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Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:25 pm
by gilraen
coopasonic wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:11 am
Isgrimnur wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:08 am
¿Porque no los dos?
Because it is stupid. We already have people pronounce my son's name ex-sander.
Too many people have never watched "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" then :) (I'm assuming your son's name is Xander?)

I worked with a guy whose middle name was Xavier. So his email signature had his full name (Firstname X. Lastname) - can't tell you how many times I'd hear one of the other coworkers comment that it must be a "made-up" middle initial because how can anyone's middle name start with an X?

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:29 pm
by Kraken
There must not be a lot of Catholics in your community. "Francis Xavier" (usually rendered as "F.X.") is a relatively common name here. (edit) Actually, now that I think about it I'm not sure if it's chiefly a Catholic thing or an Italian thing.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:33 pm
by LawBeefaroni
coopasonic wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:11 am
Isgrimnur wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:08 am
¿Porque no los dos?
Because it is stupid. We already have people pronounce my son's name ex-sander. Using both almost guarantees it. Maybe that is what they are going for.

You assume they want a slightly longer form of Xander. Maybe they are actually after a slightly shorter form of Alexander.

Xyler is obviously a short form of Xylerphone.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:47 pm
by coopasonic
Kraken wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:29 pm
There must not be a lot of Catholics in your community. "Francis Xavier" (usually rendered as "F.X.") is a relatively common name here. (edit) Actually, now that I think about it I'm not sure if it's chiefly a Catholic thing or an Italian thing.
Or X-men fans.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:05 pm
by Holman
Kraken wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:29 pm
There must not be a lot of Catholics in your community. "Francis Xavier" (usually rendered as "F.X.") is a relatively common name here. (edit) Actually, now that I think about it I'm not sure if it's chiefly a Catholic thing or an Italian thing.
It's a Catholic thing. Every day I drive past the Francis X. Duffy Law Firm, and I'm pretty sure "Duffy" isn't Italian.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:21 pm
by Kraken
Holman wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:05 pm
Kraken wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:29 pm
There must not be a lot of Catholics in your community. "Francis Xavier" (usually rendered as "F.X.") is a relatively common name here. (edit) Actually, now that I think about it I'm not sure if it's chiefly a Catholic thing or an Italian thing.
It's a Catholic thing. Every day I drive past the Francis X. Duffy Law Firm, and I'm pretty sure "Duffy" isn't Italian.
The local real estate kingpin of the last generation was F.X. Messina. His name is on everything. So Xavier is a well-known name around here, if not common.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 5:51 pm
by Isgrimnur
WaPo
North Carolina was blanketed with too much snow too soon: more than a foot in several areas — and winter had barely just arrived.

Years' worth of snowfall swept through parts of the state in a little more than a day, causing hundreds of crashes, thousands of power outages and at least two confirmed deaths, officials said Monday. Double-digit snowfall totals dropped in many cities and towns over the weekend, far higher than what the state normally sees this time of year.

In one county, five families were stranded while 20 inches of snow buried the area.

By Monday, much of the snow has dissipated, but the state — which is still recovering from the damage wrought by Hurricane Florence in the summer — is not out of the woods yet. A deadly mix of ice and rain will keep roads treacherous, and many could turn into ice rinks overnight, Gov. Roy Cooper said at a news conference.
...
“Even the parts of our state that didn’t see a flake may feel effects from the storm today,” he said. Coastal communities are under flood warnings, and water may wash over parts of Highway 12, which connects the Outer Banks’s barrier islands.

Cooper issued a state of emergency Friday, and the deluge began Saturday.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:08 pm
by pr0ner
Snoooooooooow!


Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:53 pm
by Pyperkub
Blue skies and 60's in CA.

"Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs..."

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:10 pm
by Jaymann
Will it be snowing on Sunday at Foxboro?

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:46 pm
by Kraken
As of the end of December, Boston had gotten 0.2". Since then we've had another trace or two. The forecast is clear and cold for as far out as it goes.

February and March can both be brutal months, but so far we're in contention for a not-snowiest winter ever.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:55 am
by dbt1949
It rained for two days at above freezing and then went down below freezing last night. Walked out on the porch and zippppppp. Down on my butt. Good thing my body is made for winter. My butt is so big I spread the load out over 3 square miles.
ZZZIIIPPPPPP!!!!
(actually sounded more like a minigun.)

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:06 pm
by Holman
Philadelphia:

We got an inch or two of snow last night and this morning, the first (barring a freak short snowfall one day in November) of this winter.

It was unseasonably warm all through December, so I'm happy to see temps in the 20s tonight. This was also our dog's first real experience of snow (he was born last March in South Carolina), so today was kind of delightful.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:43 am
by Jeff V
We got about 3-4", it was almost like a day long snow flurry as it never came down heavy, just a persistent, light snow fall. Had I shoveled Saturday night, it would have been a lot lighter, by the time I did so yesterday, it warmed up enough for it start turning into heavier, near-slushy snow.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:01 am
by pr0ner

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:04 am
by Blackhawk
We got maybe 4"-5", about the minimum they forecast. I don't know when the last time was that we've gotten the kind of 'wow!' snow we used to get all the time. At least a decade. I remember when the kids were in elementary school we'd usually go through so many snow days that it would start eating into summer vacation. Now? I don't think there has been a full snow day in a few years.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:30 am
by Smoove_B
Prognosticators suggesting maybe Snowmageddon coming this weekend for the eastern half of the U.S.:
The big picture is that nearly all of the eastern half of the country could be affected in some way by the storm with some areas getting hit more heavily than others. All of that is still to be determined over the next several days and the forecast remains far from certain this many days out.
But when will we know?
The National Weather Service says the probability of precipitation next weekend is "likely," but it doesn't make predictions on inch counts more than 72 hours in advance.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:44 am
by Kraken
Smoove_B wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:30 am
Prognosticators suggesting maybe Snowmageddon coming this weekend for the eastern half of the U.S.:
The big picture is that nearly all of the eastern half of the country could be affected in some way by the storm with some areas getting hit more heavily than others. All of that is still to be determined over the next several days and the forecast remains far from certain this many days out.
But when will we know?
The National Weather Service says the probability of precipitation next weekend is "likely," but it doesn't make predictions on inch counts more than 72 hours in advance.
The record low season total snowfall for Boston is 9". I was hoping we might beat that, but this storm alone might ruin our shot at it. People who run around with their hair on fire are warning of 2-3 feet next Sunday. :shock: :lol:

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:20 pm
by Ralph-Wiggum
We got 10.5" in St. Louis. It was the most snow I've ever seen in my life, so that was cool. But it was also the first time I had to shovel snow; that was less cool.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:19 pm
by Z-Corn
We've had less than 4" of snow since December 1st. We are running a deficit of 18", which puts us at half of our seasonal average at this point in winter.

So far I have paid $300 to have my driveway plowed once!

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:36 pm
by TheMix
And we bought a 2 stage gas snowblower. Everyone in the area is welcome! :D

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:40 pm
by Z-Corn
That's why Kraken hasn't had much snow yet. I have a buddy that lives like 30 miles north of him who bought a big expensive snowblower this year.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:31 pm
by Kraken
I still haven't dug mine out of its summer corner. Probably ought to do that this week.

On the pro-snowfall influence side, my left arm still isn't working very well. Shoveling is going to be a bitch.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:43 pm
by Lorini
Pyperkub wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:53 pm
Blue skies and 60's in CA.

"Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs..."
Not in the LA area it isn't. Supposed to rain all week here. Dogs are unhappy.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:29 am
by jztemple2
I guess I'm experiencing the flip side of having to deal with hurricanes during every summer and fall here on the east coast of Central Florida. It was 70 today and sunshiny, which is actually cooler than it's been most of January. In fact the first week of January the high temperatures were in the low eighties and I was out swimming in the pool thanks to the solar heating.

Of course it's not sunshine and unicorns. Back in 2016 we had Hurricane Matthew and it came pretty close to us...

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...And we got beat up by Hurricane Irma the next year. And further back, in 2004, we got hit by three hurricanes in six weeks. But, thankfully, never any snow on the ground 8-)

So I guess, for the rest of you, it might be time for a quick trip to Disney World or Universal! :D

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:03 am
by Baroquen
Ugh. Not a fan of the hurricanes. They've been taking out large trees looming around our house. I'll stick with snow, please. Thanks!

This last storm definitely overachieved for the mid-atlantic. I'd have been more excited except I had already taken off work today. The snow day didn't mean much to me. (Though my school system does have a delay in place for tomorrow, so -- extra sleep!)

I've heard for us, the storm next weekend looks messier. Rain/snow/mix all in play. Those are never much fun. We'll see how it goes.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:10 am
by jztemple2
Baroquen wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:03 am
I've heard for us, the storm next weekend looks messier. Rain/snow/mix all in play. Those are never much fun. We'll see how it goes.
It's going to be a bit of a pain for us too. Sunday is the only day the guy who helps up put up and take down our Christmas decorations (plus his two daughters) can be here and now they are forecasting 60% rain all day. And pretty much everything is out from under cover. Bummer :(

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:55 am
by Jeff V
The news this morning said to expect another 7-9" this Saturday. This time for sure I'll have to take the kids sledding. Also for sure I need to shovel it Saturday, it's supposed to get a little cold on Sunday (down to 9 below zero).

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:17 pm
by jztemple2
Jeff V wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:55 am
The news this morning said to expect another 7-9" this Saturday. This time for sure I'll have to take the kids sledding. Also for sure I need to shovel it Saturday, it's supposed to get a little cold on Sunday (down to 9 below zero).
And where is "Nowhere you want to be" exactly? :D I'm just curiously about that nine below. I went to college in Alamosa, Colorado and remember one day trudging across the grounds towards class past the bank display that showed ten below zero (and it was correct).

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:02 pm
by dbt1949
They're talking measurable snow for Saturday (which we haven't had yet) so a day or two later it ought to hit you guys.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:55 am
by Jeff V
They backed off some on the snow forecast (2-4") and a much milder temperature drop (a balmy minus-2). Looks to be over in the morning, so plenty of time to take the kiddies sledding and still get the driveway shoveled before my wife has to go work a double shift.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:19 pm
by coopasonic
jztemple2 wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:17 pm
Jeff V wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:55 am
The news this morning said to expect another 7-9" this Saturday. This time for sure I'll have to take the kids sledding. Also for sure I need to shovel it Saturday, it's supposed to get a little cold on Sunday (down to 9 below zero).
And where is "Nowhere you want to be" exactly? :D I'm just curiously about that nine below. I went to college in Alamosa, Colorado and remember one day trudging across the grounds towards class past the bank display that showed ten below zero (and it was correct).
Chicago, for the record.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:23 pm
by jztemple2
Well, right now my biggest issue is my wife rolling her eyes when I put on shorts to go out to eat when the temp is in the 50s or 60s. It's Florida, dammit, I should be able to go out in shorts! 8-)

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:27 pm
by jztemple2
Enlarge Image click me!

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:15 pm
by Jeff V
coopasonic wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:19 pm

Chicago, for the record.
An hour west of Chicago, to update that record. It actually does make a difference climate-wise, Chicago proper is influenced by Lake Michigan. The city is expected to get more snow and be on average 10 degrees warmer.

Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:58 pm
by Zarathud
Stuck in Orlando after Southwest cancelled my flight 10 minutes after checking in my bag. Thanks, guys.

6 more hours in the airport, minimum. If I wasn't already away for a full week, I would take day and visit the Mouse. But someone had to get back and shovel. Sigh.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:44 pm
by Kraken
People around here are freaking right out because it's the first storm of the season. We're only expecting 4-8" of snow, and possibly much less. But it's going to turn to rain, and then freeze solid for a couple of days, so it's imperative that I remove whatever slush accumulates overnight first thing tomorrow. Shoveling slush in the rain is miserable, and that's the most likely scenario.

I did put the snowblower into service yesterday, but it's not a very good slushblower.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:59 pm
by Jeff V
Got about 5 inches. Neighbor had his snow blower out while I was shoveling and did my sidewalk and lower drive. I just went back out and you can't tell it was shoveled at all...winds drifted it all back. And these winds are ushering in bone chilling cold.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:03 am
by Holman
Philadelphia:

Yesterday morning was cool but not cold. I went to the gym in a sweatshirt and left my jacket at home.

At dawn this morning the temp was 8 degrees, wind chill -9.

No snow though--the sky is bright and perfectly clear. Last night's moon was amazing.

Re: Winter 2018-19 is coming

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:34 pm
by Rumpy
This winter can just go and F right off, thank you. -20C with -40C Windchill at the moment.