Am I reading this right? An inch of snow in Atlanta has resulted in citywide gridlock, people abandoning their cars in the streets, school busses trapped in the streets with students inside for a half a day, students trapped in schools, and residents overnighting in gas stations and Home Depots. Seriously, what am I missing here? If it's really just 1", sure there will be some accidents among drivers who don't know to drive differently in snow, but still, the entire city brought to a halt? For just an inch?

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Snow Day!

Dec. 9th, 2009 10:22 am
Hooray, this means I can do more work. Wanted to go to the gym (I missed the last couple weeks), but the roads are a bit messy.
It's getting on towards Northern Hemisphere winter, and people are coming out of the woodworks asking about space heaters. Since I answer this question so frequently, I decided to just make a website answering it. :)

Feel free to give the link to others.

X-posted

Mouse 2

Jul. 11th, 2009 10:17 pm
My evening out with Mouse #2 could've been better. He didn't take me anywhere nice, just an abandoned parking lot, and once we were there he was really hesitant to make the first move. I don't think I'm going to see him again.
Good news:
I don't have to drive to campus today, get snowed in, and then take days to get back home or else stay at a colleague's house.

Bad news:
My last final's on Tuesday Dec 23, grades are due Christmas Day, and I'm just waiting for the requests for make-ups in January to start pouring in.
Another snow forecasts from Wunderground.com )

I think if campus isn't closed Friday I better bring a sleeping bag and change of clothes just in case.

I wonder what the boarder's emergency plan is if power goes out there. I'm going to ask them before I bring Kappa over.

Nooooooo!

Dec. 17th, 2008 11:46 am
Date the message was sent: December 17, 2008
Time the event occured or will occur: 10:20 AM
Subject of this message: WEATHER UPDATE

Message: Alert Message:

There will be a significant snowstorm entering the Commonwealth on Friday, and another possible significant storm on Sunday. For Friday the snow will move across the State from West to East beginning around 9 AM in the West and entering Boston around midday. This storm will drop 8 to 14 inches of snow. The heaviest snow will fall between the hours of 1 PM to 7 PM at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour. Worcester County and West is looking towards 12 to 14 inches, East of Worcester 10 to 12 inches, the South East to include the Cape could get 8 to 10, the Island looks to get more Freezing rain. The winds will be gusting from the North East from 30 to 40 mph. Minor Coastal flooding in the form of splash over is expected. It is advised that people do not travel in this storm. Use public transportation where possible, do not travel at the height of the storm. Sunday another significant storm is expected looking at another 6 plus inches of snow. Further details will follow as more in formation becomes available on this storm.

This message was sent by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency


Nooooo! Friday's my last final! Curse you, New England weather!
[School] IS EXPERIENCING A POWER OUTAGE

Day and evening classes for December 15th have been canceled. Final Exams originally scheduled for Monday December 15th will take place on Monday December 22nd.


Due to the length of the power outage and storm recovery efforts we have had to revise the final exam make-up schedule. Each final exam has been put off exactly 1 week, taking place on the same day of the week in the same room at the same time. PLEASE KEEP CHECKING THIS SITE FOR UPDATED INFORMATION.

Final Exams originally scheduled for Thursday December 11th will take place on Thursday December 18th.

Final Exams originally scheduled for Friday December 12th will take place on Friday December 19th.

Final Exams originally scheduled for Saturday December 13th will take place on Saturday December 20th.

Final Exams originally scheduled for Sunday December 14th will take place on Sunday December 21st.

Final Exams originally scheduled for Monday December 15th will take place on Monday December 22nd.

IF NECESSARY Final exams originally scheduled for Tuesday will take place on Tuesday December 23rd


Messed up, no? Time to change my own plans for break. :(

Edit: Crap, I was going to send an email to all my students explaining this, but the email server just went down. All the school servers are currently running off of generators, and I'm guessing they're prioritizing fuel deliveries to them, so that's why some keep going down. I have to say I do *not* envy the IT people who must be continually resetting things b/c of this situation.
Thankfully I live in a valley, so I didn't have any problems with the ice storm whatsoever. However, my campus has been royally fucked over - during finals week too, it's worse than last year's (Dec 13 2007) blizzard. Our campus closings webpage is finally back up and running (the whole campus is out of power, and for a while only half the webpages were on backup generators, but they finally got them all up again), and this is its message:

Inclement Weather and Campus Emergency Announcements
[School] CONTINUES TO EXPERIENCE A POWER OUTAGE

All classes scheduled for Saturday December 13th are canceled. The make-up day for final exams is Saturday December 20th same room and time.

* Final exams originally scheduled AFTER 4:00 PM on Thursday December 11th are rescheduled for the evening of December 17th same time and room.
* Final exams originally scheduled BEFORE 4:00 PM on Friday December 12th are rescheduled for Wednesday December 17th same time and room.
* Final exams originally scheduled AFTER 4:00 PM on Friday December 12th are rescheduled for the evening of December 18th same time and room.


A royal mess.
I live in New England, which was hit with a horrible ice storm overnight. Many people throughout my state are without power, and cities and towns are setting up emergency shelters for people without heat. While my heat is oil, both the burner and thermostat require electricity, so if it went out, we'd be going somewhere else. Which reminded me to do a mental inventory of my bird emergency kit.

For those of you with pets, please pick up some chemical hand warmers, which can be found for under $10 at sports stores and outdoors stores. Also make sure you have a carrier for your pet. If your heat goes out, wrap the chemical handwarmer in a couple layers of a hand towel or pillowcase (after activating of course, wrapping protects your pet from heat injuries as they can get quite hot), and place it in or next to the carrier. Make sure to also provide plenty of food and treats for your pet - most wild animals that freeze to death could have survived had they had enough food sources to be able to shiver.

If you need to evacuate, BRING YOUR PET WITH YOU, there's no guarantee that you'll be able to return to your home in a timely manner. Bring whatever you need for your pet to last a few days, as long as it doesn't require refrigeration or cooking. While you can keep food cold in your trunk, keep in mind that it may freeze and you may be unable to thaw it, since you do not want to waste body heat or chemical hand warmers on thawing food.

I hope none of you reading this ever need these tips, but it's better to plan ahead than to be caught unprepared.

x-posted

Ow.

Feb. 20th, 2008 10:09 pm
my toes hurt. i have lots of photos. we're in totality now, and i may or may not go back out again later. probably not since as my extremities regain feeling they're hurting a little... waiting for hot chocolate to warm up now. saturn's to the left of the moon if you're looking at it yourself, like two fingers to the left, a bit yellowish.

Weather

Feb. 12th, 2008 08:31 am
Of course the day I'm actually going to visit birdies (pair of bonded GCCs) is the day there's a winter storm warning. Thankfully I'm meeting her at 11am, so I should be back home before the snow hits at 5pm. I'm just going to have to keep an eye on the weather on the radio.
I woke this morning to 6" atop my car, and a similar amount in the unplowed streets.

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING.

SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO FALL MODERATE TO HEAVY AT TIMES THROUGH MID MORNING. THE SNOW WILL CHANGE TO SLEET FROM SOUTH TO NORTH BY LATE MORNING AND THEN POSSIBLY TO FREEZING RAIN THIS AFTERNOON. SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM 5 TO 10 INCHES. A LAYER OF ICE WILL BE POSSIBLE ON TOP OF THE EXPECTED SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION. THE PRECIPITATION INTENSITY WILL TAPER OFF SIGNIFICANTLY THIS AFTERNOON.

UNTREATED ROADWAYS ARE SNOW COVERED AND VERY SLIPPERY THIS MORNING. TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN AN AVERAGE OF 6 OR MORE INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED IN A 12 HOUR PERIOD OR FOR 8 OR MORE INCHES IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD. A WARNING IS ALSO ISSUED WHEN SIGNIFICANT SNOW AND/OR ICE ACCUMULATION IS FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. TRAVEL WILL BE SLOW AT BEST ON WELL TREATED SURFACES...AND QUITE DIFFICULT ON ANY UNPLOWED OR UNTREATED SURFACES.


The other day my dad suggested that 6" is the cutoff for unplowed material that my car will get stuck in. Scary. I'm glad we went grocery shopping yesterday. Looking across the street at the neighbors cleaning their cars off, their cars have 8" and I think we only have 6" on ours b/c of the pine trees overhead.

I feel bad for the poor birdies who usually come to my feeder - not only have I not filled it in a while, but now it's covered with snow! I'm goign to have to trek out there and clean the car off. Especially before that inch of ice is laid down atop it.

Weather...

Dec. 15th, 2007 09:53 pm
For both here and work:
...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 7 PM EST SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 7 PM EST SUNDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

STEADY SNOW WILL DEVELOP ACROSS THE WARNING AREA AROUND OR JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT AND QUICKLY BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES. THE SNOW WILL BEGIN TO MIX WITH SLEET SUNDAY MORNING BEFORE GOING OVER TO A MIXTURE OF SLEET...SNOW...AND FREEZING RAIN SUNDAY AFTERNOON. 4 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED TO ACCUMULATE BY LATE IN THE DAY SUNDAY... WITH AROUND ONE QUARTER INCH OF ICE EXPECTED ON TOP. THE PRECIPITATION INTENSITY WILL TAPER OFF SIGNIFICANTLY AS THE AFTERNOON PROGRESSES.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED. SIGNIFICANT SNOW AND/OR ICE ACCUMULATION IS FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.


Question of the day: What happens if a *second* day of finals gets snowed out?
A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE SUNDAY NIGHT. THIS WATCH COVERS AREAS NORTH AND WEST OF BOSTON...INCLUDING THE CITIES OF MANCHESTER NEW HAMPSHIRE... WORCESTER AND SPRINGFIELD MASSACHUSETTS...HARTFORD CONNECTICUT... AND WOONSOCKET RHODE ISLAND.

SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND WELL AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT AND THEN BECOME HEAVIER SUNDAY MORNING. THE SNOW WILL MIX WITH OR CHANGE TO SLEET SUNDAY MORNING IN CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLAND. A CHANGE TO SLEET EXPECTED IN WESTERN...CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS AROUND MIDDAY...AND IN SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE DURING THE AFTERNOON.

THE PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO CHANGE TO RAIN BY AFTERNOON IN BOSTON AND HARTFORD...AND IN AREAS TO THE SOUTH AND EAST.

THE VARIETY OF PRECIPITATION TYPES EXPECTED MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO PINPOINT EXACT AMOUNTS AT THIS TIME. HOWEVER...THE POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS IN THE WATCH AREA CONTINUES.

A WINTER STORM WATCH IS ISSUED FOR THE POTENTIAL OF ACCUMULATING SNOW OF 6 OR MORE INCHES IN A 12 HOUR PERIOD OR 8 OR MORE INCHES IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD. ONE IS ALSO ISSUED FOR THE POTENTIAL OF SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
asterroc: (Gabriel - Sleepy)
Whee! I figured out how to set the heat so it'll turn up to 62ºF when we're awake and home, and back down to 60ºF when we're out or asleep. 62ºF has been tolerable while I'm awake and home. Should I turn it colder while we're out, or while we're asleep? I'm also checking on bird lists how cold they think I can turn it down to and have Gabe ok, I'm just looking for what people think is ok for humans.

cold

Oct. 13th, 2007 10:42 am
asterroc: (Smoothie)
holy fsck, no wonder I'm cold, it's 59º in here! I'd recently rearranged part of Gabe's cage to encourage her to sit on the heated perch more, but she'd been alternating between it and a wood dowel, and usually sitting on the fat part of the heated perch when she did, where it isn't warm at all. When I just uncovered her cage she was on a skinny part. :-\ I emailed my landlord to ask him if we can try out the heat. I told T$ a while ago that I was willing to try as low as 60ºF to save on our heat bill, and it's already below that! I think I'll put the heat lamp back on her cage so she has that option as well.
asterroc: (Gabriel - Goofy)
So I've been trying to get Gabe used to the Aviator harness. Unlike the Feather Tether it actually fits on her - FT Petite was too small, Small was too big; Aviator Petite is approximately right though it isn't contoured to shape her body quite right. It was hard to figure out how to adjust it properly the first time - not so tight that it hurts or she can't breathe, but not so loose that she can get a foot though. She's a squirmy little critter, so the first time she did get her foot through a few times. The included video wasn't too helpful in that respect, as it only shows them putting it on Macaws and other huge birds, not eentsy 'tiels.

Took her out for the second time today. Having it on her drives her insane, and she pecks at it continually. I'm worried she might already be starting to fray the main joint/seam on it, so I'm going to see if I can put some tape around it or something so that she has to get through more to get to the seam. Her balance is a bit off in it, as the strap leading off it is apparently a little heavy to her, plus she the strap hangs down in front of her right foot so she keeps trying to step on it instead of on me.

I went out in the middle of the field behind my house and had her stand on my finger for a while. Every time she started to peck at it I'd jostle my finger a bit to stop her, and after a while she started to look around instead. But she got bored of that and went back to pecking, so we went back in after not too long this time. Not too many people around this time, so no one asking to pet her or if she really was a bird or if she could talk. Saw a semi-stray dog though (wearing a collar but no human apparent) wandering around though, got me nervous. He was actually sniffing my trash on the porch when I first left the house so I went back in w/ Gabe until he left.

I'll keep trying her on small outings to get used to it. Some tape or something on the leash so she can't get to the seam should help.

Weather

May. 6th, 2007 06:10 pm
Sholy hit, is it really going up to 82 next week?!

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