Friday, February 14, 2014

Guys! You'll never guess what it's doing out there!

"Did we say maybe an inch? Sorry, we meant four inches."
I had ambitious plans for a trip to the gas station, the car wash, and Wally World. Instead, driving out into this soup, I pulled into Target and called it good. In case you can't tell from the melted hole in the middle of the Subie's bonnet, the accumulation you see on the vehicle was from the time it took me to carry my purchases inside, drag the trash cans off the curb, and grab a camera.

Keystone Avenue was the usual mix of people driving like they were afraid they'd spin out if they passed 10mph, and people who didn't realize that the speed limit is based on clear visibility and dry pavement.

Yesterday they were saying that the worst of this was going to pass to our south and we'd only get a dusting. Now they're saying maybe four inches. Worst kinda snow timing: Heavier than expected and in the middle of the workday, so everybody's caught out in the open while the city's still scrambling plows and salt trucks.

If we get our 4", then I think we're only one more mediocre snowfall away from the snowiest winter on record in the Circle City.


15 comments:

TJIC said...

> "Did we say maybe an inch? Sorry, we meant four inches."

That's what she -

Wait. That doesn't work.

DAMNIT.

Bram said...

In NJ it was "did I say 10 inches, I meant 20."

Joel said...

So, no carwash then.

Anonymous said...

The weather monkeys, they lie.

Drang said...

Worst kinda snow timing: Heavier than expected and in the middle of the workday, so everybody's caught out in the open ...
This is the combination that caused Georgia so much grief, and that DiBlasio is trying to claim for Noo Yawk, as well. (Al Roker, of all people, called him out for trying to blame poor policy decisions on the weather!)

Anonymous said...

Thank Gaia for Global Warming!

Otherwise the glaciers would be marching South from Michigan by now.

mikee said...

I remember the winter of 52" of snow in Maryland. Our neighborhood became the trenches of WW I, with clear sidewalks, clear streets, and 6' berms in between the two to use as fortresses in snowball fights.

And the winter of 3 months with 6" of ice half melting and refreezing once a week onthe side streets, to keep the slick roads slick. I was run off the road by swerving cars twice in two days on the way to work, and learned to stay home on snow days forever more.


Now I live in Austin, Texas. We had two days this winter of light rain&sleet on freezing nights, which meant two days out of school for the younglings. I keep a sweater in the truck in case of need, and actually put in on once this year when I had to change my ancient pickup truck battery out for a new one.

I will try to remember the cold in August. Some years it works, sometimes not.

Anonymous said...

>...people who didn't realize that the speed limit is based on clear visibility and dry pavement.

Srsly, the older I get, the more worried I am about driving with the idijts.

I'll even try to avoid the freeway for the first day after the majority try to dig themselves out. There's far too many people who don't understand why it's important to clear off the entire car (or tractor-trailer roof) before getting up to freeway speeds.

-SM

Old NFO said...

That's why they're called WEATHERGUESSERS... sigh

AM said...

Fort Knox was braced for "Snowmageddon Part III" this afternoon, still 37 degrees F and raining.

Moogie P said...

Yeah -- we had one of those "I meant 4 inches" a few weeks ago, then a few days ago we were supposed to have 6" and we got nada. But, by golly, I had plenty of toilet paper, milk, eggs, and bread! And wine. Lots of wine.

Scott J said...

Central Alabama got an epic (for this area) snowstorm Wednesday night. Anywhere from 1 to 6 inches depending on what part of the upper low passed over you.

The next day it was sunny and temps neared 50 clearing up the roads.

As I drove home from work that evening temps were still around 40.

But I still got behind two vehicles I passed on double yellow out of frustration because they were coming to a near stop every time we came to a damp patch in the road.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

"If we get our 4", then I think we're only one more mediocre snowfall away from the snowiest winter on record in the Circle City."

According to our local weatherguru, Wednesday and Thursday by themselves make up the second snowiest winter we've had in the last decade. I'm pretty sure the only year that beats it is the one where the local high school gym collapsed, when the weight of the snow finally overwhelmed the long-hidden structural defects and deterioration.

Anonymous said...

You have more snow there than we have along the WA / ID border at the moment. -- Lyle

Anonymous said...

I've lived a lot of different places, and in each place, the weatherguesser tells his audience of suckers that "X" is a uniquely difficult environment in which to forecast the weather because of "Y". Of course, "X" always happens to correspond to the location of the weather being guessed.