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2018-01-03 11:22:06 AM  
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2018-01-03 11:23:01 AM  
Remember Floridians, the yellow snow isn't for eating.
 
2018-01-03 11:24:46 AM  
Well as long as The Waffle House Index is up and running, all should be good to go...

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2018-01-03 11:25:10 AM  
When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.
 
2018-01-03 11:25:31 AM  
Wheee

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2018-01-03 11:27:10 AM  
So it comes to this.
 
2018-01-03 11:27:50 AM  

Mouren: Remember Floridians, the yellow snow isn't for eating.


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2018-01-03 11:27:57 AM  
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2018-01-03 11:28:05 AM  
I think the 3 days of rain becoming ice and slush before the snow is the biggest problem. No one in Florida has more than all season tires unless they just drove in from up north. Most Floridians have bald ass summer tires. Not worn until the steel is showing....

/sigh
 
2018-01-03 11:29:49 AM  
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2018-01-03 11:30:11 AM  
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2018-01-03 11:31:10 AM  

skinink: When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.


Not an inch, one tenth of an inch.
But they had freezing rain beforehand, so I'd imagine roads were slick.
 
2018-01-03 11:33:34 AM  
"As exciting as this is, please use extreme caution if you are driving [and] don't expose yourself to the cold for too long without proper gear,"

I usually hate the threads with the mid-westerners brag about their driving skills and how 3 feet of snow is nothing and the Californians saying they wont even get out of bed for an earthquake less than a 6.0.
But this is just silliness.
 
2018-01-03 11:34:24 AM  
Florida man is going to have new adventures.
 
2018-01-03 11:35:45 AM  
I don't care what anyone says. Driving on ice is treacherous.

4 wheel drive does not always mean, 4 wheel stop.
 
2018-01-03 11:36:17 AM  
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Governor Florida looks a lot like President Madagascar
 
2018-01-03 11:37:44 AM  

lindalouwho: skinink: When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.

Not an inch, one tenth of an inch.
But they had freezing rain beforehand, so I'd imagine roads were slick.


Also, this is not a condition Florida is used to.  They have not had any chance to develop any experience driving on that type of road conditions.

/Live in SE KY
//From N FL
/// My family have now had more snow this winter than I have.
 
2018-01-03 11:38:11 AM  
My friend in FL keeps saying, "We're freezing here, too.  50 feels like 30, so you have to take that into account."  Meanwhile, I woke up to -1 the other day and could see my breath in my living room.  What kills me is we grew up together in the Adirondack region and she only moved to FL last year.  Didn't take her long to get in the FL mindset.
 
2018-01-03 11:38:15 AM  
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2018-01-03 11:38:19 AM  
Meanwhile, in Japan ...

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2018-01-03 11:39:47 AM  
Florida are wimps


*lives in Ohio*
 
2018-01-03 11:40:33 AM  
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2018-01-03 11:40:43 AM  
GLOW BALL WARNING!!1!
 
2018-01-03 11:40:48 AM  

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You don't snow on another man's car.
 
2018-01-03 11:41:20 AM  

lindalouwho: skinink: When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.

Not an inch, one tenth of an inch.
But they had freezing rain beforehand, so I'd imagine roads were slick.


^^^ This ^^^
I woke up to ice on the car this morning.  Had to scrape it off with a scraper I keep in the trunk that I bought after visiting some friends up north one Christmas.  There may have been some flurries, but ice and freezing rain was the issue.  Local schools with kids that walk, plus buses on slick roads, superintendent decided to shut it down for the day.  It was worse east of us and cars were skidding off of I-10 (not just Floridians).  Troopers shut down some sections of the interstate for a while.
 
2018-01-03 11:41:24 AM  
Can confirm the flurries, which caused everyone in my office complex to run outside and film it.
The bad part was the light rain earlier this morning and the little patches of ice that formed on the roads. People here don't know how to drive in rain, much less with ice and light snow. Was surprised to only see two accidents on my commute in.

/bundled up
//drinking tea
///slashies in threes
 
2018-01-03 11:42:43 AM  
Florida drivers in the snow are like South California drivers in the rain.
 
2018-01-03 11:42:47 AM  
So much for global warming?
 
2018-01-03 11:43:52 AM  

phalamir: lindalouwho: skinink: When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.

Not an inch, one tenth of an inch.
But they had freezing rain beforehand, so I'd imagine roads were slick.

Also, this is not a condition Florida is used to.  They have not had any chance to develop any experience driving on that type of road conditions.

/Live in SE KY
//From N FL
/// My family have now had more snow this winter than I have.


Winters have been so mild in southern Ohio lately (snow wise) I worry about Ohio drivers with no real experience.
 
2018-01-03 11:45:03 AM  

fsufan: lindalouwho: skinink: When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.

Not an inch, one tenth of an inch.
But they had freezing rain beforehand, so I'd imagine roads were slick.

^^^ This ^^^
I woke up to ice on the car this morning.  Had to scrape it off with a scraper I keep in the trunk that I bought after visiting some friends up north one Christmas.


Handy tip. If you have ice on your windshield, get a pitcher of very hot water. Boiling from the stove. And pour that all over your windshield. Very soon you won't have any ice obscuring your vision.
Ever again.
 
2018-01-03 11:45:09 AM  
and how many of the people making fun of us down in the south were whining when it hit 85 this summer?
 
2018-01-03 11:46:05 AM  
The issue isn't with the snow (what little it amounts to). The issue is the thin layer of ice on the roads, etc.
 
2018-01-03 11:47:22 AM  
No big deal.. There has always been a lot of flakes in Florida..
 
2018-01-03 11:48:00 AM  

abhorrent1: "As exciting as this is, please use extreme caution if you are driving [and] don't expose yourself to the cold for too long without proper gear,"

I usually hate the threads with the mid-westerners brag about their driving skills and how 3 feet of snow is nothing and the Californians saying they wont even get out of bed for an earthquake less than a 6.0.
But this is just silliness.


It is good advice.   Most Floridians wear flip flops year around and their heaviest coat is a windbreaker.

It is 32 in my town right now, which is pretty cold for these parts.
 
2018-01-03 11:48:51 AM  

lindalouwho: skinink: When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.

Not an inch, one tenth of an inch.
But they had freezing rain beforehand, so I'd imagine roads were slick.


I was delivering packages for UPS during the Christmas rush.  We got snow that didn't even show up on the weather report (Maryland is full of snow sissies: it *always* shows up).  Roads were fine, but driving up back country driveways was a disaster.  Even walking beside the driveway required care and don't think of going up a steep hill.
 
2018-01-03 11:49:34 AM  
Floridiots don't even know how to drive on dry pavement. So yeah, shut down everything, else they'll end up rolled over by the side of the road.
 
2018-01-03 11:51:01 AM  
I'm in NY and I don't have any pity for the FLA folks.

Been driving since 1984 or so and I am well aware of my abilities on how to drive in weather related situations. However, I never trust the other guys on the road and find it safer just to stay home and off the roads for my own safety and to save my car from being wrecked by people who don't know how to drive/act in bad snow/ice.

Life is too short for that nonsense.
 
2018-01-03 11:52:20 AM  
I'm from Michigan but living in Georgia.  Northerners who make fun of Southerners for freaking out about snow need a reality check.  It takes weeks of snowfall for Northerners to not end up in multi car pileups on a daily basis.  So, yeah, Southerners freak out when it happens once a decade.  GFY.
 
2018-01-03 11:52:32 AM  

idrow: My friend in FL keeps saying, "We're freezing here, too.  50 feels like 30, so you have to take that into account."  Meanwhile, I woke up to -1 the other day and could see my breath in my living room.  What kills me is we grew up together in the Adirondack region and she only moved to FL last year.  Didn't take her long to get in the FL mindset.


Go swimming in 50 degree water for a few days straight and get back to us with your thoughts.

/doesn't need a jacket in drier cold weather
 
2018-01-03 11:52:36 AM  
Meanwhile, near Savannah (that's snow over ice):
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2018-01-03 11:53:28 AM  
Good, maybe we can swap them for Puerto Rico while no one is looking.
 
2018-01-03 11:54:15 AM  

MythDragon: fsufan: lindalouwho: skinink: When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.

Not an inch, one tenth of an inch.
But they had freezing rain beforehand, so I'd imagine roads were slick.

^^^ This ^^^
I woke up to ice on the car this morning.  Had to scrape it off with a scraper I keep in the trunk that I bought after visiting some friends up north one Christmas.

Handy tip. If you have ice on your windshield, get a pitcher of very hot water. Boiling from the stove. And pour that all over your windshield. Very soon you won't have any ice obscuring your vision.
Ever again.


Back in my younger days I had a half gallon of Popov in my trunk that worked as de-icer.
 
2018-01-03 11:54:53 AM  

abhorrent1: "As exciting as this is, please use extreme caution if you are driving [and] don't expose yourself to the cold for too long without proper gear,"

I usually hate the threads with the mid-westerners brag about their driving skills and how 3 feet of snow is nothing and the Californians saying they wont even get out of bed for an earthquake less than a 6.0.
But this is just silliness.


Midwesterner here. Skill has nothing to do with it. The only reason we're not crashing all over the place is the 5 billion tons of road salt they lay down every year.
 
2018-01-03 11:56:52 AM  
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This is why you don't play in fountains when it's really cold out.
 
2018-01-03 11:57:01 AM  
I live near Atlanta. One of my coworkers had a kid move up to Minneapolis.  It took several calls to tire stores before one would order snow tires here, and they took a week to get in.

You combine Florida man, bald tires, and ice and I'd be off the roads down there too.
 
2018-01-03 11:59:51 AM  
Morons, the lot.
 
2018-01-03 12:00:26 PM  
There isn't anything more terrifying then driving on ice.

The fear of not being able to stop or steer frightens the hell out of me.
 
2018-01-03 12:00:42 PM  
LL316:

Back in my younger days I had a half gallon of Popov in my trunk that worked as de-icer.

For you or the car?
 
2018-01-03 12:01:11 PM  
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2018-01-03 12:01:46 PM  

Lee Jackson Beauregard: Floridiots don't even know how to drive on dry pavement. So yeah, shut down everything, else they'll end up rolled over by the side of the road.


President Madagascar, a snowflake in Florida is falling!
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2018-01-03 12:02:58 PM  
They have to shut Florida down when it snows. The cops can't tell snow from coke.
 
2018-01-03 12:04:40 PM  

Mouren: Remember Floridians, the yellow snow isn't for eating.


Actually, I'm pretty sure the yellow snow is for eating, so, carry on Floridians.
 
2018-01-03 12:04:42 PM  

UtileDysfunktion: abhorrent1: "As exciting as this is, please use extreme caution if you are driving [and] don't expose yourself to the cold for too long without proper gear,"

I usually hate the threads with the mid-westerners brag about their driving skills and how 3 feet of snow is nothing and the Californians saying they wont even get out of bed for an earthquake less than a 6.0.
But this is just silliness.

Midwesterner here. Skill has nothing to do with it. The only reason we're not crashing all over the place is the 5 billion tons of road salt they lay down every year.


Was going to say that. I doubt that Florida road departments carry much road salt or the trucks that spread it.
 
2018-01-03 12:04:51 PM  

brantgoose: They have to shut Florida down when it snows. The cops can't tell snow from coke.


yes they can, they have test kits.
 
2018-01-03 12:05:12 PM  
My co-workers here in Orlando are already freaking out about the possibility of icy roads tomorrow.

Co-worker: "I don't know how to drive on ice!  How do you drive on ice?!?"
Me: "Very slowly."

/Grew up in Ohio, so I know how to drive on an icy road
//I'm just worried about all the other idiots who DON'T know how to drive in icy conditions
 
2018-01-03 12:05:32 PM  

LL316: I'm from Michigan but living in Georgia.  Northerners who make fun of Southerners for freaking out about snow need a reality check.  It takes weeks of snowfall for Northerners to not end up in multi car pileups on a daily basis.  So, yeah, Southerners freak out when it happens once a decade.  GFY.


Going by that Canada tow truck show they are just as bad at snow driving up in Hat county.
 
2018-01-03 12:05:35 PM  
What you have to understand is that an inordinate amount of Floridians are retired.  And another inordinate amount of of Floridians are chorinically unemployed or on disability.    Either way, day drinking will be added to the driving conditions, whatever they may be.
 
2018-01-03 12:06:07 PM  

idrow: My friend in FL keeps saying, "We're freezing here, too.  50 feels like 30, so you have to take that into account."  Meanwhile, I woke up to -1 the other day and could see my breath in my living room.  What kills me is we grew up together in the Adirondack region and she only moved to FL last year.  Didn't take her long to get in the FL mindset.


You get the Florida mindset--then you move to Florida.

That's my theory, and I am standing behind it. Way back yonder, back there.
 
2018-01-03 12:06:52 PM  
well it is supposed to be -15F in my area on Saturday

Just love watching my gas meter spin (part owner of a commercial greenhouse)

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2018-01-03 12:07:04 PM  

steklo: There isn't anything more terrifying then driving on ice.

The fear of not being able to stop or steer frightens the hell out of me.


Florida is flat. Drive slowly and it shouldn't be a problem.
 
2018-01-03 12:07:31 PM  

TacoBeelzebub: I'm just worried about all the other idiots who DON'T know how to drive in icy conditions


Truer words have never been spoken. I agree. 100%.
 
2018-01-03 12:07:57 PM  

mrwhippy: well it is supposed to be -15F in my area on Saturday

Just love watching my gas meter spin (part owner of a commercial greenhouse)

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I just can't help it. That picture always cracks me up. Jack at his funniest.
 
2018-01-03 12:08:00 PM  

Unobtanium: Meanwhile, near Savannah (that's snow over ice):
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I'm in Savannah and I got to stay home from work today because all the bridges are closed.  First ice we've had in a decade or more.
 
2018-01-03 12:08:39 PM  

Sugarbombs: idrow: My friend in FL keeps saying, "We're freezing here, too.  50 feels like 30, so you have to take that into account."  Meanwhile, I woke up to -1 the other day and could see my breath in my living room.  What kills me is we grew up together in the Adirondack region and she only moved to FL last year.  Didn't take her long to get in the FL mindset.

Go swimming in 50 degree water for a few days straight and get back to us with your thoughts.

/doesn't need a jacket in drier cold weather


Why would you swim in water that cold? Death wish?
 
2018-01-03 12:08:41 PM  

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It is not really cold in Florida until the Snowbirds go home.
 
2018-01-03 12:09:11 PM  

aseras: I think the 3 days of rain becoming ice and slush before the snow is the biggest problem. No one in Florida has more than all season tires unless they just drove in from up north. Most Floridians have bald ass summer tires. Not worn until the steel is showing....

/sigh


All season tires?  That's what I have and I live in WI.  Not sure what your point is about that statement.  I doubt they will need studs or chains.
 
2018-01-03 12:09:15 PM  

steklo: brantgoose: They have to shut Florida down when it snows. The cops can't tell snow from coke.

yes they can, they have test kits.


It's all coke then.
 
2018-01-03 12:10:42 PM  

RedVentrue: steklo: There isn't anything more terrifying then driving on ice.

The fear of not being able to stop or steer frightens the hell out of me.

Florida is flat. Drive slowly and it shouldn't be a problem.


heh-heh, I'm not in Florida and so I don't have to worry. I'm in NY and we're expecting 6 to 10 inches tonight.

(well, that's what she said)

No seriously, I can work from home in bad weather and I don't take the chance. It's not worth it.

I work 26 miles from my home. In that kind of snow, it can take nearly 2 hours to drive home.

My time is more important than that.
 
2018-01-03 12:12:49 PM  

phalamir: lindalouwho: skinink: When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.

Not an inch, one tenth of an inch.
But they had freezing rain beforehand, so I'd imagine roads were slick.

Also, this is not a condition Florida is used to.  They have not had any chance to develop any experience driving on that type of road conditions.

/Live in SE KY
//From N FL
/// My family have now had more snow this winter than I have.


A lot of them are from Quebec, they should know how to drive and be fat in speedos.
 
2018-01-03 12:13:05 PM  

RedVentrue: UtileDysfunktion: abhorrent1: "As exciting as this is, please use extreme caution if you are driving [and] don't expose yourself to the cold for too long without proper gear,"

I usually hate the threads with the mid-westerners brag about their driving skills and how 3 feet of snow is nothing and the Californians saying they wont even get out of bed for an earthquake less than a 6.0.
But this is just silliness.

Midwesterner here. Skill has nothing to do with it. The only reason we're not crashing all over the place is the 5 billion tons of road salt they lay down every year.

Was going to say that. I doubt that Florida road departments carry much road salt or the trucks that spread it.


Not just government.  Landscape companies probably have jack squat too.
 
2018-01-03 12:14:43 PM  

DubtodaIll: Unobtanium: Meanwhile, near Savannah (that's snow over ice):
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I'm in Savannah and I got to stay home from work today because all the bridges are closed.  First ice we've had in a decade or more.


I was living there in 1989 for that snow.
 
2018-01-03 12:15:25 PM  

steklo: I'm in NY and I don't have any pity for the FLA folks.

Been driving since 1984 or so and I am well aware of my abilities on how to drive in weather related situations. However, I never trust the other guys on the road and find it safer just to stay home and off the roads for my own safety and to save my car from being wrecked by people who don't know how to drive/act in bad snow/ice.

Life is too short for that nonsense.


THIS++++++++++++++
I'm in MA - life long "stay the heck home while it's snowing and the plows have a chance to clear the roads" advocate.  Seriously, do you not see the weather forecast five days in advance and plan for that milk/break/egg run before it starts snowing?
 
2018-01-03 12:18:17 PM  

Unobtanium: DubtodaIll: Unobtanium: Meanwhile, near Savannah (that's snow over ice):
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I'm in Savannah and I got to stay home from work today because all the bridges are closed.  First ice we've had in a decade or more.

I was living there in 1989 for that snow.


Me too! White Christmas, we made snowmound man and everything then it was all gone by 3:00.
 
2018-01-03 12:19:59 PM  
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2018-01-03 12:21:19 PM  

Ixnay on the ottenray: steklo: I'm in NY and I don't have any pity for the FLA folks.

Been driving since 1984 or so and I am well aware of my abilities on how to drive in weather related situations. However, I never trust the other guys on the road and find it safer just to stay home and off the roads for my own safety and to save my car from being wrecked by people who don't know how to drive/act in bad snow/ice.

Life is too short for that nonsense.

THIS++++++++++++++
I'm in MA - life long "stay the heck home while it's snowing and the plows have a chance to clear the roads" advocate.  Seriously, do you not see the weather forecast five days in advance and plan for that milk/break/egg run before it starts snowing?


Thirded.

If it's snowing and/or icy out, I go straight home from work and stay there. Much nicer looking at it through the window while munching on cookies and drinking hot chocolate.

/well stocked pantry and freezer
 
2018-01-03 12:25:40 PM  
Well this hasn't been a normal winter, so who knows what is causing it and what is happening next.
 
2018-01-03 12:27:58 PM  

Nick Nostril: LL316:

Back in my younger days I had a half gallon of Popov in my trunk that worked as de-icer.

For you or the car?


Yes.
 
2018-01-03 12:28:09 PM  

skinink: When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.


Its a non-issue as generally that snow would not stick to the roadways. Perhaps on a few overpasses, but in general, it would lay on grassy and elevated surfaces only.
 
2018-01-03 12:30:11 PM  

aseras: I think the 3 days of rain becoming ice and slush before the snow is the biggest problem. No one in Florida has more than all season tires unless they just drove in from up north. Most Floridians have bald ass summer tires. Not worn until the steel is showing....

/sigh


I have a brand new set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires on my Mustang, supposedly they are worthless under 50°.

I've been driving with the rain/snow drive mode on the last two days and it's still a bit hairy going around corners.
 
2018-01-03 12:30:39 PM  

skinink: When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.


Lmfao. Try living in Vegas. 24 years and counting and when it rains here it might as well be sleet, the oil is so slick. So you have people crawling or people going too fast. If I see rain in the forecast I add at least 20 mins to my commute.
 
2018-01-03 12:38:02 PM  
Defrosting the fridge, shut it down, SHUT IT DOWN!!!
 
2018-01-03 12:38:43 PM  
The funny thing is, us Floridians get freezing weather every year. We're actually pretty used to that. We just don't get the freezing precipitation, and we have no way to handle frozen roads. The closed school days, bald tires, and morons hitting utility poles give us a bad rep.
 
2018-01-03 12:39:52 PM  

fatalvenom: aseras: I think the 3 days of rain becoming ice and slush before the snow is the biggest problem. No one in Florida has more than all season tires unless they just drove in from up north. Most Floridians have bald ass summer tires. Not worn until the steel is showing....

/sigh

I have a brand new set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires on my Mustang, supposedly they are worthless under 50°.

I've been driving with the rain/snow drive mode on the last two days and it's still a bit hairy going around corners.


My step-son had a 2013 Mustang. Took it out in the snow last year. Crashed into a cement light pole base and screwed up the entire front end. Thousands of dollars worth of repairs. He's only 19 years old but what an expensive lesson to learn.

Two months ago, he traded the Mustang in for a RAM 1500 Pick up truck. Hope he has better luck with that.

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2018-01-03 12:40:44 PM  
When I checked the weather early last night, it was 39 degrees here at 7200 feet in Arizona and 39 degrees at my sister's house in Williston, FL. I've never seen that before.

Key West was in the 50s.

That's just crazy.
 
2018-01-03 12:41:40 PM  
I see where there's already 12 instances of people being arrested because the light dusting of snow on their lawn tested positive for drugs. Cops using those cheap drug kits.
 
2018-01-03 12:41:48 PM  

idrow: My friend in FL keeps saying, "We're freezing here, too.  50 feels like 30, so you have to take that into account."  Meanwhile, I woke up to -1 the other day and could see my breath in my living room.  What kills me is we grew up together in the Adirondack region and she only moved to FL last year.  Didn't take her long to get in the FL mindset.


It's not a mindset, it has something to do with constant hot weather and platelets.  A phlebotomist in FL explained it to me and...you see about all I remember.
 
2018-01-03 12:41:49 PM  
I live in MN. We had a dusting last night, the kind that blows off the roads if there's even the slightest wind, and it's been basically cold and dry for 3-4 days now. Still passed a four-car pileup omw to work this morning.

Stuff happens.
 
2018-01-03 12:41:50 PM  

steklo: fatalvenom: aseras: I think the 3 days of rain becoming ice and slush before the snow is the biggest problem. No one in Florida has more than all season tires unless they just drove in from up north. Most Floridians have bald ass summer tires. Not worn until the steel is showing....

/sigh

I have a brand new set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires on my Mustang, supposedly they are worthless under 50°.

I've been driving with the rain/snow drive mode on the last two days and it's still a bit hairy going around corners.

My step-son had a 2013 Mustang. Took it out in the snow last year. Crashed into a cement light pole base and screwed up the entire front end. Thousands of dollars worth of repairs. He's only 19 years old but what an expensive lesson to learn.

Two months ago, he traded the Mustang in for a RAM 1500 Pick up truck. Hope he has better luck with that.

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Was that his actual car?
 
2018-01-03 12:51:04 PM  
I was in Florida some used to go, flying back.  Take off was delayed 45 minutes because there was ice on the wing and they had no ice melt. Had to taxi the plane out into the sunlight and just let it melt.
 
2018-01-03 12:57:19 PM  
They actually bought some used snow removal equipment a few years back.
 
2018-01-03 12:58:02 PM  

fatalvenom: steklo: fatalvenom: aseras: I think the 3 days of rain becoming ice and slush before the snow is the biggest problem. No one in Florida has more than all season tires unless they just drove in from up north. Most Floridians have bald ass summer tires. Not worn until the steel is showing....

/sigh

I have a brand new set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires on my Mustang, supposedly they are worthless under 50°.

I've been driving with the rain/snow drive mode on the last two days and it's still a bit hairy going around corners.

My step-son had a 2013 Mustang. Took it out in the snow last year. Crashed into a cement light pole base and screwed up the entire front end. Thousands of dollars worth of repairs. He's only 19 years old but what an expensive lesson to learn.

Two months ago, he traded the Mustang in for a RAM 1500 Pick up truck. Hope he has better luck with that.

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Was that his actual car?


That's not his car,  but it was a GT and Lime Green. I'm not a Mustang guy, but it had thin tires, black stripes, lime green...dual exhaust. It was a racer. Another reason why he got rid of it, is because he was a young buck and he screwed up the trans. He paid $23k for it, sold it for around $20k.
 
2018-01-03 12:59:40 PM  
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2018-01-03 01:00:14 PM  
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2018-01-03 01:15:44 PM  

NotThatGuyAgain: idrow: My friend in FL keeps saying, "We're freezing here, too.  50 feels like 30, so you have to take that into account."  Meanwhile, I woke up to -1 the other day and could see my breath in my living room.  What kills me is we grew up together in the Adirondack region and she only moved to FL last year.  Didn't take her long to get in the FL mindset.

It's not a mindset, it has something to do with constant hot weather and platelets.  A phlebotomist in FL explained it to me and...you see about all I remember.


I wonder if the opposite is true.  Anything above 70 and I feel like I'm going to have heat stroke.  It was 10 degrees here yesterday and I went out in my vented slides with no socks.  My feet were still hot.  I plan on moving to FL myself in the next couple years, I honestly don't know how I'm going to handle it.
 
2018-01-03 01:22:30 PM  
This morning it was colder in the capitol of Florida than it was in the capitol of Alaska.

This means....something.
 
2018-01-03 01:24:13 PM  

Kouta: Meanwhile, in Japan ...

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How the fark do they manage to clear something like that?!

(read awe, admiration...and not a little trepidation into the tone of the words)
 
2018-01-03 01:26:19 PM  
When I left the office yesterday (Austin, TX) there was a little frozen rain on the car windows. It took about 5 minutes for the defrosters to take care of it, so not very much. The roads seemed fine. Very first overpass I got to a redneck had spun out his pickup truck with oversized tires and smashed into the wall.
 
2018-01-03 01:27:19 PM  
"Hurr durr, you stupid southerners don't know how to drive in snow! 30 degrees isn't cold! Hurr durr"

You're right cupcake, it doesn't happen regularly down here, we're not used to it.
However, this summer, when the heat wave hits you and it's 110 degrees and old people are stroking out and dying, we won't be mocking you for it, we'll just simply say, "Bless your hearts" and send thoughts and prayers your way.

/Because we have class
//You go low, we go high
/// F5 F5 F5 F5
 
2018-01-03 01:28:14 PM  

idrow: NotThatGuyAgain: idrow: My friend in FL keeps saying, "We're freezing here, too.  50 feels like 30, so you have to take that into account."  Meanwhile, I woke up to -1 the other day and could see my breath in my living room.  What kills me is we grew up together in the Adirondack region and she only moved to FL last year.  Didn't take her long to get in the FL mindset.

It's not a mindset, it has something to do with constant hot weather and platelets.  A phlebotomist in FL explained it to me and...you see about all I remember.

I wonder if the opposite is true.  Anything above 70 and I feel like I'm going to have heat stroke.  It was 10 degrees here yesterday and I went out in my vented slides with no socks.  My feet were still hot.  I plan on moving to FL myself in the next couple years, I honestly don't know how I'm going to handle it.


If it hasn't killed the millions of old people who move here every year, you'll be fine.
 
2018-01-03 01:30:35 PM  

syzygy whizz: Kouta: Meanwhile, in Japan ...

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How the fark do they manage to clear something like that?!

(read awe, admiration...and not a little trepidation into the tone of the words)


Lots of dozers and bowers, apparently.
/I was hoping for a really big machine, Japan style
 
2018-01-03 01:31:01 PM  
For those of us whose years have given us some 'issues' with safety...

I carry a jug of ice melt in my car to be used as necessary to increase traction.
Sometimes it's so icy that one's feet slide when trying to get out of the car...Not Good.

Carrying the jug of ice melt lets me sprinkle salt in my path so that I don't slip.
It's UGLY when I fall, even if I don't break anything...I need assistance to get back on me feet.
So, "How about we do our best to just not go there?" is my thinking...
 
2018-01-03 01:37:57 PM  

syzygy whizz: For those of us whose years have given us some 'issues' with safety...

I carry a jug of ice melt in my car to be used as necessary to increase traction.
Sometimes it's so icy that one's feet slide when trying to get out of the car...Not Good.

Carrying the jug of ice melt lets me sprinkle salt in my path so that I don't slip.
It's UGLY when I fall, even if I don't break anything...I need assistance to get back on me feet.
So, "How about we do our best to just not go there?" is my thinking...


I've also heard to carry a bag of kitty litter too. Apparently if you get stuck, you can put some kitty litter under the tires for traction and you can sprinkle some out under your feet when you exit your car so you don't slip.

I fell in some ice a few years back. Took nearly a month for me to get better.
 
2018-01-03 01:42:13 PM  

NotThatGuyAgain: idrow: My friend in FL keeps saying, "We're freezing here, too.  50 feels like 30, so you have to take that into account."  Meanwhile, I woke up to -1 the other day and could see my breath in my living room.  What kills me is we grew up together in the Adirondack region and she only moved to FL last year.  Didn't take her long to get in the FL mindset.

It's not a mindset, it has something to do with constant hot weather and platelets.  A phlebotomist in FL explained it to me and...you see about all I remember.


My ni-chan was born and raised in Japan, and for some reason he chose Montana as the place to finish his schooling (and I'm glad he did!).

His first winter was a misery to him...until he got acclimated. When he'd go home to Japan to visit his family they were AMAZED at what he considered 'shirt-sleeve weather' and how he didn't feel the need for a jacket when the temp was in the high forties-low fifties (Farenheit...they use Centigrade in Japan).
 
2018-01-03 01:44:11 PM  

steklo: I'm in NY and I don't have any pity for the FLA folks.

Been driving since 1984 or so and I am well aware of my abilities on how to drive in weather related situations. However, I never trust the other guys on the road and find it safer just to stay home and off the roads for my own safety and to save my car from being wrecked by people who don't know how to drive/act in bad snow/ice.

Life is too short for that nonsense.


This sort of highlights the big problem.
Most Floridians probably go out, slip slightly on the way to the car, think sod this and either stay home or find alternate modes of transportation if they don't at least have all-round tires on.

But you'll always have a minority of idiots think "it'll be fine. I got this" and gets behind the wheel with their summer slickest on. And that's the problem.
 
2018-01-03 01:46:40 PM  

Sid_the_sadist: "Hurr durr, you stupid southerners don't know how to drive in snow! 30 degrees isn't cold! Hurr durr"

You're right cupcake, it doesn't happen regularly down here, we're not used to it.
However, this summer, when the heat wave hits you and it's 110 degrees and old people are stroking out and dying, we won't be mocking you for it, we'll just simply say, "Bless your hearts" and send thoughts and prayers your way.

/Because we have class
//You go low, we go high
/// F5 F5 F5 F5


Thirty degrees (Fahrenheit) may not feel cold on short exposure...but it IS below the freezing temperature of water.
That's when things start getting interesting...and potentially dangerous.
I'm just sayin'...
 
2018-01-03 01:51:26 PM  

wickedragon: steklo: I'm in NY and I don't have any pity for the FLA folks.

Been driving since 1984 or so and I am well aware of my abilities on how to drive in weather related situations. However, I never trust the other guys on the road and find it safer just to stay home and off the roads for my own safety and to save my car from being wrecked by people who don't know how to drive/act in bad snow/ice.

Life is too short for that nonsense.

This sort of highlights the big problem.
Most Floridians probably go out, slip slightly on the way to the car, think sod this and either stay home or find alternate modes of transportation if they don't at least have all-round tires on.

But you'll always have a minority of idiots think "it'll be fine. I got this" and gets behind the wheel with their summer slickest on. And that's the problem.


I'm a boring person, just a normal "joe" and when bad weather hits, i'll just stay at home until its safe to go out on the roads again. Even in good weather, I never trust anyone on the roads. Snow/Ice just makes it worse. Why take the chance if I don't have to. The cost of health care, a wrecked car, loss of work, going on disability, dealing with the insurance companies, the court cases, the bullshiat that surrounds a weather related crash is just not worth it when I can stay home, be with family, sit around the fireplace, etc.
 
2018-01-03 02:00:45 PM  

syzygy whizz: How the fark do they manage to clear something like that?!


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2018-01-03 02:04:13 PM  

Mouren: syzygy whizz: Kouta: Meanwhile, in Japan ...

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How the fark do they manage to clear something like that?!

(read awe, admiration...and not a little trepidation into the tone of the words)

Lots of dozers and bowers, apparently.
/I was hoping for a really big machine, Japan style


That was a cool (so to speak...) read, thanks
 
2018-01-03 02:08:38 PM  

lindalouwho: skinink: When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.

Not an inch, one tenth of an inch.
But they had freezing rain beforehand, so I'd imagine roads were slick.


I'm not buying it. These "tenths of a inch" are like some kind of mythical beast like unicorns or a Detroit Tigers superbowl ring.

Fractions of an inch are measured as fractions. If they said they had received 3/32" I'd believe it.
 
2018-01-03 02:12:57 PM  

phalamir: Also, this is not a condition Florida is used to.  They have not had any chance to develop any experience driving on that type of road conditions.

/Live in SE KY
//From N FL
/// My family have now had more snow this winter than I have.


Well, many of the people who live in Florida are retired from "up north."  They've driven in and dealt with snow and ice before.
 
2018-01-03 02:29:40 PM  
I've lived in Chicago almost my whole life and am used to snow, ice and cold. I take the garbage out when it's 10 degrees wearing only a pair of shorts and shoes. Won't put on a hat until it hits zero and gloves are for when it's -10 and I'm pumping gas. I know how to drive on snow and ice and the only time I ever slipped into a ditch was because the person in front of me downshifted instead of braking so I had no warning that they were slowing down.

I watch people from the southern US freak out when there are only two snowflakes falling and I think about the winter we took a bunch of foreign exchange students to Wisconsin. Kids from southern Italy, Brazil, Ecuador, Egypt who had never seen snow except on TV and movies. They loved it! Snowball fights, sledding, building snowmen, learning to ski. It was magical. Sure, the cold was a surprise but they quickly adjusted. Our boy from Italy asked if he could try using our snowblower so I showed him how it worked. He had so much fun he asked if it would be OK if he did the neighbor's driveway. I told him to go for it and went inside. 2 hours later he was back, face red, nose running and grinning from ear to ear, proudly telling how he cleaned a dozen driveways, sidewalks and even the street in front of the mailboxes.

Snow is going to happen, it does every year in almost the entire country. Accept it, prepare yourself, don't panic, be careful and, occasionally, try to look at it through more innocent eyes and you might learn to appreciate its wonder.
 
2018-01-03 02:40:25 PM  
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Been trying to tell you folks to clean up your act.  Now you have really screwed the weather machine
 
2018-01-03 02:40:55 PM  
Mouren:

Awesome. Thank you.

/lernt something new today
 
2018-01-03 03:02:14 PM  

Mouren: Remember Floridians, the yellow snow isn't for eating.


Richard Saunders: Mouren:

Awesome. Thank you.

/lernt something new today

 
2018-01-03 03:18:41 PM  
Reminds me of when my late wife and I were living in Austin, TX. Every 3-4 years, we'd get somewhere between 1'8" and 1/4" of snow - HUUUUGGGEEE drifts, y'know, and no one could remember that far back in history. The city would literally shut down, schools, everything, and half the people would be doing 5mph, and the other half still trying to do 80. And all they had to put on the roads was ashes.

I'd laugh myself silly. My late wife, having lived a few years in north Texas, could drive in it, but didn't care to, so she declared me to be the Designated Yankee.
 
2018-01-03 03:40:48 PM  

steklo: I don't care what anyone says. Driving on ice is treacherous.

4 wheel drive does not always mean, 4 wheel stop.


At least in the snow you have control. You have no control on ice unless you have metal studs or chained tires.
 
2018-01-03 03:43:14 PM  

phalamir: lindalouwho: skinink: When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.

Not an inch, one tenth of an inch.
But they had freezing rain beforehand, so I'd imagine roads were slick.

Also, this is not a condition Florida is used to.  They have not had any chance to develop any experience driving on that type of road conditions.

/Live in SE KY
//From N FL
/// My family have now had more snow this winter than I have.


You're right, but I lived in St.Pete for a few years, and their sudden intense 15 minute rainstorms every day caused lots of hydroplaning.
I spun around 3 times once (luckily wasn't in an accident), never did that on snow or ice.
 
2018-01-03 03:44:52 PM  

MythDragon: fsufan: lindalouwho: skinink: When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.

Not an inch, one tenth of an inch.
But they had freezing rain beforehand, so I'd imagine roads were slick.

^^^ This ^^^
I woke up to ice on the car this morning.  Had to scrape it off with a scraper I keep in the trunk that I bought after visiting some friends up north one Christmas.

Handy tip. If you have ice on your windshield, get a pitcher of very hot water. Boiling from the stove. And pour that all over your windshield. Very soon you won't have any ice obscuring your vision.
Ever again.


You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.
 
2018-01-03 03:48:34 PM  

Spikescape: lindalouwho: skinink: When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.

Not an inch, one tenth of an inch.
But they had freezing rain beforehand, so I'd imagine roads were slick.

I'm not buying it. These "tenths of a inch" are like some kind of mythical beast like unicorns or a Detroit Tigers superbowl ring.

Fractions of an inch are measured as fractions. If they said they had received 3/32" I'd believe it.


Your profile says you break shiat for a living. Many have tried, but the metric system is unbreakable.
 
2018-01-03 03:49:23 PM  
*wishes I could see the headscratching*
 
2018-01-03 03:52:28 PM  

germ78: steklo: I don't care what anyone says. Driving on ice is treacherous.

4 wheel drive does not always mean, 4 wheel stop.

At least in the snow you have control. You have no control on ice unless you have metal studs or chained tires.


Back in the 80s there was one year when we had many feet of snow, total. The next summer, a whole bunch of guys went out and bought 4x4 trucks with snow plow attachments, figuring they were going to pay for the truck by plowing snow. The following winter, there was very little snow but a lot of freezing rain (also known as ice). The guys in the 4x4s would go flying down the road like "WAHOOO! I'M INVINCIBLE!" only to spin out and end up in a ditch. It was a very good winter for tow truck operators.
 
2018-01-03 05:18:15 PM  

lindalouwho: MythDragon: fsufan: lindalouwho: skinink: When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.

Not an inch, one tenth of an inch.
But they had freezing rain beforehand, so I'd imagine roads were slick.

^^^ This ^^^
I woke up to ice on the car this morning.  Had to scrape it off with a scraper I keep in the trunk that I bought after visiting some friends up north one Christmas.

Handy tip. If you have ice on your windshield, get a pitcher of very hot water. Boiling from the stove. And pour that all over your windshield. Very soon you won't have any ice obscuring your vision.
Ever again.

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.


I consider a myself a teacher of science.
 
2018-01-03 05:32:24 PM  

UtileDysfunktion: germ78: steklo: I don't care what anyone says. Driving on ice is treacherous.

4 wheel drive does not always mean, 4 wheel stop.

At least in the snow you have control. You have no control on ice unless you have metal studs or chained tires.

Back in the 80s there was one year when we had many feet of snow, total. The next summer, a whole bunch of guys went out and bought 4x4 trucks with snow plow attachments, figuring they were going to pay for the truck by plowing snow. The following winter, there was very little snow but a lot of freezing rain (also known as ice). The guys in the 4x4s would go flying down the road like "WAHOOO! I'M INVINCIBLE!" only to spin out and end up in a ditch. It was a very good winter for tow truck operators.


Yep... When I was living in Ohio and there were snowy/icy conditions on the road, there was always some asshat in a big truck or SUV flying past everyone in the fast lane while the rest of the cars were cautiously crawling along the other two lanes.  And 9 times out of 10, about 5 miles down the road, you'd see them stuck in a ditch or down a ravine with their hazard lights on, standing beside their vehicles looking sheepish.

/Ice doesn't care if you have 4 wheel drive
 
2018-01-03 06:01:41 PM  

lindalouwho: phalamir: lindalouwho: skinink: When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.

Not an inch, one tenth of an inch.
But they had freezing rain beforehand, so I'd imagine roads were slick.

Also, this is not a condition Florida is used to.  They have not had any chance to develop any experience driving on that type of road conditions.

/Live in SE KY
//From N FL
/// My family have now had more snow this winter than I have.

You're right, but I lived in St.Pete for a few years, and their sudden intense 15 minute rainstorms every day caused lots of hydroplaning.
I spun around 3 times once (luckily wasn't in an accident), never did that on snow or ice.


Phoenicians (the ones in Arizona, not the ancient ones) do incredibly stupid things when it starts raining. They keep going 85 on the freeways in town, until one of the '98 Honda Civics with no tread on the tires starts hydroplaning, hits two more cars, and shuts down the I-10 westbound or the US-60 eastbound. That's when ALL traffic in the Valley of The Sun slows to 35 because they have to take the surface streets if they want to get home before Tomorrow-thirty.

I had to set aside a good chunk of "discretionary" (read "vodak and casino") money from a few paychecks, and dropped the money on some really good Bridgestone all-seasons for up here in the mountains of Arizona. I've got good tread, and with Electronic Stability Control, ABS, and anti-skid, my Camry actually drives better in winter conditions than my 4x4 Subaru. It's actually impressive how good software helps control your car better than dumb luck. I miss my Subie for the ground clearance here in the mountains, but I love how a computer can help me at least a little from making a bonehead mistake. And I'm glad I didn't buy two dedicated winter tires instead because we've had ZERO precipitation since September. It's cold, but we're gearing up for a forest fire up here because it's so damn dry.

My house up here at 7200 feet was 39 degrees at 6:00 yesterday. It was the same at my sister's house in Williston, Florida. That's nuts.
 
2018-01-03 07:08:03 PM  
This is a difficult thread. Florida passed New York in population due to baby boomers retiring, etc., so I'm wondering why we have so many Yankees who can't drive in a bit of snow here? Is it because of the flip-flops?

/native Floridian
//why would you live anywhere where weather makes a difference about what you do day-to-day?
///no, I don't wear socks.
 
2018-01-03 07:50:05 PM  

frisbee3: This is a difficult thread. Florida passed New York in population due to baby boomers retiring, etc., so I'm wondering why we have so many Yankees who can't drive in a bit of snow here? Is it because of the flip-flops?

/native Floridian
//why would you live anywhere where weather makes a difference about what you do day-to-day?
///no, I don't wear socks.


Why would we?
Variety is the spice of life, yo.
 
2018-01-04 01:50:34 AM  
Didn't read the comments, so probably already said before.

As someone from central Illinois living in central Florida, 0.1 inches of snow here is enough to keep me of the roads due to the number of people who have no idea how to drive in such conditions and no city preparation for ice on roads.
 
2018-01-04 02:42:22 AM  

steklo: I've also heard to carry a bag of kitty litter too.


and remember to leave kitty at home.
 
2018-01-04 02:47:05 AM  

EyeHaveRisen:

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Been trying to tell you folks to clean up your act.  Now you have really screwed the weather machine


Wow, manbearpig has gotten fat.
 
2018-01-04 11:16:20 AM  
CoysOdie:
Wow, manbearpig

DRINK!

has gotten fat.

If AL GORE! is wrong because he's "fat", what does that say about the Flim Flam Führer?
 
2018-01-04 01:35:26 PM  
As others have mentioned, the real issue is that FL lacks any equipment to deal with colder temperatures.

Cities don't have road salt nor equipment to spread it with.   Airports don't have deicing equipment.  Many buildings here don't even have heat. The last two places I worked lacked central heat.  Similarly, you can't buy real winter clothes in stores in Florida.   They just don't carry them.

Considering it's probably been ~30-35 years since it's been this cold here, there's no reason to bother with it.  Even up north they have "snow days" where much of the city shuts down due to weather conditions.

/I fired up a stack of decommissioned servers running BOINC last night to help heat this office.  Worked pretty good.
 
2018-01-04 10:18:14 PM  

frisbee3: This is a difficult thread. Florida passed New York in population due to baby boomers retiring, etc., so I'm wondering why we have so many Yankees who can't drive in a bit of snow here? Is it because of the flip-flops?

/native Floridian
//why would you live anywhere where weather makes a difference about what you do day-to-day?
///no, I don't wear socks.


Because the old farks are blind, belligerent and DGAF anymore. Most of them shouldn't be driving.

Floridas weather is wacky. It is sunny and raining at the same time. In the winter we get drowned in rain and in the summer we do even more. It gets cold, down below freezing and then warms up by lunch or its hot and muggy all the time. Most of Florida would be miserable without AC or modern conveniences.

If you want stable reliable weather, move to SoCal.
 
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