The Groundhog’s Day Blizzard

Yeah, it hit a day early, but that’s the new media meme on it, apparently. Chicago is getting hammered, Detroit is also in the path. But the path stretches all the way down to Texas and is set to target Pennsylvania and points east.

The Chicago Department of Aviation said the approaching blizzard prompted the shutdown of Midway Airport and the cancellation of more than 1,300 flights at O’Hare, which was expected to be closed Wednesday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The storm’s fury affected Super Bowl-related activities, with ice and snow taking down a large tent inside the Cotton Bowl meant to protect revelers at pre-game parties in Dallas this week, KDFW-TV, Dallas said.

“We are currently removing the excess weight and will be rebuilding the tent first thing tomorrow,” Ariana Hajibashi of Adastra Public Relations said.

The National Weather Service said Tulsa, Okla., got 12.3 inches of snow by noon Tuesday and it was still snowing, CNN said. Some highways in the state were closed and part of the roof of a Tulsa-area casino fell in, but no one was hurt.

On my neck of the woods, police are urging everyone to stay off the roads. The road crews cannot clear the roads due to the extreme blowing snow and salt and chemicals don’t work on ice at the brutal temperatures we have here (wind chills are now at -35° F).

I have seen only one pass by the county on my road today, but there may have been more (I am not about to stand out there to count!). We have two foot drifts across the driveway – again – after clearing equally high ones earlier.

Undoubtedly, some of the global warming cultists are going to try to spin this nearly nationwide event as evidence that their cult is right.

They are not.

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8 Responses to The Groundhog’s Day Blizzard

  1. Terrence says:

    “Undoubtedly, some of the global warming cultists are going to try to spin this nearly nationwide event as evidence that their cult is right.”

    Al Gore is doing just that, Gaius.

    See his response to Bill O’Reilly.
    http://blog.algore.com/2011/02/an_answer_for_bill.html

    Algore’s response is, of course, anti-scientific, anti-observational pap doodle. But that is what Algore does, and gets paid very well to do.

  2. “They are not.”

    Say it isn’t so!

    As I explained in a little more detail at http://lwolt.wordpress.com/ the solution, given that the cold is caused by the global warming, is to buy and use more SUV’s, thereby causing more global warming, thereby causing more cooling…….

    Can I have a rim-shot here?

  3. feeblemind says:

    I was surprised to read there would be rolling blackouts in Texas due to the heavy electrical consumption caused by the cold weather. I had no idea Texas was that close to their power generating limit.

    Fortunately for me, we just had an inch of snow. Bad news is we have the bitter cold. Good news is that the jet stream is supposed to move east and my area should begin warming up tomorrow.

  4. Gaius says:

    They have far too much wind power in their generation mix and not enough spinning reserve.

  5. BadBob says:

    About 18″ overnight driven by 35 MPH sustained wind with 66 MPH gusts (recorded per the met tower) at Quad Cities. This morning it ‘calmed down’ to 20 MPH, which made for a really fun ride to work. Even the main roads (84) had only one lane open with deep drifts blowing across the road. However Nuclear Power Generation must go on, and many operators had been here since yesterday. The wind has finally gone down to ~10MPH (about normal around here). Hope they get it plowed a lot better by this afternoon …

  6. Gaius says:

    We got less snow but bitter cold and strong winds – I had drifts up to the hood of my car. Hard, wind-packed drifts, too. Broke a shear pin on the snow blower (actually a 1/4-20 class 2 bolt, which should tell you how hard-packed that snow was). The county didn’t plow our road until around 8am (southbound lane) and 9am(northbound lane).

  7. BadBob says:

    Yow, heck of a shear pin. Not too bad for cold here, 7 degrees last night … 15 today … tonight however -12 … looks like your deep freeze is comming our way.

  8. Gaius says:

    We like to share, Bob. Misery loves company.

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