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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Big Storm coming

Looks like we are in for some bad weather in spades this week, starting tonight and running through Tuesday. I expect the power to go once the ice starts, so I'll see everyone on the other side of "Neptune". When the power goes, the internet goes down in town and it won't come back on until they get around to fixing the "stations" that extend the DSL out into the hinterland here.

Temperatures near zero ( or below if you count wind chill) starting tonight. Up to six inches of snow by late Sunday night or early Monday morning.  Not much compared to the feet of snow up North but enough given our paucity of snow clearing equipment and way below freezing temperatures.

I'm about ready for it. All I have left to do is move the vehicles to the church on the hard surface road a few miles from here. Then we'll see how it goes.


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  1. Good grief, Harry.....you are getting typical Minnesota winter weather. Stay safe and most importantly - warm.

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    1. I have a bad feeling about this storm. I hope I'm wrong but it has all the earmarks of trouble. The radio is warning about losing power because the ice will pull down trees. They are also urging people to get out to the store today and not wait til tomorrow. Those are harbingers of doom here.

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  2. I can't think of anyone who is more prepared for this sort of weather than you.
    Glad to know you have back ups for back ups and that your daughter is safely back to her home. Enjoy getting reacquainted with your library!
    Strelsi

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  3. Strelsi, we should be ok. It's just inconvenient. I don't mind snow, but all this "snow, ice, sleet mix then long term freezing" is bad news. Is Neptune messing with you folks out in the High Desert? I can't remember if it's one of those that come all the way across the country dealing out misery.

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    1. We in the Oregon High Desert are high and dry. You guys are getting our snow storms, as we have had none all winter. In fact, days are almost balmy. Any snow, ice or whatever you don't want, send it out our way. Hope you keep your power and hunker down.

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    2. I'd be glad to give that weather back, believe me! It's 12 degrees outside here now, about 9:30 in the morning on Sunday. Snow and ice moving in tonight after dark. Atlanta is already putting out the brine and salt, trying to prevent the wholesale grid lock that happened during the January storm. Terrific wind last night, I'm about to go down the trail and see if it is blocked again. Already had to cut one tree out of the road Friday.

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  4. Dang! You are having a northern winter at your place. I'm having trouble with a few cool days in FL. Real winter would knock me off my feet. Sad thing for a northern mountain boy. Heath issues caught up with me.

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    1. This one will be nasty, and there's another storm following it in next weekend. So far, so good. No frozen pipes, no damage other than a few shakes off the roof. The very cold air is enervating in the extreme, it just sucks the life and energy out of you. I wish I was in Florida right now.

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  5. And how do you get to those vehicles once the snow's down?

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    1. I walk to the church once the road melts off. I live on a mountain top, and the trail down the mountain to the old forest service road stays in the shade, no sun light on it this time of year. If I leave the vehicles up here, I may wind up stranded for a week, waiting for a melt off, while the paved roads are clear. So I park at the church. The hard surface road gets sunshine, and melts off in relatively short order. Walking from the church to the house is a long trek, but there's no real alternative.

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  6. started here in the U P last night. now 6 below and 17 mph wind. just went over 200" of snow for the season. not as bad as last winter though. hang in there harry--ken

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    1. We don't get anywhere near that kind of snow, but when we do get snow it's pretty tough to get around, as we can't clear the roads. We just wait for the sun to melt the snow and ice, with the exception of one big road that comes through one corner of the county. Winters are a bigger pain than they used to be 30 years ago.

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  7. Harry, Stay safe & warm. I don't doubt that you are prepared in almost every which way.

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    1. Well, everything you can do in advance, and by way of planning, we've done. The things that you can't control, like snow and ice closing the way off the mountain, or the power going out when trees fall on the lines, we will just have to ride out.

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  8. We're already under it here and it's bad. Take care, my friend.

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    1. I was watching the Atlanta news channel this morning on the satellite tv. It looks grim. If Atlanta gets five inches, no telling what will happen up here. Should start coming down hard tonight. We'll see how it goes.

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  9. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    any way you all can move to Texas???

    We got cold beer, warm air and hot women.

    We got millions of tons of Armadillo paste too.

    "Hell Brian Williams even fought at the Alamo with Davy Crockett"

    Our idea of freezing temps is in the mid-30's. The Mosquitoes down here have de-icing fluid and they never use any???

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    1. I know it's nice down on the Gulf Coast. This is one of those times where it's a better place to be than the mountains. In summer, it's cooler up here though, so I guess it all evens out.

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  10. The storm has been downgraded here in AL, just tonight. Maybe it won't be as bad at your place, either. Trees down on the lines is something I always dread, too.

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    1. The forecast is getting worse here. Maybe they will be wrong, the weather people are always careful to say the models are still changing.

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  11. Stay safe sir. Hope it turns out to be less than it promises.

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  12. Stay safe sir. Hope it turns out to be less than it promises.

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  13. the wind here last night was a nightmare. suppose to get down near zero as well. And snow is in the forcast for Monday evening. Kids are excited about that. glad some one is.. : )

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  14. I hate to say it, but we are having the warmest February on record in the rockies. Very strange. Everyone around here is concerned that the fruit trees will blossom early and then we will get the late freeze. Hunker down there Harry! --Troy

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  15. Stay safe!

    It's been cold here in Nebraska. We didn't get hammered with snow like some places did. Just 7". That's nothing compared to other places. Right after it snowed there was a day where it got up to 50 degrees. Most of the snow melted.

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  16. Harry,

    I hope you an your Sweet Wife stay warm and safe.
    We had all kinds of winds, and some snow with ice come through. As fast as it came through, it left.

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