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Grind

A bit parky

It does sometimes get colder here in February, but apparently it's going to be -4 tonight, which will feel more like -20 once windchill is factored in (or out).

And I'm talking Fahrenheit, not your new-fangled Celsius/Centigrade/Kelvin nonsense.

* -20 F is about -28 C
Grind

Dull nerd factoid: -40°F is -40°C.
Dock

It's been a fucking rubbish winter in England. Hardly any cold days, a bit of a sneeze of snow, and a couple of frosts but that's it so far. Total knackers! I was at Haydock in late November and I shit you not, we had to get out of the sun because we were overheating so much in our winter clobber. Usually brass monkeys at a winter jumps meeting but It was bright and sunny. Shite! I want my seasons back, NOW!
Grind

To be fair, other than a bit of a mental dumping at Thanksgiving (plus attendant three-day power cut) we've not really had any proper wintry (cold) weather here up until about the last week.

There were people at the last Patriots home game in shorts, FFS!
Late Doors

yep, its been a drab winter here and no mistake. Very little of that white stuff, even less of the ace sunlight you get on ideal winter walking days. Caught a nano second of sunshine today and actually felt a moment of very mild warmth. Just as i was enjoying it a downpour came along with grey cloud and i was piss wet through within five minutes. That'll learn you i thought i heard from above.
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
yep, its been a drab winter here and no mistake. Very little of that white stuff, even less of the ace sunlight you get on ideal winter walking days. Caught a nano second of sunshine today and actually felt a moment of very mild warmth. Just as i was enjoying it a downpour came along with grey cloud and i was piss wet through within five minutes. That'll learn you i thought i heard from above.


HUDDERSFIELD IN GREY CLOUD AND DOWNPOUR NOT REALLY THAT MUCH OF A SHOCKER!
fartcatcher

You want to get one of those jetstreams over there Grind.
Dalek

When I got home tonight, the temp display on the car said was 15 degrees C.
Grind

Dalek wrote:
When I got home tonight, the temp display on the car said was 15 degrees C.


Harrumph - mine said -4F.

The "football" game I'm going to tomorrow evening might be a little chilly too.

Stupid country.
Dock

Rainy snowy stuff falling in North Leeds. Not settling though........YET! That is all.
Late Doors

Happy Now?
Heyho

I've had my 4x4 two winters now and as of yet not been able to  press that little switch that says snow on it.

Thats the little switch that lets you stick two fingers up at right foot heavy BMW drivers with their rear wheel drives.
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
Happy Now?


Frankly, no. It might be settling up by you in the frozen tundra of the Armitage Bridge Tora Bora Mountains but there is fuck all here. I demand to be snowed in! I don't pay my council tax for this shit. Snow, now!
smiling badger

Snowed for about 2 minutes here in Essex earlier.
Half hour later bright sunshine.
Dock

smiling badger wrote:
Snowed for about 2 minutes here in Essex earlier.
Half hour later bright sunshine.


I'm petitioning the EU for Winter Wonderland compensation. I'll put your name down as well.
fartcatcher

5 minute snow shower in the land that time forgot yesterday evening. Luckily i was wearing my hat.
Grind

Supposedly we're about to get roughly two foot of the stuff delivered over the course of something like thirty hours with fifty mile an hour winds to blow it all around, so six plus foot drifts are entirely possible.

The news people reckon 30% of the region might be without power.

Oh joy....
Dock

Grind wrote:
Supposedly we're about to get roughly two foot of the stuff delivered over the course of something like thirty hours with fifty mile an hour winds to blow it all around, so six plus foot drifts are entirely possible.

The news people reckon 30% of the region might be without power.

Oh joy....


I'm sending Dock Dog over on a raft with some supplies: A flask of Bovril and some old moon boots circa 82' that I found in the shed. Not 100% waterproof but should do the trick if you put some plaggy carriers on your feet. Apparently it'll be the worst snow the Eastern United States has had for over a hundred years. Fuck That! Try not to die n' that.
smiling badger

Just imagine the UK with a couple of feet of snow.
Fuck me its like the end of the world if we manage to get an inch of the stuff.
Roads are fucked, panic buying, not enough salt to cover the roads, TV reports every 2 mins about the big freeze.
Mental!
Grind

Dock

Now THAT is a proper forecast.
Dock

What's happening G? Are you dead yet?

*frets*
Grind

Dock wrote:
What's happening G? Are you dead yet?

*frets*


It's not started yet, but I can tell something serious is on the way because the dogs are much more restless than normal.

By all accounts the snow will be soft and fluffy up here (although I just heard someone say there might now be three feet of it), but I really don't like the sound of fifty miles an hour winds.

Basically, our house is sandwiched between a pair of hundred plus year old sugar maples (which are in good shape for their age - I have a tree monkey who comes through every couple of years to check and prune as necessary) so there's always the very real possibility of a large whump in the night.

Or, err, two.

I don't like unplanned whumps, me. hgfhjgfjgfj
Grind

The snow is just starting now.

Looking at weather.com, it seems as if we will "officially" have continuous blizzard conditions from 1 am tonight until about 6 pm tomorrow evening.

The good news is that the winds seem to be expected to be 25 mph, but the temperatures are roughly 13 F, which will be -8 F with windchill.

Brrrrr.

Grind, reporting live (for now, anyway) in snowy New Hampshire for Reg News International.
Grind

Still here with power (yay!) and some excess snow and, errr, wind, if anyone wants any.
Grind

I guess everyone else died instead?
Late Doors

Fear not Grind. Our very own BBC team is on the case for you. Martha Kearney, BBC News, says "It was still freezing",  "so I headed inside for a cup of tea and to watch the news".

we're all praying for you buddy
Grind

All pretty much dealt with now - I reckon we got about eighteen inches in the end (more in drifts) and my tactic of going out in  one of the temporary lulls in the storm last night to snowblow the driveway seemed to have paid off.

It's pretty good at chucking up to about a foot deep, but everything becomes tricky if there's much more than that to contend with. Doing it in two passes worked well, even though I reckon I must've spent five hours outside just shifting bloody snow around..

This includes raking the one potentially leaky roof and I even cut a path through to the oil tank so the nice man can deliver lots of heaty juice before we run out.

Snow problem? No problem.

It's supposed to snow again on Friday......
Grind

I now have huge icicles endangering my entrance.
Grind

It's chucking snow down again. Oh joy.

Just for giggles, I thought I'd look at our ten day forecast on weather.com.

If they're right, the "hottest" it will be is 0 Celsius and a couple of the nights it will dip down to -20 C, windchill not included.

Four of the ten days will "involve" snow.

FFS!
fartcatcher

you mean like this

Grind

fartcatcher wrote:
you mean like this



Pah! That's a mere dusting.
Grind

Another three inches stealthily delivered in the night. hgfhjgfjgfj



I think I may even have a snow-related injury - somehow or other I've managed to zap a muscle in my right shoulder/neck region - probably from shovelling the bastard stuff.

It's really quite weird: If my head is up, I'm not too bad (as long as I don't make any sudden movements), but if I'm, for example, getting out of bed or up from lying in the bath, the neck muscle needed to lift my head refuses to co-operate until I'm at about 45 degrees from the vertical.

So, I have to basically support my own head with one of my hands from the back while trying to lever myself up with the other hand/elbow.

I must look like a particularly floppy baby bird.

My mother always said my head was too big.

It seems she was right.
Grind

Assuming the next batch of snow meets "current expectations" we will have received 100" of the stuff in three weeks.

Mowing the lawn doesn't seem so much of a chore....
Late Doors

Last bit of Snow  just gone from the Garden today. No more please, there's a good chap.
Grind

Late Doors wrote:
Last bit of Snow  just gone from the Garden today. No more please, there's a good chap.


If you change your mind, we've got another foot of the feckarsing precipicuntingtation coming over the weekend I don't really need.

Free to a good home.

Or even a bad one.
Dalek

I don't know - a few flakes of the white stuff and some people lose all sense of reason and rationality!
Grind

Snow is no friend of the wheeliebin.

Just saying, like.
Dalek

Can you not attach small skis to the wheels like they do on planes landing on snow?
Dalek

http://www.livu.ch/Fun/SnowPlaneSide2.jpg

Like this?
Grind

I could do, but I'm fecked if I'm paying for someone to collect my rubbish, so I simply stick it in the car and take it to the dump myself.

* It is bagged first, before anyone starts.

There are going to be some very sorry homeowners here in the next few weeks - I've been raking my roof after each snowstorm to get the weight off of it and to provide a drip/evaporation edge to prevent the possibility of ice dams.

Weight plus ice plus melting on an aging roof that routinely cycles through one hundred odd degrees each year is an insurance claim waiting to happen.

I will not be gloating.

* Much *
Dalek

That's more than a right angle!
Dalek

...and how do you get it on the bike in the first place?
Grind

Eh?

* Scratches head. *

* Gives up. *

* Scratches balls. *
Dalek

Grind wrote:


Weight plus ice plus melting on an aging roof that routinely cycles through one hundred odd degrees each year is an insurance claim waiting to happen.

I will not be gloating.
Grind

Dalek wrote:
Grind wrote:


Weight plus ice plus melting on an aging roof that routinely cycles through one hundred odd degrees each year is an insurance claim waiting to happen.

I will not be gloating.


Ah.

* Reluctantly stops scratching balls. *

There could be a reflexive roof or two sometime tomorrow.

I now have a Duran Duran song in my head.

* Wonders if he should scratch something. *
Grind

Eat a dick, Blizzard.
Cutsyke

We haven't had enough to worry about raking so far. One side of the house faces the sun and we get good melting most days. The electrical service is positioned in such a way that there was no room for a gutter on one side, it's about 8ft in length and I spend a lot of time breaking up ice that I see my neighbours just leaving. It is amazing when you think of the temperature extremes the NE of the States goes through. Every time she moans I remind her I wanted to go west.

-10C today -17C overnight.
Grind

Here's where I got it from (I've forgotten how to imbed stuff).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOgxDnKaEQk

I think the snow's stopped, but the winds are such I can't get out and do anything.

Sounds like it's more of a pain in the arse in the city - as long as I have firewood and the power doesn't go out, I can't really get too upset.
Cutsyke

I'm in New Jersey, about 20 miles west of NY City. It's not been half as bad as last year and I really didn't think last year was that bad. I looked after an apartment complex with a few acres and attendant footpaths and stairways and all the snow clearing that entailed for 11 years as well as doing a full time job, so taking care of my own small driveway and house is really not that bad. Old lass next door is in great shape but up in years, I try clear hers as much as possible though she is an early riser and makes it difficult at times.

Got a decent log pile and love a good fire.

I much prefer the winters to the summers.
Grind

Cutsyke wrote:
I'm in New Jersey, about 20 miles west of NY City. It's not been half as bad as last year and I really didn't think last year was that bad. I looked after an apartment complex with a few acres and attendant footpaths and stairways and all the snow clearing that entailed for 11 years as well as doing a full time job, so taking care of my own small driveway and house is really not that bad. Old lass next door is in great shape but up in years, I try clear hers as much as possible though she is an early riser and makes it difficult at times.

Got a decent log pile and love a good fire.

I much prefer the winters to the summers.


Me too. Summers are just miserable if you don't have air conditioning (we only have a window unit in the bedroom).

I think we've actually been bloody lucky that there hasn't been any rain in all of this, otherwise some people's houses would be beyond fucked.

I raked the snow from the roof of my incompetent next door neighbour's "inside porch" yesterday and I could see that the drywall ceiling was already buckling and cracking along the seams under the weight, so anyone else in a similar situation today, with another eighteen inches (?) of the stuff plus serious drifting..... Well.

Luckily I had the garage built last year, so at least I don't have to dig the cars out and I have kept as much snow off of the roof as I can reach.

Pretty sure I'm okay for fuel oil, have the generator set up and ready to go and have brought in enough wood for two days since the outdoor woodpiles are all but buried and the paths to them have been filled in by drifting snow.

Oh well, bollocks to it all until tomorrow - I'm going to watch the FA Cup games from today on the idiot box.
Grind

Last bit of snow here just melted.

I guess the fecking grass will want mowing soon then.......
Late Doors

i gues so, no rest for the wicked eh? so they say

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