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2013-03-05 12:31:56 PM

vice_magnet: See, in my opinion it matters where it snows. A place like Chicago, they can handle it. Visiting Kansas City for the snowmageddon 2/21 was an unmitigated disaster. They have tiny toy snow plows, they don't know how to clean streets or sidewalks. They take one tiny snowblower and run one small path on the sidewalk, clearing roughly a third of it. Then they don't even bother running it by the bus shelters. The city buses get stuck sideways in the street and then get abandoned by the driver.  When it warms up, they expect a foot of snow to melt completely away instead of cleaning up the sidewalks. Apparently the city thinks it's Atlanta or more like Baltimore. Complete incompetence from beginning to end (2/26) on how to handle snow. The city should be kicked off the High Plains because it's so useless. The mayor and chamber of commerce should be ashamed.

/end rant
//feel better now
\slashies!!


In Chicago, they have the big plows staged out on the main roads before the first flakes fall. Lots of plow drivers taking naps on the shoulder. It starts snowing, they wake them up, and plowing commences everywhere at once.
 
2013-03-05 12:35:31 PM
bearded clamorer:
I raise a toast to you sir (or ma'am).

Thank you kind sir.

/ma'am
 
2013-03-05 12:43:43 PM
On a side note, did you ever notice that it can be too cold or too snowy to go to work, but it is never too cold or too snowy to come home or leave from work?

/Deep thoughts
 
2013-03-05 12:46:36 PM

Kibbler: And my snow blower belt is shot.  I had to go to Home Depot and endure the comedic stylings of Home Depot Old Guy, i.e., a blank stare, followed by, "You're serious?" upon asking where the snow blowers are.  I was there to get an electric snow shovel (it actually worked fairly well, on a long driveway--a hell of a lot easier than shoveling anyway), and he had to get a ladder to get it down.  He kept waving off the young guy who kept asking, "You got it?"  Then on the third step from the bottom he lost his footing and damn near fell on his ass.  Considering his age (at least 70) that might have been a complete catastrophe for him.  Ordinarily I would have been concerned.  Instead he got some comedic stylings back from me.  Bust my balls, I'll bust yours.

/csb


If an electric snow shovel effectively removes snow from a 'long driveway' then you effectively have no need to remove snow.
 
2013-03-05 12:49:28 PM

valar_morghulis: UtileDysfunktion: Walker: ChrisDe: Snow in winter? Imagine that.

But we're actually in Meteorological Spring now. The meteorological seasons line up more with actual weather than the astronomical seasons do. It's Fall still 5 days before Christmas? I don't think so!

Winter months - Dec, Jan, Feb
Spring months - March, April, May
Summer months - June, July, August
Fall months - Sept, Oct., Nov.

Upper Midwest:
Winter months - Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar
Summer months - Jun, July, Aug
Anything goes - Apr, May, Sept, Oct

My favorite weather comment by a guy who was asked, on a really nice day in the Spring, if it was always like this by someone from the Left Coast:

"We get two perfect days a year...  One in the Spring, and another in the Fall.  This is the Spring one."

Western New York:
Winter months -  November, December, January, February, March, April, May
Spring months - June
Summer months - July, August
Fall months - September, October


That's about right. As long as there's beer, snacks, and TV we can deal just fine. Driving? Half the people living here learned to drive in this crap. I learned when I was nine and my dad would push the car out while I worked the gas, hop in and tell me to keep going. I'm not sure, but I may have been the only kid in fifth grade with a set of keys to the family car. After I got a little better at it.  and my old man would come home sh*tfaced, my mom would have me go the local taverns and bring it back so she could go to work.
 
2013-03-05 12:59:50 PM
Proposed Names for this "storm"

The White Plague
Blizzkrieg
Anslush
A Licky Boom Boom Down
 
2013-03-05 01:19:55 PM
panic panic panic...nuthin'
That was the last few apocalyptic snowstorms
and that'll be tomorrow
anything else, would be civilized
 
2013-03-05 01:41:46 PM
What? No Equinsu Ocha! (white devil => White Death!)
 
2013-03-05 01:43:38 PM

DuncanMhor: It's Mab. Harry's on it

/not in any way obscure


On Mab, sure.  We all saw that happen.  Nobody is calling her frigid again.
 
2013-03-05 01:46:30 PM

Bartleby the Scrivener: Anslush


Having brushed a couple of inches of wet, heavy snow off my car to go get lunch, I'm getting a kick out of this.

Anyway, the roads are passable if slushy, and visibility is about 1/4 mile.
 
2013-03-05 02:04:23 PM
 
2013-03-05 03:03:51 PM

HelloNeuman: Kibbler: And my snow blower belt is shot.  I had to go to Home Depot and endure the comedic stylings of Home Depot Old Guy, i.e., a blank stare, followed by, "You're serious?" upon asking where the snow blowers are.  I was there to get an electric snow shovel (it actually worked fairly well, on a long driveway--a hell of a lot easier than shoveling anyway), and he had to get a ladder to get it down.  He kept waving off the young guy who kept asking, "You got it?"  Then on the third step from the bottom he lost his footing and damn near fell on his ass.  Considering his age (at least 70) that might have been a complete catastrophe for him.  Ordinarily I would have been concerned.  Instead he got some comedic stylings back from me.  Bust my balls, I'll bust yours.

/csb

If an electric snow shovel effectively removes snow from a 'long driveway' then you effectively have no need to remove snow.


ORLY.  First time I used it, there was about 3" of snow.  It did a great job.  Took longer than the gas snowblower would have, and I worked up a sweat, but a hell of a lot easier than shoveling.

Have gone out and cleared 2" two more times since.

Pfffffft
 
2013-03-05 03:08:31 PM
I thought Chicago led the nation in snow control laws?
 
2013-03-05 03:44:30 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: I thought Chicago led the nation in snow control laws?


You really think those laws have any effect?
 
2013-03-05 03:53:35 PM

bart2puck: it may be my old age, or my distain for media, but why cant it just be a snow storm. i hate the crappy wordplay.


The same reason why they no longer have mere weather forecasts.  Now they're "Futurecast"  "Futurescope"  "Stormscope" "Stormlook"....

Kibbler: And my snow blower belt is shot.


My snowblower is an expensive attachment to my John Deere lawn tractor.  The last two years I have not gotten the round tuit to install it.  It sucked up the tire chain and pretty much melted a belt that I managed to not replace during the entire summer.

It was all going well until we get this first snow in February, and I'm way up north.

/my csb: My neighbor came over with a snow blower to do me a favor and sucked up and shredded my favorite extension cord in the driveway.  Of course, it was my fault.  It was live an' all.  Made quite a show.  Now my 100 foot cord is about 100 one foot cords.
 
2013-03-05 04:26:12 PM
netringer: Now my 100 foot cord is about 100 one foot cords.

This made me giggle.


I'm sorry.
 
2013-03-05 04:54:32 PM
i111.photobucket.com
SNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooow
 
2013-03-05 05:29:34 PM
COME AT ME BRO.

/boston
 
2013-03-05 05:33:02 PM

netringer: bart2puck: it may be my old age, or my distain for media, but why cant it just be a snow storm. i hate the crappy wordplay.

The same reason why they no longer have mere weather forecasts.  Now they're "Futurecast"  "Futurescope"  "Stormscope" "Stormlook"....

Kibbler: And my snow blower belt is shot.

My snowblower is an expensive attachment to my John Deere lawn tractor.  The last two years I have not gotten the round tuit to install it.  It sucked up the tire chain and pretty much melted a belt that I managed to not replace during the entire summer.

It was all going well until we get this first snow in February, and I'm way up north.

/my csb: My neighbor came over with a snow blower to do me a favor and sucked up and shredded my favorite extension cord in the driveway.  Of course, it was my fault.  It was live an' all.  Made quite a show.  Now my 100 foot cord is about 100 one foot cords.


Nice.  I have an Ariens that has thrown a belt at least once a year every year I've had it.

And I've had it with that mower.
 
2013-03-05 06:00:27 PM
Bah, wussies. I rode my bike to work today.


/ok, Pugsley. But still!
 
2013-03-06 12:57:00 AM
I could be wrong but here in Seattle I don't think I've seen more than a couple of flakes all winter. And no snow, either.
 
2013-03-06 03:15:12 PM
Winter months - Dec, Jan, Feb
Spring months - March, April, May
Summer months - June, July, August
Fall months - Sept, Oct., Nov.


Upper Midwest:
Winter months - Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar
Summer months - Jun, July, Aug
Anything goes - Apr, May, Sept, Oct


Michigan's UP:

Winter Months - Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun
Bad Sledding - July, Aug
 
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