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(CNN)   Winter storm of historic proportions set to hit the southeastern U.S. is like a repeat from two weeks ago, only worse   (cnn.com) divider line 37
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2014-02-11 10:08:51 PM
3 votes:
For those of you making fun of my current city of Atlanta (that I hate), there are a few things you need to know:

1) Snow, by itself, isn't a serious problem.

2) The traffic from two weeks ago wasn't caused by snow.  It was caused by 1 million+ vehicles jamming the roads at the same time.  Keep in mind that it wasn't just 1 million+ people.  It was 1 million+ vehicles.

3) Ice seriously hurt the situation.  I was here for the snow/ice storm of 2011 and the first day was easy to deal with -- because it was just snow on the roads.  The next few days were horrible because the first day snow partially melted and refroze, becoming incredibly perilous.  I seriously nearly broke my ass just walking my dog.  Same thing was true 2 weeks ago.  The ice, more than the snow, was the major issue.

4) This town is hilly.  Really hilly.  Lots of friends have come to visit from NYC, Chicago, LA and SF and pretty much all of them have commented on how hilly Atlanta is; they were all really surprised...they thought it was flat.  Ice+hills is a recipe for disaster.  This isn't the Great Plains.  Although I'm perfectly happy to ding this town for its stupidity, I can't fault it for failing to overcome basic physics.

5) I expect to be without power for quite a while.  Luckily I have gas cooking and I've fully charged my little Sony Reader (it uses E Ink, so it should be good for the duration) and I've got wood for the fireplace and lots of canned foods.  So, I'll see all of you on the other side of this storm.
2014-02-11 07:56:44 PM
3 votes:
I might laugh at silly southerners, but is Denver really prepared for a tsunami?
2014-02-11 11:16:32 PM
2 votes:

Warlordtrooper: tinfoil-hat maggie: Alright lets get things out of the way. Subby , you're an ass. I'm way late, wanted to talk real weather talk with people but well, sure lets make fun of people/cities with only enough sand/salt to maybe do overpasses bridges that is the south we close down for a day or two ,most I've seen in almost 30 years is 3 days and that was early March when we go 12 inches of snow lot's pf places east of us got more.

That is the fault of people voting for people that think taxes should not exist. If the red states governments were properly funded they would be prepared


Wut? Yea think every county should buy plows and salt trucks. that would at most get used twice a year. New level I see...
2014-02-11 08:26:47 PM
2 votes:
I'm a Quebecois so I can cope with any amount of snow but since 1998 I get very anxious each time there's precipitation and the thermometer is around 0 Celsius.

Take care South Easter Americans. Be very careful about carbon monoxide poisoning, do not use an outdoor grill inside.
2014-02-11 07:55:05 PM
2 votes:
I'm always amused when someplace in the south shuts down for a few inches of snow.

*reads TFA*

Ice.  Ice is a different matter.  Ice storms suck no matter where you are.
2014-02-11 07:48:19 PM
2 votes:
Looks like a lotta french toast is going to be eaten in the next few days.
2014-02-12 02:22:29 AM
1 votes:
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2014-02-12 01:22:02 AM
1 votes:
We had this entire "the south is stupid" thread two weeks ago, with everyone saying pretty much exactly the same things.

To summarize:

It's not the cost of storing the salt and sand, it's the cost of buying and maintaining the 4,000+ trucks that actually distribute it
Atlanta is a very sprawled out metro area
Georgia and Atlanta officials have already mea culpa'd for the clusterfark two weeks ago, they will be as ready as they can be this time
Ice is not snow
Good for all you northerners who laugh, you live with it every year, and are prepared. Southerners generally do not, and are not
I don't care how well you drive in inclement weather, there will always be someone else to fark up your car for you

That should pretty much settle everything.
2014-02-12 12:43:43 AM
1 votes:

vengethis: [i160.photobucket.com image 184x273]



An inch of ICE dickhead.
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2014-02-12 12:38:42 AM
1 votes:

John Buck 41: tinfoil-hat maggie: John Buck 41: Bontesla:

tinfoil-hat Maggie:

coldf33t:

eraser8:

Just trying to offer a common sense suggestion. If your civic leaders are too short-sighted to accept it, I feel sorry for you.

Well see it's take in a a bit of intelligence or knowledge of the problem/.I.m tote's fur sure ,an you could solve i with out addicting to Atlanta budget, ^rick.

I have no idea what you're trying to say here.


I'm saying it snows maybe one a year. Most of the time not even that but you go on with your comments on how to fix it? I'm sure they'll be interested.
2014-02-12 12:01:57 AM
1 votes:

eraser8: Bontesla: In all seriousness though - winter storms in Atlanta are historically unpredictable given its location.

Historically, storms like this are pretty common.  At least once or twice per season...prior to 2000, that is.  A bit less frequently recently.

Seriously.

I'd also like to applaud all of you for making me a cheerleader for a city that I farking hate.  I miss California more than any of you can possibly imagine.


I am sorry you hate Atlanta so much. I absolutely love this city. I am very liberal also (as your profile says you are). I find no problem finding cool friends and fascinating places & events. The climate is usually great and the people are friendly. The cost of living beats the hell out of any major city in the U.S. The crime rate is below average if you live anywhere in the northern part of the Perimeter. Maybe you should get out more or go back to California to be happy. I do not mean that to be condescending, just for you to be happy.
2014-02-11 11:31:14 PM
1 votes:
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I've got this.
2014-02-11 11:24:12 PM
1 votes:

John Buck 41: How much is a few tons of salt (or sand) to a city with a budget like Atlanta? Just buy it and store it somewhere. It's not gonna spoil, FFS.


When it pours down rain immediately prior to icing...the salt and sand wash away. How do you solve that dilemma? I cannot believe I am defending Atlanta...but really...pick on some REAL shortcoming we have.
2014-02-11 11:14:27 PM
1 votes:

Walker: You will be 43 degrees Thursday, 48 Friday and Saturday, and 58 Sunday. One day below freezing. That's it. Calm the f*ck down.


Having lived here for a few years, I've learned that a day or two above freezing is not enough to melt ice that's accumulated.  If you try to drive on a day that's in the mid-to-upper 40s after ice has settled on the streets, you're going to have a bad time.

The principal problem is not snow or low temperatures.  The MAIN problem is ice on the streets, that doesn't melt quickly...and, ice on trees that brings down power lines.  You may be surprised by this, but melting ice doesn't magically repair power lines that have been disrupted.

Also, you see this:

media.nj.com

It's from New Jersey.  Before a snow storm.  Just Google "northeast snow storm" -- there are pages of images depicting the same thing.

And, frankly, I'm amazed you've gotten me to defend a city I absolutely hate.
2014-02-11 11:09:53 PM
1 votes:

Walker: Really Atlanta? Really? This isn't the Apocalypse. It's a one day storm. You will be fine with the food you already have. No need to clear out groceries stores. You will be 43 degrees Thursday, 48 Friday and Saturday, and 58 Sunday. One day below freezing. That's it. Calm the f*ck down.


It isn't SNOW it is ICE. No one can be smug with ICE.

/learned to drive in the snow
2014-02-11 11:06:04 PM
1 votes:

No Such Agency: Pinhead Patriot: [static.fjcdn.com image 300x300]

It's easy to make fun of the South for not weathering this weather very well.  But they don't have any bloody snow tires, and their cities don't own fifty plows each.  Because normally that would be a big waste of money.


Thank you! Everything you said is true. Northerners that laugh at us must not understand climate. Yes, we get snow and can react accordingly, but when you get 2" of farking ICE you need a farking Zamboni machine to drive and that is only if you are on flat terrain,
2014-02-11 11:03:13 PM
1 votes:
Really Atlanta? Really? This isn't the Apocalypse. It's a one day storm. You will be fine with the food you already have. No need to clear out groceries stores. You will be 43 degrees Thursday, 48 Friday and Saturday, and 58 Sunday. One day below freezing. That's it. Calm the f*ck down.

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2014-02-11 10:46:55 PM
1 votes:
Alright lets get things out of the way. Subby , you're an ass. I'm way late, wanted to talk real weather talk with people but well, sure lets make fun of people/cities with only enough sand/salt to maybe do overpasses bridges that is the south we close down for a day or two ,most I've seen in almost 30 years is 3 days and that was early March when we go 12 inches of snow lot's pf places east of us got more.
2014-02-11 10:04:45 PM
1 votes:
The great thing about a small government is they aren't around to help clear the roads or rescue people.

Fortunately for the small government types, there isn't a giant winter storm coming that would require those things. So it's all good.
2014-02-11 09:23:30 PM
1 votes:

duke3522: Came here to make fun of my southern friends trying to drive on snow.  But farking ICE!!  Hate that crap!!

/Hang tough my southern friends


If only there was a substance they could put on the ice to melt it

/taxes serve a purpose people should think of situations like this when they complain about them
2014-02-11 09:23:27 PM
1 votes:

kasmel: HotIgneous Intruder: Please note: You cannot "drive" on ice.

Just don't do it.

Well, you CAN. You just need chains and a lot of patience.


And hope there isn't some douchebag that thinks four wheel drive and all-season tires mean he can go 100 down the street.
2014-02-11 09:18:01 PM
1 votes:

HotIgneous Intruder: Please note: You cannot "drive" on ice.

Just don't do it.


Well, you CAN. You just need chains and a lot of patience.
2014-02-11 09:14:33 PM
1 votes:

real_headhoncho: Ice storm?  You're farked.

Stay inside, stay warm, get some books to read and a non-electric light source.

/grew up with a oil lamp that was always on the fireplace mantle.  Had to use it more often than not.


Ah, the old kerosene heaters. Those things put off one nasty stench and played havoc with my asthma.

But they were a godsend when you went a few days with the temperatures well below zero. Along with the oil lamps.
2014-02-11 09:10:24 PM
1 votes:
Man, ice really sucks. The amounts they're predicting are enough to pull the feeder line right off of the house if it isn't buried...you don't even need a tree to knock power out.
2014-02-11 08:51:35 PM
1 votes:

Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: And in Georgia, the state's largest utility warned that hundreds of thousands of customers could be out of power "for days" when ice-laden tree limbs crash onto electric lines.

Well, whose fault is it then for letting dead branches linger over vital power lines?


It doesn't take much ice to bring down dead branches. Especially of trees not build for it.

Ice bringing down tree branches are a major issue in cold paces. Snow is not nearly as bad as ice. Freezing rain over an extended period is the worst.
2014-02-11 08:44:19 PM
1 votes:

Al!: shastacola: No Such Agency: Pinhead Patriot: [static.fjcdn.com image 300x300]

It's easy to make fun of the South for not weathering this weather very well.  But they don't have any bloody snow tires, and their cities don't own fifty plows each.  Because normally that would be a big waste of money.

The areas getting 8-10 inches of snow is a lot of snow even for the north. Yeah, the South is about to get walloped and I can't say I blame any southerners for getting a little rattled over it. Good luck to all of you and be careful.

8-10 inches isn't a lot.  We got that Saturday night here in NY.  We get 5-10 storms bringing that each year, and 1-2 that drop 12-18 inches.  Last year we got almost 30 inches over 2 days.  That was a lot of snow, and still not even close to what they get in the snow belt.


I live in the Detroit area,8-10 inches of snow would shut down every school system in the area and has. There would also be empty grocery shelves and people in lines buying gas. I don't understand this need to mock people who aren't equipped for this kind of weather,if you live in upper N.Y. the odds are you're used to lots of snow and equipped to handle it,good for you,but there's a huge difference between areas like Buffalo,N.Y  and Anywhere,North Carolina.
2014-02-11 08:07:39 PM
1 votes:

rcf1105: Isitoveryet: I wonder what they did to incur God's wrath?

Turns out, God loves the gays.


Then why Atlanta?  Or does love mean more snow?
2014-02-11 08:03:04 PM
1 votes:

Isitoveryet: I wonder what they did to incur God's wrath?


Auburn blew the NCG for the SEC.  Simple silly.
2014-02-11 07:59:55 PM
1 votes:
Ice is nothing to mess with. Good luck, southerners.
2014-02-11 07:59:44 PM
1 votes:

DoctorWhat: I'm always amused when someplace in the south shuts down for a few inches of snow.

*reads TFA*

Ice.  Ice is a different matter.  Ice storms suck no matter where you are.


The current prediction is that Augusta should prepare for 5-10 days of no power.  I've been following my part of Atlanta all day and the predictions have become steadily less dire.

Still, I lose power pretty much every afternoon in the summer due to overloading of the grid (this has been common in three different places in Atlanta that I've lived) and it's not uncommon to lose it about once every three months when a tree falls on a line.  This town has way too many trees for overhead power lines.  So, I'm planning on about 24 hours of no power.
2014-02-11 07:58:33 PM
1 votes:

Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: And in Georgia, the state's largest utility warned that hundreds of thousands of customers could be out of power "for days" when ice-laden tree limbs crash onto electric lines.

Well, whose fault is it then for letting dead branches linger over vital power lines?


It's not the dead branches, it's the pine trees that shed healthy branches when loaded with ice.  We haven't had a bad ice storm in over 10 years, nothing to thin the herd, there will be pockets with out power for days.
2014-02-11 07:53:32 PM
1 votes:
Serves em right for losing the war.
2014-02-11 07:52:29 PM
1 votes:
Thanks Obama.
2014-02-11 07:51:55 PM
1 votes:
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2014-02-11 07:47:57 PM
1 votes:

AngryDragon: They're getting 3 inches?


2 inches of Ice accumulation predicted overnight for where I live, much worse than snow.  Ice Storms bring massive long term power outages around here.
2014-02-11 07:46:31 PM
1 votes:
Atlanta has cleaned the shelves.  My wife just came back from the store with TP.  Scott's.

WTF?  She's a philistine
2014-02-11 07:45:36 PM
1 votes:
They're getting 3 inches?
 
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