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Winter Wonderland

My neighborhood looks like a Christmas card today:

I’ll bet we got every bit of the 5″ of snow they were predicting.

The birds didn’t even wait until I went back in the house to hit the birdseed after I refilled the feeders.

Ulric got over his distaste for all this white shit by this afternoon, and was running back and forth in it like he’d grown up a sled dog.

I swear! That BBQ grill cover just jumped into the shot from outta nowhere!

But remember, kids: Snowfalls are now a thing of the past.

21 thoughts on “Winter Wonderland

  1. Fake. I know damn well that is fake. ALL Gore said we would be melting by now.

    Nice pictures though. Please follow up with the ones that show the mud when it’s all over 🙂

    1. Heh. Yeah. Probably by Saturday it’ll start turning to slush – that’s the first day they’re predicting temps above 32. By next Monday it’ll all be mud.

      1. How ’bout power? You having any issues? I’m hearing of rolling blackouts through the region.

        1. No, interestingly enough.

          I’ve read that some up north of OKC and around Tulsa have lost power, but not down here. They have been telling people to try to limit their power consumption to cut down on stress on the grid, but no blackouts so far. *knock on wood*

          Helps that it’s snow. If it had been ice storms this heavy, we’d have powerlines down all over the state like we did in ’07/’08.

          1. Good. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.
            I think the issue is the frozen wind generators in West Texas.

            1. Yeah, we’ll see what happens. We got lanterns, candles, and a kerosene heater if it does go out temporarily.

              Longer term outage, I’m fast gonna wish I’d gotten a stove top coffee percolator. 🙂

              As I said, an ice storm is the worst because it breaks tree branches which then break power lines, and the power stays out until OG&E can get to them all and repair them. Snow’s not so bad.

          2. Power has been off and on for me (near-ish to Austin), 5 outages so far. None of them very long, thankfully.

            We got about 5 inches of snow. It looks pretty, but I don’t want to be out in it. It should melt within a few days. During my years in Canada, I had to get used to snow that stayed on the ground for months and turned into black, gritty sludge. Ugly stuff, I was always glad when April and May rolled around and it finally went away.

            1. Yeah, I was just reading an article about the frozen wind turbines of Texas.

              Based on what the weather sites are saying, I’m not really expecting it to get above 32F until Friday or Saturday, so this might manage to stick around for a few days before it turns to slush and melts.

              And boy am I not looking forward to trying to walk or drive on it until after it all melts away. I can drive on ice – it’s all the other idiots that worry me.

              1. “…it’s all the other idiots that worry me.”

                Heh, as in just about everything. I’ve never been stopped by snow/ice, but I have been slowed by those that should never ever go out in it.

              1. Thanks, Barry. It certainly could be worse. My brother (about 40 miles west of where I live) has been without power for most of a day. Hopefully the utility folks will get that back on soon.

                I have rescheduled a couple appointments. I don’t plan to go out on the roads until things are fully clear again, barring some kind of dire emergency. I learned to drive on ice and snow during my Canada years, but that was years ago now and a very different vehicle. Better not to risk it if I don’t have to.

                1. I used to think icy roads here in the South were great fun. I loved cruising in a good rear wheel drive Detroit iron sled 🙂 My reflexes are no longer good enough to have fun at it. So yea, staying off the roads in the mess is a good idea.

  2. Beautiful.

    Hey Barry. Snow to mud would be beautiful compared to a NYC snowfall. Within an hour of the plows coming through the black snow and slush becomes ugly indeed.

    The LIRR gets running again though. I had to walk to the station during a snowstorm to go into downtown NYC because the NYSE stayed open and we needed people to get in and work.

    1. I can imagine but have never seen any of the northern big cities in the snow.

      I love the snow, until it starts melting. Not really any worse than the days of rain we’ve had though. At least the report has changed – clears up tomorrow with some clouds and several sunny days in the forecast with some rain on Thursday. Currently experiencing some thunder storms. Looks like you’re on the edge of it, but it’s coming your way overnight.

  3. I’ve got 14″ on the ground, deeper than the Prexy Pom is tall, with another 5-8 inches expected overnight. And yeah, I’ve got a stovetop percolator. And 50 pounds of ground Folgers.

    1. Is it frozen such that the doggie can stand on it? On the rare occasion we get enough to cover the beagle, she just goes snorkeling through it having a blast.

      1. It’s weird.  Being subject to lake effect snow around here, it’s usually heavy and wet.  But in this case, it’s the sort of champagne powder I used to see in the Colorado mountains.  PP is too Californiaized to snorkel in snow.  He just flounders, and then barks for me to come haul him out.  At least when it gets this deep.

        1. Gotcha. I didn’t expect you would have the powdery stuff. Our small amount of snow here is usually the wet stuff. We’ve had the powder on rare occasions. 14 inches is pretty deep for the smallish dogs. I’m not sure what the beagle would do in that. I think 6-7 inches is the deepest she has ever seen and even though it is usually a wet snow, while fresh it is loose enough that she can get through it, nose to the ground – tail in the air 🙂

          1. After last night’s snowfall, it’s now closer to 20 inches. And a new hazardous weather warning just popped up about another two inches of lake effect snow today.

            Gosh, I just love all this global warmening.

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