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Old 02-14-21, 10:01 PM
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WTH is this?

This far south? What is this stuff it is kind of cool.


What is this? I have never seen this stuff lol.
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LOL. It's all the way to New Orleans and Mississippi I see. There is now ZERO place you can go across on the southern tier tour route. LOL. My city has had less snow than Lubbock this winter. It has been down to -35C and -20C for 9 days now. Before that, it has been mostly a laugher warm winter. Went for a ride Jan. 12th, never any year before end Feb.
Ain't GloBULL warming nice?? hahahahaah
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
This far south? What is this stuff it is kind of cool.


What is this? I have never seen this stuff lol.
Volcanic ash. Haven't you heard Yellowstone went off, despite a plucky bunch of scientists trying to warn the authorities, who didn't want to know. START HOARDING TOILET PAPER NOW. You'll be able to trade it for food when the crops fail.
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My windshield washer fluid is +32 and right now it is 14 Fahrenheit suppose to get to 8 a record low. Reminds me of many years ago when I lived in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
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Wow, that sucks.
OTOH why should we get all the misery to ourselves over here in the NE? Heehee.

Don’t play with or lick the yellow snow...
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One more picture and I will stop just understand this is a very rare event, Sure we will get some flakes here or there but never real snow. Not several feet like up north but this is eventful for us. I can hear the snow falling over the neighbors farm fields and it is therapeutic.

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Alberta and Sask had 43 record colds a week ago, -46C I think it was. The weather channel just showed Seattle had the most snow in 50 years. LOL. Snow clear across America now.
The border area there is supposed to get drowned later this week. In the late 1970s I drove to work many days around -35F. Had to deliver cabinets in that too. Oooof. One day there was a 1/4" of dry ice on the highway. Went to slow down for a left turn, and did a perfect 360. LOL
I had a 1968 Camaro from 1975 to 1987. Belly up in snow lots. I had snow tires for sure, 25 years back then.
I have to run my 2 electric heaters in my highrise, when it's -25C. One of them was my dad's that he bought about 1960, it looks like a beautiful fireplace with a brass front, it's never failed us. Best thing we ever bought.

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Old 02-14-21, 11:12 PM
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Alberta and Sask had 43 record colds a week ago, -46C I think it was. The weather channel just showed Seattle had the most snow in 50 years. LOL. Snow clear across America now.
The border area there is supposed to get drowned later this week. In the late 1970s I drove to work many days around -35F.
I had a 1968 Camaro from 1975 to 1987. Belly up in snow lots. I had snow tires for sure, 25 years back then.
I have cruised through Edmonton and Calgary back in 2002 while visiting Banff and Jasper and all the national Parks. Beautiful area and it didnít take long to get use to kilometers and the 2 dollar coin the toonie. The Columbia ice fields was awesome as was all the waterfalls etc etc. Iím jaded now on which area of the Rockys is the most awesome. We got some Canadian air all the way down here with some Kokanee beer. Loved that glacier water beer.
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I guess I've had a couple Kokanee's too, in the 1980s at the lakes. The Canadian Rockies are way nicer, IMO. Not much boring scenery in Utah either.
In 2018 I rode 3,900 miles thru Calgary, BC, WA, OR and ID. Great trip.
Plus I've driven 10 trips in the USA, few places I haven't been in the west.
8 hot days in Texas in 2003. Had a bike ride every evening, most of the day also in Corpus Christie.

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Yeah, it's brutal here in the D/FW area. My mini-weather station says 12F outside now with wind chill around -7F. About 6" snow. For this area that's uncommon and harsh. I'm expecting plumbing problems all over the apartment complex as it thaws.

Starting Friday night I walked around the neighborhood, around 3-5 miles a day, checking on the usual places where homeless folks sleep. The economic collapse caused by the pandemic displaced a lot more people than usual and I've been seeing more couples and groups on the street than I used to see. Most of the homeless folks I encounter have mental health and/or substance abuse issues, but the pandemic economic collapse means a lot more homeless folks were physically and mentally capable, but lost their low wage jobs that were barely keeping them afloat.

I found only one guy Saturday night, about 3/4 mile from here, sleeping under the awning of a closed business. The temp was around 30F and dropping. I checked on him a couple of times to be sure he was breathing. Then I left an emergency package, a ziplock bag with thermal socks, gloves, dry chemical hand/foot warmer packets, snacks and a few dollars.

When I went to check on him Sunday night as the temp dropped below 20 and the snow blew in, he'd moved. Hopefully found someplace warmer and safer. Nobody could survive the night in this weather without better shelter.

Took me an hour to walk that 1.5 mile round trip through the snow. I was trying to avoid slipping, and ended up stepping in an unmarked, uncovered utility hole in the middle of the sidewalk, covered by snow, and smacked my knee on the pavement. Too soon to tell whether there's any injury or just a bruise. So I was walking even slower, into a 15 mph north wind, the final mile home. About halfway my fingers went numb, despite heavy duty gloves. Everything else I wore was wind resistant but that wind cut right through the fabric outer shell of my Thinsulate gloves. I was flapping my arms spastically trying to get the blood circulating and avoid frostbite.

On the way home I noticed several dumpsters enclosed in those three-walled enclosures, which offer some protection from the wind. I figured maybe a homeless person caught outside might try sheltering there instead of in front of an abandoned storefront. Seems ironic that dumpsters have better shelter than some abandoned humans.

Altogether a good reminder of nature's indifference to our interests. And, sometimes, our own indifference to our own best interests.
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Helping out someone in need is cool. 9 degree outside right now and very fortunate to be in shelter with heat.
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A dry 9 feels better than a cold rain at 40.

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Hondo must be beastly hot in the summer.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
This far south? What is this stuff it is kind of cool.


What is this? I have never seen this stuff lol.
Hard Rain, as in Bob Dylan's "And a Hard Rain's gonna fall."

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Congratulations!!!! Coldest Valentines day ever. LOL. At least since 1816.
1921 was far hotter than 2021 will be. LOL.
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Don't feel so all alone...

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My relatives in Austin lost power about an hour ago. They report 6" of snow, but that could be Texan inches.
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Don't feel so all alone...

I see your(?) truck is nicely tarped. My relatives yesterday called and asked what do do about all the ice on the windshield
"Is pouring water on it the best way to remove it?"
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My relatives in Austin lost power about an hour ago. They report 6" of snow, but that could be Texan inches.
Friends from the Austin area Lake Buchanan have been without power since 10 last night. Luckily they have a generator to run some stuff.
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Wow. I decided to pull out the ol' map and see exactly where Hondo Tx was. That's amazing you're getting snow that far south.
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My relatives in Austin lost power about an hour ago. They report 6" of snow, but that could be Texan inches.
... got a friend in the Austin hills ... he has no power AND his propane tank is empty ... Tex DOT has banned propane delivery in Austin because of the icy roads ... single digit temps for the next few days ... i told him to burn that designer furniture
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I see your(?) truck is nicely tarped. My relatives yesterday called and asked what do do about all the ice on the windshield
"Is pouring water on it the best way to remove it?"
LOL... my wife was suggesting "hot water." Surest way I know of to crack a windshield.

Yeah I keep it tarped most of the time... just keeps all the junk off the windows. If I plan on not driving it for a month or so, I break out the full cover... But the little tarp is so much easier to handle.
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I don’t have snow skis or a sled but I can play in the snow with a 4x4 ....
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