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Old 11-28-2019, 09:55 PM   #1
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A Snow Primer


I realized yesterday how little I remember about snow. Born & bred in So. California, we visited snow in the mountains. I spent a year in Omaha but only remember frozen 'wet' hair, black ice, lots of time indoors and the pain of not wearing enough clothes when outside.

What are the signs of snow? I saw snow on the Coastal Mountains, yesterday. It's supposed to be 27 degrees F tonight. Does that mean snow if it rains?

I know the signs of rain in the distance, when you see a solid sheet of gray from clouds to ground. Yesterday, there was a solid sheet of black in the Coastal Mountains. Is that snowfall?

I know some will laugh but I really am clueless. And cold.
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Yes it is just like rain and you can see it in the distance if it not snowing where you are.

A black sheet like that was likely snow.
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Do you know what makes it look black? Some trick of light on crystals?
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Black ice is a combination of cold surface temperatures and a light (cold) rain. With today's radar weather I no longer rely on the height of the bees nests or amount of pine cones to predict winter. Weather forecasting can add it all up from moisture to temperature at all levels and predict what is coming even when nothing bad is showing on the horizon.

As for staying warm one of the groups I have worked with are those stuck in old poorly insulated homes with expensive heat. One solution is to create a warm spot where you can retreat and get warm.

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I know some will laugh but I really am clueless.
At least you admit it. :vs_la ugh:

Some of us can smell it on the wind.

That takes experience.

Yes a dark bank in the direction of the prevailing wind in the winter, indicates snow, and usually lots of it.

Get yourself an electric blanket, and bundle up in it.

There has been an accumulation of a foot, so far this season here, and more predicted for the next two days.

And for goodness sake, stay off the roads as much as possible, 99% of those California drivers don't know how to drive in it, and we don't want to lose you to idiot drivers.


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Do you know what makes it look black? Some trick of light on crystals?

If you mean why does a distant snow squall appear dark in the sky, yes, it's the same as a rain squall. Visibility distance is shortened and ambient light is reduced by the moisture (rain drops, snow flakes) in the air.
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I forgot I lived in Seattle. I remember wondering why they called certain areas 'hills' when there didn't seem to be a hill.

I found out when I slid backwards on an icy hill. At least I had a Jeep.

This is unusually chilly. An almond farmer told me there is usually only freezing weather for a short time in Jan or Feb.

I can feel cold air coming thru the air conditioner.

Edit: Ok, I taped a plastic bag over the A/C to block the breeze.
I turned off the electric heater that had a fan drawing in air & blocked the gap under the door with foam.
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I forgot I lived in Seattle. I remember wondering why they called certain areas 'hills' when there didn't seem to be a hill.

I found out when I slid backwards on an icy hill. At least I had a Jeep.

This is unusually chilly. An almond farmer told me there is usually only freezing weather for a short time in Jan or Feb.

I can feel cold air coming thru the air conditioner.

If it looks like the cold spell is going to hang around, cover your a/c with a garbage bag and some duct or even packing tape. It won't insulate the unit but it will keep the cold air from coming through.


It can be a challenge for areas that don't normally experience cold, wintry weather. Buildings and civic infrastructure aren't designed for it and folks aren't usually skilled in how to deal with it.
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Sliding backwards on a icy hill. Reminds me of living in Calgary.

Winnipeg is pretty flat but yeah I would hate to live in a very hilly snowy area permanently.

This video is from a Russian guy and enjoy the slide/ride.

Some of it is from North America too. You can see a big ole Ford Bronco which they don't have in the first part.

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As for staying warm one of the groups I have worked with are those stuck in old poorly insulated homes with expensive heat. One solution is to create a warm spot where you can retreat and get warm.

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That warm spot was the living room where Dad had the wood stove pipe cherry red up about 3 ft. That room was the only one large enough to accommodate all of us.
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Lawdy miss clawdy.

Bumper hitching, in the snow.




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Sliding backwards on a icy hill. Reminds me of living in Calgary.

Winnipeg is pretty flat but yeah I would hate to live in a very hilly snowy area permanently.

This video is from a Russian guy and enjoy the slide/ride.

Some of it is from North America too. You can see a big ole Ford Bronco which they don't have in the first part.

https://youtu.be/kN3Y0kyBrzQ
I want my mommy.

Pittsburgh Pennsyltucky in the winter, wanna scream.

Those vids coulda' been in APRIL not joking.

California's EXPENSIVE.

Worth it.
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I want my mmmy.

Pittsburgh Pennsyltucky in the winter, wanna scream.

Those vids coulda' been in APRIL not joking.

California's EXPENSIVE.

Worth it.
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Lawdy miss clawdy.

Bumper hitching, in the snow.






Now that is just dangerous.

Here about 40 years ago, a young man was towing his younger brother on a car hood, behind his pickup, the driver had to stop suddenly, but the "sled" did not, it slid up under the truck, De-capitated the little brother.

Older brother was not "right" after that.

A tragedy really.

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Where are you moving to?
Nowhere for now.
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