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Old 12-22-2019, 01:26 PM   #16
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In 1999 toronto got 40 to 50cm and called in the army to deal with it.

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In 1999 toronto got 40 to 50cm and called in the army to deal with it.





I remember that as Mel Lastman took a lot of flack for that call. We out west just laughed.
We had one in spring of 97. My 3 year old could almost touch soffit in front of our house. I had to jump out bedroom window to get out of the house to clean paths to the door. Ended up being the flood of the century.


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In 1999 toronto got 40 to 50cm and called in the army to deal with it.


My Fellow Canadian....WTH you doin here? Trying to make us look like fools? Ha......



That was one person. A furniture salesman that got voted in as mayor of Toronto. He was an idiot. It was unbelievable that he called the army in.
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I remember working at EWR during a big snow fall period. They have giant circular ice melting rings with propane burners in the middle and a grate above. They dump the ice in the ring using a front end loader, and the propane melts it and it goes down a drain grate. Very efficient.....not so ecologically sane, since those storm drains lead out to the East River, and all the snow contains ethylene glycol deicer from the deicing operation.

Pittsburgh, however has it down. They don't deice at the gates. The aircraft goes to a deicing station (so to speak) and they are deiced prior to take off. All the ethylene glycol is captured via a drain and recycled for the next aircraft. No run off.
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I remember that as Mel Lastman took a lot of flack for that call. We out west just laughed.
We had one in spring of 97. My 3 year old could almost touch soffit in front of our house. I had to jump out bedroom window to get out of the house to clean paths to the door. Ended up being the flood of the century.


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The Blizzards are not a problem in Manitoba. They are usually in March.

BUT the extra snowfall is a huge problem when it melts in the Spring and the damn Red River now floods.

Ralph Klein was a goofy television reporter and yet he made Premier of Alberta and was quite the clown for many years.

Point is anybody can be mayor and even Prime Minister or President even. Game show hosts, salespeople you name it they can get the top jobs.
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I don't remember the date but '78 seems about right when colleagues would recall leaving their detachments and not being able to get for a couple of days.



I suppose 'blizzard' is a matter of perspective. I lived in a town in northern Ontario on the shore of Lake Superior that usually gets serious dumpings. One of the guys had a big ole late 70s Buick and night we booked off around 2am. Woke up the next morning and all you could see was the little ball on the end of the antenna.
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Not a blizzard, but anybody remember the Quebec town --- It was maybe December, and an ice jam caused the local river to overflow and flood the town. Then a good cold snap came and froze all the water. Town was one big block of ice. I think they had to wait for spring thaw.
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not a blizzard, but anybody remember the quebec town --- it was maybe december, and an ice jam caused the local river to overflow and flood the town. Then a good cold snap came and froze all the water. Town was one big block of ice. I think they had to wait for spring thaw.
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I suppose the impact of any significant weather event depends on how much it disrupts life. An inch or two of snow in the deep US south, while entertaining to watch on the news, can have significant impact because there is little to no infrastructure to deal with it and the poor locals often don't know how to drive in it. In 1999, Toronto simply ran out of snow removal equipment and places to put it and risked paralyzing a couple of million people (and there was forecast for more). When I lived along Lake Superior, a couple of feet overnight; meh, the highway might be closed for a day so you are stuck in town. The town was so efficient in their removal that they would have the graders out by day two and we'd be driving on bare pavement. Areas in the mountain must be similar. Just a few days ago, all the highways connecting the lower mainland of British Columbia with the rest of the country were closed.
Now if you want to talk accumulation, welcome to the Trans Labrador Highway:
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I suppose the impact of any significant weather event depends on how much it disrupts life. An inch or two of snow in the deep US south, while entertaining to watch on the news, can have significant impact because there is little to no infrastructure to deal with it and the poor locals often don't know how to drive in it. In 1999, Toronto simply ran out of snow removal equipment and places to put it and risked paralyzing a couple of million people (and there was forecast for more). When I lived along Lake Superior, a couple of feet overnight; meh, the highway might be closed for a day so you are stuck in town. The town was so efficient in their removal that they would have the graders out by day two and we'd be driving on bare pavement. Areas in the mountain must be similar. Just a few days ago, all the highways connecting the lower mainland of British Columbia with the rest of the country were closed.
Now if you want to talk accumulation, welcome to the Trans Labrador Highway:
Well, I respectfully submit that most would find that much snow to be most distracting!

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Was anyone here impacted by the 1998 quebec ice storm?

Highlights why everyone should have a plan B - emergency supplies including food/water to survive at least a few days if everything gets shut down.

It took a while to restore the grid:
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1957, 1966, 1977 were bad in western NY. As I recall, 66was the worst.
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I've been here in Alaska 46 years and I can't remember but maybe 1 "blizzard" and it wasn't even bad enough to deter me from going to the store so I don't even know if it counts.

We get dumped on snow, up to 6 foot overnight, and we can get 200MPH winds, but almost never both at the same time. If it's gonna dump snow, it's typically a small breeze, and if it's gonna blow, the snow hits the ground as rain.
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And if anyone should feel the need for more disastrous depressing weather news just switch to the weather channel.
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the poor locals often don't know how to drive in it.
We get snow, then it slightly melts during the day and refreezes. Even if it snows on top of that mess, NOBODY, not even Canucks or yankees can drive in it. It's not a matter of not knowing how, it is a physical impossibility. So we just live off the food we have in the pantry and freezer and watch movies.
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