So, I just drove home in a freak snowstorm... (in Off-topic)

QBBarzooMonkey October 12 2006 10:40 PM EDT

What is normally a 10-15 minute drive home from my mother-in-law's house took well over an hour. There's trees and power lines falling everywhere, must be at least a foot of snow since 3 this afternoon... It's only October, right?

How's the weather where you are ? :P

Flamey October 12 2006 10:42 PM EDT

35 degrees celsius, we're burning down under!

sorry to hear your trip took so long, i feel for you man, i really do :P

RedWolf October 12 2006 10:45 PM EDT

we got snow for the first time this morning, not as much as you (didn't even stick) but still snow nonetheless :-P

QBBarzooMonkey October 12 2006 10:52 PM EDT

The craziest part is that yesterday it was 65 Fahrenheit (18 Celsius) and sunny, and today it's 32 Fahrenheit (1 Celsius) and snowing like mad...

Flamey October 12 2006 10:55 PM EDT

well thats the result of <insert big geographical term> and its effect with the atmosphere :P

i know global warming! see such a big drop :P

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] October 12 2006 11:04 PM EDT

I made it snow yesterday! Happy snowstorm, Mr. Monkey, I'm jealous! :)

QBBarzooMonkey October 12 2006 11:14 PM EDT

I must say, Regan The WonderDog absolutely adores the snow, so we did have a lot of fun playing "catch the snowballs" this evening :)

Maelstrom October 12 2006 11:20 PM EDT

It's unusually warm today: +15C. And rainy most of the day. Normally, it'd be closer to 8C this time of year. Not usually any snow, though. That comes in November ;)

AdminJonathan October 12 2006 11:39 PM EDT

Snow knocking down power lines in October? Crazy.

QBBarzooMonkey October 12 2006 11:57 PM EDT

100,000 customers without power in the area is the latest word - it's a really heavy, wet snow, and since most of the trees still have their leaves, it's pulling down huge tree limbs all over, and the tree limbs are pulling down the power lines... It sounds like shotguns going off when the trees crack...

I keep checking the calendar to make sure I didn't sleep through November, and it's actually December 12th today :P

QBBarzooMonkey October 13 2006 8:42 AM EDT

Well, we're up to 2 feet now, and the weather services are showing a narrow band of continued snow coming off of Lake Erie, right over my town... I'm in one of the only neighborhoods in the area that still has power right now. There's a state of emergency, driving bans, my work is closed... It must be a Friday the 13th thing :P

PirateKing October 13 2006 10:10 AM EDT

And people say I am nuts for living in Florida. I'll take the occasional hurricane instead of blizzards, thank you. ;)

BootyGod October 13 2006 10:14 AM EDT

I miss snow. I love snow but I never around it. Bloody Georgia and its lameness!

Maelstrom October 13 2006 10:16 AM EDT

Nah, blizzards are fun. You get roads closed, work and school cancelled, and piles of snow to play in, all without much damage, and for the most part only unsafe drivers get hurt.

PirateKing October 13 2006 10:18 AM EDT

Mael... you forgot something. Blizzards mean COLD! That trumps all the so-called plusses you listed in my view. :P

Mrs Beee October 13 2006 10:33 AM EDT

Where are you Barzoo? I'm in Central Scotland and the weather today is foggy and an usually high 17 degrees.

Maelstrom October 13 2006 10:44 AM EDT

Ha! In the winter here in Canada, we look forward to snowstorms and blizzards because it means that it gets <i>warmer</i> out! The coldest days (-40C) are when there hasn't been snow in days!

PirateKing October 13 2006 10:49 AM EDT

And I'll be at the beach, sipping a Daiqiri all the while, Maelstrom. Living on the tundra just ain't fer me. ;)

Maelstrom October 13 2006 11:17 AM EDT

And I'll go out snowshoeing though the woods, build a nice fire, and have a hot cup of coffee and Baileys ;)

Maelstrom October 13 2006 11:51 AM EDT

News story says Buffalo has had the first snowstorm of the season, so I guess that's you?

QBBarzooMonkey October 13 2006 1:01 PM EDT

Yep, that's me, Buffalo, NY. :P

Now it's warmed up already and turned to rain, and it's starting to melt already. We'll have flooding by the end of the day.

So many trees have either split or come down or lost major limbs from the weight of the snow on their leaves, that they're saying it could take 2 weeks to clean it all up.

Even with that, I'll take snow over a hurricane or tornado or earthquake or mudslides or wildfires or tsunamis anytime. A couple of days with no power and a couple of weeks clean-up is nothing compared to New Orleans or Biloxi after Katrina, or Indonesia after the tsunami, and I'm really thankful for that :)

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] October 13 2006 1:08 PM EDT

I like playing lotto with my life, I'll take earthquakes any day (I live within 15 miles of no less than 5-6 faultlines here in California)
Truth be told, I'm actually a big hurricane fan, at least sitting happily safe on Maui where they never ever ever do any damage. Random storms tear more roofs off than hurricanes on Maui. Best thing ever though was a wee little 3.3 that happened during my time in school in Hawaii, every other kid bolted terrified under desks and tabled, I sat there and was just starting to have some fun when it ended.

QBOddBird October 13 2006 1:12 PM EDT

I'll take the hurricanes over all of that. =)

Mem October 13 2006 1:38 PM EDT

It's only 85 degrees (Fahrenheit, of course) here. Brrrr. I don't envy you New Yorkers.

InebriatedArsonist October 13 2006 1:49 PM EDT

And I'll go out snowshoeing though the woods, build a nice fire, and have a hot cup of coffee and Baileys ;)

-What, no Jameson?

It's only 85 degrees (Fahrenheit, of course) here. Brrrr. I don't envy you New Yorkers.

-Snow is wonderful, Mem. I hope you'll realize that one day.

Maelstrom October 13 2006 3:19 PM EDT

<i>What, no Jameson?</i><P>

Baileys goes well with coffee. Whiskey must be consumed neat. But yes, we'd often bring a flask of something ;)

Mem October 13 2006 3:23 PM EDT

I had over 20 years to realize how much I dislike snow, IA. I don't think I'll be changing my mind any time soon...

th00p October 17 2006 3:00 PM EDT

Barzoo is in Buffalo? I could have sworn he was one of those weird Europeans... Nice to know he's at least in the same state

Hyrule Castle October 17 2006 3:12 PM EDT

well the weather outside is frightful... and my dear...something something.. ightful.... something something do do do doe... let it snow let it snow let it snow!!!

Karmic Mishap [Soup Ream] October 17 2006 11:13 PM EDT

Snow is nature telling me to freeze to death. =P
Glad I don't have to deal with much of that in New Mexico. ^^;;

NotSuitablForChildren [Yeeeaahh.................] October 18 2006 5:23 AM EDT

I have grown up in michigan, so I have always hated snow, and even now that I am a driver for papa john's I still thought I hated it. But there is something magical about snow... Since it has rained almost everyday for almost 3 months snow is a welcome change of pace. Not that we have been getting snow like buffulo NY. I heard at one point last year that they got 18 feet overnight last year! That is crazy!!! But not too outrageous considering that 12" of snow is 1" of rain, and buffalo ny is notorious for snowstorms. The most I have ever seen is 39' overnight. BTW did they pay you for time lost at your job?

Maelstrom October 18 2006 10:27 AM EDT

"they got 18 feet overnight last year!"

I highly doubt it. We don't get anything like that even here in Canada, and you know we all live in igloos in the arctic.

The most I've heard of in a single storm is 1-2 meters. Take a look at some google images

QBBarzooMonkey October 18 2006 11:49 AM EDT

You may be thinking of Christmas Eve, 2003 - we got 7.5 feet in 24 hours, which broke all kinds of records, including Thanksgiving 2001, which was the last really early "freak" Lake Effect Snowstorm we've had.

Last winter was actually very mild, and we broke our own record for least snowfall...

Today, the temperatures are in the mid 60s (Fahrenheit), and there is no sign that snow ever happened. However, at least 50% of the trees in Buffalo and the surrounding suburbs are heavily damaged, and tens of thousands are still without power. I've got some pictures I'm going to upload when I get a chance...
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