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    The blizzard of 2010 (day 6)

    Hey, folks,

    It's been a while. The snow started Friday, we lost power that night. Trekked out with the boys, and rode out the storm in a hotel room that thankfully kept power. Got back home yesterday, between waves of the storm.

    Now the blizzard is back, with such ferocity that the municipalities have pulled all snowplows, and the power companies have pulled their repair crews. You know its bad when even the times has a big article on it:

    Blinding winds whipped across the snow-pummeled Washington region on Wednesday, causing treacherous whiteout conditions that forecasters said would only degenerate as the day progresses.

    Federal agencies were closed for the third straight day Wednesday in Washington because of the weather.

    With visibility severely restricted and power lines threatened once again, blizzard warnings were in effect through 7 p.m. in the Baltimore-Washington area. But because the winds were so high, Washington’s power company, Pepco, could not even fix downed wires, posting on its Web site that all crews were pulled off the streets “due to whiteout blizzard conditions.”

    Federal agencies were closed for the third straight day this week. And, for the second time in a week, mail delivery and collection was suspended in Washington and its Maryland and Virginia suburbs.

    “The wind will become the big scenario during the rest of the day,” said Kevin Witt, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Baltimore/Washington region in Sterling, Va. “We can expect gusts up to 55 miles an hour. In Washington, the winds will be 25 to 35 miles an hour all day.”

    The winds began roaring as early as 7:30 a.m., where one such gust in Manassas, Va. registered 60 miles an hour. By mid-morning, winds were churning at a steady 30 miles an hour in the nation’s capital, swirling the snow sideways and kicking up the many inches left unplowed from last weekend’s storm.

    In one woodsy neighborhood of Silver Spring, a northern Washington suburb, a half-dozen 40-foot fir trees had already snapped in half by early morning, with the gusty winds just beginning to reach their full power, raising the prospect of extensive new power outages. Other, smaller evergreens bowed under the weight of the heavy snow.

    Near whiteout conditions were also reported from other suburban towns just at the hour when commuters typically hop in their cars for half-hour drives to town, or wait for buses to take them downtown or to the local subway stops. But today there were no buses, and Metro trains were only offering service every half hour within the underground portions nearest to downtown Washington.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/11/us/11storm.html
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010...-snow-removal/

    Worst February on record. And now, it looks like we're on our own...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Bill, I sure hope you and your family can hunker down and stay warm and fed.

    At least you still have an internet connection
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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    I have been griping about the weather in Arkansas.
    What we have is nothing more than an inconvenience and excuse to gripe.
    What y'all are getting out east is historic and dangerous.
    The news this a.m. said the snowplows in Wash. D.C. had been recalled because the snow was coming down so fast they were ineffective and risked getting stuck themselves. That is scary serious.
    Prayers and thoughts for everyone affected by this terrible snowstorm.
    Upside might be the Fed. Gov. and Congress are shut down.
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    As long as everyone is safe and comfortable, blizzards are just a mild inconvenience. In a way, they're almost a pleasure as they give us pause to reflect on the little things we take for granted.

    I believe I'll be in Virginia in the next month or two. The urgency of my visit seems to have been put on hold a bit due to the weather.

    Stay safe, and keep warm. It's a great opportunity to create lasting memories with the family.

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    Safe and comfortable just watching the storm go by. Biggest problem is keeping an area clear enough for the dog to go outside...
    The Misses and the dog discussing the situation...






    By the way we are now past three feet between the two storms...
    Garry
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    As long as the power stays on, we're good. No power, no heat. We had a few bad minutes this morning when it flickered off, but it came back. I guess the branch fell off the wires...

    The school systems have already given up on the week. I'm guessing the university will be closed until monday. What's the point? Professors and administrators can't get there anyway.

    It's falling pretty heavy out there right now. Our roof is holding, but the neighbor's carport is near collapse. The family of Julian's girlfriend had their roof split open, so they've got snow sifting down into their kitchen.

    Time to move back to San Diego...

    Thanks,

    Bill

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-a...0,947501.story

    The second fierce winter storm in less than a week walloped Washington and the mid-Atlantic region Wednesday, closing the federal government, airports and thousands of schools while bringing a mix of awe and dread to millions of snowbound families.

    Blizzard warnings were posted from Virginia to New York as heavy snow and gale-force winds toppled trees, brought down power lines and created white-out conditions that turned many roads treacherous to impassible.

    The storm began with sleet and freezing rain on Tuesday and was expected to add a foot or so more snow on top of the two to three feet that paralyzed the nation's capital last weekend. That monster storm -- referred to locally as Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse and Snowzilla -- already was one of the heaviest on record.

    Airlines canceled hundreds of flights, disrupting air travel and cargo services across the country. All three major airports in the Washington area were closed until crews could clear the snow-clogged runways and visibility improved.

    "The problem is everything," said Tara Hamilton, spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. "The problem is this is day six."

    Driving was so dangerous early Wednesday that Pepco, the area's electric utility, ordered its crews to stop repairing scores of downed power lines and crippled equipment that left thousands of homes dark and cold. Some neighborhoods have not had power since last Friday.

    "Restoration will resume as soon as the storm abates," the utility said on its website. It predicted additional outages as more lines come down.

    Snowplows and salt trucks that have worked nearly nonstop for days struggled to keep up as wind-whipped snow covered major streets as quickly as they were cleared. But as conditions grew more hazardous, officials ordered the plows to halt work in Washington and neighboring Montgomery County in Maryland at about 9:30 a.m.

    State and local officials pleaded with drivers to stay indoors except for emergencies. Stranded drivers were warned to stay in their vehicles and call 911 rather than risk battling the storm outside. No one could predict when roads will be cleared.

    "This is going to be measured in days, not hours," warned Charlie Gischler, spokesman for Maryland's State Highway Administration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Lantry View Post
    Time to move back to San Diego...
    Not sure about that Bill. We have their weather this winter and they have ours. Strange seeing the sun and having no rain or snow.

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    anyone notice that al gore has gone noticably missing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Bill, I sure hope you and your family can hunker down and stay warm and fed.

    At least you still have an internet connection
    This. For the first day or two, it might have felt a bit adventurous, but I'm betting by now it's worn real thin.
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