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Northeastern state Blizzard

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by loadthestove, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. Bushmans

    Bushmans Smoke Dragon Herder

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    Well folks it is just leaving my half of Michigan right now. It is 6:52 AM and radar had about an hour left of snow. I just hand shoveled the driveway. We have about 5 inches or so. Not too wet, not too drifty. I am in central lower Michigan just south of Lansing. Yesterday they were talking storm warnings and up to 12 ".:dizzy:
    We got just the right amount for bunny hunting!
     
  2. Marc

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    A man after my own heart. :D

    And I mean that in a totally non creeppy, 100% platonic way... ahem.

    14 bombers of homebrew left, cars in the new geeerage and the tractor has plenty of fuel. 1/3 cord of good white oak, red oak and hard maple mix in the shed. Ken Follett and James Michner novels at the ready, hurricane laterns full of smokeless oil, crank radio cranked.

    Bring on the snowpocalypse.
     
  3. Marc

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    Also, these are set to go for some post storm exploring...

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    We'll see what creative routes I can think up this time. Some of my neighbors are now used to seeing me on the snowbanks, traversing their driveways, occasionally their yards. Good thing they all know me :p
     
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    Hey Marc, you are a good looking guy..... if I wasn't so happily hetero..... :hmm3grin2orange:
     
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    Heard on the news this morning, no joke: "States like Massachusettes, Maine, and Canada may get 18-24" of snow, some areas up to two feet" I'm not kidding. Man 24" is bad enough but two feet?:msp_rolleyes:
     
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    It could be even worse in Canada, 'cause they use the metric system up there. :msp_tongue:
     
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  7. VTWoodchuck

    VTWoodchuck ArboristSite Operative

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    They over hype snowstorms these days. It just started snowin here, nothin special though. I'll probably go skiing instead of cutting wood.:help:
     
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    Snowing here in Chepachet, RI. First bands of the southern low coming in. The two systems are start to phase together pretty well already...

    I think the reliance on numerical weather models these days may result in some of that overhyping. Recently, the European model has done very well at predicting the speed and direction of big systems like Sandy and the November noreaster, but they still have trouble accounting for variations like dry slots that can have significant effects on precip totals.

    Supposedly NOAA is making tweeks to the GFS to make it better (i.e., more like the ECMWF) but I don't think they've all been rolled out yet.
     
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    We're looking at possibly 28" with drifts of 6 feet. I have a couple days worth of wood in the house, and lots of flashlights.

    I hope the power doesn't go out, but we'll see.

    Getting out the front door may be an issue if the screen door won't open against the snow drift.
     
  10. Marc

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    If you have to climb out a window, please take pics for everyone else's enjoyment :D
     
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    This one ain't being over-hyped. NWS has been pretty darn good on snow totals recently by the time it starts.

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    On Wednesday morning, there WERE models spitting out 72" for Boston and 77" for Worcester (which none of meteorologists believed would verify), but some of the more reliable models have kept on spitting out pockets of 30-40"...and those are believable.

    30" I've learned, from multiple storms, is where I cry uncle.
     
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    Started about an hour ago here, southeastern MA.

    Going to stock the basement with some wood, put the plow on the truck, and take the teeth off the tractor in case there is that much.

    10 gals of gas in containers, generator is ready.

    Plow strategy same as the previous poster, around dusk, late night around 10PM, early AM, then cleanup after it stops. I plow about 5 others and myself, and I hate to beat up the truck blasting throw snow banks, the hard stuff at the end of the driveway, etc. Her main purpose is to haul firewood, snowplow was a no brainer to add on.

    OK, coffee is finished, gotta go.
     
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    You're right. Sure glad I don't live in the state of Canada. .6m might be OK but 60cm might just drive me back to the state of the united states.
     
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    Good luck to everybody in the path. Don't think we'll see much here, but I'm ready if we do.
    Be careful and be safe.
    Mark
     
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    At least it's going to be high ratio (dry) snow. Lots of cold air. 30" of wet stuff would be far worse. Yeah, it'll drift more, but still much less damaging and much easier to move, even after drifting turs it into wind slab.
     
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    Happened at my folks house in 67. 48 inch of white dirt in one day, then the drifts. Freeking awesome! That is the most in one storm I have seen. Had to drop out of an upstairs window to dig the door out. Took about a week for them to finally get any roads open. I spent some time with my friend using snowshoes and a toboggan checking on people and delivering food dropped from a helo at a location a couple miles away. Not many snow machines back then, so most people were just stuck at home.

    And back then, the weather guessers just said it was gonna snow, no big warnings or anything about 4 feet and how fast it came down (first hour and a half it hit 18 inches deep!) and a lot of people got stuck at work or school. I had two siblings stuck at their school, I got them the next day with the snowshoes and toboggan, that was a hike..... And my dad barely made it home, had to abandon his car and walk, with no boots, just his leather shoes on. He never did that again, not carry boots and gear in his car.
     
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    Would anyone think less of me if I said I threw my touring skis, boots, skins, down jacket and shell pants in the car this morning? Also have my low temp over mitts, extra food, extra water. Never hurts to be prepared right?

    Research campus is closing @ noon.
     
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    You're one of those "It's not the heat, it's the humidity" guys aren't you?

    "Sure it's 127 degrees out, but it's a dry heat!"
     
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    It never hurts to be prepared. If you have everything you need to walk home, then you'll probably be ok :msp_thumbup:
     
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    Light snow falling here now, (10:00AM).

    Not really much prep for me to do at home. Brought enough wood into the house to last til tomorrow afternoon and made sure I have gas for the snowblower.

    Here at the store, we got the fork truck and brought down the last 6 snowblowers that were still in boxes, but we won't open them up until the stuff in the showroom is gone. We're in good shape on basic parts like belts, shear pins and stuff for the first wave of repairs that will roll in.

    Bring it on...........:msp_w00t:
     

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