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BS: Is it snowing where you live?

Alice 10 Dec 09 - 11:35 AM
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Q (Frank Staplin) 10 Dec 09 - 02:16 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Alice
Date: 10 Dec 09 - 11:35 AM

Our city fines us if the sidewalk at a house or business is not completely shoveled side to side down to bare cement within 24 hours of a snowfall. It is a real burden to people who cannot hire someone and cannot do it themselves. It has been often hard for me to get it taken care of when my son is not available, and I worry about coming home from being out of town and finding a $50 ticket on my door. I even went to neighbors to see if I could pay someone to do it when we could not, and no one could help. They are all struggling to do their own. I checked with hiring snow removers, and they want a signed contract for $450 - $500 per winter, which I could not afford. The shoveling ordinance is really a pain, but I've also been injured when a business didn't shovel and I fell, so I understand the public safety issue, too.


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: gnu
Date: 10 Dec 09 - 12:28 PM

Alice... I have often wondered why the powers that be are so stunned. Why don't the mitigate the problem by investigating who cannot shovel and providing labour to do it at a reasonable price or paid for by taxes or whatever.

Yes, I know... gotta hire shovellers full time, insurance, stay out of private enterprise... BUT. If someone can't shovel and can't hire out, fining them is just stupid and cruel.


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: gnu
Date: 10 Dec 09 - 12:29 PM

Oh, yeah, right, forgot... YES it is, AGAIN!


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 Dec 09 - 02:16 PM

Alice the same fines for not shovelling here in Calgary, but luckily the man who mows our lawn in 'summer' clears sidewalks in winter. A burden on those who can't afford to pay help.

The city eventually gets around to clearing residential streets that become difficult, but most residential streets accumulate ice from each snowfall, so are filled to sidewalk level by melt time.
They do not clear the mouths of alleyways so a stretch of clear sidewalk is interrupted by a patch of ice and snow.


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Amos
Date: 10 Dec 09 - 02:24 PM

I don't get it. THis snow idea seems to me to be WAY more trouble than it's worth. Why do you guys put up with it?


A


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Alice
Date: 10 Dec 09 - 03:14 PM

finances... can't move away!!!

Like I said, Amos, I'd be in San Diego right now, if I could afford it!!

Alice


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: gnu
Date: 10 Dec 09 - 03:18 PM

San Diego? Nahhh... the Pats and the Colts are more fun to watch. Especially in the snow.


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 Dec 09 - 03:38 PM

The Big Island, if I could afford it.

But all the children in Canada, that is the big stopper.


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 10 Dec 09 - 04:03 PM

More of the rotten stuff last night!


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Amos
Date: 10 Dec 09 - 04:26 PM

YEah, we have a similar deal here with sunlight--on bright days we're legally obligated to sweep the excess of the sidewalks and driveways to prevent retinal wear among the trippers....



A


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: gnu
Date: 10 Dec 09 - 04:33 PM

Trip the light fantastically?


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 10 Dec 09 - 05:39 PM

Maeve-

Thanks for asking. Dahlov is fine. She was more upset by misplacing her Christmas stamps than with the old chestnut tree almost taking out her house. She called me last night about 6 pm because she was in the kitchen and the whole house shook. She was wondering if there had been an earthquake. It wasn't till this morning that she realized that the chestnut tree was down in her front yard. By the time I got there (I live 30 minutes away) our neighborhood woodcutter was there as well. It was an impressive sight. It had come down on the roof, knocking in two holes, one in the attic and another in a bedroom, bouncing off into the front yard. Part of it came down on the roof of the adjoining studio, smashing in the soffit and roof overhang but didn't take out the main power lines. It missed the back-up generator shack but stove in the front stormdoor and smashed the railing to the front steps. Fortunately there is no serious damage to the house except for the roof work. Inside there is some plaster damage but very little water damage from the rain.

Meanwhile the woodcutting crew did a great job of chainsawing the tree trunk into more manageable bits. And weather looks fine for completing repairs by this weekend.

We're also going to have the remaining chestnut tree assessed, the one that stands directly in front of the house.

Oh, and mother found the Christmas stamps in her newspaper recycling box. She's very happy.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: gnu
Date: 10 Dec 09 - 05:58 PM

Ahhh... good news and great report Charley!


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 Dec 09 - 06:13 PM

Coming from the Rocky Mountain West, when we moved to New England, I was in awe of those huge old trees and loved them all. I saw them torn up through the sidewalk, lain over like harpooned whales during a couple of hurricanes. It always makes me sad to hear of their demise. I am glad your mom is okay and damage was not too extensive, though AND that she found her stamps!

I put up more pix at that earlier link; ones a bit more interesting as they include our daft dog who puts his nose in the snow, rear end hiked up high, tail waving, and plows through only coming up for air. He loves it!


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 10 Dec 09 - 06:46 PM

Gnu and Kat-

I do have a number of photos I took today of the storm damage for the insurance people, and I may place some of them onto my website.

My mother is 92 and doesn't appreciate changes to her home environment but she seems to have weathered this assault well. She even kept her chess appointment with her favorite neighborhood teenager. I left before the game finished but it looked intense.

The core of the tree trunk was so rotten it felt like styrofoam.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: gnu
Date: 10 Dec 09 - 06:54 PM

Charley... odd sometimes innit? My mum gets upset at some minor stuff (to me) sometimes but is not phased at all about such as you have said. Wisdom is to be admired and emmulated.


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: maeve
Date: 11 Dec 09 - 06:06 AM

Thanks for the update, Charley; so glad Dahlov is in good spirits.I wonder if some of that chestnut wood could become something beautiful.

Light snow and growing wind this morning.

maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 03:34 PM

Dear god... why tonight? Yes it is snowing in east and south east England. Due to snow all night. Predicted accumulation 10 to 20 centimeters. Strong winds too.

And my daughter is landing (I hope) at Heathrow at 9:35 tomorrow morning. We need to collect her.

Wish it would stop snowing now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 03:48 PM

Yes, horizontally.... bloody typical!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: gnu
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 04:09 PM

Nope. Too cold to snow. -18 last night, -15 tonight... WC about -30.


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Phot
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 05:10 PM

Just started in Aldershot!

Christmas leave started, fire lit, at home.......Win!!

How ya doing Gnu?

Wassail!!! Chris


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Janie
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 05:40 PM

Well, we were hoping, but the forecast has been downgraded to "wintry mix."


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: gnu
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 06:31 PM

Aldershot.... you still got that pic of my old man at the gates with his new swagger stick? I think of that every now and then, Phot.

Me? I am still here, only colder.

Wassail bud!

And, nice to hear the home fire is lit... win fer sure!


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: bubblyrat
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 06:18 AM

Yes !! Yes !! At last !! I can answer "Yes!" ....!
    Well, it did snow a bit in the night,and the churchyard which is my "garden" is an absolute picture. But of course, this being UK in the 21st century, everything has come to a standstill---no buses,no trains,all roads except major ones closed ; WFD,who lives 9 miles away,might as well be on the Moon,as her road is impassable, or at least it is to a front-wheel-drive Ford Mondeo,and there are no Arriva bus services from High Wycombe,apparently ! But of course,that is quite understandable ; I mean, there must have been nearly 3 inches of snow, a veritable blizzard by English standards, so it looks as if we are all doomed !!


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: s&r
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 06:23 AM

Cold bright day in Blackpool. No snow, just a chilly wind

Stu


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: The Barden of England
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 07:45 AM

Very nasty here in Maidstone, Kent, UK - there's a good 20cm of the stuff. My SOH took 2 hours to travel from Staplehurst to Maidstone at 10:30pm last night (a journey of about 12 miles). More to come later according to the BBC.
John Barden


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 07:49 AM

We get that amount quite often up here, though nothing at the moment. I notice it never makes the national news though.
It seems it's only newsworthy when it affects the South East of England ;)


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Alice
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 09:52 AM

In Butte, we had a few flakes yesterday morning, then I didn't even need a coat yesterday afternoon. Today the predicted high is in the 40's F. Weather here... highly variable. Just a few days ago, the temperatures were below zero.


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 10:25 AM

Yep — Haddenham, Cambridgeshire, in the Fens between Cambridge & Ely.

So now you know that, what are you going to do?


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 10:54 AM

10 cm or so in Surrey, England - some main roads have been gritted, but the Southern Rail trains were in a state of chaos this morning -absolutely pathetic. You would think that after some 170 years of rail services they could get it right. Quite apart from the garbled announcements at East Croydon - in English???? worst south London estuary I would say.

Interesting to see the number of people glued to their televisions down our road at the time I alone, took the trouble to put grit down to make it accessible.


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 07:19 PM

Snow has fallen, snow on snow...

Looks great - I'm just glad I can avoid driving.

Here's a shot from Saffron Walden, a few miles up the road - I found it in flickr, uploaded yesterday.


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Amos
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 07:33 PM

No snow has fallen, nor any oobleck, glunk, snood, or pixie dust, or any other imaginary substance. "Snow", indeed!! A child's fantasy, or some such...



A


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Maryrrf
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 08:43 PM

It's snowing hard in Richmond, Virginia.


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: katlaughing
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 10:30 PM

We haven't had any new snow, but, unusually, we still have the snow which fell over a week ago. It would usually have melted by now, which it has a tiny bit and the streets are finally cleared, but it has been in the 20s and low 30s during the day, colder at night, just enough to keep it here. The birds have been grateful for the seed we've been putting out and the Christmas lights look pretty. Usually the valley is brown and drab this time of year.


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Alice
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 10:34 PM

We get not only snow, but also Graupel.

Our tv news meteorologist loves to announce a forecast of graupel.
The station gets phone calls asking, "What's grapple?"


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Bill D
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 10:47 PM

We are getting it in Maryland! It seems the heaviest regions has shifted and will be over us till 5AM or so....then some more snow. Then, it says, some more HEAVY snow.

whoopee...


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Janie
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 10:15 AM

We have a couple inches, and then it turned to freezing rain and sleet.


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: maire-aine
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 10:51 AM

Not much here in SE Michigan. We got about 1 inch overnight, but the big storm that's heading to the east coast missed us.

m


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Amos
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 11:52 AM

I am reading up for a short road trip to Los Angeles.

I stepped out the front door to load things p and found myself staring into the teeth of an absolute blizzard of sunlight. It was so bright you couldn't see your hand in front of your face, It stacked up on the streets and bounced over the houses, painting everything in an unnaturally brilliant glow. Damn stuff was everywhere!! Almost makes me think it would be better not to drive, but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.

I've been through worse. I remember one dry season down in Guadalajara, there was so much sunlight it was running into the drainage system for miles and woke up every rat in town.

I can get through this and deliver the goods. But, man, it is bright. Warm, too.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Bill D
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 12:16 PM

Wend your way to the DC area, Amos.... I have some exercise routines for you...


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: *#1 PEASANT*
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 12:19 PM

We have more snow than we need in Baltimore come get some!


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Phot
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 02:56 PM

No more snow in Aldershot today, but the Met Office say there's more to come on Monday. Mind you its been below freezing all day, didn't stop me getting the roof down on Fionas Golf today though!! (Well it was sunny!!)

Wassail!! Chris


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 05:43 PM

We couldn't open our front door this morning. I cleared it, and now we can't open the front door again. Talk about being snowed in!


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 21 Dec 09 - 04:24 PM

fukking hell... took us 4 hours to drive what normally takes 1 and 40 minutes from London to Chelmsford. So yes it was snowing.

But Hilary liked Camden and I got a blue tambourine with flashing lights from Cyberdog, to annoy everyone at Knockholt with.


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Ed T
Date: 21 Dec 09 - 04:27 PM

It snowed yesterday afternoon in Halifax Nova Scotia....it is warmer today and it may all melt with todays rain....Maybe yes, or maybe no for a white Christmas....more likely no.


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 21 Dec 09 - 05:32 PM

Snowed in Bristol last night, still covered and very icy this morning. More threatened, and tonight it's freezing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: GUEST,999
Date: 21 Dec 09 - 08:32 PM

"Is it snowing where you live?"

Is the Pope Catholic? Does a bear crap in the woods? Does a duck like water? Does a chicken have lips?

I f*&%^$# hate this S*&%.

HUMBUG!


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Alice
Date: 21 Dec 09 - 09:13 PM

Does it look like this where you live??


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: GUEST,999
Date: 21 Dec 09 - 09:17 PM

You can see the sky? Lucky.


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Subject: RE: BS: Is it snowing where you live?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 22 Dec 09 - 12:12 AM

In London, again, it is snowing. Trouble is, we had rain yesterday so todays freshly fallen snow is going to cover a treacherous layer of ice... I am not looking forward to my journey to work in an hour...

LTS


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