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Title: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2005, 11:19:00 AM
DC's first snow of the season!

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Area Braces for Season's First Snow Storm...the truly cautious weren't taking chances yesterday...At hardware stores across the region...shoppers loaded their baskets with salt and shovels...Youngsters were having visions of a snow day and construction of snowmen, snowwomen and snowchildren...forecasters expected that snow could start to fall "in earnest" as early as 11 a.m...By the time the storm ends tomorrow morning parts of those areas could be under as much as eight inches of snow...

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We have high confidence that there is going to be a swath of accumulating snow across the region," Brotherton said. "It's a little tricky to pinpoint where."

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Late last night, uncertainty about timing and amounts also remained. In a printed explanation of its forecast, the Weather Service said a sharp dividing line was expected between areas of heavy snow and areas of light snow.

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At Home Depot in Waldorf, people were shopping for big-ticket items even before noon, said Charles Gilbert, assistant store manager of operations. "We've sold about four or five of the snow throwers," he said. "They range from $99 to $800. It depends on the horsepower you want to get."

The Trail Blazer Snow Auger shovel also was selling briskly at $34.99. "That's for people who can't do the snow shoveling. It pushes it to the side," Gilbert said.

Aaand the punchline:

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...SNOW ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 AM EST TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A SNOW ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 AM EST TUESDAY.

LOW PRESSURE DEVELOPING OVER THE GULF STATES WILL TRACK NORTHEASTWARD OVER THE CAROLINAS THIS AFTERNOON..AND THEN WELL EAST OF THE DELMARVA OVERNIGHT TONIGHT. LIGHT SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP LATE THIS MORNING...INCREASE IN INTENSITY THIS AFTERNOON...CONTINUE THIS EVENING BEFORE TAPERING OFF AFTER MIDNIGHT. TOTAL ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED TO BE 2 TO 4 INCHES.

Two to four?!  Come on.

Updates as DC falls into chaos!

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: jreale on December 05, 2005, 11:29:26 AM
A money saving tip from Jody Reale. Instead of a snow blower, use a broom. It works great!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2005, 11:32:42 AM
Well, all quiet here on the Snow in DC front.  Gunmetal skies, and I'm anxiously waiting for the Washington Post's "SNOW BEGINS TO FALL IN THE REGION!!!!" headline.

Saddam is stealing the snow headlines I think.

Washington Times reports that double the road crews are ready.  There's nothing to worry about, they assure us. 

There's a collective tension drifting through the city streets.  All prepare for the coming half an inch.

My office prepares:

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Since we are getting into winter weather, we want to remind staff of the inclement weather policy, B2.13.  Please note that this policy applies to APA employees scheduled to report to work at the APA building on the day the policy is implemented.  This policy does not apply to staff scheduled to work from home or staff scheduled to work at offsite locations not affected by the incident of inclement weather for which the policy is implemented.

EARLY CLOSING/DISMISSAL POLICY - APA does not follow the lead of the Federal government for closing early.  All early closing decisions are made by the CEO in consultation with the CFO and/or the COO.  If the APA building is closed due to inclement weather or an emergency, employees will be granted administrative leave.  Each department is responsible for developing its own "emergency telephone network" (home and business) to facilitate the sharing of information.  Employees who have access to the Internet can check the website for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to determine the operating status of the federal government


NPR: 
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...updates on today's impending inclemency...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2005, 11:33:43 AM
A money saving tip from Jody Reale. Instead of a snow blower, use a broom. It works great!

Especially since we've only gotten enough snow where you can use a snowblower without burning it out five times in my life.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2005, 11:36:27 AM
Here it comes!!  Here it comes!!  Two inches of death!!

First closing announced:

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MARYLAND

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PUBLIC SCHOOLS
• Charles County Public Schools, closing two hours early; afternoon and evening activities canceled.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on December 05, 2005, 11:43:22 AM
You lucky bastards.  It rarely if ever snows down here.

Of course, the benefit to that is .4 inches of snow shuts the entire city down and we get to miss a day of work.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2005, 11:53:14 AM
And do soccer moms battle it out at the grocery store buying bread (perishable) milk (perishable) and toilet paper (non-consumable) in preparation for being snowed in for weeks on end?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2005, 11:57:04 AM
Charles was south of DC, now we'll go north:

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Frederick County Public Schools, closing one hour early; after-school and evening activities canceled.


Snow has yet to show up, though...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: stompakitty on December 05, 2005, 12:24:37 PM
Sunny and  minus 31 here this morning. Bikini season is just aboot over.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on December 05, 2005, 02:04:12 PM
American wusses.

Stopping things for a little snow.

Take heed from Ireland and Scotland. Snow is fun, BUT IT MUST NOT STOP EFFICIENCY!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2005, 02:15:10 PM
Mason-Dixon, Monkey.  The great dividing line of Federal loyalty and ability to cope with cold weather. 

The great irony of America is that the capitol city is located in a hotbed of rebel resentment and hatred.  That rebellion has been watered down by a century and a half of material wealth which is directly related to the availability of snow shovels and supermarkets in the winter months.

It is my firm belief that the South would rise if it wasn't for the Snow Shovel Vote.  We will -- I say, we will -- keep your roads clear in the winter!  Vote Bush!

RAAAHHHH!!!!

Two inches, Monkey.  This so-called Union of ours is only two inches of snow from collapse.  Just when the northernmost Rebel and "border" States begin to fall in line with the Noble Cause, you see this.  2-4 inches during evening rush hour.  The armed militia runs home early, families are gathered, meeting halls, taverns and other places where dissenters gather are emptied.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2005, 02:21:30 PM
The Washington Post, in their panic-mongering snow update, posts the following pictures:

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(https://greatsociety.org/uploads/./userfiles/nacho/snow1.jpg)
(https://greatsociety.org/uploads/./userfiles/nacho/snow2.jpg)

Note:  IT IS NOT SNOWING YET!  These are from last year.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2005, 02:26:14 PM
OH MY GOD!  An INCH! 

Helicopter evacuation!  I'm outta here!

No pass!  No pass!

I'M AN AMERICAN!!!  AAANNNN AMMMERRRICAAAAN!

*whup whup whup whup*


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SNOW ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST TUESDAY

THIS AFTERNOON
SNOW DEVELOPING. SNOW ACCUMULATION AROUND AN INCH.
HIGHS IN THE UPPER 30S. NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH.

TONIGHT
SNOW IN THE EVENING...THEN SNOW LIKELY AFTER MIDNIGHT.
ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 2 TO 4 INCHES. LOWS IN THE MID
20S. NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 MPH.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on December 05, 2005, 02:46:31 PM
Stupid America.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2005, 02:53:43 PM
The power of stock photos!  Many school and government closings now throughout the Virginia and Maryland Mettymopolitan area, and getting close to home.  Again, it has not started snowing. 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 05, 2005, 02:55:19 PM
And do soccer moms battle it out at the grocery store buying bread (perishable) milk (perishable) and toilet paper (non-consumable) in preparation for being snowed in for weeks on end?

We modern citizens have these things called "freezers."
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2005, 03:02:54 PM
And do soccer moms battle it out at the grocery store buying bread (perishable) milk (perishable) and toilet paper (non-consumable) in preparation for being snowed in for weeks on end?

We modern citizens have these things called "freezers."

So short term emergency supplies should be dependent on guaranteed electricity because they're all highly perishable?

How about canned food and water?  Dry goods? 

Things that don't require a billion kilowatts shot in from 1972-era power lines that are supporting 12 snow and ice-laden dead trees, all drawing power from transformers that Pepco has pieced together from bubblegum wrappers?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 05, 2005, 03:05:34 PM
I hear you, but it's a snow storm. Why don't you just put the milk and bread (and beer) out in the snow?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2005, 03:06:17 PM
I hear you, but it's a snow storm. Why don't you just put the milk and bread (and beer) out in the snow?

Deer.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 05, 2005, 03:10:19 PM
I hear you, but it's a snow storm. Why don't you just put the milk and bread (and beer) out in the snow?

Deer.

Under the porch. You know that Jody's got three toddlers under the porch ready to thaw at a moments notice.

Or, just get out your shotgun. Cold food and entertainment.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2005, 03:13:15 PM
You're mocking the deer.  Don't mock the deer.  It's like mocking Triffids.  Next thing you know, zuuu-thwack. 

My gfather hauled out our snow blower (yes, I know) so I'll have to take pictures of that.  He usually parks it so it blocks the front door, covered in an ancient shower curtain, spikes and sharp edges everywhere.

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 05, 2005, 03:20:10 PM
Like the Dead Reckoning from Land of the Dead?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2005, 03:29:11 PM
Like the Dead Reckoning from Land of the Dead?

And from Land of the Dead II -- Dead Heat!  Starring Bruce Campbell as Admiral Alfonzo Winterborne and Angelina Jolie as Dead Queen with Stanley Tucci as Captain Mercedes and Oliver Platt as Bill.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2005, 03:54:35 PM
Here's the "live" traffic camera just a few blocks from my house.  You can see the scaaary snow:

http://www.dpwt.com/jpgcap/51.html

Or...not.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2005, 04:33:16 PM
Snowcam is up!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/mmedia/webcams/snowcam.htm
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 05, 2005, 04:35:55 PM
Snowcam . . . for fuck's sake.

Can people not just look out the fucking window anymore?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2005, 04:42:19 PM
Well...I can't.  But I may go up on the roof here at 5:30.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 05, 2005, 04:43:49 PM
DON'T JUMP!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2005, 04:47:46 PM
I have a touch of vertigo, so I can't get close enough to APA's Lover's Leap.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 05, 2005, 04:50:20 PM
I think we've had this conversation on the forums before, but if I was going to off myself, jumping is not the method I would choose.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2005, 04:51:45 PM
Holy shit!  APA just fucking shut down.  Fed Government, too.  DC just fucking shut down!

There is NO SNOW on the ground.  What the fuck?

Anyway -- I'm out!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 05, 2005, 04:55:47 PM
See? Overreacting to miniscule amounts of snow does have it's it's benefits. You got out of work two hours early.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on December 05, 2005, 05:20:52 PM
Probably the best method is to take high-giving drugs... then open your wrists (long-wise: that's down the road, little Billy, NOT across the street) and get into a bath of warm water before the drugs kick in....

On a high=road to death.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Matt on December 05, 2005, 05:51:54 PM
God, you easterners are pussies.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on December 05, 2005, 06:33:47 PM
Well, it's either that or commit suicide by hi-jacking a Boeing 747, and crashing it into a skyscraper killing 1000's with me.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2005, 06:47:02 PM
Well, it's either that or commit suicide by hi-jacking a Boeing 747, and crashing it into a skyscraper killing 1000's with me.

That is so 2001.

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on December 05, 2005, 07:15:27 PM
You're so dead later.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: jreale on December 05, 2005, 09:43:37 PM
Holy shit!  APA just fucking shut down.  Fed Government, too.  DC just fucking shut down!

There is NO SNOW on the ground.  What the fuck?

Anyway -- I'm out!

WHat?? You're fucking kidding me.  BTW, I don't even own a snowblower.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 06, 2005, 08:18:51 AM
Two hours late today.  But it's PTO not admin leave, so I'm going to inch my way to the Metro at the regular time.

Check the snowcam to see that two inches can shut down DC.  Does the rest of the country understand that everything -- including the presidency -- stops cold at the four inch mark.  People complain about 9/11 and who was in charge.  We're even more out in the cold when there's a light snow. 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 06, 2005, 08:26:39 AM
Trying to make it look fancy:

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An inch of snow (not even) on the snowcam.  The Washington Post speaks out!


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A Tissue Of Lies
When Snow Is in the Forecast, It's Not Toilet Paper That's on a Roll

By Paul Farhi
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 6, 2005; C01

Let's put this whole milk-bread-and-toilet-paper myth to rest right here, right now.

You, sitting there all comfy and warm awaiting the first blanket of white, know exactly what we're talking about. Since time and TV weather forecasts began, milk, bread and toilet paper -- MBTP -- have been the media stars of every snowstorm, cliches wrapped in plastic.

Milk certainly qualifies. And bread, too. But toilet paper? Toilet paper doesn't really belong in the holy grocerial trinity of every snow panic.

MBTP are supposedly what everyone runs to the store for at the first sign of a flake or flurry. More than staple commodities, they are the supposed bench marks of the region's ability to "cope" with a few inches of snow. Look! gawp the TV weather people, zooming in on denuded supermarket shelves, as if a Dupont Circle supermarket had suddenly turned into a Soviet supply depot. It's not really snowing until someone reports a run on MBTP.

Only it might be a bit of an urban myth. Yesterday, after predictions of the season's first good storm, spokesmen for the Safeway and Giant grocery store chains said they saw plenty of evidence of hoarding and panic buying -- but no straight-to-the-top-of-the-sales-chart relationship among milk, bread and toilet paper.

Compared with a snowless Dec. 5 a year ago, milk and bread sales roughly doubled Monday at Safeway's 100 stores throughout the mid-Atlantic region, spokesman Greg Ten Eyck said. Those two products were among the chain's best sellers, he said. Then again, so were bacon, scrapple and eggs ("People are planning big breakfasts after the snow," he said), along with fruit, water, soda, infant formula, Kool-Aid and boneless chicken breasts.

And toilet paper? Ten Eyck checked with his company's sales department. "Toilet paper wasn't in the top 50 products" sold, he said.

Giant spokesman Barry Scher, too, said there was nothing special about his company's MBTP index. Everything was moving briskly, he said: bread, eggs, canned goods, luncheon meats, batteries, even -- go figure -- ice cream.

Scher is an old hand at this; he's been with Giant for 39 years. And it's always the same on snow days, he said. At the first media reports of an approaching storm, Giant starts laying in extra provisions of everything. "In Washington, people run for the hills the minute they hear about snow," he said. "They think they're going to be stuck in their house for days, and they're going to need provisions."

The media help stoke the frenzy. "The TV people always call me and want to do an interview," he said. "I tell them to use the interview they did with me five years ago, because there's not going to be anything new about this [storm] that wasn't true about the last one."

Even in places that get plenty of snow, there's nothing really noteworthy about toilet-paper sales. In such frosty Midwestern and Western states as Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico and Colorado, the big sellers are bread, milk, kitty litter, batteries and shovels, said Jeff Stroh, a spokesman for the Safeway division that represents that region. "Everyone can agree on bread and milk," he said, but beyond that "we don't have a top-three or -four list."

Stroh said there's a good reason why people don't necessarily need to hoard toilet paper before a storm -- because it's usually in abundant supply around the home. Think about it, he said: You run out of a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread fairly quickly, and need to resupply at regular intervals. But toilet paper comes in humongous packages: 12-roll packs, 24-roll sizes, 48-roll monsters that could withstand a blizzard of gastrointestinal distress.

So if just about everything moves off the shelves before it snows, why does MBTP still enjoy so much ink and airtime? Why were they so closely linked in the first place?

It's possible that there's some kind of subliminal chromatic unity in MBTP and snow. The mind naturally links all that white stuff outside with all the white goods in the pantry. (Of course, if this were the case, you'd have to include eggs. And forget about rye, wheat or pumpernickel bread.)

Milk and bread are certainly good to have when there's nothing left in the cupboard. Symbolically, they're easy to decode. Bread is the host, the staff of life, a palpable object of survival. Milk is a no-brainer, too -- it's the sustenance that a mother provides an infant, a biblical promise ("a land flowing with milk and honey"), a smooth and nutritious foodstuff (except for the lactose-intolerant).

But toilet paper is harder to fit into this symbolic survival schema. It possibly represents some kind of talisman of civilization, a minimal luxury and comfort when the normal rhythms of civilization are disrupted. Think of the struggles of our hardy prairie forefathers, stuck out there on the frozen tundra, with nothing but milk, bread and the pages of the Sears, Roebuck catalogue to get them through another long winter. Not pleasant.

On the other hand, Scotch, chocolate and a good steak are pretty good minimal luxuries, too, and you don't hear half as much about them when it snows.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Cassander on December 06, 2005, 10:21:35 AM
ha! i was wearing shorts yesterday. 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: jreale on December 06, 2005, 10:46:29 AM

An inch of snow (not even) on the snowcam.  The Washington Post speaks out!

Taking on the tough issues: why toilet paper makes the top 3. 


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Even in places that get plenty of snow, there's nothing really noteworthy about toilet-paper sales. In such frosty Midwestern and Western states as Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico and Colorado, the big sellers are bread, milk, kitty litter, batteries and shovels

Wow, not even I would stoop (heh) to using kitty litter. Yikes.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 06, 2005, 02:51:33 PM
Wow, not even I would stoop (heh) to using kitty litter. Yikes.

It's like grape nuts. Try it with milk.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Matt on December 06, 2005, 03:50:50 PM
Do you have to chop off your balls to live out east? Honestly. A real snow emergency is getting pounded by three feet of the stuff and little Bobby and little Susie disappear in the snow when you send them off to the bus.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 06, 2005, 04:14:14 PM
It's not the whole east, it's the Mid-Atlantic/Southeast region. 

I think DC suffers a bit more dramatically because 99% of the population lives in the suburbs and has to drive/walk/train (often all three) into the city on a road and rail network built to handle a tenth of the current population.

Maybe my figures are wrong.  550,000 live in DC, 4-5 million in the suburbs.  The Beltway and major roadways date from, what, the 1960's, and Metro dates from the 1980's.  The population then was 1-2 million.  No major work on the infrastructure has been done since then, just a constant slew of improvements on the various "mixing bowls." 
So take that sort of environment and sprinkle a tiny bit of ice over it.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 09, 2005, 01:36:21 PM
Two inches...and ice!  ooh...round two. 

Fed govt was two hours delayed today.  I actually came into work at 10am because I haven't been doing shit for two days and THERE'S HELL TO PAY!  So this is my lunch half hour before I go back to work, then meander home around three or four before my read freezes.

Me, I live on a "tertiary road."  A dead end, on a hill, in a dripping and dark forest.  No plows, no salt, no nothing.  So everyone has to build up speed then hit the ice hill and ride the wave.  It's especially fun to be out of control when someone is coming down the hill in a sort of freefall.  A mile and a half away from the plowed road, that whole last leg is a nightmare.

Power went wonky last night when the big bad ice got on the exposed circa 1948 wires that power my circa 1948 neighborhood, so computers are best left sorta down.  I'm tired of computers, anyway.  I'm going to curl up with my heated blanket (because our house has a steam heat system that keeps it either at 90 degrees or 50, so I turn it off) and read...something.  Then I'll go to bed at nine, wake up screaming at 3am, get ready to go to my second job for 16 hours, cut my thighs and spend the next few weeks waiting for...round three!  When will DC collapse under the weight of a real snow?  Oh, bring me a week off!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on December 10, 2005, 05:11:31 AM
heh, I remember your complaints about the power outtages.  I hope it doesn't get that bad anytime soon.

me, I live (this month) on a bus route but my car's tires turn into skids in the snow.  Need new tires but can't find anything that fits (195/55/R55).....  argh.  At least the roads and road crews have been good to me so far.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on December 10, 2005, 06:06:46 AM
duh, R16.

sometimes I'm not sure whether or not I wish y'all were awake whilst I post.  (Yes, I mixed antiquated/British English with American Southern on purpose.)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 15, 2005, 01:07:15 PM
Round three!  Wintry Mix Thursday.  Bets are out -- the younger employees say the day is doomed, the elder say that APA will sit tight this time. 

Early closings:  All surrounding counties.

Ice in the evening.

Panic, fear, loathing.  HEated commuter debates on cold days.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: stompakitty on December 15, 2005, 01:24:51 PM
Put a 20 on doomed for me. We’re all doomed. Merry Christmas.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 15, 2005, 01:30:54 PM
Oh!  Staff walkout!  Snow-out in progress.  Four staff in my department have announced a 3pm departure.  Company policy is that they can do so, if they feel their commute is in danger.

Much wailing from the supervisors.  The wave begins.

Snowfall increases in strength.  I just cancelled my happy hour tonight...which is good because the happy hour last night has left me rubber limbed, and I have yet another happy hour tomorrow.  Funny that.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: stompakitty on December 15, 2005, 01:43:47 PM
Danger? I don’t understand. It’s snow… not urine.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 15, 2005, 01:45:13 PM
Danger of sliiiiiding on the road.  Dying on the commute. 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: stompakitty on December 15, 2005, 01:50:47 PM
If we closed here every time it snowed, I’d be panhandling for my whiskey. Let’s see… we’ve received 6 inches (and counting) over the past 24 hours, with 6-8 more is expected by this time manyana. I’m going to drive around shopping for tropical fish tonight.

You guys just need to learn to slow down a bit. Smoke a few fatties.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 15, 2005, 01:58:55 PM
If it snowed 12 inches here, we'd be out for two or three days.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: stompakitty on December 15, 2005, 02:04:06 PM
How was the bed lounge? Did the chick with the shnaz pan out or are you off to nail The Queen?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 15, 2005, 02:18:28 PM
The bed lounge was very cool.  Wish I had my camera.  We sat at a table until we noticed the little sunken lounge where you can spread out on cushions and everything.  No big nose, but our waitress was a fucking tight Uzbek.  Serious model quality...and perfect features.  20 yo pre-law.  Second gen. American  Body to die for.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 15, 2005, 03:25:19 PM
People around here just don't know how to drive in bad waether. Roads get slick? Slow down a bit and don't tailgate. Ease off the multi-tasking and put down the friggin' iPod.

It's this culture of rushing we live in. Things change and we panic. Instead of slowing down and letting it pass we have to rushreallyfastsowecangetpastitassoonaspossibleorwe'llallDIE!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on December 17, 2005, 09:14:00 AM
People around here just don't know how to drive in bad waether. Roads get slick? Slow down a bit and don't tailgate. Ease off the multi-tasking and put down the friggin' iPod.

It's this culture of rushing we live in. Things change and we panic. Instead of slowing down and letting it pass we have to rushreallyfastsowecangetpastitassoonaspossibleorwe'llallDIE!

good point.  Now that you mention it I do think it's largely personality that keeps DC roads from being safe in snow.  Another chunk of it is inexperience, but it's the personality which seems to really make it dangerous.

I still have my worthless tires on the car.. I took a change of clothes in to work Thursday, in case I had to limp myself or my car to a nearby hotel.  Almost a disappointment when I didn't have to.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 17, 2005, 11:44:05 AM
There it is!  They were calling for an inch of snow, and an "ICE STORM1!!!!!!1one" even though they were also saying it was going to be 92 degrees, and fajwat thought he'd be stranded at a hotel 15 miles from his house.  You are the god of half an inch of panic.  You could have just driven home at 15 miles an hour.  Nothing happens to you at 15 mph.  And, yes, that's because everyone else is checking into hotels that are three blocks from their houses because of THE STORM!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 17, 2005, 12:19:01 PM
That's the news media. They report a two cent price rise in apples with a tone of, "WE COULD ALL DIE AT ANY MOMENT!!!!"
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on December 19, 2005, 03:52:00 PM
in either of my two older cars i'd've happily driven home.  I simply haven't tested my new car on ice and it sucked in snow. 

also, I'm sick of my basement apartment and traffic and could've used the mini-vacation.  In the end, I wanted an excuse to pay way too much and avoid my daily life.  If there had been any ice on the ground, I could've tried to expense it.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 11, 2006, 09:08:43 PM
OH GOD !!!!!! IT"S SNOWING AGAIN!!!!!!!!!

deathgunshotsuicideeat-my-wife's-skull
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2006, 01:34:06 AM
Six inches here at Nacho Gardens!  AND COUNTING!  I just went for a walk and... The street has snow on it!

What the fuck, though.  Saturday night?  This is useless.  This snow's good for two days off if it started Sunday at 4am.  Now, grey slush by Monday morning.  Go to work!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 12, 2006, 12:11:01 PM
Yeah, I feel the same pain. If things would have started 24 hours later, I'd have gotten a day off from work.

Still, my wife's staged reading was cancelled so it sex and snow shovelling all day long today!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2006, 12:50:40 PM
Shit, we got hammered.  About 14 inches here.  Good, heavy, wet snow.  And still at the freezing mark.  We did the snow blower thing on the driveway because it's mildly fun to push it around and, after five minutes, I just let it run and stare blankly at the dent on my car like a mental patient.  Then my grandfather comes out and I let the heart attack patient push the heave snow plower down half an acre of driveway, battling and raging against 14 inches of 500 pound snow and a quarter ton of angry, rusting metal with three feet of spinning, unshielded blades.  Junkyards are fun, too. 

Now I'm inside, warm, listening to Rasputina's cover album.  Wish You Were Here sounds better than the Floyd version.  They fucked up Bad Moon Rising, I think.  It's the type of song that lends itself to the Creedence style and rhythm.  But Floyd's dark secret is that, down deep, they just aren't that good.  They're observant, moody, inspired and angry.  But anyone can do the songs.  The songs don't have that gentle imprint, loike with CCR, so people copy them and you roll your eyes.

Next up -- watch all the roads get cleared on traffic cameras and bestill my black heart as I prepare for Monday morning.  Maybe some Simcity 4.

Also -- fuck me -- season two of Greatest American Hero is write protected!  Even piracy fails.  So now I'll have to watch those all day.  Unless I can plow through the discs with DVD Decrypter.  40% and counting.  We'll see.  Shrink gagged at 80%. 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on February 14, 2006, 05:48:29 AM
ow your poor car.

i should hear that rasputina... I've been trying to find my frustration plantation lately. 

in a $1.75 domestic lights on tap bar (Cork Bar) in Ocean City, MD this Saturday I played "Bring the Boys Home" on their jukebox.  I was getting along pretty well with them before that.   But honestly, who the hell puts both discs of The Wall on a jukebox?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 14, 2006, 08:27:19 AM
It's their entire discography.  Great stuff.

And, let's see...snowed in at the beach in the off season, dollar beers, the entire Wall album.  Did you shoot anyone?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on February 14, 2006, 11:01:42 AM
Now I'm inside, warm, listening to Rasputina's cover album.  Wish You Were Here sounds better than the Floyd version.  They fucked up Bad Moon Rising, I think.  It's the type of song that lends itself to the Creedence style and rhythm.  But Floyd's dark secret is that, down deep, they just aren't that good.  They're observant, moody, inspired and angry.  But anyone can do the songs.  The songs don't have that gentle imprint, loike with CCR, so people copy them and you roll your eyes.

Their cover of Zeppelin's Rock 'n' Roll is my favorite.  It sounds humorous to me for some reason and I always laugh at it when it comes on.  But the singer's got a killer voice.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 14, 2006, 11:07:40 AM
They both have great voices.  If you ever get a chance to catch a live show -- go.  They're terrific live and the main girl is dangerously psychotic.  She'll go off on weird rants and get lost in her own thoughts so you can't follow what she's saying.  It can be surreal.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on February 14, 2006, 10:00:07 PM
And, let's see...snowed in at the beach in the off season, dollar beers, the entire Wall album.  Did you shoot anyone?

I just cherry picked that one song off The Wall.  Along with some Jane's Addiction, Dead's Friend of the Devil, mm.. can't remember the rest.  Actually, can't remember most of the rest of that night, except I never did win at pool.  (I was left with 0-1 balls on the table nearly every game.) 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 21, 2006, 12:12:26 PM
Uh-oh!  AN INCH!!


Quote
An Inch of Snow Possible Tonight for Region

By Debbi Wilgoren
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 21, 2006; 9:45 AM



The wintery storm that blanketed the Plains states on the first day of spring has yet to arrive in the Washington area.

Still, a winter weather advisory remained in effect, according to the National Weather Service. Up to another inch of snow is possible tonight, with the mercury falling several degrees below freezing, perhaps disrupting Wednesday morning's commute.

The storm system hammered Nebraska, South Dakota and Kansas on Monday, dumping more than two feet of snow in some places and forcing the closure of schools, highways and South Dakota's state legislature.

Today, the snow moved into the Midwest, losing strength as it did so. No more than three to six inches was expected in Illinois, Ohio and western Pennsylvania, with the precipitation tapering off even more as the storm system reached the East coast.

As the cold front heads east, it will collide with warm air pushing up from the Gulf of Mexico, leading to thunderstorms across the Southeast, Accu-weather forecasters said.

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Matt on March 21, 2006, 01:58:32 PM
Yeah, my jean cuffs were wet as I walked to class.. You guys are probably fucked.



Oh, and it's kind of windy, too. Better wear some boots or else WHOOSH you're gone.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 21, 2006, 02:10:17 PM
Oh god, Matt!  Wind, too?!?!



Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 21, 2006, 02:51:17 PM
I'd post my feelings here, but I'm far too busy running out to buy perishable foods and toilet paper.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 21, 2007, 06:13:59 PM
OH MY GOD!!!!! There's snow on the ground!!!@!! Wasn't it seventy degrees last week?

So, Mrs. RC left her class in Baltimore at 1:00pm. It's usualy an hour drive.

It's 5:15 and she's a little beyond the halfway mark.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on January 21, 2007, 06:20:36 PM
and not because she's a timid driver, right?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 21, 2007, 06:22:58 PM
Aggressive driver? Mrs. RC? You mean, tailgating in a manner where there's mere inches between her bumper and the car in front of her?

Not that I know of.  8)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 21, 2007, 07:18:08 PM
Yeah, just took a walk.  It's lovely out there.  And you can skate down the road.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 21, 2007, 07:21:00 PM
I think it's quite nice as well. If my wife hadn't been driving in it for five hours, all would be right.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Tatertots on January 21, 2007, 07:43:59 PM
The big California Freeze seems to be over. It's about 65 or so outside. Beautiful!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2007, 09:23:43 AM
Oh-ho.  No panic in DC.  The only panic is in the far-flung counties who actually do get hit with this weird shit.  But down here, tra-la-la, work as usual.  People moving at top speed on the streets.

OH AND LET'S TALK ABOUT 4:30 AM ONWARDS ON THE ROAD OUTSIDE MY WINDOWK<L:!LL!IK(P#((!!

*scrape scrape scrape scrape scrape scrape scrape scrape scrape*

Sometime around 5:15 I felt like leaning out and shooting out windshields.  It's clear now, asshole!

The joke is that ALL of the people scraping off their windows didn't go anywhere.  They came out at 4:30, fucking removed every drop of moisture from their cars with what sounded like metal spatulas, and then went back inside.  They didn't start leaving till around 7am or so.  Still a couple cars down there. 

And, seriously -- defrost, right?  It'll take the same amount of time as the half hour spent trying to scrape the ice off.  Let it melt a little bit, then scrape.  Most of those fuckers spent from 4:30 to 5am scraping their windows without turning the car on.

And here I thought I was an idiot when it came to cars. 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2007, 03:19:54 PM
Ear plugs . . . good for city living and snoring.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2007, 03:35:59 PM
Well, I don't usually have a problem.  This is our first snow event living at the new place.  And it was strangely excessive and stupid, so I didn't predict it happening.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on January 22, 2007, 09:22:53 PM
sidewalks weren't cleared when i left this morning.  actually, NOAA was halfway done with theirs but ours certainly wasn't.  I think a plow might've done the street, tho.  i can't remember if discovery's walks had been swept or not.  anyhow, kindof a pain.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on January 22, 2007, 09:24:08 PM
oh, and i loved how it transformed the area -- everything disappeared and was cleansed of its former meaning, etc.

and there's a mini mini snowman under our balcony.  Hehe.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2007, 09:26:25 PM
Everything has been cleansed of its former meaning by the FIRES OF SLOR AND YOU WILL BE NEXT!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on January 22, 2007, 09:38:36 PM
Happy!  Snow Bunnies!  Pretty sky!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 24, 2007, 10:20:12 AM
SNOW FLURRIES THIS MORNING!!!!!!

BREAD!!!

MILK!!!!!

TOILET PAPER!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 24, 2007, 05:27:06 PM
In our meeting today, my boss thanked everyone who showed up on monday after our "mini-blizzard."
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 24, 2007, 05:29:09 PM
Tell your boss that Al Gore told me to slap him on the forehead with my cock.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 24, 2007, 05:47:57 PM
Okay!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2007, 08:12:32 AM
Snowstorm!  The city braces for our first big winter storm!

An inch is predicted tonight!  Turning into a wintry mix tomorrow.  Heavy precipitation! Maybe A TENTH OF AN INCH IN THE MORNING!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2007, 08:25:25 AM
NPR's talking to a guy from upstate New York about their zillion feet of snow.  The girl labors the word 'snow' each time.

With that kind of snooow how are people's roofs holding out?

And more snooow on the way?

A hundred feet of snooow.........in upstate New York!

Uh...a salt truck just went by.  It hasn't started yet.  Won't start till midnight.  The sun's out. 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on February 12, 2007, 08:48:09 AM
either the npr or pacifica announcer was cautioning us about the dreaded "black ice" which.. honestly, they never seem to mention when these things are supposed to occur.  Just.... "Pirates!" and I'm not sure if it's historical or new, fictional or real.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2007, 09:09:25 AM
"Pirates!"

haha!  No shit.

Black ice is one of those "daddy always said" things that has been adopted by the recent generation.  So, in the 80's, everyone's parents complained about black ice, warned the fuck out of us when we went off to college in the early 90's, and now we're grown up and writing the news.  Black ice!  For our parents, it was the communists.  Which is why the "evil empire" routine worked so fucking well.  For us, it's dangerous weather conditions.

And, of course, it has the same theme as the evil empire days.  The great and terrible evil empire was a bankrupt, starving Russia on her death bed.  Black ice -- just as menacing.

Alternatively, it might be a government-wide effort to constantly remind us because they know we're all drugged to the gills on feel-happy drugs, carrying on three conversations with 14 cell phones and driving at 70 MPH with our lights off the wrong way down the Interstate.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on February 12, 2007, 09:17:53 AM
Hey, tomorrow I'll only have five cell phones (on four networks), and only three of them (on two networks) active.  And I forgot this morning's happy pills!  I'm behind the curve!!!!!

I just (re?)read your FPA, A Convenient Truth -- dangerous cold weather is being negated by luxury and sloth.  Yay! 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2007, 09:34:03 AM
Yeah... I don't remember writing that. But I agree with it.  Bring on the comfortably warm weather apocalypse!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 12, 2007, 09:58:36 AM
Alternatively, it might be a government-wide effort to constantly remind us because they know we're all drugged to the gills on feel-happy drugs, carrying on three conversations with 14 cell phones and driving at 70 MPH with our lights off the wrong way down the Interstate.

I think you might have something here.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2007, 02:24:27 PM
Oh no!!!!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/12/AR2007021200496.html

Quote
Winter Storm Expected to Hit Region
Mix of Rain and Sleet Could Coat Roads With Ice by Wednesday

Quote
A winter storm taking shape today across the Midwestern plains will tickle the Washington area with snow tonight before giving way to a mixture of freezing rain and sleet


We'll be TICKLED!!!

Quote
But with surface temperatures expected to stay below freezing, the storm could coat roads with a slick layer of ice

Ice!  SLICK ICE!!

Quote
The threat exists, according to Accu-Weather meteorologist John Gresiak, of an ice storm intense enough to bring down power lines in some areas

Quick!  To the bunker!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 12, 2007, 03:28:46 PM
I'm loading up essentials and heading for the coast!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2007, 03:34:25 PM
You won't make it before the slick ice gets you!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 12, 2007, 03:34:58 PM
As long as there are no human hosts, the slick ice can't incubate.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2007, 06:53:27 PM
Heh..

Marc Fisher from the Post:


Quote
HysteriaWatch: The Countdown Continues
Snow morphs into ice. The hysteria over this week's storm is diminishing as the forecasted snow totals plummet. But the likelihood of Washington's favorite winter scenario--the lovely wintry mix--is rising, and that brings us an entirely different kind of Snow Hysteria, with intimations of power outages and cars slip-sliding all over the region's roads.

HysteriaWatch continues with overall lower ratings today:

What Channel 9 yesterday called "The Big One" "now looks like a wintry mess," the station's forecasters write. "We're likely to see a light dusting to a few inches of snow by Tuesday morning before the snow changes over to sleet and freezing rain." Now that doesn't sound quite so dramatic, right? So Channel 9's Hysteria Rating drops all the way down from a 6 to a 3.

Over at Channel 7, forecaster Brian van de Graaf nicely combines a measured tone with some urgency and a bit of humor: "Enjoy this calm before the storm, because whatever the form this next system takes it will be a messy and troublesome one. Have a great day." Hysteria Rating: 2.

But WTOP radio uses the info from Channel 7 to paint a more dire picture: "Forecasters say it will be 'everything and the kitchen sink,'" the station's home page says. The story goes on to quote 7's van de Graaf saying that "Even a four-wheel drive is not going to cut through the ice." Hysteria Rating: 5.

At CapitalWeather.com, Jason Samenow is venturing some specific guesses, saying there's a 40 percent chance of accumulation of less than two inches, a far cry from the "big one" we heard about elsewhere over the weekend. In fact, Jason dares to say what the commercial TV forecasters so rarely admit: "Could it fizzle out? Yes -- especially from the perspective of those who want snow. Models have been trending warmer and warmer in the layer of the atmosphere where it's required to be cold for it to snow. So snow amounts could be quite modest."

Tony Perkins on Channel 5 takes a cautious and quite funny approach, predicting "some problems" from freezing rain and laces his forecast with all sorts of warnings, including "void where prohibited" and "your mileage may vary." Hysteria Rating: Zilch.

Channel 4 wins the high rating on the generally modest HysteriaMeter today, with lots of talk about "the biggest winter storm of the season" and a forecast of up to eight inches of snow: weatherman Tom "Kierein said the storm system could dump as much as 4 inches of snow in the District, and as much as 8 inches north and west of the city." Hysteria Rating: 6.

Here on the big website, the Post's Howard Schneider takes a gentler approach, writing that the storm is likely to "tickle the Washington area with snow tonight before giving way to a mixture of freezing rain and sleet that is expected to intensify by Tuesday afternoon and continue through tomorrow evening. Only light accumulations are expected...."

What's really going to happen? Not a whole heck of a lot, according to the National Weather Service:


Tuesday: New ice accumulation of around a 0.1 of an inch possible. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tuesday Night: Periods of freezing rain. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Yep, less than an inch. Hoo-eeee! But never fear: The HysteriaWatch never stops.


Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 13, 2007, 09:39:38 AM
"I think I cut off his arm in time before the black ice had a chance to spread!"
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2007, 10:32:14 AM
So they cancel the evening MARC trains (everything after 2pm), but the government is still open a full day?  Hmmm.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on February 13, 2007, 11:53:49 AM
well, that and some  local schools are closed -- parents have to make sure kids are supervised/transported/whatnot (depending).
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2007, 11:55:43 AM
Yeah, I'm keeping an eye on the schools.  All the major counties are doing half a day.  So, again... The feds are bound to follow.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on February 13, 2007, 12:24:45 PM
and your building follows the feds?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on February 13, 2007, 12:31:39 PM
So did you guys actually get snow or what?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2007, 12:39:27 PM
Yes, we follow the feds.

No, we got a light dusting that has pretty much melted off, and now it's a sleety drizzle.  But the temperature is dropping, which may summon the Black Ice from the Caves of Xarongmore!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on February 13, 2007, 12:41:00 PM
I will be praying for you, brothers.

We never get fucking snow down here.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 13, 2007, 12:56:14 PM
The Black Ice is spreading!!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on February 13, 2007, 12:57:07 PM
It's like the Blob starring Steve McQueen only it's made out of ice and doesn't really move around and eat people.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on February 13, 2007, 01:23:31 PM
ice 9!  TEOTWAWKI!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice-nine
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on February 13, 2007, 01:37:57 PM
better description..

http://www.vonnegutweb.com/catscradle/cats_nytimes.html
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2007, 02:08:26 PM
Now I'm bored with the panic. 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 13, 2007, 03:13:58 PM
Feds just closed.  But they can't take MARC trains home!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 13, 2007, 04:24:59 PM
The Metro is still open, right?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 13, 2007, 04:39:49 PM
Yeah...and it looks like Marc is okay too...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2007, 04:55:33 PM
Hey!  Let's get really drunk and then go out into an ice storm and walk a mile in suede shoes with flat bottoms!

It's a zoo out there.  They are running limited MARC service at Union Station, but they are packed.  People are storming the trains.  The place is mobbed.  And since I had five beers at the Center Cafe, I'm sort of stumbling through them like a crazed bum.

Metro is running, so I pop out at Silver Spring into a full blown ice storm.  Cars are hydroplaning along Colesville and East-West, the sidewalk is a sheet of ice, people are falling down.

It was fun.  I'm going to go drink some more now and stand on the balcony and wait for people to die.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 13, 2007, 05:04:23 PM
Mrs. RC is out driving in it right now. She's stopping by the grocery store on her way home from work to get an onion (Really, that's all we need.) which will take her roughly four and a half hours. Then we'll drink a bottle of wine, watch scary movies, and not go to work in the morning.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2007, 05:14:08 PM
I'm looking out the window now and wondering why they didn't let us out at noon.  Ugh.

Also, some Craigslist girl wants to have coffee with me on Saturday.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 13, 2007, 05:26:04 PM
Is she into anal?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2007, 05:39:09 PM
I'll ask!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on February 13, 2007, 05:49:12 PM
ew... anal coffee.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 14, 2007, 01:06:28 AM
Please, can a team of seven guys decide to clear the sidewalk with shovels at midnight?  Chip through that ice -- scrape scrape scrape crunch crunch crack smash -- then shovel it all up?  I would really love it if they fucking thought midnight was a good time to do that.  I need a BB gun or something.  Pop, pop, pop...

Even money says the federal government is open tomorrow.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 14, 2007, 01:12:02 AM
Yep.  Work as usual.  OPM makes their first announcement.

Quote
Federal Government Operating Status in the Washington, DC, Area

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

"Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN; employees are expected to report for work on time."
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 14, 2007, 10:05:03 AM
I'm trying to find out what's up with my job, but I think all is go as well.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 14, 2007, 10:21:00 AM
I get two extra hours.  Thinking about doing the unscheduled leave thing, but that's calling in a favor.  Major roads clear...nothing to worry about.  Man, where's the hysteria when you need it?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on February 14, 2007, 01:09:53 PM
and the rail's clear, tho I didn't hear that on the radio until 8am.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 14, 2007, 01:32:51 PM
So you just went ahead and assumed that it'd be a day off?  Then, after you were due in the office, decided to see if your assumption was correct?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on February 14, 2007, 01:34:25 PM
I don't get any snow days ever.

I am "essential personnel" -- sadly, the novelty of that wore off years ago.

Even if I got snow days or late openings I wouldn't get paid for them -- but that's not the issue.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on February 14, 2007, 01:36:32 PM
I don't get any snow days ever.

In fact, my VP reiterated his 4-year old promise this morning: "If you need a ride, call me.  I have 4wd."
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 14, 2007, 02:50:35 PM
Is it masochistic that I kind of enjoy shovelling snow?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on February 14, 2007, 02:59:17 PM
Is it masochistic that I kind of enjoy shovelling snow?

No way man... I'd love to shovel a walkway or something.  I've done it maybe one time in my whole life.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Tatertots on February 14, 2007, 03:34:31 PM
Hey, I enjoy washing dishes by hand. That don't make me no pansy!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 14, 2007, 03:57:49 PM
I like hand washing dishes too. It's so zen.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Tatertots on February 14, 2007, 04:10:01 PM
You're such a fag.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on February 14, 2007, 05:59:35 PM
Is it masochistic that I kind of enjoy shovelling snow?

And cleaning my room?  And rearranging our furniture?  And cooking breakfast for your hosts? 

I dunno, but I like shoveling sometimes myself.  I used to do extra when I was really into it and finished my own.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on February 14, 2007, 06:00:11 PM
I like hand washing dishes too. It's so zen.

ditto, but the machine is just so convenient most of the time
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 20, 2007, 08:37:17 AM
Oh, thank the screaming monkey god.  The weather breaks.  It'll be up to 50 today.  I love waking up to a 41 degree morning instead of 10 or something.  Just seeing that it was in the teens out there was really starting to become something of a dark angel in my life.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 25, 2007, 11:08:06 AM
Oh God, they said it would just be a "light dusting!"

[total freakout]
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 25, 2007, 12:48:05 PM
End of the world out there!  They now say 1-3 inches.  I'm going to...walk!...downtown and take pictures so I can post them here as testament to my life during the poccy-clypse.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on February 25, 2007, 02:04:17 PM
looks like 3" and it's still coming down
Title: Half an inch of panic: The Photos! (Warning, lots of photos)
Post by: nacho on February 25, 2007, 02:55:24 PM
Here's a photo thread to go along with the latest half inch of panic.  Downtown Silver Spring during a Sunday morning snow... So I took a whole bunch of meaningless urban shots.

I've just discovered photobucket!  So I uploaded the photos original size and am now linking them all!  Exclamation point!  Tables Break!  BREAK BREAK!!

We're going to follow my path from balcony to the alley leading to the center of town.

Half an inch, original thread:  http://www.greatsociety.org/forums/index.php?topic=1043.0




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Title: Re: Half an inch of panic: The Photos! (Warning, lots of photos)
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 25, 2007, 03:03:25 PM
Oh God!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic: The Photos! (Warning, lots of photos)
Post by: fajwat on February 25, 2007, 04:09:55 PM
Nacho has a good eye.

I love how we walked to gentrification central and back using alleyways and tunnels and all you see are the original silver spring and the only gentrification hints are from our balcony.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic: The Photos! (Warning, lots of photos)
Post by: Nubbins on February 25, 2007, 04:37:37 PM
Those pictures are great!

How is it that you're just now discovering Photobucket?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic: The Photos! (Warning, lots of photos)
Post by: nacho on February 25, 2007, 04:37:58 PM
Maybe I'm an idiot.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic: The Photos! (Warning, lots of photos)
Post by: fajwat on February 25, 2007, 05:32:08 PM
Maybe it's Maybeline!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic: The Photos! (Warning, lots of photos)
Post by: nacho on February 25, 2007, 05:36:56 PM
Mmmm...Sarah Michelle...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic: The Photos! (Warning, lots of photos)
Post by: Goblin_Queen on March 01, 2007, 04:23:21 PM
God those pictures look great from toasty Los Angeles!  It did rain for a couple of hours a few nights ago though.  That was HELL!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic: The Photos! (Warning, lots of photos)
Post by: Tatertots on March 02, 2007, 03:04:20 PM
Oh, man! It's 67 degrees here!

It's so cold!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic: The Photos! (Warning, lots of photos)
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2007, 03:48:10 PM
It's 65 here.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic: The Photos! (Warning, lots of photos)
Post by: vernae on March 02, 2007, 05:50:03 PM
Cool beans!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic: The Photos! (Warning, lots of photos)
Post by: fajwat on March 02, 2007, 07:03:54 PM
mmmm... it's bean too long.  I love that expression.


(now THAT's a bad play on words.)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 07, 2007, 10:47:48 AM
Oh!  Darkness!

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A few flakes began falling in far-flung areas shortly after 5 a.m. By 7:30, a steady cascade of small, grainy flakes was falling in downtown Washington.

Oh god!

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Snow Closes Schools, Slows Commuters
Weather Advisory Remains Through Evening

By Debbi Wilgoren
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 7, 2007; 7:48 AM



School systems in several of Washington's outer suburbs closed today to avoid a fast-moving snowstorm that is expected to bring accumulations of one to three inches throughout the area.

A few flakes began falling in far-flung areas shortly after 5 a.m. By 7:30, a steady cascade of small, grainy flakes was falling in downtown Washington.

Public schools in Howard, Anne Arundel, Frederick, Loudoun and Fauquier counties -- and in outlying areas such as Clarke County, Winchester, Va. and Berkeley County, WV -- cancelled classes. Many private schools in those jurisdictions followed suit.

National Weather Service meteorologist Christopher Strong predicted accumulations of one to three inches throughout the metropolitan area, with the bulk of it coming after the usual morning rush.

"By 9 a.m., everyone should be seeing some light snow," Strong said. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 20s and very low 30s, with road surfaces in most areas cold enough for the snow to quickly stick.

The weather service put a snow advisory in place from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, and forecasters cautioned that the afternoon commute would be most affected.

"It's not going to be heavy. It's not going to be dry. It's just going to be pretty average snow," Strong said.

About 700 Virginia Department of Transportation plows were expected to be on the state's major roadways by 6 a.m., spokesman Ryan Hall said last night. But he cautioned that commuters could slow plowing or salting.

"If all 700 of our trucks are out there and a million cars are on the roadway with them, the trucks won't be moving much," he said.

Maryland highway officials said as many as 400 workers would be on the job by 5 a.m. in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

A spokeswoman for the Maryland State Highway Administration said that because of the timing of the storm, commuters should check road conditions at http://www.marylandroads.com.

In the District, officials said 150 trucks and 450 workers would be deployed to salt, sand and clear roadways. Officials urged residents and businesses to clear snow from sidewalks promptly, and to pre-treat walkways with use abrasives like salt or non-clumping kitty litter to prevent ice from forming.

The good news? Strong said radar does not show any new storms materializing later this week or over the weekend. With the official start of spring just two weeks away, that could -- perhaps -- mean today's is the last snow of the season.

"As we get later and later into March, it becomes more difficult to create a snowstorm and get all those conditions together than you need," Strong said. "But all the way into the first week of April, you can certainly have an extreme, very improbable event."

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 07, 2007, 11:46:12 AM
Now this is clumsy fearmongering from the WP.

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The predicted snowstorm that led several outer-county school systems to shut down today got off to a slow start this morning, with an initial burst of flakes tapering off in most areas by 10 a.m.

But forecasters insisted that the fast-moving, low-pressure system would still dump one to three inches of snow throughout the region in time for the evening commute. Federal aviation officials reported some morning delays at area airports, both to clear runways and because of heavier snow in cities elsewhere.

"There's a little bit of a lull, but trust me, it's coming," National Weather Service spokeswoman Jackie Hale said at 10 a.m. "We hold to the 1 to 3. It will probably be late afternoon when it catches up, and it should be pretty heavy during our rush hour."
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 07, 2007, 03:09:18 PM
Oh God!

OH GAAAAHHHHHHHHHHDDDDDD!!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on April 07, 2007, 09:51:15 AM
April showers bring May flowers...

Wait!  AAHHH!!

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Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on April 07, 2007, 10:11:03 AM
No school today!  Everyone buy extra TP with their sacrificial Sunday lamb!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on April 07, 2007, 12:20:51 PM
Mrs. RC put all her plants out last week, and didn't bring them in last night. We'll see what lives and what doesn't.
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Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on June 14, 2007, 05:10:36 PM
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Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
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Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on June 14, 2007, 05:52:03 PM
so wait... are the huge tits and big dick on the same person?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on June 17, 2007, 06:40:33 AM
Who's been reading my video library?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on June 17, 2007, 10:06:50 AM
Ooo, and the last one is instructional.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Matt on June 17, 2007, 11:26:23 AM
After seeing a urethra penetration, anal sex seems so passe.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on June 17, 2007, 11:53:36 AM
After seeing a urethra penetration, anal sex seems so passe.

You should really try it, man!

Ain't nothin' like havin' a blokes finger jammed in there up to the 2nd knuckle.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on June 17, 2007, 12:44:37 PM
okay.  monkey finally got me.  that's fucking painful to think about.  i'll go try to not think about it for the rest of today.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on June 17, 2007, 12:57:06 PM
okay.  monkey finally got me.  that's fucking painful to think about.  i'll go try to not think about it for the rest of today.

It had to happen eventually.

But dutch rent-boys have that done to them all the time, apparently. And sometimes if you're "good" enough and have stretched your penile muscles and euretha lining enough, you can get fucked by a penis in your "jap's eye."

I'm just glad I'm not dutch.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Tatertots on June 17, 2007, 03:32:12 PM
Oh my god.

There goes my dinner.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Matt on June 17, 2007, 03:52:05 PM
Well I've seen the penis penetrated and a woman's urinary tract penetrated, and I've seen a guy with hands like coral reefs.

yawn.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on June 17, 2007, 04:17:55 PM
Well I've seen the penis penetrated and a woman's urinary tract penetrated, and I've seen a guy with hands like coral reefs.

yawn.

Enough about your family reunions.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on June 17, 2007, 04:47:04 PM
think this ties into your feelings of guilt about sex?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on June 17, 2007, 04:54:40 PM
I have no guilt.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: jreale on June 17, 2007, 07:53:44 PM
And it really did just snow here last week. Spooky.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on June 18, 2007, 02:02:02 PM
Snow?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on June 18, 2007, 02:02:32 PM
Jody lives at McMurdo Station.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on June 18, 2007, 02:18:40 PM
Is that were people get penally penetrated?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on June 22, 2007, 12:59:33 AM
Is that were people get penally penetrated?

I'm sure it feels that way sometimes... May 15th rolls around and it's 4 degrees outside, 4 feet of snow cover your car...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic: The Photos! (Warning, lots of photos)
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 03, 2007, 07:21:38 AM
SNOW SHOWERS ON WEDNESDAY!!!! SNOW SHOWERS ON WEDNESDAY!!!!

GET ME TO A GROCERY STORE!!!!!!!!!

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic: The Photos! (Warning, lots of photos)
Post by: nacho on December 03, 2007, 07:27:01 AM
The season begins!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic: The Photos! (Warning, lots of photos)
Post by: fajwat on December 03, 2007, 09:12:37 AM
Last night we had sleet in DC and snow in Philly.  It has indeed begun.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic: The Photos! (Warning, lots of photos)
Post by: monkey! on December 03, 2007, 09:45:32 AM
Snow is for losers!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 04, 2007, 12:58:01 PM
Aaahhhh!!!!!

Forecast for Wednesday:

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Snow likely. Cold. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 80%. 1 to 2 inches of snow expected.

It's all anyone is talking about.  I even heard two folks so far wondering if we'll get tomorrow off.  Amazing.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on December 04, 2007, 01:13:32 PM
Goddammit, I want precipitation!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on December 04, 2007, 01:18:07 PM
80% chance of 1 to 2 inches of snow?  Hell yeah, we have a chance of closings starting before the first snowflake.

Of course, I'm still considered essential personnel.  My manager and VP have SUVs which they'll drive me in on if I try to use weather as an excuse.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 04, 2007, 01:21:49 PM
Ugh. I'm supposed to travel tomorrow.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 04, 2007, 01:28:15 PM
I'm surprised closings aren't happening now.

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on December 04, 2007, 01:29:12 PM
They should be!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on December 04, 2007, 01:29:38 PM
This snow is a direct terrorist attack upon the United States of America.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on December 04, 2007, 01:30:34 PM
I'm surprised there is no word from the NWS.  Usually they issue some kind of winter weather advisory for something like this.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 04, 2007, 01:31:31 PM
Nor has the Post started up their storm center.  How disappointing. 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on December 04, 2007, 01:34:18 PM
They've all been taken out by the attack.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 04, 2007, 01:36:33 PM
Oh my god!

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Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on December 04, 2007, 01:46:46 PM
I told you so.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 04, 2007, 06:54:46 PM
I NEED TOILET PAPER!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 04, 2007, 06:55:37 PM
Holy shit!  No kidding!  If we're going to be snowed in and lose power for three weeks, I have to go get bread and milk!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 04, 2007, 06:57:25 PM
DO WE HAVE DIMETAP?!?!? WHAT ABOUT OREOS?!?!?!?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on December 04, 2007, 06:58:18 PM
Oreos....
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 04, 2007, 08:06:27 PM
I have to lug Oreos and Thin Mints to London for Christmas.  Ugh.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on December 04, 2007, 08:08:11 PM
Are some for me?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 04, 2007, 08:11:01 PM
Double ugh.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on December 04, 2007, 08:19:25 PM
Whoop!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2007, 07:32:15 AM
Coming down pretty hard now.  We've been upgraded to 1-4 inches.

Excerpts from the Post:

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First Snowfall of Season Expected

Washington region braces for up to three inches of snow, rush hour commutes could be affected.

Brace!  Brace!


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But don't plan on a White Christmas yet. Though the snow may be heavy in spots, dry air already in the region is expected to limit accumulation at first, while temperatures right at the borderline of freezing should keep area roadways clear.

Nevertheless, as of 5 a.m., it was snowing.

Nevertheless?  Ah, alack, alas, welcome to the Washington Post, fellow thespian!  Here we must always be negative!  Pip pip!

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Low-lying dry air will cause the early snowfall to evaporate before it hits the ground, Rogowski said. As that air becomes saturated, he said, temperatures may begin to drop and the snow start to stick.

Rogowski is heading the National Weather Service.  He also appears to have passed 8th grade Earth Science.

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He said he expects the storm to be off and on through the day, but heavy enough in spots to complicate the afternoon rush.

I expect the storm to amount to nothing...RUSH HOUR SNOW!!!!

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on December 05, 2007, 09:20:50 AM
Is snow a good thing then?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 05, 2007, 10:19:08 AM
OH GOD!!!! WHERE ARE THE SAUSAGE LINKS?!?!?!? THEY'RE OUT OF SAUSAGE LINKS!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2007, 10:25:24 AM
Guys, it's not even sticking in the city.  It's, like, a quarter inch in the suburbs.

My commute is usually just under an hour.  This morning -- left the house at 7:50, just got here to work at 9:30.  The trains never topped 20mph and were running 10 minutes apart.  The roads, of course, full of panicked horn honkers trying to duel with the bus.

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-----Original Message-----
From: METRO Alerts [mailto:MetroAlerts@return.lists-wmata.com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2007 6:42 AM
To: Gifford, Andrew
Subject: Metro All Lines alert

(ID 40066) Disruption at All Stations. (Due to slippery conditions,trains will travel at reduced speeds in many areas of the Metrorail system this morning.For more information,please visit www.metroopensdoors.com.).  Unsubscribe: wmata.com/opt_out.cfm




Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 05, 2007, 10:27:03 AM
It's, like, a quarter inch in the suburbs.


Nothing but green grass and blacktop here. It's not even snowing.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on December 05, 2007, 11:42:28 AM
We got about an inch and a half so far in Germantown, but it took me 2 1/2 hours to go 15 miles.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2007, 11:50:10 AM
Okay.  So official measurements: Over an inch upcounty, quarter inch in Silver Spring, no accumulation in the city, NOVA gets a pass as well.  And yet the streets and trains are bedlam.  Lovely.  Global warming needs to hurry up.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on December 05, 2007, 11:55:20 AM
I love the snow, the problem is that nobody around here knows how to drive in the snow.  Bunch of idiots who think that because they have snow tires or an SUV that means they can do the same speed and drive the same way as if it was dry.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on December 05, 2007, 12:13:41 PM
I just put on my snow tires last night!  Seriously...no one does that today right?

It's covering the surface of the cars here and most of the grass, but just starting to stick to roads.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2007, 12:21:15 PM
Still nothing sticking here in DC.  But it is coming down pretty heavy.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on December 05, 2007, 12:23:45 PM
I just put on my snow tires last night!  Seriously...no one does that today right?

No nobody changes tires for the season anymore, but when I was working at Enterprise you would be amazed at the amount of people who were shocked when their "all season" tires spun out on ice.  Then of course they would ask whether their rental car had "all season" tires.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2007, 12:54:09 PM
School closings have started! 

The Post continues reporting:  (Nevertheless!)

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As winter storms go, it was a modest one -- hardly the foundation for a white Christmas. Though the snow was predicted to be heavy in spots, dry air already in the region was expected to limit accumulation, while temperatures at the borderline of freezing helped keep most roadways clear.

Nevertheless, commuters struggled to regain their snow legs for the first storm of the season, with quick-icing bridges and overpasses catching drivers -- and state highway officials -- off guard. Though salt trucks were ready by the roadside in the early morning, Maryland State Highway Administration spokesman Chuck Gischlar said the agency was banking on forecasts that initially said the snow would start sometime after 9 a.m.
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But it hit Frederick and Montgomery counties before 7 a.m., when commuters were already en route along the I-270 corridor and the Beltway. As a result, salt trucks had to navigate rush-hour traffic to do their job.

"We sent our crews in, and by 7 they were driving through congested traffic, too," Gischlar said. "But we're out there, and we'll continue to be out there."

Pavement temperatures are hovering above the freezing point, and Gischlar said drivers should be especially careful on bridges and high-elevation roads, which are the first to freeze.

State police in Maryland and Virginia reported in excess of a dozen collisions during the morning commute -- none serious, but enough to clog traffic.

By mid-morning, some roads were still moving slowly, and the northbound section of I-270 between Shady Grove Road and Interstate 370 was closed around 9:45 a.m. after icy conditions on an overpass led to three accidents in quick succession.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2007, 01:27:15 PM
Weather.com says "Grab your snowshoes!"



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Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2007, 01:45:37 PM
Everyone's on school closing watch.  If we can get NOVA and Montgomery County to go, we're a step closer to early dismissal.  DC public schools will cinch it.

Nothing but outer counties closing right now... But PG county just announced.  That's moving in the right direction for a Panic Dismissal.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on December 05, 2007, 02:23:31 PM
It's too late for early dismissal now.

Montgomery did cancel after school activities...but I think that's all you'll get now.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2007, 02:26:07 PM
Oh, so sad.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2007, 03:43:32 PM
Montgomery County just went, and DC private schools have started closing!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on December 05, 2007, 04:48:43 PM
What?  It's 3:45...how long are kids in school?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2007, 05:06:10 PM
Maybe it's all the other shit the schools do.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2007, 07:45:32 PM
Well, we pulled in close to three inches here at the C-Level Housing.  Wonderful walk home from the bus stop -- quiet and eerie winter wonderland, with heavy snow still coming down.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 13, 2007, 01:13:12 PM
 :siren: Two storms will travel across the region in the coming days, bringing an unpredictable batch of unwelcome weather, forecasters said.

....
The weather service forecast yesterday a 70 percent chance of sleet, snow and freezing rain for Saturday night, when the system is expected to be at its worst. :siren:
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 13, 2007, 04:45:34 PM
OH GOD!!!!! WHERE'S THE BACON?  DO WE HAVE ENOUGH FROZEN EGGPLANT PARMESEAN???!?!?!?!?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic: The Photos! (Warning, lots of photos)
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 15, 2008, 01:29:24 PM
OH GOD IT'S SNOWING!!!!!!!

GET EIGHTY CANS OF VIENNA SAUSGAGES!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic: The Photos! (Warning, lots of photos)
Post by: nacho on January 15, 2008, 01:31:30 PM
Thursday's the big snow day.  But, yes, everyone ran to the windows as soon as the flurries started and immediately started talking about the commute home...In six fucking hours.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 15, 2008, 01:33:01 PM
I like that we're keeping two nearly identical snow panic threads...but this one has years on it.

Flurries today!  Snow Thursday!  America shuts down.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 15, 2008, 01:53:26 PM
Should we combine these?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 15, 2008, 01:54:33 PM
Well, one was intended for photos... But, yes, there's no harm in combining them since I'm the only person on GS who takes, shares, or looks at pictures.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 15, 2008, 02:27:28 PM
A dusting! There's not enough cream cheese in the house!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on January 15, 2008, 02:27:57 PM
It never snows here :(
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 15, 2008, 02:29:13 PM
Because there's no water in Georgia.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on January 15, 2008, 02:45:50 PM
no shit... :/
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Disco Dust on January 16, 2008, 06:42:56 PM
You D.C. folks are such wusses...look at what the folks in Tehran are putting up with  :???:

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Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Matt on January 16, 2008, 07:04:22 PM
7 inches rolling in to Iowa City tonigh.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 16, 2008, 08:03:48 PM
*penis joke*
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on January 16, 2008, 08:31:06 PM
It's snowing here!  There is white shit falling from the sky!  I don't believe it!

We are circling the sleds.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Tatertots on January 16, 2008, 10:25:11 PM
It's mid-60s here this week. Awful. Just, rough, man. Rough.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 17, 2008, 06:51:04 AM
Did you swim or run today?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Tatertots on January 17, 2008, 11:46:10 AM
Neither! I bike and pump iron today.

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Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 17, 2008, 11:55:50 AM
One to three inches today... There's much talk about whether or not we'll get the day off and three people (so far) are leaving early to "beat the rush hour."
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on January 17, 2008, 12:14:02 PM
One to three inches of snow?

That's a lot. There's none in Paris.

*sob*
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 17, 2008, 12:27:52 PM
Holy fuck, people in the metro DC area don't know how to drive in this weather! It's not that fucking hard.

Two things cause accidents in bad weather:

1) Excessive speeds

2) BRAKING AT THE WRONG FUCKING TIME!!!!

Hey , I get it. It's snowing. You want to go slower. You're a little nervous. That's fine. What's not fine is driving fifteen miles per hours AT ALL TIMES. If you're going fifteen miles per hour on flat surface but then hit a downhill slope, you're going to have to speed up to go down the hill. That's the laws of physics, asshole!

Oh, but no, you can't handle the extra ten MPH you'll pick up on a 100 yard downhill slope, so you brake all the way down the hill. But guess what, fuckwad? Once you hit the bottom of the hill and have to go up it, you need momentum so your wheels don't start spinning in the slush.

"Whine! Whine! But there's a curve on the downhill slope. Whine! I don't want to hit it too fast. Whine!"

Then brake BEFORE the curve, you numbnuts! Braking on the curve is what's going to make you lose traction and skid.

Oh, and lastly you turn IN to the skid, not away from it.

I need a drink.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 17, 2008, 12:31:29 PM
Thank god I'm a public transportation person.  I'm going out for drinks tonight!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 17, 2008, 12:34:46 PM
Thank god I'm a public transportation person. 

From what I heard on the radio, Metro's even worse.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 17, 2008, 12:42:48 PM
Yes, but at least I get to sit back and read a book as opposed to punching the windshield and screaming as I slide into the back of an idiot.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 17, 2008, 12:43:28 PM
I can't argue with that.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 17, 2008, 01:24:22 PM
Closings have begun!  Frederick county, PG County after school, rural VA...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 17, 2008, 01:33:34 PM
I'm in for the day, man. The only reason I haven't started drinking is because I don't my wife to call with some weather related something where I have to go out.

She's from WV though, so she knows how to drive in this.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Matt on January 17, 2008, 01:38:12 PM
Washington D.C. is full of pussies and dicks.

And assholes.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 17, 2008, 01:39:44 PM
We're just a southern city with an outdated infrastructure.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on January 17, 2008, 01:45:08 PM
Holy fuck, people in the metro DC area don't know how to drive in this weather! It's not that fucking hard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UG6BeCmlg0
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 17, 2008, 01:55:23 PM
Holy fuck, people in the metro DC area don't know how to drive in this weather! It's not that fucking hard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UG6BeCmlg0

I like the idiots who are playing/looking at damage as cars keep coming in.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 17, 2008, 01:57:02 PM
Trinity University just closed...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 17, 2008, 03:21:28 PM
Howard U -- closed.  Mont. County evening activities canceled. 

It's slushy out there now.  Walked around at lunch.  Drank beer.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 17, 2008, 04:40:00 PM
Catholic just closed!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on January 17, 2008, 05:52:15 PM
Holy shit, that's a lot of snow if they closed an entire religion.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 17, 2008, 05:54:25 PM
Har har!  Catholic University.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 17, 2008, 05:58:41 PM
The Post selected this for their "winter storm blankets region" photo:

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City streets overrun by snow-crazed yet strangely pensive lions!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on January 17, 2008, 06:16:17 PM
The Post selected this for their "winter storm blankets region" photo:

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City streets overrun by snow-crazed yet strangely pensive lions!!!

12 Monkeys!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on January 18, 2008, 12:53:14 PM
12 monkeys....

*Terror*
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on January 18, 2008, 05:29:26 PM
They're calling for snow again tonight!  It's hilarious because according to all the meteorologists, no one can tell if we'll actually have snow or not due to the fact that the computer models are all predicting different temperatures... assuming the temps stay below 32 after midnight tonight, they're predicting up to 5 inches of snow in the Atlanta area.

I am not holding my breath.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on January 19, 2008, 03:06:54 PM
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Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 19, 2008, 06:45:12 PM
I like how you live in Paradise.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on January 19, 2008, 06:56:18 PM
Yeah, our yard is pretty badass.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on January 19, 2008, 09:36:25 PM
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Quoting for page 19 because it never fucking snows here ever.... EVER.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on January 20, 2008, 04:17:45 AM
Those are some mighty pretty photos, Nubbs.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on January 20, 2008, 01:12:46 PM
Thanks!  It's all gone now... :(
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on January 20, 2008, 03:19:28 PM
You're dead to me.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 20, 2008, 09:57:22 PM
Who's the pretty dog?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on January 20, 2008, 10:08:18 PM
His mother?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on January 20, 2008, 10:52:30 PM
That is Gabby.  She's my boss's dog.  We're taking care of her and Sally while they are away on vacation.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 21, 2008, 09:16:17 AM
She has a very feminine face.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on January 21, 2008, 10:55:15 AM
Very funny dog.  She just followed me around the entire weekend.  She's really afraid of the cat.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 22, 2008, 11:29:57 AM
I had that same doormat for a number of years.  It's funny because of my name being Matt.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on January 22, 2008, 11:53:09 AM
No actually the mat's name is Mat.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 22, 2008, 11:57:53 AM
Well, yes, mine was too.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on January 22, 2008, 11:58:50 AM
I wonder if they are related....
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 22, 2008, 12:00:00 PM
Long lost brothers...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on January 22, 2008, 05:18:53 PM
well, they are both doormats....

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Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 19, 2008, 10:50:49 AM
Uh-oh!

Quote
Forecast: Colder with Snow Threats Looming
Flakes likely Wednesday, more possible Friday

Quote
A clipper, a fast moving storm system originating from Canada, will approach the area from the west with some snow likely (60%). Right now, it appears that the best energy will move north of the DC area, leaving us with just a light accumulation -- maybe a dusting to an inch. However, there is still a lot of uncertainty with this system, so keep checking in as we fine tune the forecast

Quote
On Friday we will still be dealing with this complex storm system. Right now all options are on the table with the most likely a snow to ice/rain scenario. We will be pinpointing the details during the week as they become clearer.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 19, 2008, 12:14:34 PM
NOoooooooooOOOOOOOoooooooo!!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Matt on February 19, 2008, 12:21:40 PM
I walked across a mile of ice yesterday; your half an inch of panic really doesn't impress me.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 20, 2008, 05:32:23 PM
So the snow has started.  It's way too warm to stick to anything.  I went out to the bathroom and just about the entire operations staff were fleeing, saying they're going to "try" and get home before it gets bad.  One of them was actually talking about going to the store to get bread and milk.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on February 20, 2008, 05:37:43 PM
So the snow has started.  It's way too warm to stick to anything.  I went out to the bathroom and just about the entire operations staff were fleeing, saying they're going to "try" and get home before it gets bad.  One of them was actually talking about going to the store to get bread and milk.

hahahahaha

altho it was snowing my whole 40 minute trip (which normally takes 30 minutes) and I saw an accident cleaned up at the end of it at 3pm.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 20, 2008, 09:47:27 PM
This truly was "half an inch of panic." Ridiculous.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 20, 2008, 10:13:58 PM
More like a dusting of panic.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on October 10, 2008, 03:57:03 PM
IT BEGINS!

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitalweathergang/2008/10/snow_in_october.html

Quote
Snow in October?

It's happened before, and although the odds are long, there's no reason it couldn't happen again.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 10, 2008, 06:15:13 PM
The fucking Post . . .
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Matt on October 10, 2008, 06:57:13 PM
What!? It's 75 degrees in Iowa.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on October 10, 2008, 11:45:08 PM
What!? It's 75 degrees in Iowa.

It's 80 here.

The fucking Post . . .

YOUR LOVED ONES MURDERED?  IT'S BOUND TO HAPPEN GIVEN WHAT'S JUST GONE ON....in tomorrow's Post!

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 13, 2008, 03:14:43 PM
If you don't get it...

We'll throw it on your lawn for a month and hope that you decide you like it.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on October 28, 2008, 07:55:03 AM
Snow on Wednesday morning!  AAAHHH!!!  I'm going to buy a $10,000 gas generator from Pepco that always breaks down and needs twice weekly maintenance today!

Also, what did Pepco do with all that money they made off of that scam after Hurricane Isabel?

We don't care because it's gonna snoooow!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 28, 2008, 01:06:28 PM
zzzzz . . . I'm sorry. Did you say something?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on October 28, 2008, 04:43:29 PM
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitalweathergang/2008/10/i_heard_its_out_there_did_you.html

Quote
"Did you see any?" The whispers float around the web quickly, across story comments, message board posts, and blogs deep in the nether regions of the intertubes. "I swear I saw it on 66." Mixed between the cold rain, the wind whipping through the trees on a cold Monday morning in October, did you see it? Snow. The whisper of white that brings hope of hot chocolate at home, days without school, and 2 hour non-essential personnel delays. So, did YOU see it?

"The Whisper of White" also describes Obama.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on October 28, 2008, 11:23:19 PM
fucking hell.  Broadcast weather always has felt like the sideshow of the news.

But the early chill (it feels early to me) feels good to me, and I'm looking forward to testing my new tires, which are supposed to be much better in the snow than my old ski-equivalent summer tires.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 17, 2008, 12:13:37 AM
TUESDAY!!!!

OH GOD!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Cassander on November 17, 2008, 12:36:28 AM
ahhhhhhh! we're covered in it down here. absolutely mad.  school's out until MLK day.  all the food is chained up behind padlocks.  i bought a shotgun this afternoon.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 11, 2008, 12:12:29 PM
So I look at the news for the first time in a week and what's topping the headlines?  New Orleans blanketed in surprise snowfall.  Cass -- what's the deal?  Because I always associate New Orleans with heat stroke.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on December 11, 2008, 03:02:24 PM
Yeah, wtf... it's 60 degrees and a bit cloudy here.  It's rained for about 2 days straight and the rain is supposed to continue well into tonight.  NO FUCKING SNOW THOUGH WHAT THE HELL.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Cassander on December 12, 2008, 02:17:12 AM
snow from 9-11 am.  for me, no big deal.  i walked to work.  for the natives: OH MY FUCKING GOD IT'S THE INCAN APOCALYPSE.

In reality, it also snowed here one day in 2004.  it's really not that big of a deal.  nothing stuck and all the roads were dry by 4 pm.  but it's still fucking cold, which i don't appreciate.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 25, 2009, 01:19:17 PM
IT'S COMING!!!!!!!!


OH GOD!!!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 25, 2009, 01:58:29 PM
Gosh, a whole week of snow and wintry mix.  Good thing I spend 12 hours a day in an overheated, windowless office.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 25, 2009, 02:44:56 PM
I NEED BREAD AND MILK!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 25, 2009, 02:54:55 PM
I need beer.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on January 25, 2009, 03:55:43 PM
what are the lines at the beer store like during snow panics?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Tatertots on January 25, 2009, 06:10:05 PM
Like this:

..*..•...*.•..°.....°....
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2009, 07:06:01 AM
Snowing now.  Not sticking.  I look forward to my three hour commute.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2009, 10:55:37 AM
UPDATE!

One inch expected tonight.  One to three more inches tomorrow, and an ice storm predicted on Wednesday!

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 26, 2009, 12:15:49 PM
Just empty your veins now.  It's not worth fighting through!

Oh wait, you just have testicular epilepsy!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on January 26, 2009, 02:12:05 PM
mmm... excuses to work from home.

I do have to go in tomorrow, tho.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2009, 04:47:42 PM
OH GOD THE HUMANITY!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2009, 04:49:09 PM
There's now zero accumulation expected.  We've been downgraded to "slop."  For the next three days.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 27, 2009, 06:39:54 AM
Oh god!  Now they say we're due for six inches by the end of tomorrow.

Steady snow shower now, nothing scary.  Light dusting, roads look clear.  All schools closed, but the Fed is open so normal day for me.  Maybe I'll get lucky tomorrow.

I love hearing the long, silly list of closings on the radio.  Always nostalgic.  Though, more and more, they just tell you to go to their webpage.  Shame.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 27, 2009, 09:51:52 AM
OH DEAR GOD, HELP US!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 27, 2009, 10:16:07 AM
Left the apartment at 7am, and just got to work now (9:14am).  I'm usually here by 8am or 8:15.  Nice.

Snowing pretty hard... I'd say we're up to an inch. 

Metro is delayed in all directions, of course.  Snow on the tracks!  OMG! 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 27, 2009, 10:21:30 AM
I'd say we've close to two inches here in noVa.

I'm going to the grocery store!!!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 27, 2009, 10:39:37 AM
The current prediction is down again.  We're back to 1-3 inches, with it turning into ice tonight and tomorrow, moving into rain.  So back to "slop."

Maybe we'll get off early!  That'll be nice.

Post headline:

Quote
D.C. Area Snowfall Could Be Significant, Disruptive

Season's first major storm makes for hazardous driving; schools in Maryland and Virginia close ahead of potential accumulation of four inches.

Then the Post gets bogged down in statistics because nobody's dead yet:

Quote
Last winter, the snow total amounted to just 4.9 inches. The biggest snowfall last winter was 2.6 inches on Dec. 5, 2007. The only other snowfall of note was one inch on Feb. 20. If more than three inches of snow accumulates today, it will be the most snow to fall in almost two years.

"It simply hasn't been snowing," said Calvin Meadows of the National Weather Service. "I have no idea why. These things go in cycles."
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 27, 2009, 11:14:52 AM
This is fluffy easy snow.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on January 27, 2009, 11:58:41 AM
"I have no idea why"....please....try this for a reason jackass....

Quote
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Climate change is "largely irreversible" for the next 1,000 years even if carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions could be abruptly halted, according to a new study led by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The study's authors said there was "no going back" after the report showed that changes in surface temperature, rainfall and sea level are "largely irreversible for more than 1,000 years after CO2 emissions are completely stopped."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090127/ts_alt_afp/uswarmingenvironmentclimate_20090127132619
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 27, 2009, 12:12:41 PM
Hey, it's the Washington Post.  The whole paper is on the intelligence level of a third grade class project.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 27, 2009, 12:52:00 PM
Commuting photos from my crappy cellphone, as I cut through neighborhoods to the bus stop at 6:50am. 

http://www.greatsociety.org/uploads/userfiles/3/0127090717.jpg
http://www.greatsociety.org/uploads/userfiles/3/0127090721.jpg

I realized, halfway, that I should have brought my real camera... But I can't think straight till at least 10am.  I will tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 27, 2009, 01:24:02 PM
I think I've ranted before about the average Washingtonian's inability to drive in bad weather, so I won't do it again. That said, the lack of understanding of even the most basic laws of physics is astounding.

The possible ice storm tonight is worrisome though.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 27, 2009, 01:39:25 PM
Downgraded again to just an inch, with it tapering off mid-afternoon.  The "wintry mix" starts at 7pm and through the night, turning into rain before the morning commute.

Winter Storm averted!

It'll still take me an extra hour to get home, though.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 27, 2009, 01:40:10 PM
That's good to hear.

Not about your commute, about the weather.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 27, 2009, 01:42:43 PM
No it's not.  I want a death storm.  If it's going to do retarded winter stuff, then let's go all the way!  The last three winters have been the equivalent of "just put the tip of your penis inside of me because it hurts because daddy raped me as a child and just ignore me if I cry."
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: saintangelsin on January 27, 2009, 02:47:42 PM
I find it funny how people react to a dusting in this area. They act like it's such a big deal. There are kids behind McKeldin Library right now trying to sled ride down this hill. I almost want to yell at them that there isn't enough snow on the ground, but they'll just find me nuts. Seriously, the DC metro area are a bunch of pussies when it comes to handling winter weather. Back home in Allegany County, snow like this is a usual occurrence, yet around here it's a storm.  Speaking of back home, the weather channel is calling for 7 inches of snow and a quarter inch of freezing rain, which explains why school is closed up there and it makes me happy to not be in that mess!

Here at University of Maryland, it doesn't seem to take much to close things down. I was, however, surprised that I had my 8 am class today. It seems like if a flake even appears the university just shuts down. Instead, they called everything to be closed by 12:30 pm, which is nice because I didn't feel like going to my evening class tonight. I think what is really funny is that Frostburg State University is closing today at 5 pm, yet they're getting worse weather than College Park is.

In terms of snow, what we're getting is nothing. Now if we get even a quarter inch of ice tonight, then that is bad. I'm hoping that we don't get ice. I'd rather have five feet of snow than even an inch of ice.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 27, 2009, 03:18:58 PM
DC's one of the few places in the country that doesn't have any natural freakouts to worry about.  Moody, even-handed, sea-level, sub-tropic fringe.  No earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes.  No wet season or dry season.  Just hot, humid summers and mild winters.

So, yes, snow has always been A Thing.  Has been my whole life.  After a few decades, you can't emotionally handle any aberration from the normal, tedious, unchanging days.  You ever look at the climate charts for DC?  On average, we get the same amount of precipitation every month.  It's like clockwork.  The average temperatures are almost a straight line, except for high summer.

We're also constantly fearing The Return of the Blizzard.  DC's on a five year big blizzard schedule.  The last one was Pres. Day, 2003:

http://www.weatherbook.com/snow2003.html

So we're overdue.  But that last one was candy ass compared to the ones when I was a kid.  And the years in between are always light on snow.

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 27, 2009, 03:20:10 PM
As snow is more unusual, preparedness decreases and freak-outs increase.

If Florida ever got a couple inches of snow, it would probably paralyze the entire state for a week.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 27, 2009, 03:22:41 PM
As snow is more unusual, preparedness decreases and freak-outs increase.

And, yes, this too.  Our winters have been milder and milder since 03.  Jesus, I was out sunning on my balcony this time last year.

Also, am I the only disturbed that 2003 was so long ago?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 27, 2009, 03:32:28 PM
Washington Post is getting into great form today!

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The first snow of the season blanketed Washington and its suburbs with wet, white flakes this morning.

Why anybody subscribes to that fucking ludicrous newspaper is beyond me.

Rumor mill here at work -- the executive committee is in a closed door meeting.  Which means they're either discussing closing early or laying all of us off.  I'll be shocked if they let us go early because, well, the snow's stopped!

But, if the Post is to be believed, all of the graves are opening and the police have fled the city, leaving a lawless tangle of undead commuters who have locked their fenders together and are sliding uncontrollably around the Beltway.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 27, 2009, 04:15:38 PM
We're also constantly fearing The Return of the Blizzard.  DC's on a five year big blizzard schedule.  The last one was Pres. Day, 2003:

http://www.weatherbook.com/snow2003.html

So we're overdue.  But that last one was candy ass compared to the ones when I was a kid.  And the years in between are always light on snow.



Blizzard of '93 . . . changed my life . . .
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on January 27, 2009, 04:32:55 PM
Around 10am today, in moderate traffic going 60-65mph on the highway, a lexus suv cut me off for no reason other than getting there sliiiighly faster maybe.

About 500 feet later, in the middle of a tight turn on the exit ramp, he cut me off again.

After the traffic light, he cut me off a third time. 

Yay dc drivers in the snow! 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 27, 2009, 05:13:01 PM
A bit of commuter confusion reported from my friend at the FDA and another friend at SSA -- apparently, the Feds have "unofficially" closed.  So OPM is reporting open, but everybody at SSA and FDA were just told to go home.

Any other government wonks out there got a report?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on January 27, 2009, 05:16:49 PM
Blizzard of '93 . . . changed my life . . .

When did you guys have that?  We actually had a blizzard down here in '93 too... it was a freak storm, but goddamn if it wasn't over a foot of snow that fell even down here... I will never forget that morning.  It was the day after we got back from spring break in Florida, so that would have been early/mid March... so much fun.  I still don't think I've ever seen so much snow fall in one night, even during all my years living in Ohio.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 27, 2009, 05:19:33 PM
Same one, Nubbins.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_of_the_Century_(1993)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 27, 2009, 05:27:56 PM
RC, were you at D&E in 93?  We were able to jump from the third floor of Presidential into the snow drifts...it was awesome.  I couldn't get enough of that.  I think WV got 44 inches, and Pres hill got drifts that doubled that.  The bottom floor balcony was just a tunnel of snow.

Had some scary moments, too.  They couldn't clear the roads.  Sent in a truck to clear 219, and it got snowbound.  Sent another, and it fucked up.  So we had a few days of being cut off from the world.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on January 27, 2009, 05:32:31 PM
Why can't we have a storm of the century every year?  That thing was so much fun.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 27, 2009, 05:43:31 PM
See, that five year cycle thing I talked about is pretty fun.  We got smacked in 96 with a couple feet, then we were clear till 2003. 

The front page article I posted today was the 84 storm, I think.

DC hasn't yet gone more than 7 years without a real snowstorm.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 27, 2009, 06:55:12 PM
'93 was my senior year of high school. We were on the way back from a school choir trip to New Jersey when it started. The bus was silent for hours as we watched it come down, and I had this weird epiphany about art, love, and life.

It snowed so much my dad, a pipe fitter who never took off work couldn't get to DC for two days. It was better than X-Mas because it was in like March wasn't it?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 27, 2009, 08:00:11 PM
Yeah, March.

So the commute home was easy.  Even got home a little earlier than usual.  No visible driver fuckery from my perch in the Metrobus.  Weird.

Half the staff left early because half the staff can't afford to live in the area and they're driving out to Mt. Airy or down to La Plata.  Losers.  That'd be a bad commute even if the world ended.

Tomorrow morning is now the death day.  But...yawn.

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: saintangelsin on January 27, 2009, 11:34:47 PM
No  tornados.

Actually, the weather channel did an episode of "It Could Happen Tomorrow" and it was about tornados in DC. Apparently, they're highly possible, which is a no brainer considering how Northern Virginia at least each summer gets them, and every so many years, Maryland gets them too. Not that I'm trying to be dramatic, but growing up in the mountains I never thought a tornado was possible, but that changed when I was 12 and living in Cumberland. June 2, 1998 was when Frostburg got hit with an F-4.

We're also constantly fearing The Return of the Blizzard.  DC's on a five year big blizzard schedule.  The last one was Pres. Day, 2003:

http://www.weatherbook.com/snow2003.html

So we're overdue.  But that last one was candy ass compared to the ones when I was a kid.  And the years in between are always light on snow.



Blizzard of '93 . . . changed my life . . .

I remember Blizzard of 1993. That was when I went two weeks without school. At the time my family and I were living in Garrett County. I remember loads of snow, sub zero temperatures and then there was a nasty ice storm with wind. I think we went a day or two without electricity as well.

As for the Blizzard of 1996, at the time I was in the 5th grade, living in Allegany county. I don't remember the snow, but what I do remember was the flooding we had in the area. It was pretty damn horrific along the Potomac. (Granted, it wasn't 1985 flooding, but it's probably some of the worst my area has seen since 85)

For me, I think the storm that changed my life was in 2003. I was a senior in high school at the time. I remember being a bit bummed out that my high school's valentine's day dance was going to be postponed. The reason I was bummed out about it was that I somehow got voted onto sweetheart court (yes I even had a crown lol) and my friend Nathan was going to go with me (which he did when it got rescheduled). Anyhow, the dance got postponed because of some Lake effect snow squall that was going to happen that Saturday night, which it did. Sunday of that weekend wasn't so bad, but the real storm started that night. I remember waking up Monday morning, opening the kitchen door to find the entire front porch of my house surrounded by a 5 foot wall of snow. It was surreal. I think it took two days for the roads to be cleared and the neighborhood to be dug out. School, however, was only canceled for a week or so.

Part of the reason that storm was so eye opening for me was that I've always been tall since I was young and I never thought I'd see the day where I'd end up in snow and snow driffts that were about as tall as I am. I'm very close to 5'8" and there were moments I had snow up to at least my chest.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2009, 05:34:36 AM
END OF THE WORLD!  Ice!  The world outside my window is a glazed cake.

And why am I awake at 4:30am?  Because all the early commuters are out there chip-chip-chipping at their cars (have been for half an hour).  Those who are done chipping (started at 3am) are all now stuck in the road spinning their tires.  Whirrrrrrrr!!!!  Whirrrrr!!!! 

Why?  Because the Feds are open!  The fuckers!  There must be an inch of ice on the ground.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2009, 05:41:08 AM
stuff

A tornado can hit anywhere, anytime, yes.  But we do not live in, say, Tornado Alley, which is what I mean when I say no tornadoes.  I'm talking normal weather events, not meteor strikes.

And I pine for those snowdrifts taller than I am.  I think my most joyous moments were in 93 at college -- jumping 30 feet into snow.  The free-fall, the contact, the terrifying sense of suffocation as you plummet into the drift, clawing out and falling into the dim, grey ground floor area, almost totally sealed in.

This guy outside my window has been spinning his tires for 40 minutes.  Just call in sick, dude.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2009, 05:46:37 AM
45 minutes of constantly spinning his tires!  STOP IT!  Wow.  I'm surprised the tires are still intact.  Maybe he's trying to burn through to the asphalt.  He does have himself perched up on a hill now.  Would love to see him slide back a little.

Now his car did just make a sick noise.  A loud crack and a weird sort of scream.  And he didn't even pause!  Just spinning away!  A couple of dog walkers are standing out there watching him now.  Even the dogs are staring.

Meanwhile, I'm going to go jam chopsticks into my ears.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2009, 05:52:30 AM
Fed has switched to "unscheduled leave."  Which is the same as "open" for me because my company, and others, now keep track of who drives and who takes public transport.  So I have to go to work (or else there's hell to pay).  And we'll be, at best, at quarter staff today.  So the world will suck hard for eight hours. Yay.

And wheel spinner is winning.  He's halfway up the hill out of here.  He's going to make it to work today and all it cost him was one car! 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2009, 06:18:37 AM
OH!  Crash!  A rear wheel drive van just slid back into the dumpsters.

Meanwhile wheel spinner is STILL SPINNING HIS WHEELS!  Smoke rising up, about 12 people have gathered to give him advice.  Nobody is, you know, fucking pushing.  This has been 80 minutes of just full throttle.  I'm stunned.  I'm going to go out and push in a moment.  I was thinking about blowing off work today, but now I just want to get out of here.  These people are crazy.

edit: 5:26am
Nobody can make it out of here.  So far we've got:

Wheel Spinner (STILL SPINNING!)

Rear Wheel Van sliding all over the place like he's also made of ice.

Nameless Sedan trapped sideways

SUV doing okay, but trapped because of the nameless sedan and wheel spinner, who are now blocking both exits.

Right now, SUV has come to a rest outside my window, where I see the glow of a cell phone here in the morning darkness.  He's the only smart one.  Call in and park, buddy.  Enjoy the day.

People are now ignoring wheel spinner.

edit: 5:33:

SUV is not calling it a day!  An attempt to get out past wheel spinner.  Except he can't make it up the hill either and has started spinning his wheels.

Meanwhile, some little crappy white car just happily chugged past both the SUV and the wheel spinner.  No problem.  Like a little Tercel or something.  That actually stopped wheel spinner. But then he started up again.

Wait!  SUV guy just abandoned his car.  Lights off, gets out, slams the door, stomps away.  People who were watching wheel spinner are now moving towards the SUV.  This is better than TV!

Edit: 5:37:

People are finally helping wheel spinner.  Five folks pushing, one chipping away at the ice on the road.

SUV...still abandoned.  And blocking the road.  Sliding van: Stranded.

edit: 5:42:

Wheel Spinner is free and away!  That was incredible.

Meanwhile, meth neighbor just piled into his mystery white truck and drove calmly off.

SUV is still abandoned.  A little Toyota almost his it and, because the driver tried to avoid hitting it, he's now stuck.  And he was doing fine.

So...another car spinning its tires.  But, like a normal person, he reversed out, parked normally, and went home after a few minutes.

Another car is also wheel spinning, though.  Trying to follow the champion wheel spinner's path up the other hill.

All this, by the way, illustrates why I will always work for the government or a non profit.  Fucking having to show up to work like your life depends on it is insane.

edit: 5:49:

Okay, the decent people are all awake now and out there helping people.  The current wheel spinning car is getting a push, stranded van is clear.  The SUV is still abandoned.  I can't believe he just walked away with his car sitting in the road.  Fucking idiot.  Back up and park in any of the zillion empty spaces, moron.


Edit: 5:55:


The snowplow came through and couldn't continue because of the abandoned SUV.  So it had to back out.  Nice.

5:56:

Ah, it just went around the block.  And now it's gleefully piling ice up against the SUV.  So one exit is now SUV-Icewall!

edit: 6:08:

So the SUV driver came out and threw a fit and the snowplow guy pulled him free.

Now everything is clear, salted, sanded, and ready to go.

That won't change the fact that I'll be alone in the office.

My question -- who are these poor bastards going to work at 3 and 4 am?  God.  I feel like half my day is over.  That was three exciting hours right there.  Now I've nothing left but to get ready for work.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on January 28, 2009, 07:52:11 AM
RC, were you at D&E in 93?  We were able to jump from the third floor of Presidential into the snow drifts...it was awesome.  I couldn't get enough of that.  I think WV got 44 inches, and Pres hill got drifts that doubled that.  The bottom floor balcony was just a tunnel of snow.

Had some scary moments, too.  They couldn't clear the roads.  Sent in a truck to clear 219, and it got snowbound.  Sent another, and it fucked up.  So we had a few days of being cut off from the world.

I remember that, it was over Spring Break right?  I think I actually drove home in that with Molly, if that's the same one then it took us 12 hrs to get home.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2009, 09:44:52 AM
Yeah, it was break.  I ate mac and cheese from Wal Mart for days!

At work now.  A very easy commute.  Sadly, there are only two other people here.  So I had to sign onto the phones an hour early.  Amusingly, all the calls coming through are APA employees calling out, wanting to be transferred to their bosses.  Which makes no sense to me.  You don't know your boss's number? 

Anyway, hopefully this means I get to leave at 5pm.  I doubt it... But it certainly means I get to leave early Friday.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 28, 2009, 10:03:33 AM
My job involves driving. Should I call in?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2009, 10:06:02 AM
If I had to drive to work today, I would have called in.  The main roads are pretty clear, but it's nasty out there.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 28, 2009, 10:09:19 AM
Had to chip the ice off the care, but then everything was fine.  I'm sure at 5am or whatever it was horrible.  I almost fell about 5 times during de-icing procedures, but the actual roads were fine.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2009, 10:14:45 AM
Yeah, main roads are clear.  And, yes, I almost fell several times.  Especially at the station, because Metro likes to use slip'n'slide brand tiling.

I'm just always on hand to advise a day off, because I think working is bad.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 28, 2009, 10:21:27 AM
I took the day off because WTOP says ice is everywhere.

Bethesda Metro Station is closed, by the way.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2009, 10:23:20 AM
Yeah, my email is full of the disruption notices.  That means my boss is in hell right now.

And good!  A day off.  I suggest you start drinking now, then get some writing done.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 28, 2009, 10:24:11 AM
I'm going to play internet games and post on GS all day.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2009, 10:25:35 AM
That is another option.  The world's your oyster!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 01, 2009, 11:00:53 AM
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5 to 8 inches of snow expected.

AAHH!

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 01, 2009, 11:15:17 AM
Seriously. We have to drive to Fredericksburg today.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 01, 2009, 12:21:55 PM
I think it's supposed to start tonight.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 01, 2009, 01:27:42 PM
Hopefully after 8:00pm.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on March 01, 2009, 03:05:26 PM
Monster snow here today.... well... monster if you're from Georgia.  I'd say there's an inch or two on the ground already, it's still snowing and they're starting to tell people to stay off the roads.  The driveway is actually starting to slush over. 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on March 01, 2009, 03:07:57 PM
Quote
DC to Boston buried in snow Monday
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 01, 2009, 03:09:38 PM
Great . . .
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 01, 2009, 07:47:39 PM
Pretty steady snowfall now.  A light dusting so far, but I'm just back from a very peaceful, lengthy walk... Sidewalks are starting to ice up and the snow is getting heavier.

Begin Snowday Prayer! 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 01, 2009, 08:13:07 PM
I'm in for the night. Part of me wants the snow day, but it'll also fuck up my week. Still, I could take a writing day . . .
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 01, 2009, 08:28:19 PM
Well, it's not sticking on the roads.  Though it's coming in pretty heavy... And weather.com still says up to 8 inches.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 01, 2009, 08:43:02 PM
Not sticking to the roads here either.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2009, 01:09:37 AM
It is now, though!  Quite a storm.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2009, 05:58:32 AM
Two hour delay.

Looks to be about six inches out there, and still coming down hard.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2009, 06:12:56 AM
And, by the way, in the days before Obama called us pussies, this would have ranked a day off.  Easy.

So another reason to hate Obama.  Now he's costing us days off.  WE DON'T WANT TO GO TO WORK ASSHOLE!  THAT'S THE POINT OF A SNOW DAY!  God, President Clueless. 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2009, 09:21:43 AM
So we've got three cars stuck, one crashed into the dumpsters, and I've heard nothing but sirens in the distance for hours.  God...it's the apocalypse out there.

They have not plowed the parking lot and, after a little walk in the still heavy snow, they haven't plowed any of the roads leading into the complex.

I'm leaving for work at 9am.  Let's see if Washington's meager fleet of snowplows have actually cleared the main roads.

At work, since most of the staff live hours away because nobody can afford to have that job and live anywhere near DC, I'm sure it'll be hell.  Me and the few other Metro people on the phones all day...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 02, 2009, 09:29:07 AM
Did you check for Metro delays? It looks about six to seven inches here. I think places further south are supposed to be hit harder.

Gorgeous though. THIS is what a snow storm should be.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2009, 09:36:16 AM
Trains are on time, but my bus ride will be slow.  Which is fine, because I'll just sit in the back reading for two hours.

It is beautiful.  I have some pictures from my balcony which I'll post tonight.  It's really tempting to just stay home and watch... But, of well, I'll take my time getting in.  Two hour delay means I don't have to sign in till 11:30, so if I get downtown early I might just walk around a bit.  Fuck them.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 02, 2009, 09:39:09 AM
I'm calling in. My job is driving, so I have all the excuse in the world. It's a Maynard day.

Have you seen the forecast for the rest of the week? Slowly warming until it'll be fifties and sixties by early next week. Go figure.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2009, 09:50:00 AM
I'm so tempted to call in...but they know I'm on public transport.  I'll just get yelled at.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Cassander on March 02, 2009, 10:00:32 AM
you northern bastards and your cold fronts.  i actually had to turn the heater on last night!  this is march, goddammit!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 02, 2009, 10:32:28 AM
It's a Yankee plot against the south, Cass.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2009, 12:01:29 PM
So it took the bus 40 minutes to show up, then an hour to get to the train, which was running fine.  So I'm fresh off of a two hour commute!  Yay! 

And there are only three people here.  Half the building's dark.  Everyone in their right mind called out.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 02, 2009, 12:24:20 PM
You should have called out too.

Is your boss there?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2009, 12:34:47 PM
Vernae's here.  If I call out, I lose my "checkmark" for this week.  I'm only allowed to miss three checkmarks before I lose my quarterly bonus.

I'm short one already, so this would have been two down.  Not worth the gamble.  If I get sick this month and miss that third mark, then it'll be a financial disaster.

So...I think I'll schedule Friday off.  When it's in the 60's.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 02, 2009, 12:35:34 PM
Nice.

Hey, it's a short day . . . Silver Lining.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2009, 12:40:38 PM
Yeah.  11:30-6.  With an hour lunch hiding in there.  Then the long slog home.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2009, 01:01:41 PM
Okay, so there are six of us here today.  Half staff.  Two are leaving in the early afternoon. 

Yeah, I'm putting in for a day off on Friday.  God forbid I have to work hard one day a week!  I don't know if my constitution can handle it...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on March 02, 2009, 01:05:21 PM
Of course, all the snow's melted here.  Gay.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on March 02, 2009, 02:34:47 PM
I got to work at 10.  I just stepped out for lunch and the roads are still pretty bad.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2009, 02:36:22 PM
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Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on March 02, 2009, 02:48:09 PM
I want to dig too.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2009, 02:51:04 PM
DIG, DAMN YOU, DIG!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2009, 02:55:35 PM
So every single person in the processing department took the day off.  Walked over there to hand in all the shit I've been doing since I got in and it's dark over there.  Awesome.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: fajwat on March 02, 2009, 03:01:40 PM
Good thing you were there to hand it to them, though!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2009, 03:02:57 PM
No, I brought it back to my desk.  I've now decided to not actually do any work today.  Just transfer people to voicemails in the processing department.

Operation Voicemail Cascade Failure!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on March 02, 2009, 03:15:57 PM
The real question is... is everyone who called in still getting paid today?  Are they salaried?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2009, 03:20:03 PM
Yes.  Everyone's salaried.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on March 02, 2009, 03:36:11 PM
Yep.  I'd be pissed.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2009, 03:37:01 PM
I really do want to dig.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on March 02, 2009, 03:38:40 PM
Root through people's desks... set booby traps.  This is what you should be doing with your day.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2009, 03:39:52 PM
No.  I should have brought a six pack.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on March 02, 2009, 03:47:47 PM
You should be wrapping people's desks, monitors, keyboards, pens, pencils, paper, phones... everything, in saran wrap right this minute.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2009, 03:51:48 PM
Now there's an idea!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on March 02, 2009, 03:59:47 PM
We used to do it to the shipping guy when I worked at Tower... drove him nuts.  It was even better there, though because we had a shrink wrap machine for repackaging CD's and DVD's... one night, we literally shrunk wrapped everything on, in and around his desk.  Even his phone cord.  All of his pens were individually wrapped.  It was awesome.  So much fun.

Also fun: Filling someone's office entirely with crumpled up newspaper or balloons.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2009, 04:01:45 PM
No wonder Tower went out of business.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on March 02, 2009, 04:50:18 PM
I was just going to say....
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2009, 08:21:35 PM
So the somewhat major residential road that leads back to my apartment complex has not yet been plowed!  The bus let us off at the top of the road and we had to walk a mile in.

If I had to drive to work, it would have been impossible.

I'm calling the White House to see if Obama will personally come plow the road for us.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 02, 2009, 08:24:50 PM
It'll be interesting to see if the papers say anything about that tomorrow.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2009, 08:26:20 PM
Oh, no.  God forbid anyone brings it up.  HAIL THE GREAT LEADER!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Cassander on March 02, 2009, 10:08:41 PM
in chicago, snow plows you!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on March 03, 2009, 03:00:42 PM
Just demonstrate some flinty toughness already!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on March 04, 2009, 02:44:54 PM
Melt the snow with your charisma!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 06, 2009, 05:07:46 PM
Snow pics!


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Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 06, 2009, 05:13:16 PM
By the way, here's the problem with DC -- the pictures above were taken Monday morning, and here's Friday morning:


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Hmmm...no more snow.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Tatertots on March 06, 2009, 05:33:37 PM
Clearly a Zionist conspiracy is afoot.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 06, 2009, 08:12:52 PM
70s tomorrow.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 06, 2009, 08:20:29 PM
70s tomorrow.

Damn.  And I have to go drink beer at a picnic in Glover Park and then meet with investors in Bethesda for the 2010 book!  Terrible!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 06, 2009, 08:22:03 PM
Awful way to spend a lovely Saturday.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 06, 2009, 08:25:55 PM
Awful way to spend a lovely Saturday.

It is!  And there I'll be surrounded by blonde Danish women wearing clothes suitable for 70 degree weather, too!  Dreadful!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 12, 2009, 03:45:26 PM
Were we talking about the Storm of 93 in this thread somewhere?

Anyway, Washington Post is waxing nostalgic:

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Sixteen years ago this week, nearly the entire eastern third of the nation was ravaged March 12-14, 1993, by a massive storm often called "The Storm of the Century" (20th century, that is). More modestly -- on account of other storms that have rivaled in strength and impact, like the the "Blizzard of '78" -- it's called the "Superstorm of March '93."

For me, though, it will forever remain THE Big One -- and not just because of its intensity, size and associated extreme weather, including significant snow in the D.C. area. In a former life, my research was largely focused on the development, evolution and especially the predictability of extratropical cyclones (a fancy term for the typical U.S. storm system that usually has a cold front and warm front extending out from a low-pressure center), especially those occurring during the cold season along the East Coast.

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this storm was that it was highly predictable.

Keep reading for the skinny on the '93 Superstorm...

I'll get back to the storm's predictability in a moment, but first please note there are many excellent accounts of the storm, its impacts and aftermath (e.g., here, here, and here). The main highlights?... the storm was characterized by hurricane-force winds, record snowfalls, and record low temperatures and barometric pressure readings. It may not have been the most severe blizzard on record, but it was the largest in terms of the area affected. Snowfall in the D.C. area ranged from 8 to 13 inches, with 18 inches north and west of the city in Frederick County. Tornadoes, thunderstorms and flooding occurred as the storm's trailing cold from barreled across the Southeast. The storm was blamed for 270 deaths and damages topping $6 billion.

Just how well was the storm predicted? This was the first time the National Weather Service (NWS) was able to accurately forecast a storm of this magnitude 5 to 6 days in advance -- and do so with a high level of confidence. Since then, however, similar forecasting successes in the medium range (3-10 days in advance) have been few and far between, even with the tremendous advances in atmospheric science, forecast models and computer power.

The only decent snowstorm locally this winter, which generally dumped 5-8" across the area March 1-2, most certainly was not included in the "few and far between," as confidence in the potential for significant snow didn't really come until just a couple days before, and confidence was fluctuating even as the storm got underway.

The key to understanding the exceptionally accurate medium-range forecasts of the Superstorm was, in fact, its size. Larger-scale weather systems are intrinsically "easier" to forecast. Thus, for example, large winter storms are more predictable than, for example, a summer line of thunderstorms. And, the Superstorm -- to the best of my knowledge -- was broader in areal extent than any other storm in recorded history.

In this regard, the measure relevant to the predictability of a weather system is its wavelength, or in other words the distance between the two high pressure centers on either side (west and east) of the low-pressure center. The wavelength of the Superstorm was about 3,500 miles. In comparison, the wavelength of the storm here earlier this month was approximately 2,100 miles. Not unusually, in both cases there were smaller-scale features (wavelength less than about 200 miles), such as snow bands and thunderstorms, embedded in the larger-scale circulations.

Recall from above that the Superstorm was not only predicted 5-6 days in advance, but done so with an unprecedented degree of confidence. There was skepticism in some quarters about this, including reluctance by many TV stations to buy into these early warnings; but, NWS stuck to its guns and proved correct. I, personally, played an important role in this. At the time I was among those at the NWS National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) who was pioneering the development and applications of an operational ensemble prediction system (background here; latest model output here).

Ensemble forecasting involves a single model being run multiple (nowadays up to 50) times, each time with a set of slightly different initial conditions (temperatures, winds, pressure, etc.) in order to account for possible inaccuracies in the measured initial conditions. Each of these runs is known as an ensemble member, and together ensemble members provide a reasonably good portrayal of possible outcomes.

Although the system was still in its experimental phase in March 1993, output was made available to forecasters at NCEP's Hydrometeorological Prediction Center who provide guidance to all NWS local forecast offices. The long and short of this was that beginning 5-6 days in advance the ensembles consistently showed virtual unanimity amongst ensemble members in predicting the nature and severity of the impending Superstorm.

The rest is history with regard to the NWS's successful forecasting of this particular storm, and more generally a recognition of the importance of continued development and use of ensemble prediction for assessing uncertainties and levels of confidence in all weather forecasts. This led a few years ago to NCEP implementing its operational Short Range Ensemble Forecast System.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 05, 2009, 02:32:27 PM
OH GOD!!! I NEED TOILET PAPER!!!

First DC snowfall of the year and it's quite pleasant actually. After some X-Mas shopping this morning, I made some homemade vegetable soup while Mrs. RC whipped up some cornbread muffins.

About to crack a bottle of red, and settle in to work on 'Helena' in between napping with my dog and snuggling by the Christmas tree.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2009, 03:36:29 PM
Mulled wine, bread and cheese, and an overheated apartment here.  It does seem strangely calm today.  No machine gun fire.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 05, 2009, 04:12:54 PM
MMMmmm . . . mulled wine.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on December 05, 2009, 04:16:20 PM
A bit of a mob scene at the children's boot aisle in Target, but otherwise calm and slushy.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 05, 2009, 04:17:32 PM
Somebody go to Lowes and try to buy a snow shovel.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2009, 04:23:39 PM
We're going to go on a Winter Wonderland drive at the Audubon.  After drinking lots of mulled wine.  Awesome!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on December 11, 2009, 11:13:31 AM
<3 Calvin
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 14, 2009, 12:52:55 PM
Those really are ageless.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 17, 2009, 11:25:55 AM
Text from NW alerted me to a "giant" snowstorm on Saturday.  And Weather.com agrees...all day snow.

I'm going out to buy a snow shovel tonight!

Meanwhile, the monthly dinner is at RC's place in deepest Virginia on Saturday...with the storm beginning in the early AM. 

So... We shall see.  Because my first reaction is to get under the bed with a shiny, never used snow shovel and $500 of bread, milk, and toilet paper and make high, keening animal noises until the snow stops.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 17, 2009, 11:28:45 AM
Oh god!

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Snowstorm Threatens Last-Minute Shoppers in the mid-Atlantic

I like how the weather maps look like they're depicting the events in 2012.

http://www.accuweather.com/regional-news-story.asp?region=eastusnews
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 17, 2009, 12:48:57 PM
Mrs. RC and I are discussing the deal now. Will keep an eye on the weather.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 17, 2009, 01:32:31 PM
As will we.  Unfortunately, looks like we'll have to wait till Saturday morning for a definitive decision.  I hate to cancel based on hype, but nothing's going to start until midnight Friday...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 17, 2009, 02:00:47 PM
I wouldn't you guys to drive down on shitty roads with insane DC drivers. We'll play it by ear.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 18, 2009, 10:58:09 AM
Well, so our monthly dinner is a wash.  Unless we wake up tomorrow and...there's nothing.  Which wouldn't surprise me because the world is full of lies.

My day off today: Emergency shopping seemingly with the idea that we won't be able to leave the house for a month.  Eggs, milk, bacon, dinner makings, shark repellent, and a shotgun for the starving wolves that'll come down from the mountains and snuffle at our door, or just stand out in the snowy night, staring balefully up at our windows while the electricity fails, the water stops, and the government collapses.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 18, 2009, 12:59:32 PM
Okay, I survived two grocery store trips.  Giant was insane.  They had police helping with the parking.  There were no available carts or baskets, and I wasn't the only person walking around with an armload of groceries.  Everyone was frantic and wild-eyed.

Whole Foods was a different story -- busy as fuck, but the folks were a lot more calm as they stocked up on olives, cheeses, and soy hamburgers.

Then I stepped into Mont. County Liquor.  It was deadsville...but two semis had just come in packed with booze.  The clerks were wildly unloading them, and you literally had to (and were told to) just climb over the boxes and slide into the store.  Then I had to call out what I wanted because all the aisles were blocked.

The cashier said, "We're getting ready for the storm."

(Side note: All the restaurants in the county have to by their stock from MoCo Liquor outlets, so the insane stocking up is primarily for the businesses, not the regular folk).

At all three stops, and in the parking lots, the conversations were the same:  The end is coming.  The Rapture begins tonight at 9pm with light flurries and, come Saturday morning, only the sinners will remain on the blighted, snow-swept, dead face of the Earth.

 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 18, 2009, 01:42:15 PM
The NW just called from work where, it sounds like, everyone is clustered around the TV watching the cloud of snow -- shaped much like the hand of Jesus Christ -- moving towards us. 

She whispered: "They're saying 10-20 inches now..."

Behind her, the wailing screams of co-workers and distant machine gun fire from the street.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on December 18, 2009, 02:03:25 PM
Oh god, I wish we could get some of that snow!!!

If the weather we're having here now moves up to you by Saturday or Sunday... you're screwed.  It's pouring down rain here now.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 18, 2009, 02:09:31 PM
That is exactly what's coming up here, man.  The same system getting you now has made DC ground zero.

I love how the approaching fringe looks like pincers.  Currently rolling into middle Virginia...

And here's some from the warning:

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* ACCUMULATIONS... HEAVY SNOW WITH ACCUMULATIONS OF 10 TO 20 INCHES THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT.

* TIMING... SNOW WILL BEGIN BETWEEN 11 PM AND 2 AM TONIGHT AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL BE HEAVIEST BETWEEN 8 AM AND 6 PM SATURDAY.

* TEMPERATURES... UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S THROUGH THE EVENT... LOW TO MID 30S IN COASTAL SOUTHERN MARYLAND.

* WINDS... 10 TO 20 MPH THROUGH THE EVENT... WITH GUSTS OF 25 TO 30 MPH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 18, 2009, 02:44:39 PM
I'm kind of stoked actually. Mrs. RC and I thought we were having people over tomorrow, so we're stocked up with good food and booze we usually don't have.

As long as the power stays on . . .
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on December 18, 2009, 02:45:19 PM
See, that weather report would make me so giddy with excitement.  
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on December 18, 2009, 02:45:55 PM
AND they're calling it an "event"... it's not just a "storm"... It's an EVENT!  THE event, even!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 18, 2009, 02:47:32 PM
Nacho, are you under Pepco's umbrella up there?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 18, 2009, 03:15:47 PM
Yeah, we're Pepco.  And this old building loses power if a leaf falls on it.  So I guess the NW and I will be in the dark tonight in front of the stove drinking wine.

Our plan tomorrow is to go to the Audubon and have a wooded winterland walk. 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 18, 2009, 03:18:34 PM
Pepco is notorious for losing power when shit like this happens.

Wind is supposed to be pretty fierce with this snow, so walking might not be as pleasant as you think, though if you're in the woods it'll likely be nicer.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 18, 2009, 03:20:18 PM
We'll be crushed by deadfalls, fall prey to the Christmas Critters, and run afoul of homicidal deer.  Just another Saturday at the Audubon!

Meanwhile, tonight is an event, and the chick who quit is helming it.  So I'm standing by for emergency phone calls.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 18, 2009, 03:24:50 PM
My buddy who works at the Kennedy Center says every other phone call is "WE'RE ALL GOING DIE ON SATURDAY!!!!"
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 18, 2009, 04:34:13 PM
Yeah, no shit.

Head's up, RC!  The map on Weatherbug says that the first parts of the storm have reached Dumfries.  You're next!

YOU'RE NEXT!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 18, 2009, 04:34:57 PM
OH GOD!!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on December 18, 2009, 04:37:25 PM
My buddy who works at the Kennedy Center says every other phone call is "WE'RE ALL GOING DIE ON SATURDAY!!!!"

Does your buddy say they are open tonight?  I have plans to go tonight and their website doesn't say anything about cancelations.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 18, 2009, 04:37:56 PM
WE'RE OUT OF SNOW SHOVELS!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 18, 2009, 04:40:30 PM
My buddy who works at the Kennedy Center says every other phone call is "WE'RE ALL GOING DIE ON SATURDAY!!!!"

Does your buddy say they are open tonight?  I have plans to go tonight and their website doesn't say anything about cancelations.

You should call. I've seen all of my neighbors come home early and, no shit, they've each had to make three tripps to unload their groceries. The half an inch of panic is in full swing.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 18, 2009, 04:44:25 PM
Haha! A neighbor just went along the sidewalk with a shopping cart full of groceries. Insane!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on December 18, 2009, 04:48:00 PM
My buddy who works at the Kennedy Center says every other phone call is "WE'RE ALL GOING DIE ON SATURDAY!!!!"

Does your buddy say they are open tonight?  I have plans to go tonight and their website doesn't say anything about cancelations.

You should call. I've seen all of my neighbors come home early and, no shit, they've each had to make three tripps to unload their groceries. The half an inch of panic is in full swing.

I did call, but there was no recording about cancelations.  Again, since it's not supposed to start until late tonight I'm pretty sure they won't cancel anything tonight.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 18, 2009, 04:51:03 PM
They're pussies if they do.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on December 18, 2009, 04:51:34 PM
No shit.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 18, 2009, 05:03:12 PM
Oh my god... It's getting cloudy!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 18, 2009, 05:04:27 PM
Current Post headline:

Quote
East Coast braces for massive 'thundersnow'
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 18, 2009, 05:17:33 PM
I'm watching the satellite clouds move on weather.com. What have I become?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on December 18, 2009, 05:30:38 PM
Time to break out your copies of The Thing!

It just seems like a snow storm movie to me.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 18, 2009, 05:34:27 PM
Okay, neighbors!  I need all of you to put a sample of your blood into these petri dishes...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 18, 2009, 07:34:01 PM
Snow estimates are up to twenty inches+.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 18, 2009, 10:17:53 PM
Oh my god!  Snow flurries!

If this keeps up, Pepco will have a county-wide shutdown by midnight!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 18, 2009, 10:34:26 PM
The brunt of it isn't supposed to start until after midnight.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 18, 2009, 11:05:52 PM
So the ground's already covered.  The neighbors in the next building are outside eating a corpse.  It's coming down heavy, steady, and mean right now.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 19, 2009, 12:15:03 AM
We're at the one inch mark.  I was thinking about a nightime walk, but all the drunks are outside in fin de siecle mode and I'm scared of them.
Title: Half an inch of panic: The photos 09!
Post by: nacho on December 19, 2009, 09:41:52 AM
Wow, so I merged the photo thread with this one back in 07?  Weird.

Here are the pictures from then:
http://www.greatsociety.org/forums/index.php/topic,1043.msg46187.html#msg46187

I didn't find any for 2008...

And here are this morning's pictures.  We're about 6-8 inches here, and the hard snow is still to come.  I haven't really sorted them...just a random spread of shots from The Village's front courtyard and the road.

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Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 19, 2009, 10:56:01 AM
Gorgeous!

We're slipping a little brandy into the morning tea and coffee and about to settle in for a jigsaw puzzle. When did I turn 75?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 19, 2009, 11:09:17 AM
The new warning says 22 inches, wind gusts to 40, and whiteout conditions.

The snow is heavy now. We're drinking coffee and watching evil aliens. I'm also thinking about how to get to Bethesda for the Tommy Joe's blizzard special - dollar drafts 1130 to 10.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 19, 2009, 11:32:13 AM
Air conditioner cam!


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Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 19, 2009, 12:19:58 PM
See, this is when having a bar walking distance would be primo.

We had a scare where our heat pump started blowing out cool air. Turned out it had switched over to auxiliary heat because the outdoor unit got covered in snow. I had to trudge out to the heat pump and clean all the snow off. All is well now, though I'll probably have to do another cleaning before morning.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 19, 2009, 12:30:28 PM
Ah!  We can go see if the Red Dog is open next door.  Good idea, RC.  I was trying to talk the NW into walking to Bethesda, but she just stares blankly at me.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 19, 2009, 12:41:09 PM
Watching Abbie poop in the snow is hilarious.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 19, 2009, 12:42:34 PM
You're not shoveling out a walkway for her?  You're cruel.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 19, 2009, 12:49:20 PM
Air Cam updates!


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Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 19, 2009, 01:00:00 PM
And...the Metro is closing above ground stations.

Now we're trapped!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on December 19, 2009, 01:37:11 PM
Ahh, I am so jealous!  All we have down here is mud.  It was so bad yesterday that I had to give the dog a bath after we got home because she got muddy just running around finding a place to crap.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 19, 2009, 02:56:15 PM
The NW is obsessed with the big tree outside our window:

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We walked to see if our neighborhood bar was open.  Uh...no.
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Now...me! The first one is after I drank the invisibility potion.
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Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 19, 2009, 03:15:41 PM
Awesome!

Abbie has a place to poop under the porch where the snow isn't that deep.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on December 19, 2009, 03:28:40 PM
Holy SHIT!!!  That is a TON of snow!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 19, 2009, 04:11:29 PM
There's a pretty badass pciture of the White House on the Times news page.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/dec/19/dc-area-hit-massive-snowstorm/
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 19, 2009, 04:59:54 PM
Still coming. The tree outside our othwr window is almost to the ground. The city is frozen. No bus or rail. Neighbors are digging out our street.

I'm going to force the NW to marathon Farscape.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 19, 2009, 06:04:49 PM
And we just lost the tree outside my window.  Sad.  Now the old man across the courtyard can stare at me all night.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 19, 2009, 07:16:58 PM
That is sad.

People have been digging out all day which baffles me. They're not going anywhere, they're just digging out. I don't see the point since we've got another twelve hours of snow to go. Tomorrow I'll dig out . . . when I don't have to watch it get snowed back over two hours later.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 19, 2009, 08:06:56 PM
Yeah, we've had an old lady shovel the walk four times today.

The latest from air cam!

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Quite a bit has blown off.  Will take another late night walk tonight and survey the damage.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 19, 2009, 08:10:10 PM
From the Post:

Quote
LATEST SNOW TOTALS (INCHES)

District: 15.5 | Rockville: 16.5
Centreville:19.0 | Arlington: 17.0
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 19, 2009, 09:02:27 PM
I'd say we're somewhere between 15 and 20 inches in my neck of the woods.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on December 20, 2009, 02:58:14 AM
I am so fucking jealous GODDAMMIT.  I want to be snowed the fuck in.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 20, 2009, 09:26:56 AM
We went out last night and screwed around.  An observation:  When you drink four bottles of wine and some Bacardi, then go out and throw yourself around in the snow and roll down hills at 35, your body falls apart.  My back is out today, and everything else is sore.

Today is The Great Dig-Out.  So I get to sit here, exhausted beyond reason, while armies of people chip away at layers of ice and snow all around the apartment.  They started at 6am...

The first pic below is out of focus, but it's my car.  Which you'll notice, compared to the second pic of the cars on the opposite side of the parking lot, is more snowed in.

The NW asked this morning if we'd be able to get out and I just shook my head, scared Captain Kirk style.

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Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 20, 2009, 10:49:58 AM
I'm digging out today too, though since we live in the burbs, I'm not all that comfy digging out the cars until the plows have come through. I couldge everything out only to have it dug in agian by a plow.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 20, 2009, 11:53:30 AM
I'm going to drink rum all day and think about not doing my corporate taxes.  And lie on a heating pad.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Cassander on December 20, 2009, 12:43:44 PM
ugh...i don't miss that shit at all.  okay, maybe just a little.  one day a year would do me.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 20, 2009, 01:44:07 PM
I've been shovelling snow for three hours. 

Dear god, my back.

Help . . .
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 20, 2009, 02:01:39 PM
We're going to try to walk to the store. It's basically untouched out there.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 20, 2009, 02:43:22 PM
Just make sure your boots are situated as such as not to let snow fall into them.

It's actually pretty easy snow to shovel. There's just so much of it.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 20, 2009, 03:27:18 PM
All the neighbors are out shoveling.  Guess those $500 a month condo fees are paying for...extra spiders in the laundry room and nothing else.

My car is just about the last one that's snowed in.  So now that they've shoveled the entire parking lot around it, I'll go out there tonight and drunkenly muscle through the big drift blocking me in.  *Vroooom* *thunk* *crumple* *General Lee horn blast* *NW's angry trailer park-style screams*
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 20, 2009, 06:36:13 PM
Woo! The feds are closed. Day off Monday.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 20, 2009, 06:55:12 PM
Nice. I'm trying to decide whether or not to go to work tomorrow myself . . . since my job is driving.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 20, 2009, 08:15:16 PM
First complaint. Hard to droid while drunk.

So, with Monday off, we got a cab to bethesda. The major roads are one lane only bowling lanes. Itg is horrible out here.

But the nw has fed me five vodka tonics and I'm walking around calling people "snow pussies".

Also, I've been drunk for 3 days.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Cassander on December 20, 2009, 09:33:46 PM
only 3 days?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 20, 2009, 11:06:50 PM
Yeah.  I'm getting old.  You'll understand when you're 30.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 21, 2009, 09:32:57 AM
So here's the crazy cop:

http://www.futuremagining.com/?p=12

That's the blog of the guy who organized the snowball fight.

All in all, they must be out-of-towners.  That's the tamest I've seen DCPD.  I sat there waiting for (and would not have been surprised to see) him to shoot in the air or over their heads or something.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 21, 2009, 10:14:17 AM
The Post said no suburban mail on the back roads, so I took a bunch of shit out to the mailbox on the main road.  Figured I'd also see if I can wrestle my car out of the snow, too.  But one look told me no.  The car is now surrounded by snow, and they plowed our parking lot in.

I step over a pile of snow and come down onto our parking lot blacktop and my foot goes flying out from under me, then I slide about two feet.  The whole damn parking lot is a solid, smooth sheet of ice a couple inches thick.  I had to crawl back to the snow.

And now, of course, my back really hurts.  So my day off will be spend mincing around the apartment like an old man.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 21, 2009, 11:57:44 AM
Yeah, the ice is bad. The refreeze is going to be with us through the new year.

Out working which means I'm driving. Va roads are okay, I guess. Some still have sheets of snow and ice on them, but all are passable with my goofy little Saturn.

Oh, and on the radio, Tony Kornheiser just called for the public execution of Ike Legget because DC roads are cleaner than Rockville Pike. Hilarious.

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 21, 2009, 12:08:38 PM
Montgomery County has really dropped the ball. 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on December 23, 2009, 09:50:33 AM
Well...they did have this to contend with.

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Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 23, 2009, 09:58:55 AM
Ugh.

I'm still not dug out.  Guess I'll spend tomorrow afternoon trying to rock the car out of the White Witch's lair.

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 08, 2010, 08:54:31 AM
AAAHHH!! Two inches of snow!

Except everyone is still numb from the blizzard, so there's no reaction.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 08, 2010, 09:45:46 AM
Heh. Yeah, it's not even registering on most people's radar.

Still, it's nice to have snow this year. Mild winters make me buggy.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 08, 2010, 09:58:04 AM
I don't know.  I got tired of that blizzard snow the first day back at work. 

I like how all the pussy dogs here at the Village are big and bold now as they play in the snow.  They were shivering, whining and pooping on the sidewalk when the big snow was here.  Except for the big Newfie. 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 08, 2010, 01:25:49 PM
The irony is that my street is more dangerous today than it was during the big snow.

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 08, 2010, 01:52:33 PM
Yeah.  I'm about to go out to a lunch meeting...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Cassander on January 08, 2010, 10:58:17 PM
fucking 19degrees in new orleans.  I can't believe it.  our floors are made of witch-tit.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 08, 2010, 11:25:14 PM
It's 19 here, too!  But floors in DC are made with greased bear furs.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on January 09, 2010, 01:23:05 PM
http://www.11alive.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=61029895001

I live on Willeo Road!  I didn't go out at all yesterday and just ran to the store today.  Southern people can't cope with this shit.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 30, 2010, 04:11:22 PM
So we're at about five inches, with a new warning saying more to come throughout the night.  It's coming down thick and heavy now.

I'm supposed to find out if the event tonight is canceled at 3pm.  3:10 now!  They must decide so I can figure oout how, when, and where my next drink is going to be.

Meanwhile, the NW wants to go to the grocery store, and get cigs.  I'm going to see if I can borrow skies for her.  Or maybe have a mental hospital send an ambulance.

However...if the event tonight isn't canceled, then I have to go out.  I have $500 of books to deliver.

Suck.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Tatertots on January 31, 2010, 12:45:34 AM
I guess I'll join the fun in my own faggot San Francisco way: rain.

It rained for two weeks straight, but it was sunny today. I finally got to ride my bike outside without getting soaked to the core, so that put an end to my long, shitty, busy week. Tomorrow's supposed to be cloudy, and then we get another 10 days (at least) of rain. I want to cut a bitch right now.

Tomorrow I'm going to just sit out in the park all day with a lawn chair, a six pack, and a book, soaking every last bit of sunlight in before the 40 days and 40 nights of vitamin D deficiency settle in.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 31, 2010, 11:12:32 AM
There are two seasons in SF I've been told: sunny and rainy.

Mrs. RC and I hunkered down all day yesterday. I have tons of work to do, so being stuck in the house was a blessing. Tonight, though, we're supposed to go to the sound studio. Digging out won't be too tough, but I'm weary of slick roads. It's fargin' cold out.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 02, 2010, 03:35:11 PM
3-6 inches.  Our larder is getting bare.  I just want to go home and go to sleep, anyway.  It's not supposed to start till around 4pm, but everyone here has spent the day refreshing the OPM website.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 03, 2010, 07:54:59 AM
It's a beautiful winter wonderland out there now.  Everything glazed in snow, bright in the pre-dawn... Lovely.

Oh, and the Feds didn't...fucking...close.  So I have to go to work, and only three people will show up, and today will be hell.  Yay!

I want to live just one season in a place where they aren't out clearing snow starting at 3am just so we can all drag our asses miles and miles to our idiot jobs that barely pay for our bills.  I see this wonderland scene, and the guys who have been clearing every inch of concrete since, seriously, 3am, and I want to go live on a mountaintop and get away from it all.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 03, 2010, 09:35:06 AM
Yeah, I have to get up and dig out too. BLAH!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 03, 2010, 10:48:35 AM
Actually, when I left the house...everything was always melting.  I say wait it out!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 03, 2010, 12:02:13 PM
Well, nobody showed up, so the phones were turned off until 11am.  Nice.  In 90 minutes, I got more "admin" work done than I've done in months.  Just plowed through my backlog.

Now I'm back to talking to idiots all day.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 03, 2010, 11:26:37 PM
Big doin's on Friday.  Major.  Multi-day!  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 04, 2010, 08:08:32 AM
Since I took Friday off, my plan is to actually sit here and enjoy the snow instead of sit at work and refresh OPM every 45 seconds and watch people rush to the window and form prayer circles and cry.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 04, 2010, 08:57:53 PM
16-24 inches!  Blizzard conditions!  Wind gusts and death!  10am tomorrow is doomsday.  My uncle and other DCists have been sending me the NOAA warnings all in bold.  Um...yes, thanks.  I know.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 04, 2010, 09:18:50 PM
10am, now? It was noon before.

As long as the power stays on, I'm good. It could be 70 and sunny this particular weekend and I still wouldn't leave the house.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on February 05, 2010, 10:50:59 AM
Pictures!  I want pictures! 

They were saying on the radio here this morning that you guys are due for a foot of snow.  I am so jealous.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 05, 2010, 12:42:43 PM
Two feet last I heard.  On top of what remains of a six inch fall.

Left to get booze an hour ago, and there were just a few flakes.  Now we're in full on snow shower.  Still not heavy...but steady.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 05, 2010, 01:49:48 PM
Two feet last I heard.  On top of what remains of a six inch fall.

And we're forecast to get another twelve inches on Tuesday after this storm.

The DC record is 28 inches in January of 1922. Most forecasters seem to think that record is safe. However, the second is 20 inches over Valentine's Day in 1899. The general consensus is that this storm could easily be the second biggest since they started keeping records in 1884.

Be a weather geek like me!

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/lwx/winter/storm-pr.htm
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on February 05, 2010, 01:50:51 PM
I am literally green with effin envy, you guys.  So unfair.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 05, 2010, 03:01:49 PM
You wouldn't be green with envy if you lived here and had to commute to work.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 05, 2010, 03:26:57 PM
We've been lucky that all our big storms this year have been on weekends.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 05, 2010, 03:39:41 PM
Well...depends on how you look at it.  I long for a free week off work. 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 05, 2010, 03:44:22 PM
See, I'm self-employed, so if I don't go to work, I don't get any money. No paid days-off for me.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 05, 2010, 05:19:10 PM
20-30 inches now.  The Metro just announced that it will shut down the entire system when the snow hits the eight inch mark tonight.  NOAA says stay off the roads.  No excuses.

The end is here.

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 05, 2010, 06:05:28 PM
The end is here.


Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 05, 2010, 08:26:02 PM
I've signed up for doctor and nurse ferry for the hospital.  We'll see if they call!

I've just heard, some areas may top 30 inches.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 05, 2010, 10:46:58 PM
It's coming down hard out there...with a nasty gusting wind.  Our street looks like one or two 4WD's have been through, but otherwise it's four or five inches.  And they've been plowing all night.

Finally starting to quiet down out there.  Guess the teams have given up trying to clear shit.  Lights are browning out... And I'm setting a 6am alarm for Winter Apocalypse Pics.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on February 05, 2010, 11:47:28 PM
I love how the news is making it seem like the End of Days up here.  Here's a quick pic from my phone of outside my door.  Not the best, but you get the idea.  When I opened the front door it it was caked in snow ala "The Day after Tomorrow".
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 06, 2010, 02:19:52 AM
Yeah, it's out of control here.  Power outages, as well.  We've seen four exploding transformer flashes, and everyone but us has lost power.

Going out for a nightime blizzard walk in a few...then bed...then I have the alarm set for 6:45.  So pics tomorrow.  Judging from the signs and shit on December 19th, we're already at the same depth.  So...more than the Blizzard of 09 by morning.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 06, 2010, 03:00:18 AM
Just went out.  It's the end of the world.  Cars abandoned along the road, drunk people meandering around, police in big four wheel trucks.  I stood on a three foot snow bank in the middle of East West Highway, then this wall of lights starts coming towards me.  Three huge snowplows -- one for each lane -- come plowing through, with a line of cars behind them.  All in this wild slow motion.  It's 2am and people in normal cars are driving in unplowed, untreated two feet of snow.

The wind is blasting from every angle, the streetlights are swinging as the snow storms down.  Two inches an hour, they say.  You can't see more than 100 yards. 

Came back to get the NW and force her to come back out with me so we can stand in the middle of a major road, up to my knees in snow.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 06, 2010, 09:30:38 AM
Okay...took my morning pictures.  But will post them later. Back to bed now because we were up till 3am drinking and snow-walking. 

It's weird out there.  Our apartments have had teams of guys working all night, nonstop, to clear the snow.  Like, the same guys I saw at 5pm are out there now, the next morning.  Shoveling, using snow blowers, driving Bobcats.  All for nothing.  The secondary streets haven't been touched.

I walked up to East West Highway (the main road), and then did a 1.5 mile circuit hike, walking down the center of the westbound lanes and then climbing back into the neighborhoods at a later intersection...which almost gave me a heart attack.  Had to blaze a trail uphill for half a mile through wet snow that's up to my knees.

East West Highway, though, is clear.  And busy.  Ten civilian cars passed me during that mile walk. The road isn't exactly clear.  It's not salted and properly plowed.  It's more like a well-packed snow road, with icy slush beneath.  So you need 4-wheel drive.  And, besides those ten normal looking folks, there are cops and safety patrols everywhere.  Park police, and County people, and cops driving unmarked SUV's, and power line people.  I expected a solitary winter wonderland walk and, instead, it's like Monday morning out there. 

Branches and trees are just letting go.  Huge branches are all over the place in people's yards and along the sideroads.  Trees are down.  When not dodging traffic, I kept hearing that shotgun blast of a limb giving way.  That echoing crack on a cold morning, then the rustling plummet into the snow.  I saw three go down, heard many more  It's dangerous out there.

Most amusing of all is the people out clearing their cars.  Snow is drifting up and over their trunks, and I can tell you these side roads won't be clear for a day or two.  Why bother?  I went out at 7am on a Saturday morning during the blizzard of the century and it's busier and wilder than hell.  Scrape-scrape go all the people getting every inch of snow off their cars, while it's still coming down hard.  Then the snow plowers grinding and roaring away.  The Bobcats beeping incessantly as they back up, then plow into a snowbank to pack it tighter.  The teams of men shoveling, the gun-for-hire plows clearing out parking lots, trees crashing down, civilians racing along the snowroad at about 25-30, and cops and others creeping at a reasonable 10-20. 

It's the busiest Saturday morning I've seen.

Okay, back to bed.  Which, these days, has a blonde buried in the covers, gently snoring, calling out sleepily for Toaster Strudels.
 

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 06, 2010, 10:10:36 AM
I just ate the dog out of desperation and a frog named Adam Weisshaupt keeps telling me to kill my wife.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 06, 2010, 10:33:46 AM
Today is soup day for me!  Get to work, NW! 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 06, 2010, 11:19:32 AM
I just ventured out to clear snow from around our heat pump. It's awesome out there. I'm going to put on my best British accent and go out to play Robert Falcon Scott.

"We don't have to eat the dogs, lads. We're more civilized!"
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on February 06, 2010, 11:27:11 AM
So the girl and I are just sitting here, waiting for the signal from Direct TV to kick back in, and we look out the window to see a pack of dogs run past the house.  It really is the snow-pocalypse!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 06, 2010, 11:50:27 AM
I think DC and southern MD is getting hit harder than us, though there' s an easy foot on the ground in my neighborhood.

Mrs. RC and I must be the bourgeois idiots drinking cognac and wondering why no one's at the big lido deck party while the Titanic is sinking. We're like, "Oh, the snow's really pretty . . . should we make a Mediterranean tuna melt and read poetry to each other?"

I've been getting work done like a mutha though!

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 06, 2010, 11:54:54 AM
Been hunkered down watching Survivors and fucking around since this morning.  Bed didn't work.  Too amped up after walking a snowpocalypse mile.  

It is still coming down steady and hard.  My footsteps from earlier are long covered.  The snow teams seem to have slacked off...but I still see people out there cleaning off their cars so they can hurry up and go...nowhere.

Will go out again in a bit. And get around to those pictures.  But I'm lazy...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 06, 2010, 11:56:31 AM
though there' s an easy foot on the ground in my neighborhood.





Really?  We were at 18 inches at 7am.  And it's been steady since.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 06, 2010, 11:57:44 AM
Well, snow's still falling. However when I went out to clear the heat pump, it was only about mid shin on me.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 06, 2010, 12:01:01 PM
Man, you dodged the bullet, then.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 06, 2010, 12:02:23 PM
Relatively speaking, I think youre right. We've seen two plows on our street already this morning!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 06, 2010, 01:18:56 PM
Wow. So it's really started coming down hard now.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 06, 2010, 02:43:34 PM
Yeah.  Still here as well.  I haven't gone back out... May do so after lunch.  It's just...not very nice out there! 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Matt on February 06, 2010, 03:08:01 PM
And they say global warming is real! Hahaha.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 06, 2010, 03:56:13 PM
I'll have to go out for another heat pump clearing at some point before dark.

The snow has lightened up considerably here. Still coming, but thinning out.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 06, 2010, 04:02:08 PM
Yep. Thinning here, too. But up to my waist in places. Did another long walk. About 2 miles. Power is out everywhere except for our complex. The roads are impassable. Groups of people were sledding down east west highway! Half a dozen folks were digging out a stranded car. Other cars are sitting abandoned. With the streetlights dead, it is like the apocalypse.

Came back to find that comcast is out. Same with the unsecured networks. So the internet is down. Thank god for the Droid!

Tons of people are out there digging out their cars. I asked one lady where she was going. She shrugged and said nowhere.

Okay. Awaiting power outage. Guess that saves me from uploading the snow pics.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 06, 2010, 07:57:40 PM
Internet is still out. Making cookies and having our own Rome marathon. (The NW hasn't seen it either, RC.)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 06, 2010, 10:08:57 PM
I've been editing WS special features all day. Went out about an hour ago to clean off the heat pump again, and it's now over my knees.

Tomorrow's the big dig out!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 07, 2010, 08:42:31 AM
Yeah...was over my knees the last I went out.

Wouldn't it be great if the Feds just close on Monday?  Give us all a chance to get dug out and back to normal?  Not that I need to dig anything out, but... I hate work.

Internet is back.  Sunday morning and it's 12 degrees.  Everything out there is a frozen wonderland shot. 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 07, 2010, 11:52:05 AM
Getting ready to go dig out so I can take off work tomorrow. WIll be back in eight hours!

Actually I need to dig us out so we can go watch the Super Bowl.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 07, 2010, 12:25:29 PM
I'm going to start drinking at noon and watch other people dig out through my ice-glazed windows while Have Gun Will Travel plays on the computer and the NW cooks.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 07, 2010, 03:56:39 PM
And my car is dug out. I could easily go somewhere if I have to, but Mrs. RC and I have both already called off tomorrow.

The main thing is I have to go pick up the WS master on Tuesday.

Hopefully, we'll find a live stream of the Super Bowl online. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 07, 2010, 04:23:10 PM
So...another half foot on Tuesday!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 07, 2010, 06:03:26 PM
Mrs. RC is reading that DC got 26 inches. I just texted Sirharles who said while the drifting made it hard to measure he was "gonna geuss around 25 inches or so."

I measured and got 17 inches  in one place and 20 inches in another. I'm guessing it's closer to 17, though Mrs. RC thinks it's closer to 20.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 07, 2010, 07:17:58 PM
And...the Feds are closed on Monday.  A day off!  Which is nice, since I've done nothing for four days and am feeling guilty.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 08, 2010, 12:06:07 PM
I took the day off too. Even our main roads are still super shitty.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Tatertots on February 08, 2010, 01:28:17 PM
Been a while since I shit in this thread. So:

I went swimming on a rooftop pool as the sun rose over San Francisco on a nice, sunny day. Walked to work. Now enjoying a quiet office.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 08, 2010, 01:50:01 PM
I just put a package in the mail for you Tyson. Ignore the ticking.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 08, 2010, 06:00:16 PM
So...the warning for tomorrow just got upgraded.  10-20 inches, starting at noon.

Holy shit...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 08, 2010, 06:06:06 PM
I think we should retitle this thread "Four Feet of Panic."
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 08, 2010, 06:13:40 PM
Some of these are great.  Especially Snowpocalypse on Cap Hill.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2009/01/27/GA2009012701325.html
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 08, 2010, 07:03:23 PM
Yeah, seven to twelve in my area. It really is the Blizzard of '10.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 08, 2010, 07:08:49 PM
Some of these are great.  Especially Snowpocalypse on Cap Hill.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2009/01/27/GA2009012701325.html

The one of people sledding down Capitol Hill makes me love America. Seriously.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 08, 2010, 08:02:37 PM
The Fed is closed Tuesday!  And probably Wednesday, too, since we're set to get 20 more inches.

Now...we're going to walk a mile so the NW can buy a pack of cigs.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Cassander on February 08, 2010, 09:37:36 PM
i've heard of spending freezes, but this is ridiculous!

:-p :-D :-D
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 09, 2010, 12:10:26 AM
Are these paid days off, Nacho?

I'm certainly want to be working tomorrow since as you say, I'm likely going to be unable to work on Wednesday. Three days off from work will be great for the DVD prep, but terrible for my pocketbook.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 09, 2010, 08:36:50 AM
Oh, of course.  I'll never work somewhere again where I don't get paid days off.

And the great thing is that I still earn my normal vacation time.  When the Fed closes, they consider it a regular day.

It is grey out there right now.  Ominous.  We need to get to the store, but there's no digging out the car.  I don't want to bother with driving anyway.  So we're going to go sit for three hours and wait for a bus, then battle zombies, then wait three more hours to get back.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 09, 2010, 07:33:12 PM
Rumor:  Government to shut down for the rest of the week.  Schools and local governments have already done so.

Heavy snow falling now...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 09, 2010, 07:52:55 PM
Still waiting for word on the Fed... But a moot point.  Metro is underground only and no bus service tomorrow.  That means I can't get in even if the Fed is open.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 09, 2010, 07:56:42 PM
My work told me not to come in tomorrow.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 09, 2010, 08:03:39 PM
Yeah, Feds just closed.  And WaPo says they're going to make an announcement about Thursday tomorrow morning.

Our new problem:  Trash.  We have curbside service and no dumpster.  So, of course, we now have a week's worth of trash sitting in the dining room. 

Most of our neighbors are just piling it up on the snow by the side of the road.  So now there's three feet of snow, a wall of trash, and another foot about to bucket down.  Trash pickup isn't expected to make it through till Friday, at best. 

I can't bring myself to be a common pleb like my neighbors and just throw trash out onto the snowfield, so it's all piling up inside and driving the NW crazy.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 09, 2010, 08:09:39 PM
Trash has been hard for us too, but we have a house so it's a bit different. Our trash is sitting with the recycling right now on the side of our house. It's not in a lidded can, but it's somewhat organized. I don't imagine trash service will resume until at least next week.

From the radio, it sounds like DC and southern MD are quickly going post-apocalyptic. PG and Montgomery Counties especially are being touted as ground zero for a Waco level of government incompetence on snow removal. Martin O'Malley and Ike Leggett are both being asked to resign by more than one radio personality.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 09, 2010, 09:08:09 PM
A quarter of DC's snowplows are out of service.  MoCo has always been behind in that department.  We're rationing salt.  Which means most roads are just getting plowed and nothing else.  We have about two inches so far, with the heaviest yet to come. 

The NW might be going stir crazy, but I love it.  I'm writing and watching Netflix and drinking at 10am.  Fuck the world.  All hail the apocalypse!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 09, 2010, 09:14:23 PM
See, I'm like you . . . Editing, drinking, catching up on movie work.

Mrs. RC, however, is getting kind of cagey too.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 10, 2010, 08:57:19 AM
So...we got about two inches of snow, then two inche sof ice, and now about four inches of snow on top of it...with blizzard conditions expected throughout the day.  Right now, it's a blowing, swirling mass of white outside beneath gunmetal grey skies.

I'm going to sit here and watch the NW go insane today!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on February 10, 2010, 10:56:10 AM
Again.... jealous as fuck.  You guys should go sledding.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 10, 2010, 11:14:22 AM
It's actually difficult to get to a good sledding hill.  We really are housebound...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 10, 2010, 11:22:54 AM
The Post's Panic Blog:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/local-breaking-news/?hpid=topnews

Why we're not sledding:

Quote
10:08 a.m.: Walking in Capitol Hill difficult
Steve Horbath, 33, ventured out of his Capitol Hill home Wednesday to the Union Station Starbucks. But in the harsh, driving snow it was not a fun walk.

"It is intense," Horbath said. "The wind is blowing the snow in your face. You can't see. You can't even see the streets."

His friend, Steve Kessler, 24, came downtown Tuesday evening to meet friend for drinks. He suspects it may be a while before he gets back to his Montgomery County home.

"Happy hour became a day and I think it will become two days," Kessler said.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 10, 2010, 11:32:11 AM
Wind blowing snow against the window is what woke me up this morning.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 10, 2010, 12:36:51 PM
Oh my god...it's amazing out there.  I tried to do the same 1-2 mile walk that I did over the weekend, and it was impossible.  The wind is gusting up to 40, and it's driving the snow into you.  I stumbled out to Grubb Rd, where a semi was stranded in the snow and so was the emergency big ass truck tow truck.  It was an eerie sight.  Visibility is about 20-30 feet.  You can't see the other side of the road.  The truck and tow truck, from about 25 feet away, would be obscured by snow every time the wind gusted.

It took about 10 minutes to walk the block to East West Highway.  By then, I was blind and stumbling wildly through the wind and snow.  Once on East West, it's untouched.  Limbs are down, power lines are everywhere.  You can't see much more beyond the intersection in any direction.  I walked down about 200 feet or so, then cut over to the access road to go through the church parking lot and back home.  Just impossible to continue.

But, as soon as I step over into the access road, I sink in snow up past my waist.  The church people are shoveling and plowing the parking lot, which is just at the end of the access road, so I push my way through the waist deep snow, digging along with my arms, until I topple out of the snowbank onto the shoveled area. 

The church people are alll working like automatons.  Bent against the wind, shoveling down to black top just so snow can come blowing in behind them.

Got back home, out of breath, stunned. 

Took a few pictures.  Couldn't see anything, so I don't know if they make sense.  Once I get feeling back in my legs, I'll upload.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 10, 2010, 12:47:34 PM
"Don't let Admunson beat you, Scott old chap! This one belongs to the crown!"
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 10, 2010, 04:42:11 PM
National Airport reports 54 inches so far (total from the three storms this week)...with another few hours of snow fall to come.

Metro above ground will be closed tomorrow, and probably bus service.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 10, 2010, 05:51:34 PM
Just went out again.  There are snow drifts six feet deep at the school across the street.  Like, on the school's driveway.  You can't even get to the sledding hill.  Meanwhile, also at six feet (and higher in some places) are the "icewalls" made by the plows.  Some are amazing.

The roads are pretty clear, if you have the right kind of car.  Every type of County vehicle that can get around is out there with a plow attached to it.  Teams of normal folks are out with shovels freeing stranded cars (of which there are many because people are retards).  It is bitterly cold, with a high wind that kicks up blasts of snow.  I got blown into the side of a snow drift at the school.  It is just completely unsafe to be outside.  Amazing.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Cassander on February 11, 2010, 09:41:37 AM
you should've come down for mardi gras! oh well.  just know that if someone that looks like kurt russell comes knocking on your door....you should be wary.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 11, 2010, 01:37:15 PM
So begins the long melt.  Which means it'll be icy death tonight and tomorrow.  OPM will decide after 6pm regarding the status tomorrow... I'm going to call in if it's unscheduled leave.  What the hell?  It'll be a wasted day anyway, and full of freaked out, angry customers.  Why start a weekend with a bad taste in my mouth?

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 11, 2010, 01:51:07 PM
Explain the concept of unscheduled leave.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 11, 2010, 03:06:08 PM
Explain the concept of unscheduled leave.

It's your choice to call in absent or not.  As opposed to an "unexcused" absence which, for many companies, will be punished.  For example, with my folks, you lose your weekly attendance mark and, so, the entire quarterly bonus.  With the AFT and some government folks, you lose bonus vacation time, and so on.  These sick companies treat attendance the same way it was treated in school.  Doctor's notes and everything. 

But if the government says unscheduled, then you can't be punished in that official sense if you say fuck it.   

I've been realizing, today, that I need to call in.  And, also, that an 11 day "vacation" has barely touched the hard coil of the tension built over the last six months.  I'm just now beginning to let go of the whole exchange program mess...and I know that my voicemail and email are full right now with people hounding me.  It still feels like there's no peace in sight.

Ugh.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2010, 10:50:30 AM
Been sitting here feeling guilty for calling off work... Then the NW texts me.  She left for work two hours ago, and her job is about 6 miles away. 

She's still on the bus!

So I thought, ah, okay.  Well, not guilty anymore.  Jesus...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Tatertots on February 12, 2010, 10:57:12 AM
Yeah. There was a light dizzle outside, so I turned around and came back home.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on February 12, 2010, 11:09:31 AM
Yay!  We're not left out (possibly)!

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/weather/02/12/winter.snow.storms/index.html?hpt=T1
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2010, 12:22:16 PM
Jesus...just spent an hour digging out my car.  And that was just getting the snow off of it.  The front end is, basically, embedded in a snowbank about five feet high.  Behind it, and along the sides, is snow two-three feet high.  I couldn't even get down to the front tires. 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2010, 12:54:51 PM
Only four people showed up at work...so looks like they'll be going home in a bit.

Everyone reports a two hour-plus commute.  So, if I'd gone in, it would have taken me two hours, and then I would have been told to turn around and go home.  Nice.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 13, 2010, 11:50:59 AM
Got 30 inches here from storm 1.  Another 10 from storm 2.

Ready for Monday's storm?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2010, 12:02:22 PM
Nope!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 13, 2010, 12:23:20 PM
How much on Monday?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2010, 01:26:21 PM
Just three to six inches.  A light dusting!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 13, 2010, 11:28:48 PM
Haha...yes...at this point.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 14, 2010, 01:03:39 PM
Wow... Car is still not free, and I realize now that I've spent the last week in a sort of weird stasis.  Going to have to kickstart myself tomorrow.  Get back to life...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 14, 2010, 05:51:06 PM
I got Mrs. RC's car half dug out today. I also spent about two hours pouring hot water down the drainpipe of our gutters as our windows and walls are leaking because there are ice dams in them. The gutters, not the windows.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 15, 2010, 04:59:01 PM
Right.  Snowing again.

I was supposed to go out today for book publicity stuff (and drinks!), but they canceled.

I'm staring out at the snow numbly.  I was looking forward to seeing other people... I haven't been more than a mile from the apartment for 10 days now!

Going to go out to Parkway Deli and get some more beer and just drink myself into stupor.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 15, 2010, 05:24:36 PM
Did they cancel because of the snow? It's only supposed to be an inch or so.

Mrs. RC drove to DC for an audition and an acting class tonight. I think she's REALLY happy to have the excuse to get out for awhile. The snow is driving her insane.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 14, 2010, 07:46:30 AM
I look out my window and we've had an inch or two of snow...which I didn't know we were expecting.

Also, it's 21 degrees now and "feels like 13."  I look forward to my commute!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on December 14, 2010, 08:02:50 AM
I look out my window and we've had an inch or two of snow...which I didn't know we were expecting.

Also, it's 21 degrees now and "feels like 13."  I look forward to my commute!

Yeah, I've gotten a dose of reality with that shit that collapsed the Metrodome in Minnesota.  It snowed all day Sunday here... I'd say we got 3 or 4 inches, then when it stopped the wind cranked up to 20 or 30 miles an hour... misery.  My dog loves it, but it makes taking her outside an event for me.  

Not used to this shit yet.  Just learning how to drive in it is going to be a process.  I went out Sunday night and drove my car through a few inches of powder on the street in front of the hotel and around some parking lots just to get a feel for it.  It was fun, but wow... talk about a new experience.  I haven't had to brave snow like this since I was in college and even then, I only had to do it a handful of times.  

Guess I'll be posting in this thread a lot more than I used to.

It's 5 degrees here... wind chill -1.  Par-tay.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 14, 2010, 08:13:32 AM
Ah, yes, dogs and snow.  You could leave my grandparent's Newfies out for hours and just watch them spaz out.

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on December 14, 2010, 08:15:11 AM
It is really fun to watch, even though it's frigid.  She loves to dig and shove her nose into snow banks.  Then she just freaks out and starts running in circles.  Sometimes she completely forgets that she has to go to the bathroom.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 14, 2010, 08:20:42 AM
I must say, though, this is the first time in my life the first snow of the season hasn't been panic-worthy front page news.  Today's Post has a little slug saying, yeah, might be slippery during the commute.  Uh... Cold, too, probably.

Maybe "half an inch of panic" is over? 

Certainly, most of us treat Snowpocalypse like Katrina.  How many people have said to me: "About this time last year was the first storm..."  Hell, I've been saying it.

I love the Wiki page:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowmageddon

My porn name is Portmanteau.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on December 14, 2010, 08:25:57 AM
Yeah, I would suspect after the douching you guys got last year that everyone's toughened up quite a bit. 

Do you guys have more snow plows and better plans in place or do they still have the same dinky snow force or whatever you call it?

Everyone here is talking about how Cincy doesn't usually get snow at all this early in the year.  It's snowed twice already since I've been here, both times in the 3-4 inch range.  About the time the first of it was completely melted, we got nailed again.  I was really worried Sunday night because even though the office is only a mile and a half from my hotel, the streets and parking lot were completely covered and I wasn't sure what it would be like in the morning.  When I left for work yesterday, there were 3 snow plows in this one hotel parking lot alone... I probably saw 4 more in the short commute to the office.  The roads were just wet and all the snow had been completely swept away.

What I wonder is how long my "Sweet!  Snow!" reaction will last.  I'm seriously not used to this shit at all.  I want to go sledding!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 14, 2010, 11:21:05 AM


Do you guys have more snow plows and better plans in place or do they still have the same dinky snow force or whatever you call it?


Hah!  Right.  The money to repair damage from the last storm didn't come through until August.

Now, Pepco did offer to cut trees on private property for free...if they were deemed a threat to the powerlines.  That started last week, I think.  So there's that.

The 2010/2011 Snow Improvement Plan:  CUT DOWN EVERY TREE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 14, 2010, 11:24:52 AM
I'd have to back to the old threads and make sure I'm not trying to rewrite history here, but other than the frozen gutter damage I kind of enjoyed all the snow last year.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 14, 2010, 11:27:12 AM
I'd have to back to the old threads and make sure I'm not trying to rewrite history here, but other than the frozen gutter damage I kind of enjoyed all the snow last year.


The snow was awesome last year!  I want it every year.

But that's because I live in an apartment, we didn't lose power, and I spent $250 in groceries before the storm so being stranded for two weeks was no problem.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 15, 2010, 09:48:47 PM
Ah-ha!  There's the panic.  1-3 inches tomorrow.  Winter weather advisory from 8am to 9pm. The worst will hit during evening rush hour. My neighbor's snow shovels (yes, plural) are leaning against the wall by her door -- ready to go!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Cassander on December 15, 2010, 09:55:00 PM
has anyone told her no one can use more than one shovel at a time?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 15, 2010, 10:02:04 PM
has anyone told her no one can use more than one shovel at a time?

I try not to speak to her.  In fact, I dive into the bushes if I see her.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 15, 2010, 10:03:45 PM
DC will be PARALYZED!!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 16, 2010, 12:43:47 PM
IT HAS BEGUN!

If you walk the floor, every single monitor is now tuned to the OPM site and employees are hunched over and refreshing the page every 10 seconds.

People who drove in are crying woe, woe, woe!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 16, 2010, 01:34:15 PM
I drove in it. It's a light dusting.

Though my wife just called me like the Chinese army is marching down the street and gave the war room orders about how we need to get both cars in the driveway so the plows can make it through.

I have a feeling that "We're cool because we survived Snowmageddon" vibe is going to devolve into people eating other after six inches of snow falls.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 16, 2010, 01:35:24 PM
I just want to go home early.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 16, 2010, 01:38:48 PM
The likelihood of government shutting down early is low I think.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 16, 2010, 01:40:11 PM
I have 72 pipe bombs that say otherwise.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 16, 2010, 01:49:47 PM
Due to snow, I mean.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 16, 2010, 01:50:44 PM
Oh!  Hahaha! Just kidding, then!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 16, 2010, 02:37:58 PM
Unscheduled leave in effect.  All of the people who drive to work (5 folks) just took off. Leaving us with four people for the remainder of the day.

Yay! Please come over and shoot me!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on December 16, 2010, 04:15:25 PM
Drove from Cincinnati to Atlanta yesterday trying to avoid the "omg ice storm lol" the Weather Channel was freaking out about yesterday.  Turns out they were freaking for a reason... I drove right the fuck into it.

Left Cincy at 3:30pm and got back to Atlanta at 5:15am.  Worst.  Drive.  Ever.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 16, 2010, 04:20:21 PM
So glad I'm on public transport.  It'll take the Metro two hours to go six stops, but at least I can sit there and read.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on December 16, 2010, 11:44:05 PM
Yesterday was fairly hellish.

I woke up early yesterday in Cincinnati and met with a real estate agent downtown, put some money down on an apartment and then went into the office to wrap up stuff there so I could head back to Atlanta.  My original plan was to work a half-day yesterday and leave for Atlanta Thursday morning, but people on the Weather Channel were freaking out about this storm that was going to basically be covering the entire route of my drive between Cincinnati and Atlanta starting Wednesday afternoon.  I started to get worried that if I waited to leave until Thursday, that I'd be trying to drive down with roads covered in a layer of ice... particularly considering how frigid it's been for the last week.

So I raced to the office, grabbed my stuff and left there around 1:30pm or so.  I went back to the hotel, threw all my shit into my car, put Etta in the back and started out for Atlanta at about 3pm.  The agent had given me the okay to leave some of my stuff in the apartment and since it was on my way out of town, I stopped there for about 20 minutes to leave Etta's crate, my work clothes and a couple of other things just to make more room in the car.  I think when I set out from there, it was about 3:30pm.

Everything was fine until I got near Knoxville, maybe halfway home from Cincy.  That was when I started to see snow for the first time.  I'd been in contact with my roommates back in Atlanta and things were not looking good there.  Just in Roswell alone, there had been 90 traffic accidents reported between 4:30 and 5:30 due to slick roads.

Etta was being miserable, mostly because I had the defroster cranked, so the car was hot and she was just panting like crazy, fogging up all my windows.  She was also just going back and forth between the front and back seats, blocking my mirrors... all while snow is falling around me and 18-wheelers are bombing past me... it was nerve wracking.  I stopped and, luckily, had made room in the car before I left, so I pushed all my bags up against the seats so she couldn't get into the front and penned her into the back of the car, which did help, but just took even more time.  I was frantic to keep moving just so I could stay ahead of everything.  In just the time it took me to stop and re-arrange my bags, my wipers froze and I had to scrape a layer of ice off of them just to get them working again.

I got through Knoxville without much incident and conditions actually seemed to be improving.  The snow had stopped and they seemed to have a handle on salting roads, so it wasn't even bad driving the speed limit.  Things didn't start to get really bad until I hit Chattanooga at about 11pm.  I pulled off to get gas and go to the bathroom (I'd been funneling coffee like a crazy person) and got turned around trying to get back on 75.  I pulled into a neighborhood instead of getting onto the on-ramp and my car started sliding all over the place.  As I tried to get turned back around, I really thought for a few minutes that I was going to get trapped in the neighborhood... that's how bad the ice was.

I guess that was the worst thing about it... it didn't LOOK like the ice was bad.  For anyone who lives in a place where there's significant snowfall, it would have been nothing.  But in the South where everyone is retarded and there are 2 bags of salt per state, it's crippling.

About the time I hit Chattanooga, the speed had slowed to 35 miles an hour and I was just trying to keep my car in the wheel marks of the car ahead of me.  Bridges were just insanely slick.  There were 18-wheelers absolutely everywhere and the weather only magnified how much I hate driving on the road with them.  Because they're all heavier, they could actually go faster than me, which meant I was constantly being passed by them and roosted by salt mist coming off the roads.  My windows were absolutely covered in dirt and grime.  It was awful.  In hindsight, I should have just pulled over and found a motel for the night.  But, I'm dumb, stubborn and could smell home at that point and just wanted to get there.

Not too far out of Chattanooga the traffic slowed to 30... then 25... then 15... then 10 and then, halfway between Chattanooga and Dalton, it came to a complete halt.  That was at about 11:45.  I spent at least 45 minutes driving no faster than 10 or 15 miles an hour.  I passed at least 3 wrecks with cars flipped upside down.  Northbound traffic was completely stopped a few miles before we halted going South.

I turned the car off for a little bit, but it got cold, so I had to turn it back on.  I was in the far left lane of traffic and was boxed in, so I couldn't move.  I must have sat for an hour and a half and finally decided to pull onto the shoulder of the median and drove for about 4 miles before I got to a bridge and gave up... I just didn't feel like trying to cross a bridge only so I could slide into another car or worse.  So I turned the car off again and went to sleep.  That was at about 2:15 in the morning. 

At 2:45, I was woken up by the lights of the truck in front of me as he started up and began to move.  Slowly, the traffic started moving again.  For the first half mile, we were weaving through parked cars with people sleeping inside of them.  I still am not sure what happened to cause the standstill, but I assume it was so many accidents that the DOT decided to shut down the freeway so they could clear accidents and salt the roads.  The road condition had definitely improved when we started moving again.  Of course, at that point I was so tired it didn't matter.

I eventually wound up pulling off at a rest stop and sleeping for an hour or so before continuing the last hour to Atlanta.  I pulled into my driveway at 5:15 this morning.  It was the worst trip ever.

Now I have to pack!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Cassander on December 17, 2010, 12:12:36 AM
ugh.  I've had some horrible trips like that and I sympathize with you.  I'm definitely not looking forward to taking the dog with us if we ever have to evacuate again.  Some dogs just can't handle long car rides. 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 17, 2010, 08:53:37 AM
God.  What a nightmare.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 22, 2010, 01:05:09 PM
So it looks like we're certainly going to get 1 or 2 inches on Christmas day, maybe as much as five.  The current debate in the Weather World is that some folks are projecting a big, fuck-off southern blizzard hitting us (perhaps on the 26th). But then the other camp is laughing that off and saying a dusting's all we'll see.

I love it when they argue about stuff like this.  "It'll be ten feet of DEATH SNOW!"  "No it won't! It'll be 72 degrees and sunny!"
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on December 25, 2010, 08:51:00 PM
Snow in ATL on Christmas day!  First time in over 120 years.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 25, 2010, 11:43:00 PM
The #1 topic today has been our promised storm (the same Atlanta snow).  Supposed to hit us tomorrow.  We've gone from five inches to one inch to ten inches (currently) and I had to plug in my droid at 2pm because everyone was "OMG WHAT'S THE SNOW UPDATE!!!!?>!>?!?>!" every 5 minutes.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 26, 2010, 12:43:35 PM
Right now, it's just blowing around in NoVA. Not accumulating at all.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 26, 2010, 02:40:25 PM
Yeah, it blew east. We're down to "maybe an inch."
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 27, 2010, 10:35:15 AM
So we got nothing...and NYC got 15 inches.  LOL.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 27, 2010, 10:37:35 AM
Everybody here is like: What the fuck! We planned on having the week off!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 27, 2010, 01:59:32 PM
The publisher folks are stranded in New York (state). They report chaos, and warnings from their hotel that they may be stuck till next Monday. No planes, no nothing. All of the rental places are out of cars (they had an idea to try and brave the roads and slowly work their way back to civilization). All the rental places say no cars till next week.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 28, 2010, 05:48:05 PM
So...it's going to get up to 60 degrees on Saturday. It's 45 right now, and will be in the 50's the remainder of the week.  Meanwhile, 180 miles north, everyone's been transported to the Hoth system.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 28, 2010, 06:01:33 PM
It's a good bet the Empire knows we're here.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 10, 2011, 12:08:32 PM
The Southern Storm approaches!

A "light snow event" is predicted to start Tuesday, get heavy during rush hour, then freak out in the early AM.

Everyone's erring on the side of vague... Anything from a dusting to half a foot.

All anyone really cares about, though, is getting a day off. But since the roads are so covered in salt and grit it's like driving on sand, sending up a cloud of dust behind you, that's not likely.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on January 10, 2011, 01:05:20 PM
I have to go to Cleveland on Wednesday... I am not looking forward to it. I just have this feeling that snow is going to find us there and trap us for the weekend.

Come on down to Clevelandtown, everyone! Come and look at both of our buildings!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 11, 2011, 08:53:49 AM
Okay...we're back to panic. DC braces itself for the WINTER STORM FROM THE SOUTH!  Will we survive the predicted 1-3 inches?!?!?!

Actually, the Post and local outlets are all calm and dismissing this as no major event.  The panic is coming from the panic-mongerers. CNN and the 24 hour news folks.  EAST COAST BRACES FOR STORM!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 11, 2011, 09:07:44 AM
As long as it's enough to get me out of work tomorrow.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 11, 2011, 10:38:59 AM
No way. Seriously -- every road near me is covered in layers of salt and sand. There are signs out (and have been for days) saying "Roads being pre-salted." We're ready for Newfoundland weather.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 11, 2011, 12:13:28 PM
Yeah, it's pretty ridiculous here too.

Did I regale GS with my trek to WV this past weekend? I think I just texted Nacho about it.

So Missus RC and I are headed to north central WV to see my in-laws and set up the big screen TV we bought and had shipped to them.

For the past fifteen years, they've been building Corridor-H, a four lane interstate-style highway that's supposed to connect I-81 to I-79. During my, Nacho's, and Sirharles college days, the build it/don't build it debate was hot and heavy. Commerce won out and the project went ahead. It's due to be finished aroun 2023. Seriously.

Anyway, we decided to take th mountain route which uses the partailly built Corridor-H instead of the northern insterstate route because it's a wee bit shorter and a nicer drive. I'd been monitoring the weather all week, and while there was snow expected, it was low accumulation. Plus our familiarity with the route gave us a sense of confidence.

Then we hit was is usually the end of the 4-lane at Moorefield, WV. Only it didn't end.

Now what we should have done was take the normal route. We knew the whole thing wasn't supposed to be done for a hundred more years. We also had no idea what poorly paved back road it would drop us on. AND we knew snow was coming.

However, we're adventurous souls and took the 4-lane. Sure enough, after fifteen miles we gout dropped on local route 3 in Grant County near the northern border of the state where is meets the MD panhandle. It wasn't on the map, but we headed toward a sign poitning to Rte 50.

Then the snow came. It was never blinding, but as we travelled up in elevation, it got thickerb and coated even the salt and cinder laden roads.

Missus RC was driving her standard shift Pontiac and dropped it into third gear. The snow kept coming harder as the sun went down and night settled in. Third gear dropped to second gear as we began to traverse the mountains. 9% grades. Hairpin turns. For three hours we covered 80 miles od snow covered mountains. My wife was amazing. I only shit myself once. Eventually we hit Grafton, WV where the roads were clear the rest of the way.

The good news? In good weather the open Corridor-H lanes are going to take an hour off the trip to the in-laws.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 11, 2011, 12:38:21 PM
Haha! Man, that sounds like an opening to a screenplay. Wrong Turn 4: A Ningen Manga Production!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 11, 2011, 12:43:49 PM
In retrospect, deciding to try a new route at that particular moment really was "first ten minute of a horror movie" decision. We judge these characters for dumb decisions and yet we make them too.

Snow is falling in NoVA!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 11, 2011, 12:46:04 PM

Snow is falling in NoVA!


Nothing here yet. But I'll still gladly spend the next six hours compulsively refreshing the OPM page.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 11, 2011, 01:31:15 PM
Just flurrying here. It comes and goes.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Nubbins on January 11, 2011, 05:31:38 PM
We've had 3-4 inches here in Cincy since I came to work today. Of course, our offices are in complete disarray as they remodel new space and old space and I've been working out of a Marriott for the last week. With the huge "Evening of Opportunity" happening on Thursday and everyone traveling all over kingdom come, we've had meetings over in the new space all day today which meant I had to drive back and forth between the hotel in all of this mess.  It was kind of fun, actually.  After 1 or so, the roads were plowed and salted to the point where the snow's not even an issue... hopefully it stays this way when we have to drive to Cleveland tomorrow afternoon.

Also, I just spent 2 hours shoving batteries into demo dildos and cock rings so that they'll be ready for our big night.  Thanks, college!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 11, 2011, 11:25:58 PM
Well, we're at a very beautiful two inches.  I drove out to the publishers place tonight and, on the way back, all but the most major road was unplowed.  Just white and ice underneath... Didn't get over 20 all the way back, and even that was scary.

So...if it keeps up, that's a good sign for a fed closing tomorrow!  Or, at least, a delay.  But I hate delays.  Then I just sit here for two hours waiting.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 12, 2011, 08:02:59 AM
Gay...

Quote
For the second time in three weeks, the Washington region has been spared the brunt of a massive snowstorm
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 12, 2011, 08:59:41 AM
Wow, my kids are only delayed by 2 hours.  There's no way they don't have off if this is 2 years ago.  I feel like we've developed some flinty toughness here since last years' crushing storms.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 12, 2011, 09:40:02 AM
We maybe have an inch south of DC.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on January 12, 2011, 10:00:32 AM
We had 2 maybe 2.5 inches in the town of Germans.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 12, 2011, 10:58:10 AM
This disappointment deserves a front page post!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 12, 2011, 01:47:36 PM
Usually, tales of your work environment amuse me, but that front page piece depressed me.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 12, 2011, 01:51:02 PM
Usually, tales of your work environment amuse me, but that front page piece depressed me.

Why?  Are you being held at gunpoint right now by a button-down dayworker?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 12, 2011, 02:16:44 PM
Um . . . everything is fine here.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 12, 2011, 02:17:22 PM
WE'RE ALL FINE HERE, TOO!




(call the police)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 12, 2011, 05:43:03 PM
I was going to make that joke, then I was afraid that someday we'll actually have to get some sort of emergency warning off like that and didn't want to cry wolf.

Sign of the times?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 12, 2011, 08:01:18 PM
I like the idea of using GS to get off an emergency warning.

So...five hours after you get shot, Monkey checks the thread and replies with something rude.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 18, 2011, 09:19:52 AM
Frozen precip all night has made the roads hell. NoVA is freaking out!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 18, 2011, 10:28:33 AM
Two hour delay here... And Unscheduled Leave.  I'm taking the unscheduled leave because (a) I deserve a snow day and (b) I have a zillion publisher/writer things to do and, if there are only a few people who come into work, I won't be able to do them.  I also have to talk to a reporter today!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 18, 2011, 10:30:10 AM
Yeah, I need to email you about your Post contact.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on January 25, 2011, 01:08:29 PM
Storhm a comin'

Of course, all the forecasters are "HUGE STORM! TRICKY TO PREDICT!"  "Oh yea we might not get much"  "BUT WATCH OUT FOR SNOW"
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 25, 2011, 01:10:13 PM
Yes! The storm of death and despair is due to hit tomorrow!

So, let's see, we're at 50% saying it'll be a major winter storm event.

And 50% calling for rain. Maybe. Possibly sunny and 70 degrees. Or maybe a firestorm! We'll know when you know, good night.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 25, 2011, 02:30:37 PM
Bring it! I need the excuse to stay in bed all day and kick the Captain Trips.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 07:58:42 AM
Okay, so, there's about half an inch of snow/ice shit on the ground. It's coming down as sleet now.  I just watched a car slide slowly into a pole. Plows have NOT been through, nor have they cleared the sidewalks.  They're calling for 10 inches today.  And... the feds are open!

Um...okay.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 08:22:34 AM
Here's a hint to the problem -- We're focusing on clearing the District first (because Obama yelled at us, right?) but we don't touch the suburbs:

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In Virginia, public schools in Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun and Fauquier counties, as well as Manassas and Manassas Park City schools, are closed. Stafford County schools will start two hours late, with no morning preschool classes and a half-hour delay for afternoon preschool classes.

In Maryland, public schools in Howard, Prince George's, Montgomery, Frederick and Carroll counties are closed. Anne Arundel County schools are closed for semester break.

Schools in the District will open on time.

So, okay, that's fine.  Except DC has a population of 600,000 and the suburbs -- all of which are overwhelmed right now -- have a population of some eight million commuters.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 08:28:03 AM
So for everyone who dies or gets hurt today -- It's Obama's fault!

Oh, and, after dragging us all in...we're expecting 10 inches, right? Starting at 2pm, right? So the OPM will have no choice but to close early and put us all on the streets again. At least do unscheduled leave, assholes!

Here's what he said last year:

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Can I make a comment that is unrelated to the economy very quickly? It has to do with Washington. My children’s school was canceled today. Because of what—some ice? As my children pointed out, in Chicago, school is never canceled… I’m saying when it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don’t seem to be able to handle things


Here's what's been happening on the road the last hour because the District is open:

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7:15 A.M. UPDATE:

I-95 Southbound has reopened at the Patuxent Freeway.

An accident on I-270 North at Democracy Boulevard could cause delays there.

6:55 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on the Inner Loop before the Rockville Pike is blocking one lane and one of the shoulders.

The accidents on the Inner Loop at Old Georgetown Road and on the Outer Loop before New Hampshire Avenue have both been cleared.

6:35 A.M. UPDATE:

The accident on the Inner Loop at the G.W. Parkway has been cleared.

6:30 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on the Inner Loop at I-295 could cause delays there as well.

There's also an accident on the Inner Loop at the G.W. Parkway, which could snarl traffic in that area.

6:20 A.M. UPDATE:

The accident on the Inner Loop at Old Georgetown Road is blocking two lanes and one of the shoulders.

An accident on the Outer Loop before New Hampshire Avenue is blocking one lane and one of the shoulders.

6:10 A.M. UPDATE:

There are accidents on the Inner Loop at Old Georgetown Road and Annapolis Road; expect delays in those areas.

6:05 A.M. UPDATE:

The three right lanes of I-95 Southbound have reopened at the Patuxent Freeway. One lane remains blocked. However, the Maryland State Highway Association is reporting that people are driving too fast for this morning's road conditions. Drivers, remember to slow down and add more space between you and other cars when the roads are frozen.

Updated at http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dr-gridlock/2011/01/slick_and_icy_roads_this_am.html
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2011, 09:20:36 AM
My job is driving. 

Awwwwww Yay-Yah!!!!

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 10:25:56 AM
My job is driving. 

Awwwwww Yay-Yah!!!!



Sirharles texted and said main roads are fine.

Red Line's pretty fucked up, though.

Here's the schedule:

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9 AM to 2 PM WED
Steadier precipitation develops. Snow/sleet N&W, mix S & E. Temps 30-35.
2 PM to 5 PM WED
Snow N & W. Mix to snow S & E. Quickly becoming heavy. Temps 29-34.
5 PM to 9 PM WED
Heavy snow. Temps 27-33.

So...I'll just sit here and refresh OPM all day, I guess.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2011, 12:53:30 PM
Forecast is anywhere between 4 - 12 inches depending on where you're at. (More north and west of DC. Less south and east.

The story is that it's basically going to be a snow thunderstorm; lightning, wind, the works.

We're going to hole up with pasta and watch the Joan Jett biopic, "The Runaways."
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 01:37:20 PM
OPM says two hour early departure. We have to wait for our CEO to agree with them.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2011, 01:42:18 PM
Start reneacting scenes from John Carpenter's 'The Thing' and see if it speeds up the process.

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 02:02:52 PM
Right!  We're out of here at 1:30! Nice.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2011, 02:04:35 PM
See? Demanding everyone take a blood test works every time.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 02:36:45 PM
Don't you see? It doesn't want to be an animal. It wants to be US!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2011, 02:41:04 PM
I sort of have a sneaking suspicion this might be more of a rain event than people are thinking, but we'll see how it plays out. I've prepared to be snowbound for three days just in case.

Oh, and the long range forecast is spelling out snowy doom on Groundhog Day.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on January 26, 2011, 02:52:52 PM
I think you will get more rain than snow, but up here in NORTH COUNTRY, I think we will get a decent amount.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 03:27:59 PM
Just walked home in a light sleet right now, with alarming wind gusts.

I don't care what happens.  I'm fucking home and drinking wine!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 04:00:13 PM
Suddenly got really dark here...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 04:30:18 PM
Sleet freakout has just begun. Coming down hard and steady. Dark sky, steady wind. Bottle of wine is half finished. Shamefully absorbed with Prison Break. 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2011, 04:47:35 PM
Just started turning to some kind of snow/freezing rain hybrid that's sticking.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 04:59:29 PM
Snow is starting here, too. Yep...settling in for the night. On to the Bacardi!

"I don't care if you shoot me, Frank, but take it easy on the Bacardi."
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 05:20:00 PM
Oh-ho-ho. Snowpocalypse.  And it's not a nice walk in the snow sort of storm. It's mean sleet/rain/ice/death snow.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2011, 05:33:24 PM
I can't drink. Too many prescription meds.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 05:48:10 PM
Man. I don't know how you -- a native Washingtonian -- can look out your window right now and not drink!  It is scary out there.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 06:20:38 PM
You know what calls to me during snow storms? That old house at the weekend job.  I want to go stand there in the great hall and watch all this go on as if I'm some sort of baron or something.

Of course, if I get there, no way will I be able to drive back.  I need a 4WD to fulfill my fantasies.

But...I don't know.  I can sleep on the third floor. Bring an overnight bag... There's a shower, a stove, a fridge, a coffeemaker, a comfy chair. Just me and the ghosts and angry, angry snow.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 06:24:02 PM
Can I get the internet to cross its collective, virtual fingers?  If not an outright day off tomorrow, an unscheduled leave policy will do just as well. Any excuse not to go in and I'm there.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 06:51:05 PM
Oh, okay, so we're white-out here.... Then huge flash of lightning that scared the fuck out of me and a screaming peal of thunder.

Whew! If that keeps up, I'll spend the rest of the night in front of the gas oven reading by candlelight.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 07:07:13 PM
DC "grinds to halt" over snow:

http://www.welovedc.com/2011/01/26/dc-grinds-to-halt-under-snow/

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 07:48:50 PM
Haha!  From the Citypaper Needle:

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Thundersnow!: The D.C. snow hole is, officially, kaput. A storm rolling through the region this evening is forecast to deliver between 4-8 inches of snow in the city, and more in the suburbs, with snow piling up 1-2 inches per hour at times. Thunder and lightning may accompany the snow, which apparently means the end of the world in certain cultures. Namely, those cultures in charge of the federal government, local school systems and colleges, and just about anything else scheduled for tonight, which all pretty much shut down. The U.S. will get right back to winning the future—as long as it can wait until the roads are plowed. -2

It is fucking nuts out there.  Full on summer thunderstorm...at 32 degrees...with snow...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 07:52:39 PM
We've easily hit five inches here.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2011, 07:58:04 PM
Man. I don't know how you -- a native Washingtonian -- can look out your window right now and not drink!  It is scary out there.

Four years in WV didn't cure you?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 08:03:30 PM
Man. Power's out. Heat's gone. Walked to the main road and it's dark as far as I can see. Lightning, thunder, wind, snow.

I have half my batt. Left on the phone. Then...good night. Forever!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 08:04:36 PM
Man. I don't know how you -- a native Washingtonian -- can look out your window right now and not drink!  It is scary out there.

Four years in WV didn't cure you?

I'll never be cured.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2011, 08:05:40 PM
It's that wet snow that's really making me wish I'd have hired somebody to trim the branches on our tall-assed sycamore tree.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 08:08:12 PM
It's that wet snow that's really making me wish I'd have hired somebody to trim the branches on our tall-assed sycamore tree.

I'm about to start calling local people. We're dead here. If I can make it to bethesda, I'll be okay. But no power and heat at my 2nd floor apt? Whew.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2011, 08:09:18 PM
So . . . where will you go?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 08:11:42 PM
So . . . where will you go?

I have folks just three miles away. But that may take an hour to traverse. If at all.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 08:18:25 PM
Called bethesda. Landline on their end. Kaboom goes the sky and I lose them. Can't even raise them on the cell. Uh... wow.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2011, 08:22:48 PM
Wait, are you going to walk?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 08:28:27 PM
Drive.

But...they said no.

We just had a sustained lightning event. I timed it. 45 seconds of lightning. I've never seen the like.

Neighbors are outside now watching the skies. Temp inside has dropped to 71. It's usually 80 with the communist heating.

Going out to the car to get a full charge on the phone.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 08:40:10 PM
In the car. Charging phone. It's insane out here. Roads unfuckintouched, lightning like in Beneath the Planet of the Apes. It makes you want to dive to the ground. A snowplow is on its side on colston. There are no lights...anywhere.

Amazing. This is the worst I've seen.

Snow here is up past my ankles.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2011, 08:52:35 PM
I'd say drive down here, but that's insane.

We lost power in our house last year for about twenty four hours and it got down to around 49 degrees. I've camped in below freezing weather before and while it sucks, if worse comes to worse, you'll survive. Just insulate with lots and lots of blankets and wear a hat.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 08:57:56 PM
Waiting for 100 on the phone, then back to the apartment. Two major trees down. Plows have just stopped. They're all pulled over and eating fast food. Measured the snow. We''re at 6 inches and an inch of ice beneath...and still coming down hard and heavy.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2011, 09:01:32 PM
Do you have a gas stove?

Also, is the water still running? Fill your Britas.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 09:14:58 PM
I have water and gas, yes. Just went to east west. There are 22 cars stranded. I pushed three up the hill to the grubb light. One lady gave me a 50!

Heading back out now to push cars. The roads are untouched. Just snow and ice. This is amazing. The whole time there's lightning flashing...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2011, 09:33:56 PM
We don't seem to be getting the lightning, but I'm not paying much attention.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2011, 09:44:00 PM
At east west.
 

Bumper to bumper as far as I can see. Limbs and trees coming down with crashes. Lightning. Three buses stuck. Gangs of people out pushing cars. Amazing.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 27, 2011, 04:31:26 AM
Woken by falling trees. Holy shit did we just get our asses kicked. Will take a morning walk with the camera. Power still out, roads white. End of the world!

OPM still hasn't announced for today, though. I love those guys.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 27, 2011, 05:00:58 AM
Oh my god. The feds are open! Two hour delay and unsched leave. But open. Meanwhile, Post has mont and pg county saying it'll be 12 hours before they get to the neighborhoods. What the fuck?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 27, 2011, 09:12:27 AM
Fuck 'em. Take a day off.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on January 27, 2011, 02:41:03 PM
Wow...this is kind of a big "Fuck You" to all government employees who caused the traffic problems yesterday.

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John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, tells WTOP's sister station, his decision was based on safety and on maintaining federal operations.

Berry tells WTOP the storm and human nature created the gridlock.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2011, 09:40:08 AM
Wow... Back at work today.  Didn't make it in yesterday.  Lots to tell... But now desperate for heat and food. My power went out Wednesday, the water early Thursday morning. I emptied my fridge and freezer and hightailed it to my friends in Bethesda. The communist heat in the apartment died on Wednesday as well so, when I left, the apartment was down to 65.

As soon as I got settled in Bethesda... They lost their power. So, unwashed, groggy, without coffee, wearing the same clothes from Wednesday, I made it into APA today. When I left their house this morning, it was 50 degrees inside. God knows what kind of shape my apartment's in.

Pepco promises to have power back by 11pm tonight. 

This is a worse disaster than the storms last year.  I don't get it... Traffic lights in Bethesda are still out today -- after going out on Wednesday. There are still trees blocking roads and abandoned cars everywhere.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 28, 2011, 10:20:05 AM
Jesus. What a difference undergroind power makes. We lost power for three hours Wednesday night.A few stoplights are out, but none of the PA shit you're dealing with.

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2011, 10:26:17 AM
Okay, so, we lose power Wednesday afternoon during the weirdest snowstorm I've ever seen.  We're talking lightning -- in one case a sustained 45 second burst. Never seen anything like it.

Sleety death turned to a full-on fuck-off snow that dumped about 2-3 inches an hour.

Bored, I went out to East West Highway about seven or eight to view the carnage.  Both sides were bumper to bumper traffic, people wildly careening up the wrong side of the road.  A total mess.  So, along with neighbors and motorists, I join a gang of folks who are pushing cars up the big hill and sending them sliding down the other side.  I do this till about 10pm or so... The whole time, there are no authority figures at all.  The only person in charge was a Ride-On bus driver.

Later, the news reports that this was the story everywhere -- with some commuters stranded for 13 hours.  Certainly some people I helped to the top of the hill had been at it since 3pm (when OPM told everyone to go home).

People were abandoning cars and neighbors were taking them in. When the Ride-On got free, it carted people off to a warming center.

I head back to the apartment, burn off the last of the juice on the laptop, then pile under covers at 11pm or so.  No power, no heat and, when I woke up around 4am to the sounds of crashing trees, no water.

Thursday morning and the place is a warzone.  Abandoned cars in the streets, and all along East West. Trees down and blocking roads.  Power out everywhere.  I call my Bethesda friends and they say they have power, so I pack up my fridge and freezer and head over.

At 3pm Thursday, they lose power. I shovel their driveway and get my car out of the way of plows and folks (though their street has not yet been plowed) and hunker down.  A rough noght on their couch, under piles of blankets, and I wake up to a 50 degree house and ice cold water.

Now, I have no choice but to come to work.  If I miss a regular, open day (such as today), then it costs me $500 for the quarter.  So I come in today, unwashed, wearing the clothes I've been wearing since Wednesday morning (and shoveled a driveway in -- half of everything I'm wearing is still wet) and now stare down a full day talking to assholes and being hounded by coworkers.

Pepco promises to have the power restored by 11pm tonight. But I'm sure my apartment is bitterly cold. There's a huge publishing event tomorrow in VA that I have to be presentable for... So I don't know. I'm beat. I'm exhausted, sticky, nursing a weird sinus headache, and barely able to focus... And still five minutes from clocking in for the day! I'll be surprised if I make it through the day.  I have half a mind to just hit the apartment, get all the dress clothes I need for tomorrow, then crash at the closet hotel and sleep for 12 hours.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2011, 10:29:34 AM
Jesus. What a difference undergroind power makes. We lost power for three hours Wednesday night.A few stoplights are out, but none of the PA shit you're dealing with.



It's absurd.  One of the richest county's in the most powerful nation on Earth has infrastructure circa 1965 so some little storm brings us to our knees for days!

Riding to the Metro this morning and, seriously, major roads are blocked by trees... No cones, no crews. Wires are down everywhere. Cars are just abandoned in travel lanes by the dozens. This is 36 hours AFTER the storm! Where are the emergency services?  Where's Pepco?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2011, 10:43:39 AM
And my first call here at work is a customer ranting about the fact that our Rockville office (which does all the insurance) has been shut down since Wednesday due to the power being out. She kept snarling at me till I said, "Look, lady, I haven't showered or seen a lit light bulb since Wednesday, so back off."

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2011, 12:01:02 PM
Finally catching up with the news:

On the fate of stranded cars:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/27/AR2011012707441.html

Actual good writing on this one:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/27/AR2011012705041.html?sid=ST2011012603981

More on the commute:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/27/AR2011012707435.html

Pepco's failures:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/27/AR2011012707462.html?sid=ST2011012603981

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2011, 12:06:33 PM
Great pics at Silver Spring, SIngular:

http://www.silverspringsingular.com/2011/01/snowpocalypse-now.html

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Cassander on January 28, 2011, 01:54:33 PM
ah, so this is why you didn't respond to my mundane text messages about girl scout cookies.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2011, 02:00:26 PM
ah, so this is why you didn't respond to my mundane text messages about girl scout cookies.

Yes.  Sorry. I'm basically homeless right now. Well, unless I don't mind a dark home that's probably just above freezing and has no running water.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2011, 03:14:40 PM
Pepco reports that my area is going to be without power until the 30th at 11pm.

Wow.

Looks like Bethesda's power has been restored... So I'll raid my apartment for a change of clothes and then go back to the publishers. I have to spend tomorrow with them anyway, so I guess that works out.

I feel like death right now, though.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 28, 2011, 03:54:36 PM
A shower and sleeping in relative warmth will do wonders.

We went without heat for almost three days last winter. It sucked.

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2011, 04:00:10 PM
I just want to know why it takes four and a half days to restore power.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 28, 2011, 04:33:18 PM
Because the infrastructure of DC and Southern Maryland hasn't been updated since Wilson was president?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2011, 06:36:34 PM
Because the infrastructure of DC and Southern Maryland hasn't been updated since Wilson was president?

But... But we're coming out of the recession! It's our Sputnik Moment!  We're going to Win the Future!

And here you're telling me the entire nation's infrastructure is outdated, broken down, and not able to support the population? And next you'll tell me that that's common knowledge, has been for years, and isn't getting any funding!

You can't have it both ways!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 28, 2011, 06:43:20 PM
You should live down here in Confederate run commonwealth. We're not like them there Yankees. We got snowplows and wires underground.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2011, 06:58:51 PM
Yeah, all you VA people have been crowing at me today.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2011, 08:06:30 PM
Power came back about 6:20, it looks like.  The boilers have just now started, according to the town crier who just came door to door. My apartment is 47 degrees...and the stuff I left in the fridge has turned into pure evil. I'm heading out to get drunk. Fuck the world!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 30, 2011, 10:38:04 AM
So, I guess by way of apology, they've turned up the heat to terrible and inhuman levels. 24 hours ago, my apartment was in the 50's.  Now it's in the 90's.

So all the windows are open and I'm sitting here hating the world.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 30, 2011, 01:30:59 PM
Take off your clothes and dance!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 31, 2011, 03:43:41 PM
After last week's hellish fuckup, they're not messing around.  OPM just went unscheduled leave for tomorrow, and APA announced the same with a long rant about being safe.

Now the bosses are rushing around trying to shore us up and get us to promise to come in and not treat it like a snow day.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 31, 2011, 03:58:52 PM
Ice tomorrow.

For all it's snow ineptitude, DC never fucks around with ice. too many crazy bad ice storms here that have really fucked things over. Nacho, do you remember the one we had in '97 or '98? There was like half an inch of ice covering everything and people were without power for weeks.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 31, 2011, 04:06:54 PM
Ice tomorrow.

For all it's snow ineptitude, DC never fucks around with ice. too many crazy bad ice storms here that have really fucked things over. Nacho, do you remember the one we had in '97 or '98? There was like half an inch of ice covering everything and people were without power for weeks.

Yeah.  And there was a great one when I was a kid.  The scariest part of that one was the huge chunks of ice falling off the power lines and trees a day or so later.  And I went down most of Rock Creek from Kensington to DC on ice.  It was loads of fun.

So even with Ice Awareness turned up to the max, an early announcement for unscheduled leave doesn't help... Mainly because what happened here is happening elsewhere -- every single boss has been by to strong-arm me into coming tomorrow.  They're asking for assurances in the sort of way that suggests we'll be punished/lose pay if we don't come in, unless the government is out and out closed.



Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 01, 2011, 07:49:31 AM
Ah-ha! I knew it. Nothing happening out there.  Supposedly going to be freezing rain all day... But not a drop yet (at 7am). So I guess tonight's commute will suck... But that's not a good enough excuse to keep me home.  Shame.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 01, 2011, 01:57:57 PM
More on the Thundersnow:

http://blog.historian4hire.net/2011/01/30/2011-storm/
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 02, 2011, 08:34:22 AM
Another big nothing today -- high 30's and rainy.

Meanwhile, the rest of America is being destroyed by Megasnow vs. Sharktopus!

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 07, 2011, 08:45:33 PM
You know what calls to me during snow storms? That old house at the weekend job.  I want to go stand there in the great hall and watch all this go on as if I'm some sort of baron or something.

Of course, if I get there, no way will I be able to drive back.  I need a 4WD to fulfill my fantasies.

But...I don't know.  I can sleep on the third floor. Bring an overnight bag... There's a shower, a stove, a fridge, a coffeemaker, a comfy chair. Just me and the ghosts and angry, angry snow.

Next storm, hit me up, I have 4WD.  We can party with the ghosts.

Also, call me when you're freezing to death in your apartment with no electricity or water!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 08, 2011, 07:43:11 AM
Ah. Yes, okay. You got a deal.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 22, 2011, 08:03:27 AM
Well... A touch of snow and ice last night. It's a bit ugly out there.  The road is untouched, Metro is reporting general fuckery... Feds are open!

You know, this season has made me wonder if I'm going to vote for Obama in 2012. The OPM changing the way it does things (never closing, and leaving the responsibility to stay at home in our laps in a culture that demands we always go to work) is in direct response to Obama's criticisms of how the area reacts to snow.

Yet... His administration has done nothing to improve how we CAN react to the snow. The "Thundersnow" incident makes it pretty clear that we need assistance. Money for damage incurred during the Snwopocalypse didn;t come through till August. My walk to work involves stepping over wires and trees that fell over a year ago.  Wires! And this is not a walk through the woods, this is the sidewalk along East West Highway -- one of the major arteries in the county.

The government has abandoned us... And yet Obama dares to stand up there and mock us because his northern kids couldn't go to their privileged school. And then he encourages the "never closed" plan so now people can die careening down roads that aren't plowed because we're barely able to maintain the major highways.

All of this shit came down at midnight. The sun's out now. And yet I look out at my road seven hours later and you can't see the difference from the rest of the ground. And it'll be that way till the sun melts it.

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 22, 2011, 10:58:15 AM
And, of course, the other problem with "unscheduled leave" days versus "closed" days is that everyone takes the day off. Especially if they hate their jobs and have oodles of PTO! So I'm here with two other people today. We're on the phones all day. We're slammed.

I knew I'd be walking into this, but I'm running low on PTO so I decided to tough it out. But I shouldn't have. I should have called out. And I will from now on, because this is ridiculous. If they can't get their employees to come to the office, then why should I be the only sap who sits here and does the work of 14 people all day with only one break for lunch?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 25, 2011, 03:08:22 PM
65 degrees outside.

And snowing.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 25, 2011, 03:38:34 PM
What?!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 25, 2011, 04:04:23 PM
Sunny now. But we had a squall come up at about 1:40 lasting through two where it was warm outside and snowing like fuck. Then it broke and the sun came out. Nothing stuck.

It was weird. Did it just happen here? If I look outside now will the streets be full of lizard men armed with tridents?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 26, 2011, 04:00:45 PM
An inch expected to fall overnight. There's been low-grade faux-panic all week, but the rich wedding fucks at the event today can barely breathe... Even though the forecast is nothing until the early AM. It's sunny, clear blue sky, and 45 degrees now and they're acting like we're all going to die like in the 2012 movie.

The only person who'll die is my sorry ass whose shift ends at 1am and whose route home is uphill on roads that never get plowed and tires I decided to stop taking care of a few years ago.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Cassander on March 27, 2011, 03:26:02 AM
RAPTOR ICE!

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 27, 2011, 10:15:11 AM
And, of course, nothing happened. At all. Went out to the store and the shelves have been cleared, and there are fleets of snowplows patrolling.

I love how, on false alarm days, the snowplows are like some sort of occupying army but, when there's a real snow, it's three days before you see one.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 28, 2011, 02:18:59 PM
My Halloween party have some wintry weather attached to it. Winter Storm Watch for southern Maryland on Saturday.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on October 28, 2011, 03:42:29 PM
Yeah. The panic is very low level chatter right now. People are just passing my in the hall mumbling "Snow's comin'" like in some sort of horror movie where the main character is imagining people talking to him.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on October 28, 2011, 08:51:05 PM
So...the warning just came across my phone. 2am-8pm. 3-5 inches!

I'm...sure that'll change...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 28, 2011, 11:13:57 PM
Hasn't changed yet!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 29, 2011, 04:31:49 PM
Still just rain down my way though it's cold as hell outside.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on October 29, 2011, 07:15:30 PM
Yeah, no accumulation here. Just been steady sleet/snow/freezing rain all day. And it's 34 out there... Below freezing tonight. I'm just completely paralyzed and unmotivated.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on October 30, 2011, 09:31:05 AM
So...we were on the edge of this:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/30/us/east-coast-storm/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Snowpocalypse 2011!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 30, 2011, 10:16:04 AM
Crazy. Even crazier that it was just rain down my way. We had snow for like five seconds at one point maybe.

That said, I think we better batten down the hatches for an epic winter man.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 30, 2011, 11:23:22 AM
I've been thinking that too. With all the rain we got this summer...will we see similar snow patterns?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on November 01, 2011, 04:46:19 PM
I know I should hate it...but I secretly love all of our named winter storms: Snowpacalypse/Snowmageddon for 2009-2010 (which is credited to Charlie Brooker, of all people). The Thundersnow for 2011. Now Capital Weather Gang is calling last weekend's freak event "Snowtober."

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 01, 2011, 04:48:47 PM
I'm going to call this winter's storms, "Snow me, you dirty slut!"
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 01, 2011, 09:39:08 PM
I prefer Snowctober.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on November 01, 2011, 11:10:03 PM
How about Octsnowber?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Tatertots on November 01, 2011, 11:35:10 PM
Octobrrrrr

GET IT!?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on November 01, 2011, 11:42:15 PM
Yeah... That's great. Thanks, Tyson.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Tatertots on November 01, 2011, 11:54:56 PM
You girls missed me.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on November 04, 2011, 01:20:26 PM
So after the last two years, OPM has finally been forced to come down with a clear-cut weather policy... Probably because they killed people during the Thundersnow.

The answer is to be "more decisive" in advance and to institute a shelter in place policy that, largely, depends on local businesses still being open when it comes to food and supplies.

Bold is mine:


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OPM’s John Berr on snow policy: ‘People will have to rough it a bit’

By Lisa Rein, Published: November 3

Personnel Chief John Berry said Thursday that if federal employees have to weather a snowstorm in their offices, “People will have to rough it a little bit” and the government won’t provide cots.

There are vending machines, there are Starbucks on every corner, there are emergency ration bags,” Berry said in comments on the government’s new snow policy, which calls for federal employees to shelter in place if they don’t leave the office by a deadline set by the Office of Personnel Management.

If they’re anything like me, they have 10 Snickers bars in that bag,” Berry said. “You might want to refresh your goody bag if you’re there for the night.”

The personnel agency’s first overhaul of its snow policy in 14 years aims to avoid the chaos of Jan. 26, when a fast-moving storm fell in the Washington area at rush hour just as thousands of federal workers were leaving the office.

Berry had called a two-hour early dismissal at 10:50 a.m., but most people didn’t leave until the storm struck. Rain washed away snow treatments and emergency vehicles had trouble clearing roads because of the traffic.

OPM is expected to approve the plan next week after consulting with regional officials. The Post got details in advance.

Berry plans to announce much earlier whether the government will be open or closed during a snowstorm, or open with unscheduled leave or telework.

“There will be times when we will err on the side of safety and we will be embarrassed,” he said. But the idea is to provide people with enough forewarning so they stay at home and not get stuck in the office — or on the roads.

If workers already are at the office when a storm approaches, instead of going home early they will be strongly urged to stay put, according to the plan.

My hope is it doesn’t have to be overnight if we’re sheltering in place,” Berry said. “But we understand that federal offices are pretty nice.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 04, 2011, 01:29:45 PM
Haha! You better hope your food addict coworkers don't decide to eat you first.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on November 04, 2011, 02:13:33 PM
Fuck that. I'll just walk home. Six miles in blizzard conditions!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 23, 2012, 08:53:07 AM
Well... After killing a bunch of people during last year's Thundersnow, the OPM language has changed to be "more clear." Here's our first example today:


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Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN under an 11:00 a.m. DELAYED ARRIVAL and employees have the OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK.

Okay...so... Arrive at 11am?

They go on to explain:

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Due to expected icy conditions, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management recommends that Federal employees remain off the road until 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 23. Federal Government offices will open to the public at 11:00 a.m. Employees who commute to the office will be granted excused absence for the delayed arrival. Employees have the option to use unscheduled leave and/or unscheduled telework for the entire workday in lieu of a delayed arrival.

So...arrive whenever, as long as you get there by 11? Okay.

I guess what they're doing is putting it on the individual offices. We strongly suggested 11am...but if you want to tell your employees to come in on time, it's on you.

Which... We've done. We're expected to be there business as usual. Of course, I know that no one is arriving till 11am because we spend much of last night and an hour this morning going back and forth via text, phone, and email about WTF the status means.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 23, 2012, 09:22:44 AM
So what's the weather there? We're supposed to drive home today.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 23, 2012, 09:30:58 AM
So what's the weather there? We're supposed to drive home today.

It's getting up to 50. And nothing happened overnight. Grey right now, but still nothing. So, you know. It's half an inch of panic.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 08, 2012, 02:09:52 PM
Um, so... 1-2 inches today. The OPM quietly went on liberal leave but, thanks to the new language, no one I know noticed until about noon. The new language is:


OPEN!!!!!!!!!!!





(with unscheduled leave in effect)



The snow's supposed to be "bad" between 3-6, i.e. evening rush hour, so now there's this quietly mounting panic as the afternoon wears on.

But, of course, nothing's happening and it's all bullshit.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 08, 2012, 02:31:04 PM
My understanding is that this "snow event" is supposed to be a wee bit underwhelming, but I'm further south than you.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 08, 2012, 02:47:53 PM
Well, that's the thing. The words say that, yes, the "snow event" will be nothing. But then nobody can resist saying: The HEAVIEST snowfall (.000004 inches expected) will be at RUSH HOUR!!!!!! It's GOING TO HIT!! during the EVENING COMMUTE!!! And, though no accumulation is expected, SNOW AT RUSH HOUR is possible....

So then people collapse to the ground clutching their chests.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 08, 2012, 03:04:15 PM
If you were forced to walk home from work, how long do you think it would take?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 08, 2012, 03:33:05 PM
If you were forced to walk home from work, how long do you think it would take?

It's 7 miles, most of it on the Met Trail.  So... under two hours.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 08, 2012, 04:02:35 PM
Is it only seven miles? I guess so.

I walked from the Washington Monument to Columbia Heights after 4th of July fireworks one year. It took about 45 minutes, so I guess your two hour estimate sounds about right.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 08, 2012, 04:05:56 PM
Well, I average 4 miles an hour walking. (Like most people.)

Monument to Columbia Heights is 2-3 miles.

Why are you asking? Not even 9/11 has forced me to walk home. Are you planning on blowing up the Red Line today?

Edit: If you are going to blow up the Red Line, please let me know before 6pm.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 08, 2012, 04:18:34 PM
They just removed the advisories. No more "event"! And here I was planning who to eat first.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 08, 2012, 05:25:00 PM
Why are you asking? Not even 9/11 has forced me to walk home. Are you planning on blowing up the Red Line today?

Edit: If you are going to blow up the Red Line, please let me know before 6pm.

Just planning my escape....

I was just wondering what would happen to you if somehow the Metro got shut down by weather. Though if Snowpocalypse didn't do it, it's probably unlikely, eh?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 08, 2012, 05:34:02 PM
Snowpocalypse started on a weekend.

But, yeah, it's a straight line out of here. Met Trail starts next door and takes me all the way to Takoma, then it hooks up and follows roads to come out behind Jackies.

I wouldn't want to do it on a normal day because I don't like being raped to death, but I'd imagine I wouldn't be alone if there was an emergency.

http://www.metbranchtrail.com/?reload
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 08, 2012, 06:07:55 PM
I have apocalypse fantasies about escaping the area all the time.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 08, 2012, 06:58:20 PM
I have apocalypse fantasies about escaping the area all the time.

I told you about my plans, right? I'm always thinking about how to get out of the city/greater met area.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 21, 2012, 12:29:57 PM
We're going to get up into the 70's this week...and today's Cherry Blososm news is:

Quote
The peak bloom time for the 1,678 trees around the Mall’s Tidal Basin will be announced March 1, the first day of what the National Weather Service predicts will be a warmer-than-normal month, a coda to an unseasonably mild winter.

The National Park Service’s rule of thumb is “unless it’s extreme and prolonged warm or cold weather, there’s nothing to worry about,” said Danielle Piacente, spokeswoman for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. “Once [the trees] start blooming is when the weather change really affects them. We should be OK for now.”

Snow is fun...but it's been nice that we got a pass this time around. Only a couple cases of half an inch of panic...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 21, 2012, 01:52:17 PM
I bet there's a Nor'easter in March or April. Any takers?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 21, 2012, 02:15:50 PM
Farmer's Almanac says no more than 2 inches in March. And NOAA agrees. So that's pretty much a total miss for Winter.

I'm going to agree with them -- mainly because the crocuses are coming up at the weekend job. So that's the final word.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 21, 2012, 09:47:06 PM
Farmer's Almanac is a hoax!

But, I tend to agree based on the rest of the "winter."
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 21, 2012, 10:58:56 PM
Just remember I said it.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on April 11, 2012, 09:36:16 PM
Oh. It's snowing.

Okay... Whatever. I'll just close these blinds and watch some Doctor Who.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on April 12, 2012, 09:16:13 AM
I want global warming back.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on April 12, 2012, 01:32:46 PM
I want another earthquake that results in a week off of work.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on April 12, 2012, 01:35:02 PM
Just take a week off work.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on April 13, 2012, 08:26:52 AM
No, I want the building to collapse as well.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on October 02, 2012, 12:08:15 PM
So WaPo's banner screams:


Quote
In the News Nationals Snowflakes? D.C. sniper Wallaby’s death

When you click on "Snowflakes?" you go to the weather gang who are saying that it might snow but -- we doubt it. Ha, ha, ha. But it might!! But...probably not... BUT!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 02, 2012, 01:03:46 PM
It's October.

Scratch that. It's *barely* October.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on October 02, 2012, 01:08:45 PM
It's October.

Scratch that. It's *barely* October.

That doesn't stop the Post!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on November 06, 2012, 04:39:00 PM
We're so distracted by Sandy and Romney that we've forgotten to lose our shit about DC's first official HALF AN INCH OF PANIC 2012!!


Quote
The Nor’easter poised to batter coastal areas from the Delmarva to New England may just graze the Washington, D.C. metro region. But with unseasonably cold air in place, any precipitation the storm throws back at us may contain snowflakes.

Most computer models simulate the edge of the storm’s precipitation field brushing the D.C. area Wednesday afternoon and night with heavier precipitation to the east and northeast. Baltimore and, especially, Philadelphia are likely to receive more precipitation and have a chance for some light snow accumulation.

For the D.C. area, we’d give the following odds for snow:

* 40 percent chance of no snow; just light rain showers, if anything
* 20 percent chance of snowflakes mixing in with rain, but no accumulation
* 20 percent chance of a slushy coating of snow, mainly on grassy areas
* 15 percent chance of a coating to 1” of wet snow, mainly on grassy areas
* 5 percent chance of 1-4” of wet snow
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 06, 2012, 05:00:10 PM
Gonna be all rain in the wilds of NoVA... so I hear.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on November 06, 2012, 05:06:50 PM
... so I hear.

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on November 26, 2012, 11:34:40 AM
Oh no! The Post says this today:

Quote
Region could see snow on Tuesday

Complete with a Snowmageddon pic of the Capitol! IT'S HAPPENING!

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 26, 2012, 12:54:57 PM
OH MY GAWD! OH JESUS, SAVE ME!! OH NO!! NO! NO! NO!

*suicide*
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 17, 2013, 04:09:04 PM
1-3 inches today...

Though nothing yet. I particularly like how the salt trucks are out and salting the roads like it's the apocalypse. Not a flake has fallen, the roads are dry, and yet I looked out my office window and I thought -- what the hell? H St has an inch of snow on it!

No...it's an inch of salt.

I'm going to the grocery store tomorrow morning to get milk, by the way. I'd better not find that Safeway is in zombie apocalypse mode like the last time. Safeway seriously looked like "One Year Later..." *shot of ruined New York skyline* the last time we had a dusting.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 17, 2013, 04:56:04 PM
All is well in the People's Republic of NoVA.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 17, 2013, 05:02:08 PM
I'm losing patience with the panic over nothing bullshit. I'm going to go home and unplug and play Jenga with myself or something.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 23, 2013, 05:16:00 PM
So, are we supposed to get snowed on the next three days?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 23, 2013, 06:02:17 PM
So, are we supposed to get snowed on the next three days?

Last I heard, Friday is the apocalypse. I've quietly tuned it out.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 23, 2013, 06:11:48 PM
Fuck you, RC. As soon as I posted that, my weather alerts blew up. Who has the voodoo doll now, huh?

So I read the AAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! ALERT ALERT!!!!! and, seriously, it's only calling for one inch!

One inch!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 23, 2013, 08:32:15 PM
One inch?!?!

CALL FEMA!!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 23, 2013, 08:46:26 PM
Superstorm Rutherford!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 23, 2013, 10:40:46 PM
I'm naming all rain showers from now on.

Beware of Drizzle Dan!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 23, 2013, 11:21:56 PM
Drizzle Dan is the name of my next movie.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 24, 2013, 07:33:18 AM
Drizzle Dan is the name of my next movie.

The long awaited sequel to "Steve's G olden Shower"?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 24, 2013, 11:05:05 AM
In preparation of this morning's snow, I killed and skinned all my pets last night. They're all hanging in the wash room which i transformed into a temporary smoke room.

Overreaction?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 24, 2013, 11:10:42 AM
In preparation of this morning's snow, I killed and skinned all my pets last night. They're all hanging in the wash room which i transformed into a temporary smoke room.

Overreaction?

Not if you work for Metro. Jesus... What a zoo today. Train problems! Track problems! SNOW SNOW SNOW!!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 24, 2013, 10:21:07 PM
All they needed this morning to clear the tracks was a fan strapped to the front of the train.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 24, 2013, 11:02:42 PM
All they needed this morning to clear the tracks was a fan strapped to the front of the train.

Woah, woah! Slow down! The transit system serving millions of people in the capital of the most powerful nation on Earth isn't made of money!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 24, 2013, 11:07:30 PM
Maryland and Virginia should be forced to buy fans...it's only fair.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 24, 2013, 11:23:32 PM
There's a public meeting about this on May 21st, just after the 749% peak of the peak of the peak fare hike.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 25, 2013, 10:20:30 AM
And don't forget we have have to move waffle hat day to next Thursday.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 25, 2013, 01:44:41 PM
KHAAAAAAAAANNNNNNN!

http://www.upi.com/blog/2012/10/02/Storm-Khan-anyone-Weather-Channel-to-name-winter-storms/2571349198021/#ixzz2J0hWTL00 (http://www.upi.com/blog/2012/10/02/Storm-Khan-anyone-Weather-Channel-to-name-winter-storms/2571349198021/#ixzz2J0hWTL00)

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Storm 'Khan' anyone? Weather Channel to name winter storms

Though the National Weather Service assigns names to tropical storms every year, their colder counterparts -- blizzards and snowstorms -- have no official naming system. Like "Snowmageddon" and "Snowpocalypse, winter storms sometimes receive names during or after they hit.

Hoping to change that, The Weather Channel (TWC) announced Tuesday that they would name the upcoming winter season's biggest storms.

Naming storms makes communication about them easier, TWC argued, especially in an age of social media.

"The fact is a storm with a name is easier to follow, which will mean fewer surprises and more preparation," the network said on its website.

Traditional summertime storm names (Irene, Floyd, Isaac) seem pretty bland in comparison to TWC's decidedly nerdier choices. TWC's first three storms will be called Athena, Brutus and Caesar. Seventh on the list is Gandolf, described as "a character in a 1896 fantasy novel in a pseudo medieval countryside." There's also Yogi for "people who do yoga," and Q for the New York City subway line.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 25, 2013, 02:14:28 PM
That's it. Charles Manson was right. I'm convinced now. Let's go to the desert, RC, and start training up for the Great Purge.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2013, 05:59:52 PM
So... Ice (which was gone by ten AM) was today's monster. We opened at noon, only half the staff showed up, and VP was sitting here seething for hours and was just totally crazy.

Work, work, work...and still an hour to go. Blah.

This is what I hate about half an inch of panic. Everyone's a pussy so they call out at 1/100th of an inch. But, really, everything's fine and open and there's no reason to be alarmed. Fuck, everyone here takes the train to work! It's not like they have to go through any effort...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 28, 2013, 06:03:13 PM
Yeah, but the Metro kills people!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 05, 2013, 08:56:46 AM
The Snowquester! Yes, it has a name. A foot in the outliers -- Hi RC! -- and half a foot in the city by Wednesday morning.

Panic ensues. Everyone last night was talking about how they were going to rush to the grocery store. Today will be talks about how they spent all last night buying milk.

My gut tells me -- nothing. Give it up. The fact that they've named the storm a day ahead of the advance something completely silly pretty much convinces me that we'll wake up tomorrow to cherry blossoms and 70 degrees.

But...hope springs eternal for a Wednesday off so I can sit here and worry about Thursday back at work.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 05, 2013, 02:49:33 PM
Oh my god. The panic is amazing. The Snowquester is the only topic of conversation. Death snow procedure emails are coming every hour from the bosses and HR.

It's 55 right now. Clear skies. Cherry blossom buds. Yet a whole meeting this morning was sidetracked by a discussion of survival. Not ready for tomorrow! What will we do!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 05, 2013, 04:04:36 PM
Co-worker: You trying to get everything done before the snow? (as I linger at the copy machine)

Me: It's 60 degrees out there now. I want you to stop and think for a few moments.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 05, 2013, 07:15:19 PM
Now they're saying the snow is starting during AM rush hour.

I have the option of skipping class tomorrow and watching the movie from home, so I'm doing so.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 05, 2013, 07:48:14 PM
If I get the day off, I'm going to watch Space Battleship Yamato all day and bake a cake.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 05, 2013, 07:55:07 PM
I left the cinnamon buns. Eat them!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 05, 2013, 09:49:03 PM
I left the cinnamon buns. Eat them!

I am!

So NOLa girl comes out to our half price wine night. Her secret plan was to go to the out of the way, secret Co-Op to get storm supplies. I relentlessly mocked her. We go to the Co-Op. It is wiped out. Apocalypse shelves!

Jesus...

Meanwhile, clear skies tonight, 45 degrees right now. 9pm. So... Where's the storm?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on March 06, 2013, 12:00:40 AM
It's coming! Just reached the top of DC and coming north.

By the way...the RadarNow! app is great for this type of thing.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 06, 2013, 09:09:47 AM
It's coming! Just reached the top of DC and coming north.

By the way...the RadarNow! app is great for this type of thing.

I love RadarNow.

It's nothing fun today. Just wet and cold and ookey. And a day off!

We have barely a dusting. of wet snow, and nothing sticking to the pavement. But something tells me that I'm looking at ice...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 06, 2013, 09:18:55 AM
Oh there. A little Toyota just zipped down my street. No problems.

(I was woken at 2:30 by the army of snow trucks.)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 06, 2013, 10:59:43 AM
This is the best snow to have. You can drive in it, it's easy to shovel, and it'll be gone by Friday.

As long as our "should be condemned" roof holds.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 06, 2013, 12:12:16 PM
So nothing sticking...the quarter inch has already melted in the rain. This truly was half an inch of panic. The Post's article is downright apologetic, reporting on the army of snow truck drivers left idling and waiting for nothing.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 06, 2013, 12:30:54 PM
We have maybe two inches of slushy, easy to move snow despite it being well above freezing outside.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on March 06, 2013, 09:23:27 PM
Bummer.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 07, 2013, 12:31:19 PM
Quote
Snowquester bust: Decision to close schools and offices made before flakes fell

By Marc Fisher, Published: March 6

They shut down the schools and the government for what turned out in much of the area to be light rain and a bit of a breeze.

But when “they” — beleaguered bureaucrats, politicians and educators — made that choice in the small of the night, all the experts were telling them that a big storm with an even bigger name was bearing down on the Washington region, preparing to snarl roads, snuff out power and cause all manner of chaos.

The pressure was enormous: Whether they called it Snowquester or Winter Storm Saturn, the nonstop media storm-mongering had raised expectations to supermarket-shelf-clearing levels. At 11 p.m. Tuesday, the dean of Washington weather forecasters, ABC Channel 7’s Bob Ryan, tweeted, “If any school in area is open tomorrow, somebody is nuts.”

Thirteen hours later, Ryan backtracked: “The strong March sun and warm ground yesterday taking a toll on snow . . . Exact rain-snow line always drives us nuts.”

But by that time, every major school system in the region had shut down, as had the federal and most local governments and courts. Did they pull the plug too early? Did they listen to the wrong experts? Did they act out of a surplus of bureaucratic caution, eager to avoid blame if they sent workers and schoolchildren into a hellacious storm?

All they knew for certain was that no matter what they did, the potential for outrage was rich: Taxpayers might be miffed that governments closed and lost a day of productivity for a storm that fizzled. Conversely, parents and commuters might be equally outraged if schools had opened only to shut down early or if governments had made workers come in and then sent them home into a traffic mess of majestic proportions.

The intense build-up to this storm, on TV and on weather blogs and Web sites, had officials eager to make a decision Tuesday evening. In Fairfax County, Jeffrey Platenberg, the school system’s assistant superintendent for transportation and facilities, planned to issue his yea or nay on canceling school by 7 p.m. But all afternoon Tuesday, the contrast between the forecasts and the facts outside his window gave him second thoughts.

“It was above 50 degrees outside at 1700 hours, with road temperatures above 60 and bridges above 50,” he said. He put off his decision.

Platenberg consulted with transportation and emergency management officials and the National Weather Service. Then he got up at 3 a.m. and went out in his front-wheel-drive sedan.

“It doesn’t handle the snow very well, so it gives me a good gauge for how difficult the drive may be,” he said.

Then, gut check time. At 4:12 a.m., just in time to keep the system’s 1,200 buses from heading out onto the roads, he closed the schools. “You can’t call them back,” he said. “That’s like turning around the Queen Mary.” The deciding factor was the idea of young, inexperienced high school drivers out on frozen stuff.

The cascading series of decisions to close began Tuesday night with a conference call at 9 gathering government and school leaders. The advice from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments was to be cautious, said Ron Kirby, the council’s transportation planning director.

“Everything went up to a new level of caution after the Jan. 26, 2011, storm,” Kirby said. That big thundersnow paralyzed the region as the federal government sent workers home into the brunt of a rush-hour storm. Since then, chastened officials have erred on the side of shutting down ahead of any significant snow.

About 11 p.m., dire forecasts — one TV station said Northwest Washington could see up to a foot of snow — and impending bedtimes led first school systems and then governments to announce closings.

D.C. schools were the first system inside the Capital Beltway to shut down. Others soon followed.

“We made our decisions based on, unfortunately, faulty weather predictions,” said Pedro Ribeiro, spokesman for D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D). “You can’t really blame the government officials for using the data the scientists gave them.”

Ribiero said media forecasts “did tend to hype it up a little bit, but what we look at is the data. We have to take that as valid.”

Those forecasts were plain wrong. “This was the biggest bust in the history of the Capital Weather Gang,” said The Washington Post’s chief meteorologist, Jason Samenow. He said the major mistake was to accept computer models that said the amount of moisture in the storm would make up for the warmth of the air below.

Every forecaster in town overestimated the storm; at 3 a.m., the Weather Service still predicted eight to 10 inches of snow for the District.

In Prince William County, one of the first systems to close, transportation director Ed Bishop said his boss, Superintendent Steven Walts, hates to shut down based only on forecasts.

“I kid him and say, ‘If you can’t see it or step in it, you don’t want to mess with it,’ ” Bishop said. This time, Walts was able to say, “Look out the window; it’s snowing.”

Inside the Beltway, there was no such evidence. After another Council of Governments call at 3 a.m., the top brass of the Prince George’s County school system held a 3:45 a.m. call that ended with the decision to close. “We will always side on caution as opposed to whether it’s convenient,” said spokesman Briant Coleman.

Despite the schools’ decision, the county government remained open. Brad Seamon, chief administrative officer in Prince George’s, and County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) considered forecasts, traffic and the cost of shutting down — about $1.5 million, Seamon said — as well as the memory of having closed for Hurricane Sandy, which was mostly a fizzle in the county.

At 5 a.m., with a forecast of two to five inches that sounded manageable to Seamon, they decided to stay the course, especially because the federal government was closing, which would ease traffic.

That fact drove the opposite decision in Montgomery County. “When I woke up today and heard the federal government was closed, there was no way we could keep administrative offices open,” said Larry Bowers, chief operating officer of the county schools. “Try to explain to 4,000 employees why you’re opening up and the federal government is closed.”

But Bowers, who has worked for the system for three decades, said he might have reached a different conclusion years ago. In the 1980s, Montgomery never shut down, he said. Bowers remembers a convoy of plow trucks heading up Interstate 270 to clear a path for buses to pick up sixth-graders who had been stranded at an outdoor education camp for a week.

“We’ve gotten wimpier,” he said.

As ever, the same decisions that drive some people to distraction seem perfectly sane to others. Adam Eidinger, a publicist in the District and father of a third-grader, skipped work to stay home with his daughter and said closing schools was “a complete overreaction to the weather that’s actually been encouraged by a culture of laziness. . . . Working families are terribly burdened by this. So why does the government feel like it can just shut down?”

Eidinger suggested a simple rule: Close only if there are at least three inches of snow.

But Evelyn Boyd Simmons, mother of two students at the District’s Oyster-Adams Bilingual School, was thrilled to have “a completely guilt-free day home with the kids.” The closings made sense, she said, because “so many people who make D.C. tick live outside of D.C. Hindsight is always 20-20.”

In Fairfax, where the county held off any decision until just before 11 a.m., County Executive Edward L. Long Jr. looked at the forecasts but didn’t decide to close until he saw what was really falling from the sky.

In Alexandria, where the only accumulation occurred in rain puddles, Rashad Young, the city manager who came on board a year ago, looked at the same evidence and came to the opposite conclusion: He kept the doors open.

Was that because he’s new to the Washington area and brings along the weather values of a hardier place? Young hails from Dayton, Ohio, and thinks that public employees owe it to the public to stay on the job.

“I lean toward the philosophy that we’re the city government and we should be at work,” Young said. “As I was coming in this morning, I saw businesses are open, folks at CVS are working, folks at McDonald’s are working, we’ve got service people working who typically make less than those of us in City Hall. They get to work; I think we ought to be open, too.”

Scathing comments at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/snowquester-bust-decision-to-close-schools-and-offices-made-before-flakes-fell/2013/03/06/9a58b8ee-8687-11e2-999e-5f8e0410cb9d_allComments.html#comments

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on March 13, 2013, 05:09:03 AM
France had 10cm of snow overnight, which is a lot for France - especially mid-March.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 13, 2013, 12:11:34 PM
France had 10cm of snow overnight, which is a lot for France - especially mid-March.

4 inches, right? That would have been two days off here! PANIC!

Now that we're rolling into spring, it looks like the snow threat is over. Everything can start blooming and raping my sinuses.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 18, 2013, 08:39:52 AM
Woke up to 2 inches of snow on the ground. Had no idea. Where was the panic?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on March 18, 2013, 10:10:32 PM
Quick hitter. Zero snow up this way.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 19, 2013, 07:45:50 AM
None here, either.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 25, 2013, 09:15:25 AM
Okay... So, the "Snowquester" is a huge embarrassment. We get a day off for rain, yet they still plow and salt the roads like madmen.

Today I wake up (in Bethesda) to about two inches and heavy snow. I think, hmmm...but, OPM says everything is open. So I fight my way to Silver Spring at 6:15 AM -- the roads are untouched! I'm sluicing through muck and death, following two vague tracks, sliding all around.

I get home after 20 minutes (to get 3 miles) and check OPM repeatedly because, seriously, what the fuck? No closings... Even the schools are good to go.

So then I think, you know... Maybe I'll just make it a faux snow day! So here I am, watching the snow fall, the trees outside my window draped in white and lovely, the road still uncleared... Might just sit here all day and read, write, and drink hot cocoa... (Also, if I do man p and go to work, it'll be a zoo because half the people will probably call out...)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 09, 2013, 03:48:50 PM
Since RC misses it so much, I guess I should update this thread for our first ice storm, and our oncoming "Round Two" tomorrow. But I don't think anybody cares anymore. Most of the area's residents have paid Pepco 10k to get unreliable generators and deep freezes, so the long con of a DC Snow Emergency has paid off and now we're largely okay. Everything covered in ice and only a few thousand were without power!

Or maybe we just don't have any trees left...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on December 10, 2013, 05:58:03 AM
NEWS ALERT: WINTER IS COLD!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 10, 2013, 06:10:22 AM
They just don't bludgeon people over toilet paper here the way they do in the States.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on December 10, 2013, 06:38:42 AM
They just don't bludgeon people over toilet paper here the way they do in the States.

Homesick?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 10, 2013, 09:47:46 AM
It's changed, RC. We all get toilet paper through Amazon Subscribe & Save these days.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 10, 2013, 11:22:08 AM
So my four months in Prague have been like that episode of South Park where the town without parents devolves into a Children of the Corn/Logan's Run apocalypse in only ten days.

"Outlander!"
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 10, 2013, 11:33:19 AM
God, I love that episode.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 10, 2013, 12:00:51 PM
It's handily in my top five, maybe even my top three.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 02, 2014, 02:16:16 PM
Deadly winter storm threatens 100MILLION people and drops temperatures colder than the surface of Mars - as 1,600 flights are canceled and Boston's Logan airport shuts down completely

icebarn.gif!
iceprawn!
icevern!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 02, 2014, 02:18:19 PM
Oh my god... What's the source of that quote? That's awesome. Because it's -195 degrees on Mars now.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 02, 2014, 02:29:08 PM
I'm driving to WV tonight... because I have giant balls.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 02, 2014, 02:48:28 PM
Oh my god... What's the source of that quote? That's awesome. Because it's -195 degrees on Mars now.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2532566/Freezing-cold-blizzards-grip-Northeast-Canada-records-temperatures-cold-Mars.html
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on January 02, 2014, 02:52:13 PM
I thought you were making that up....sigh.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 02, 2014, 03:09:50 PM
I thought you were making that up....sigh.

Still clinging on to that last vestige of faith and hope, eh?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 02, 2014, 03:22:20 PM
Also, boo to the dailymail for using the Weather Channel's made up winter storm name in the page title.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 02, 2014, 03:23:08 PM
Also, weather.com...slow to respond....

Get your popcorn for the end of the world!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 02, 2014, 03:32:57 PM
We'll never survive the trace-1"!!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on January 02, 2014, 04:34:35 PM
I thought you were making that up....sigh.

Still clinging on to that last vestige of faith and hope, eh?

Not anymore...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 02, 2014, 05:08:11 PM
I thought you were making that up....sigh.

Still clinging on to that last vestige of faith and hope, eh?

Not anymore...

Though maybe they're talking about 3 billion years ago. You can still hope! You never know!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 02, 2014, 05:59:39 PM
Driving up 270 in snow. And texting. And I have a bottle of Slivovice in my hand.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 02, 2014, 06:21:00 PM
Driving up 270 in snow. And texting. And I have a bottle of Slivovice in my hand.

It's like you're still in Prague!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 02, 2014, 06:35:01 PM
Seriously, we're driving to WV in this. We're insane.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 02, 2014, 07:23:47 PM
I wouldn't do it.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 02, 2014, 09:09:51 PM
Virginia schools are closing already! PANIC!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 02, 2014, 09:30:51 PM
We've got 2 inches here already.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 03, 2014, 07:48:26 AM
Took a beautiful snow-walk through apocalyptic Bethesda last night. Sheet of ice today at 15 degrees, accidents, trains shut down, I've been watching commuters fall down like they're practicing Vaudeville acts...but the government is open! So off to motherfucking work I go!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on January 03, 2014, 09:59:30 AM
We got about 4 inches in total.  I had to park up at the neighbors barn so I didn't have to risk my driveway.  No real problems getting into work.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 03, 2014, 10:38:16 AM
We got about 4 inches in total.  I had to park up at the neighbors barn so I didn't have to risk my driveway.  No real problems getting into work.

Well...let's talk about the Metro, then. Every single line was fucked! So I sat there waiting an hour for my train with the constant announcements..."ding ding. Due to a problem on the (work through every color line)..."

A total shambles.

Meanwhile, the Throne Maiden's wing of the government defied OPM and went two hours late. So she huddled under the covers and laughed at me.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on January 03, 2014, 10:42:59 AM
Get away from the city man....it's gonna kill you.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 03, 2014, 10:44:04 AM
Trying!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on January 03, 2014, 12:17:07 PM
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 03, 2014, 04:51:18 PM
We got about 5-6 inches here. Nice powdery stuff though. Very gratifying letting it blow off the roof of my 4WD SUV into the faces of these Prius fools!! Or something.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 03, 2014, 06:13:51 PM
We have a friend staying with us who was supposed to fly out today for Oregon.

Flight cancelled, she now leaves on Tuesday!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 03, 2014, 06:36:00 PM
We have a friend staying with us who was supposed to fly out today for Oregon.

Flight cancelled, she now leaves on Tuesday!

You'll hate her by then!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 05, 2014, 06:58:27 PM
We drove across 68 in that noise and it was amazing. The only time I got worried was when there were other cars on the road, which between Cumberland and Morgantown was pretty seldom.m Missus RC's AWD Subaru was pretty badass.

My new epiphany? Snow doesn't kill people. People kill people.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 05, 2014, 07:36:26 PM

My new epiphany? Snow doesn't kill people. People kill people.

Never lived in the DC area before?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 05, 2014, 11:25:29 PM
Snow is easy as hell to drive in as long as you're not surrounded by idiots who don't know how to drive in it.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 06, 2014, 07:33:10 AM
From what I can tell, drivers in the DC area don't know how to drive in dry weather let alone snow or, say, if there's a leaf on the road.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 06, 2014, 12:35:07 PM
Wow...so today's "half an inch of panic" is "CHECK YOUR PIPES!!"

Down to the negative numbers tonight. Burn the furniture!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 06, 2014, 12:36:21 PM
I have never heard so much usage of "flash freeze" in my life.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on January 06, 2014, 12:37:55 PM
I have never heard so much usage of "flash freeze" in my life.

It's the Russian version of Flash Mob.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 06, 2014, 12:42:12 PM
I have never heard so much usage of "flash freeze" in my life.

It's the Russian version of Flash Mob.

Ivan! Do ze flash freeze!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 06, 2014, 12:43:24 PM
We're all gonna die!!!


Quote
Coldest air in years set to grip the Nation’s Capital: Protect yourself, pets, and home
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on January 06, 2014, 01:02:42 PM
Burn your pets!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 06, 2014, 01:09:56 PM
It's the only way to put them out of their eternal misery!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 06, 2014, 01:11:22 PM
By the way -- part of that quoted headline does say "even though your pets have fur, they still get cold" and then goes on to suggest that you move their pet beds off the floor...but doesn't explain the next step. So...put the 70 pound dog's bed on...a shelf? In the utensil drawer? Hovering in mid-air?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on January 06, 2014, 01:15:13 PM
Just off the floor!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 06, 2014, 01:19:17 PM
Anything but the floor! That's where the cold LIVES AND LAYS IN WAIT! POLAR VORTEX!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on January 06, 2014, 02:46:24 PM
Anything but the floor! That's where the cold LIVES AND LAYS IN WAIT! POLAR VORTEX!!!

But what if I want to put my dog's bed on the floor upstairs?  Is that allowed?  Will PETA come after me?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 06, 2014, 03:01:06 PM
A floor's a floor, Sirharles, and the floor is where the polar vortex lives and hunts!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 06, 2014, 03:08:39 PM
It's all about comments from WaPo readers now...

Quote
B-flat
1:14 PM EST
The family in the house across the street has two cats that live outside 100% of the time. They wonder around the nearby yards, and don't go far from their food source. Perhaps they are outside because the house-dog is a Siberian Husky and they aren't so great around cats. This article says "call the authorities" if a pet is left outside tonight. Does that mean call 911, or the regular police number? I sent an email to the Montgomery County SPCA for advice, but they never responded. Cat lovers -- what would you do?

Welcome back from the future where you witnessed the family not taking the cats in tonight!

Quote
Thanks for the tips! Do I need to trickle *every* faucet in the same room? I have two sink faucets and one bathtub faucet in one of the bathrooms - is it necessary to trickle every one of them? Or would trickling the two sink faucets also protect the bathtub pipe from freezing (i.e. is water coming up from the same main pipe)? Thanks

So...your house isn't heated?

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These tips are good for dealing with the acute problems of severe cold, but overall I am looking forward to the benefit of the frigid weather. It will kill pathogens, and vectors such as the invasive mosquito species. Remember the old and probably worthless saying, "A green winter makes a fat churchyard."

Quote
Unfortunately there are several feral cats in my neighborhood, can't get near them. I have put out two "insulated" dog-style houses with padding, pillows, blankets and towels. That's about the best I can do for them, the poor things.

I stole some padding and blankets from one of the homeless people and saved the cats!

Quote
I'll be wearing more than a sweater vest tomorrow.

Gosh, you're real funny.

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 06, 2014, 03:11:36 PM
Is it too early to eat my neighbor's face in the front yard?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 06, 2014, 03:24:38 PM
Is it too early to eat my neighbor's face in the front yard?

Never too early for that!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 06, 2014, 04:15:30 PM
The new article -- "Bitter cold about to bite Washington" -- features this line:

Quote
Though the movie “Doctor Zhivago” would have you believe that trains run merrily through Siberia all winter, here Metro’s rails expand and contract with the temperature and major swings in temperature cause cracks or breaks.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 06, 2014, 04:50:08 PM
Um...so...closings and delays are being announced. (Note -- it's currently 40 degrees).

Prince William County -- closed. PG County -- 2 hours late.

What the fuck?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on January 06, 2014, 05:01:58 PM
Virginia is for pussies?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 06, 2014, 05:53:06 PM
Virginia is for pussies?

I think so. Almost all counties closed now. They just gave up without even waiting to see what happens. Wild. This is worse than half an inch of panic!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 06, 2014, 06:37:27 PM
Virginia is for pussies?

When you're living Call of Duty, you take every precaution.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on January 07, 2014, 04:18:05 AM
Virginia is for pussies?

When you're living Call of Duty, you take every precaution.

I'm living Call of Duty right now... and I'm a ghost!

:dramagopher:
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 07, 2014, 08:08:07 AM
2 degrees in Bethesda! The news is all about how to recognize if you get frostbite on your way to work and what you should do when it happens -- because IT WILL HAPPEN!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 07, 2014, 09:31:21 AM
I was just outside with my dog. Bundled up, I felt like a couple miles walk would't kill me.

Layers, Nacho. Didn't WV teach you anything?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on January 07, 2014, 09:59:27 AM
Went outside to walk the dog and feed the neighbors horses.  Bundled up in layers and was fine. 

However, the excitement was last night when a giant tree fell in our backyard and knocked out the power.  We were without it for about three hours.  Potomac Edison (power company) came right out and started cutting up the tree and re-stringing the line.  I'm sure if we were still with Pepco we would still be on hold reporting the outage.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 07, 2014, 10:39:09 AM
I was just outside with my dog. Bundled up, I felt like a couple miles walk would't kill me.

Layers, Nacho. Didn't WV teach you anything?

I just broke out all of my summer gear for Scotland, so I was fine.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 07, 2014, 11:26:39 AM
Heavy criticism against MoCo for not closing today:

http://www.justupthepike.com/2014/01/students-parents-criticize-mcps-online.html

Seriously, people, it's not that bad.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on January 07, 2014, 11:52:09 AM
People need something to complain about.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 07, 2014, 12:49:15 PM
It's bitter cold, make no mistake. I wouldn't want to be out there for anything over 20 minutes. My dog all but refuses to go outside.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 07, 2014, 01:06:24 PM
It's bitter cold, make no mistake. I wouldn't want to be out there for anything over 20 minutes. My dog all but refuses to go outside.

I walked my usual mile! You need Scottish summer gear, RC.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on January 07, 2014, 01:14:54 PM
What kind of dog does RC have?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 07, 2014, 01:16:51 PM
A Faggotdale.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 07, 2014, 01:24:03 PM
*zing*

I have an overweight chihuahua. The people we got her from claim she's purebred, but I don't think so.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on January 07, 2014, 03:31:31 PM
You have an immigrant dog. Does it eat re-fried beans?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 07, 2014, 06:06:56 PM
So...it's damn cold.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on January 08, 2014, 05:10:48 AM
So...it's damn cold.

Pussies.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 20, 2014, 01:02:51 PM
I just heard 4+ inches for DC tomorrow.

TOILET PAPER!!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 20, 2014, 03:15:06 PM
Thank God the DCist is always the voice of reason.
[/sarcasm]

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Polar Vortex, Snow Storm Will Bring Certain Doom To D.C. Area Tomorrow

http://dcist.com/2014/01/polar_vortex_snow_storm_converge_to.php (http://dcist.com/2014/01/polar_vortex_snow_storm_converge_to.php)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 21, 2014, 09:49:12 AM
I especially love EVERYONE lapsing into a blind panic and closing. Schools, government... And not a flake in sight.

So now the news has shifted to, "We're still waiting for those flakes!!!"

Meanwhile, fleets of trucks are storming back and forth turning the roads into white beaches.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 21, 2014, 10:44:15 AM
Oh my god!!!! It's a gently flurry and not sticking!!! There are Soviet tanks in the street and nobody knows what to do!!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on January 21, 2014, 10:58:43 AM
Oh my god!!!! It's a gently flurry and not sticking!!! There are Soviet tanks in the street and nobody knows what to do!!!!!

Duck and cover!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 21, 2014, 11:13:12 AM
Wolverines!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 21, 2014, 04:27:11 PM
Well, it's finally hit here. Was out at lunch and skidding around in the 4WD.

Trip home should be exciting!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 21, 2014, 04:48:34 PM
Be careful.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2014, 08:54:56 AM
REally wanted another snow day...going to work is so hard. VP is back, and I just know my final days will suck...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2014, 09:25:05 AM
School delayed until 11am which means my one 9am class was cancelled. Score!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2014, 11:10:31 AM
I called out today because...everyone else called out! So nobody is in today except VP, two of the switchboard fucks, and the retarded guy. My options:

(1) Go in and deal with a four day backlog of emails and voicemails while staying on the phones for a solid six hours talking to aggressive psychopaths or

(2) Stay here in my bathrobe and play video games and write.

Hmmm....
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on January 22, 2014, 11:14:02 AM
Or B) Take the flying claw to your face, roll over, and die.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2014, 11:29:14 AM
Or B) Take the flying claw to your face, roll over, and die.

That's the same as #1 above.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 22, 2014, 12:52:29 PM
Yeah, so trip to work was interesting. All side roads are basically packed snow...like they plowed to about 2 inches and stopped. The main-ish road that I'm on for about 3 seconds was down to pavement.

I'll have to see how things have changed when I go out at lunch time.

Also, 5 degrees Fahrenheit (-15C) when I left this morning. Now with bone burning windchill!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on January 22, 2014, 01:21:10 PM
The Russians are coming.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2014, 01:58:01 PM
Reggie, our side street is in similar shape, though I've seen the plow once or twice. We bottomed out at 7 degrees Fahrenheit this AM.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2014, 02:25:29 PM
Plows finally came to clear our not-a-sidestreet at around noon today. Throne Maiden had a tough time getting to work, and has vowed to return home before sunset. Which means I have to replace all this lunchtime wine I'm drinking as I read fantasy book manuscripts!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 22, 2014, 06:04:08 PM
Lunch time driving was better. Some melting going on on treated surfaces.

Next road surface update in 90 minutes on WROD!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 23, 2014, 08:39:43 AM
Oh, god...back to work!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 23, 2014, 04:25:45 PM
More snow on Saturday!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 10, 2014, 07:46:49 PM
I just heard this coming storm called "the storm of the century." They're calling for "upwards of 5 inches."

So...we got, what, 2-3 feet just a few years ago. With the Snowpocalypse, and the Thunder Snow, so fresh in our memories, how can they possibly call 5 inches the "storm of the century"?

Anyway...it all starts Wednesday night. Hold onto your nuts!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 10, 2014, 08:21:08 PM
People seem to be freaking out because of the timing. It's supposed to snow for around 24 hours straight.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 11, 2014, 08:06:25 AM
People seem to be freaking out because of the timing. It's supposed to snow for around 24 hours straight.

Unlike the six straight days of snow during the Snowpocalypse just 4 years ago!

My theory about the "half an inch of panic" phenomenon is that the entire population of this city is comprised of transplants who leave every four years and are replaced by Stepford Yuppies from desert states.

Oh, and, of course, they aren't sure about this event! That's the part I love. What do all these idiots do with the bread, milk, and toilet paper that they buy by the truckload every time there's a whisper of snow and then spring comes and we didn't even break the two inch mark in total seasonal snowfall?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 11, 2014, 10:24:46 AM
They're never sure! Not until about an hour before snow starts falling. That's why everybody just assumes we'll be reenacting the "death or exile" scene from The Dark Knight Rises every time it snows. (The best scene in the movie, BTW.)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 11, 2014, 10:53:36 AM
They're never sure! Not until about an hour before snow starts falling. That's why everybody just assumes we'll be reenacting the "death or exile" scene from The Dark Knight Rises every time it snows. (The best scene in the movie, BTW.)

No! The best scene is where he magically fixes the autopilot, fools the audience through disingenuous scriptwriting, and vanishes forever with his lady love -- a psychotic kleptomaniac with a CGI butt whom he doesn't actually seem to like.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 11, 2014, 11:19:01 AM
Oh, man...comparing this to the storm of 87!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2014/02/11/incoming-winter-storm-could-mimic-1987-heavy-snow-event/

I have such fond memories of the snow of 87. We were, of course, apocalyptically shut down. I was out all day in Kensington building snow tunnels, snow forts, playing in the woods...great, great times. I was out dawn to dusk every single day of that storm.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 11, 2014, 11:56:26 AM
Blizzard of '93 FTW....
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 11, 2014, 12:25:19 PM
Blizzard of '93 FTW....

I was trapped at D&E! We were able to throw ourselves off of the third floor of Presidential into the snow drifts...totally awesome.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 11, 2014, 03:00:26 PM
Jesus christ...


Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 11, 2014, 03:32:00 PM
WaPo is ramping up!

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Storm could mimic 1987 nightmare
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 11, 2014, 05:07:49 PM
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2014, 10:21:01 AM

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Winter storm less than a day away

No! No! There's so much left to do!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2014, 11:08:27 AM
Quote
“Is This the Big One?”

So...the sun is out. Nothing is happening. Nor is it expected to happen until tonight. However.... Maryland and Virginia declared a state of emergency, the District just implemented the "snow emergency plan" (no parking!), and we have our first school closing for tomorrow -- Garrett County.

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“Just as state government is preparing for this storm, I urge every Virginian to take proper preparations,” McAuliffe said in a statement. “Prepare to limit unnecessary travel during the storm, have emergency supplies on hand and be ready in the event that power in your area goes out.”

O’Malley similarly warned residents to be ready for potential power outages owing to trees that could be brought down by the snow.

“It’s been a long winter for many Maryland families. … Once again we ask our residents to be prepared, avoid travel if at all possible, and remember to keep an eye on relatives, friends and neighbors.” O’Malley said in a statement.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 12, 2014, 01:01:57 PM
NoVA gets hit at 6pm. DC at 9pm.

OH DEAR GAAAWWWWWDDDDDD!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2014, 01:21:21 PM
COME OUT NEVILLE!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on February 12, 2014, 03:00:10 PM
This is going to me on the way home from school tonight.

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 12, 2014, 03:03:36 PM
I'm home. Maybe running out to buy more beer...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2014, 03:39:32 PM
Now I have to watch Dante's Peak tonight!

So Metro just cancelled all of their late night buses. Nice.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 12, 2014, 04:56:43 PM
I suspect the "state of emergency" designation is partially to do with being able to write off snow days for the school systems.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2014, 05:11:03 PM
How can you talk about writing off snow days when we'll all be dead by 1am!!! 


Quote
Be where you need to be by 7 or 8 p.m. tonight


AAHHHHH!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2014, 05:24:17 PM
There we go. School closings are rolling in...

OPM also said that they'll decide earlier than their standard 4am announcement.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 12, 2014, 05:32:51 PM
Our kids had half day today, but parent teacher conferences are tonight. We have the last one of the evening at 7:20.

The teacher lives close though, so she doesn't mind.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 12, 2014, 06:22:58 PM
AU closed the library early.

Meanwhile, I'm settled in to catch up on a ton of writing work.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2014, 07:23:34 PM
Yeah...tomorrow will be a writing day for me as well. Going to revisit the sci-fi!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2014, 07:57:53 PM
Quote
Light flurries north of Dulles - it has begun!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 12, 2014, 08:29:32 PM
It *has* begun. Snowfall in my hood, yo.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2014, 09:24:00 AM
AAHHHH!!!!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lugxnn3rkv5moa4/Sos86O6jbh
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 13, 2014, 09:24:42 AM
I was going to say I've burnt down the neighbor's house on each side of me, but realize I've used that joke before.

Starting to get sloppy in my old age.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 13, 2014, 09:25:06 AM
AAHHHH!!!!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lugxnn3rkv5moa4/Sos86O6jbh

She's so cute.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 13, 2014, 02:37:09 PM
Cracking a beer at 1:30. Missus RC beat me to the booze punch by a half hour by making a mimosa while I was finishing some work.

Good snow day...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2014, 02:59:39 PM
Cracking a beer at 1:30. Missus RC beat me to the booze punch by a half hour by making a mimosa while I was finishing some work.

Good snow day...

Cape Cods here while we watched The Illusionist. That just finished, and we're planning a Village Boozefest at 2:30.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 13, 2014, 03:06:13 PM
Gonna throw some Christians to lions and talk about the Olympics? #BethesdaLifestyle
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2014, 03:47:38 PM
Gonna throw some Christians to lions and talk about the Olympics? #BethesdaLifestyle

It really is kind of like hanging out with exiled Habsburgs.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 13, 2014, 03:49:38 PM
Oh look! The peasants are shoveling. How quaint.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2014, 03:52:02 PM
Oh look! The peasants are shoveling. How quaint.

Our spanish slaves are yet to appear! Everyone is quite displeased. Five emails have been fired off to the mailing list already. Seriously.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 13, 2014, 03:53:52 PM
We got about 20" so far, with rumors of more tonight.

Currently at work...getting stuff done because no one else is here!

I shoveled half my driveway before an entrepreneur offered to finish and do my sidewalks...for a price. I took him up on it!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 13, 2014, 04:08:09 PM
..for a price. I took him up on it!

The fatted goose you've been saving for the Spring thaw?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 13, 2014, 04:21:04 PM
..for a price. I took him up on it!

The fatted goose you've been saving for the Spring thaw?

A hard decision, but if I'm to dance at the Prescott gala this weekend, then I must preserve my back!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 13, 2014, 04:24:06 PM
Indeed.

We're also expecting more snow which is why I haven't gotten out to shovel yet. Right now though, there's nothing. and the temperature is perfect for shoveling. Decisions.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 13, 2014, 04:29:14 PM
Do it now. It's a very heavy snow. You'll thank yourself later when you have to go clean up "just 3 more inches".
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on February 13, 2014, 08:24:38 PM
Got up this morning to 14 inches and wheeled out the snowblower....which proceeded to not start.  Spent most of the morning fiddling with it and shoveling.  I decided to take a break, a big mistake.  Around 2 I went back to the snowblower and finally got it running and by that time the snow was too heavy.  So back to the shovel.  I've cleaned off about 2/3 of the top of the driveway.  I'm waiting for my neighbor with the tractor and plow to swing by, but this might be too much for it.  I should have broken down and bought the really good snowblower instead of borrowing the one from my dad that "was just fixed".
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2014, 08:56:05 PM
Thank god for the slaves! Now we only have 2 inches (and counting) of snow on top of a sheet of ice.

The TM and I have reached a mutual decision to call out tomorrow regardless of what the feds do.

Total here is 14 inches (and counting...).
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 13, 2014, 09:10:10 PM
Yeah, it's started here again as well.

I didn't shovel. I've been writing this crazy script outline all day.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 14, 2014, 12:50:59 PM
I thought disregarding Reggie's shoveling advice would come back to bite me in the ass, but it ended up working out really well.

It was heavy as you said, Reggie, but that also made it much easier to move around, especially after having about six hours worth of melt packing it down. The hardest part was cleaning off the cars. Missus RC's crossover is a boat.

Rumors of another storm tomorrow.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 14, 2014, 02:15:54 PM
Oh, glad it worked out. The additional 4 inches we got last night is at home taunting me. I'm hoping it will melt away today.

And yes...looking like another 4" for us very early Sat. morning.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 25, 2014, 11:29:52 AM
They were literally counting snowflakes on the news this morning. They cut to the STorm Team guy outside, and, seriously, he counts three snowflakes. But it's done with this weird edge of hysteria...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 25, 2014, 01:10:50 PM
It was snow showering on my way in this morning. But I work in a windowless facility so I won't know anything else until lunch. Hey, it's lunchtime!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 25, 2014, 06:24:36 PM
It snowed pretty hard in my neck of the woods. Didn't stick to pavement though.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 25, 2014, 06:58:54 PM
We got about 3/4 an inch of panic here, but only on the grass.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 26, 2014, 08:50:31 AM
Two inches here! But the roads are fine and not even the schools are delayed. Which sucks. Yesterday they're counting snowflakes like it's the Mayan apocalypse but today, with steady snow and a blanket of it on the ground, they're talking about politics.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 26, 2014, 12:51:59 PM
It's snow weariness. If this same 2 inches happened in November, all schools closed.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on March 02, 2014, 10:06:28 AM
So, one last blast coming tonight and tomorrow, eh?

A foot or so...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 02, 2014, 05:35:04 PM
We've heard everything from less than an inch to fifteen inches. Who knows?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 02, 2014, 07:03:49 PM
Everyone says 6-10 here... Haven't heard that change for two days.

This will be the first snow for the NOLA girls, 16 and 20... They have never been sledding before. So we staked out a hill and this will be the best half an inch of panic ever...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 02, 2014, 07:19:31 PM
We've getting less than an inch on www.weather.com for two days.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 03, 2014, 09:37:48 AM
We've getting less than an inch on www.weather.com for two days.

NOAA, the TV news, and WAPO all basically settled on "We're all gonna die!!!" a week ago!

Which is why the entire area just gave up and closed down at 7pm. So there we were, watching a movie, not even raining, 47 degrees, and all our phones are getting the end of the world pushes. Even the southerners were like WTF.

So anyway... We're up to two inches now with heavy snow and four people who need to be entertained.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 03, 2014, 11:03:15 AM
We're at 3-4 inches and still snowing this AM.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on March 03, 2014, 12:20:08 PM
Had about 3 inches here when I shoveled out and came to work at 9.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 16, 2014, 08:17:56 PM
Big fluffy flakes falling out side Chez RC. 4-6 called for by noon tomorrow.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on March 16, 2014, 09:15:46 PM
Flakes falling here as well. Panic!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 16, 2014, 09:56:59 PM
4-8 here. Already sticking and up to half an inch.

The panic was palpable today as we ran chores here in Bethesda. Usually prefaced with "The Ides of March Storm is Heeeerrreeee!!!!"

We had a friend over to watch the Caps game and the second flakes started to fall it was as if we saw a blinding light and mushroom cloud in the near distance.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 16, 2014, 11:23:42 PM
ALIEN SNOWSTORM!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on March 17, 2014, 03:01:59 AM
And cue Fox News Network's confusion between weather and climate.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 17, 2014, 10:29:09 AM
Wow, so this may be our biggest snow total, though it seems like it'll be melted by tomorrow AM as well.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 17, 2014, 10:30:59 AM
So we clocked in 5 inches, almost 6, and still coming down as light flurries. Roads are all perfectly clear, but the entire world has shut down anyway.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 17, 2014, 10:38:32 AM
Yeah, everything's cancelled here as well. Big piles left by the plow though.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on April 14, 2014, 03:15:44 PM
With snow expected on Tuesday, I think the DC area (or, at least, my co-workers) have gone from "half an inch of panic" to "half an inch of WHAT THE FUCK?!!? STOP ALREADY!"
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on April 14, 2014, 08:08:10 PM
It's not going to snow.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on April 14, 2014, 08:17:41 PM
It's not going to snow.

They're not calling for anything, no. Just the apocalypse! From 70 to freezing!

Quote
A strong cold front blasts through during the midday through afternoon, but we’ll see showers and periods of rain common on both sides. There could even be a few rumbles around ahead of the front. Though it may feel warm and muggy when you leave home, you’ll almost certainly want a jacket by evening. Highs for the day may end up just after midnight. It’s also possible we’ll spike back to near 70 out ahead of the front during the day as well, particularly if we can get any rain-free time.

Either way, once we get into afternoon it’s all downhill when it comes to temperatures. Possibly in quite a hurry. We’ll be heading home with readings falling through the 50s and 40s, on their way to the 30s by late evening. Windy too, with south winds as high as 15-20 mph sustained ahead of the front and north winds as high as 20-30 mph sustained behind the front! With the advancing cold air, some snow may fall during the evening or overnight as well too (more on that below). It’s also going to be a cold night — a freeze watch currently in place across the area.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on April 14, 2014, 08:30:06 PM
Climate Change is a myth! We're all fine!

[apocalypse]
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on April 15, 2014, 07:46:13 AM
Climate Change is a myth! We're all fine!

[apocalypse]

We've frequently had snow in April. In fact, the rarity of it now is a sign of climate change! DC's snow average in April up till the 1930s was 5 inches. We've been getting gradually warmer Aprils in our lifetimes.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on April 15, 2014, 08:17:49 PM
Climate Change is a myth! We're all fine!

[apocalypse]

We've frequently had snow in April. In fact, the rarity of it now is a sign of climate change! DC's snow average in April up till the 1930s was 5 inches. We've been getting gradually warmer Aprils in our lifetimes.


https://xkcd.com/1321/
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on April 16, 2014, 08:35:22 AM
Nice.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on April 30, 2014, 07:02:52 PM
Whew! Welcome to Floodtown!

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on May 01, 2014, 12:41:35 AM
6 inches here. Crazy town.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on May 01, 2014, 07:31:05 AM
Looks like the bail out begins today. Our internet and power is in and out and, apparently, we're an island surrounded by flooded neighborhoods. There were boat rescues just a quarter of a mile away from my doorstep! Bizarre.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on May 01, 2014, 09:14:30 AM
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on May 01, 2014, 09:48:27 AM
All fine on top of the mountain!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on May 01, 2014, 09:56:00 AM
So glad I cleaned my gutters before this. All dry this time.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on May 01, 2014, 04:41:52 PM
Jesus...


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An amazing 3-7 inches of rain fell through the heart of the Washington, D.C. metro region between Monday and early Thursday morning.

The heaviest amounts fell just west of I-95 from western Prince William County through central Fairfax County, eastern Montgomery County and into central Howard County.  Isolated areas of Montgomery County received 7-8 inches of rain.  The lowest totals occurred on the northwestern and southeastern fringes of our areas where 1-3 inches was more common.
The most significant downpours occurred Wednesday, and Reagan National, BWI and Dulles Airports all established daily record rain totals (for April 30) of 2.70 inches, 3.06 inches, and 3.99 inches, respectively.  The 3.99 inches at Dulles was also a record for the entire month of April and the most rain to fall there in a single day in any month between November and May. Records at Dulles date back to 1963.

Here are storm totals at the three airports – from Monday afternoon through Thursday morning: Reagan National 4.18″, BWI 4.74″, and Dulles 5.54″

These totals were more than an entire month’s worth at all three locations – which average around 3 inches of rain in April.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on May 01, 2014, 04:48:01 PM
End times...

Though my yard looks great!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on May 02, 2014, 11:33:01 AM
I assume that everyone's seen this, but due to rain:

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on May 02, 2014, 11:40:55 AM
Just came to post that! It's making the rounds everywhere today.

Hey, Reggie! Wanna go stand within inches of a sinkhole/landslide and film it?!?!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on May 02, 2014, 12:47:07 PM
If you know me, you know that I would love to!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on October 16, 2014, 11:59:40 AM
Another "polar vortex" is predicted to plague the mid-Atlantic and northeast this winter.

Panic mode has already begun!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on October 16, 2014, 12:13:11 PM
They've been predicting another bad winter for a few months now.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 16, 2014, 12:14:11 PM
They've been predicting another bad winter for a few months now.

"it's an El Nino year," is what I've ben hearing since May.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on October 16, 2014, 12:18:57 PM
It's just now hitting all my feeds:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2014/10/16/persimmon-seeds-forecast-a-snowy-winter-for-washington-d-c/

Though, to be fair, they're ALWAYS predicting a bad winter. Why, half an inch of snow is a bad winter in DC! We should start a thread detailing the region's crippling, superstitious fear of...grey clouds and a few flakes. Oh, wait...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 16, 2014, 12:30:17 PM
When did wives tales become news again? That's right, it was in the 1760s.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on October 16, 2014, 12:39:55 PM
When did wives tales become news again? That's right, it was in the 1760s.

Is that BC or AD?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 16, 2014, 12:44:29 PM
I'm just noting how the Post is really getting back to its "Poor Richard's Almanack" roots.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on October 16, 2014, 12:45:04 PM
I'm expanding on your joke!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 16, 2014, 12:48:59 PM
Writer's Room!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 16, 2014, 12:51:30 PM
I can't wait! Let chaos reign!!!

How did the hurricane "long term forecasters" do this year?

I bet they guessed "Extremely Active!!" and then revised to "Moderately Active!!"

And we're on storm 7 with no hurricanes making landfall. But you know...a lot could happen before Nov 1!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on October 16, 2014, 12:51:44 PM
NEWSFLASH: WEATHER HAPPENS!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 16, 2014, 12:53:42 PM
I can't wait! Let chaos reign!!!

Like Reggie, I secretly sort of like these big,huge, trapped in your house storms... Well, as long as I don't have to go anywhere which typically I can get away with.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on October 16, 2014, 01:05:13 PM
Secretly? I FUCKING LOVE THEM! I had two weeks off during Snowpocalypse! It was amazing. I got paid two weeks salary to throw myself into snowdrifts and lounge around on the couch watching Netflix. Best winter ever.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 16, 2014, 01:41:07 PM
I had fun too. We cooked extravagant meals and didn't get out of our pajamas for days. The cabin fever aspect wore on Missus RC after awhile though.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on October 16, 2014, 01:53:18 PM
I had fun too. We cooked extravagant meals and didn't get out of our pajamas for days. The cabin fever aspect wore on Missus RC after awhile though.

I just don't understand cabin fever. There are 806 episodes of Doctor Who to rewatch! And, in between, more books than you could ever read in a lifetime... I regret every moment I'm not able to lounge at home and read and watch TV and write.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 16, 2014, 01:54:17 PM
She like trees and flowers and stuff.

EDIT:
And she's ll lounge on a beach and read all day. In fact, her goal in live is lie someplace warm by the water and do nothing. I think it's just the difference between cold and warm weather people. We all want to do the same thing, just in different environments.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on October 29, 2014, 05:31:43 PM
PANIC!


Quote
Capital Weather Gang ‏@capitalweather  37m37 minutes ago
Intense upper level system may generate snow in W. Va mtns Sat, but prob not in DC area: http://wapo.st/1zfFbng
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on November 10, 2014, 08:33:25 AM
WaPo can barely contain itself. This is the third week that has begun with a headline like this (actual headline from the weather section of the Post):


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Will it snow in D.C. late next week? Probably not, but we can’t say no

And the image they've been throwing up all over the place?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/files/2014/11/B1z7ZaICIAAIlxz.png
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 24, 2014, 02:32:30 PM
Wednesday...

It comes....
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on November 24, 2014, 02:37:30 PM
Yeah. Talk about top of the news.

I'll be in London!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 24, 2014, 02:41:31 PM
Half an inch of fog for you.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 09, 2014, 07:44:07 AM
You know you're back in DC when you get four panicked texts from four different people asking if you're ready for "tomorrow's snow." These were sent last night, and one detailed her zoo-like experience at the supermarket.

Of course, today is just rain and it's 40 degrees.

Sigh.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 09, 2014, 11:12:35 AM
First snow is December 23. You heard it here first.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 09, 2014, 11:16:09 AM
!!!!!!!!!! I MUST GET MILK AND PREPARE!>@@!>:!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 03, 2015, 10:38:55 AM
Everyone is all boo-hoo, the poor northeast.

Fine! I'll take the record snowfall! Bring the cataclysm to DC! I need two paid weeks off!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 03, 2015, 11:15:00 AM
Right? Three days trapped in the house and I'd be caught up on everything.

Or I'd eat my cat.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 03, 2015, 02:03:53 PM
I want 2 inches of snow per day from now until March 15! And 8 every Sunday!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 03, 2015, 02:34:49 PM
I want 2 inches of snow per day from now until March 15! And 8 every Sunday!

*likes post*
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 18, 2015, 09:55:48 AM
SNOW IS COMING!! OH GOD!!!! IT'S.... It's.... Oh, it came and we never acknowledged it.

Roughly 6-8 inches here in the norther counties of the Commonwealth. It melted of a bit during the day yesterday, but it looks like frigid temps for a while so I guess I'll have to shovel today.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 18, 2015, 10:26:07 AM
An interesting study in how the media practices fearmongering, eh? For some reason -- perhaps Giant and Safeway didn't pay them this time around -- they downplayed the storm. They are even using the language "a polite storm," and were saying it would be an "easy to manage, fluffy, dry snow."

So, of course, there was no panic. All the schools and OPM happily closed for Tuesday before dinner time on Monday. Tra-la-la.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 18, 2015, 01:18:30 PM
I think there was some fear by weather people that they were hyping some of the previous storms too much. Those storms didn't pan out and they were starting to look bad. So we get a very understated sell job this time around.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 21, 2015, 01:50:07 PM
Went out to get milk this morning because we were out. One hour later I returned through the carnage and dead bodies to slide up my driveway.

It is currently "bad out there".
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 21, 2015, 04:30:30 PM
I'm tapped in DC helping Production II students shoot small projects and secretly deciding who we'll kill for food first when we're stuck here.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on February 21, 2015, 06:06:28 PM
Kill the fat one.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 21, 2015, 08:28:02 PM
I'm tapped in DC helping Production II students shoot small projects and secretly deciding who we'll kill for food first when we're stuck here.

Uber to Bethesda and play The Game of the Spheres!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 25, 2015, 12:33:36 PM
If you are ever in trouble, give me a call. I ferried my nieces home on saturday with my 4wd vehickulll. Ye-haw!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 25, 2015, 11:44:04 PM
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Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 26, 2015, 08:28:34 AM
Two hour delay! Storm Team 4 is really trying to fearmonger. Every time we cut to Melissa McGrath or cute little Amelia, they might as well be screaming, "KEEP WATCHING THE SKIES!!!!"
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 26, 2015, 02:56:08 PM
My kids were 2 hour delay that changed to closed today. Just the timing of the storm I guess.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 26, 2015, 04:01:34 PM
We got six inches before it warmed up to 40 degrees.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on February 26, 2015, 04:04:24 PM
We got six inches before it warmed up to 40 degrees.

That's what she said.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 26, 2015, 07:47:53 PM
 icebarn.gif!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 05, 2015, 08:51:31 AM
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 05, 2015, 10:50:38 AM
Snow days around our house are like outtakes from a Wes Anderson movie. The news tells us chaos is happening all around us and we're having cappuccino and waffles.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 05, 2015, 11:01:58 AM
Snow days around our house are like outtakes from a Wes Anderson movie. The news tells us chaos is happening all around us and we're having cappuccino and waffles.

The picture's not complete till you wander into the kitchen, shirtless, in snowpants and toque, with an axe and a half bottle of bourbon and announce that you're going to cut down a tree.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 05, 2015, 11:15:35 AM
About an inch and a half so far this AM in Siberian NoVA. When I got up at 8am, there was nothing and I thought they'd missed the mark. Twenty minutes later it was coming down steady.

"How long is it supposed the go?" He asks, eyeballing his nervous chihuahua.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on March 05, 2015, 11:18:11 AM
I had to look up toque.

Fortunately, Philip II of Spain obliged me.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on March 05, 2015, 11:19:20 AM
About an inch and a half so far this AM in Siberian NoVA. When I got up at 8am, there was nothing and I thought they'd missed the mark. Twenty minutes later it was coming down steady.

"How long is it supposed the go?" He asks, eyeballing his nervous chihuahua.

That chihuahua's gonna look really delicious after a few days...


I think it's supposed to stop this evening.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 05, 2015, 11:20:21 AM
I had to look up toque.

I quickly realized that I've been spelling it "took" in my head for ten years.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 05, 2015, 11:23:50 AM
About an inch and a half so far this AM in Siberian NoVA. When I got up at 8am, there was nothing and I thought they'd missed the mark. Twenty minutes later it was coming down steady.

"How long is it supposed the go?" He asks, eyeballing his nervous chihuahua.

Same here. It's supposed to go till 7pm, with heavy periods mid-day.

My area's storm warning has been downgraded since last night's 6-10 inches. We're now at 4-8.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 05, 2015, 11:40:17 AM
They're saying 3-5 inches for the People's Republic of Northern Virginia, comrade.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 05, 2015, 04:04:17 PM
So Bethesda is fucked. They haven't even touched the roads.

We're taking a train to Philly at 7pm...which probably won't be a problem. But it's a Winter Wonderland.... DISASTER ZONE!!!! here.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 05, 2015, 04:36:28 PM
We're taking a train to Philly at 7pm...which probably won't be a problem.

This is the first ten pages of my new snow survival screenplay.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 05, 2015, 08:54:24 PM
We're taking a train to Philly at 7pm...which probably won't be a problem.

This is the first ten pages of my new snow survival screenplay.


STEVE
You have to shoot her! I don't care if she's your long lost daughter!

HARRY takes out a NAIL GUN
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 05, 2015, 09:16:56 PM
HARRY
$750K in raw unprocessed diamonds. We could pay off the lien on Mom's store!

STEVE
Stealing from the Africkaner mafia? Are you nuts?

HARRY
We have the upper hand. They've never even seen snow.

(HARRY loads a shell in his sawed off and pumps it. Cue Die Antwoord.)

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 05, 2015, 09:38:57 PM
Okay... So we're doing this for real, right?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 06, 2015, 08:10:31 AM
It shames me how easily my brain can create action schlock.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 06, 2015, 09:33:35 AM
It shames me how easily my brain can create action schlock.

I'll quote this post so you don't come back and delete it after cashing your $47 million monthly royalty check for Savage Harvest III.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 06, 2015, 09:51:58 AM
In other news, this dig out is going to be a job. I think we got 8-10.

Plus, it's about 16 out there right now. That's Fahrenheit not Celsius.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 06, 2015, 10:03:03 AM
In Philly now... Looks like they just got about 5 or 6 inches, and they are...dug out! They were dug out by midnight last night. Hilarious. The city is humming and alive and there's no madness.

DC really is this weird-ass fantasy land, isn't it?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 06, 2015, 11:19:09 AM
The road in front of my house is technically plowed though it's still s slick icy mess.  Headed out to clean off our cars in the hope that radiant heat will help my cause. 40s tomorrow!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on March 06, 2015, 11:45:38 AM
We got about 10" here in Central MD. I drove my non-4WD to work. All roads have about an inch or 2 of packed snow.

Saw a few people doing ridiculous things and spinning out.  I think the problem is that most people around here try to avoid driving in snow so they don't get a feel for it. Steady on the gas gets you up that hill! Do not stop!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on March 06, 2015, 01:14:10 PM
We got about 8-10 inches.  Cleared most of it off last night.  It was pretty cool.  Just the sound of the snowblower (muffled with my ear protectors), and the light from my headlamp.  Then salted the hell out of the driveway this morning.  Only a slight problem getting down, but the salt didn't really have much of a chance to work before I had to leave.  The side roads were a mess, but once I got on the main road it was fine.

Although I did have to use the snowblower on the backyard to clear a walking path for the dog.  What we got, plus what we had, he couldn't walk in the snow.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on March 06, 2015, 01:59:55 PM
I went out at lunch. All roads clear and wet with some slush patches. Sun is shining. Spring is coming!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on March 07, 2015, 11:53:32 AM
It's 14ºC and sunny here in Paris.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 07, 2015, 12:55:42 PM
45 degrees F today!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: monkey! on March 07, 2015, 02:22:28 PM
Is that 'F' for Fresh?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 08, 2015, 10:42:14 PM
I came back from Philly and it's spring!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 18, 2016, 07:39:19 PM
Scuttlebutt today says this weekend may see Snowpocalypse level snowfall.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/01/18/confidence-growing-for-major-winter-storm-this-weekend-but-its-not-a-lock/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/01/18/confidence-growing-for-major-winter-storm-this-weekend-but-its-not-a-lock/)

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Confidence growing for major winter storm this weekend, but it’s not a lock

The chances that the Washington region will be smacked by a major snowstorm this weekend are increasing. The storm needs to be watched closely this week — it has the largest snow potential we’ve seen since 2010, but as we learned from watching the Nationals last year, potential isn’t always realized.

We remain conservative with snow chances because there is still a lot of uncertainty in any forecast so far.

Next chance of accumulating snow: Friday to Sunday
Chance of at least 1 inch: 70 percent
Chance of at least 4 inches: 40 percent
Chance of at least 8 inches: 20 percent

The forecast models are in unusually close agreement for a storm that is more than four days in the future. All forecast models depict a strong low-pressure center somewhere near or off the coast of North Carolina on Friday night. Such a track all but guarantees that most of the region will have at least some snow.

As always with such storms, how much snow falls will depend on the exact track of the storm and whether the snow mixes with sleet and rain. Accumulating snow is likely across portions of the area, but how much any specific location could get and whether the snow mixes with or changes to rain is still uncertain. A 60-mile shift in the storm track is the difference between snow and rain for the region.

As with many major winter storms that affect our area, the heaviest snow accumulations are most likely in locations north and west of the District.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a moderate winter storm threat from 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Sunday. “Moderate” is the second-highest level in the new winter-storm product. In the region, it means confidence is medium and potential effects are high. “Potential impacts include significant travel delays and closures,” the NWS says. “Plan ahead to minimize impact on you and your family.”
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 18, 2016, 09:19:38 PM
It's early yet, but it'll be interesting!

I've heard comparisons to 2010 also, but then followed up with 8 or 12 inches max.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 19, 2016, 07:27:48 AM
I'll slaughter all the livestock.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 19, 2016, 10:04:52 AM
Insanity is starting to ramp up. I've finally started to see people put numbers > 12" in their click-bait forecast sites. (25")

Still early! Hold the line!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 19, 2016, 11:35:50 AM
Just about everywhere I checked this AM has moved on up to 12+.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on January 19, 2016, 01:17:08 PM
Just about everywhere I checked this AM has moved on up to 12+.

Really?  A quick look at WTOP and Washington Post both say they really don't know. 
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 19, 2016, 03:15:24 PM
Just about everywhere I checked this AM has moved on up to 12+.

Really?  A quick look at WTOP and Washington Post both say they really don't know. 

Shut up! The Milk and Toilet Paper Council will get you!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 19, 2016, 03:24:01 PM
I heard the latest Euro has shifted the storm South!!*

STAY TUNED!!


*TRUE STATEMENT AS OF 2PM!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 19, 2016, 03:26:37 PM
I don't have enough MREs!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 19, 2016, 03:36:07 PM
So, Sirharles, WaPo uses the words "high impact," "inevitability," "historic," and "paralyzing" in their first sentence.

And then they go on to say they don't know if it'll happen.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 19, 2016, 04:09:58 PM
Weather Underground is still saying 12+.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on January 19, 2016, 05:04:46 PM
So, Sirharles, WaPo uses the words "high impact," "inevitability," "historic," and "paralyzing" in their first sentence.

I just assumed they were talking about Trump and moved to looking for totals.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 19, 2016, 05:14:30 PM
So, Sirharles, WaPo uses the words "high impact," "inevitability," "historic," and "paralyzing" in their first sentence.

I just assumed they were talking about Trump and moved to looking for totals.

BOOM!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 20, 2016, 10:01:40 AM
We did our panic shopping yesterday. Well, the TM did it. I notice that it's mainly wine and pretzels, which is what they appear to live on in NOLA.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 20, 2016, 10:21:06 AM
Ha! We did our panic shopping on MLK day. The only thing we don't have is sidewalk salt which we typically don't get, but Missus RC may have to get to DC on Sunday so we want to be prepared.

Weather Underground is backing off complete insanity in our area, predicting 12-20 inches total for the 36 hour storm rather than the three feet they were predicting yesterday.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 20, 2016, 10:56:27 AM
So we all know nothing's going to happen, right?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 20, 2016, 11:39:17 AM
Pretty much everyone says this thing is so big we'll get something, even if it's just six inches.

Which is all most girls need, you know?

BOOM!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 20, 2016, 12:05:54 PM
It'll fucking veer south...just like everything does! If the Four Horsemen were riding for us, they'd veer south at the last minute and all the news people would shrug and grin.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 20, 2016, 12:46:32 PM
I love the ranges, too! Some sources are saying, "It'll be anywhere from 5-30 inches!"

That's hilarious. I think we should give NASA permission to say, "The rocket will land somewhere between Arizona and Florida."
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 20, 2016, 12:48:22 PM
I love the ranges, too! Some sources are saying, "It'll be anywhere from 5-30 inches!"

25 point spread is not a good bet.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 20, 2016, 02:44:46 PM
Just escaped the lunch room. It's packed with people. The general conversation is that the storm starts TONIGHT! NOW NOW! (This, of course, isn't anywhere online, so they're just making shit up now.)

People are already taking tomorrow and Friday off and sending their away messages.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 20, 2016, 04:19:26 PM
There is a Winter Weather Advisory for tonight, but it's just a little clipper system that might drop an inch.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 20, 2016, 04:27:43 PM
OH GOD NO!!! END TIMES!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 20, 2016, 04:45:45 PM
Fuuuuck. It was hard killing Fido, but I know I'll be grateful for his sacrifice later when it gets really bad.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 20, 2016, 06:07:40 PM
In all seriousness, I'm far less worried about the potential 3 feet of snow than I am the 30-50 mph winds they're predicting for Saturday. We have tall tress on both sides of our house.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 20, 2016, 08:06:17 PM
You'll be long dead before the trees fall.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 21, 2016, 07:47:42 AM
Man, WaPo is great these days. So last night we got an inch of snow. It was a disaster. The Post has a field day with their article, opening with:

Quote
“Horrible.” “Pathetic.” “Painful.” “Unbelievable.” “One inch of snow did this.”

Later, they mention the apocalypse. Oh, and:

Quote
“We have to go to school tomorrow at 7:30,” she said, wondering how conditions could possibly be better in the morning as 66 East was “a parking lot.” She added: “There’s a spelling bee. By the grace of God we’ll get some rest and get out there.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 21, 2016, 09:02:11 AM
12 - 30 inches? We're doomed.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 21, 2016, 10:53:59 AM
12 - 30 inches? We're doomed.

The news was hilarious this morning.

Meanwhile, the Metro was the worst I've ever seen it. Trains packed with people because...nobody can drive on an inch of snow!

At work, all the red flags are up. Get ready for THE END!!!

Meanwhile, Metro sent a push notification to my phone saying to stand by for information on whether or not they were going to shut down tomorrow.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 21, 2016, 02:24:38 PM
Um...the office just announced that we'll be closed tomorrow.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 21, 2016, 08:32:33 PM
Our kids are off tomorrow already. Metro is closing at 11 tomorrow night. Caps game moved up to 5 pm start instead of 7... I question even that, but...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 21, 2016, 09:13:02 PM
Metro to close all weekend! Unprecedented!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2016/01/21/metro-will-close-all-weekend/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2016/01/21/metro-will-close-all-weekend/)

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Metro, Metrobus and MetroAccess will shut down for the weekend

D.C. Metro services suspended due to major winter storm

Metro officials say the entire rail and bus systems will be closed this weekend due to the major snowstorm expected in the region.

Officials said they believe it is the longest closing in the system’s more-than-40-year history.

Buses will run only on major corridors throughout the day Friday and will stop running at 5 p.m. Trains will run normally during the day, then stop running at 11 p.m. Friday.

Service will not resume until at least Monday morning, officials said Thursday afternoon.

General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said in a statement: “The actions we are taking today are all in the interest of our customers’ and employees’ safety, and will help us return to service once the storm passes and the snow is cleared.”

Metro said that it will use its tunnels to store railcars during the weekend to protect them from damage from the weather.

The MetroAccess program for transporting people with disabilities also will stop making outbound trips at 1 p.m. and cease all service at 6 p.m. Friday.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 22, 2016, 12:39:40 AM
http://www.stuckindc.com/a/minnesotans-announce-plans-to-downplay-snow-insult-locals/
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2016, 08:33:31 AM
Metro to close all weekend! Unprecedented!

Will we be able to tell the difference?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2016, 09:38:10 AM
It seems like "Snowtastrophe" is winning the name game so far.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2016, 10:11:17 AM
Big Sloppy Snowjob is what I called it in an email.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2016, 10:22:59 AM
Big Sloppy Snowjob is what I called it in an email.

That won't catch on because DC is full of transplanted Yankee Quakers.

We're going to the hockey game downtown tonight! 5pm!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2016, 10:31:21 AM
Two days later, you'll emerge from the Metro tunnels, bloody and battered, but having defeated the Lovecraftian creatures awakened by the Thundersnow.

I'm in my pajamas. I have a Skype meeting in the afternoon and then I'm cracking the New Belgium Side Trip IPA.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2016, 10:40:09 AM
I expect a report on that new Belgium.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2016, 10:42:41 AM
(https://media.giphy.com/media/xT9GEP37xM9p8EKdsQ/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2016, 10:51:14 AM
It seems like "Snowtastrophe" is winning the name game so far.

Big Sloppy Snowjob is what I called it in an email.

That won't catch on because DC is full of transplanted Yankee Quakers.

Snowflakegate is what Missus RC and her dance friends are calling it.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2016, 10:54:08 AM
Gay.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2016, 10:56:40 AM
Tee-hee.


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Tonight, the storm will become worse with wind gusts as high as 37 mph, heavy snow and some thunder possible. There will be widespread blowing snow, creating difficult and unsafe driving conditions. The region could see 10 to 14 inches of snow accumulation Friday night alone.

The snow will continue into Saturday and sleet could mix in during parts of the morning and early afternoon. After 1 p.m., the snowfall will again be heavy with more thunder possible. Blizzard conditions will remain and another 10 to 14 inches of snow and sleet accumulation is possible during the daytime hours.

Another 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected to fall Saturday night and it’s expected to taper off around midnight.


 this movie needs sam neill
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2016, 11:21:46 AM
I'm not leaving my house so all I have to worry about is my roof collapsing.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2016, 11:27:30 AM
I'm not leaving my house so all I have to worry about is my roof collapsing.

I'm worried about power because this fucking place goes from 80 degrees to sub-zero like a crippled spaceship.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2016, 11:31:23 AM
Oh, and while the cloud cover destroys DC, five planets are going to align...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2016, 12:13:23 PM
Full Moon tomorrow as well.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 22, 2016, 12:23:37 PM
Big Sloppy Snowjob is what I called it in an email.

That won't catch on because DC is full of transplanted Yankee Quakers.

We're going to the hockey game downtown tonight! 5pm!

I thought about the game tonight since they moved it up. But now the snow is quicker to arrive and I'm not going to chance it (since I have to drive.)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 22, 2016, 12:24:48 PM
Radar seems to indicate snow in NOVA and DC. Report!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2016, 12:28:00 PM
Nothing here yet.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2016, 12:40:23 PM
Nothing here yet, either.

Apparently, we're now playing the game "by ear." Though we're underground the whole way... The fear is that Metro will panic at 1 inch and begin dismantling the entire system and filling the tunnels with concrete.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2016, 12:41:46 PM
I just heard on the radio that the game is still on for 5pm, and Metro is at least having Red line service.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2016, 12:46:21 PM
I just heard on the radio that the game is still on for 5pm, and Metro is at least having Red line service.


Yep. They moved the Game up. Metro is sticking to the 11pm closure. All should be fine.

But...the people, man. I walked a quarter mile to the UPS store and I saw three major accidents. Everyone is in blind, screaming panic mode. There were people fighting outside of Giant. The liquor store next to UPS had lines out the door.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2016, 12:58:05 PM
In a video conference and our guy in Richmond says it's coming down hard there.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2016, 01:58:15 PM
It's started here! A nice polite snow right now.

We're going to go downtown early!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2016, 01:59:06 PM
Hmm. Still nothing southeast of the Potomac.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2016, 02:23:47 PM
Very light snow has started to fall here.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2016, 02:38:45 PM
38 minutes and it's sticking everywhere. A light dusting so far. The roads have gone eerily quiet...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2016, 02:45:31 PM
Sticking here as well. Missus RC ran out to CVS. I may have lost her forever.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2016, 02:58:01 PM
A quarter inch!

We're still going to the game. Leaving at 3pm.

Whee....
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2016, 03:01:29 PM
Missus RC has returned. Godspeed.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2016, 03:35:52 PM
Some sources are saying the game's cancelled? But I can't find anything to verify that...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2016, 03:44:54 PM
Yep...

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NEWS: Today's game between the Washington Capitals & Anaheim Ducks at Verizon Center, has been postponed.

*takes clothes off*
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2016, 04:02:07 PM
I mean, why would you risk the P/R nightmare of having Caps fans die trying to get to and from the game?

Meanwhile, the idiot parade has begun or ours street. We live on a hill and cars are spinning out trying to get up it? We very smartly parked both our cars in the driveway. I don't get why people try to go out in this shit unless their spleen is ruptured.

EDIT:

I just saw this post on FB:

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Well, my husband has been on metro for 1 1/2 hours, trying to get home. Do NOT go on metro.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2016, 04:08:48 PM
Wow...dodged a bullet there.

We're going to Uber to the Dish!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2016, 04:13:33 PM
The Post is officially naming this event "Snowzilla."
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2016, 04:19:57 PM
The Post is officially naming this event "Snowzilla."

That gif you posted is going to go super-meme!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2016, 04:22:02 PM
This is the Post's official pic:

(https://img.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/files/2016/01/SNOWZILLA.png)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2016, 04:28:04 PM
I'd say ha, that's funny, but I'm afraid that you're serious.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2016, 04:34:28 PM
I am:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/01/21/poll-name-this-winter-storm/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/01/21/poll-name-this-winter-storm/)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2016, 04:38:17 PM
Oh my god... This really is the end of civilization.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2016, 04:42:27 PM
Let's tweet this at them and see if we make the front page:

(https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.greatsociety.org%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F01%2Fhatches.jpg&hash=0202fb8107680ba6d983ac5dd11c74c107634068)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2016, 04:47:53 PM
More people in my neighborhood seems to be driving right now than I see on normal spring days. Where the hell are people going?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2016, 04:50:56 PM
More people in my neighborhood seems to be driving right now than I see on normal spring days. Where the hell are people going?

The Dish! We just called our Uber.

I presume the only Uber people out now have trucks...because I can't see our road.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 22, 2016, 05:03:54 PM
And so begins the Lovecraftian snow monster script.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 23, 2016, 10:38:44 AM
Uber denied us. So we did a long snow walk and bar hopped Bethesda.

Today -- it's over my knees!

Snowday shots!

http://www.greatsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016-01-23-08.59.03.jpg

http://www.greatsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016-01-23-09.06.37.jpg

http://www.greatsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016-01-23-09.07.28.jpg

http://www.greatsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016-01-23-09.07.13.jpg

http://www.greatsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016-01-23-09.14.49.jpg
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 23, 2016, 10:52:44 AM
Just hit the news. 18 inches downtown.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 23, 2016, 10:57:01 AM
Missus RC went with a yardstick and measured in a about 7 spots. All were between 12 inches at the lowest and 18 inches at the highest. She's going with 15 inches at of 10am Saturday.

So far, the wind hasn't the horror i feared it would be. It's blowing, but not insanely hard.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 23, 2016, 11:40:58 AM
It was blowing pretty hard here all night. Sounded like snowplows blasting through (but wasn't). It's kept our roofs clear but the back porch is now a 20 inch drift.

Also, our basement semi-flooded. So much for ice cream memorabilia and all of the pub company's inventory! The latter I can write off, the former...well... I wasn't too broken up about it.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 23, 2016, 11:50:48 AM
Also, our basement semi-flooded.

Missus RC and I just had a discussion in regards to the physics of how that happened. I understand the way it's designed puts it deep underground (deeper than typical basements), but I figured hard rain or melting snow would be a problem rather than, well, airy and blowing snow.

I dug out a spot for Abbie the chihuahua to poop. She is not a winter animal.

Wind is picking up here. I think the worst of the blizzard conditions will be today even if accumulation predictions don't reflect that.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 23, 2016, 12:34:46 PM
Meanwhile, in Forest Glen...

http://www.fox5dc.com/news/80881646-story (http://www.fox5dc.com/news/80881646-story)

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 23, 2016, 12:39:38 PM
Snow totals as of 10:50am , Saturday morning....

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/01/23/blizzard-warning-updates-waking-up-to-thundersnow-as-white-stuff-piles-past-one-foot-and-counting/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/01/23/blizzard-warning-updates-waking-up-to-thundersnow-as-white-stuff-piles-past-one-foot-and-counting/)

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10:50 a.m. update: A fresh look at snowfall totals from the National Weather Service and our readers, now mainly in the 14-20″ range…

Reagan National: 14.8″
Dulles Airport: 23.4″
Chevy Chase: 17″
Alexandria: 17″
Annandale: 15.5″
Lincoln Park (D.C.): 14″
Annapolis: 14″
Fairfax: 16″
Navy Yard: 16″
Olney: 18″
McLean: 16″
Sterling: 20″
Rockville: 19.5″
Darnestown: 23″
Aspen Hill: 19″
Leesburg: 20.5″
Gaitherburg: 21″
Manassas: 24″
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 23, 2016, 01:10:21 PM
Also, our basement semi-flooded.

Missus RC and I just had a discussion in regards to the physics of how that happened. I understand the way it's designed puts it deep underground (deeper than typical basements), but I figured hard rain or melting snow would be a problem rather than, well, airy and blowing snow.


There's a vent to the outside. The snowdrift is so deep and so heavy it's pushing through the vent. The garage heater has been turned up to 55 and that gradually melts the snow.

Mystery solved!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 23, 2016, 01:11:07 PM
Meanwhile, in Forest Glen...

http://www.fox5dc.com/news/80881646-story (http://www.fox5dc.com/news/80881646-story)


Now this...I don't understand.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 23, 2016, 01:20:14 PM
"This is why you don't drive in a snowstorm." -- Because your car might burst into flames??!?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 23, 2016, 01:36:50 PM
Missus RC and I are going outside to clear snow off and away from our heat pump. If you don't hear from us in two hours, well, we love you.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 23, 2016, 01:42:14 PM
Our neighbor is on the roof shoveling in fairly gusty winds. We're in our bathrobes on the third floor watching him like it's a TV show.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 23, 2016, 02:31:47 PM
Our neighbor is on the roof shoveling in fairly gusty winds. We're in our bathrobes on the third floor watching him like it's a TV show.

Our Mexican neighbors behind us are doing the same thing! Are people drinking sterno to keep warm?!

Though to be fair, Missus RC and I had a pretty involved conversation about the integrity of our roof before all this started. Though I'm more worried about tree branches than snow totals.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 23, 2016, 03:45:17 PM
Videos!

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0Bw8d3cJzuRXBNk1yaVpVOUVnMTA&usp=sharing
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 23, 2016, 04:58:03 PM
Have you seen the pictures of empty streets from the Post? Awesome.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/01/23/photos-snowzillas-gloriously-deserted-roads/
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 23, 2016, 05:07:03 PM
That's because Bowser called in the Army last night.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 23, 2016, 07:45:44 PM
Haha! I like Muriel. She seems like she'd be fun to toss a few back with.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on January 23, 2016, 10:42:22 PM
Over 30 in here at Mt Casper
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 24, 2016, 03:33:25 AM
Hogan had to go ahead and close the roads because so many retards are trying to drive in this.

We went to Rock Bottom last night. The roads were untouched... The only way to tell the roads were roads was to follow the tracks of emergency vehicles and people. And yet we saw three regular cars trying to push through (and getting stranded).

I mean, look:

http://www.greatsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016-01-23-17.50.28.jpg

And people are trying to fight through in little Toyota Priuses...

I couldn't believe it. Who in their right mind would try to drive in this? And...where the fuck are they going? (There's a car in the distance of that shot!)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 24, 2016, 10:51:46 AM
Going out to shovel a little now...  Trying to stick to a schedule and keep doing a little bit at a time.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 24, 2016, 10:52:48 AM

I couldn't believe it. Who in their right mind would try to drive in this? And...where the fuck are they going? (There's a car in the distance of that shot!)

That's what I've been saying the whole time. I understand some kind of medical emergency, but why else? On the flip side, you had a bartender and wait staff at Rock Bottom, yes? Do we assume they walked.

VA Governor is begging people to stay off the roads today as well. A plow has been down our street a few times, but all they done is make a Hoth Rebel style trench. I would drive on it if you paid me.

Missus RC and I have concocted a three phase dig out plan to (hopefully) get her to a pre-storm scheduled car maintenance appointment on Tuesday AM. (Porch, then cars, then driveway.) But if we have to reschedule it, no biggie. We can both work from home all week, though I do have an on site job on Thursday AM in Ft. Belvoir.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 24, 2016, 12:18:57 PM



That's what I've been saying the whole time. I understand some kind of medical emergency, but why else? On the flip side, you had a bartender and wait staff at Rock Bottom, yes? Do we assume they walked.

We asked, because staff and customers were all sitting there watching the psychopaths. There was one waitress, two bartenders, and three kitchen folk. They all live in Bethesda or were crashing with those who do.

(That's actually becoming truer and truer for Bethesda restaurants -- lots of them are open today -- because the Bethesda of our time is over, RC. There are 30,000 more residential units in the town than there was 20 years ago.)

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VA Governor is begging people to stay off the roads today as well. A plow has been down our street a few times, but all they done is make a Hoth Rebel style trench. I would drive on it if you paid me.

Missus RC and I have concocted a three phase dig out plan to (hopefully) get her to a pre-storm scheduled car maintenance appointment on Tuesday AM. (Porch, then cars, then driveway.) But if we have to reschedule it, no biggie. We can both work from home all week, though I do have an on site job on Thursday AM in Ft. Belvoir.

I bet you even money it'll be work as usual tomorrow. OPM will only shut down if Metro pussies out. (Well, now that I typed that out, I might hedge my bet. Metro's GM was on the news at 9am and looked like he'd been crying.)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 24, 2016, 12:36:25 PM
You won't go, will you?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 24, 2016, 12:52:38 PM
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Metro to announce Sunday afternoon whether it will reopen Monday

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/metro-to-announce-sunday-afternoon-whether-it-will-reopen-monday/2016/01/24/76422a4a-c2ab-11e5-a4aa-f25866ba0dc6_story.html (https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/metro-to-announce-sunday-afternoon-whether-it-will-reopen-monday/2016/01/24/76422a4a-c2ab-11e5-a4aa-f25866ba0dc6_story.html)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 24, 2016, 05:16:43 PM
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Metro to reopen with very limited service on 3 lines Monday

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/metro-to-announce-sunday-afternoon-whether-it-will-reopen-monday/2016/01/24/76422a4a-c2ab-11e5-a4aa-f25866ba0dc6_story.html (https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/metro-to-announce-sunday-afternoon-whether-it-will-reopen-monday/2016/01/24/76422a4a-c2ab-11e5-a4aa-f25866ba0dc6_story.html)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 25, 2016, 10:44:37 AM
25.6 inches is the official snow total for our swath of NoVA.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 25, 2016, 11:35:29 AM
We hit 27, with drifts getting trapped in the backyard and quad area that went over 30.

Bethesda is very well dug out now. The only problem is supply. So everywhere's open, but limited menus. It's a "booze and oysters only" sort of day!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 25, 2016, 11:38:27 AM
Some drifts are near or above the 30 inch mark, no question. That number is what the local paper gave out.

Yesterday, I found it remarkably easy shoveling. There's just a ton of it, but slow and steady, it moves well. I'm hoping the refreeze doesn't make it harder today. I still have the sidewalk to do.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 25, 2016, 11:43:42 AM
I hope the refreeze knocks us on our ass and we get tomorrow off!

So... Which book do I start writing next? The Beowulf story? The Japanese heist book? The sci-fi trilogy? Decide, GS!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 25, 2016, 11:53:58 AM
We need to have a serious talk about the Beowulf thing and develop it as a TV series.

What's the premise of the Japanese heist book and the sci-fi trilogy?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 25, 2016, 12:16:13 PM
Just sent you an email!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 25, 2016, 12:34:58 PM
Sci-fi is my vote.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 25, 2016, 12:45:10 PM
Also, snuggled in here at work making the moneys and rockin' on your dime.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 25, 2016, 01:14:53 PM
My dime? Nacho's dime? Who's dime?

Gonna get out and do my second round of shoveling soon.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 25, 2016, 03:55:24 PM
Whoever pays taxes, that's who!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 25, 2016, 04:09:37 PM
Taxes? I've been dodging those for years!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 25, 2016, 05:45:38 PM
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2016, 12:30:33 PM
Day 5 in the house...

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2016, 12:43:54 PM
Yeah...we started to clash a bit yesterday. The TM went to work today and I'm sitting here thinking I may just drink and marathon TWD all day.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2016, 01:39:13 PM
We've gotten along pretty well, though I'm ready to get out of the house to do something besides shoveling.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2016, 01:50:44 PM
We've gotten along pretty well, though I'm ready to get out of the house to do something besides shoveling.

I just want to watch TWD without getting yelled at.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2016, 03:13:22 PM
55 degrees today! End times!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2016, 03:16:18 PM
55 degrees today! End times!

Freeze tonight. OPM freaks out. Six day weekend becomes reality. My relationship hits rock bottom.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2016, 03:36:52 PM
Wow. The TM going to work today was great. Totally freed me up to do this a few times:

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2016, 04:15:23 PM
Snow day #5. A scene from our neighborhood:

Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2016, 04:20:39 PM
We've reached that point, eh? I think Missus RC and I are going to get out into the world tonight just to keep from going insane and slaughtering all our pets.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2016, 04:34:30 PM
We're going to sit and stare at each other in the gloomy twilight while sharpening knives.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 26, 2016, 04:56:27 PM
We took the kids out to iconic Bob Evans last night just to get out everyone out of the house.

Aaaaand...schools out tomorrow again.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 27, 2016, 08:15:17 AM
Well, back to work...at noon. I feel unmotivated.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 27, 2016, 11:52:17 AM
Most of today will be spent just cleaning up the blood, yes?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on January 27, 2016, 12:15:03 PM
I have a marketing meeting this afternoon where I have to talk about three boring books I haven't looked at in six months. The only reason I came in. I may leave as soon as I get out of that, but I have to stick around in Chinatown till late tonight to do footwork for an author. Blah.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 03, 2016, 01:30:56 PM
5 to 8 inches predicted for Monday into Tuesday. Begin death panic in 5... 4... 3...
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 03, 2016, 01:42:01 PM
5 to 8 inches predicted for Monday into Tuesday. Begin death panic in 5... 4... 3...

Capital Weather Gang, The Weather Channel, and Weather Underground disagree. The latter says 70% chance on Tuesday, but highs in the 40s.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 03, 2016, 01:44:59 PM
5 to 8 inches predicted for Monday into Tuesday. Begin death panic in 5... 4... 3...

Capital Weather Gang, The Weather Channel, and Weather Underground disagree. The latter says 70% chance on Tuesday, but highs in the 40s.

We'll see, won't we?

(https://media.riffsy.com/images/baa0d94aaa9246d419e9254f4f678cf1/raw)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 03, 2016, 02:00:28 PM
Gillian Anderson! I see it now!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 08, 2016, 04:58:04 PM
Rain turning to snow tonight. Could accumulate. I'm going to go stockpile bread and milk.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 08, 2016, 05:58:20 PM
Winter Storm Warning for Merryland. Should be fun.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 09, 2016, 07:14:58 AM
OH MY GOD! IT'S......RAINING!!!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 09, 2016, 09:10:54 AM
Grab your partner and head for the ark!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on February 09, 2016, 10:28:34 AM
OH MY GOD! IT'S......RAINING!!!!

We had 3 inches when I left this morning and I did a controlled slide down the driveway.  So, you know, there's that.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 09, 2016, 10:36:34 AM
It's actually not doing anything at all in DC.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 09, 2016, 12:22:23 PM
DC weather update! We are now getting a gentle, light rain. It's 40 degrees. The end is near!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 09, 2016, 03:14:11 PM
Snowing up here. Kids off school. Roads are WET! BE CAREFUL!!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 09, 2016, 03:24:34 PM
Still raining here though I have to head to DC to teach tonight. Will let you know if I see citizens killing each other in the streets over toilet paper.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 09, 2016, 04:08:52 PM
UPDATE FROM STORMCENTER DC!

The...sun is out, the sky is blue, it is 45 degrees. Where the fuck are you guys?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 09, 2016, 04:11:51 PM
Missus RC said there are flakes the size of her hand at our house in NoVA. Meanwhile 20 miles northwest? Rain.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 09, 2016, 04:33:24 PM
And clear skies at Union Station. Seriously.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2016, 10:35:50 AM
So another snow emergency today. Even my weather apps have all switched to EVENING SNOW BLITZ. I am staring at sunlight and crystal clear skies in Bethesda.

And...the prediction is for a dusting to an inch! So today literally is half an inch of panic day.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 12, 2016, 11:48:20 AM
Snow blitz? LOL
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2016, 11:57:00 AM
Snow blitz? LOL

That was WaPo's headline this morning.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 12, 2016, 12:16:05 PM
Weather Underground just says rain for me tonight. Though 1-3 inches of ICE PELLETS on Monday... whatever that means.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2016, 12:22:23 PM
Weather Underground just says rain for me tonight. Though 1-3 inches of ICE PELLETS on Monday... whatever that means.

(https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.greatsociety.org%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F02%2FElsa-Frozen-430507.jpg&hash=d5fa429d9f6b93acbbd037369ae278164c6101d4)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 12, 2016, 12:36:11 PM
Look at you with your Frozen pop culture knowledge!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 12, 2016, 01:59:17 PM
Don't use Elsa to ignore the ICE PELLET threat!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2016, 08:28:54 AM
So everything is under about 2-3 inches, and it's white-out conditions outside my window. And fucking cold and windy.

So...where's the panic WaPo? Nothing happens and the world turns upside down. A blizzard hits and:

Quote
It’s one of those days that looks sort of nice from the inside but is quite the opposite once you’re in it. Fairly sunny skies of the morning become somewhat cloudier during the day
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 13, 2016, 10:45:26 AM
We woke up this morning to something that can barely be called a dusting.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2016, 11:03:21 AM
The TM says the government is experimenting with controlling localized pockets of weather.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 13, 2016, 12:23:39 PM
The TM says the government is experimenting with controlling localized pockets of weather.

That old chestnut?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Frequency_Active_Auroral_Research_Program#Conspiracy_theories (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Frequency_Active_Auroral_Research_Program#Conspiracy_theories)
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2016, 06:27:03 PM
 snorebot!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 14, 2016, 05:34:19 PM
Tonight though, *they* come.

And by "they," I mean ICE PELLETS!!!

icebarn.gif!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 15, 2016, 07:17:14 AM
The army of snow clearers woke me up at 5am. It looks very frozen out there.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 15, 2016, 10:34:37 AM
I still have no idea what "ice pettiest" are but we've got a solid three inches of snow on the ground this AM, and it's still snowing.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on February 15, 2016, 10:44:21 AM
About two inches here. But it doesn't matter because there's five inches of salt on every surface.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 15, 2016, 11:09:47 AM
We're about to walk half a mile to get Missus RC's work computer form her office. Because of the last non-storm, she didn't believe me yesterday when I said it was supposed to snow.

Anyway. Snow zombies!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 15, 2016, 12:44:56 PM
We're about to walk half a mile to get Missus RC's work computer form her office. Because of the last non-storm, she didn't believe me yesterday when I said it was supposed to snow.

Anyway. Snow zombies!

Pretty awesome. It's super powdery. If I were a skier, I'd say it's perfect powder to pack. (Or whatever the hell they say.)

Missus RC now has work computer which means we only have to dig out one car for tomorrow. (I have a set strike gig.) However, we didn't do our normal pre-storm shopping freakout os w're scrounging cans and freezer stuff for food. Sardines, dried cake batter, breakfast sausage, and canned cannellini beans it is!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 15, 2016, 11:30:38 AM
Snow possible on Sunday. No accumulation expected, but one more apocalyptic freak-out is really what we need to usher in Spring, right?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 15, 2016, 11:45:16 AM
Snow possible on Sunday. No accumulation expected, but one more apocalyptic freak-out is really what we need to usher in Spring, right?

The great thing about this thread (and the DC area) is that we stop caring by the first of March. They can tell us three feet of snow is coming and I think just about everyone will just be like, hmmm, okay.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on November 15, 2016, 04:27:36 PM
Quote from: Washington Post
First flakes may fly Saturday night in our colder areas


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGk0lnazt-k
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 16, 2016, 11:52:41 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuL2QwsNeM8
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 12, 2017, 11:58:53 AM
Monday into Tuesday...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFe-p1gbKEc
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 12, 2017, 12:45:42 PM
We didn't even hear about it till this morning. But everyone's been sort of like, meh. Even WaPo is blah. Are we over our storm panic? Or has the entire city spent the last six weeks sick as a dog?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 12, 2017, 12:57:28 PM
They're talking 12"+, but I think it's all a conspiracy.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 13, 2017, 08:38:19 AM
Now the panic is starting, though. Metro is already shutting down their extra services at 4pm.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 13, 2017, 09:50:57 AM
We went to the grocery store yesterday and shopped for the week. (Which we needed to do anyway.) We're good to get shut in.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 13, 2017, 10:48:41 AM
We're going to get 2 inches and it'll get up into the mid-40s Tuesday.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 14, 2017, 11:06:19 AM
Literally half-an-inch of panic down here in the commonwealth. Maybe an inch+. It's turned to rain now and is all hard frozen nastiness.

I have to leave the house tomorrow though and head north then west so I'm keeping my eyes on Baltimore and West Virginia.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 14, 2017, 11:10:04 AM
We got 1.5 inches. And ice and rain and sleet and yuck that has frozen into brown death. So, yeah. A bust. As I predicted!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: Sirharles on March 15, 2017, 02:21:14 PM
We got 1.5 inches. And ice and rain and sleet and yuck that has frozen into brown death. So, yeah. A bust. As I predicted!

Would you like to come up and shovel the 6 inches of "bust" off my driveway?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on March 15, 2017, 02:56:29 PM
We got 1.5 inches. And ice and rain and sleet and yuck that has frozen into brown death. So, yeah. A bust. As I predicted!

Would you like to come up and shovel the 6 inches of "bust" off my driveway?

I only shovel within the Beltway!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 15, 2017, 03:11:37 PM
You live in the wilderness!
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 08, 2017, 12:29:05 PM
We're all so addled by the events of 2017 that Saturday's first snow of the season is being reported with a sort of breathless shrug, and the usual people who stock up like it's the apocalypse don't seem to care.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 08, 2017, 04:05:50 PM
We've been preparing for the apocalypse for a year now. At this point, we hope a super-snowstorm kills us all.
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: nacho on December 09, 2017, 11:40:09 AM
About an inch so far! No reaction from anyone. Busy roads, nobody doing insane things like spraying sand and salt everywhere like they usually do even if the snow is predicted but not yet falling.

Weird. Is DC really post-half-an-inch-of-panic?
Title: Re: Half an inch of panic
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 10, 2017, 01:34:56 PM
We all want cryosleep until this is over.