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(Nature World News)   Snowzilla wrecks havoc on Tokyo. And by Snowzilla I mean a light dusting of snow you can walk through in your street shoes   (natureworldnews.com) divider line 60
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2014-02-08 06:02:07 PM  
Buddy of mine has been sending me pictures of his daughters playing around outside in that.  They usually only see snow when visiting Canada so this was a lot of fun for them.
 
2014-02-08 06:02:30 PM  
Atlanta 2 Electric Boogaloo
 
2014-02-08 06:03:27 PM  
They're all deadly afraid they will catch the dreaded "Japanese cold" you see in anime.
 
2014-02-08 06:04:09 PM  
grobaru warmingu
 
2014-02-08 06:04:35 PM  
(4 inches) of snow

Dear Japan,

F*ck You

Signed most of the eastern US.

/I always were sneakers, low tops in fact, in the Buffalo snow. We got about a foot this week.
 
2014-02-08 06:07:17 PM  
Ironic tag?
 
2014-02-08 06:10:24 PM  

Mr. Fuzzypaws: (4 inches) of snow

Dear Japan,

F*ck You

Signed most of the eastern US.

/I always were sneakers, low tops in fact, in the Buffalo snow. We got about a foot this week.


Must have sucked to be sneakers.
 
2014-02-08 06:13:26 PM  

Yogimus: Mr. Fuzzypaws: (4 inches) of snow

Dear Japan,

F*ck You

Signed most of the eastern US.

/I always were sneakers, low tops in fact, in the Buffalo snow. We got about a foot this week.

Must have sucked to be sneakers.


How else can one low tops?
 
2014-02-08 06:13:49 PM  
They have snow in Hokkaido all the time. It should seem that strange. There have to be a few people in Tokyo from up there.
 
2014-02-08 06:14:18 PM  

Yogimus: Must have sucked to be sneakers.


40 years in this weather. I'm used to it.
 
2014-02-08 06:19:46 PM  
I always get a laugh out of you northerners when you laugh at things like this, get back to us this summer when you're all crying like babies when the temp hits 90 deg. f.
 
2014-02-08 06:20:48 PM  

stuffy: Atlanta 2 Electric Boogaloo


exactly what I was thinking, you get a funny
 
2014-02-08 06:21:12 PM  
It's actually about 3" higher than your street shoes, more where it drifts.

Yesterday was pretty funny. I saw people riding their bikes and motorcycles, though. So I was a bit scared for them.
 
2014-02-08 06:23:16 PM  
Oh no!  All of their havoc is ruined!

/it's "wreak havoc", subtardmitter
//poot peave
 
2014-02-08 06:23:29 PM  

General Tso's Chick'n McNuggets: They have snow in Hokkaido all the time. It should seem that strange. There have to be a few people in Tokyo from up there.


I was an Ohioan living in Houston, TX and it didn't help everyone else, hehe.

/ also lived in Tokyo for a few months, though at the hot-as-balls-and-humid part of the year rather than the cold part.
// been getting cute, mini-snowman pictures from TX and Tokyo friends both this year.
 
2014-02-08 06:24:42 PM  
FTFA: In Nagano a man was killed after a train hit his car at a railroad crossing.

In fairness, that one probably had nothing to do with the snow.
 
2014-02-08 06:25:07 PM  
Will this disrupt the dolphin harvest?
 
2014-02-08 06:25:35 PM  

ReapTheChaos: I always get a laugh out of you northerners when you laugh at things like this, get back to us this summer when you're all crying like babies when the temp hits 90 deg. f.


Our summer heat is pretty wet up here. F*ck that noise.

I like it cold, though. I could live where it is perpetually 60 and always wear shorts. Shiat, it was 6 out this morning and I went out, for the day, in a sweatshirt. Perfectly content.
 
2014-02-08 06:26:59 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Meanwhile in Tokamachi
 
2014-02-08 06:27:01 PM  

Thunderboy: Oh no!  All of their havoc is ruined!

/it's "wreak havoc", subtardmitter
//poot peave


Submitter would just assume nominate one of the helpful mods to be the escape goat.
 
2014-02-08 06:29:18 PM  

Mr. Fuzzypaws: ReapTheChaos: I always get a laugh out of you northerners when you laugh at things like this, get back to us this summer when you're all crying like babies when the temp hits 90 deg. f.

Our summer heat is pretty wet up here. F*ck that noise.

I like it cold, though. I could live where it is perpetually 60 and always wear shorts. Shiat, it was 6 out this morning and I went out, for the day, in a sweatshirt. Perfectly content.


The display of shrinkage must have been impressive having gone out pantsless.
 
2014-02-08 06:29:33 PM  

stuffy: Atlanta 2 Electric Boogaloo


Yeah and just like Tokyo we see this much snow about once every 15-20 years and only what we had a couple weeks ago maybe once a decade. So it makes sense to not sink millions into snow removal equipment but then commons sense is not strong on the internet.
 
2014-02-08 06:31:48 PM  

aerojockey: Thunderboy: Oh no!  All of their havoc is ruined!

/it's "wreak havoc", subtardmitter
//poot peave

Submitter would just assume nominate one of the helpful mods to be the escape goat.


fc02.deviantart.net
 
2014-02-08 06:32:12 PM  
Atlanta knows that feels Tokyo . . .
 
2014-02-08 06:32:35 PM  

Mr. Fuzzypaws: ReapTheChaos: I always get a laugh out of you northerners when you laugh at things like this, get back to us this summer when you're all crying like babies when the temp hits 90 deg. f.

Our summer heat is pretty wet up here. F*ck that noise.

I like it cold, though. I could live where it is perpetually 60 and always wear shorts. Shiat, it was 6 out this morning and I went out, for the day, in a sweatshirt. Perfectly content.


The heat up north in the summer feels like a fall day in the south, I worked in the summer in Brooklyn and Boston, all they did was complain about how hot it was. It was nothing, but come September I was already wearing my coat and needing gloves by October.

F*ck the cold, I will take the heat as long as I have water near me.
 
2014-02-08 06:38:26 PM  
It's the Atlanta of Asia.
 
2014-02-08 06:43:29 PM  
The problem wasn't the snow here in Atlanta, but that the roads became icy almost immediately. Couple that with the mass exodus out of the city and it should be easy to understand what happened. That being said, I do wonder if Tokyo's mayor will go on national TV and whine it wasn't his fault like Atlanta's mayor did.
 
2014-02-08 06:47:26 PM  

steamingpile: I worked in the summer in Brooklyn and Boston, all they did was complain about how hot it was



I'm from Minneapolis and was working an outdoor site in Duluth, Minnesota on the shore of Lake Superior one summer afternoon.

It was what's often called a "chamber of commerce" kind of day, 78 and sunny with a bit of a breeze in the air and relatively low humidity (beautiful in other words).

You wouldn't believe the complaining from the local trade guys over the "oppressive" heat.

When I laughed at their complaints, they were quick to point out that I was used to the heat, being from the Twin Cities and all.
 
2014-02-08 06:52:17 PM  

General Tso's Chick'n McNuggets: They have snow in Hokkaido all the time. It should seem that strange. There have to be a few people in Tokyo from up there.


Well sure, just like there's people from Chicago who live in Florida.

And yes, they snark the same...

Parts of Japan see so much snow that they can exit from the second floor of houses, it's like Buffalo on steroids due to "lake effect" off of the Sea of Japan.  But Tokyo? Not so much.

FWIW it seems it's going to warm right up again, they'll probably be having quite the slushy gross muddy day soon...

coldf33t: That being said, I do wonder if Tokyo's mayor will go on national TV and whine it wasn't his fault like Atlanta's mayor did.


Tokyo's mayor is in the midst of leaving office due to a financial scandal (hence the election tomorrow) so probably not... but I suppose whoever wins the election will have some opportunities!
 
2014-02-08 06:55:05 PM  

ReapTheChaos: I always get a laugh out of you northerners when you laugh at things like this, get back to us this summer when you're all crying like babies when the temp hits 90 deg. f.


IHmmmph.... been single digits here in NY a lot this winter... lots of snow... hits 90 during summer all the time... point?
 
2014-02-08 06:55:17 PM  
Had fun playing in the snow yesterday. We got 23cm or 9 inches, biggest storm in 48 yrs. or something. Very much like Washington DC, they get snow here 1-3 times a year but never anything like this. No one has salt or sand and the news tells people how to walk on it without falling. Have grown up in Joisey and went to school in Wisconsin, winters here are wonderful for me.

Got kinda warm over night and it is all melting already this morning (Sunday).

/Live in Central Tokyo
 
2014-02-08 06:56:35 PM  

coldf33t: The problem wasn't the snow here in Atlanta, but that the roads became icy almost immediately. Couple that with the mass exodus out of the city and it should be easy to understand what happened. That being said, I do wonder if Tokyo's mayor will go on national TV and whine it wasn't his fault like Atlanta's mayor did.


That's not the Japanese way. If there's any fault, it would be a huge loss of face for the city. The mayor will go on TV, take full responsibility and immediately resign, something our current governor should also consider.
 
2014-02-08 06:59:28 PM  
That headline wreaks
 
2014-02-08 07:02:47 PM  
so...tokyo is in southern japan. got it.
 
2014-02-08 07:12:35 PM  
There is no mayor of Tokyo right now, last guy was booted recently for taking "a loan" in cash.

So we are having the mayoral "erection" today...of course I can`t vote. My wife only has to walk a few minutes, no excuse.
 
2014-02-08 07:12:37 PM  

atomicxblue: coldf33t: The problem wasn't the snow here in Atlanta, but that the roads became icy almost immediately. Couple that with the mass exodus out of the city and it should be easy to understand what happened. That being said, I do wonder if Tokyo's mayor will go on national TV and whine it wasn't his fault like Atlanta's mayor did.

That's not the Japanese way. If there's any fault, it would be a huge loss of face for the city. The mayor will go on TV, take full responsibility and immediately resign, something our current governor should also consider.


That was PRIME TIME when the governor blamed the National Weather Service for the everything, wasn't it?  It doesn't get any better than that.
 
2014-02-08 07:18:20 PM  
A friend of mine who lives in Tokyo was saying they were forecasting something like 25cm. I don't know how much that is in American snow, though.
 
2014-02-08 07:28:24 PM  

fusillade762: A friend of mine who lives in Tokyo was saying they were forecasting something like 25cm. I don't know how much that is in American snow, though.


30cm is roughly 12 inches, so 25cm would be 5/6ths of a foot or 10 inches?
 
2014-02-08 07:38:07 PM  

Bedstead Polisher: 30cm is roughly 12 inches, so 25cm would be 5/6ths of a foot or 10 inches?


Or, you could know that an inch is 2.54cm, and divide 25 by 2.5...
 
2014-02-08 07:39:31 PM  
wreck havoc?  Your doing it wrong, you looser!
 
2014-02-08 08:06:36 PM  

Alienzushi: No one has salt


Not true. I found out about the snowstorm because about 10 apartments had salt pre-sprinkled on Friday afternoon.

But they don't salt the roads. Not that they need to.
 
2014-02-08 08:07:22 PM  
Sounds like Fort Worth, Texas 2 days ago.
 
2014-02-08 08:23:27 PM  
Oh no, there goes Tokyo!
 
2014-02-08 08:47:37 PM  
The problem is when an area doesn't have the equipment to deal with the snowfall in terms of plows and salting then it doesn't take much to paralyze and area.  I shudder think what would happen if Los Angeles ever received an accumulation of snow.  On top of drivers being unable to cope Caltrans doesn't have enough equipment to make sure things stay open and safe to navigate even if they pulled equipment from all over the state.
 
2014-02-08 09:02:17 PM  
I'll be there in a little under two weeks - travelling from Canada - I might have to bust out my long sleeved clothes for this bad boy. Im thinking octopus themed sweatshirt (so I do not freak them out) and my kilt. Don't worry Ill put boots on with long LONG socks, I don't want to trip on curb ice and damage stuff.
 
2014-02-08 09:15:37 PM  
In the article Ctrl+f "snowzilla" - no results.

Hey, subby. You don't get to make up a name for something to make it sound scary to then mock them for for making it sound scary with a name like "snowzilla".
 
2014-02-08 09:45:43 PM  

atomicxblue: That's not the Japanese way. If there's any fault, it would be a huge loss of face for the city. The mayor will go on TV, take full responsibility and immediately resign, something our current governor should also consider.


He's up for re-election this year so if the public thinks he screwed up, he'll be gone soon enough. Kasim Reed on the other hand, we're stuck with him for four more years... or until the feds finally catch him taking kickbacks. Even money on which happens first.
 
2014-02-08 10:01:56 PM  

special20: Yogimus: Mr. Fuzzypaws: (4 inches) of snow

Dear Japan,

F*ck You

Signed most of the eastern US.

/I always were sneakers, low tops in fact, in the Buffalo snow. We got about a foot this week.

Must have sucked to be sneakers.

How else can one low tops?


Mean while in San Diego I had to purchase a new pair of Rainbows two weeks ago as my others were wore smooth out. New ones just broken in. Been to the beach with um three times.
 
2014-02-08 10:10:17 PM  
Well this should make drifting easier.
 
2014-02-08 10:11:28 PM  

ReapTheChaos: I always get a laugh out of you northerners when you laugh at things like this, get back to us this summer when you're all crying like babies when the temp hits 90 deg. f.


We just go inside into the air conditioning, just like you southerners do.
 
2014-02-08 10:16:43 PM  

coldf33t: atomicxblue: coldf33t: The problem wasn't the snow here in Atlanta, but that the roads became icy almost immediately. Couple that with the mass exodus out of the city and it should be easy to understand what happened. That being said, I do wonder if Tokyo's mayor will go on national TV and whine it wasn't his fault like Atlanta's mayor did.

That's not the Japanese way. If there's any fault, it would be a huge loss of face for the city. The mayor will go on TV, take full responsibility and immediately resign, something our current governor should also consider.

That was PRIME TIME when the governor blamed the National Weather Service for the everything, wasn't it?  It doesn't get any better than that.


The problem was that they were blaming him when the storm shifted at 3-4am and moved to the north when the few trucks they had were in the south. Nobody moved the trucks north until after that and by then it was too late since Atlanta traffic sucks. Then when it finally started coming down it was freezing rain, not sleet, not snow and the roads were almost solid ice less than 90 mins after it started.

Sure it was stupid to blame them but more warning would have been nice then it may have helped but I doubt it since traffic was shiat 60mins after it started. What's worse is every one decided to work a half day which put all the cars on the road about 2 hours after it started.

It was a perfect storm that had multiple elements which were few trucks for the storm, timing, perfect mixture of ice/snow, unprepared, and lack of warning. It made the clusterfark we got that day worse and why I immediately got the wife home.

If you haven't lived here then you have no clue about the weather issues, one of our friends who is a Michigan native thought it wouldn't be a big deal to drive even though we told him not to go. Now he's fighting with the insurance company to get a car after he slid into a ravine and totaled his car.
 
2014-02-08 10:52:31 PM  
Cry havoc and unleash the lap dogs of war!--Grammar Nazis
 
2014-02-09 01:02:58 AM  
I would not call 16 inches of snow in an area that rarely gets four inches a "dusting." Nor would I make light of an area where tens of thousands of people lost their electricity and heating.
http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/japan/heavy-snow-shuts-down-base -s ervices-transportation-in-tokyo-area-1.266400
 
2014-02-09 04:31:33 AM  
I had a foot and a half in my driveway and on my car this morning.  Couldn't get my damn car out.  Downtown may have been dusted, but up here in the foothills, we got frosted like a farking cake.

/that sounded dirtier than I'd intended
//lives in Musashimurayama-shi, Tokyo
///slashies!
 
2014-02-09 05:47:06 AM  

special20: Yogimus: Mr. Fuzzypaws: (4 inches) of snow

Dear Japan,

F*ck You

Signed most of the eastern US.

/I always were sneakers, low tops in fact, in the Buffalo snow. We got about a foot this week.

Must have sucked to be sneakers.

How else can one low tops?


I have had couple low tops in the past. There better then ones made from legoes. It's gotten to the point we should hang are heads in shame, but I guess that I like could care less. At this time.
 
2014-02-09 08:29:41 AM  
by Sunday some regions of the metropolitan area could be covered in as much as 50 cm ( 20 inches) of snow.

I dunno. That's a lot of snow. It's not like the 1/4" the atlanta-tards went all ape-shiat over.
 
2014-02-09 08:43:10 AM  
The snow's more than half gone in one day.
 
2014-02-09 08:46:04 AM  

abhorrent1: by Sunday some regions of the metropolitan area could be covered in as much as 50 cm ( 20 inches) of snow.

I dunno. That's a lot of snow. It's not like the 1/4" the atlanta-tards went all ape-shiat over.


Yeah, but those are drifts. Tokyo's a giant wind tunnel. Lots of corners will have deep snow.

We got about 6" last night, maybe 8. But in front of my apartment door was an almost meter high pyramid shaped pile of snow about a pencil width thick on top because I live on the corner and the wind piles it up against the wall.
 
2014-02-09 08:57:06 AM  

ReapTheChaos: I always get a laugh out of you northerners when you laugh at things like this, get back to us this summer when you're all crying like babies when the temp hits 90 deg. f.


Not me. I love it when we get our little 10 day heat wave every July.
 
2014-02-09 09:10:59 AM  

aerojockey: Thunderboy: Oh no!  All of their havoc is ruined!

/it's "wreak havoc", subtardmitter
//poot peave

Submitter would just assume nominate one of the helpful mods to be the escape goat.


Fare enough.
 
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