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posted 12/14/2010 5:08:57 PM |
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Yep, survived the first winter storm of the season here. Only got about 6.3 inches in my area, but my youngest sister...where she lives..they got over 2 feet of snow (lake effect belt there) along with, in some areas, up to 14 ft snow drifts. If you look at the state of Michigan, where my sister lives, is the tip of the thumb..and they can get some heavy duty lake effect snow. And this storm that passed through here, they had blizzard warnings from Sunday night till 1am last night.

My drive home Sunday night, when the storm was in full force really sucked. Stupid heater fan didn't kick on right I'm trying to drive and peek through the ice on my windshield. Why didn't I just stay at the hotel and wait it out? 5 dogs in my house, that is why. Anyway, I started the van about 15 minutes before finishing work...hoping that if it was running that long...the fan would kick on...of didn't. At least one of the maintenance guys at work scraped off most of the snow and ice on my windshield while I had it running...cleared enough for me to have a "peek hole". Well, start on my way home, decide to go through town cause open country roads are just too dangerous in them kind of conditions. So, about 20 minutes into the drive home, that damned heater fan FINALLY kicks on! Not only did it help in clearing the windshield...I also finally had more heat!!! Yes, the van has heated seats..but, with high winds, and below zero wind doesn't help all that much! And by the way, I'm on the only "country road" to a main drag...and I was hoping it would be in ok wasn't. Typical speed limit on this road is 55mph... I couldn't go any faster than 25mph...and in some areas, slowed down to 15mph because of snow drifts. And, even through town, couldn't go much faster than, a normally 25 minute drive home took close to an hour that night.

Today....roads are finally clearing...most of the main roads and expressways are almost totally cleared, in my area...where my sister is...they have just begun to try cleaning up over there. She and her kids are doing fine, in fact, my niece and nephew are ecstatic over the 2 snow days they're getting. Brats. looks like this year will definitely be a white Christmas around here...unless we get some freaky warm weather...which, seeing the 7 day forecast....I don't see that happening.

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Dec 14 @ 5:31PM  
Great read, greeenie for you! Around here, somebody throws a cup of ice on the road and they close it.

It is actually nice here in the fifties. The key is there is no wind. That is the big factor here. You see, depending on where you are, there is nothing between the gulf and Canada. I am about 300 miles from the gulf, yet only 300 feet or so above sea level. There is an old saying around here, "The only thing between us and Canada is a fence that blew down." That is because it is prairie all the way and into Canada. The key here is the north wind...happily, we have not seen it. We got the cold (by our standards near freezing), but it creeped in.

Most of the green leaves have changed color and dropped. I noted in my yard at how many were faded green on the ground. We never got fall weather until now (50 during the day mid-thirties at night). They just expired due to dry conditions.

Now having been here for many years, if we don't get some heavy weather, we will be happy in the short term and pay in the spring and summer with insects. We have a lot of undesirable six legged creatures around here!!


Dec 14 @ 6:29PM  
You really need to get that heater fixed!!! Honestly,... it could mean Life or Death!!!!
Please email me about this with all the info..Make Model...etc., I may be of some Help...IDK

I'm Glad all is well out your way....
We have the damn winds...from a cold ass hell..I tell ya!!!
We only had rain where I live....but up the road 23 miles had 2" of Snow!!!
Except for the Blackie walks....I'm good to go.. but My little Sniffer..has to sniff 1000 find the right one to shit beside!!! I'm talking 30 mins plus!!!
Gotta get my yard fenced in!!!

Dec 14 @ 6:29PM  
Follow the link to see some pictures from the snow storm that people have sent to our local tv station. Oh yeah.....take a close look at picture 54.

Winter Storm Slide show

When you get to the page...go to the right side of it and look for "Most Popular" and hit the "WNEM Viewer Winter Snap Shots".

It looks like the first 60 pictures are from the Thumb area.

Dec 14 @ 6:52PM  
Awesome Photos!!! thx for sharing!
Its really beautiful..from where I'm sitting!!!

Dec 15 @ 12:21AM  
Yeah yeah....all we got here with that storm was around 2 inches. It was around 10 last night. Today it made it up to around 20 f. Tonight it's going to get down around 5.

Dec 15 @ 7:31PM  
I do not envy your winter weather.. Hugs.

Dec 15 @ 10:03PM  
Did you Pass that VA.? If I find out you did!!!!!
I'm gonna pee on ya and give You Warts!!!

They are calling for something here, (the 3 shits)..Freezing rain,Sleet and the early am...Thru......No none Knows!!!!!!
Every weather report is Different and gets worse...WTF?!!!!!!
Any warm (lady) bodies out there.....wanting to share the heat!

Dec 15 @ 10:19PM  
Did you Pass that VA.?

Nope...wasn't me. If anything...I tried to pass it down towards Ohio. Stupid storm wimped out though. Oh well Shawn...I tried.

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