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(Calgary Herald)   There is so much snow in Calgary right now that residents warn they are completely cut off from police and ambulances and fear cannabilism could break out any moment. Or something   (calgaryherald.com) divider line 64
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2013-12-04 08:33:56 AM  
And they didn't get nearly as much snow as we got here, almost 3' since the beginning of Nov. Now it's -18 c, -30 with the wind chill, goddamnit I f*cking hate winter.
 
2013-12-04 08:40:31 AM  

swaniefrmreddeer: And they didn't get nearly as much snow as we got here, almost 3' since the beginning of Nov. Now it's -18 c, -30 with the wind chill, goddamnit I f*cking hate winter.


What's it like in summer? It's gotta be awesome to make up for the winters.
 
2013-12-04 08:50:48 AM  

Slaxl: swaniefrmreddeer: And they didn't get nearly as much snow as we got here, almost 3' since the beginning of Nov. Now it's -18 c, -30 with the wind chill, goddamnit I f*cking hate winter.

What's it like in summer? It's gotta be awesome to make up for the winters.


It's nice but short. Paychecks in Alberta make up for winter not summer.

A pic from my cabin (mid Sept) that I use as much as possible in the summer.
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-12-04 09:46:40 AM  
Calling it now. 9 months from now a big baby boom.
 
2013-12-04 09:53:09 AM  
Buck up, western whiners! You're making the country of Canuckistan look weak. Geesh!
 
2013-12-04 10:29:48 AM  

oldfarthenry: Buck up, western whiners! You're making the country of Canuckistan look weak. Geesh!


Well, at least we didn't call in the army.
 
2013-12-04 10:32:51 AM  
I'd post a picture of my deck if Facebook wasn't being such a slow POS.

I helped my neighbour dig his truck out yesterday and I barely got my own car inside my garage.

The last storm like this was December 6, 2009. I remember it well.
 
2013-12-04 10:55:49 AM  
I find that Albertans have a really gamy taste that I don't like. And too chewy.
 
2013-12-04 10:57:30 AM  
It's another flood, only colder.

/waiting for the locusts and pestilence to hit
 
2013-12-04 10:57:33 AM  

Mambo Bananapatch: I find that Albertans have a really gamy taste that I don't like. And too chewy.


Have you tried the Newfies?  They're cod-seasoned.
 
2013-12-04 10:58:45 AM  
Hm. Snow in Canada in the wintertime...I am going to need time to process this information, and synthesize a new understanding of the world in which we live.
 
2013-12-04 11:00:27 AM  
Time to grab the snowboard and head to Goats Eye!
 
2013-12-04 11:01:06 AM  
I have an ex-gf in Calgary.  Hope she's ok.

/you may commence with the jokes now
 
2013-12-04 11:01:39 AM  

oldfarthenry: Buck up, western whiners! You're making the country of Canuckistan look weak. Geesh!


You're right, it's just winter.  But as you well know, if you're Canadian and don't biatch about the weather, you'll explode.

However, of snow, wind, and cold, we generally get any two of those three options, and no combination thereof is usually a show-stopper.  This storm was a convergence of all three.  What that meant was extremely fine ice crystal snow and howling winds.  As a consequence, there was enormous drifting in places.  Those drifts made many roads impassable.  Some people (like Skyview) couldn't get in or out of their communities at all, except on foot.

So in frigid, blowing weather, people were left stuck in snowbanks, or waiting at a stop for a bus that may or may not ever come, and is likely to already be packed when it does.   I dug out 3 cars yesterday, and pushed a city bus with my Jeep to get it unstuck.  Some roads were impassable even for the plows.  Monday was like Hoth.

So a bit of an unusual weather event, even for here.  In the context of transportation headaches, this blast has had more of a city-wide impact than the flood.  But I've seen worse.


Who knows? within a few weeks we'll likely have a chinook blow through, and this will melt off, and we'll be on the patios drinking beer in our shorts.  That's Calgary.

Slaxl: What's it like in summer? It's gotta be awesome to make up for the winters.


Once we get through the 6 or 7 false starts to spring, it's generally pretty beautiful.  Days are long, so everyone spends a lot of time outside.  And winter is still beautiful.  You're used to cold being bone-chilling, but that's because you've probably experienced mostly damp colds.  -20C here is easier to deal with than even 2 or 3C in a damp climate.  If you're cold, just add another layer.  It's a very solvable problem.

And Mexico is only a 3.5 hour flight away.  A huge number of Canadians take a winter break someplace warm and sunny and drinky.  That makes winter seem much more civilized.
 
2013-12-04 11:01:43 AM  

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: Mambo Bananapatch: I find that Albertans have a really gamy taste that I don't like. And too chewy.

Have you tried the Newfies?  They're cod-seasoned.


But so salty!
 
2013-12-04 11:02:04 AM  
It's Cowgary so they can just cuddle with the cattle.
 
2013-12-04 11:02:24 AM  

H31N0US: Hm. Snow in Canada in the wintertime...I am going to need time to process this information, and synthesize a new understanding of the world in which we live.


It is abnormal to have this much snow this early. Normally at this time of year we have 8" of the white stuff, this year 3'.
 
2013-12-04 11:04:27 AM  
This happens EVERY FARKING WINTER.
 
2013-12-04 11:04:31 AM  
With a photo of what the late Peter Ustinov might look like in a giant cast, and I'm not talking motion picture cast. I'm not sure what that has to do with snow, but he looks pretty snowy, whoever he is. Sort of like Santa Claus from A Miracle on 34th Street if that helps picture it.

But don't worry about Albertans being snowed in. They'll resort to eating each other faster than the people of South Park. With roast potatoes and all the fixings, plus a salmon fish course and a free salad bar.
 
2013-12-04 11:05:37 AM  
With a picture of what a lot of snow looks like.
 
2013-12-04 11:05:54 AM  
North Dakota yawns....
 
2013-12-04 11:07:00 AM  
We're fine.
 
2013-12-04 11:07:08 AM  
I was going to drive to work today because I'm leaving early, but my Honda Civic would not be able to get out of my back alley. Once it got out of the garage, that would be it, high centred on the snow for sure.

Transit was way better today.
 
2013-12-04 11:07:58 AM  
Here are some pics of the chaos.
 
2013-12-04 11:08:55 AM  
Why is Facebook being such a piece of sh*t and displaying only half my pictures?

WTF?
 
2013-12-04 11:09:29 AM  
brantgoose:
But don't worry about Albertans being snowed in. They'll resort to eating each other faster than the people of South Park. With roast potatoes and all the fixings, plus a salmon fish course and a free salad bar.

We got a crap-load of em here in Flori-duh. Any recipes for Baked Albertan?

/Mmmm.
//Tasty Knuck Knuggets.
///With beer and BBQ sauce.
 
2013-12-04 11:10:34 AM  

H31N0US: Hm. Snow in Canada in the wintertime...

fall.  I am going to need time to process this information, and synthesize a new understanding of the world in which we live.

FTFY
 
2013-12-04 11:13:32 AM  

swaniefrmreddeer: Here are some pics of the chaos.


Looks like what I remember Calgary in winter looked like.
 
2013-12-04 11:13:48 AM  
static.fjcdn.com
 
2013-12-04 11:15:21 AM  
I thought they knew how to survive winter conditions up in those parts.  They need some kind of device designed specifically for driving on snow that no other trucks can drive on.  Something with skis and a track would likely work.

Also, that is a lot of whining when they were fortunate enough to not have to walk a mile in snow after a plane crash.
 
2013-12-04 11:15:50 AM  
...with a helpful pic of what a bed-ridden old person might look like.
 
2013-12-04 11:17:30 AM  
Meanwhile, here in Ontario...at least in the Barrie area (near Toronto and cottage country) we have almost no snow at all. Some years I guess.
 
2013-12-04 11:17:49 AM  
I sure could use me some global warming right now.  Or a chinook would do.
 
2013-12-04 11:18:23 AM  

SMB2811: swaniefrmreddeer: Here are some pics of the chaos.

Looks like what I remember Calgary in winter looked like.


End of January sure, not the beginning of December. That amount of snow over a winter is no big deal, when it all comes all at once, then we have problems.
 
2013-12-04 11:18:40 AM  
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2013-12-04 11:20:56 AM  

indarwinsshadow: Meanwhile, here in Ontario...at least in the Barrie area (near Toronto and cottage country) we have almost no snow at all. Some years I guess.


So the army is free to help Calgary out.
 
2013-12-04 11:23:56 AM  

Walker: [static.fjcdn.com image 450x367]


Meanwhile, in Montana....this dog is lost. He cannot find his home over the snow, 100 yards away. Won't nature think of the dogs?

imageshack.us
 
2013-12-04 11:26:18 AM  

i134.photobucket.com

Meanwhile, in Texas

 
2013-12-04 11:26:53 AM  

swaniefrmreddeer: Here are some pics of the chaos.


Is that a backpack leaf blower?
 
2013-12-04 11:27:20 AM  

swaniefrmreddeer: oldfarthenry: Buck up, western whiners! You're making the country of Canuckistan look weak. Geesh!

Well, at least we didn't call in the army.


oldfarthenry has a point. It is an inconvenience at worst for most people here in Calgary. This is typical trash journalism from a local paper trying to make a story where there really isn't one. Our storms pale in comparison to what the east gets. But yes, at least nobody called the army (ha, one they will never live that down).
 
2013-12-04 11:32:10 AM  
Calgary, how did you piss off the weather Gods this year?? What did you do?
 
2013-12-04 11:33:52 AM  

The_Fuzz: I sure could use me some global warming right now.  Or a chinook would do.


You're getting it now. Global warming makes local weather colder, not to mention causes extra snow because the warming adds moisture to the atmosphere that precipitates out as snow when the heat is abruptly pulled away by even more global warming.

/there is NOTHING global warming can't do! EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE DUE TO GLOBAL WARMING!
//except good things happening, it's always horrible things that happen due to global warming
///good things only happen when you love Big Brother
 
2013-12-04 11:35:11 AM  

what_now: Calgary, how did you piss off the weather Gods this year?? What did you do?


Elected a Muslim mayor.

Oh how we should have known.
 
2013-12-04 11:37:52 AM  
Meanwhile, at my house:

Haze
Temperature
-6.3 °F
Feels Like -6 °F
Wind(mph)


Fark!!
 
2013-12-04 11:42:32 AM  

Maud Dib: [i134.photobucket.com image 400x278]

Meanwhile, in Texas

Seattle.
 
2013-12-04 11:44:01 AM  

swaniefrmreddeer: oldfarthenry: Buck up, western whiners! You're making the country of Canuckistan look weak. Geesh!

Well, at least we didn't call in the army.


To be fair, 118 cm of snow would be a problem anywhere. In Toronto, where 6 cm paralyzes the city, it was a disaster.
 
2013-12-04 11:45:55 AM  

swaniefrmreddeer: Here are some pics of the chaos.


Here's a photo set with some funny pics.
 
2013-12-04 11:46:51 AM  
Al, WTF? Get yer ass up there. These people need some of those carbon credits to burn.
What ya selling them for these days?
 
2013-12-04 11:46:57 AM  
It's snowing in Calgary?  Big Farking Deal.

It's raining rocks in Toronto!

www.bostonglobe.com
 
2013-12-04 11:48:05 AM  
Toronto didn't call the army. Nooooooobodyyy called the army.
 
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