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2017-2018 Fall/Winter Banter, Whining, Complaining Thread

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Jon brought up a subject in the LES thread that I have a question about. I just bought two lots, one on each side of my property. That means that I have more sidewalk to shovel, so I'm contemplating buying a snow blower. I'd like recommendations. Remember, we average less than three feet of snow for an entire year and 6" snows only occur every other year. Therefore, I don't feel that I need a huge, expensive one. Does anyone have any experience with electrics? They are cheaper in price, but am wondering about their dependability and power.

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41 minutes ago, IWXwx said:

Jon brought up a subject in the LES thread that I have a question about. I just bought two lots, one on each side of my property. That means that I have more sidewalk to shovel, so I'm contemplating buying a snow blower. I'd like recommendations. Remember, we average less than three feet of snow for an entire year and 6" snows only occur every other year. Therefore, I don't feel that I need a huge, expensive one. Does anyone have any experience with electrics? They are cheaper in price, but am wondering about their dependability and power.

When I mentioned electrics, I was talking about lithium powered. I don't want that confuse with plug in.

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Just now, Jonger said:

When I mentioned electrics, I was talking about lithium powered. I don't want that confused with plug in.

 

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10 minutes ago, Stebo said:

http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/discussions/nfdscc4.html

Some of the reports are absurd, like 7" in Corpus Christi for example.

That's only from 3pm.

Since then, a widespread 5-8" is now being reported in the northern suburbs of Atlanta this far (2" per hour rates currently), and still several more hours of heavy snow to go.

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1 minute ago, Hoosier said:

I haven't looked but I wonder if the forecasters down there were having to play catch up.  

Highly anomalous events such as this have a way of being underdone.

Part of the problem was that it was such a marginal setup temp-wise, that it easily could have gone the other way.

The other part of the problem was pinpointing the location of the heaviest precipitation. For example, just yesterday, I was in the bullseye.

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2 minutes ago, Hoosier said:

I haven't looked but I wonder if the forecasters down there were having to play catch up.  

Highly anomalous events such as this have a way of being underdone.

Oh yeah they would be playing catch up the whole way.

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3 hours ago, Powerball said:

Part of the problem was that it was such a marginal setup temp-wise, that it easily could have gone the other way.

The other part of the problem was pinpointing the location of the heaviest precipitation. For example, just yesterday, I was in the bullseye.

I got online and watched the live newscast for down there. The reporter happened to be driving through....Newnan. :) I immediately thought of you. It looked like it was sort of just sleeting there?

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49 minutes ago, Stebo said:

 

And Mobile is on the board before some Midwest cities :lmao:

I'm not sure if I'm more impressed at the measurable snow or the fact their records extend back to 1842.  Wow.

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2 minutes ago, Hoosier said:

I'm not sure if I'm more impressed at the measurable snow or the fact their records extend back to 1842.  Wow.

Making a run at an inch! They already tied DTW at this point :lmao:

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1 minute ago, Indystorm said:

And 6" of snow reported in Gatlinburg and a foot near Asheville.  Bet the Smokies look lovely.

Yeah it would be a great time to be there, probably looks spectacular.

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It's funny that those way deep in the south are getting decent snow earlier than many northern cities. Definitely a freak storm for them. I mean no need to worry for northern cities as snow is coming for many months ahead and this could likely be the only snow for the season if not years for some of those locations. But its crazy that they are getting it first. But as a weather observer what really impresses me is that they actual have one of the "snow saber" sticks in Mobile :lol:. Every time I see a deep South snow, even the nws measures with a ruler. 

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If we were to take a time machine back to July and we then had a crystal ball, and with that ball we were only able to get a single piece of random weather information- and that ended up being that Mobile, Corpus, northern MX, NOLA, ATL, etc had measurable snow on this day, I think we’d be excited for the winter to come. So... I’m excited I guess? If I play thought tricks on myself like that anyway.... otherwise my new fat bike with studded 5” tires and bar mitts and clip on snow boots are sitting in the garage fantasizing for snow...... while I sit in my house looking at south Texas snow


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I’ll admit... since these southern tropical cities are picking up their first ever snowfall - that we ALL will be in for a doozie at some point this winter. Likely earlier rather than later. 

 

Freak storm for them down south for sure. Mobile?? Atlanta?? The northwest panhandle of Florida?! - and all the way up the eastern seaboard. Impressive. 

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10 hours ago, blackrock said:

I got online and watched the live newscast for down there. The reporter happened to be driving through....Newnan. :) I immediately thought of you. It looked like it was sort of just sleeting there?

Yep. We had mixing issues all throughout the day yesterday (we kept flipping between snow, rain and sleet). But there was actually a bit of glaze on the sidewalks and roadways because of the sleet by yesterday evening.

That said, everything's covered in snow this morning, though nothing like the Northside of the city. The totals coming in look to be a widespread 8-10" up there. 

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1 hour ago, Powerball said:

Yep. We had mixing issues all throughout the day yesterday (we kept flipping between snow, rain and sleet). But there was actually a bit of glaze on the sidewalks and roadways because of the sleet by yesterday evening.

That said, everything's covered in snow this morning, though nothing like the Northside of the city. The totals coming in look to be a widespread 8-10" up there. 

How much did you get?

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20 hours ago, Hoosier said:

Yeah, I don't know if I'd go millions.  Seems too high.  Would be interesting to figure out though.

I vaguely remembered an early southern snow sometime where we didn't have snow in the north. Couldn't remember anything else though. Lo and behold...I read that this was the first time Houston has seen snow since getting 1" on Dec 4, 2009. The winter of 2009-10 had the 2nd latest first flakes on record for Detroit. So our first trace was Dec 4th, the same day (our first measurable was Dec 7th). Needless to say, Detroit outsnowed Houston that winter 43.7" to 1" (and 403.3" to 1.7" since lol). But that winter the deep south had white ground before many in the north. I do not remember the regional extent of that snow. So millions to 1? No. But definitely rare and freak. This season, several northern cities (Pittsburgh, Albany) have only seen a trace while Georgia has had 8"+ in areas. I don't know if there's a way to figure out odds. But I'll bet a million dollars that Albany (currently a T) will beat Birmingham AL (currently 4.0") by March lol.

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1 hour ago, michsnowfreak said:

That's cool. I know you missed winter lol

:lol:

This event was cool from the perspective of how unusual this much snow is down there, especially in one storm so early in the season. But I'm glad it'll be gone by the end of the day. I do hope to see plenty of snow when I come back for Christmas though. 

BTW, rapid clearing and full sunshine behind a rain/snow event is awfully nice. :P

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I've had 3 sticking snows with not even 2" total to show for it.  And the trend looks to continue for a while as this area looks to be near the southern edge of the upcoming clippers.

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