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Winter 2019-2020 Banter Thread

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This winter has been a true definition of Azz, or as the New Englanders say A Ratter either way ya slice it sucked, the fact that I had 3 snow events that totaled 6" really tells the story its even worse around Philly. I hope this is the Grand Finale of Shitty winters and next year we really cash in because quite honestly it couldn't get any worse, That's my Rant to close out Winter. 

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15 minutes ago, penndotguy said:

This winter has been a true definition of Azz, or as the New Englanders say A Ratter either way ya slice it sucked, the fact that I had 3 snow events that totaled 6" really tells the story its even worse around Philly. I hope this is the Grand Finale of Shitty winters and next year we really cash in because quite honestly it couldn't get any worse, That's my Rant to close out Winter. 

Yeah hopefully we get another 02-03 winter after suffering though 01-02 all over again. Then again we could always get another 12-13 which was only a little bit better(still horrible) than 11-12. 4th straight year though now with 0 events >6" during met winter at PHL. Largest snowfall in that span being 4.1".  Largest event including March is only 6.7" and we've only hit the 6" mark twice in those 4 years both being in March 2018.  2016 we had the HECS but by and large it was a dud winter that we got lucky by nailing our 1 window of opportunity. So really we're going on 5 straight met winter's that were absolutely brutal. You'd think something has to give next year...unless this is our new normal..

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1 hour ago, RedSky said:

Where can i move to get the most snow and least COVID-19?

Cabin in the Tughill- check

 

I'm seriously considering ordering some giant snowshoes off Amazon and sending it up there sat night after work to snowboard the ~400-500ft ridges near Whetstone Gulf State Park and Snow Ridge on sunday.  If the 3-4 feet they're calling for materializes, I am totally there.  Everywhere in NNE is gonna be concrete aside from quebec and I've been craving some deep dry powder turns all winter.  

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Here is a webcam from the tughill if anyone is interested. I will be watching this when the lake effect  kicks in.

 

www.northernchateau.com

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On 2/26/2020 at 10:37 AM, The Iceman said:

Yeah hopefully we get another 02-03 winter after suffering though 01-02 all over again.

What distinguishes this winter from 01 - 02 was that right after 9/11, the precip. just about shut off (which was helpful for NYC and their long arduous cleanup of Ground Zero through that winter).  But then that put our area in an extreme drought - and that was during the wintertime!

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And the lack of precipitation continued through spring, which resulted in extended and often excessive heat during that summer of '02 (where dry begat dry). And by late August 2002, the CWA was in horrible shape!!

Compare to the current conditions -

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So as long as the precip faucet is flowing like it is now (vs what happened back almost 20 years ago), it won't really be the same... Seems it's closer to 2011/2012 (at least where I am based on what fell so far).

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All links lead to Imgur photo albums.

Smugglers Notch, Monday March 2nd

Best snow of the trip, before the thaw.  2-3ft powder conditions.  Amazing.

Burke Mountain, Tuesday March 3rd

Almost 50f, wore a sweatshirt.  Really unique terrain.  Powerline was my favorite trail.

Gilpin Mountain Backcountry, 1165 Vertical Ft (3015ft Summit) Wednesday March 4th

Adjacent mountain to Jay Peak.  Can be accessed from the road and offers steep and mellow open glades, untouched snow but a rain crust with variable 3-5 inch drifts on top.  Took two laps, one to the summit, using snowshoes and then snowboarded down.  

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Flyers baby! 7 in a row, 1 point out of first... could this be the year? They're getting hot at the right time...

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2 hours ago, The Iceman said:

Flyers baby! 7 in a row, 1 point out of first... could this be the year? They're getting hot at the right time...

Was lucky to snag them at +2400 to win the conference a few months back. Down to like +600 now and vegas has them favored to win the cup in several simulations. I can see them coming out of nowhere when the city least expected it and making a real run. All the pieces were there from day 1. It was just a matter of getting them used to playing together and getting Hart some consistent playing time. Have a good feeling bro. They have shown several times they can beat the elite teams this season. Only team that concerns me believe it or not is TB. They are the real deal. The other 'elites" are loaded with aging veterans. 

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On 3/5/2020 at 7:59 AM, The Iceman said:

Flyers baby! 7 in a row, 1 point out of first... could this be the year? They're getting hot at the right time...

9 and have Bos next...pretty pumped.

As far as winter...what a dud. I mean, I didn't use a shovel all year...didn't even use a broom to dust off a coating. That's really sad.  

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7 hours ago, Birds~69 said:

9 and have Bos next...pretty pumped.

As far as winter...what a dud. I mean, I didn't use a shovel all year...didn't even use a broom to dust off a coating. That's really sad.  

AV and Fletcher made a trade with God last fall:  Philly's 19-20 winter and a winter to be named later in exchange for a Cup in the spring. It's tough in the short term but the long term should play out nicely. 

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8 hours ago, Birds~69 said:

9 and have Bos next...pretty pumped.

As far as winter...what a dud. I mean, I didn't use a shovel all year...didn't even use a broom to dust off a coating. That's really sad.  

I never broke out the kerosene heater this winter. I put down some grass seed last weekend and am currently running the sprinkler.

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23 hours ago, JTA66 said:

I never broke out the kerosene heater this winter. I put down some grass seed last weekend and am currently running the sprinkler.

Blower was stored in the basement all year.  

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Not that we didn't already know but I'm watching NBC10 at 11am and Glenn says "Winter is over". That's a little bold for him considering there's 2/3 of March left and even early April. I agree w/him but I'm not an on air Met who will have to eat crow if a freak storm happens...

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12 hours ago, greenskeeper said:

No Snow and No Sports how long is the line at the Walt Whitman bridge for you guys?

I was gonna post something about this.  The ultimate insult - the winter of azz leading to the unthinkable and unprecedented.  I felt the pain that I know you guys are going through right now (especially right when the Flyers were on a hot streak). And now the immediate Philly 'burbs are about to lose their state stores by Tuesday (expect the rest of them across the state will go dark eventually too).

:cliff:

Stay safe everyone but can maybe track some storms - might even be an early 'cane season too!  CPC is predicting ENSO-neutral at the moment (and that tends to result in an enhanced number of storms based on past data during ENSO-neutral years) - https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/ensodisc.html

 

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5 hours ago, Hurricane Agnes said:

I was gonna post something about this.  The ultimate insult - the winter of azz leading to the unthinkable and unprecedented.  I felt the pain that I know you guys are going through right now (especially right when the Flyers were on a hot streak). And now the immediate Philly 'burbs are about to lose their state stores by Tuesday (expect the rest of them across the state will go dark eventually too).

:cliff:

Stay safe everyone but can maybe track some storms - might even be an early 'cane season too!  CPC is predicting ENSO-neutral at the moment (and that tends to result in an enhanced number of storms based on past data during ENSO-neutral years) - https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/ensodisc.html

 

And I was one of those idiots who, after seeing that report on the 6 o"clock news, grabbed my cc and ran to the state store...lol! So much for "social distancing".

In all seriousness, hope everyone stays virus free and things get back to usual sooner rather than later.

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On 3/15/2020 at 6:59 AM, Hurricane Agnes said:

I was gonna post something about this.  The ultimate insult - the winter of azz leading to the unthinkable and unprecedented.  I felt the pain that I know you guys are going through right now (especially right when the Flyers were on a hot streak). And now the immediate Philly 'burbs are about to lose their state stores by Tuesday (expect the rest of them across the state will go dark eventually too).

:cliff:

Stay safe everyone but can maybe track some storms - might even be an early 'cane season too!  CPC is predicting ENSO-neutral at the moment (and that tends to result in an enhanced number of storms based on past data during ENSO-neutral years) - https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/ensodisc.html

 

You would think it's New Years Eve if you venture to a state store today.

No booze, no sports and the stock market is tanking again. Down 2100 as I type...happy times!

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Just now, Birds~69 said:

You would think it's New Years Eve if you venture to a state store today.

No booze, no sports and the stock market is tanking again. Down 2100 as I type...happy times!

The city will be shutting down "non-essential" businesses and services at 5 pm today so it gets worse. :(

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1 hour ago, Hurricane Agnes said:

The city will be shutting down "non-essential" businesses and services at 5 pm today so it gets worse. :(

NJ Gov Murphy going off right now...casinos, bar, restaurants etc.

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