As you may have heard it is snowing in the Mid-Atlantic. I settled in and watched Dr. Zhivago and when it ended I checked the outside world:
My crude measurements tell me that 11 to 12 inches have fallen already in about eight hours:
And I’m told to expect another 12 to 16 hours of snowfall. This should be a memorable Saturday in old Mobtown.
And yes, this is a late night Open Thread.
11 inches at 2 AM? Either congratulations on your hard work, or ouch.
I’ll care about your local weather when you care about mine.
Aren’t you supposed to seek immediate medical help if it lasts more than 4 hours? Someone’s living dangerously.
2:30 AM, NYC.
No fuckin’ snow. Where’s the fuckin’ snow? I’m disappointed that there’s no fuckin’ snow. Damn it.
My wifey will be mad spitting jealous just for your edification.
Dengre- you in B’more? If so I’m in Hampden- we’ve got probably close to 18″ here. This is one seriously kick ass storm.
BJers give great head….lines.
Sigh, I miss the cold sometimes. It got down to 64 degrees last night, and my windows don’t close all the way, so I had to wear long sleeves and use a comforter.
All that snow looks like fun.
@Yutsano: Damn right! Where’s my ten inches, President Obama????? Er….
Goddamn it! I live in MN! We are supposed to be the ones inundated with snow, not you East Coasters.
@Thoughtcrime: Ha! You made a funny. I am still pissed off about my lack of snow, though.
@asiangrrlMN: Ask Michelle that question! (Bah-dump-dump!)
Ah c’mon someone had to go there!
@Yutsano: And I had a hunch it was going to be you!
In western NJ, A few inches of snow. The wind is blowing and the flakes are fine. The town public works has been sanding/salting for the past hour or so.
It’s the wind with this one.
My friend has trees to worry about. The power company trimmed the branches around the street lamps and now the trees are uneven.
You know what’s crazy? It was 57 yesterday and 58 today here in Seattle. And it’s supposed to be in the low to mid 50s into next week.
Everything’s out of whack.
@asiangrrlMN: I am nothing if not complaisant. Plus, well, it was there and I’m about the only one conscious.
I’m not staying that way for long though. I’m pooped for some reason, full of good hearty Italian soup and a raspberry truffle Blizzard (YUM!) and it’s bedtime for me. Night y’all.
@Comrade Luke: California is getting all of our rain.
@MikeJ: Not to mention the warm streak is fucking over Vancouver royally for the Olympics right now. They’re importing and shaping snow as quickly as they can and it’s still melting like mad.
@Yutsano: Night, babe. Sleep well.
Tim in SF
I’ve written blog posts with that title. But they were about an entirely different subject.
Well, we already had our 18 inches:
We’re having the first real winter in 25 years here in southern New Mexico. It’s beautiful, snow on the Organ Mountains no less – much bigger than 11 inches.
Still not snowing about 30 miles west of NYC. Kinda feeling left out.
It’s normal here. Forty degrees and rainy. There’s talk of snow, but there’s no chance of anything like last weekend, when my parish called off services.
But back to Dr. Zhivago.
Maybe I heard too much of “Lara’s Theme.” Just can’t get into that movie.
However, that scene when they go back to the lovely house where all the snow’s blown in breaks my heart.
I always think about my favorite actor, George Sanders, and how he barely escaped the Revolution. If you can get a copy of his memoir, Memoirs of a Professional Cad, do so.
He was a fantastic writer, up there with SJ Perelman, and his memories of pre-Revolution Russia are amazing. He has an anecdote about an uncle whose manservant would spread jam on the ceiling to attract flies, so said uncle could shoot ’em.
It’s kind of instructive. I can see, say, Hot Tub Tom Delay doing something along those lines, while people lose their houses.
The current GOP leadership is not so ostentatious, but they are as decadent. They don’t care that people are hurting and unemployed.
Would that we could make people understand that the GOP is acting like Tsar of all the Russias!
@lesley: To sled or to shovel, that is the question.
“However, that scene when they go back to the lovely house where all the snow’s blown in breaks my heart.”
Interesting – that is the only scene I remember from my viewing the movie a good 15 years ago. Now, David Lean’s “Bridge on the River Kwai” I remember very much.
C-SPAN 1, ‘Today in Washington’, has the House Budget Committee meeting on right now (west coast).
Paul Ryan (R) is very pleased with himself.
Looks like Peter Orszag could debate a room full of republicans.
/ sorry. I don’t have any snow here (western OR) to talk about.
kommrade reproductive vigor
@JGabriel: We’re in ur base. Takin’ all ur snOMG.
I’ve been keeping an eye on a sick cat all night. Went outside around 5 to knock snow off the tree branches. Don’t know how many inches we’ve gotten in P.G. but it came in over the tops of my boots.
Cats woke me up way too early but it gave me the opportunity to check out the snow situation outside in the balcony. It’s still snowing. Hard, and it’s blustery. I heard we will get a good 8 inches more so I am waiting til the end to go out and measure. Burrr. Still thawing from being outside.
BTW DennisG what an apt (and great) movie choice!
@Ripley: My mom lives down there and said the same thing, that there was real snow on the mountains — I remember visiting around Christmas a few years ago and there was a light dusting, but I’ve never seen the Organs with actual snow.
EDIT: As is typical of Chicago this winter, we got a light dusting of outlying weather while all the other states apparently get the snow that we used to. Can’t say that I really miss it.
bob from new jersey
Dry as a bone in God’s country. Good thing, as I have theater tickets today.
After the nightmare of travel thursday night/friday, i finally got to the hotel last night and slept from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Best sleep I’ve had in years. And my suitcase finally showed up.
It was 60 degrees and sunny in the western part of the State of the Rising Star yesterday. expecting more today.
Obviously first you shovel, then you do snow sculpture with the snow you carefully piled up in the shoveling. That’s what I’m doing.
It’s very sad. There are no kids left in this house, so I have to do all the playing in the snow myself. While my wife looks out from the cozy house and wonders about my sanity.
Edit: Her advice to you is: The hell with the shoveling. Go sledding.
We have over 16 in. at my house. If any one wants to see precipitation measurements from all over the country collected by volunsteers go to the CoCoRAHS, Community Cooperative Ran, Hail and Snow network I like to start at the map page. for both “New Precipitation, water equivalent” and for “New Snow Depth”. My report for the morning is in there.
A good day to sit home, make soup and read!
When I got up at 6:30 (or so) there still wasn’t snow in NYC, I went back to bed. By 7:40-something I woke up again and there was snow — a little bit sticking to some surfaces. But it did get colder.
Northern NJ still has no snow. And I bought milk and everything.
0955 on Saturday morning in NYC, and the only white stuff on the ground I can see is the snowmelt the pessimistic and/or prepared have scattered around just in case.
Works for me, btw: big party planned for tonite, and most of our friends are coming in from the NYC Metro area.
South Jersey, just east of Camden. It is 21 inches in my backyard and still coming down.
Still no snow here in ‘snowy’ Minnesota. I haz a sad.
@Thoughtcrime: That’s a gorgeous-looking mountain you got there!
@arguingwithsignposts: Envy for the good sleep–I haz it.
@kommrade reproductive vigor: Oh no! How is sick kitty today?
add to #35: most of our friends – minus one schmendrick who threw his back out shoveling snow in E Pennsy/Trenton area, where there was about a foot onthe ground.
With a great name: Mt. Diablo.
However, some wingnut keeps trying to get it renamed after a real life devil: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/scavenger/detail?entry_id=56221
Here in Fells Point I am close enough to the bars to have waded through the snow for beer and whiskey last night but now my little formstone clad rowhouse is so covered up that I can’t even open the front door, hon.
Also in Baltimore. Around three feet. Just stopped snowing. There’s a sort of cavern under my patio table, which you can see into through the tiny hole between the bottom of the snow and the top of the table. The cats meow to go out; I open the back door; they take one look at it and run away in terror, shaking their little paws as though they were covered in snow. And all this is only possible because I shoveled three feet of snow away from the back door. The front door is still impassable.
Now’s the time when people who bought 2WD SUVs look really stupid. Also, people who forget to put their SUVs in 4×4, if they have that option.
I mean, this is one of the main reasons to get an SUV rather than a minivan, right?