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Blizzard of 2015

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by drd1135, Jan 27, 2015.

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  1. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Here's a place for my (former) fellow New Englanders to post some blizzard shots. I get nostalgic for pictures of other people shoveling snow.
     
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  2. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason
    Yall stay safe. I was just thinking about the folks here. I know several live up in the NE.
     
  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    this photo thread needs more photos
     
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  4. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    What about us in the Philly area? We were supposed to get creamed, but ended up with huge drifts of up to about an inch - maybe 3/4 of an inch. I'll see if I can get some epic photos of the dusting we got. Looks like the meteorologists got the basic storm right, but missed on the track. Even NYC got a fraction of the prediction. Which I have to assume is a wise and vengeful god paying the whole New England region back for the Patriot's Deflate-Gate shenanigans...

    Seriously, stay safe up there folks!

    Edit - OK, here's a preview. It actually looks worse than it was since there were remnants of a previous small snow from several days ago. It's probably a touch worse up north and, more critically, east of here. The Jersey Shore actually got a pretty good dump about like New York City, but they were the west edge that did - NE ought to get hit a lot harder...

    15761270113_e59f9a4680_h. Storm of the Century by ramboorider1, on Flickr

    -Ray
     
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  5. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Maybe they're all hunkered down in snow caves. Or passed out from being stuck inside with all the emergency beer supplies. That's probably what my relatives are doing.
     
  6. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 SC Top Veteran

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    Jul 21, 2012
    NJ, USA
    Ed
    Not as much as expected in NJ, thankfully.

    DSC05176.
     
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  7. rbelyell

    rbelyell SC Top Veteran

    820
    May 14, 2013
    NY Mtns
    our '100 year epic storm' in ny was less than an inch in the 'state of emergency' upstate snow belt and a few inches in nyc. shut down the greatest city in the world for nothin, and before a single snowflake hit pavement. my gosh, what have we become? i grew up in a 'can do' country where we were taught to dominate fear. now we're becoming a fear based country that pretty much cant do a damned thing. i know, it was 'just a snowstorm', 'cept it wasnt. to me it was the new paradigm for how we don't/can't/incorrectly handle everything. and of course, since everyone defends and justifies their ridiculous antics, we also can no longer learn from our mistakes--seems nobody makes any! so we all just keep traveling down hill...i'm not enjoying the ride. are you?
     
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  8. serhan

    serhan SC All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    NYC
    We got a foot or so at North of NYC. Now I see the sun shine. La Guardia airport reports 11" and it goes upto 2+ feet when you go to Central to Eastern Long Island. I guess Boston is getting a bunch too... The storm stayed more on the ocean...

    I remember government offices in DC shut down last year in a similar situation and we didn't get much snow at that time also...
     
  9. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    They get the forecasts right a lot more than they get 'em wrong in recent years - I can think of one other really badly blown blizzard prediction in the 22+ years I've lived in the Mid-Atlantic / Northeast, and a couple of surprise storms that hit just the right odd set of temps and moisture to catch a lot of people by surprise with ice. One of those was just a couple of weeks ago and a lot of people died out on the roads and I'd MUCH rather have had a false positive prediction on that one with people staying home unnecessarily than the false negative one we did have. If NYC really had been hit with 2-3 feet of snow, all of the closings would have looked like the minimum they should have done, as was the case after Hurricane Sandy when they took a lot of precautions and in retrospect probably should have taken more. Or Katrina, where far too little was done in advance, which was fairly clear in the days leading up to the storm and catastrophically evident in the weeks following. So I'm fully comfortable with public officials taking precautions in the face of big storm forecasts - particularly given the increase in these types of extreme events in recent years. Even given the inevitability of the occasional forecast that turns out to be badly wrong.

    I ski-bummed in a small Colorado mountain town in the very early 1980's, when meteorology was much more of an art and less of a science than it is today. Given the variability of mountain weather and the lack of resources available to the small local forecasters in towns like mine (never mind the lack of instant access to data anyone can get today), the success rate was probably closer to 1/3 right rather than the 95% plus success rate major forecasters generally have today. The weather guy at our one local radio station was a friend of mine - he worked the lifts too because he didn't get paid to do the weather. And fortunately his personality was well suited to taking the constant abuse he inevitably got from a town full of powder hounds who were disappointed far more often than not. The stakes for what can happen to a major city today are far greater than a false positive powder forecast in a small ski-town in 1981-82 - and I'm grateful for how often they get it right and for how prepared our civic leaders have gotten compared to even 10 years ago.

    Also, don't forget that just because they missed the track by 50-75 miles (which isn't exactly a blown forecast, just one that's a few percentage points of) and parts of New York and Pennsylvania were spared, Boston is still getting nailed and a number of places are getting historic amounts of snow. Much better that stuff is closed and people stayed off the roads in eastern Long Island and much of New England. I'd say this forecast was much more of a success than failure...

    So, yeah, I'm enjoying the ride - it's the only one I've got. And in my mid-50's, I'm not at all sure it's the rest of the world going downhill or if it's mostly me! Old guys like us have always been sour about the state of the world. FWIW, I've never wanted to "dominate fear" - I've wanted to base it on the best information available and not react irrationally to it, but there were things worth being afraid of and I had a few friends who didn't make it out of their early 20's for trying to dominate fear rather than using it prudently. I'd personally rather continue downhill slowly rather than all at once, whether personally or collectively...

    -Ray
     
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  10. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Here's a shot...:





















    ...think I might have overexposed - a tad...
     
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  11. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    That's NEW England, Bill . . .

     
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  12. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    this isn't going to end well
     
  13. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    wait a second.....i thought this was an image thread?
     
  14. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    It is... Or it will be an ex-thread.
     
  15. Briar

    Briar SC All-Pro

    Oct 27, 2010
    Scotland
    Karen
    I've not seen any snow this year ... hoping some is coming our way tomorrow but in the meantime, this is all I've got:

    SiJ2015-Day13b.
     
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  16. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Yeah Tony, I did misunderstand a good bit of your intent in that initial post. Given the clarification you posted (briefly, but I saw it), we agree on most of the details and in the interest of keeping this an image thread I won't get into the few points of remaining disagreement. They're not that important anyway and clearly this isn't the place for it anyway...

    -Ray
     
  17. rbelyell

    rbelyell SC Top Veteran

    820
    May 14, 2013
    NY Mtns
    yeah, sorry, its a sore spot for me, but this is the wrong place to vent, so i deleted the post. pix ahoy!
     
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  18. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes SC Regular

    113
    Aug 26, 2012
    Changsha, Hunan, China
    Colin
    I agree with this but it seems to be accompanied with much more hyperbole in the (Canadian) media recently. I'm an expat living in China for over a decade and I go back to Canada once a year during the winter. It is interesting to see how the media changes over time and being away from it, you really notice the differences. The weather fluctuates more than it used to and they a do a good job predicting it (although I still get annoyed at 50% chance of anything).
     
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  19. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    It certainly doesn't bode well that we haven't heard from any of the New Englanders yet. Maybe they are out taking lots of pictures. Or fighting off the wolves.
     
  20. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    My family outside Boston -- the ones that did not escape to the middle Rio-Grande valley like me -- are buried in snow, and it was still snowing when I talked to my sister an hour ago, with two feet already on the ground. I think she's more interested in staying inside than in taking pictures. Maybe when the house-bound can get outside we'll get some..
     
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