How Do You Weather Storms?

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  1. Al Amoling

    Al Amoling Veteran Member
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    69835486_3112550508760696_1502278551099932672_n.jpg I've always gone to work in stormy weather. The 1978 picture is what it looked like the week that I'd started my own business. The governor closed the state down. I called the state police to see if I could drive to where I'd just got a contract. They said I'd be arrested if caught on the road.
     
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    Weathered them better when younger, now, I just don't go out
    I remember being on a bus going home from work and it took 30 minutes to crawl a short distance, I had to decide whether to
    stay on the bus or chance walking, decided to walk...…. so walk like a penguin I did :p
     
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    Stay home..
     
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    This is a really great question, and I also well remember those (happy) days of climbing through snowdrifts on my way to school, and playing out side in the drifts after the blizzards stopped, when school was closed due to the blizzard. I grew up in northern Idaho, so a Thanksgiving blizzard was a normal yearly event for us back in those days.
    Very seldom was school closed , or any businesses, because of the storms. Every city and town had snowplows, and every driver had studded snow tires on their vehicles, and there was always someone with a plow on their 4x4 pickup to help plow driveways. In other words, we were prepared for those storms back then.

    Now, I live in Alabama, where a half inch of snow is considered a storm, and EVERYTHING closes down if it is even suspected there will be snow.
    People rush to the stores and buy bread and milk until those shelves are totally empty, you would think that they expect a week long blizzard, at the very least.
    The difference...... here a snowstorm is such a rare event that no one is prepared for it. There are no snow plows, no sanding trucks, no one has winter snow tires on their car, and they have no idea how to drive in snow, in any case.
    Someone slides on the icy road, and next there is a 10 car pile-up, and the highways are closed for hours and hours, and people are stranded and no way to even get to them to rescue them.
    The only way to prevent this, is to close up everything and barricade the roads when we have snow, which means that even those of us who would be able to navigate the roads safely have to stay home until it warms back up and the snow melts again.

    Winter in north Idaho, early 1950’s.....
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    Those pictures of snow both deep and light remind me of why we moved to the sunny southwest.

    To answer the question How do you weather storms.

    Don't have to now.
     
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    If by 'storms' you mean winter storms, we very seldom have to deal with 'em. Maybe an occasional sleet or "flurry" of snowflakes that melt when they hit the ground.

    We live in hurricane country so that's another story.
     
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    Actually, Al, we moved back to "snow country" when we returned to Colorado from northeastern Florida. Since the second week of Oct, we've endured three snowstorms, plus icy conditions. We are both in our early 70's now, but knew about the winters here before moving back. We could never, financially, be Snowbirds, so.

    After each storm, I went outside and clean off the windshield of snow/ice and shoved snow off of most of our vehicle. Had my winter parka on while doing it, including winter gloves.

    Believe it or not, we kept our winter parkas for the entire 11 1/2 years we were gone from Colorado. Also kept our combo snow brush/ice scrapper for the vehicle.

    When my wife gets a job, she will have to go out into the weather, no matter if it's inches or feet of snow and/or very cold temps. She knows this also.

    It's the summers here that enticed us to return to Colorado, as well as the high humidity, water bugs and other things we decided we didn't like about living in Florida. Went thru two hurricanes, as well. Both Mathew and Irma hit us.
     
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  8. Al Amoling

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    I've lived in New England all my life. Born, bred in Mass where we lived in what was the snow belt for Mass. Currently and forever in southern Maine. Bad storms but not every year.
     
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    I realize @Cody Fousnaugh didn't like Florida all that much, but for me.......
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    Awesomeness, @Bess Barber ! When I spent the week in Orlando with Robin a year ago, I was able to swim in the pool every day that we were there, and that was in early April when it was still really cold here in Alabama.
    I loved seeing Florida, and we drove down and back from here, so it was a rest site seeing trip as well as a wonderful week in Orlando. We went through Jackson on our way down, and over the big (HUGE) bridge there, and then stopped at the beach at St. Augustine on the way.
    coming back home , we drove along the western coastline of Florida, and then back into Alabama that way. It was a wonderful trip, and I loved Florida !
     
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    I remember well walking to school when I was still in junior school, in these kind of snow drifts, and all by myself or sometimes with a younger sibling or 2, ..parents never accompanied us to school regardless of the weather..

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    One thing for sure, if a person wants to live in Florida to escape winter, northeastern Florida is not the place to live! From Orlando and south is. When we lived in Jacksonville, we seen early morning temps in the upper 20's and mid-day high temps in the mid 40's. In the mornings, we could see our breathe! There was even frost on windshields sometimes. There are times in northeastern Florida when people will actually wear winter coats. And, on top of that, we had a wood-burning fireplace in our apartment. Who would think that anyplace in Florida would have a fireplace!
     
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    We were at -4 yesterday.... , and today is frosty but sunny...
     
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    I wait until they are over, and then I shovel. Last year, we had someone who plowed the driveway. I'm not sure if we're going to do that this year or not. He also broke my backyard garden and took down part of the rock garden where I have the lingonberries. We'll be using only one car this winter, so we don't need the whole driveway plowed. I don't know if the bad outweighs the good. The hardest part is shoveling a path to the fuel oil tank because that's a long path, and since they only have to access it when we need to have the tank filled, it's usually pretty deep and packed when it comes time.
     
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