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Postby scottaa1 » Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:49 pm

shawngee03 wrote:i have always lived in houston...so i have no idea what snow is

some questions ive always had
-what do you do when it snows really bad where you cant go anywhere. just get really drunk for like a week? does the whole city shut down? i cant imagine much is open w 9' of snow. wat if you are stuck w someone you dont like...or an ugly 1 night stand. that would suck
-how does school work. do they just estimate 2 weeks extra each year to make up for the snow days
-how do emergency vehicles make it places w 9' of snow. doesnt seem like you could drive through that
-for work...do you have to use vacation time when you cant make it in. that would suck.


Not many places get nine feet of snow dumped on them. In the areas that do, the people in general know about it and prepare for it. Those that don't sometimes if they dont have enough food, or their heat gets interrupted, or if they can't get their medications, etc. No choice but to hunker down and dig.

We don't get anything like that in Indy. Eight inches is alot here. Schools close for a couple days. If there's a large number of days missed the school districts may choose to add additional days. As far as work, the pharma I work at equips us all to work remotely so when snow is coming I make sure to bring my work laptop home with me and I'll just VPN in, teleconference meetings, etc. It's acceptable. Places that don't allow for that it typically is discretionary time off and eats up your paid time off.
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Re: SNOW SNOW SNOW!

Postby stomperrob » Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:40 pm

shawngee03 wrote:i have always lived in houston...so i have no idea what snow is

some questions ive always had
-what do you do when it snows really bad where you cant go anywhere. just get really drunk for like a week? does the whole city shut down? i cant imagine much is open w 9' of snow. wat if you are stuck w someone you dont like...or an ugly 1 night stand. that would suck
-how does school work. do they just estimate 2 weeks extra each year to make up for the snow days
-how do emergency vehicles make it places w 9' of snow. doesnt seem like you could drive through that
-for work...do you have to use vacation time when you cant make it in. that would suck.


Lol, basically ya just learn to live with it. If it's too bad to drive, then ya walk. The schools rarely if ever close - sometimes the buses don't run for the rural kids, but the kids in town are expected to make it - I can't remember the last time they actually closed. The 9' drifts are rare, that was in a town about an hour from here - around home here it was more like 3' - 4' drifts. As for emergency vehicles, it can be tough, but most police have some 4x4's and ambulances & fire dept manage as best they can (there are numerous helicopter "ambulances" throughout the province as well). There were lots of cars stranded on the #1 highway this time. Work places handle it according to whatever policy they have in place, businesses rarely close though, and everyone is expected to make it. Storms like this are rare, maybe happen once or twice a winter - however we do do gets lots of snow throughout the winter and everyone just deals with it, ya get used to living with it and around it.

We have what we call "snowbirds" up here - retired people who leave every winter for their residences down south, mainly the Phoenix area but some to California or Florida. Also a lot of people move to the west coast where ya get more rain and less snow and the temperature is more moderate.

We always wonder how our neighbors in the U.S. live with floods, fires, and earthquakes in some regions.
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Re: SNOW SNOW SNOW!

Postby shawngee03 » Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:19 pm

floods are similiar to snow..but less often and do actually stop businesses and schools. id say once every other year a bad flood occurs that shuts stuff down for a day. but thats it...one day and then its back to normal. lesser floods are just bad rains and you learn where not to drive(low water crossings, areas that flood bad easily)

the difference id imagine is that water can drain away...snow just stays there. how do you get rid of 5' of snow? blowtorch? :-b

then of course the once a decade hurricane...which is similar to the massive blizzard...where you just bunker down and get drunk for a couple days
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Re: SNOW SNOW SNOW!

Postby stomperrob » Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:00 pm

shawngee03 wrote:floods are similiar to snow..but less often and do actually stop businesses and schools. id say once every other year a bad flood occurs that shuts stuff down for a day. but thats it...one day and then its back to normal. lesser floods are just bad rains and you learn where not to drive(low water crossings, areas that flood bad easily)

the difference id imagine is that water can drain away...snow just stays there. how do you get rid of 5' of snow? blowtorch? :-b

then of course the once a decade hurricane...which is similar to the massive blizzard...where you just bunker down and get drunk for a couple days


We are luckier than most areas in Canada - we get what are called Chinook winds - a sudden blast of warm air that sticks around for a day or two and melts everything (which then turns to ice when the Chinook ends). Chinooks are really freaky - the temp can go from -30F to +50F in a day (and then drops back down) - everyone usually gets a cold or the flu or a migraine with the drastic temp changes. The Chinooks come several times during the winter and only hit a small area in Alberta.

There are massive piles of snow now at the side of the road and at the edge of all business' parking lots.

Goes without saying that SUV's, 4x4's and front wheel drive vehicles are very popular here!
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Re: SNOW SNOW SNOW!

Postby scottaa1 » Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:58 am

more of the frozen precipitation falling today. It sucks. I'm ready for April already.
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Re: SNOW SNOW SNOW!

Postby The Artful Dodger » Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:20 pm

stomperrob wrote:We always wonder how our neighbors in the U.S. live with floods, fires, and earthquakes in some regions.


Major earthquakes aren't a common occurrence in California. We have preparedness kits and occasional earthquake drills, but people are normally complacent to get their kit or do a drill because well, a major earthquake is more like a once in every 10-20 years phenomenon.

Urban flooding happens in L.A. when we have big storms (not often) and the drainage systems can't handle a certain threshold of rain (but in fairness, most streets can handle it). When we have wildfires in the local foothills/mountains, mudslides are a huge concern in the ensuing rainy seasons. It's a mixed blessing when we do get rain. In one sense, we need it because Southern California had been in recent droughts but in another, a little continuous rain could spell damage for those homeowners in the foothill areas. Normally Caltrans will clean debris channels, set up rails and sandbags to stop debris and mud flows. Other than that, we have dry winters compared to the rest of the country. Right now, it's a comfortable 70 degrees, sunny, and great outdoorsy weather. Feels like Spring. ;-D
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Re: SNOW SNOW SNOW!

Postby knapplc » Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:56 pm

Three or four more inches of snow yesterday. Compared to some places, that's just a minor annoyance. But it's still annoying. :-[
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Re: SNOW SNOW SNOW!

Postby Guru13 » Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:15 pm

knapplc wrote:Three or four more inches of snow yesterday. Compared to some places, that's just a minor annoyance. But it's still annoying. :-[

Same storm gave us 10 or 11 in the st. louis area. Biggest snowstorm we've had in a long time.
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Re: SNOW SNOW SNOW!

Postby scottaa1 » Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:49 pm

Sounds like the Midwest is going to get a blizzard or ice storm depending on location. Indy is slated more for ice; northern Indiana and the Windy City are supposed to get blizzard conditions.

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Re: SNOW SNOW SNOW!

Postby stomperrob » Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:10 pm

We got several inches again on the weekend and the temp is -25C today!
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