Friday, December 8, 2017

Snow. It wasn't supposed to happen this early.



The weather outfits on the Atlanta stations told everyone yesterday that there were  three models, and nobody knew which one was going to happen. The scenario where we actually got snow for two days was judged to be the least probable. So, nobody went to the store.  But it snowed hard last night in North Georgia. The scanners are full of people who tried to make it to town this morning,  went over the embankment, went across the median, hit trees down across the road.  The Sheriff's Department is out rescueing the elderly who are stuck along the road in their cars. There are many of them. A lot of the people who moved up here from Florida still aren't quite with the program when the word comes down it may snow here.

The number of inches of snow forecast is always for our airfield. That's in a valley. If you live another 400 or 500 feet up, you are going to get more snow. There are still plenty of people who don't realize this and then wind up appalled when they get a lot more snow than they planned on.  Not to mention the fact that the weather forecasts here are almost always way off the mark.




 So far Atlanta has snow but it's not sticking. We have maybe three inches or so outside.  Our problem in this county is that we have two 1960's era dump trucks and not much else to cope with snow.  The wreckers are making a fortune today.









We aren't planning on going anywhere til this melts off, which is supposed to be on Monday.  The power has already been going in and out, from the scanners it seems the main problem is that this is wet, heavy snow and it's pulling trees down on the power lines. That's par for the course.



By dark this evening, Atlanta is going to be in bad shape.  The "Snowmeggedon" event of 2014 caused some changes down there, and they have more salt and more snow plows, but people here just don't do well in snow.  I'm glad I'm not going to be involved in that.

It's tough when it snows in Atlanta:





Should be a fairly calm weekend, since we can't get out.  Unless, of course, the power goes down and stays down, then we'll have to go on the generator.  That is not fun.  The racket it makes drives me crazy, and the stink seems to get in the house , no matter what.

32 comments:

  1. It snowed down here in deep south Texas as well. The last time was Christmas Day, 2004. Just a touch of it, and its already melted off but an extremely rare occurence down here. A momentous day indeed !

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    1. My wife has a lot of family in Mississippi. We watched that storm come across the whole South, surprised me that Texas and Louisiana got snow. I wish it had already melted up here, I just went out and checked, and there's no melting going on yet. It'll be dark in five hours, and then it will all freeze again. I may not be going anywhere for awhile.

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  2. Thanks, Harry...that Hitler skit made my day. Our new UPS driver must be from Atlanta....he refused to come down our driveway with 1/2 inch frozen snow on it, lol. People retire here when they see it in the summer....and then winter comes with feet of snow....ha ha ha. Weeds them out real fast.

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    1. Tewshooz, I thought that was pretty funny. That "snowmeggedon" in Atlanta was pretty horrible for a lot of people. Some of them really were stuck in traffic for more than 16 hours, and lots of kids were stuck on school buses out in the cold overnight. The Mayor caught hell for that, and they spent a lot of money on new brine making machines and brine storage. I guess it went ok down there this time, although I think it was more because people kept their kids out of school and stayed home from work than it was the Mayor's new "snow emergency committee."

      I'm stuck up here right now, no way to get down off the mountain. Nothing will be coming in, our UPS guy couldn't get up the old county road, let alone to my gate. But if he can get out here as far as our county road, the old man who lives at the foot of the mountain will get my packages for me. I have some "Omaha Steaks" coming in tomorrow, I have a feeling they'll get left off down there. :-(

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  3. lol, the weatherfools got them again. here its supposed to start snowing tonight at midnight. somebody didn't get the am/pm correct. its been snowing since noon, and i'm at work on the wrong side of the mountain. oh well, that's why i pack extra clothes.....

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    1. That's what scuppered me. Most of the weather reports out of Atlanta were that this was going to be a non-event. So I didn't really worry much and it wasn't until I got up Friday morning and saw everything covered with snow, and more coming down, that I started getting things done I should have done before there was any snow at all.

      It's Monday afternoon now, and there's no melting going on. I hope you made it home ok.

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  4. Three inches ??!! Here in the U P of Michigan we call that a heavy frost !! Watch Rusty Chevrolet by Da Yoopers to see how to drive in real snow.--ken

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    1. Ken it doesn't sound like much to people from up your way. Our problem is lack of equipment, lack of funds for snow clearing, and lack of expertise. The other problem is that it snows, covers the dirt tracks a lot of us live on, and then freezes solid. Since the mountains are pretty steep, seems like you either can't get up the hill, or can't stop once you start rolling down the hill. About all we can do is wait for it to melt off.

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  5. The snow looks so pretty. I had to laugh at the Hitler video. In Texas, we act the same way if it snows. I am glad M got home safely before the winter weather hit. Hope you have a safe, peaceful weekend. Jana

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    1. Jana, I like those Hitler videos. There are some really funny ones, particularly about Obama.

      Snow is pretty and I don't much mind being snowed in as long as the power stays on. But this wet, heavy snow brought down trees all over the county, and that pulled down the telephone and power lines. Even when you can stay warm, it's not fun sitting in a house by candles and just waiting for the power to come back on. M has a little head set that she uses to read, but I can't get used to having a light on my head like that.

      It was safe, and peaceful. The power went out about one in the afternoon on Friday and came back on just before noon on Sunday, and that part of it wasn't fun because my generator conked out. We made it through ok though. The power is back on and we are just waiting for it to thaw enough for us to get off the mountain for a bit.

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  6. Even people up here in West Virginia seem to lose all sense when the roads turn white. The main thing is that they think they can still drive the speed limit and reach their destination.

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    1. We have locals, who grew up here and have four wheel drives, and they can get along ok. Then we have people who are part time residents, or just moved here. They drive slowly for the most part, but they can't cope with the fact that the roads are all either going up hill or going down slope. Either way, snow and ice make it rough. Best to just stay home if you can. But this time, the weather forecast really didn't give any inkling that we would get so much snow, so fast. As a result, when it started snowing a lot of people tried to get into town for supplies, or medicine, or whatever. Lots of cars in the ditch, over the embankment, etc. The Sheriff's Department and the wrecker services (of which we have three) couldn't begin to keep up.

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  7. My lovely wife flew all the way to Houston TX to be greeted with a snowstorm. She could have stayed home for that.

    I've run into snowstorms in the south. While I have good tires and know how to drive in it, almost nobody else does. I take a hotel room and hunker down until the wrecks are removed from the highway.

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    1. Sorry your wife rain into snow in Texas. What are the odds of that?

      The best thing to do when it snows here is exactly what you do. Stay off the roads, and wait it out. Most of the South is not very well equipped to deal with snow, and most drivers here lack experience and expertise in driving in it.

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  8. Your picture shows a bit less snow than we've had in the only two snowfalls this year. They're getting snow over 7500', but we get zip.

    I know you're well prepared, and it's great you don't have to go out.

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    1. Dr. Jim. We wound up getting a good bit more snow on Saturday. I was surprised at how much. We were in good shape supply wise. The generator went down, I'm pretty sure the cause was diesel I had stored too long, additives not withstanding. That took a lot of my communications equipment out and made things pretty boring until the power came back on later Sunday morning.

      We are still snowed in but waiting for the mountain to thaw enough that we can get out.

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  9. Harry,

    The type of weather that you just had is the usual weather that we have here at this time of the year. It's been weird, being extremely warm and during this storm, it melted off as it hit the ground here in the Appalachian foothills.

    The past few winters have been extremely warm here. But I don't believe in "global warming" crap. We dodged a bullet this time. It is what it is.


    Don from West by GOD Virginia

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    1. Don, this wasn't as big a snow storm as we use to get years ago, as least as far as I can remember, but it will do until something better comes along! We have a lot of snow out there right now, and it's not melting although later in the afternoon it may warm up enough for some of it to go away. Just waiting it out now.

      I'm glad you didn't get hit hard up there in West Virginia.

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  10. I love looking at the snow photos.....we are receiving downpours right now here in Florida. Then the temps are supposed to drop into the low 40s tonight. Will spend the day preparing the barns for maximum warmth for the critters.

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    1. THF, I like snow when I know it's coming and have time to be all ready for it before it starts. This time, I woke up, there was snow already on the ground and more falling, and I had to jump through some hoops and wickets really quickly. But it ended up ok. Power was out from about 1 on Friday until about 10 on Sunday, but we made it without any real difficulty. Still snowed in, but may be able to get off the mountain by Tuesday with any luck.

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  11. Pretty simple really. You get snow 5 days out of 365 it is an oddity and not something planned for. You get snow 180 days out of 365 it is included in your annual planning

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    1. Paul, very true. We have some local folks who are four wheel drive aficionados, and they can go just about everywhere. But the vast majority of people here these days either drive pick up trucks or passenger sedans, and on those rare occasions when we get an appreciable amount of snow, havoc reigns on the roads. Especially if the snow falls on a social security payment day, when the legions of the elderly sally forth to the pharmacy and the grocery store, come hell or high water.

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    1. I thought a little levity might brighten up what might otherwise appear to be a post on the whiny side. :-)

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  13. Crowofthedead says:
    Hey Harry! We got crushed with snow up in Asheville...funny thing is they didn't think this storm was likely to produce much snow...it has been snowing for a day and a half
    ...hope you are well...

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    1. Crowofthedead, that's exactly what happened here. The Atlanta weather channels just kind of blew the storm off, so I didn't pay much attention. Then I woke up to snow on the ground, snow coming down, and none of the things on the pre snow storm checklist done!

      We lost power Friday afternoon, lost the generator shortly after that, and the power was out until Sunday about 10:00. We got by ok, most of our essential systems don't need electricity to function, but it was still a crashing bore. Sitting in the house, twidding my thumbs and wondering when the power would come back on. Not my normal routine.

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    1. Even the mighty Achilles had his heel. Georgia isn't equipped for snow, we lack the appropriate vehicles, like plows, and we have virtually zero expertise in dealing with snow. Best to just fort up and stay off the roads, and hope they get the power back on soon . ;-)

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  15. Funny how with all their techno-science meteorologists are still so much in the dark. Yet we can get forecasts in hourly increments if we so choose! Anyway, the snow made for some pretty pictures, didn't it? Ours is melting pretty fast and I hope yours is too.

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    1. Leigh, it's Monday now, about 12:30 in the afternoon. The snow outside isn't melting at all yet! It's still not above freezing, though the Atlanta stations say it will hit 50 just before dark (when it will plummet back into the low twenties). M and I are just waiting it out, we are snowed in and there's no way we are getting out to the hard surface road because we can't get down the mountain trail.

      Oh,well.

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  16. Isn't it always amazing how people think they need to go out in storms. I understand those who 'have to' but if you don't, just stay home. Even those chickens like to stay close to home... or are they waiting for a little snack ;^)

    No snow here (yet)... it is back on the mountains but what little we did get has long since melted. Lots of rain and now the ground is frozen good. Big difference from last year.

    Hope your power stays put and you don't have to run generators. Seems a little early in the season to have to do that already, but then again, it is just about the first day of winter.

    Stay safe & warm!
    ~hobo

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    1. Hobo, we are still sitting up here waiting for the snow to melt. The Jeep trail down the mountain is really steep, and twisty windy. I dare not try to go down it while the ice is still there, and the sun never shines down into the ravine the trail goes through. It could be a long wait.

      You are exactly right, the chickens are waiting there by the shop for me to come feed them. I pour their corn out where there's no snow.

      Alas, the power went out almost immediately after I put up this post, and stayed out until late Sunday morning. I fired up the generator, but the fuel was too old, and so it conked out. Because I didn't really believe the storm was coming, I didn't flush the tank and put new fuel in it.

      Still, we heat with propane systems that don't use electricity, and we had plenty of food, water, etc. so it wasn't so bad.

      Now we are just waiting for it to melt off so we can get off the mountain.

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