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#21 slusher

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 03:53 AM

Harry was you at the Cooold Bears game last night.?? Thought you might be hanging out with Iron Mike...



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 03:59 AM

Well it's snowing right now in Eastern PA outside of Philly!  We did get that 'dusting' on Sunday, enough that it was on national TV at the Eagles game.  Today we already have as much as we did on Sunday, but it's still coming.  My wife got ready for work and I told her not to go. She called and none of the bosses went in either! 

 

Maybe I will get to fire up my 3 yr old new NOS snow blower. I've never even put gas in it!



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 05:50 AM

Isn't 36 unusually cold for Las Vegas? I didn't realize it got that cold there.

For this time of the year it is way colder than  normal. We don't see temps like that until January and then only for a week or so. I'm usually doing yardwork in a t shirt by mid February. 27 last night and with the wind chill we saw temps of -20.

 

It will head up to the normal 50's by weeks end.

 

Harry it snowed 8" by my house in December of '08. Dumped it all in about six hours and paralyzed the town. There's a large segment of the population here that has never seen snow much less cope with it. The rest of us just laughed and went on with our lives. That broke a 35 year record. :D

 

Remember it's referred to as "high desert". Altitude is key out here, my house is 3000' above sea level, the valley is at 2100 feet give or take. Chicago is just above 700 ft as I recall and St Louis is 630 feet above.

 

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#24 Harry P.

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 07:13 AM

Harry was you at the Cooold Bears game last night.?? Thought you might be hanging out with Iron Mike...

 

I watched the cold game in my warm house!

 

BTW, the Bears demolished the Cowboys.  :D



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 07:15 AM

For this time of the year it is way colder than  normal. We don't see temps like that until January and then only for a week or so. I'm usually doing yardwork in a t shirt by mid February. 27 last night and with the wind chill we saw temps of -20.

 

It will head up to the normal 50's by weeks end.

 

Harry it snowed 8" by my house in December of '08. Dumped it all in about six hours and paralyzed the town. There's a large segment of the population here that has never seen snow much less cope with it. The rest of us just laughed and went on with our lives. That broke a 35 year record. :D

 

Remember it's referred to as "high desert". Altitude is key out here, my house is 3000' above sea level, the valley is at 2100 feet give or take. Chicago is just above 700 ft as I recall and St Louis is 630 feet above.

 

G

 

I've only been to Las Vegas during the summer, when it's around 110 or so... hard to imagine snow ever falling there. It must be quite a shock to some of the locals. Does the city even own a plow?



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 07:18 AM

How about some photos of the snow  ??



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 08:02 AM

Much the same weather and road report here in Phoenix as G has in Lost Wages. 

 

We're at about 1300-1500 ft altitude, though.  Been here 17 years and have seen snow three times ~ falling snow didn't last for more than 1/2 hour and "accumulation" didn't last more than 3-4 hours at most. 

 

No, there are no snow plows in the Phoenix fleet or the metro area suburbs.  However, just 10 miles north of here the altitude rises dramatically to the "mountains" of central and northern Arizona, so the AZ DOT has snowplows stationed only 15-20 miles from here.

 

 

Having said that, I had my share of snow, ice, and cold before moving here.  I used to say it took 3 years of living in the Valley of the Sun before the marrow in my bones fully defrosted!  I well remember years and years of digging out frozen fire scenes in sub-zero temperatures with howling winds. 

 

I'll never forget my first trip to Fargo.  Dead of winter.  Rental car agency handed me a set of keys and an extension cord.  Even though I came from cold country, I had not previously experienced COLD country.  They gently explained that the motels had plug-ins for the block heater in the rental car, but an extension cord was usually required.

 

A fire scene I worked near Yellowstone was so encased in thick ice (the fire department's "surround and drown" strategy had finally extinguished a large fire in frigid temperatures, then everything froze solid) that I had to rent a half-dozen salamander heaters to melt all the ice. 

 

Then there were all those years of responding to emergencies ~ fires, traffic accidents, plane crashes, power lines down, ice storms, blizzard rescues, stranded motorists/hunters/hikers/campers, . . . well, you get the idea. 

 

So, yeah.  I don't miss the weather you guys are dealing with in the cold climates. 

 

I do, however, miss the "snow days."  Those days when schools and workplaces shut down and everybody is snowed out for the day.  We don't get any unscheduled vacation days in the Valley.  They never shut everything down for a "sun day" because there's too much sunshine!



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 08:21 AM

"Too much sunshine"...

 

Must be rough...  :P



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 08:23 AM

I don't miss those snow days, that usually means I'm out freezing my rump off clearing the yard and driveway......or as was the case 2 years ago, just trying to get it low enough to get my Jeep out of the driveway.

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 08:43 AM

 

I've only been to Las Vegas during the summer, when it's around 110 or so... hard to imagine snow ever falling there. It must be quite a shock to some of the locals. Does the city even own a plow?

 

To be classified as a desert means lack of precipitation, not temperature. Theoretically Antarctica is a desert climate as the precipitation rate falls below the margin delineating desert conditions. Now let it warm up a few degrees and you'll have a different story for sure.   B)

 

No snow plows for the city or county. The state has them in abundance for northern Nevada, and sends some down when snow is predicted for the roads to Mt Charleston. That's how we knew we were gonna get it in '08. There were Nevada DOT guys running all over the place prepping the blade assemblys. That time it stayed on the ground for about six days, usually it disappears in a few hours.

 

Like Danno I do not miss working all the different scenes in the winter. I'd always be on call when a fire fatality occurred during a sleet storm. No fun. There'd be days and days of subfreezing temps and everyone would get cabin fever. Family disturbance calls during the holidays were a trip.

 

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 04:40 PM

I have been in Arizona back in 98 and drove from Phoenix to Williams where l stayed went to the Grand Canyon and went to Hover Dam and the temps change often depending where you was. Williams was 70 and Hoover Dam was 120, Phoenix was 115. Beautiful state. l was there a week. I could not take living in North Dakota I had a neighbor from there and its brutal there...



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 04:51 PM

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And for those of you in hotter climates who have forgotten what snow looks like... my backyard in Exton, PA this afternoon.

 

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Just a few shots out the back window..



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 07:03 PM

Guess we have more coming, supposed to be here around 5am..........wooopeee......

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 10:15 PM

IMG_4240-vi.jpg

 

And for those of you in hotter climates who have forgotten what snow looks like... my backyard in Exton, PA this afternoon.

 

IMG_4241-vi.jpg

 

Just a few shots out the back window..

Very nice pictures Tom, to me snow around Xmas would be make it feel more like Xmas...



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 11:34 PM

To see Christmas spelled out always makes it feel more like Christmas for me.   -_-



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Posted 11 December 2013 - 03:21 AM

I know we are getting close when I see Elvis wearing a Santa hat, showgirls wearing red and green feathered headpieces and Christmas lights on palm trees.

 

Gonna be back in the 50's by weeks end and 60's thereafter. B)

 

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 03:34 AM

Very nice pictures Tom, to me snow around Xmas would be make it feel more like Xmas...

 

Thanks Carl!  It's down around 12-14 degrees this morning. After yesterday's snow the sun came out and the snow was melting. There is only one thing worse than the "S" word, it's the "I" word  ICE.

 

With the cold coming in overnight, everything is frozen, including our car doors.  The doors on the Breeze were all frozen shut and of course, it's the last car in the driveway blocking everything else in. So I got out my trust B&D heat stripper and went at it.

 

Anyone watch those Alaska shows like Yukon Men?  Those guys would be outside in their shirt sleeves today. They go hunting when it's negative 40.  I can't imagine what that would feel like. This is plenty too cold for me!


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 05:30 AM

Don't forget seeing saguaros wearing Santa hats!

 

 

And ~ speaking of Showgurlz!   Saw the ACA Awards Show last night.  Danica Patrick in a Showgurlz act.  Nice!  Has nothing to do with Christmas, but it was a pleasant little present.   :)



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Posted 11 December 2013 - 05:34 AM

Guess we have more coming, supposed to be here around 5am..........wooopeee......

 

Yup. Just got in from doing the driveway. Another "shovel-able" event!  :rolleyes:



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Posted 11 December 2013 - 05:38 AM

Is that a shovel-ready job?   ^_^