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Monday, January 27, 2014

Preparing For Winter Weather




I received an alert from my Weather Channel app today for this:
WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT

TIMING

THE GREATEST SNOW AND SLEET POTENTIAL WILL BE BETWEEN NOON TUESDAY AND 3 AM EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING.

ACCUMULATIONS

POTENTIALLY GREATER THAN 2 INCHES OF A COMBINATION OF SNOW AND SLEET. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW

SLEET

OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.
We don't often get this type of weather here in Alabama. Yes, we generally get at least some snow once a year, but rarely is it considered a "winter storm." I'm not sure how bad this might be, and I actually expect it won't be much of anything. Yet, two inches of frozen precipitation can wreak havoc here, since we are not accustomed to icy road conditions.

Sometimes in icy conditions we lose power, so we will definitely get some gas for the generator, and I plan to cook a large pot of corn and potato chowder to warm things up in the chilly days ahead.

The worst part about Alabama winters is not the cold, but the extreme fluctuations in temperature. Yesterday, we had mild temperatures in the 60s and tonight it will drop to 28 degrees. The extreme swing in temperatures gets everyone sick.

When in the South, you get used to weird weather. Like most things in the South, you just have to deal with the eccentricities, whether they're from family, friends, or Mother Nature.

7 comments:

  1. Well spoken, loud and clear on all points!!

    "When in the South, you get used to weird weather. Like most things in the South, you just have to deal with the eccentricities, whether they're from family, friends, or Mother Nature."

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  2. I grew up in southeast Texas, and we got a bit of snow (maybe two inches) about once every four years when I was in school. Now I live in Wisconsin where the temperature at 9 a.m. today is -11 with a wind chill of -31. Tonight we anticipate (wrong word!) -20 and wind chill of maybe -50. Major difference: here we are prepared to remove huge amounts of snow and the houses have real furnaces to pump out some heat. (I am lucky to have a partner who grew up and worked this property when it was a farm. So he is used to getting up early and taking care of the snow mess while the cats and I huddle in bed.)

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  3. It's always so «hilarious» to read you, southern parts of USA, explaining your issues when the weather gets «cold» and «snowy»...

    Mainly because you're not used to have such «polar» weather and that you're not equiped to face those conditions..

    Here in Canada (Montréal) we have an army of snow blowers and it's a law in Province of Quebec to put WINTER tires on cars from Déc.15 till March 15.

    If you don't put those you'll have a fine to pay and will be oblige to put some ASAP...

    Also, we have good warm clothes to go out in any kind of weather.

    All my best «HOT» regards...

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  4. We're in the unenviable position of being right on the line of nothing or OH MY F^CKING D0G!!!

    Who knows what's happening. As long as it's gone by Friday, I don't care, as my fundraiser starts then and I don't need a snowout.

    Peace <3
    Jay

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  5. Here in coastal NC (supposedly down south), the weather man says sleet and freezing rain will lay down an ice layer, Tuesday afternoon. Then Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, we are to get 3+ inches of snow on top of the ice.

    Can it stick when the temperature was a balmy 68 degrees today? I was outside in shorts!

    At any rate because we live in the "south" we will be paralyzed! No equipment to deal with any of it. No one knows how to drive in it either, so you'd better stay home. Schools, I am sure, will be closed for at least two days.

    And we, especially my dog, MoJo, will get cabin fever.

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  6. Joe: Raining off and on here in Hawaii. That's our winter. It was a nice 74 degrees today.

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