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davywhizz
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Redesdale UK

"Still Alive And Well"
Feb 27th, 2018 07:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

Greetings from the epicentre of the "beast from the east", so named by the press, but really just a modest amount of bad weather blowing into Britain from Siberia.

One of the confusing things about this country is how every time it snows we seem to be taken completely by surprise. This time, as well as the usual panic-buying of bread, all-day media weather coverage and widespread school closures, we've had rail companies cancelling services even before a single flake has fallen. The UK is therefore grinding to a halt, in case FDP colleagues elsewhere in the world have been trying to contact us.

We never seem to learn how colder countries than ours manage their winter weather without, as far as I can see, too much trouble.

Normal service will be resumed some time in the Spring.

Leftee
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Feb 27th, 2018 07:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

What's funny is, a couple-three centuries ago your forefathers came to the new world and settled in the SE of what became the U.S. of A.

And the same thing still happens here.

HeavyDuty
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Northeast IL

Not very bright but does lack ambition
Feb 27th, 2018 08:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’m very fond of the UK, and would love to see it in the snow. It sounds like your media is capable of the same silly overreaction as ours here, which tends to drive people’s responses.

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NNJ

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Feb 27th, 2018 08:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

So, It's universal. Impending snow storms create a desire for French Toast.

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North Gnarlyington

Feb 27th, 2018 09:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

Video of the RAF attempting to rescue the Queen at Balmoral...

brrrrrr!

Charente
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France

Feb 27th, 2018 11:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Why overspend on infrastructure we rarely need?

BTW - when I was a kid schools never closed regardless of the weather. I suspect other concerns than the cold are involved.

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Hemet, SoCal

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Feb 27th, 2018 11:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

A friend who lives in the UK wrote me about this and sent me this weather map grab. It would appear the Brits has a strong association with Mr. Zappa.

Don't you eat that.......

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juneau ak.

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Feb 27th, 2018 11:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yellow snow is a no go!

We just had 6+ inches of the type of snow that compacts hard when it's been been driven on. It has since warmed up and drizzled rain on that base and now it's going to freeze again, Yee Ha!

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is STILL dark and cold.
Feb 27th, 2018 11:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

As I was reading davywhizz's OP on my phone this morning, I was thinking the same thing happens in Louisiana when it snows. Then I scrolled down to Leftee's post. I know just what these two guys are talking about.

davywhizz
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Redesdale UK

"Still Alive And Well"
Feb 27th, 2018 11:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

Lots of Frank fans here, so we always smile when a "yellow snow warning" is issued.

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Feb 27th, 2018 12:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

It took a real nasty storm to close schools and businesses in northeast Ohio. If closed it was rarely for more than a day. We had plows, salt truck et al.

Now go to Atlanta. I'd rather not during the winter. No real way to clear the streets and nobody can drive in the stuff. It happens every year with a snow or ice storm. I remember being there on business years ago planning to end my trip with a race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the NASCAR event. The place was an ice bowl and I was confined to my hotel for the entire weekend.

How much snow fell in the UK anyway?

davywhizz
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Feb 27th, 2018 01:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

London had a light dusting of snow for a few minutes and it was all over the news. Up here in the far northern hills, close to the Scottish border, we`ve had four inches today, with a lot more to come tonight. We might get to ten inches in total as it`s not going to melt much before the weekend. So...not great, but not the national disaster the media suggest.

saturn
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Back In The UK!

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Feb 27th, 2018 02:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

It can get serious pretty fast.

We are used to severe drifting, rather than anything else. Our rule, generally, is you don't set off anywhere if there is more than twenty inches of fresh snow, and you don't set off anywhere on old snow of more than around a foot.

It is a given you go nowhere during a whiteout, and when you see or know heavy and persistent snow is on its way.

Common sense really, but too many people ignore the warnings and are ill equipped.

A £30 come along can facilitate self recovery in many situations, along with proper rope, some sacks and basics like proper shovels.

A couple of sacks of firewood is excellent for regaining traction.

We carry enough recovery kit to reach a couple of hundred feet. That covers most snowdrift situations. Then there are other options, like leaving while the leaving is good, on foot.

No need for all the drama, but the press do stoke it up.

The Drifters..

(This message was last edited by saturn at 04:14 PM, Feb 27th, 2018)

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Feb 27th, 2018 02:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

The biggest thng that would concern me about driving in rural UK areas after a snow is bouncing off those $#*@ kerbs - why on earth would you put setts along the road in pastureland?

(This message was last edited by HeavyDuty at 04:27 PM, Feb 27th, 2018)

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Feb 27th, 2018 04:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

How else are you going to get home from the pub without running off the road?

HeavyDuty
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Northeast IL

Not very bright but does lack ambition
Feb 27th, 2018 06:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Lol. There is that.

saturn
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Back In The UK!

Swinging The Lead
Feb 27th, 2018 06:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Kinda helps you keep out of the ditch.

HeavyDuty
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Northeast IL

Not very bright but does lack ambition
Feb 27th, 2018 07:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

You wouldn’t like driving rural roads here, then!

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VA

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Feb 27th, 2018 07:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

The curbs come in handy when the fog is so thick that you can’t see the end of your hood.

Bonnet

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Feb 28th, 2018 09:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

I too LOVE the UK!

Hope Denmark Street is still open...

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