The Great Winter Storm Of 2016.....

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  1. Sheldon Scott

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    Washington, D.C. is completely shut down except for the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This makes me feel good in two ways.
    1. Our military is always on duty no matter the weather which makes me feel safe.

    2. Our government is not on duty due to the weather which makes me feel even safer.
     
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  2. Holly Saunders

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    I've been reading in the news about the horrible snow storms and the loss of lives some of you are experiencing, really tragic, and so frightening and especially so for the elderly and for those who live alone.

    Be careful out there , and just pray it doesn't last much longer.
     
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    To me, the scariest thing is ice on the power lines, and weighed tree limbs coming down. Having to deal with outages for any length of time in freezing weather is a nightmare.
     
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    My area wasn't greatly impacted. GS and I are bickering over the amount of snow accumulation here..... I say 4 inches, he says 5.

    He was cleaning off our cars at 4:30 am and had to be at work at 5am. I got doggie out at 7:30 am and went out at 10:30 to clear roads. When I got back, the plows had everything cleaned up.

    So many people south of us suffered greatly. This was a huge and nasty storm!
     
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    I totally agree with you about ice storms, @Bonnie Thomas ! Years ago, when Bobby and I were first married, and we were living and working at a small homeless mission in Charlotte , NC; there was a terrible ice storm. It was either late 2001, or early 2002, I forget which.
    The ice storm itself was not the worst part, because it came, knocked all of the power out, and broke the tree limbs, and then it warmed up and the ice went away.
    However, for almost a week afterwards, most of Charlotte was without power, and roads were closed with the downed power lines and tree limbs.
    The houses were also without heat, and we had three houses full of homeless people to try and shelter and feed through this ordeal.
    There was a generator, but it would only work for a couple hours at a time, and then it had to be turned off, and sometimes, Bobby had to fix it again before it would run.

    When we had the generator on, I would make one of the huge pots of coffee for the guys, and cook something simple (soup) on the stove . We also could run the gas furnace at the house we stayed at, because it only needed electricity to make the gas furnace operate; but that was only when the generator was turned on.
    Everyone brought over their blankets and slept on the floor in that one house, except for a few guys who were able to stay in one of the other houses that had a small gas heater that did not require electricity to make it run.
    We had a few candles and a couple of flashlights that we used to see in the dark with; but no one stayed up late anyway.
    We were definitely glad when they got the roads cleared, and the power back on again !
     
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    We got 26 inches of snow from the blizzard. It will take at least two days to dig out. The side streets may not get plowed until Tuesday.

    I am grateful the power in my neighborhood did not go out during all of this.

    I hope everyone else in the path of the storm is safe and as happy as I am that it has passed.
     
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  7. Ken Anderson

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    What winter storm? Here in central Maine, it hasn't snowed in a few days, the roads are clear, and temperatures aren't even bad for the middle of January.
     
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    My husband and I are on a vacation right now that is why we are not able to see how the snowing takes place this winter. But my friend who is my neighbour had told me last night through skype that the snow is many this year 2016 compared to last year. This is also the reason why we are always on a vacation during the winter because my husband is not feeling good and comfortable already when the winter season is coming.
     
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    Welcome to the new era of unpredictable weather. Indeed this extreme winter conditions that the US and other northern countries are experiencing is due to the climate change or global warming. It is man's folly to neglect the environment and now nature is taking its revenge on us. It is only 2016 and when 2020 comes, what could happen if the extreme weather conditions would continue? It's scary to think of excessive floodings and extreme drought in this part of the world.
     
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  10. Yvonne Smith

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    Climate change is not anything new, and the weather has been changing for thousands of years. while it is important for people not to do the things that pollute the earth, we actually make very little difference in what the weather pattern is.
    Long before people had anything mechanical, or factories, we had cold periods like the mini ice-age that happened around the Medieval time period, and lasted up until sometime in the 1800's. Certainly, humans had nothing to do with the changing weather patterns back then, and we really do not have much more effect on the weather right now.
    The volcanic activity is increasing, possibly due to the center of the earth heating up for some reason, but when the volcanoes erupt, they put ash into the air that drifts for a long time, blocking out warmth from the sun, and if the caldera at Yellowstone were to erupt, the ash from that could put us into a small ice age, just from that.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Ice_Age
     
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    Not making light of the snow and many people lost their lives but I thought this was funny....


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  12. Bonnie Thomas

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    It is funny, because it is exactly what really happens..:p ...
     
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