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Enough already

I love winter.  I love snow.  I love being snowed in.

Ice - not so much.

Roofs and buildings are collapsing all over the state.  I don't remember anything like this, even as a child in upstate NY.  I recognized the building in Middletown that fell into itself this morning.  Scary stuff.

Yesterday day care was open, so I managed to get in a full day of work.  Yesterday was only snow though - no big deal.  Ice is scary dangerous, and man do we have that in spades.  So they closed this morning.  I logged in at 7:00 remotely, so I'm done for the day.  I'll peck away at some more cleaning before my parents come this weekend.  Dad seems to feel that we need a new desktop computer.  Then he'll look at our tempering valve, which I'm much more excited about.

On the bright side, our house apparently sheds snow beautifully.  A one to one rise will do that for you.

I'll take more snow if mother nature cares to hand it out, but I'd like to cancel the order for ice, please.


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Feb. 3rd, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
Were you guys hit with the monstrous ice storm of 1998? (Seriously, parts of the city were completley out of power for months.) I assume not...that was really concentrated on Eastern Ontario (where I live, heh) and southern Quebec. They actually deployed the army. :)

Well, if you weren't, that's probably for the best, if ice isn't your thing. That storm destroyed forests...for years after that, driving to Ottawa was pretty ugly...snapped, dead trees everywhere. No wonder...the storm coated everything in over TWO INCHES of ice.

That was a very bad storm. I usually don't think of this as an area that experiences natural disasters, but apparently ice storm 98 qualified as one. As someone very attached to trees (and having power for heat in the winter), I'm not crazy about ice rain, either.
Feb. 3rd, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
Let's see, 1998... that was the winter before we got married, so we were living in Syracuse, NY up closer to Meri. I remember seeing the news stories - we just got snow. Your area looked absolutely devestated.

If you go back further than that, to... I want to say '85 or '86, we got a huge ice storm in October while the leaves were still on the trees that wiped out trees, power lines, you name it.

I'm with you on loving trees and central heat, so I'm none too fond of ice storms. A little is awfully pretty sparkling in the sun, but I could live without it.
Feb. 3rd, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
We were lucky...we were on the very EDGE of the storm and only got what really is a fairly normal amount of ice rain, like a quarter inch of something. The very worst areas got FIVE INCHES of it. It didn't just snap all the power lines...entire rows of electrical towers (pylons, I mean) crumpled like waste paper under the massive weight. Montreal was out of power for over a month, in parts. It devastated the maple syrup industry because it just destroyed SO many trees.

Actually, the most famous picture of the results of the storm is probably the one on the bottom right, here: http://cdn.webecoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/water-disasters1.jpg

Not so much because it shows devastation but because it shows the sheer AMOUNT of ice...and because it's actually a quality photo. (Too bad I can never find a large one.)

If you do an image search of 'ice storm 1998', you get some amazing images. You can see the crumpled towers right off: http://www.google.ca/images?q=ice+storm+1998&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&rlz=1R1GGLL_en___CA412&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=561KTbm0HYH48Aan1JXqDg&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCEQsAQwAA&biw=1280&bih=676

That was a baaaaaaad ice storm. And the kick in the face was, as it was ice rain, of course it was mild...and then there was the deep freeze immediately after. Lovely. Honestly, the photos look like they were pulled from The Day After Tomorrow.

I don't like ice storms. I don't really mind normal ice rain that much...we just stay home for a couple of days when they happen, just to be on the safe side, but these massive ice storms grind life to a halt for weeks or even months. Scary.
Feb. 3rd, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
I remember that picture of the cars, and I remember the crumpled towers. I'd never even *imagined* that much ice!
Feb. 3rd, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
We've actually got ice right now...I've been forbidden from going anywhere with the car :) (But it's just slippery...no ice storm going on!)

Ice storms, when extreme, are as scary as massive earthquakes, imo. I mean, they happen in the time of year when just being outside for very long can kill you, so electricity is truly NECESSARY.

We have a HUGE generator that can power the entire house for days without refueling, but my dad is a hardcore farmer who is very into being prepared. Very few others would be as lucky as us if we got a huge storm like that. So I don't want one. They're scary...

Hope you don't get much ice :)
Feb. 3rd, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
By comparison? We got nothin'. :-)

It wasn't too bad. Bob went into work, and I could have if day care had been open. I just always worry about the power lines. We've got the woodstove, so we'd have heat and be able to cook, but we'd lose the well pump. It would be uncomfortable and inconvenient. But so far, so good. Our roof seems to be holding up okay also, which is the thing I'm fretting about.

Edited at 2011-02-03 02:38 pm (UTC)
Feb. 3rd, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
Can you get a generator for emergencies? Even a small one. Having a generator and some gas on hand is reassuring in the winter :)
Feb. 3rd, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
It's on the wish list, believe me. They're a bit more money than I've been willing to spend, and until the massive garage cleaning blitz of last summer, there wouldn't have been anyplace to put it. If Bob can get full time employment, it'll probably be on the list for this year.
Feb. 3rd, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
I remember the picture of the cars -- in particular, we had trouble figuring out where it was taken because the angled icycles made us think palm trees!
Feb. 3rd, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
Me too, but that is almost definitely Montreal :) If you get a larger picture you can tell it's a tree without the leaves, and Montreal is on the water.
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