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2013-02-08 06:20:11 PM
Thundersnow on the South Shore, right now.
 
2013-02-08 06:21:37 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.


I dislike being that guy but THIS. And btw, you're in college fer crissake. Bottled water? Really?
 
2013-02-08 06:28:45 PM

John Buck 41: 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.

I dislike being that guy but THIS. And btw, you're in college fer crissake. Bottled water? Really?


I went to a state college where the dorm water was atrocious.  It was so bad and we got so many complaints we were passing out Brita water filters to the students when they checked in to get their keys and sign their contracts.
 
2013-02-08 06:37:24 PM
Colorado checking in here.

60 and sunny.

I went dinosaur hunting today.

/Storm coming in tonight though.
 
2013-02-08 06:39:10 PM

danno_to_infinity: tom baker's scarf: Ok I got to ask. Being from the Midwest I've been through many snowstorms of 2+ feet. Never once did it make national news. Is the snow on the east coast somehow worse than snow anywhere else?

Big cities have no place to put the snow, midwest has lots of room.  When you have population densities like the following, it makes an enormous difference:

Massachusettes - 840 people per square mile
Connecticut - 739 people per square mile
New York - 412 people per square mile

let's go to the midwest now

Kansas - 35 people per square mile
Nebraska - 24 people per square mile
Iowa - 53 people per square mile

Are the city people wimpier?  In terms of basic survival skills, I would say yes, because they typically never need to ever use any.  Whereas out in the great expanses where nobody is going to find you for a very long time, if ever.  You either learn certain basic survival modes or you don't make it to maturity.  So when a blizzard hits the Northeast, an enormously large number of people in close proximity are extremely inconvenienced.  Given that a true, horrid blizzard like The Blizzard Of 1978 happen almost only once in a lifetime, there is a big difference in how it affects people who get socked with them on a regular, every single winter basis.  You get them.  You're already largely self-sufficient, since it could be tens of miles to the nearest store, it already behooves you to have a substantial stockpile of dry goods and necessities.  People in densely populated places don't have to live that way, and do not store days or weeks worth of food as a regular matter of course.  So a couple days of power loss or inability to travel, and the cruise sorties up shiat's creek are huge screaming, whining, moaning flotillas of prissy, biatchy East coasters who demand that somebody do something to fix their problems.


See now was that so hard? And whoa with those population stats buddy. They might have that kind of crazy over crowding in escanaba but most of us prefer to stay out of the big cities. I was talking about copper harbor mi.

I'm sure a relief convoy of spray tan and bagels and crappy pizza will be in bound as soon as they clear the roads so just hang tough you helpless wusses.
 
2013-02-08 06:44:19 PM

blatz514: Down the Slippery Slope: Oh good, we're turning this into a drinking thread.

I have a question.  Am I the only one that brings beer out with him to shovel the car out?


I do a few shots of good bourbon before going out.
 
2013-02-08 07:03:20 PM

jaylectricity: blatz514: Down the Slippery Slope: Oh good, we're turning this into a drinking thread.

I have a question.  Am I the only one that brings beer out with him to shovel the car out?

I do a few shots of good bourbon before going out.


If you aren't drinking and smoking a cigar while shoveling you are t doing it right. To be fair this applies to most things.
 
2013-02-08 07:07:50 PM
Thank God, here in Fredneck, Va. it is in the 40's and raining.

/Hate snow
//If it is more than 2"
 
2013-02-08 07:11:50 PM
It's like calling in sick when you're *actually* sick. I can sympathize.
 
2013-02-08 07:17:45 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.


I don't care how clean my tub is. I'm not drinking water that was stored in it.
 
2013-02-08 07:36:14 PM

tom baker's scarf: They might have that kind of crazy over crowding in escanaba but most of us prefer to stay out of the big cities


Escanaba, MI has a population density of 980 sqm.
My suburb has 12,000 sqm.

Also, Copper City may be lightly populated, but it's tiny. it's density works out to be 2,375.
 
2013-02-08 07:36:17 PM

John Buck 41: farkscamp: Masshole checking in.  Fire going in the woodstove, water in the tub, gas in the snow blower, I think I'm all set.

I don't care how clean my tub is. I'm not drinking water that was stored in it.


Neither am I, it's for flushing.  No power = no well pump.
 
2013-02-08 07:48:38 PM

parasol: tom baker's scarf - Ok I got to ask. Being from the Midwest I've been through many snowstorms of 2+ feet. Never once did it make national news. Is the snow on the east coast somehow worse than snow anywhere else?


do you count the weather channel as national news? pretty sure you were mentioned there :)


The east coast has people

And an economy

It's the same reason we don't see temperature updates for McMurdo on the national news
 
2013-02-08 08:02:55 PM
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
Have you ever seen a Nor'easter.
/Have you ever seen a Nor'easter from space.
 
2013-02-08 08:19:08 PM
It's about 46 here in northeastern Georgia.  It's going to be in the high 50s and low 60s next week.
 
2013-02-08 08:19:09 PM
Ha ha its like in the 60s here on the 35th parallel
 
2013-02-08 08:22:48 PM
First power blip just happened here in Sandwich, black for about 20 seconds. I'm sure there's plenty more where that came from.
 
2013-02-08 08:26:54 PM

Anoria: First power blip just happened here in Sandwich, black for about 20 seconds. I'm sure there's plenty more where that came from.


We just got a couple of flickers. I hope it holds. This house is cold without the heat on.

The water heater is gas, so we could take hot showers every hour if we had to.
 
2013-02-08 08:39:38 PM

jaylectricity: Anoria: First power blip just happened here in Sandwich, black for about 20 seconds. I'm sure there's plenty more where that came from.

We just got a couple of flickers. I hope it holds. This house is cold without the heat on.

The water heater is gas, so we could take hot showers every hour if we had to.


Fortunately the house I'm in has gas heat, unlike our last place. Our well pump is electric though, so if the outage lasts for more than a couple of days we'll have to resort to flushing our toilets with snow.
 
2013-02-08 08:39:47 PM

Anoria: First power blip just happened here in Sandwich, black for about 20 seconds. I'm sure there's plenty more where that came from.


Just on the phone with my wife who is also in Sandwich (in the village), said the same thing.
 
2013-02-08 08:42:32 PM

Hardy-r-r: peasants_are_revolting: farkscamp: DontBeThatGuy: farkscamp: 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.

huh?  I'm in Metro West & we're gettin' our butts kicked (I can't see the house across the street right now)

Huh.  20 mi NW of Natick... and uh, it's getting dark?  2" on the ground.  Can't see my neighbors anyway.

Jesus. Let me check outside.
15 miles west of Natick.  Can't see my neighbors.  Can't anyway. Dam restraining order


Tons of snow coming down, sounds like the wind is going to tear the house off the foundation.
 
2013-02-08 08:45:47 PM

Anoria: jaylectricity: Anoria: First power blip just happened here in Sandwich, black for about 20 seconds. I'm sure there's plenty more where that came from.

We just got a couple of flickers. I hope it holds. This house is cold without the heat on.

The water heater is gas, so we could take hot showers every hour if we had to.

Fortunately the house I'm in has gas heat, unlike our last place. Our well pump is electric though, so if the outage lasts for more than a couple of days we'll have to resort to flushing our toilets with snow.


We have been in Sandwich for 9 years and have had pretty good luck with the power.  They always get it back on within a few hours.
 
2013-02-08 08:49:17 PM

Anoria: jaylectricity: Anoria: First power blip just happened here in Sandwich, black for about 20 seconds. I'm sure there's plenty more where that came from.

We just got a couple of flickers. I hope it holds. This house is cold without the heat on.

The water heater is gas, so we could take hot showers every hour if we had to.

Fortunately the house I'm in has gas heat, unlike our last place. Our well pump is electric though, so if the outage lasts for more than a couple of days we'll have to resort to flushing our toilets with snow.


I've never been around a furnace that worked without any electricity.  We had gas heat growing up and if we lost power, we lost heat, since the pumps/fans/ignition/thermostats were all electric.  Our oil furnace now sure as heck doesn't work without electricity.
 
2013-02-08 08:55:51 PM

Jake Havechek: Thundersnow on the South Shore, right now.


Yeah - i'm in Upton (@BNL) and have heard it too. Strong claps. For all the years I lived in Michigan I don't recall ever hearing such strong thunder in a snowstorm. It must be rare.
Looks like the strongest weather is rolling into eastern LI now...
 
2013-02-08 09:12:55 PM
farkscamp
I've never been around a furnace that worked without any electricity. We had gas heat growing up and if we lost power, we lost heat, since the pumps/fans/ignition/thermostats were all electric. Our oil furnace now sure as heck doesn't work without electricity.

Some of these require no power but still heat
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/category_heaters-stoves-firepl a ces+dual-fuel:-gas-propane

We're buying this to replace the shiatty gas fireplace that came with the house,no power needed
http://www.woodstove.com/cottage-franklin
 
2013-02-08 09:18:09 PM

Frantic Freddie: http://www.woodstove.com/cottage-franklin


Those aren't really the same thing as a whole house furnace - not that Anoria said furnace, just said "has gas heat" - so who knows.  I meant a furnace-furnace.
 
2013-02-08 09:27:54 PM

Anoria: jaylectricity: Anoria: First power blip just happened here in Sandwich, black for about 20 seconds. I'm sure there's plenty more where that came from.

We just got a couple of flickers. I hope it holds. This house is cold without the heat on.

The water heater is gas, so we could take hot showers every hour if we had to.

Fortunately the house I'm in has gas heat, unlike our last place. Our well pump is electric though, so if the outage lasts for more than a couple of days we'll have to resort to flushing our toilets with snow.


We have gas heat, too. But it requires electricity to pump the hot air into our house.

I could maybe turn the oven on full blast, light it with the grill lighter and leave the door open.
 
2013-02-08 09:57:48 PM

farkscamp: John Buck 41: farkscamp: Masshole checking in.  Fire going in the woodstove, water in the tub, gas in the snow blower, I think I'm all set.

I don't care how clean my tub is. I'm not drinking water that was stored in it.

Neither am I, it's for flushing.  No power = no well pump.


If I lose power for any extended period of time, flushing my toilet is priority #789.
 
2013-02-08 10:08:19 PM
City water mother f*ckers!
 
2013-02-08 10:35:33 PM

MurphyMurphy: parasol: tom baker's scarf - Ok I got to ask. Being from the Midwest I've been through many snowstorms of 2+ feet. Never once did it make national news. Is the snow on the east coast somehow worse than snow anywhere else?


do you count the weather channel as national news? pretty sure you were mentioned there :)

The east coast has people

And an economy

It's the same reason we don't see temperature updates for McMurdo on the national news


I think the people at mcmurdo are smart enough to realize that in when it gets cold snow is possibility so when the obvious happens they don't get caught flatfooted.
 
2013-02-09 12:42:33 AM
on long island, i've got about a foot already and they're saying this will keep going till 8am...I'm a few glasses of wine in, and enjoying the storm...I don't have anything to do tomorrow besides building my daughter's first snowman with her.  there's not much more fun than that ;)
 
2013-02-09 01:26:08 AM
We get weather like that all the time here out west.
You know what names we give them?  "WINTER!"
Grow some balls, you eastern pansies!
 
2013-02-09 09:36:51 AM
It is a BEAUTIFUL day here in Houston, Sunny, not a cloud in the sky, and quite pleasant at 72.

Suck it yankees
 
2013-02-09 05:08:53 PM
Tucson here.  Prediction for Monday: Snow!  In the city, not just on the mountains!
 
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