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Old 01-29-2014, 09:51 AM   #1
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:06 AM   #2
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:12 AM   #3
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Haha, I've heard about Atlanta. I-75...

I was driving around late last night in the hills around Chattanooga. Why do people try to drive their BMW's up a steep hill? I saw a brand new 335i in the ditch. Oh well.
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That is a snow day? Hey...where is the snow?
lol.. the threat of the s-word and the south shuts down. admittedly, they don't have near the resources or infrastructure to support winter weather road and highway safety. and investing in it probably isn't high on the priority list for any major metro area in the south...
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I drove around a bit yesterday and passed numerous stuck cars by driving through the grass or sidewalk. It was actually pretty fun...except for the idiots clogging everything up with their poorly equipped sports cars.
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I drove around a bit yesterday and passed numerous stuck cars by driving through the grass or sidewalk. It was actually pretty fun...except for the idiots clogging everything up with their poorly equipped sports cars.
the best part... making a little extra coin pulling stuck folks out of ditches. but be careful - don't want to be liable for anything...
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Just to put things in perspective:
Here in Florida, we were amazed at how much damage Hurricane Sandy caused in New York. It was just a weak CAT 1 storm when it hit NJ/NY.
In Florida, we don't even put up our hurricane shutters for something like this.

So, in the South, when it snows, we really don't have a clue and are horribly unprepared.
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Just to put things in perspective:
Here in Florida, we were amazed at how much damage Hurricane Sandy caused in New York. It was just a weak CAT 1 storm when it hit NJ/NY.
In Florida, we don't even put up our hurricane shutters for something like this.

So, in the South, when it snows, we really don't have a clue and are horribly unprepared.
That's an extremely poor analogy. The damage from Sandy was real.
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I spent the afternoon shuttling my son's high school friends home from where they had to abandon their cars. While doing that, I picked up a bunch of random strangers who were walking after abandoning their cars and got them home. Some had walked 10 miles or more before I picked them up.

The biggest problem was cars and 2wd trucks trying to get up hills and then getting stuck and jamming the road for people who could drive.
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Just to put things in perspective:
Here in Florida, we were amazed at how much damage Hurricane Sandy caused in New York. It was just a weak CAT 1 storm when it hit NJ/NY.
In Florida, we don't even put up our hurricane shutters for something like this.

So, in the South, when it snows, we really don't have a clue and are horribly unprepared.
Just drive slow, slowly give it gas, and don't slam on the brakes when/if you feel yourself sliding.....that's about it.
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Just to put things in perspective:
Here in Florida, we were amazed at how much damage Hurricane Sandy caused in New York. It was just a weak CAT 1 storm when it hit NJ/NY.
In Florida, we don't even put up our hurricane shutters for something like this.

So, in the South, when it snows, we really don't have a clue and are horribly unprepared.
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That's an extremely poor analogy. The damage from Sandy was real.
tom i don't think bills saying that sandy wasn't terrible for the north east... but i'll be honest - houses along the coast down here - are built for that. and some of that surge and flooding - we see with every thunderstorm - so a category 1 storm on florida - really is just a glorified thunderstorm.

like the way this storm (from a northerner's perspective) is perceived... you guys think what is so significant about an ice storm.... and it's panic mode down here....

just my perspective.
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From my front porch looking up road out of my subdivision...

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Before ya'll go saying Southerners can't handle a couple inches let me clarify a few things:

The snow that came in was more than expected and hit further north than predicted - and Atlanta doesn't have the equipment for that (but then ppl would bitch if millions were spent on equipment that is rarely used).

School systems should take A LOT of the blame as they waited until the last minute to close schools (I was notified at 1:46 that schools were dismissed at 1:45). So you had millions of parents trying to get home - ALL AT THE SAME TIME. Couple that with the weather and only being able to poke along and you will end up with grid lock.

People are going to try to get home and get to their kids in whatever vehicle they are in. I think the world would be a better place if EVERYONE drove a Jeep but that's not reality. But even a Jeep can't handle ice. I tried to go rescue a friend today and after sliding side ways down a hill and realizing that lockers, 4-low, etc are useless when brakes and steering wheel won't respond on the ice, I had to turn around.

One thing though is that Southerners will help. People opened their homes to complete strangers, teachers and staff spending the night with their students. It's chaotic but there's always Southern Hospitality.
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That's an extremely poor analogy. The damage from Sandy was real.
It was a matter of being prepared.
The damage cause by the snow is very real to those who are unprepared.
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Before ya'll go saying Southerners can't handle a couple inches let me clarify a few things:

The snow that came in was more than expected and hit further north than predicted - and Atlanta doesn't have the equipment for that (but then ppl would bitch if millions were spent on equipment that is rarely used).

School systems should take A LOT of the blame as they waited until the last minute to close schools (I was notified at 1:46 that schools were dismissed at 1:45). So you had millions of parents trying to get home - ALL AT THE SAME TIME. Couple that with the weather and only being able to poke along and you will end up with grid lock.

People are going to try to get home and get to their kids in whatever vehicle they are in. I think the world would be a better place if EVERYONE drove a Jeep but that's not reality. But even a Jeep can't handle ice. I tried to go rescue a friend today and after sliding side ways down a hill and realizing that lockers, 4-low, etc are useless when brakes and steering wheel won't respond on the ice, I had to turn around.

One thing though is that Southerners will help. People opened their homes to complete strangers, teachers and staff spending the night with their students. It's chaotic but there's always Southern Hospitality.

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tom i don't think bills saying that sandy wasn't terrible for the north east... but i'll be honest - houses along the coast down here - are built for that. and some of that surge and flooding - we see with every thunderstorm - so a category 1 storm on florida - really is just a glorified thunderstorm.

like the way this storm (from a northerner's perspective) is perceived... you guys think what is so significant about an ice storm.... and it's panic mode down here....

just my perspective.
Most of the damage was done to the Jersey shore and it was more from the ocean surge than the actual wind or storm.

I'm from NJ so snow is nothing to me. Here in MD, the panic and lack of simple driving skills is amazing.

An ice storm is a problem no matter where it is. They are more rare up north, but just as dangerous and problematic. It would have been much smarter to have closed schools down there in advance of the weather. I'm really surprised they didn't. Here in MD just the threat of a storm is enough to close schools. Growing up in NJ, if it stopped snowing by 6AM we were going to school. I used to curse the sound of the snowplow during the night!
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An ice storm is a problem no matter where it is. They are more rare up north, but just as dangerous and problematic. It would have been much smarter to have closed schools down there in advance of the weather. I'm really surprised they didn't. Here in MD just the threat of a storm is enough to close schools. Growing up in NJ, if it stopped snowing by 6AM we were going to school. I used to curse the sound of the snowplow during the night!
i would agree with that... would've been a much smarter move.
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You Southerners lovin that "global warming" bs the tree huggers/libs keeps harping about, lol?

Yeah I know, this super cold, weather in the South is also caused by Global Warming, blah, blah, blah
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You Southerners lovin that "global warming" bs the tree huggers/libs keeps harping about, lol?

Yeah I know, this super cold, weather in the South is also caused by Global Warming, blah, blah, blah
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From my front porch looking up road out of my subdivision...
That looks like 2-3 inches of snow that just hasn't been plowed yet...and in two days it will all be melted anyway.

Don't get me wrong, I get what you are saying...while I grew up in Iowa and Illinois, I did live in Dallas as well.

It is just a matter of perspective...because down there....an inch and a half of snow could shut the entire state down. They just didn't have the snow plows and salt trucks, nor the experience to deal with it.

In our subdivision, the association won't even plow unless there is at least 2 inches of snow. It just isn't worth the effort.

This winter reminds me of winter as a kid in Iowa 30 years ago...when there is snow on top of snow (because the last snowfall never melted)....and there would be snow mounds from December until April.
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You Southerners lovin that "global warming" bs the tree huggers/libs keeps harping about, lol?

Yeah I know, this super cold, weather in the South is also caused by Global Warming, blah, blah, blah
Keep the politics out of the thread.
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Down here, when the heater core starts to leak, we simply remove the water lines and just route them back to each other.
The heater doesn't work anymore but...
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I sure had fun with it. I was off work (normal day off) but made sure to get out and enjoy it. Seems like no one was prepared, but the fact that these people can't drive in a couple inches of snow is hilarious. Hell I didn't even take the time to put my windows on and had more fun than half of Atlanta.


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That looks like 2-3 inches of snow that just hasn't been plowed yet...and in two days it will all be melted anyway.

Don't get me wrong, I get what you are saying...while I grew up in Iowa and Illinois, I did live in Dallas as well.

It is just a matter of perspective...because down there....an inch and a half of snow could shut the entire state down. They just didn't have the snow plows and salt trucks, nor the experience to deal with it.

In our subdivision, the association won't even plow unless there is at least 2 inches of snow. It just isn't worth the effort.

This winter reminds me of winter as a kid in Iowa 30 years ago...when there is snow on top of snow (because the last snowfall never melted)....and there would be snow mounds from December until April.
I agree with you. We're forecast for temps in the 60's by Saturday. Just stay home and wait for it to melt.

I was just showing you the snow you asked for....
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Wow. Just wow.
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Didn't miss showing clients property yesterday... nor any appointments today, but there are several things to keep in mind...

1) Snow is different here. I spent my youth growing up and living in Michigan and Minnesota. I have driven on snow all over the place. But in the south, the snow is "warmer" and ices FAST. It IS slicker than driving on ice up north, and without fail I get to watch a New Yorker pile his 4wd into a ditch right after telling the world that southerners are just unable to negotiate a little weather.

2) THE biggest issue that Atlanta has yesterday on the surface streets was people that are @$$munches. I sat at an intersection waiting to get through for a VERY long time because of the morons that felt that THEY needed to get into the middle regardless of whether they could clear it before the light changed. Replay that thousands of time and then NOBODY can move because the intersections are all blocked up.

3) Despite the government saying that they were SO much faster this time, they still didn't react the right way when the weather turned. The places that they KNEW would be bad STILL haven't been treated.

4) and finally, I knew that I would see someone in a Jeep cruising up the interstate 20mph faster than he should have... and I did. And he almost balled it up (along with a couple other folks). I'm sure that he was telling his passenger that he was so much more prepared than anyone else... right up until he found himself trying to change direction and speed on ice.

And yes, I was toddling along in my Rubicon X... despite "knowing how to drive in the snow" and "4wheeling all over the place".
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Back in Cleveland we called that the first week of summer lol! Just kidding. Here in Phoenix folks freak when we get 1/2 inch of rain-I can only imagine a few inches of snow.

I have known plenty of @$$munches - those are by no means unique to Atlanta lol! We would get that in Cleveland with any good snowstorm. Or the ultimate traffic clusterf*ck - about 10 years ago when like the power grids went out for the whole like half of the country. That was perhaps worse for exactly the reason you said-everyone sitting into the intersection. (Only without power the lights never changed so that was a free for all lol!)

4WD only works when you are driving. When it comes to ice or stopping, all bets are off if there is an idiot behind the wheel.
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