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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:40 PM

So how is everyone doing during the latest snowpocalypse?

Big storm blowing through here and most of Iowa today. High winds and lots of snow. We are not getting as much snow as some other parts of Iowa, but we are getting enough. And boy, is it windy. Brrr. Stay warm everyone.

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Reply So how is everyone doing during the latest snowpocalypse? (Original post)
Bluzmann57 Dec 2012 OP
Warpy Dec 2012 #1
htuttle Dec 2012 #2
shraby Dec 2012 #5
elfin Dec 2012 #3
Siwsan Dec 2012 #4
kestrel91316 Dec 2012 #6
TlalocW Dec 2012 #7
msongs Dec 2012 #8
Cairycat Dec 2012 #9
OswegoAtheist Dec 2012 #10
daschess1987 Dec 2012 #11
47of74 Dec 2012 #12

Response to Bluzmann57 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:42 PM

1. People on another site I'm on who are

across the International Date Line have all been checking in to say the sky isn't on fire yet.

Offhand, I'd say we're fairly safe.

Sucks to be all the people who ran up their credit cards doing that one last spree.

ETA: that storm blew through here yesterday. We didn't get a single lousy flake of snow here in the valley but that icy wind was screaming through all day. Bringing in the empty wheelie bins was a real adventure.

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Response to Bluzmann57 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:46 PM

2. Completely buried in Madison

We might get a foot and a half before this is over tonight.

Then the wind will REALLY kick up...

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Response to htuttle (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:54 PM

5. Raining in Two Rivers WI

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Response to Bluzmann57 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:47 PM

3. Warm pup on my lap

Food for a week that doesn't need power. Wood for the fireplace. Bird feeder full. Snowplow service booked.

Problem trees cut down this summer that may have fallen on power lines on my property.

Computer and laptop fully charged.

Flashlights and candles all over the house.

Bring it on.

But please no really LONG power out. Then will have to survey family and friends for place for me and the dog to visit.

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Response to Bluzmann57 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:54 PM

4. I'm in one of the few places in the eastern 1/3 of the country that's weather warning free

I have never seen a weather map quite like today's. Flint is in the middle of a small, clear patch - from about Bay City, south to the Michigan/Ohio stateline, that has no warnings, watches or advisories. It's 45 and raining. So far, we are only in for about a possible inch of snow, tonight. But, this is Michigan so I put very little faith in weather forecasts. I'm prepared to wake up to almost anything from a foot of snow to sunshine and a balmy breeze.

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Response to Bluzmann57 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:04 PM

6. I'm not happy. My sister and BIL are flying out of Milwaukee tomorrow. Or at least that's the plan.

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Response to Bluzmann57 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:30 PM

7. We had a decent sized snowfall last night

Roads have gotten cleared, etc. which is nice.

I just got done walking in a nearby park in the dark. It's been a while since I lived somewhere relatively closeby where I could go stroll through a large field of snow at night with just trees for company. Too bad I'm still in the middle of a city - the stars weren't as bright as they could be. I shared the experience with a guy walking his three large dogs. We never got closer than 50 feet in our meanderings, which allowed his dogs to become large wolves running through the snow in the dark.

TlalocW

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Response to Bluzmann57 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:56 PM

8. welcome drought relief, right? nt

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Response to Bluzmann57 (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 08:57 AM

9. My husband got stuck last night, had to be towed.

Apparently, if the sheriff's department initiates the tow, it costs more than a regular tow. $107 - ouch.

He normally works until 9, in a building near John Deere's northeast Waterloo site. This is out in a rural area. I probably don't have to paint you a picture of what the roads looked like.

They let them go at 4, but clearly that wasn't early enough. He's a dispatcher for a trucking company.

I think employers who require non-emergency employees to come in when the DOT or police are telling people to stay off roads, should have to bear all costs associated with any problems that causes.

This especially irks me because his job is one that is well-suited for telecommuting.

$107 for a tow, $500 a couple years ago for the deductible when he got hit by a deer, he doesn't get paid enough to have to deal with this crap.

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Response to Bluzmann57 (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 02:45 PM

10. Des Moines - Personally, I'm fine

I'm from Upstate NY, where this is considered an average snowfall. The city seems to be trying its best, but it doesn't seem like they're salting the roads (I don't know if this is a common practice in Iowa or not). There was a power line down a few blocks to my south, but I didn't lose power. I also ended up being one of the few who made it to work.

Oswego "shorts weather" Atheist

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Response to Bluzmann57 (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:56 PM

11. I agree with Grumpy Cat

http://pinterest.com/pin/317855686170287418/

Oops! I thought you were talking about the whole Mayan end of the world apocalypse thingy. My bad.

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Response to Bluzmann57 (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 04:23 PM

12. I was working in the Quad Cities area

I spent the night down there Wednesday and Thursday. Damn good thing I did too instead of trying to get back up north to Dubuque - especially Thursday evening. Getting to the hotel took about an hour, and it was pretty much a whiteout on 80.

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