“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The sun will be up soon.

I went on to bed about three but I got back up.  I can hear the sleet coming down on the roof, that's how hard it's falling.  Went back out on the porch, and the snow has blown in under the roof and gotten right up next to the door.

Watching Fox 5 in Atlanta,  the prognosis has gotten worse.  The Governor, Nathan Deal, has got the National Guard out, but they are only functioning around Atlanta.  The Governors of Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida have sent road equipment up here, and supplies of salt and sand.  The news says we have 357 trucks statewide with this help. None of it will get far out of the city limits of Atlanta, you can bet on that. I have been listening to our two dump trucks talking to each other on the EMS frequency.  They are , not surprisingly, out clearing the big road and the roads around where the wealthy people live.  We won't see either of them anywhere around my part of the county.   There are power outages around Atlanta and east of it. We have power company crews from Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama and Virginia here to help. Interestingly, though we sent Georgia crews to Pennsylvania the last time they had big outages, they have declined to reciprocate now that we are on the spot.

No power problems here yet.  As long as it stays mostly sleet and snow, maybe we will scrape by.  Fox 5 is saying we may get a foot of snow or more up here. It will take a while for that melt.  However, so far the county seems to be doing ok. Some trees down, some ice on roads. Unfortunately, as they keep saying on the news, this will last until at least Thursday night. It will get a whole lot worse before it gets any better.

I'm putting these chronological weather reports on here so I can go back after this is over, watch them again, and then see what I could have done that I didn't do.  I don't expect many people will be interested in them but I use the blog for record keeping among other things.


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13 comments:

  1. Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I just watched the local weather, it will be sunny and 56 today in my area. The temp. is up to 80 degrees on Monday.

    Mother nature does not mess with Texas (yeah' we still get hurricanes, fires, floods, droughts, tornadoes, ice storms, sandstorms, snowstorms, and the occasional nearby meteor strike every 65 million years or so, we just shrug it off. We are Texans)

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    1. You folks have had your share of dirty weather this past few months but it does seem you just shrug it off. We can handle tornadoes, hurricane remnants, drought, forest fires, massive thunderstorms. Those are all normal. We can handle normal snow. But this freezing rain thing scares us. The Governor said Georgians are resilient people and we are, but we don't like "new experiences" like this. Especially after so much very cold weather, and so much snow already. People are getting worn down and their pocket books are getting emptied. No help for it. Like the French say, "march or die."

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    2. Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      We also get freezing rain. In Texas we just slam our cars into each other. No big deal. When the power goes out we just break out with candles and burn our houses down and call Fema for help afterwards and blame it on an act of god.
      Texans are really, really good at driving 85 miles an hour or more on open roads throughout the state so when road conditions get really, really bad, we just drive even faster and faster than that, if you don't have any liability insurance and can't speak English.
      We have enough ambulance chasing lawyers in Texas to feed China for a month if the lawyers were all processed into Soylent Green.

      Soylent Green is Lawyers!

      (I really miss Charleston Heston, he had some great lines. Soylent Green is People. Damn them, Damn them all to hell, from Planet of the Apes and others)

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  2. Snow got here about 45mins ago. Big flakes, coming hard too.

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    1. Just got up, about a quarter to three here. Still snowing in North Georgia. Still sleeting and freezing rain down in the middle of the state. 200,000 customers without power in Ga right now. The web cams on the roads have huge icicles hanging off of them.

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  3. In Pennsylvania's defense, all their electrical crews are still out working on the outages (700,000) from last weeks ice storm, and they will be getting what you are getting now later today and tomorrow. In my corner of MD, power was out three days last week and several hours yesterday (with no weather issue).

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    1. Well, that makes me feel better about it. Fox should have told that, because it sounded like they just declined to help us. They probably should have sent a token force anyway though, because people are sensitive to such issues here. I appreciate your letting me know that.

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  4. Harry I pray that you and other bloggers stay safe and warm. This winter has got to be a wake up call to so many folks, but alas, the alarm clock is ringing and folks just pull the blankets over their heads and so back to dreams of sunny skies, and a trouble free world.

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    1. There are going to be a lot of cold people. In the countryside, people have multiple heat systems. But in cities, especially apartments, if the power goes out they have nothing. Overall things are going better than the fiasco a couple of weeks ago though, because people are staying off the roads.

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  5. Hope you manage to keep your power Harry, stay safe.

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    1. If I do seems like I'll be the exception. Our part of the state has mostly gotten snow, lots of it, and sleet. It's the center and southern part of the state that is getting hit hard. Power failures are rampant, but we have some help from other Southern states. Unfortunately, the ice cripples the repair crews just like it does all the emergency services.

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  6. My niece in Roswell just sent a text she's staying inside and working from home today. Smart young lady. Throw another log on the fire...and stay safe. We're thinking bout you.

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    1. Has she got power? The electrical grid is going down through the center of the state, as they anticipated.

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