Politics aside how is everyone doing ?

SethBullock

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We’ve got a winter storm rolling in. Should get snow tomorrow and Saturday. Glad I don’t have to work tomorrow.
 

Lols

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Sooo glad hubby and I went to see our son and wife Thursday, because they live an hours’ drive away, and Friday midnight stage 4 lockdown announced!
Actually amazing that sometimes, a timing works out for us.
Stage 4 in the whole of Victoria, means none are allowed to go further than 5 kms from home.
 

SethBullock

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We got freezing rain all night. It looks like a dusting of snow, but it’s all ice. You can’t drive on it, and everything is shut down.
 

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OMG... Seth... I saw on tv the horrific vehicle pile up in Texas because of icy roads! What carnage!!
Trucks ploughing into cars...
Many people injured and some dead .... scariest thing to see. You take care in them icy conditions over there!
 

SethBullock

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Sooo glad hubby and I went to see our son and wife Thursday, because they live an hours’ drive away, and Friday midnight stage 4 lockdown announced!
Actually amazing that sometimes, a timing works out for us.
Stage 4 in the whole of Victoria, means none are allowed to go further than 5 kms from home.
Yep, that was a bad one.

It has literally rained ice here all day. Not a single snowflake, just ice the size of raindrops. The temps today have hovered around freezing. I've got icicles hanging off my house. Sometimes they freeze solid, and sometimes they're drippy. Weird weather.
 

Aussie

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Yeah except hail is usually larger, like peas or small marbles. This like little frozen droplets, like sand almost. That’s how it sounds - like someone is pouring sand or rice on everything, but it’s ice.
So....do tell Seth. How easy is it to 'live' in that environment. I am no fan of humidity with heat, and love the 'idea' of cool, but I imagine that brings its issues like having to shovel snow, get cars to start, de-ice windows etc etc.
 

johnsmith

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Yeah except hail is usually larger, like peas or small marbles. This like little frozen droplets, like sand almost. That’s how it sounds - like someone is pouring sand or rice on everything, but it’s ice.
How bizarre .. I've never experienced anything like that which you describe. Maybe I need to get out more
 

SethBullock

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So....do tell Seth. How easy is it to 'live' in that environment. I am no fan of humidity with heat, and love the 'idea' of cool, but I imagine that brings its issues like having to shovel snow, get cars to start, de-ice windows etc etc.
Western Oregon gets a lot of rain, but is actually pretty temperate most of the year. The mountains get a lot of snow, but I live in the Willamette Valley that lies between the Coast Range and the Cascades. Here we may get a few inches of snow, sometimes a little more, but temperatures always come up and it melts away in a day or 3 days at most. I don’t even own a snow shovel.

East of the Cascdes is another story. It gets much colder during winter and hotter during summer.

Icicles
 

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SethBullock

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It’s 26 degrees right now, but looking at the forecast, I can see that this is going to all melt away over the next couple of days. Just in time for me to go to work on Monday.
 

SethBullock

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A lot of the branches on that magnolia tree are broken. It's cold outside, but above freezing, and the ice is gradually melting.
 

Lols

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I was just wondering Seth, your description of the ice falling ... not hail stones... is that sleet?
 

SethBullock

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I was just wondering Seth, your description of the ice falling ... not hail stones... is that sleet?
I guess so, Lols. Sorta. I've always thought of sleet as part snow, though, and this is definitely not snow. I guess it is hail, technically. But it's the size of light rain. I've seen rain, hail, and snow, but nothing quite like this. Friggin weird.
 
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