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January 30th, 2007
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"It was the Beast of times, it was the Wurst of times...."
"To be or not to be -- that is the gezornenblatz...?"

After very strange fall and winter weather, Minnesota is back to typical late January weather. How cold is it? Last night, the Foletta-cat led me to the fireplace and requested _restart this, please_.

It's clear and in the single digits, just in time for the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. In years past there might be a foot or more of ice on the lakes by now, but the temperature was up to 40 degrees F not longer ago than Thursday. There's ice, but it might not be thick enough to be same to walk on.

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Date:January 31st, 2007 10:10 am (UTC)
I'm still trying to decide whether or not I miss full-blown winters (the mountains west of here keep NW Arkansas relatively blizzard-free when the rest of the area gets socked in). On the one hand, little snow to deal with. On the other hand, two inches of snow around here is like a foot in Philly in terms of traffic paralysis...
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Date:February 1st, 2007 06:35 am (UTC)

snow driving

Even here, the first snowfall of the season has nearly all the drivers relearning snow driving, and driving badly as they relearn.

In the 60s my family was packed in a station wagon going through Nashville during a December snowstorm. 4-lane highway, 1 1/2 inches of snow. Highway in the far suburbs on big swooping hills and dales. All the local traffic was sideways on the shoulder or in the ditch. We could see a half mile across the dales the cars gunning their motors and skidding into the ditch, or doing panic braking and sliding off the crown of the road onto the shoulder. My father had had the Minnesota refresher snowstorms earlier that season, and admittedly our station wagon was packed full with 5 occupants and too much luggage. Snow tires and weight for traction. So he was tooling along in slow motion 20 mph up hill and down dale, past cars with spinning smoking tires.... He would slow down and wait for the mini-dramas to play out an eighth of a mile ahead, and go through when the cars went off the roadway. Our station wagon got some surprised looks. We could see a few other cars successfully moving along, away off in the distance.
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Date:February 1st, 2007 10:26 am (UTC)

Re: snow driving

Hee! Slow and steady wins the race.

My drive home last night was routine. I just kept to a steady 40 on the interstate (which was fairly clear as the snow was all powder and was blown clear by traffic) and shook my head ruefully at the occasional idiot in the ditch.

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