They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
They Didn't Ask Me
dr_phil_physics

5:45

The phone rang. GVSU is closed. By 6:17am, they had emailed the alert:
All GVSU campuses closed Friday, January 9, 2015. Only essential staff report.
That's all right. Mrs. Dr. Phil was going to spend at least part of the day working on a report from home. So from my point of view, they got a bonus. (grin)

Meanwhile, I was writing up a storm this afternoon. Not the 15" reported by GVSU, just busy with the novel.

Not an End of the World storm, but high winds, poor visibility, possible 6-10" of snow, whiteout conditions, previous ice. Nervous after last winter? Maybe. But we're cold enough that the suddenly more expensive salt isn't going to work, and there's ice.

I had a 1pm dentist appointment, but although traffic was rolling on the road, we didn't know the drifts just in our driveway. More worrisome is the layer of ice underneath the snow that's caused so many problems around here -- and frankly I can't afford to lose my imperfect footing. For on thing, if I fall, it is very difficult to get up. So I rescheduled around 11. By 1pm, the horizontal blowing was something else.

And when we turned on The Chew while we watched lunch, there was a crawl on the screen about I-94 just east of Kalamazoo -- closed in both directions. 115 -- later 150 -- now 193 -- vehicles involved in massive accident. One of the semis was filled with acid, another with explosives. Fireworks. And they were cooking off. A three mile evacuation zone was put in effect for a few hours. No, it was a one mile exclusion zone for vehicles and a shelter-in-place for residents and businesses. One killed, 22 wounded including two fire fighters. -11°F wind chills at 11pm. 123 drivers. Might have things open in the morning. No doubt there's more and these mega collisions in whiteout or fog conditions makes you wonder just what the Sam hell people are thinking. This stretch is one that I hate even under good conditions -- more thoughts on that later.

But that's the kind of storm we were having.

My first gen digital Nikons aren't great at snow storm pictures. Don't have the dynamic range. But I record things anyway, then inflict them on you -- can't ignore it.


Oh look! There's a drift outside the garage. Six, eight inches... uh and it's a quarter of an inch a foot later. Winds, capricious. (Click on photo for larger.)
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That's our neighbor across the road way off in the distance plowing his driveway -- he came and did ours an hour or so later. Thanks. (Click on photo for larger.)
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The snow makes neat sculptures in the wind, but not good light for the D100. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Back yard with heavy icing on the trees. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Snow ends on Saturday -- still near zero -- then Allendale and Detroit forecasts are sunny or partly sunny through a week from Sunday. Oh really? Wonderful for ConFusion!

Dr. Phil
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