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gregamy

join:2003-05-22
Middletown, CT

[SNOW] The Winter 2012/2013 Thread

We had ours last year, now it's Glenn's turn again to dance the little weather dances...

Sandy a Sign of Winter to Come
...
Above-normal snow is forecast for the I-95 cities, including Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., this winter with an active coastal storm track expected.
...
»www.accuweather.com/en/weather-n···/1741302




tito
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I think it depends on who you listen to. I actually read just the opposite on weather.com a couple weeks ago. Accuweather is run by a crew of Winter fanatics, so I take anything they say with a grain of salt. Also, they can't pin down a Winter crap storm 3 days ahead of time, never mind 3 months! We shall see.

In any case, I am very much looking forward to next April!



SwedishRider
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I take those longer range forecasts with a large grain of salt. Last year was supposed to be the winter to end all winters for the city of Chicago... and they got close to nuttin' like the rest of us. Considering how badly some of these forecasts have been blown as of late... I can't say I'll put a lot of faith in this one...

Now that I've said that... time to get the snow thrower ready!



tito
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reply to gregamy

I forgot to say, I remember them saying the exact same thing last year, and look what happened! A 'one and done' Winter.



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With the climate in overdrive, I'm thinking one of these Winters in the near future may even induce Glenn to wish for Spring.

Perhaps we're due for a 3 or 4 footer? Hmmm...

When it comes to weather, we only have one certainty -- that areas that are prone to extensive weather issues (like lower Manhattan) will have done nothing to prevent future dilemmas. Our planning for the future as a populace is roughly 8 or 10 hours in advance. Then the response is "Run for your lives!!!"

I have to side with the weather wags when they tell us "Flood controls designed for the 20th century are not appropriate for the 21st." Do tell...

Apologies for the negative. Intended more as sarcastic, not that sarcasm is much better.



SwedishRider
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Well, much to the dismay of many in this forum... I'm kinda hoping for a whopper so I can get some seat time on that new snow thrower I bought.



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My first snow blower usage was only 4 or 5 years ago. I'm standing here, and the snow is going 20 or 30' over there -
what's not to like about that?

One little caveat - it's almost always windy just after a snow storm.
One day of post storm calm would be nice to keep the snow out of our faces, but Mother Nature thinks otherwise.

I'll never forget one day while blowing snow, the boss and family arrived. I opened the back hatch of their car to unload and said "Hello." The kids just looked at me, and said nothing. A fully iced beard and mirrored glacier shades perhaps? I guess they thought Admiral Byrd had risen from the dead to blow their driveway.



squirrel83
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reply to gregamy

December 11th and still no snow here in NYC. I am deeply depressed over the situation.



Glenn
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reply to gregamy

Looks like we're in for a little down here today. But up in VT and NH is where the good stuff will be...
--
I ski at Mount Snow



gregamy

join:2003-05-22
Middletown, CT

Writing to you from Cajun Country. 40s now, rain yesterday, 71 day before. 50s and sunny tomorrow.

Enjoy, Glenn!



TrainBuff
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reply to gregamy

Glenn..can you please come to Buffalo and take your snow.
We got nailed last night with about a foot and more on the way. Another storm in expected Saturday.



SwedishRider
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I got nuttin' from this one.. I'll have to head outside and give my snow thrower a pep talk as it probably feels very unloved.



Harddrive
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reply to gregamy

Click for full size
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Not good. Not good at all.


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said by Harddrive:

Not good. Not good at all.

I'm heading out now to give a pep talk to my snow thrower.


tito
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reply to gregamy

Not happy about tomorrow's forecast at all. I had plans, and they are now totally ruined. Did I ever mention how much I hate snow????

80 more days until Spring. Please hurry!



Harddrive
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tito, I knew you'd be hating this. You never moved south like you said you were thinking about doing.



tito
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reply to gregamy

Soon, I hope. Gets worse on me every year! And when it ruins plans on top of everything else, you get the picture....



tito
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reply to gregamy

Not giving up hope of the storm taking a last minute swerve & staying out to sea where it belongs. Then I will be able to still do what I would like to tomorrow. They've done it before. Keeping my fingers crossed tomorrow's does the same!



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Well, my AWD Rider snow thrower was finally put to use today after about a foot of snow last night, and it was UNSTOPPABLE!!

With no tire ballast, no wheel weights, and no chains, and starting from the bottom of my driveway, up a constant 9-degree slope, it never slipped or hesitated once!! It bit the ground and somehow knew where to send traction. Snow was flying at peak setting at least 40-50 feet. It was super impressive. I got done in record time, and got two of my neighbor's driveways done so I could get some more seat time.

I had a couple of quick videos shot from indoors, but during the next storm, I intend to get some better video. These videos really don't do it justice... but at least for now you can have a look.

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=dA75fPyRufs


»www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUhFW1F2Rqg


I did learn from this first trial, and I have some pathway ideas to make next time easier. But this is one tough machine. I honestly thought about getting some chains before the storm just to have them on hand for when my machine started to slip on the steepness, but I would have never used them. Frankly, that Rider has better traction than my vehicles. When I was all done, and the road was packed with a slick, icy coating (sun was coming out), I tried to navigate up it, just to see if it could do it, and it never spun, complained or hesitated. It was freakish actually!

Consider me impressed!


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Congrats! That thing's a beast.
And after looking at the accessory product page, you need the broom attachment to be able to finish up the little stuff left over.



meskinct
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So how large of a propane tank does it have on-board?



SwedishRider
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said by meskinct:

So how large of a propane tank does it have on-board?

Nice. You laugh... but I actually did ask the dealer if Husqvarna made a propane model before I bought my Rider.


SwedishRider
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Well, I know I'll take some flack for this... but now I'm kinda hoping for a few good Snowzilla storms this season... I'm looking forward to getting back on my snow thrower rig.

Snowstorms are actually kinda fun now believe it or not.



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Why don't you take that puppy about 5 or 6 hours north and get some seat time in? I'm sure some folks up there might welcome a break from their 'fun'.

I see no reason for the rest of us to suffer just so you can have a few hours of machine ecstasy.
--
Rich. My Website



SwedishRider
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said by meskinct:

I see no reason for the rest of us to suffer just so you can have a few hours of machine ecstasy.

I know, I know... I agree... I feel ashamed.

But it is fun to use...


Glenn
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reply to gregamy

Looks like some snow could be on the way tomorrow....



gregamy

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Yay.



SwedishRider
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Snow thrower time!!



Harddrive
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I'm happy that you're happy about your new machine. Tito... well, not so much.


pandora
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reply to gregamy

Connecticut DOT snow accumulation for the 2012-2013 season is here - »www.dotdata.ct.gov/WeatherRoundU···ndex.HTM