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How Are You Preparing For The Blizzard?  
User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8483 posts, RR: 9
Posted (3 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 2568 times:

Those of us in the Midwest have been getting news for the past few days of a major blizzard heading our way.

Chicago news indicates it could be deadly, especially if your're in a car and not prepared.

Some schools in Kansas are already closed according to some reports.


We have done the food bit, have full tanks of gas for the cars + blankets, etc. The son-in-law is taking care of gas and setting up the generator on the back porch so we can have power & central heat if our power goes out.



So, if the storm is heading your way, how are you preparing for the rest of the week?


And, yes, I know our Aussie friends are stopping at the shops to stock up on sun block & beer.   

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User currently offlineGBLKD From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 345 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 2545 times:

Quoting Ken777 (Thread starter):
And, yes, I know our Aussie friends are stopping at the shops to stock up on sun block & beer.

Don't forget the Aussie friends who have lost everything in a massive flood
 

I hope all of you facing the blizzard stay safe and get through it in one piece.

[Edited 2011-01-31 15:06:03]

User currently offlineCentre From Canada, joined Mar 2010, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 2536 times:

Just heading out to the store for shopping... Just making sure I have enough Diapers for the boy.

South Ontario.



I have cut 4 times, and it's still short.
User currently offlineKent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 2 hours ago) and read 2483 times:

Quoting Ken777 (Thread starter):
And, yes, I know our Aussie friends are stopping at the shops to stock up on sun block & beer.

Apart from the ones in Queensland facing a major cyclone, expected to hit the coast tomorrow night with gusts up to 280kph. Evacuations of low-lying areas has already commenced. At least it's north of the flood affected areas of the other week, but certainly no fun....


User currently onlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5660 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 2 hours ago) and read 2478 times:

Mainly, hoping that the weather reports hold true and the stuff stays mainly north of me. But, me being me, the cars are full of fuel and have an emergency kit with warm clothes and some non-perishable food/water in them.

The generator is fueled, the kerosene heaters are fueled and have plenty (I hope) spare fuel for both.

Pantry is usually fairly well stocked. Make a trip to Kroger tomorrow for some perishables, but that's a normal Tuesday trip for me.

Hopefully, the schools stay open. As of late, they have been closing because of the threat of snow or ice. The kids will be in school until the middle of June if this keeps up.

Good luck to those of you in the upper Midwest...it sounds like you may need it.



When seconds count...the police are minutes away.
User currently offlineKent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 1 hour ago) and read 2455 times:

Best wishes and safe passage for everyone affected by major weather events. Apart from the Qld cyclone, a record heatwave (in terms of length) is forecast this week for my city....

User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8483 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months ago) and read 2395 times:

Quoting GBLKD (Reply 1):
Don't forget the Aussie friends who have lost everything in a massive flood

I won't - we flew over a lot of the flooding on our PER-BNE flight while the water was still high. (The flight was put in a holding pattern for a bit out of BNE to keep away from the rescue choppers.)

My brother-in-law there was talking about an $80 tax on couples with income over $50K to pay on infrastructure. Not a bad idea at all. Wish we had gone that route after our major hits, like Katrina.


User currently offlineskysurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1137 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2355 times:

We're only going to get up to 12" of snow, maybe a little bit more so really the only thing i have to worry about is the thought of shoveling the driveway! However, the car is fully juiced should it be needed (don't plan on going anywhere though), the 'pantry' has enough tinned/dry goods in there, fridge is nicely stocked and there's a few large water bottles on hand. Candles/torch, batteries and matches are easily at hand and all that's left to do is grab a 'liquid lunch' from the friendly liquor store to help stave off the snow demons. All in all i think i'm good to go, so to speak.

Cheers

Stu



In the dark you can't see ugly, but you can feel fat
User currently offlineokie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3193 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2334 times:

Quoting Ken777 (Thread starter):
Those of us in the Midwest have been getting news for the past few days of a major blizzard heading our way.


The storm is just getting underway here in OKC.
They originally had us for 3-6" snow with 40+mph winds with 6-12" up your way Ken (TUL)
Just broke into programing on TV to say we will be getting 16-18" 40+ winds and 5-6' snow drifts.
Snow storms are forming up and training NE along I-44 no telling how much snow TUL will get.

The Hummer is fueled up and ready to go bust some drifts.

Okie


User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12970 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2334 times:

Another 12" - 18", so what...

Actually I am getting a bit concerned about the big bad slabs of ice on the front of my garage roof.

It's my first year in the house, too bad the last owner didn't give me a heads-up.

Tomorrow I have a fairly important meeting.

Hope I can talk the boss into letting me telecommute.

It'd be a real PITA to drive through that stuff just to be in the office for a half hour or so.



Inspiration, move me brightly!
User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2877 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2322 times:

With as much snow as we've received this year, this next round of snow isn't phasing me much. Sure, it's significant, but I just want it over with so I know summer is on it's way. But I did just go grocery shopping so I think I'm prepared for it.


LETS GO MOUNTAINEERS!
User currently offlineER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2616 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2315 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 9):
Actually I am getting a bit concerned about the big bad slabs of ice on the front of my garage roof.

Just don't be standing underneath them when you slam the door shut. You may have to go knock them down eventually. I remember doing that way back when I lived in Chicago and we had storm after storm and it didn't warm up and melt what fell. The winds drifted the snow into big cornices hanging over the edges of the roof. Got up on a ladder and with a long clothes pole, started knocking them loose so they didn't bend the gutters and/or fall on someone's noggin.

Best of luck to those in the storm's path. A true blizzard is no fun at all, especially if you are out on the road. Hope you all stay safe.


User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8483 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2307 times:

Quoting okie (Reply 8):
Just broke into programing on TV to say we will be getting 16-18" 40+ winds and 5-6' snow drifts.
Snow storms are forming up and training NE along I-44 no telling how much snow TUL will get.

Oooops!

We're looking at sleet before the snow (supposedly) and someone was saying the less snow you get the more sleet.

16-18" for us would be pretty wild as TUL is somewhat hilly. Our TV had a fast weather update indicating a lot of sleet (heavy during the night) turning to snow tomorrow.

Keep the Hummer in the garage and stick with the sleds.  


User currently offlineKent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

Quoting TZ757300 (Reply 10):
phasing

Sorry for OT, but this should be fazing - just a personal crusade of mine.

Anyone want to swap (likely) bushfires for snow  


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20365 posts, RR: 59
Reply 14, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2259 times:

I have to say that I'm really glad I'm not in residency anymore.

In residency, if you're working on the inpatient units, guess what you are? "Essential Personnel." Come hell, high water, meteor strike, Mayan apocalypse, or any combination thereof, your ass is going to work. Even if you have to walk.

Then again, I'm going to work tomorrow, anyway. 62 and sunny.   


User currently onlineABQ747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 855 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2243 times:

Here in ABQ, we are expecting snow accumulations of only about 3 inches. On Wednesday night, the low temperature is forecast to be -3° F, and we won't see temperatures above freezing until Friday. Other than that, I'm not really too worried. It looks like the storm will be hitting the midwest and east coast a lot harder than us. I will be sure to stay informed of the road conditions, though.


The reason New Mexico is so windy is because Texas sucks and Arizona blows.
User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2239 times:

We live in western Indiana, 20 mi north of Terre Haute, and 8 mi from Brazil; went to Wal Mart in Brazil this afternoon to pick up a few things........while I was in "automotive" getting a wiper blade, Arlene was waiting in the check-out line, and up comes this big "red neck" Brazilian, and he says....."Wal, guess we gonna git a biggin tomarra, hadda git me a heater, case the lectricity go out". Arlene looks in his cart, and the guys got an electric portable heater; so she says " you gotta generator ? He says,,,,"wass thet ? She: "you know, thing you sit on the porch, put gas in it and it makes electricity".......
He's having a little trouble trying to "comprehend the concept", so he says, " wal, Imma plug this thing in an it heat the whole damn trailer up" ! So Miss Arlie says......."good luck" !

We already had freezing rain before we left, but on the way back home, the roads getting pretty icy, and my Dodge diesel dually ( which isn't 4-wheel drive ) isn't the best thing on icy roads, but being a
the world-class driver that I am, ( and creeping along ), we got home with no problem. Along the way, she's telling me about the hill-billy in Wal Mart, and I laughed so damned hard I was afraid I was gonna run off the road !

It's after midnite now, the rain is stopped, temp is steady at about 28 deg ( F ), just took the dog out for his late nite "pee", and all the trees have about 1/2 in of ice on them. Then, tomorrow we're supposed to get "THE STORM" ! 3 to 5 in of snow, and 30 mi / hr winds ! The snow is no problem, I can handle it, but the ice weights the trees down , they fall across the power lines, and I'll be in the same boat as the red-neck ! We'll see what tomorrow brings, I guess......

Charley



Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20365 posts, RR: 59
Reply 17, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2231 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 16):

He's having a little trouble trying to "comprehend the concept", so he says, " wal, Imma plug this thing in an it heat the whole damn trailer up" ! So Miss Arlie says......."good luck" !

Sometimes, you have to leave Darwin to his own devices.


User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2219 times:

If you are in an area where this storm is headed, please remember to bring your pets inside. This weather is just as dangerous to them as it is to you.

User currently offlineN6238P From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 510 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2123 times:

Well at GYY we got guys bringing their sleeping bags and food so the airport stays open. Lucky for me I have tomorrow off. I bought a bunch of comfort food and ate a lot of it on the drive home today. It took me over an hour to get from the Dan Ryan to I-55 and Pulaski. I really wish I didn't put my food on the seat next to me. Oh well I got enough beer to last me through the day. If the power goes out, the beer will stay cold.


To actively root against anybody is just low, and I hope karma comes back at you with a vengeance
User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6344 posts, RR: 33
Reply 20, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2106 times:

Quoting Ken777 (Thread starter):
have full tanks of gas for the cars

Why ? If the weather is that bad you sure aren't going to be driving in it.

I'm preparing for the cold mornings by getting a blanket out of the closet, I hate it when it gets below 40F.   



Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineN6238P From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 510 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2100 times:

My truck will not start if I got less than 1/4 tank below 10F. It took me 2 hours to drive 30 miles and 26 of those were on expressways. Many people will not need to drive, a few of us still have to get to work.


To actively root against anybody is just low, and I hope karma comes back at you with a vengeance
User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8483 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2067 times:

Quoting IMissPiedmont (Reply 20):
Why ? If the weather is that bad you sure aren't going to be driving in it.

I have my car in the driveway pointed to the street in case we have an emergency of some sort. I also fill them in case there are "price increases" after the worst of this is over.

One other issue we are considering (when the weather gets better) is a larger generator that is tied into our natural gas supply, automatically switching on if power is lost. Our only question now is if we stay in this house, or get one that is easier living - energy efficient and all on one level.


User currently offlineWarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 9294 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2059 times:

Quoting IMissPiedmont (Reply 20):
Why ? If the weather is that bad you sure aren't going to be driving in it.

If you lose power for days after say an ice storm, you will hope you have full tanks on your vehicles. I have been without power for more than a week more than once. I always fill my tanks, plus extra tanks to run my generator.



It is better to die on your feet, than live on your knees.
User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2022 times:

Nine months from now there will be a considerable jump in the birth rate in areas affected by this storm.

25 seb146 : Here in the Bay Area, we have a saying: Blizzard? What blizzard? Besides, some of us in the Bay Area are preparing for the blizzard by going to San D
26 Post contains images OA412 : We were lucky. We didn't get any snow, just freezing winds. Sure made for a fun time while running errands today. It's currently 0F (-18C) outside, bu
27 fr8mech : A. Because you may mis-calculate and get caught in the stuff. B. Highways close and strand people before and during storms because of wrecks before t
28 okie : We had 12"+ of snow on top of thunder ice/sleet with 45 mph winds drifts 3ft or more are common. The good part is that the storm came during the overn
29 Post contains images MadameConcorde : I cannot fly tomorrow. My United flight from Frankfurt to ORD is cancelled and so is my flight from ORD to IAD. UA has rebooked me later this week. Wi
30 IMissPiedmont : Ah ! That makes sense. But the worst I get is a bit of cold and a dusting of snow in my yard. Well that is a given.
31 Ken777 : To some degree. We have a Price Gouging Law in OK and the Governor has activated it for this storm. The good news for us is that the electricity is s
32 Geezer : Well, we were doing O.K. last evening, until about 9 PM.........then the lights went out, (along with it the furnace, the water pump, the TV, and of c
33 Revelation : I haven't seen this one dealt with too easily. I recall one friend's mom bring out a huge pot of water she just boiled and poured it around the door,
34 Post contains images MadameConcorde : Flight Rebooking Message Dear MADAME CONCORDE, We regret to inform you that a cancellation has affected the following flight(s): Flight Number: 941 Op
35 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : I am too late to edit. Some pictures here. Very impressive. I can understand why flights are cancelled. Airports must beunder no-landing condition. ht
36 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Too late to edit my previous post. This article has a series of stunning pictures of the snow storms that have hit parts of the U.S. of A. the last co
37 flyorski : Wow! Thank you for posting that! I find it highly informative, and the photos are stunning. Definitely the best photo report of the storm I have seen
38 Post contains links MadameConcorde : This is another updated article with more pictures of the storms. *** And the worst isn't yet over for Americans, especially in the Midwest. Today the
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