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2013-02-08 06:19:24 PM  
2 votes:

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.
2013-02-08 04:08:21 PM  
2 votes:
I was a kid for the blizzard of '78, it was a blast.  No school for a week, snow drifts towering over my head, awesome sledding for weeks afterwords.

Now, I mostly used a lot of bad language when I saw how this storm was shaping up.

Fark....  Farking A, Man.  Here we go again.

Well, I got plenty of food and water and beer, so I'm good.
2013-02-08 03:50:10 PM  
2 votes:

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...
2013-02-08 06:21:37 PM  
1 votes:

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 05:16:14 PM  
1 votes:

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


It's usually not too bad. At least you don't have to worry about your food going bad. You just take it out of the freezer/fridge and sit it outside. Srsly.

It's amazing how fast you can acclimate to loss of heat. Much easier than loss of AC.  Just throw on a few more layers and you are good to go. A good grill outside some pets to keep you warm, and stock up on toilet paper and batteries.

I'll take a 7 day power outage in February over August anytime.

The only problem is how early it gets dark out, but that just puts you in bed (hopefully with a loved one) and cuddle times ensue.

The worst part is sitting bare-assed on a 20 degree toilet seat. It just... argh. No fun.
2013-02-08 05:09:45 PM  
1 votes:
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 :)
2013-02-08 04:29:27 PM  
1 votes:
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 04:23:12 PM  
1 votes:
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 04:23:10 PM  
1 votes:
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 04:21:04 PM  
1 votes:

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 04:19:47 PM  
1 votes:

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 04:19:13 PM  
1 votes:

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 04:18:17 PM  
1 votes:

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 04:16:30 PM  
1 votes:
The real big snow amounts are waiting for us, that'll be from about midnight to mid morning.
2013-02-08 04:14:14 PM  
1 votes:

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 04:09:17 PM  
1 votes:
The weird thing is, west of Lake Michigan, the storm dumped about 7" or so of snow on the north Chicago suburbs, and more in Wisconsin, but south of I-80 almost all of the precipitation fell as rain. Nothing like Snowpocalypse 2011.

I'm OK with that, insofar as I don't have to break out the shovel. As much fun as blizzards are while they're happening (if you're at home and the power stays on), the digging out sucks.
2013-02-08 04:07:04 PM  
1 votes:
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
2013-02-08 04:03:58 PM  
1 votes:

jaylectricity: In this case, the front stretches for thousands of kilometers, and practically the entire east coast will be affected one way or another.

Eh?



Let me clarify: I think they mean the front stretches for a few megameters. Hope that helps.

/Also seen in NE:
www.sydlexia.com
2013-02-08 04:03:04 PM  
1 votes:

moops: Meanwhile, in Portland... (OR)

...it's somewhat sunny and not raining!


True, although it was so cold this morning that the exhaust from the car in front of me froze on my windshield and damn near made me crash.

/Yes, I know Portland has mild weather and most of the country would scoff at my most minor of issues.
2013-02-08 03:56:52 PM  
1 votes:

moops: Meanwhile, in Portland... (OR)

...it's somewhat sunny and not raining!


We got our snow in Chicago yesterday - it's just chilly today and will not prevent me from going out and getting sloppy tonight - have a fun friday east coasters
2013-02-08 03:54:39 PM  
1 votes:
Last week I worked 48 hours, and I got deducted vacation time, because I left work early one day.

I hope they get struck hard with the storm, so I can stick it to them and not be there to bring up the servers until Monday 8 AM, leaving them dead in the water.
2013-02-08 03:53:42 PM  
1 votes:
Meanwhile, in Portland... (OR)

...it's somewhat sunny and not raining!
2013-02-08 02:50:35 PM  
1 votes:
www.surfermag.com

bad storm. swallow you whole.
2013-02-08 02:48:08 PM  
1 votes:
I can't say "Nor'easter" without sounding like the Pepperidge Farms guy.
2013-02-08 02:46:31 PM  
1 votes:
Someone up there be kind enough to dig out my grandmother OK?  She'll bake you cookies.

/stay safe, all
 
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