreme cold can take parts of your body from you.
My largest issue with massive amounts of snow was what I called claustrophobia in the great outdoors. You can effectively be locked in a closet when it is your vehicle and you can not go anywhere. You can be in an urban environment and not be able to get to where you need to go although you can see where that is. On a nice day you could walk from where you are stranded to your destination in three minutes or less. At such times I would think of those who have no time for delay such as women going into labor, the physically or mentally infirm, young children attempting to walk to school and anyone in physical distress requiring prompt medical attention. I’m sure there are quite a number of contributors here who live through such conditions every year and have learned to adapt. You are brave souls.
- MemberOctober 21, 2019 at 1:36 pm
A “big” snow for us is 5 inches. The 4WD daily commuters are ecstatic; push the button and hammer down, then hauled out of ditches and up embankments by the dozens. If you see one behind you, pull over, stop, and let the idiot seek out his fate without collecting you.
Our real bugaboo is ice. Warm wet air aloft from the Gulf and cold, cold air at ground level. Ice everywhere; roads impassable and three – five days without power.
Maybe we’ll avoid it this year.
- MemberOctober 21, 2019 at 1:43 pm
I am as glad as any of ya’ll that the 100 degree days are gone (in my part of the world), but we still saw 96 yesterday. Today will be in the low 70’s. We rarely get snow, ice is more the problem. We can get 3 or 4 inches, and the wind polishes it to a nice slick surface. Might take, as MathTeacher said, 4 or 5 days to really melt. It’s unnerving to have the wind blowing you along the surface as if you were on skates. My work in the panhandle takes me to lands with what I call real snow, and whiteouts. 10″ to 15″ in a few hours, winds blowing it by at 50mph. I taught myself real quick to stay in the room those days. Can’t look for stone mounds anyways…
- MemberOctober 21, 2019 at 1:43 pm
You can keep the snow. As long as it snows before the ground freezes it’s all right I guess because it’s easier to dig pins in. We always seem to have the ground freeze then get snow and it’s just depressing to dig points out of 12 inches of snow AND frozen dirt. I’m with you on the heat, always have preferred winter over summer. I can still work up a sweat when it’s cold but haven’t figured out how to work up a cool yet. Even with frost bit feet that start bothering me at 50 deg. I’d still rather work outside when it’s 20 than 90. The older I’ve got the higher the min. temp. to work in is. If it isn’t over 15 deg. I won’t go out. Wind chill doesn’t count.
- MemberOctober 22, 2019 at 12:36 am
With the exception of where I was born and where I went to college and while I was in the Navy I have spent nearly my entire life in the south between Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. So to a southerner heat is like a water is to a duck. You learn to work with it and I don’t mind the heat but this summer was worse than others because we did not get a break from the 90’s, all summer long most days were high 90’s and barely any rain at all and clear blue skies. I was praying for a breeze or overecast skies just to get a break from the sun and heat.
So I would really like to have a lot of snow just for a break.
- MemberOctober 28, 2019 at 9:28 pm
The coldest year continues,,,,,,,
Although it warmed up late last week to 75f on Friday afternoon by Saturday morning it was snowing and it’s been very cold since.
Today it’s 25 and snowing, adding to the 9″ of wet sticky snow that fell on Saturday, expecting -7f by morning!!!!!
Hopefully, it will calm down by this weekend.
It’s just da*# cold!!!!
- MemberNovember 2, 2019 at 10:48 am
Ok so you might ne right, it was78 degrees on Thursday and it went down 34 degrees yesterday morning and I was whining and crying like a little girl.
I would still like to see a couple feet of snow if I could stay inside next to the fireplace with a book and bourbon. I would not want to work in the white stuff.
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