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« on: February 18, 2021, 05:02:08 PM »

I've lived here in Athens for roughly 50 years and I've never seen snow like this. Two days later and it's mostly gone as the temp today made it up to 13°C (55°F) and tomorrow's should be higher. We lost power for a few hours and a few branches came off the trees in the park. Our lemon, orange, and tangerine trees in the yard didn't fare too well but no major loss.
The 1st three shots are from Monday's light dusting. The rest are from Tuesday AM and it snowed all day and night after that. Wet, heavy snow.
Yes, Greg, I know but Texas understands, right?


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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2021, 06:18:29 PM »

Hasn't been above freezing in a week and a half at my house here in Terrell, Tx.  Got down to -3°F at one point.  When you consider the average high for this time of year here is 61°F you can see how cold it has been.  Average low is 41°F.  Have 6 inches of snow on the ground in my front yard. 

With luck we will be above freezing by Saturday.  Next week is suppose to be back up into the 60s. 
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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2021, 08:04:16 PM »

Here in Alabama it got so bad I had to go out and brush the snow off my satellite dish last night....twice!!

Seriously, I have lived in Ohio. Michigan and Maine.  This "blizzard" has not been a big deal for me although most places around here have shut down and most people afraid to leave their houses.  I'm debating whether to drive to the grocery store or ride my scooter.
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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2021, 08:08:19 PM »

No riding here today.

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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2021, 09:25:55 PM »

Here in Alabama it got so bad I had to go out and brush the snow off my satellite dish last night....twice!!

LOL I had to do that the other night.  Snow piled up on it so much could not get a clear signal. 


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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2021, 11:27:42 PM »

Wow!  Don,  those are some pics.  We had 18” here in my neighborhood in Chicago. -20° wind chill. 

 I had Carpal Tunnel surgery on  Tuesday afternoon scheduled.  I had my daughter take me in her 4 wheel drive a Jeep.  Knee replacement is doing well.  Carpal Tunnel surgery went well.  Throttle hand.  I should be good this riding season. 😊.  Here are some pics of our snow.





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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2021, 07:17:22 AM »

We had it pretty rough here...


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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2021, 08:07:51 AM »

Larry, that's about what we get around here if, even, that much!
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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2021, 10:43:52 PM »

The winter is as crazy as was last summer.  Don, we know all too well about heavy snow in Nova Scotia... the heart attack kind.  So heavy it even strains the snow blower.  Being so close to the Atlantic, most storms finish with warming up and turning to rain.  Thus the slush to clear before the temperature drops and it all freezes.  However the last one (yesterday / last night) placed us on the northerly side of the system and we had some of the nicest snow in years.  Dry champagne power.  About 5 inches and it wasn't even worth using the blower.  Shoveling was almost a joy.  The neighbor grumbled "here we go again..."  I replied with yes ...isn't this lovely !!!"

The state Texas finds themselves in, is something everyone is speaking about here, with sympathies and prayers for that mess and terrible situation.

Larry's blizzard only requires a broom .... LOL

Cathy ...good to hear the operations are going well with the positive results we want to hear about.  You will be bionic by the time the riding season arrives.  Then retirement will be in full swing .

We haven't had an 18 in snow storm for years.  But when it came, the snow banks were up to the power lines.  And I bought a snow blower the next fall.

Like I said the winter is crazy.  It only really got going here about two - three weeks ago.  Not even very cold and this has not helped the ski season and the lines now show people trying to make up for lost time.  Speaking with the ski hill owner Friday he said they finally can put the snow guns away.  About a month later than usual.  And now only about 5 weeks of skiing remaining for this year.

Craig, I hope you warm up back to normal quickly and they get your power and water fixed really fast.  There is enough suffering without this recent battle with the weather.

Glad to see all the pictures.

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« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2021, 12:42:22 AM »


Craig, I hope you warm up back to normal quickly and they get your power and water fixed really fast.  There is enough suffering without this recent battle with the weather.


Back up to 68 today.  I was one of the lucky ones.  I only lost power for brief periods on one night.  Never off long enough for the house to cool down much.  No problems with water supply in my area either. 

My kids and grand kids were not as lucky on the power front.  They lost power for extended periods but managed to keep their houses above freezing so no water pipe damage.  Worst was one of my granddaughters who had her tankless water heater freeze up.  It thawed out and exhibited no leaks so she was lucky there.   They all also live in areas that did not have any water supply outages.   
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« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2021, 02:14:47 AM »

Like all natural tragedies ... the media always show the worst of conditions.  No doubt some people had extreme troubles; but the media reports leave out the parts of people like
yourself who were among the fortunate with fewer problems.

You can bet they searched wide in Colorado and far for someone who had more than a hole punched through their roof by an airplane engine part.  The best that could be found was
the cowling tangled the that tree.

Really glad you and family members made out not too badly.

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« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2021, 04:04:04 AM »

Plenty of folks had some pretty bad problems but no one in my extended family or that I personally know were in that category.   I suspect percentage wise probably not more than 15 to 20%  were.  That is still a lot of people in a state with a population north of 28 million. 
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« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2021, 04:13:44 AM »

Wow!  You all got some serious snow, especially you, Don.  I thought it didn’t snow in Greece, ever.  And while you all were getting plastered with snow, we didn’t get any up here.  We still have, maybe 4-5 inches on the ground at our house.  We’ve had some fairly cold temperatures, but overall, it’s been a fairly mild winter, and there’s only a little over a month of it left.

Here’s what it was doing the other evening.  We found out rather late that there was a good display of the Northern Lights, but they were on their way out by the time we looked at them.  I had to shoot with my iphone 11.  It was only 2 degrees and I wasn’t about it stand out there in the cold trying to fiddle with my regular camera, trying to find a good setting.






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« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2021, 07:35:11 AM »

No, Greg, it snows here most every year but Athens has the Mediterranean to keep things warm. Pendeli Mountain on the other side of town and our little overgrown hill get a white snow cap every year. There's even several ski resorts a few hour's drive away.  Greece is mountain & sea.
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« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2021, 06:34:50 PM »

No, Greg, it snows here most every year but Athens has the Mediterranean to keep things warm. Pendeli Mountain on the other side of town and our little overgrown hill get a white snow cap every year. There's even several ski resorts a few hour's drive away.  Greece is mountain & sea.

Thanks for that info, Don.  I always thought Greece was at a latitude such that it didn’t snow there.  Looks like Mother Nature put in a little extra effort this time.  Stay well.
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« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2021, 06:40:06 PM »

Wow!  Don,  those are some pics.  We had 18” here in my neighborhood in Chicago. -20° wind chill. 

 I had Carpal Tunnel surgery on  Tuesday afternoon scheduled.  I had my daughter take me in her 4 wheel drive a Jeep.  Knee replacement is doing well.  Carpal Tunnel surgery went well.  Throttle hand.  I should be good this riding season. .  Here are some pics of our snow.





Good morning, Cathy.  I hope your hand and knee heal up quickly before your riding season.  I fought with a throttle hand issue for several years until I went to a hand doctor in Idaho after we moved there and he told me that the cartilage in base joint of the thumb was gone and it was bone on bone.  He repaired that, and in the process I discovered that I had also been dealing with carpal tunnel and didn’t know it.  My thumb hurt so bad that I wasn’t aware of the carpal tunnel syndrome.  So he went in and fixed that after my thumb surgery healed.  Motorcycling was a lot more fun after that.  Stay well and enjoy riding this summer. 
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« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2021, 06:51:34 PM »

No, Greg, it snows here most every year but Athens has the Mediterranean to keep things warm. Pendeli Mountain on the other side of town and our little overgrown hill get a white snow cap every year. There's even several ski resorts a few hour's drive away.  Greece is mountain & sea.

Thanks for that info, Don.  I always thought Greece was at a latitude such that it didn’t snow there.  Looks like Mother Nature put in a little extra effort this time.  Stay well.

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« Reply #17 on: February 25, 2021, 03:48:07 PM »

I week ago we were at 0 degrees and a foot of snow.  For the past two days 55-65 degrees and we were back to deck sitting. I actually got tan!    Was nice to get out and clean up the deck and get ready for spring.

I have no doubts we will have another snow storm but those are usual gone as quick as they fall.
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