Our first snowfall of any significance …

13 Dec

We’ve had a bit of snow; only about 3½ inches in this locality, which isn’t very much, but it was sufficient to cause a 40-car pile-up on the local expressway just to our south. No pictures of that, though you might be able to find videos of it on the TV archives … ours even made the national news. Our snow was part of the really massive winter-weather system that has been torturing the South and and the Atlantic Seaboard for the past few days. A few deaths, from various storm-related causes. I got out the second day, and got a few pictures:

Hmmm … seems I don’t know how to centre these. Oh, well …
I suspect this is but a small sample of what we can expect, come winter, though if the weather follows last year’s pattern, we might be sitting in a “precipitation island”, where the storms go north of us, the storms go south of us, but we get bloody little moisture of any sort, snow or rain.
The old folks I live with think that’s wonderful, but it really messes up the local ecology.
Take care, folks,
and Cheers!

Sorry I lost all your comments, folks … I tried to do a little editing, and the editing software on this benighted site just hashes everything up to the point that it can’t be corrected. It gets to the point where you just have to chuck it all out and repost it as it was at first, and that means you lose all the comments. 

But I did find that TV vid of the pileup on US 41/45:


Posted by on December 13, 2013 in Uncategorized


18 responses to “Our first snowfall of any significance …

  1. coisart

    December 13, 2013 at 6:28 am

    I was wondering why my feed went haywire!

    • Darko

      December 13, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Yup, me too 😀

  2. Darko

    December 13, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Anyway, all our snow has melted by now. But it wasn’t that much of it, anyway 🙂

    • d4rkn1ght

      December 14, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      It is snowing again here! 😮

  3. Deb Platt

    December 14, 2013 at 1:41 am

    dW, first some WordPress related info. When you open up one of your posts in the editing window, near the top right there’s the “Save Post” button. A few lines below that is “Revisions”. You can use this to roll back to a previous version of a post if you want.

    I typically write my posts in an editor on my laptop, then copy it over and paste it into the WordPress editing window when I’m done with it.

    I enjoyed your photos (loved the beautiful sky). I could only watch a few minutes of the video because it was awful watching the people going so fast toward the stopped cars. I was once stopped on the freeway due to a traffic jam. We were just over a crest in the hill, so oncoming cars didn’t know about the stopped cars. I could watch in my mirror as the car behind me approached too fast, and there was nothing I could do about it except get ready to be rear-ended.

    • derwandersmann

      December 14, 2013 at 2:57 am

      That happened to me once in perfectly clear weather … a kid wasn’t paying attention and slammed into me at a light. He was horrified at what my car looked like, but I had been bashed up really bad by a hit-and-run guy in Madison. I should have hit him up for a gazillion bucks, so he could pay for my body work, but I didn’t … I told him that it wasn’t his responsibility, and wound up paying $700 myself.
      I wouldn’t have got it fixed, but it was a lovely old Cutlass Supreme, and a very desirable car.

      • d4rkn1ght

        December 14, 2013 at 4:29 pm

        That was a massive car pileup. 😯

        I love snow and cold weather, and I don’t mind shoveling snow. But driving in the snow with the speed maniacs in the road is the only thing I don’t like about this season. 🙄

  4. Furie

    December 14, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Lot of snow there. So far, we’ve yet to have much rain nevermind snow.

    The only problems I’ve had editing is in strict HTML standards on the site stopping me from doing some of the things I’ve done elsewhere. Still, there are workarounds and you get used to them pretty quickly. I’d be happy to help if you have any questions.

  5. Adele Brand

    December 14, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    That’s snow…none here so far this winter, although we’ve had a few marginally chilly days. Thank you for reminding me why I should never drive in North America in the winter :eyes:

    • derwandersmann

      December 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      LOL … you Brits usually have it pretty soft in Winter, at least until you get north of the Midlands … Scotland, especially the area north of Loch Ness, is a real caution, especially when you take into account the number of single-lane roads (“Passing place ahead”) and the number of drunks … it rivals Wisconsin, where drunk-driving in winter approaches the level of an Olympic sport.

  6. Serola

    December 16, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Well, here snow is coming and going… Yesterday morning we got plenty of it, but then it started to rain water. And thanks to law that says everyone has to use winter tires (studded ones), there are no problems caused by icy roads.

    What comes to centering the images, in HTML it goes like this:

    • Serola

      December 16, 2013 at 5:45 am

      And looks like some HTML is not allowed… I next tried to use centering tool on WP’s graphic editor and that seems to work. First select the image and then click centering button on graphic editor.

    • derwandersmann

      December 17, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      LOL … the laws here tend to militate against studded tires, to save wear and tear on the roads. The concern seems a bit misplaced, if you ask me.
      Personally, I rather enjoy driving in snow on regular tires … even on tires so worn as to have only traces of tread … it’s a test of skill, and the only time I’ve ever had any trouble was on black ice … I bent a tie-rod end that time.

      I take it that the HTML method doesn’t work?

      • Serola

        December 18, 2013 at 11:27 am

        Some HTML works but not the ‘center’ attribute. There you have to use ‘Align center’ button on graphic editor.

  7. Words

    December 17, 2013 at 12:30 am

    That’s a pretty scary video. Thankfully where we are there are so many hills that the traffic just grinds to a halt when it snows. So far no sign of any of the white stuff this far south. We had our fill last winter (I hope).

    • derwandersmann

      December 17, 2013 at 3:26 am

      What strikes me straightaway is how incredibly thick they must be to be driving at anything like that speed in such dirty weather. And it doesn’t pay to just pull over to the side (provided you can find it), because one of those yo-yos will come screaming along and pile into you.
      Hmmm … no “quote” routine here …
      I remember your lot last year, and a winter some years back, when you were busy posting photos of your snowy garden.

  8. Harry...the Man!

    December 31, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Still no snow in the UK. Some thick frost, lots of rain but no snow. We typically get the white stuff in February time in the south of the UK.

  9. derwandersmann

    December 31, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Yes; Words and Adele have been remarking on it. And Eva, in Sweden, says that what they’ve had, mostly, is wet and cold … no snow.


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