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Just now, Blizzard of 93 said:

Yes! As long as it does not ruin the rest of the season!

That's an Urban Legend :ph34r:

Take snow whenever it comes is my moto 

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5 minutes ago, losetoa6 said:

That's an Urban Legend :ph34r:

Take snow whenever it comes is my moto 

That’s probably true.

I remember @psuhoffman mentioning that good October snow has happened so few times in our region that there is no way to say that it has any correlation with snow amounts in that particular season.

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16 hours ago, canderson said:

I miss winter. 

 

11 hours ago, Blizzard of 93 said:

Yes, a thousand times, yes, me too!

I know that differing likes and opinions are what makes the world great, and it would be dull if everyone was the same, but I just can't fathom the love of winter. I get not liking high heat and humidity, but what's not to like about 75 degree days and a green, living, vibrant landscape? What is so enduring about winter that you guys like trees that look like dead skeletons, brown dead looking grass, a monotone and dull landscape, sunsets at 4:30pm, and air that makes you shiver and shake?

I'm not trolling with this post, I'm just trying to understand.

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3 minutes ago, Voyager said:

 

I know that differing likes and opinions are what makes the world great, and it would be dull if everyone was the same, but I just can't fathom the love of winter. I get not liking high heat and humidity, but what's not to like about 75 degree days and a green, living, vibrant landscape? What is so enduring about winter that you guys like trees that look like dead skeletons, brown dead looking grass, a monotone and dull landscape, sunsets at 4:30pm, and air that makes you shiver and shake?

I'm not trolling with this post, I'm just trying to understand.

When those “dead skeletons”, “brown dead looking grass”, and “monotone and dull landscape” are covered in beautiful white snow in the somewhat longer days of February, four of the five problems you mentioned are solved!

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7 minutes ago, Voyager said:

 

I know that differing likes and opinions are what makes the world great, and it would be dull if everyone was the same, but I just can't fathom the love of winter. I get not liking high heat and humidity, but what's not to like about 75 degree days and a green, living, vibrant landscape? What is so enduring about winter that you guys like trees that look like dead skeletons, brown dead looking grass, a monotone and dull landscape, sunsets at 4:30pm, and air that makes you shiver and shake?

I'm not trolling with this post, I'm just trying to understand.

My wife and I were talking about this a month or so ago, just before everything started to green up. We walk on a local river trail 5-6 days a week, every week, 12 months a year. We enjoy watching nature change around us through each season. One thing we love about winter is being able to see things that you can't during the growing season because the foliage blocks it. (you can see farther in the woods when trees are barren) Also, wind sounds so much different now than it does in November. 

Steve, I've come to enjoy more than just winter (though I HATE hot weather) as each season brings with it unique experiences outside. We find nothing dull about the landscape in winter, we think it's just as beautiful as it is in full bloom. And walking on the trail on a crisp winter day honestly is invigorating for both of us. 

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14 hours ago, CarlislePaWx said:

Thanks for sharing.  We'll have plenty of time to observe the scenery because we are taking a train trip that lasts for 7 hours between Fairbanks and Anchorage.  I love train rides and I love being able to sit while I'm enjoying the passing scenery...lol.

That will be awesome, enjoy the sights!  It's amazing how far away everything is in Alaska once you get out of Anchorage proper, "Hey we're going to go to the next town over" is an all-day affair haha.....

 

13 hours ago, Itstrainingtime said:

 

I'm sure I mentioned this before, but my parents used to live in Alaska. Were married there, in fact. My dad served in the Army at Fort Richardson, where temps would often fall to -40 in the winter. Perhaps that is where my love of cold weather comes from. :)

It is a beautiful state, especially as soon as you get outside of Anchorage proper. My favorite areas are up near Denali and also further south towards Seward. In fact, Seward might be my favorite town I've ever visited. Standing along the water, breathing in the salt air while being surrounded by snow-capped mountains is REALLY cool.. 

I love the small touristy town of Talkeetna and the views of Denali from there along the Sustina River, just breathtaking.  Yes places like Seward are truly one of a kind!  I loved the village of Whitter, you have to drive through an old one lane train tunnel carved out of rock (traffic is stopped for hours on each side of the tunnel and has set times of day you can go through) and when you come out on the other side you are greeted by this tiny boating town nestled along Caribbean-like blue waters with glaciers surrounding you, in the middle of summer, surreal.

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1 hour ago, Voyager said:

 

I know that differing likes and opinions are what makes the world great, and it would be dull if everyone was the same, but I just can't fathom the love of winter. I get not liking high heat and humidity, but what's not to like about 75 degree days and a green, living, vibrant landscape? What is so enduring about winter that you guys like trees that look like dead skeletons, brown dead looking grass, a monotone and dull landscape, sunsets at 4:30pm, and air that makes you shiver and shake?

I'm not trolling with this post, I'm just trying to understand.

I genuinely think a winter landscape is prettier than a summer landscape. Once everything blooming fades off in spring, it's not pretty to me anymore. 

Another reason is very selfish: I have extreme sensitivity to the sun - in the winter I can be outside and not worry about it for hours and hours so much. In summer, after 10 minutes I will be badly burned and run the risk of skin cancer down the line. 

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18 minutes ago, Mount Joy Snowman said:

That will be awesome, enjoy the sights!  It's amazing how far away everything is in Alaska once you get out of Anchorage proper, "Hey we're going to go to the next town over" is an all-day affair haha.....

 

I love the small touristy town of Talkeetna and the views of Denali from there along the Sustina River, just breathtaking.  Yes places like Seward are truly one of a kind!  I loved the village of Whitter, you have to drive through an old one lane train tunnel carved out of rock (traffic is stopped for hours on each side of the tunnel and has set times of day you can go through) and when you come out on the other side you are greeted by this tiny boating town nestled along Caribbean-like blue waters with glaciers surrounding you, in the middle of summer, surreal.

Talkeetna is really cool, I was going to mention it in my first reply but didn't want to get too wordy with it. Love sitting outside at lunchtime and soaking in the quirkiness of the town. And yes - heading north from there on the Parks Highway and crossing Hurricane Gulch "feels" like real Alaska. Man, talking about this has me pining to get back there. 

Fun fact: when I was there (2013) on the day we visited Denali National Park, the high for the day was 82 at MDT. The high that day in Fairbanks? 84. I wasn't prepared for that. (it was only in the low 60s down on the coast in Seward.) 

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21 minutes ago, canderson said:

I genuinely think a winter landscape is prettier than a summer landscape. Once everything blooming fades off in spring, it's not pretty to me anymore. 

Another reason is very selfish: I have extreme sensitivity to the sun - in the winter I can be outside and not worry about it for hours and hours so much. In summer, after 10 minutes I will be badly burned and run the risk of skin cancer down the line. 

I love all seasons. Right now i'm digging this spring. I can't begin to explain the smells from my Lilacs (yall are sick of me talking about them) Someone pulled in my driveway last night and said wow that candle you have burning in your house smells good, i said thats all the Lilacs from out back, 75 yards away. 

Unlike you guys, i do like the sun and the heat, just not at bed time. 

 

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5 minutes ago, sauss06 said:

I love all seasons. Right now i'm digging this spring. I can't begin to explain the smells from my Lilacs (yall are sick of me talking about them) Someone pulled in my driveway last night and said wow that candle you have burning in your house smells good, i said thats all the Lilacs from out back, 75 yards away. 

Unlike you guys, i do like the sun and the heat, just not at bed time. 

 

Hah! I have never noticed our Lilac like I have this spring - it really does smell great!

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39 minutes ago, sauss06 said:

I love all seasons. Right now i'm digging this spring. I can't begin to explain the smells from my Lilacs (yall are sick of me talking about them) Someone pulled in my driveway last night and said wow that candle you have burning in your house smells good, i said thats all the Lilacs from out back, 75 yards away. 

Unlike you guys, i do like the sun and the heat, just not at bed time. 

 

Lilacs are my wife’s favorite. We have a busy and a tree and man they smell so nice. 

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11 minutes ago, Itstrainingtime said:

Those who like/follow severe weather - @Wmsptwx what do you think of the chances for our first legit severe threat of the season early next week? Seeing talk already surrounding the 5/3 - 5/5 timeframe.

Very promising, obviously a lot can change and so many things go into a threat, but as of right now I definitely see the possibility of a higher end event...Enhanced type day.

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Just now, Wmsptwx said:

Very promising, obviously a lot can change and so many things go into a threat, but as of right now I definitely see the possibility of a higher end event...Enhanced type day.

Thanks - that's kind of what I was afraid of. 

Tis the season. 

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Thanks for the replies, guys. Like I said, I wasn't trolling, just trying to understand. I guess living in an urban environment (even though Tamaqua is small, it looks like a ghetto) and driving down the road, I don't see some of the good parts.

I just know that, to me anyway, seeing a green, colorful landscape is more enjoyable than the grays, browns, and whites of winter.

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Just now, Voyager said:

Thanks for the replies, guys. Like I said, I wasn't trolling, just trying to understand. I guess living in an urban environment (even though Tamaqua is small, it looks like a ghetto) and driving down the road, I don't see some of the good parts.

I just know that, to me anyway, seeing a green, colorful landscape is more enjoyable than the grays, browns, and whites of winter.

It's all good Voyager. Everyone has their likes and opinions. Now onto my May snow event big run for the GFS right now. :D

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32 minutes ago, paweather said:

It's all good Voyager. Everyone has their likes and opinions. Now onto my May snow event big run for the GFS right now. :D

There’s a storm! Mostly a very cold rain, but...

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Just now, sauss06 said:

I think i was drawn to weather because of extreme events and being in the emergency services. I use to love wild ass storms. As I've aged, not so much. 

Never cared for them either. I know people that are into Tornadoes, Big T-storms but I am not a fan of either. But I don't mind talking and tracking them. 

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10 minutes ago, sauss06 said:

I think i was drawn to weather because of extreme events and being in the emergency services. I use to love wild ass storms. As I've aged, not so much. 

Gonna have lots of calls tomorrow for trees down. This solid soaking rain + 45+ mph gusts for 12 hours is a problem. 

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13 minutes ago, paweather said:

GFS definitely does have it might have to go to Deep Creek to enjoy the white. 

Boycotting Garrett County for all things weather-related because they decided they just had to be part of the Baltimore/Washington NWS forecast office rather than Pittsburgh. :lol:

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