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Title: Blizzard
Post by: pete b on January 26, 2015, 04:33:48 PM
Its looking more and more like we really are getting 2-3 feet of snow. I encourage those of you effected by this storm to stay home if you can. Don't be the yahoo who ties up police/fire/ambulance/tow trucks/plows because you are too important to miss work or think your AWD drive makes it ok to drive around for fun.
If your an employer or boss same thing: don't make people come in if they don't have to.
I'm doing a little work from home and keeping up with shoveling. This is when the brewing I did in the fall pays off: I have English Barleywine, Dark Belgian, and wee heavy to sip on in front of the fire. Be safe!
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Stevie on January 26, 2015, 04:36:22 PM
Good luck. Hope your fridge is stocked and your internet doesn't go out.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 26, 2015, 04:37:48 PM
Good luck. Hope your fridge is stocked and your internet doesn't go out.

+1.  Be safe. I'm sure the Midwest will gets its turn soon.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: theDarkSide on January 26, 2015, 04:46:49 PM
Connecticut just issued a travel ban, which means you will get cited if you are on the road.  All the other NE states should do the same thing.  My wife works at a hospital so she's expected to get into work but not if she can't get out of the driveway.

Stay safe everyone!  At least I have a fridge full of beer and can keep it cold if we lose power.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Jimmy K on January 26, 2015, 04:47:51 PM
I hope you all have your milk and bread. :)
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: theDarkSide on January 26, 2015, 04:49:44 PM
I hope you all have your milk and bread. :)

Judging by the panic at the grocery store yesterday, I'm sure some left without.  I spent the day getting my roof clear from the previous snow and tested the generator.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Stevie on January 26, 2015, 04:54:52 PM
I hope you all have your milk and bread. :)
I'm always astonished by this. Last time we had a good freeze in N. Texas, the grocery stores were getting cleared out even after the storm passed through. We thought we were prepared, but when I went to make pasta, I realized when I dumped the sauce in the pan that it was salsa. Damn Safeway and their labels that all look alike.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: majorvices on January 26, 2015, 04:59:26 PM
Y'all hunker down up there and be safe. I'll never forget the last blizzard I ever saw in 1993. I had lived up north all my life and had never seen anything like it. Sounds like this may even be worse.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: bluesman on January 26, 2015, 05:02:34 PM
The media certainly has hyped it up.  I hope it's not as bad as the projections from the weather forecasters.  Hope everyone stays safe.  :)
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: pete b on January 26, 2015, 05:11:12 PM
I hope you all have your milk and bread. :)
Actually I made sure we have scotch and chocolate. I baked a big 5# loaf of miche yesterday: sourdough breads last for days without going stale. Actually we're in good shape. We have our generator (which I ran yesterday) hooked up to our well pump and furnace and freezer/fridge plus a few other things plus we have a woodstove. We buy most stuff wholesale and have a well stocked pantry and freezer. I just feel bad for the dog. I'd hate to have to go outside to go to the bathroom.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: pinnah on January 26, 2015, 05:19:17 PM
That is awesome; wow am I jealous.

We have not had any weather here for ages...skiing either ice or hoar.
Now the meadowlarks are singing it is so warm.

Have fun shoveling. 8)
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: jtoots on January 26, 2015, 05:21:28 PM
MBTA just announced it will be shut down as of midnight.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Jimmy K on January 26, 2015, 06:03:32 PM
I hope you all have your milk and bread. :)
Actually I made sure we have scotch and chocolate. I baked a big 5# loaf of miche yesterday: sourdough breads last for days without going stale. Actually we're in good shape. We have our generator (which I ran yesterday) hooked up to our well pump and furnace and freezer/fridge plus a few other things plus we have a woodstove. We buy most stuff wholesale and have a well stocked pantry and freezer. I just feel bad for the dog. I'd hate to have to go outside to go to the bathroom.
That sounds better! And wow, a 5# miche must be huge. I've never made a miche and tend to make multiple smaller loaves.  But I have heard they keep well.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: pete b on January 26, 2015, 06:11:49 PM
I hope you all have your milk and bread. :)
Actually I made sure we have scotch and chocolate. I baked a big 5# loaf of miche yesterday: sourdough breads last for days without going stale. Actually we're in good shape. We have our generator (which I ran yesterday) hooked up to our well pump and furnace and freezer/fridge plus a few other things plus we have a woodstove. We buy most stuff wholesale and have a well stocked pantry and freezer. I just feel bad for the dog. I'd hate to have to go outside to go to the bathroom.
That sounds better! And wow, a 5# miche must be huge. I've never made a miche and tend to make multiple smaller loaves.  But I have heard they keep well.
Its the loaf that one of Peter Rheinhart's students is holding on the cover of "The Bread Baker's Apprentice." My girlfriend couldn't wait the two weeks to give me a birthday present of a pro-series Kitchenaid mixer so I broke it in with a double batch of pizza dough and the miche. I came very close to firing up the outdoor wood-fired oven to make pizza and bread as a protest against winter yesterday but the wind was blowing the snow around too much so I had to do the baking stone and pan of water thing.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Slowbrew on January 26, 2015, 06:52:24 PM
Everyone in the NE be safe.  We haven't had a really big one here in South-Central Iowa in many years.  Don't miss them too much either.

The comments about the grocery stores make me chuckle.  Last Fall the forecasters were calling for 4" and light winds.  You would have thought it was the end of the world judging by the grocery store parking lots.   ::) 

The big storms we have here today (knock on wood) are still small compared to the ones we had in NW Iowa when I was a kid (I know, know, walked to school, up hill both ways, 120 digs and 4 feet of snow and all that).  We had one that lasted for 3 or 4 days with 40+ inches of snow and 40-50 MPH winds for 4 days.  Most amazing snow storm I've ever seen.  Getting to the milking parlor required following a rope, it was crazy.  The sledding on the 35' drifts behind the grove was awesome though!  Once we found the cattle back, that is.   ;D

Again, be safe and have some fun in it once it's calmed down out there again.

Paul
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Jimmy K on January 26, 2015, 06:58:16 PM
Its the loaf that one of Peter Rheinhart's students is holding on the cover of "The Bread Baker's Apprentice." My girlfriend couldn't wait the two weeks to give me a birthday present of a pro-series Kitchenaid mixer so I broke it in with a double batch of pizza dough and the miche. I came very close to firing up the outdoor wood-fired oven to make pizza and bread as a protest against winter yesterday but the wind was blowing the snow around too much so I had to do the baking stone and pan of water thing.
I love that book. I just got a sourdough culture going in November, so I'll have to try the miche.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: pete b on January 26, 2015, 06:59:41 PM
Everyone in the NE be safe.  We haven't had a really big one here in South-Central Iowa in many years.  Don't miss them too much either.

The comments about the grocery stores make me chuckle.  Last Fall the forecasters were calling for 4" and light winds.  You would have thought it was the end of the world judging by the grocery store parking lots.   ::) 

The big storms we have here today (knock on wood) are still small compared to the ones we had in NW Iowa when I was a kid (I know, know, walked to school, up hill both ways, 120 digs and 4 feet of snow and all that).  We had one that lasted for 3 or 4 days with 40+ inches of snow and 40-50 MPH winds for 4 days.  Most amazing snow storm I've ever seen.  Getting to the milking parlor required following a rope, it was crazy.  The sledding on the 35' drifts behind the grove was awesome though!  Once we found the cattle back, that is.   ;D

Again, be safe and have some fun in it once it's calmed down out there again.

Paul
I'm always reminded of the Blizzard of '78 on my tenth birthday which was three days long, 36" of snow and completely unexpected. We shoveled paths through snow that were above the adults heads and the kitchen was pitch black because the snow was higher than the doors and windows.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: pete b on January 26, 2015, 07:03:23 PM
Its the loaf that one of Peter Rheinhart's students is holding on the cover of "The Bread Baker's Apprentice." My girlfriend couldn't wait the two weeks to give me a birthday present of a pro-series Kitchenaid mixer so I broke it in with a double batch of pizza dough and the miche. I came very close to firing up the outdoor wood-fired oven to make pizza and bread as a protest against winter yesterday but the wind was blowing the snow around too much so I had to do the baking stone and pan of water thing.
I love that book. I just got a sourdough culture going in November, so I'll have to try the miche.
Its actually not that hard either. You make a firm starter the day before from your barm then just make the dough the next day. I sub bowl and cloth for bannetons. I made it because I'm trying to use more whole grains and its my possibly favorite whole grain recipe. I almost typed "all grain" instead of "whole grain". You know your a homebrewer when...
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 26, 2015, 07:05:21 PM
Everyone in the NE be safe.  We haven't had a really big one here in South-Central Iowa in many years.  Don't miss them too much either.

The comments about the grocery stores make me chuckle.  Last Fall the forecasters were calling for 4" and light winds.  You would have thought it was the end of the world judging by the grocery store parking lots.   ::) 

The big storms we have here today (knock on wood) are still small compared to the ones we had in NW Iowa when I was a kid (I know, know, walked to school, up hill both ways, 120 digs and 4 feet of snow and all that).  We had one that lasted for 3 or 4 days with 40+ inches of snow and 40-50 MPH winds for 4 days.  Most amazing snow storm I've ever seen.  Getting to the milking parlor required following a rope, it was crazy.  The sledding on the 35' drifts behind the grove was awesome though!  Once we found the cattle back, that is.   ;D

Again, be safe and have some fun in it once it's calmed down out there again.

Paul
I'm always reminded of the Blizzard of '78 on my tenth birthday which was three days long, 36" of snow and completely unexpected. We shoveled paths through snow that were above the adults heads and the kitchen was pitch black because the snow was higher than the doors and windows.

Yeah, I was a kid living in the country in the winter of '78 and it took a bulldozer to open up our county road, a couple days after the snow ended. Still the biggest drifts I've ever seen. It was a kid's snow day sledding paradise, though.  I'll never forget it.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 26, 2015, 07:08:51 PM
We got a lot of snow last year, and bitter cold. Not much snow this year, the temp has been below average, the heating degree days are up about 10% from the long term average. Compared to last year, everyone is saying it isn't so bad!

Last year I couldn't through the snow any higher. Stay safe in the East.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Slowbrew on January 26, 2015, 07:12:53 PM
Everyone in the NE be safe.  We haven't had a really big one here in South-Central Iowa in many years.  Don't miss them too much either.

The comments about the grocery stores make me chuckle.  Last Fall the forecasters were calling for 4" and light winds.  You would have thought it was the end of the world judging by the grocery store parking lots.   ::) 

The big storms we have here today (knock on wood) are still small compared to the ones we had in NW Iowa when I was a kid (I know, know, walked to school, up hill both ways, 120 digs and 4 feet of snow and all that).  We had one that lasted for 3 or 4 days with 40+ inches of snow and 40-50 MPH winds for 4 days.  Most amazing snow storm I've ever seen.  Getting to the milking parlor required following a rope, it was crazy.  The sledding on the 35' drifts behind the grove was awesome though!  Once we found the cattle back, that is.   ;D

Again, be safe and have some fun in it once it's calmed down out there again.

Paul
I'm always reminded of the Blizzard of '78 on my tenth birthday which was three days long, 36" of snow and completely unexpected. We shoveled paths through snow that were above the adults heads and the kitchen was pitch black because the snow was higher than the doors and windows.

Yeah, I was a kid living in the country in the winter of '78 and it took a bulldozer to open up our county road, a couple days after the snow ended. Still the biggest drifts I've ever seen. It was a kid's snow day sledding paradise, though.  I'll never forget it.

We hired a bulldozer to "build" fences after the storm ('75 I think).  Snow was packed so hard the steers could just walk out of the yard.  Most of them came back when they got hungry but we had to go find and herd back a few.

The drifts out by the burn pile were taller than the cattle shed and the 80 year old pine trees looked like Christmas trees.  I'd laugh at the "old man" telling tall tales if I hadn't lived through it.

Paul
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 26, 2015, 07:23:36 PM
  I'd laugh at the "old man" telling tall tales if I hadn't lived through it.


Yeah, exactly !   'Hey you kids.......'     :D
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: theDarkSide on January 26, 2015, 07:49:31 PM
I was in VT in '78 and almost 11 years old.  I don't remember getting an enormous amount of snow from this storm.  But then I was a kid and didn't really care.

(http://www.myvintagegeneration.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/boston.jpg)
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: pete b on January 26, 2015, 07:57:37 PM
I was in VT in '78 and almost 11 years old.  I don't remember getting an enormous amount of snow from this storm.  But then I was a kid and didn't really care.

(http://www.myvintagegeneration.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/boston.jpg)
No one knew it was coming and everyone had a big car with rear wheel drive...
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on January 26, 2015, 08:06:50 PM
Good luck. Hope your fridge is stocked and your internet doesn't go out.

+1.  Be safe. I'm sure the Midwest will gets its turn soon.

glad this one is missing us..and i hope no time soon!
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: theDarkSide on January 26, 2015, 08:08:15 PM
No one knew it was coming and everyone had a big car with rear wheel drive...

We had 4 wheel drive vehicles...but you did need to get out and lock the front hubs to engage it :)
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on January 26, 2015, 08:45:48 PM
No one knew it was coming and everyone had a big car with rear wheel drive...

We had 4 wheel drive vehicles...but you did need to get out and lock the front hubs to engage it :)

ha exactly. i had a 1966 jeep truck at 16..had caterpillar drive and you engaged it from the glove box.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: morticaixavier on January 26, 2015, 11:41:10 PM
I may have a dim memory of that '78 storm. I would have been two. Possibly living in a Quonset hut at the time. in Hinesburg VT. possibly in the north end of Burlington.

I remember quite a few big 24"+ storms growing up in Vermont. actually not just growing up. I lived on the side of mt mansfield before I moved out west and we had a couple 24"+ storms over the two years we lived there. Nice back country skiing after a big storm like that. Just don't go out alone or you might get stuck up to your chest is snow.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on January 26, 2015, 11:46:19 PM

I may have a dim memory of that '78 storm. I would have been two. Possibly living in a Quonset hut at the time. in Hinesburg VT. possibly in the north end of Burlington.

I remember quite a few big 24"+ storms growing up in Vermont. actually not just growing up. I lived on the side of mt mansfield before I moved out west and we had a couple 24"+ storms over the two years we lived there. Nice back country skiing after a big storm like that. Just don't go out alone or you might get stuck up to your chest is snow.

Exactly. I lived near sugar bush and then went to ski school at killington. Great times in Vermont ; always love to go back there.


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Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: jeffy on January 27, 2015, 12:19:22 AM
The winter of 78 was the biggest reason we moved from Cincinnati to Florida.
I drove to work the day of the blizzard, mostly because when it got too cold the radio stopped working in my car so I didn't know it was a blizzard until later.
During the next week people were walking across the Ohio River for cryin out loud.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: erockrph on January 27, 2015, 01:21:14 AM
Yeah, I'm not looking forward to tomorrow at all. I live square in middle of the 24"-30"+ circle on the map, and I'm working at the hospital tomorrow. I hate to have to leave my wife and son home alone in this. I'm just hoping we don't end up with an extended power outage since that means no heat or water.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: pete b on January 27, 2015, 02:06:47 AM
Yeah, I'm not looking forward to tomorrow at all. I live square in middle of the 24"-30"+ circle on the map, and I'm working at the hospital tomorrow. I hate to have to leave my wife and son home alone in this. I'm just hoping we don't end up with an extended power outage since that means no heat or water.
That's a bummer you have to go in tomorrow Eric. These types of storms do seem to really hit harder down your way. Its cold enough that the snow won't be wet so hopefully your power won't go out, at least not for long.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: pete b on January 27, 2015, 02:50:00 PM
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=i6zaVYWLTkU
"Gotta get the bread and milk" FYI this video is a bit loud.
So far we still have power and the biggest drifts aren't in the worst places. I'm impressed at how steady the strong wind is. You can't lift your head for more than a couple seconds because the snow is moving sideways. Looking forward to barleywine in front of the fire after shoveling later.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: erockrph on January 28, 2015, 04:18:58 AM
Well, made it to work and back safely - and we never lost power at home either. I'm sure glad there was a travel ban, though. I can't imagine what the roads would have been like if every idiot was out there.

Snow wasn't quite as bad as they had made it out to be. It's hard to tell with the drifts, but I'm looking at about 20 inches or so. Comparable to the 2013 blizzard, I'd say.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: theDarkSide on January 28, 2015, 01:59:09 PM
We probably got about 20 inches in my part of NH too.  After an hour of snowblowing to get the first wave done, my wife, son and I put on our snowshoes and hiked around the neighborhood.  It was very nice.  Of course not losing power was the best!
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: pete b on January 28, 2015, 02:39:24 PM
Glad it worked out for you Eric. I think we got just about two feet, hard to say. The lightness of the snow made all the difference in the world as far as power outages and ease of shoveling. I even shoveled paths into the woods for the dog to due his business without having to drag his junk through the snow. We had a nice day, both brought home some work. I finished some work that would have taken a lot longer at work due to interruptions. After doing the last wave of shoveling had a nice glass of barleywine in front of the fire
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 28, 2015, 04:57:22 PM
Well, made it to work and back safely

Good to hear.   Also it's good that they let you go home - I made it to work at the hospital after a blizzard a few years back and got drafted into staying for close to 24 hours because people were unable to make it in. They adjusted my schedule and gave me 3 days off after, but it was a long stretch.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: majorvices on January 28, 2015, 04:59:45 PM
Sounds like much of it wasn't as bad as predicted. Glad to see everyone checking in safe. I miss the snow. That said, I'm ready for spring!
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: jtoots on January 28, 2015, 06:17:02 PM
sounds like they're calling for another 6" friday, then another foot on monday.  rejoice!!
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Steve Ruch on January 28, 2015, 10:57:10 PM
Anyone back there feel like moving to the Pacific North West? There was a record high temperature at Cannon Beach, OR a couple of days ago.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: pinnah on January 29, 2015, 09:25:33 PM
Anyone back there feel like moving to the Pacific North West? There was a record high temperature at Cannon Beach, OR a couple of days ago.

 :D Just wait a year...you will get yours.
Unpredictability my friends...get used to the new climate norm.

seriously screwing with my ghetto lager fermentation plans...here I sit with slurry en-mass...and spring like temperatures holding me back. ::)
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on January 29, 2015, 10:36:30 PM
could have been worse. my mom in buffalo had 6ft..couldn't even find the car.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Steve Ruch on January 29, 2015, 10:40:49 PM
Anyone back there feel like moving to the Pacific North West? There was a record high temperature at Cannon Beach, OR a couple of days ago.
:D Just wait a year...you will get yours.

In a year I'll be 66 and won't remember this year a bit, so no worries. :)
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 29, 2015, 11:09:07 PM

In a year I'll be 66 and won't remember this year a bit, so no worries. :)

LMAO  :D
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 30, 2015, 12:49:33 AM
Anyone back there feel like moving to the Pacific North West? There was a record high temperature at Cannon Beach, OR a couple of days ago.
:D Just wait a year...you will get yours.

In a year I'll be 66 and won't remember this year a bit, so no worries. :)

I am not much younger than you, and I remember last year as one of the worst I have seen. This year is colder than average here, but it seems pretty mild after last year!
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: pete b on January 30, 2015, 02:33:30 AM
could have been worse. my mom in buffalo had 6ft..couldn't even find the car.
Seems like Buffalo gets several feet of snow every year while we're still picking kale in New England.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on January 30, 2015, 01:20:03 PM
could have been worse. my mom in buffalo had 6ft..couldn't even find the car.
Seems like Buffalo gets several feet of snow every year while we're still picking kale in New England.

schools closed here and we are getting it pretty good right now and still coming down. another round coming sunday. been lucky this winter, but looks like winter has arrived.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: theDarkSide on January 30, 2015, 01:22:04 PM
could have been worse. my mom in buffalo had 6ft..couldn't even find the car.

That storm was definitely one for the record books.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 30, 2015, 04:00:36 PM
I am not sure what they get all at once in a blizzard, but they get a lot of snow in the Keweenaw of the UP. This is a landmark driving up towards Eagle River MI.
  http://www.pasty.com/snow/
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Slowbrew on January 30, 2015, 04:04:47 PM
I am not sure what they get all at once in a blizzard, but they get a lot of snow in the Keweenaw of the UP. This is a landmark driving up towards Eagle River MI.
  http://www.pasty.com/snow/

I can't even imagine.  Wow!

Paul
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: pete b on January 30, 2015, 04:30:50 PM
I am not sure what they get all at once in a blizzard, but they get a lot of snow in the Keweenaw of the UP. This is a landmark driving up towards Eagle River MI.
  http://www.pasty.com/snow/
Yikes! The equivalent of 10 3-foot storms.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on February 02, 2015, 12:13:01 PM
storm is almost over here..couple more feet of snow on the ground and crap load of ice from freezing rain last night. im just happy we didn't lose power-im 3 days into a lager in my fermentation chamber.  8)
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: pete b on February 02, 2015, 02:41:30 PM
storm is almost over here..couple more feet of snow on the ground and crap load of ice from freezing rain last night. im just happy we didn't lose power-im 3 days into a lager in my fermentation chamber.  8)
Getting it here now expecting another foot. I actually have worse drift karma this time than during the blizzard:piling up in all the worst places.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Slowbrew on February 02, 2015, 05:55:19 PM
Here in Des Moines we are in the bright and pretty phase.  The roads slick as all get out but everything a gorgeous white and sparkly.  Temps are in the single digits so we are still worrying about trees coming down due the weight.

We got around 12.5" Saturday into Sunday with high winds on Sunday.  Lots of snow blowing and shoveling.  It's not supposed to snow again until tomorrow.  I think Winter has finally arrived.

Paul
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 02, 2015, 10:55:00 PM
We had 16-17 inches, hard to tell with the drifts. At least it was powdery stuff. Shoveled 3 times yesterday as it was coming down. Two sessions today, under a cerulean blue sky, and the drive and walks are clear. There was no need to go to the gym the last two days!
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: theDarkSide on February 03, 2015, 03:54:34 PM
1 week ago I could see most of my lawn.  7 days later, 2.5 feet of snow everywhere!!  At least I can get use out of the new snowshoes we bought this year.

It's hard to believe that pitchers and catchers report in about 2 weeks.  Of course in previous years, we weren't focused on late January-February football like we were this year.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: pete b on February 03, 2015, 03:56:19 PM
Here in Des Moines we are in the bright and pretty phase.  The roads slick as all get out but everything a gorgeous white and sparkly.  Temps are in the single digits so we are still worrying about trees coming down due the weight.

We got around 12.5" Saturday into Sunday with high winds on Sunday.  Lots of snow blowing and shoveling.  It's not supposed to snow again until tomorrow.  I think Winter has finally arrived.

Paul
Bright and pretty here too now.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on February 06, 2015, 12:27:12 PM
hang on to your shovels NE...another round incoming.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: jtoots on February 06, 2015, 01:36:24 PM
hang on to your shovels NE...another round incoming.

bring it on... SKI THE EAST
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Frankenbrew on February 06, 2015, 04:06:46 PM
hang on to your shovels NE...another round incoming.
hang on to your shovels NE...another round incoming.

bring it on... SKI THE EAST

Thanks, guys! I'm glad you're getting a kick out of it. :P
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: theDarkSide on February 06, 2015, 04:32:35 PM
hang on to your shovels NE...another round incoming.
hang on to your shovels NE...another round incoming.

bring it on... SKI THE EAST

Thanks, guys! I'm glad you're getting a kick out of it. :P

Obviously none of these people have ever driven in MA during a snow storm or even light snow.  Hell, probably not even a sunny day in Summer.  NH isn't much better.

I'm always amazed by people who have lived in New England their whole lives and still don't know how to drive.  My wife got bumped yesterday because some idiot was following too close (the roads were pretty bad).  All the damage was done to his driver's side door and none to my wife's Kia (he hit the bumper).  Serves him right.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: jtoots on February 06, 2015, 06:23:48 PM
hang on to your shovels NE...another round incoming.
hang on to your shovels NE...another round incoming.

bring it on... SKI THE EAST

Thanks, guys! I'm glad you're getting a kick out of it. :P

Obviously none of these people have ever driven in MA during a snow storm or even light snow.  Hell, probably not even a sunny day in Summer.  NH isn't much better.

I'm always amazed by people who have lived in New England their whole lives and still don't know how to drive.  My wife got bumped yesterday because some idiot was following too close (the roads were pretty bad).  All the damage was done to his driver's side door and none to my wife's Kia (he hit the bumper).  Serves him right.

I'm trying to figure out if your anger at this driver is directed at me, and you're being presumptuous about my driving skills/habits, or if I'm misinterpreting the tone of this comment, particularly if "these people" means me, who you've quoted... I live in Waltham, drive into Boston every day unless I'm on my bike.  This was not "obvious" from my comment or profile.  I'll be headed to NH this weekend just like almost every other weekend.  My family is in Franconia.  I just like to ski, which requires snow, which there is plenty of, which I'm happy about. 

That said, I friggin hate it when people ride my ass too, regardless of the road conditions.  I agree, serves the tailgater right and I'm glad your wife is ok.  Yes, the commute has sucked lately, but I'll take it every day of the week if I get to ride fresh snow on the weekends.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: theDarkSide on February 06, 2015, 07:03:18 PM
I'm trying to figure out if your anger at this driver is directed at me, and you're being presumptuous about my driving skills/habits, or if I'm misinterpreting the tone of this comment, particularly if "these people" means me, who you've quoted... I live in Waltham, drive into Boston every day unless I'm on my bike.  This was not "obvious" from my comment or profile.  I'll be headed to NH this weekend just like almost every other weekend.  My family is in Franconia.  I just like to ski, which requires snow, which there is plenty of, which I'm happy about. 

That said, I friggin hate it when people ride my ass too, regardless of the road conditions.  I agree, serves the tailgater right and I'm glad your wife is ok.  Yes, the commute has sucked lately, but I'll take it every day of the week if I get to ride fresh snow on the weekends.
No..not directed at you.  I'm just pissed at those people who can't drive safely in the conditions.  I have lived in NE my entire life (except for the 2 years of insanity when I was in NY) and never had a at-fault weather related accident.  It's more of the inconvenience of having to go to work during a storm.  I'm not one of those "you live in NH...get used to it or move" people and I'm glad there's snow for the skiers and riders (I don't ski and I grew up in VT a few miles from a ski area - go figure).

I actually find it better when the news stations all freak out and say there is a huge storm coming because most people will stay home, leaving little to no traffic on the roads. 

Stop in Londonderry/Derry on your way through and check out some of the breweries we have if you have time.  Kelsen's, From the Barrel, 603 brewery and Moonlight Meadery.  Also, drive safe this weekend...looks like we have another foot coming from Saturday night thru Monday night...yippee!
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Slowbrew on February 06, 2015, 07:05:32 PM
Saw a news video the other night from out east.  The reporter was talking about impassable and dangerous roads blah, blah, blah.   All of a sudden a mini van towing a bumper skier goes by on the street behind him.  It reminded me of college.  It made me laugh.

We would go bumper skiing in KCMO on the ice after storms.  One night a city cop turned on to the street we were on.  Our tow car turned onto a side street and we skiers let go of the ropes and calmly slide past the police car like we always slid around and 20mph.    ;D  The cop just smiled.

Paul
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: erockrph on February 06, 2015, 07:33:05 PM
I'm not looking forward to any more snow. I'm not sure where we can put it. I might need to find someone with a front-end loader to move some of the buildup from the last few storms before the next one hits.

Traffic in Providence is still insane since none of the side roads are clear. When I get out of work the first 1.5 miles takes 45 minutes and the other 18 takes twenty.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: jtoots on February 06, 2015, 07:59:11 PM
I actually find it better when the news stations all freak out and say there is a huge storm coming because most people will stay home, leaving little to no traffic on the roads. 

Stop in Londonderry/Derry on your way through and check out some of the breweries we have if you have time.  Kelsen's, From the Barrel, 603 brewery and Moonlight Meadery.  Also, drive safe this weekend...looks like we have another foot coming from Saturday night thru Monday night...yippee!

I agree completely!!  The coverage of the first storm was appropriate, then the second one was more or less ignored because (a) of the super bowl and (b) i think the media got exhausted by the first storm.

I have a gift certificate for a granite state growler tour that i'm holding until the spring... very excited!!
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: theDarkSide on February 06, 2015, 08:39:26 PM
I actually find it better when the news stations all freak out and say there is a huge storm coming because most people will stay home, leaving little to no traffic on the roads. 

Stop in Londonderry/Derry on your way through and check out some of the breweries we have if you have time.  Kelsen's, From the Barrel, 603 brewery and Moonlight Meadery.  Also, drive safe this weekend...looks like we have another foot coming from Saturday night thru Monday night...yippee!

I agree completely!!  The coverage of the first storm was appropriate, then the second one was more or less ignored because (a) of the super bowl and (b) i think the media got exhausted by the first storm.

I have a gift certificate for a granite state growler tour that i'm holding until the spring... very excited!!

My homebrew club just did a private tour with them last weekend in Maine.  We hit Bissell Brothers, Austin St. Foundation in Portland (all 3 in the same complex across from Allagash), Run of the Mill in Saco for lunch, Banded Horn in Biddeford, Hidden Cove in Wells, and SoMe in York.  It was a great day.

Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: pete b on February 09, 2015, 04:46:45 PM
OK, the snow has officially lost its charm. As has the freezing temperatures.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: theDarkSide on February 10, 2015, 01:47:34 PM
So after nearly another foot over the past couple days, there are two more snow storm possibilities this week.  One on Thursday and another on Sunday.  Currently for my area, each is in the 2-6 inch range.

Up until January 23rd, Boston had something like 5.5" total.  Since then, they have received 71" of snow.  These next two storms may add another foot to that.  Anyone who knows Boston knows what a pain it is to drive around in Summer.  Now add 7-8ft of snow to that and it practically a standstill.  They want to truck some of the snow out of the city and dump it in the ocean, but there are people concerned that the snow will contain salt and sand...wouldn't want to dump those into the ocean.  ::)  Problem is, they are running out of room and it's gotta go somewhere.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on February 10, 2015, 01:55:04 PM
So after nearly another foot over the past couple days, there are two more snow storm possibilities this week.  One on Thursday and another on Sunday.  Currently for my area, each is in the 2-6 inch range.

Up until January 23rd, Boston had something like 5.5" total.  Since then, they have received 71" of snow.  These next two storms may add another foot to that.  Anyone who knows Boston knows what a pain it is to drive around in Summer.  Now add 7-8ft of snow to that and it practically a standstill.  They want to truck some of the snow out of the city and dump it in the ocean, but there are people concerned that the snow will contain salt and sand...wouldn't want to dump those into the ocean.  ::)  Problem is, they are running out of room and it's gotta go somewhere.

its crazy. heard its the most snow boston has ever had. the rate the storms are coming, this thread may stay alive until April!
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: theDarkSide on February 10, 2015, 02:12:27 PM
its crazy. heard its the most snow boston has ever had. the rate the storms are coming, this thread may stay alive until April!
It's the most they've had in a 30 day period.  Still about 30" off from the highest total ever from 1995-96 which was around 107".  I have a feeling they have a chance to break that record.  Going to be one hell of a mud season.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on February 10, 2015, 02:25:40 PM
its crazy. heard its the most snow boston has ever had. the rate the storms are coming, this thread may stay alive until April!
It's the most they've had in a 30 day period.  Still about 30" off from the highest total ever from 1995-96 which was around 107".  I have a feeling they have a chance to break that record.  Going to be one hell of a mud season.

the mayor was on tv today and sad its the most in history of boston....perhaps he doesnt have good historical researchers!
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: jtoots on February 10, 2015, 06:34:33 PM
its crazy. heard its the most snow boston has ever had. the rate the storms are coming, this thread may stay alive until April!
It's the most they've had in a 30 day period.  Still about 30" off from the highest total ever from 1995-96 which was around 107".  I have a feeling they have a chance to break that record.  Going to be one hell of a mud season.


the mayor was on tv today and sad its the most in history of boston....perhaps he doesnt have good historical researchers!

I believe it's also the most "current snow cover" ever, meaning snow on the ground as opposed to snowfall.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: erockrph on February 10, 2015, 08:06:38 PM
OK, the snow has officially lost its charm. As has the freezing temperatures.
Yep. Eff snow.

And it's not going to get better any time soon. I have already paid more for snowplowing in the past month than heat in the entire season.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Steve Ruch on February 12, 2015, 10:57:42 PM
The forecast high tomorrow in Portland, OR is 62.
Just sayin'. 
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: jeffy on February 12, 2015, 11:56:05 PM
The forecast high tomorrow in Portland, OR is 62.
Just sayin'.

Sunny?  Just askin'.

This is the best time of the year to be a Floridian.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: morticaixavier on February 13, 2015, 04:28:08 AM
Y'all are filling me with confidence. I'm due in VT in less than a week hauling a 26 foot camper. 7 years in Cali. just had my first taste of driving in snow coming over grants pass in NM and it went okay (knock on wood). wondering if I should be looking for a camper storage facility in Virginia for a couple weeks. luckily I don't have to go through boston but I will have to go through either north eastern NY, Western MA, or pretty much all of NH to get home.

hang in there new england and get those roads cleared.

At least I'm driving a beast. 2005 f250 super duty 4x4 and I've even got a nice set of brand new snow cables. I've never in my life had to use chains or cables.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on February 13, 2015, 11:28:05 AM
Unless you are living In the higher elevations of VT, you should be ok. When I lived in Brandon , it wasn't so bad. When I lived near sugar bush....well whole different story when it came to snow and need for chains!


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Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: pete b on February 13, 2015, 12:54:06 PM
Jonathan, unless there's an actual storm while driving your only problem should be snow removal at your destination. Main and secondary roads are fine. Just don't try to go into a city up here with that rig, the roads are getting narrow.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 13, 2015, 12:56:38 PM
Mort, keep us posted on the trip progress. Have you had some La Cumbre?
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Stevie on February 13, 2015, 03:07:11 PM
And the temp for the brew day you will be missing? 72°  I'll have a cold one for you.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Frankenbrew on February 13, 2015, 03:13:59 PM
Y'all are filling me with confidence. I'm due in VT in less than a week hauling a 26 foot camper. 7 years in Cali. just had my first taste of driving in snow coming over grants pass in NM and it went okay (knock on wood). wondering if I should be looking for a camper storage facility in Virginia for a couple weeks. luckily I don't have to go through boston but I will have to go through either north eastern NY, Western MA, or pretty much all of NH to get home.

hang in there new england and get those roads cleared.

At least I'm driving a beast. 2005 f250 super duty 4x4 and I've even got a nice set of brand new snow cables. I've never in my life had to use chains or cables.

The roads are cleared...for now that is. We are expecting a blizzard Saturday with another foot of snow. If you get stuck in SE Mass., stop in for a snifter of my imperial red IPA.  ;)
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on February 13, 2015, 03:32:04 PM
pretty cold here in eastern Ohio. temp and wind chills are making it hard to see inside my kettle with all the steam coming off. moved brew day up to today since its going to be -30 wind chill saturday night into sunday.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 13, 2015, 07:00:29 PM
pretty cold here in eastern Ohio. temp and wind chills are making it hard to see inside my kettle with all the steam coming off. moved brew day up to today since its going to be -30 wind chill saturday night into sunday.

I might do a small batch of Mild or Bitter, but as much in the kitchen as possible.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Steve Ruch on February 13, 2015, 10:43:35 PM
The forecast high tomorrow in Portland, OR is 62.
Just sayin'.

Sunny?  Just askin'.


I just got back from a trip to the V.A. and sure could have used sun glasses.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: Frankenbrew on February 14, 2015, 01:07:08 AM
pretty cold here in eastern Ohio. temp and wind chills are making it hard to see inside my kettle with all the steam coming off. moved brew day up to today since its going to be -30 wind chill saturday night into sunday.

I might do a small batch of Mild or Bitter, but as much in the kitchen as possible.

Yeah, that's what I'm doing these days, too. It beats not brewing at all.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: morticaixavier on February 14, 2015, 02:03:49 AM
Unless you are living In the higher elevations of VT, you should be ok. When I lived in Brandon , it wasn't so bad. When I lived near sugar bush....well whole different story when it came to snow and need for chains!


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yeah, final destination is half way up mansfield. But I will be dropping the camper off before I do that particular climb.



The roads are cleared...for now that is. We are expecting a blizzard Saturday with another foot of snow. If you get stuck in SE Mass., stop in for a snifter of my imperial red IPA.  ;)

I'll keep that in mind. might be just the thing.

Mort, keep us posted on the trip progress. Have you had some La Cumbre?


I didn't get to La Cumbre after all. it was tough call but after 8 hours in the truck with a 4 year old that didn't want to be there I was spent. finally had a decent local beer last night though, Rahr and sons ugly pug. not a bad black lager at all. I also got to have a bells christmas ale at the grand canyon apparently because Larry Bell has property in arizona and likes his own beer better than anything else he can get there. My win I guess. The Grand Canyon village market plaza has a fantastic beer selection by the way.

All was going fairly well if a bit "are we there yet" filled until today when the truck wouldn't start up again after refueling at the Grand Casino travel center in Shawnee OK. Two dead batteries and a dead alternator. Got a jump from AAA and lucked into a heck of a good diesel mechanic who swapped out the batteries and alternator in about 2.5 hours on no notice on a Friday afternoon. If you find yourself in central Oklahoma in need of a good diesel mechanic search out Day's Diesel. We called it a day and I'm now sitting in our cozy little camper at the Heart Of Oklahoma expo RV park. I think I finally understand the appeal of the RV lifestyle, where ever you find yourself, you're right at home!

Couple more days and I'm hoping to sit down to a beer with our own majorvices.

supposed to be back to work Tuesday, not sure that's going to happen but we will see. I figure Wednesday or Thursday is feasible though.
Title: Re: Blizzard
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 14, 2015, 04:47:35 AM
Mort - Larry Bell is a lifelong Chicago Cubs diehard fan. He went to every home game at Wrigley Field this year. If you know anything about baseball, you will know the Cubs have spring training in the Cactus League, which of course plays in AZ. You can connect the dots.