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Surreyman  (Level: 264.2 - Posts: 2770)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 4:38 AM


Well, it won't excite many in the US, but it's snowing in Surrey, UK!
In recent times even a light fall has made the headlines here, with often no snow at all over some years.
But today airports, roads, schools etc. are out!
And it's all about to freeze over.
It's apparently the heaviest for some 18 years.
A sheltered patio table in our garden has accumulated a steady approx. 10 inches.
It came home on the news - a driver here of around 40 years old has possibly never had to drive in significant snow before in his life!
OK, mundane comment for many, and no doubt the Montana (or wherever) horror stories will now come back at me in full force!

Achad  (Level: 206.4 - Posts: 661)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 6:19 AM

Up here in the wilds of the North-West we've also had some snow........ooh, all of half an inch!

It's still fun watching the idiot car 'drivers' sliding all over the place!

Roll on summer!!!!!!!!!!!

Collioure  (Level: 107.1 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 6:23 AM

Bad English weather is news?????

A Haggis Hunt is news.

Bad English weather is not news.

Oldcougar  (Level: 222.0 - Posts: 1935)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 7:08 AM

What do you mean bad English weather, it's very similar to my beloved island, here on the Wet Coast (yes, I meant wet). Rainy yes, but at least you don't have to shovel it This year we've had over 3 ft of snow, which only happens about once every ten years or so, unfortunately, the people in charge of cleaning it up seemed to forget the cycle & now claim they're out of money. Gawd only knows what they'll do if we get another dump

Bigbird  (Level: 243.0 - Posts: 3317)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 7:21 AM

Quick, Alan, before it freezes over, get to the pub. Then you can say you were snowed in!

Surreyman  (Level: 264.2 - Posts: 2770)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 8:33 AM

Ektually, we have a club meeting there tomorrow night, so there'll be a couple of dozen using that excuse!
I'm just leaving with icepick to ascend the mountain between me and the pub - in the interests of research for tomorrow of course!
Just heard a plane's off the runway on landing at Heathrow, which is now shut. It's getting almost exciting ..........

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 8:36 AM

Official snow total update from the shores of Lake Erie - 130 inches and counting - will gladly ship some to England, BC or anywhere else - and the darn groundhog saw his shadow so at least 6 more weeks of this stuff

Oldcougar  (Level: 222.0 - Posts: 1935)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 8:39 AM

I feel your pain, Slicko

Bigbird  (Level: 243.0 - Posts: 3317)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 9:11 AM

Club meeting......snort! And what kind of club would that be??

Collioure  (Level: 107.1 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 9:30 AM

Thanks, Slicko

Now that's snow!

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 9:54 AM

Two days of sun in southern Michigan. Let's see------at this latitude weather travels west to east---lemme think now----------should arrive in U.K about the 8th-----OK?

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 10:00 AM

Collioure wrote: "Bad English weather is not news."

It is in England.

1mks  (Level: 213.7 - Posts: 5908)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 10:45 AM

Ben is in London and when he called yesterday, his exact words were "it's snowing like a mother!" Being from Texas, where snow is somewhat rare (at least around Dallas) he was rather enjoying it.

Collioure  (Level: 107.1 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 12:09 PM

I think I have to relent now.

It is the deepest snow there in two decades, and I was just looking at Stonehenge in the snow a minute ago on CNN.

Surreyman  (Level: 264.2 - Posts: 2770)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 5:10 AM

Well, I survived the trip to the pub!
The virgin flat undrifted snow was above my knees (I'm 6ft.).
The simple 100ft. hill between me and my beer was almost impassable on foot for a time.
That's outer space stuff for us!
London just ground to a halt - no buses, trains, cabs, underground, flights - nuffink. No underground? Not as stupid as it sounds - the staff couldn't get there to operate it!
I know Moscow, Toronto et al cope marvellously with all their snowploughs etc. But the point here is that it's totally uneconomic to invest in such machinery for such a 1-in-20 years event. So we have to take the hit.
Well, it's all 'fun' for us.
I'll stop boring y'all now!

Oldcougar  (Level: 222.0 - Posts: 1935)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 5:12 AM

I'm sending you an electronic hot toddy, enjoy

Bigbird  (Level: 243.0 - Posts: 3317)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 5:21 AM

I remember when I first started teaching - back in the dark ages of the 1960s - there was a snowstorm that crippled London. I always used it as part of a climate lesson. I'd get very dramatic with the kids - talk about shutting down airports, closing transportation systems, government buildings, etc. London airlifting plows from the US. It was a biggie.

Then of course, I'd ask them how much snow they thought had fallen. And the answer was 2". It's all what you are used to.

But this one sounds like a doozy. I assume you're reading this in the pub, cuz you got snowed in - right?

Collioure  (Level: 107.1 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 6:07 AM

Well, Alan, if it makes you feel any better, it is snowing down here on the Mediterranean for the 3rd time this winter. Another great hike canceled.

Surreyman  (Level: 264.2 - Posts: 2770)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 6:42 AM

Toddy went down fast - another please?

But have to get the skis out again tonight - the meeting's an ex-Round Table club for someone who asked. Unfortunately I'm Secretary so am hopelessly juggling the prospective attendance figures!

Yep, I was in the London suburbs for the 1960's one.
Only 2"?
I had to trek to my fiancee's to dig 'em out - the snow had drifted above their front door!
Seem to remember that it all lay around freezing for a couple of months or more.

Yep, we had some Med ex-pat refugees staying with us last week - they reckoned the nights had got too cold down there!

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 6:56 AM

Takes half an inch of sneet to paralyze north Florida. I know because I saw it happen back in '89. Most people can still drag out photos of the "snow".

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 8:55 AM

At my school there used to be temporary buildings that housed the Maths department, (Temporary = built in 1964, still there in 1989, finally demolished c2005!), just beside a sports field that was on a sharp incline away from said buildings, with a three or so foot wall in between. Snow would drift from the field down the slope and completely cover one side of the huts - maybe seven or eight feet in depth.
If you did it just right, you could snow-angel all the way to the bottom then tunnel out round the corner of the hut, thus making certain math teachers - not the sharpest tools in the box - believe that you were still there.

I believe the record-breaking number of lines I received for that little jape is still unequalled.

But the buses still ran, unlike certain nameless Southern English places...

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