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Snow? Call that snow ?
Namby-pambies, wusses, and big-girls-blouses, the lot of yer!

Oh - and why the heck do people think that 3 days of snow is going to make them poo so much more than usual that they have to buy every bit of toilet paper in sight?

[Killing me] Like it BF .

I was a 3yr old in 63 on a little farm in the middle of nowhere Devon . In all the hard winters we had there ,( power cuts an all), mother used to just say "Better get a box of candles next time someone's near a shop".

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Snow? Call that snow ? A light dusting of icing-sugar, more like.......I recall The Great Ice Winter of 1962/63, when wolves crossed the frozen Medway and ate the babies, and even then the schools etc. stayed open ...

Oh yes, I remember the big freeze of '63 and being sent home from school because the (outdoor) toilets were frozen up. Note: SENT home. They asked us if anyone would be in and if we said yes it was just "Off you go then..." We were back the next day. I was 8. Can't imagine that happening now.

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I was three in '63 as well, but my father was a teacher and there was none of this closing of schools. He donned his wellies and walked there. [Biased]

Part of the trouble with snow in this country is the way it thaws a bit during the day and then freezes again at night. If it snowed and then froze solid we could do like other countries and fit snow chains and carry on.

Nen - living where the residential roads are icy and treacherous but the main roads are fine.

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
Snow? Call that snow ? A light dusting of icing-sugar, more like.......I recall The Great Ice Winter of 1962/63, when wolves crossed the frozen Medway and ate the babies, and even then the schools etc. stayed open ...

Oh yes, I remember the big freeze of '63 and being sent home from school because the (outdoor) toilets were frozen up. Note: SENT home. They asked us if anyone would be in and if we said yes it was just "Off you go then..." We were back the next day. I was 8. Can't imagine that happening now.
California here, so never ever had a snow day. But I do remember mom sending us off to school in '71 an hour or so after the Sylmar quake . We arrived at school to find staff wading thru the debris salvaging books. They similarly sent us home, though with no buses running or phones working getting there was a bit dicey.

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Had a bunch of youngsters near me this afternoon, playing with the snow still on lots of cars, and throwing the snow at each other - and that ended up at my door and I've had to sweep them away, also on the ground by the door! It's still very cold, but we've only had a little bit coming down today.

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BTW - if you'd like to see how British Railways coped with snow in days gone by, go to Youtube and enter 'Snow (1963)'.

One of those evocative documentaries that show how this country used to do things well, rather than just give up without trying......

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quote:
Originally posted by Abigail:
quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
Snow? Call that snow ? A light dusting of icing-sugar, more like.......I recall The Great Ice Winter of 1962/63, when wolves crossed the frozen Medway and ate the babies, and even then the schools etc. stayed open ...

Oh yes, I remember the big freeze of '63 and being sent home from school because the (outdoor) toilets were frozen up. Note: SENT home. They asked us if anyone would be in and if we said yes it was just "Off you go then..." We were back the next day. I was 8. Can't imagine that happening now.
I was at school in 63 as well and yes our outdoor toilets froze up too.

Like most of the rest of the UK they were to remain frozen for weeks. In the twinkling of an eye we were moved to another building. One that today would probably be turned down as unsuitable.

We had to walk there every day as transport was difficult, but there were no excuses.

I missed a day or twos school at most..

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It might be interesting to the readership on how snow and avalanche control is done in Roger's Pass, B.C. Link.

The Canadian Military uses cannons and grenades to control snow. This photo makes the British Railways seem, well, a little tame. Here's one that says they plowed through 37 feet of snow. Now that's a snow day!

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...Winter Restricted Areas that are affected by the highway avalanche program when artillery gunfire is not anticipated. This system protects the public from the danger of direct artillery fire, including fragments that can travel up to 1000 metres and the resulting avalanches.



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The documentary that Bishops Finger referred to has a fantastic bit showing a steam train with a snow plough on the front racing through snow much deeper than the train.

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That was on telly this evening - I didn't see all of it but the snow plough was quite something.
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Just to put that in perspective you also need to look at Snow Drift at Bleath Gill. Five solid days of digging to get a goods train out. The snow plough could only go through the snow if it was first broken up.

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I grew up in Buffalo, NY, where everyone is used to dealing with serious snowstorms, but the Blizzard of '77 (Also known as the "White Death"), which hit when I was 18, was like nothing we had ever seen before. I never want to be in the middle of weather like that again. Pipes froze, roofs collapsed. houses were buried, and people died.

If white wolves had tried to cross Lake Erie (which was frozen) they would have turned to wolfsicles before they got halfway.

Weather here in Virginia is much more hospitable, hurricanes and all.

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quote:
Originally posted by Abigail:
quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
Snow? Call that snow ? A light dusting of icing-sugar, more like.......I recall The Great Ice Winter of 1962/63, when wolves crossed the frozen Medway and ate the babies, and even then the schools etc. stayed open ...

Oh yes, I remember the big freeze of '63 and being sent home from school because the (outdoor) toilets were frozen up. Note: SENT home. They asked us if anyone would be in and if we said yes it was just "Off you go then..." We were back the next day. I was 8. Can't imagine that happening now.
Yes that happened to me to. Outdoor toilets ...
[Ultra confused] we were off school for about two weeks.

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We had about an inch of snow Friday night, which largely melted yesterday - only to be replaced by a fresh, albeit lighter, fall last night. This pattern looks set to continue, with quite a lot forecast for Monday.
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If the Met Office site is to be believed we're in for 18 hours of it, starting a quarter of an hour ago. No sign of it so far.

I removed 5" of snow off the car this morning, just in case. It's impossible to tell at this stage how things will be for the Monday morning rush hour, though I won't be driving.

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And we've got lots more snow atm, and the temperature being -2 and so it's not turning into water. Lots of the local children are playing with the snow!

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It started snowing here quite early.

We were due to have an informal service at church anyway but we all sat together in a side aisle. About half the usual number turned up. Mostly those of us who were within walking distance.

I was preaching and Mr C was playing the keyboards as our usual organist was unwell.

We're off the the Royal Albert Hall later to see Cirque du Soleil Kooza later - trains permitting.

If it freezes overnight as forecast I guess I shall be working from home tomorrow.

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It's snowing quite heavily here again, on top of the 4-5 inches we already had that is now frozen hard. We also have some very impressive icicles - some of them getting on for 3 feet long.

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Dame Celia and I did a very un-CofE thing and sat near the front this morning- to make up for the absence of the older generation who had very sensibly stayed at home.
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We were missing the Kidz this morning - two families have The Dreaded Lurgy, and two or three more were out playing in the snow (along with crowds of others....).

About half our usual turnout, but with one or two visitors, which was good. We still managed a full Sung Mass!

Evensnog & Benners this afternoon has been cancelled, though.......


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Encouraging turn out this morning for our Covenant service. In spite of constant snow fall from early morning.
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quote:
Originally posted by Nenya:
I was three in '63 as well, but my father was a teacher and there was none of this closing of schools. He donned his wellies and walked there. [Biased]

Part of the trouble with snow in this country is the way it thaws a bit during the day and then freezes again at night. If it snowed and then froze solid we could do like other countries and fit snow chains and carry on.

Nen - living where the residential roads are icy and treacherous but the main roads are fine.

The last school I worked in had a headmaster who was determined NEVER to close. So we kept open when there was snow up to his retirement in 1999(ironically, we did for his funeral several years later).

A more lax head followed.

Re icy roads and pavements in side streets - I purchased some crampons a couple o years ago and used them for the first time on Friday - they are brilliant - even for me, who grew up in an area where it never snowed and, so, have not had the childish delight in snow and, thus, fear the stuff.

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I suspect that many students and, especialy, teachers live rather further from school than was the case in 1963 ... especially in the cases of rural communities where each school had its own small school and nearly everyone could get there on foot.

Even in "Miss Read's" "Village School" (?1955), the stove flue gets clogged with soot, the local bus stops running and the dinner van bringing hot lunches to the school skids into a ditch! (I think that they end up opening their emergency tins of stew instead).

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quote:
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I suspect that many students and, especialy, teachers live rather further from school than was the case in 1963 ... especially in the cases of rural communities where each school had its own small school and nearly everyone could get there on foot.

Even in "Miss Read's" "Village School" (?1955), the stove flue gets clogged with soot, the local bus stops running and the dinner van bringing hot lunches to the school skids into a ditch! (I think that they end up opening their emergency tins of stew instead).

Yes - when I was at school in Coventry, many teachers lived in Warwick, Leamington or even Stratford and it was the teachers not being able to make it that was the problem. Same at uni - and we've had loads of snow here.

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I made it from France to Edinburgh via Eurostar and East Coast Trains today. There were delays, but not too many. Now the snow front moves in. It appears that after I left, France was covered and has shut down. With a bit of luck, I shall be marooned in Scotland for the foreseeable future. Good timing is everything [Razz]

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Our school closed at noon on Friday, along with several others, so the usual rush hour took place in the middle of the day. Four to six inches of snow at home, a little more today, and more forecast for tomorrow. Hope I can get in to work - it's difficult for a singing teacher to work from home, though there is of course always something one can do. And I'm definitely having winter tyres fitted to the car.

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quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
Snow? Call that snow ? A light dusting of icing-sugar, more like.......I recall The Great Ice Winter of 1962/63, when wolves crossed the frozen Medway and ate the babies, and even then the schools etc. stayed open, trains and buses ran (on time! - mostly), and there was snow on the ground from Boxing Day to Easter.

Wolves? We had Polar Bears in South Cambridgeshire - so great was the danger that the toilets were in constant use and never ahd time to freeze up.

It was so cold that my dad even abandoned picking brussels' sprouts that winter.

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Yes, and the only central heating we had was my Dad standing in the middle of the room smoking a fag. Every time he took a drag, we held up our hands to the warmth of the glowing tip.....

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Cor, you were lucky. All we had was a packet of those candy cigarettes (remember them?) and on really cold days someone would take one out of the packet and hold it up for us to look at. Then it was put gently back into the box for the days when it got really cold. Sometimes the Groke used to come down our road and we'd rush to warm ourselves up round her.

Kentish winters have an extra kick of their own, a kind of biting chill that effortlessly cut through any amount of layers you might be wearing. Going outside, your eyes would water and earache set in in a couple of minutes. And the winters lasted longer there than in most of the rest of the southeast. Our Oxfordshire winters have rarely had that extra edge that seemed to be the norm in Kent.

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It's turning into an interesting evening. About 6:30 it suddenly went dark. No lights in our house, nor in our neighbours, nor any street lights. Fortunately, I remembered there were some matches and a candle on the hearth. Broadband down, so phoned a friend who looked up the emergency number for the power company. Currently at said friends, waiting to hear when our street is powered up again.
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Oooh, losing power in the winter is miserable. I hope it is back on by now.

People used to a lot of snow tend to roll their eyes and shake their heads when they hear about places where a few inches shuts everything down, but the fact is, it really is much harder to get around in places not set up for snow removal. Cities in the snow belt have large fleets of huge, powerful snow plows, so the roads get plowed before the snow on them can turn to ice. Expensive snow removal equipment is not cost-effective in places that don't get much snow.

For snow plow fans, check out the Buffalo Airport Snow Removal Equipment Rodeo

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It has arrived here in the Pennines - 7 inches on the bird table. I'll have to dig out as I'm going to a funeral this morning, but won't make it over the hills to visit Mum [Frown]

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Yes, and the only central heating we had was my Dad standing in the middle of the room smoking a fag. Every time he took a drag, we held up our hands to the warmth of the glowing tip..... Ian J.

You had cigarettes? We only had a spark we'd saved from bonfire night and we had to share it with the whole street. We only got it on a thursday evening after evensong.
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Power outage only lasted a couple of hours - which we spent swigging champagne and eating Chinese takeaway (as one does). Snow falling currently, and forecast to continue to do so all day. Will see where it's at by midday and whether it's practical to bus across town.
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Well - we managed a few flakes overnight, but nothing substantial. And nothing to write home about today either - a few flakes blowing in the air, that's all. We are on yellow warning of snow, so we'll wait and see!
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We are on yellow warning of snow, so we'll wait and see!

Yellow warning - don't eat yellow snow!


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quote:
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Dame Celia and I did a very un-CofE thing and sat near the front this morning- to make up for the absence of the older generation who had very sensibly stayed at home.

Not much snow here, but cold in church yesterday. The Rector advocated cuddling during the sharing of the peace to keep warm. Remind me never to go to church in cold weather again.

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Finally Cork gets some snow this morning. Didn't stick to the roads (but the fields on the way to work were nice and white).
Now the sun is out drying up the ground so if we get any more it might even stick!
(Not sure why I'm hoping for a snow day, I'll just have to work from home anyway. Or get stuck on a bus somewhere between work and home)

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6 inches here in Bradford - the housemate and fiance have both taken snow days and are currently keeping me company!
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TeaAddict
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Fortunately it appears to be beginning to melt off here. Hopefully will be able to get to work tomorrow [Smile]

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leo
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All melting here - but i have enjoyed the extra time at home resulting from cancelled meetings.

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jacobsen

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Got to work. Winter tyres fitted. Snow will probably disappear, not to return till next January.

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Firenze

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More sleet than snow, so battled to art class - and wasted two sheets of expensive watercolour paper and lakes of pigment on a hopeless effort to paint a snow scene. Came home with thumping headache compounded of cold, stuffiness and failure. Gah.
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kingsfold

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No show snow thus far...
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daisymay

St Elmo's Fire
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Still loads of snow in London, mostly on the pavements while the roads have been shifted off with the snow. It's very cold,and I'm worrying about the birds, how they will survive and get something to eat...

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Ariel
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They were saying on "Farming Today" this morning that a bird will only last 24 hours without food. Which is disconcertingly less than I'd thought.

Lots of hungry pigeons in the town centre last time I was there, trying to scavenge anything they could from amongst the snow and ice.

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I keep 'my' flock of sparrows well fed and fat. I also keep their bird bath topped up with warm water - on these freezing days lots of other birds, which usually ignore my feeders, come along to have a bath [Smile]

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Firenze

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Bored now. Just opened the blinds to the same steady fall of sleety snow on to slushy and icy ground. We are getting all the downside of snow without any of the pretty, sparkly part.
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I feel so sorry for you all.

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angelica37
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It's still quite pretty here in Suffolk the main roads are clear and the youngest offspring has gone to school with a change of clothes as they are going to play in the snow on the school field today.
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