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2013-02-08 04:13:47 PM

farkscamp: Masshole checking in.  Fire going in the woodstove, water in the tub, gas in the snow blower, I think I'm all set.


Went to the grocery and the liquor store. We've got about five or six inches of snow so far.
 
2013-02-08 04:14:14 PM

Diogenes: My uncle in Basking Ridge, NJ just texted me and said he just got in from shoveling and it already looks like he did nothing.


Maybe he is just a crappy shoveler ?
 
2013-02-08 04:15:12 PM
The wife thought that the driving rain we got yesterday and this morning was part of this storm system, and I was skeptical.  Nope... the Nor'Easter hit the Southeast!

Stay safe up there, folks, and remember you can always store your spare booze in the snow drift outside once the wind passes.
 
2013-02-08 04:16:11 PM
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2013-02-08 04:16:30 PM
The real big snow amounts are waiting for us, that'll be from about midnight to mid morning.
 
2013-02-08 04:17:16 PM

Gyrfalcon: Ha ha, I live in California.


Me too, in Ventura County but it's been cold for a few days... hasn't even gone above 60 degrees although it looks like it'll be warming up a bit starting Monday.
 
2013-02-08 04:17:16 PM

monoski: Killington should get some real snow out of this. May be the first real snow in 2 years. Sad ski seasons all over the place.


The best part is this:

Southern Vermont Primitive Biathlon is this weekend, and unlike last year, there will be plenty of snow:

Southern Vermont Primitive BiathlonFebruary 9 & 10, 2013
in Manchester, VTUPDATE - Friday, February 8: We're getting a bunch of snow right now, so the course should be terrific and the event will go on as planned. We expect to have the parking areas cleared out and the fires started by 9:00 AM on Saturday. It's difficult to say just how big this storm will be, so forgive us if there are any delays getting started on Saturday. Please drive carefully. We're looking forward to seeing you!
 
2013-02-08 04:17:28 PM
Dang! back to school...
 
2013-02-08 04:17:45 PM
sort of serious question

never seen snow in person, but long familiarity with hurricanes, including Andrew

is the prep the same? (prepare for self-reliance for days) and property damage?

as far as i know (and it must be wrong) the only real difference is the aftermath - ie - frostbite vs mold blooms and malaria potential

anyway - you all stay warm and safe
 
2013-02-08 04:18:00 PM
I will gladly take the 6 inches of snow we got yesterday.
 
2013-02-08 04:18:17 PM

Mazzic518: Diogenes: My uncle in Basking Ridge, NJ just texted me and said he just got in from shoveling and it already looks like he did nothing.

Maybe he is just a crappy shoveler ?


More like he's super anal and probably went out and shoveled after the very first snowflake.

Not kidding either.  Guy's out of control when it comes to his house and yard.
 
2013-02-08 04:18:37 PM

WippitGuud: I'm sitting in PEI


Urine for a big surprise.
 
2013-02-08 04:19:13 PM

jtown: Diogenes: Someone up there be kind enough to dig out my grandmother OK?  She'll bake you cookies.

/stay safe, all

Digging out Diogenes' grandma is like a Chinese dinner: It ain't over 'til you both get your cookies.


She's 83.  I hope you like your cookies dry.
 
2013-02-08 04:19:47 PM

factoryconnection: The wife thought that the driving rain we got yesterday and this morning was part of this storm system, and I was skeptical.  Nope... the Nor'Easter hit the Southeast!

Stay safe up there, folks, and remember you can always store your spare booze in the snow drift outside once the wind passes.


I was in the Boston area during the blizzard that hit in 2010/11. And sure enough, one of my doors got snowed in almost completely - you could see about six inches of daylight below the top of the frame - so I stuck a bunch of bottles of beer into it. Just open the door and pull a bottle out of the wall of snow!
 
2013-02-08 04:20:39 PM
It's not due to hit eastern canada til sometime in the middle of the night. Just been gray all day here.
 
2013-02-08 04:20:49 PM
peasants_are_revolting:

Went to the grocery and the liquor store. We've got about five or six inches of snow so far.

Man, Boston's getting the brunt this time.  I'm metrowestish, usually we get more.  We barely have enough to cover the grass here.
 
2013-02-08 04:21:04 PM

Diogenes: jtown: Diogenes: Someone up there be kind enough to dig out my grandmother OK?  She'll bake you cookies.

/stay safe, all

Digging out Diogenes' grandma is like a Chinese dinner: It ain't over 'til you both get your cookies.

She's 83.  I hope you like your cookies dry.


Dip her in milk
 
2013-02-08 04:21:16 PM
Bad Astronomy, now with Bad Spelling.  Caption to the picture: "GOES 13 weather satellite picture of the nor'easter formign over the United States east coast."

It's formign.  It's formign, I tell you!
 
2013-02-08 04:21:48 PM
It's a superfrankenglobalwarmingstupidstorm!!!
 
2013-02-08 04:23:10 PM
You also get that 'thunder snow', where you get a downpour like in a thunderstorm, instead it's snow.

2-3 inches just fall like a motherfarker, within minutes..
 
2013-02-08 04:23:12 PM
Nearly everybody showed up at work (right on the coast in Duxbury) today, but the first victim of EVERYBODY PANIC left again before 10. I made tracks around noon to get back to the Cape, and I was at the store picking up keeping-warm food (cider and donuts make a nice change from hot cocoa) when I heard about the 4pm total driving ban. I'm not yet entirely used to the MA government's helicopter parenting...

Now cozy at home under a blanket, phone and radio and car jumper battery pack charging, 13 gallons of water (all the buckets we have - bathtub drain doesn't hold a seal) standing by, room full of candles I might light even if the power doesn't go out, watching the light fade and the snowflakes swirl outside.

Any public works or utility workers who may be reading this post, you have my utmost appreciation for everything you have been and will be doing to keep people safe and warm in weather like this. I offer you a metaphorical beer, or perhaps some metaphorical mulled wine.
 
2013-02-08 04:23:39 PM
CAA is overloaded with calls in the GTA, snowplows having a hard time keeping up. People need to get off the roads.
 
2013-02-08 04:24:13 PM

parasol: sort of serious question

never seen snow in person, but long familiarity with hurricanes, including Andrew

is the prep the same? (prepare for self-reliance for days) and property damage?


Pretty much, though we're used to it.  It's not the snow so much, the worst are the ice storms.  Those can really bring down power lines, either directly or from trees falling on them.  For the really bad ones, you make sure you got the staples, some sort of alternate heat and/or light, and just hunker down and wait it out.

Worse part is losing power:  If you don't have alternate means to heat, and your pipes freeze, they can burst, which is a nasty business.

In any big snowfall, a few people die from overexertion due to shoveling, mostly the old and out of shape.
 
2013-02-08 04:24:49 PM
Displaced Masshole here, What's your 20 red leadah? and give me a vector report on current conditions.

/I miss the snowy white death.
 
2013-02-08 04:28:15 PM

parasol: sort of serious question

never seen snow in person, but long familiarity with hurricanes, including Andrew
is the prep the same? (prepare for self-reliance for days) and property damage?


It's pretty much the same.  You need to have plenty of food and booze on hand as you might not be going anywhere for a while.  If it's a really wet snow, it could bring down trees and power lines, so be prepared to be without power for a while (and without power you could lose heat).  As has been mentioned, worst part is digging out without hurting your back or having a heart attack.  Property damage?  Occasionally a roof collapses from the weight of the snow.
 
2013-02-08 04:28:31 PM

parasol: sort of serious question

never seen snow in person, but long familiarity with hurricanes, including Andrew

is the prep the same? (prepare for self-reliance for days) and property damage?

as far as i know (and it must be wrong) the only real difference is the aftermath - ie - frostbite vs mold blooms and malaria potential

anyway - you all stay warm and safe


Property damage due to tree branches breaking from heavy snow and hitting cars, house ect.  Basically when the storm is over, ya dig out.  If the power is off, hope you live close to a bar that has a generator.
 
2013-02-08 04:29:27 PM
Fellow massholes, what you should do now, if you can, is your laundry or dishes, or anything that requires hot water, lest you lose your power overnight.

Charge your cell phones, check the CO detectors and flashlights and batteries and all that good shiat.
 
2013-02-08 04:29:32 PM
Buffalo NY here, right in the middle of Holy Fark! And not just cuz I live near Buffalo.
Definitely over a foot and still going strong.
 
2013-02-08 04:29:33 PM

Tigger: Paris1127: Of course the day my university cancels all classes is the day I have no classes to begin with... They're expecting over 24" here in Worcester...

/staying in the dorm, have plenty of bottled water
//college generates its own power, so probably no blackouts

The real world is going to tear you a new asshole on day one.


Followed by a guy named Otis Saltdick doing exploratory fracking in it. But hey, enjoy life today if life is enjoyable.

/get off my lawn.
//it's under three feet of Snowpocalypse Now.
 
2013-02-08 04:30:35 PM

Old Gnarled Oak: Just two inches on the ground here so far just north of Boston. The wind is starting to whip up and you can feel that it's about ready to asplode. I'll wait until it gets fun out before heading off to the bar.


I just saw a wind gust come kicking through.  The dog game me a look like "You want to take me out now or later?"
 
2013-02-08 04:30:35 PM
Meh, it's just snow, no big dea... OH MY GOD I AM OUT OF MILK!!!!! Oh the huge manitie.

/milkless
//has tp. Thank FSM
 
2013-02-08 04:31:22 PM
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2013-02-08 04:33:13 PM
parasol: sort of serious question

never seen snow in person, but long familiarity with hurricanes, including Andrew

is the prep the same? (prepare for self-reliance for days) and property damage?

as far as i know (and it must be wrong) the only real difference is the aftermath - ie - frostbite vs mold blooms and malaria potential


Some of us also have well water - so we have to fill up our tubs with water to be able to flush with.  No power = no well pump.  We made sure to run the dishwasher and do laundry before it all hit, and shower first, in case it's a couple of days.  No gas out where I live, and oil heat won't work.  We have a big woodstove, but yeah, overall, the ice storms are worse.  At least all the dead wood is already down, hopefully the power outages won't be as bad.

Lost power during hurricane bob when i was a kid for 5 days - it's basically the same except you can put food outside to keep it from spoiling in the winter - and you don't have to worry about your pipes freezing in the summer. :)  Grilling is still ok year round.
 
2013-02-08 04:33:54 PM
I am so screwed. I am in North Carolina for work, my flight to Logan was canceled and my wife is home alone on Cape Cod.  I can't get home until Sunday.

/she hates the cold
//and the snow
///god, I am so screwed
 
2013-02-08 04:33:55 PM

Soulcatcher: fifthhorseman: WippitGuud: I found Nemo!

It's stupid the media has to name every weather pattern now.  Individually naming clouds will be next.

I know, right?

Next they'll be naming potholes and puddles.

/Never forget!


We already do that here in Minnesota, when a pothole gets big enough, it's called Round Lake. We have about 10,000 of those.
 
2013-02-08 04:34:25 PM
Everything these days requires electricity and electronics.

We've built a house of straw.
 
2013-02-08 04:36:14 PM

UtileDysfunktion: Holy Fark I should've gotten a case of whiskey instead of just one bottle

Pfft.  Rookie mistake.  There's a case each of bourbon, vodak, and rum in my basement for emergencies like snow storms.

/might even have a flashlight somewhere around the house
//learned to prioritize


Where did you find a case of vodak, I haven't had that in years.
 
2013-02-08 04:36:59 PM

Skarekrough: Old Gnarled Oak: Just two inches on the ground here so far just north of Boston. The wind is starting to whip up and you can feel that it's about ready to asplode. I'll wait until it gets fun out before heading off to the bar.

I just saw a wind gust come kicking through.  The dog game me a look like "You want to take me out now or later?"


Take him out now. Waiting will just mean that you'll both have to trudge through more snow.
 
2013-02-08 04:40:13 PM
this would should have been called RJ out of respect for all the white inches y'all are about to get
 
2013-02-08 04:40:30 PM

Paris1127: Three Crooked Squirrels: Paris1127: Of course the day my university cancels all classes is the day I have no classes to begin with... They're expecting over 24" here in Worcester...

/staying in the dorm, have plenty of bottled water
//college generates its own power, so probably no blackouts

Ummm, you have Fridays off and you are complaining because other people got one Friday off?  Enjoy your semester-long 3-day weekends and stop complaining.

Yep, I'm beginning to realize I just made a "First World Problems" post... And regret it...


You pay to attend those classes.  You can have all 5 days of the week off AND save a ton of money, if you want.
 
2013-02-08 04:41:34 PM

Diogenes: Mazzic518: Diogenes: My uncle in Basking Ridge, NJ just texted me and said he just got in from shoveling and it already looks like he did nothing.

Maybe he is just a crappy shoveler ?

More like he's super anal and probably went out and shoveled after the very first snowflake.

Not kidding either.  Guy's out of control when it comes to his house and yard.


I'm 10 or so miles south of Basking Ridge and yeah, there's an inch or so on the ground.  It's changing over to all snow now though after icy rainy crap.  Roads slippery as hell.  Handle of Maker's and a case of wine on hand.  We'll be aightt.
 
2013-02-08 04:41:57 PM
jake - we had a local gov't resolution here akin to "earth day" encouraging everyone to do without power, voluntarily for an hour, after dark.

we went for 23 days after andrew and learned a lot

ty, posters, for the info - i knew it wasn't always hallmark cards
 
2013-02-08 04:44:59 PM

parasol: jake - we had a local gov't resolution here akin to "earth day" encouraging everyone to do without power, voluntarily for an hour, after dark.

we went for 23 days after andrew and learned a lot

ty, posters, for the info - i knew it wasn't always hallmark cards


We went for 8 days without power after Andrew.  That sucked.  It's amazing how much of our lives come out of those 2 little holes.
 
2013-02-08 04:46:08 PM
The Lehigh Valley has nothing. I hate these anus Meteorologists that make it sound as if we are getting a foot of snow by noon earlier today.  They were dismissing schools last night.  Pathetic.
 
2013-02-08 04:49:19 PM
Yikes.

And I'm in Quebec instead of warm Oregon.
 
2013-02-08 04:49:21 PM
I know the NWS has got its panties in a bunch because The Weather Channel had the audacity to start naming storms, I'm wondering how much penetration they've gotten with their little marketing thingy. I saw that Intellicast is also using "Nemo" on their weather sites.

I'm wondering how long before NWS muscles in and starts "officially" naming winter storms.

/"Draco" was a badass name for a storm
 
2013-02-08 04:51:37 PM

Samuel Beale's Ghost: I am so screwed. I am in North Carolina for work, my flight to Logan was canceled and my wife is home alone on Cape Cod.  I can't get home until Sunday.

/she hates the cold
//and the snow
///god, I am so screwed


She's fine, we have plenty of blankets.
 
2013-02-08 04:52:10 PM
I'll just leave this quality artwork here, to demonstrate why I  lovedbeing able to wear shorts today...

s3.postimage.org
 
2013-02-08 04:52:28 PM

vernonFL: It makes me want to go the Bahamas. Look how clear the water is!


I'll be there Monday.  Will have a corona on the beach in your honor.
 
2013-02-08 04:53:52 PM
Funny stuff....cannot wait to get off of work in a few and go sit on the back patio at my favorite Austin bar and have a few pints!

/Good luck suckers
 
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