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Delaware's "Presidents Day" Snowstorm
Presidents Day, Feb 13 2014, Snowstorm
Over more years than I can count, AKA maybe even more years than I am old, Delaware has been socked with its biggest snowstorm around Presidents Day. Last week, a friend said that the worst snow was over for us. I reminded them of our semi-traditional snowstorm. (It skipped last year) I think I made a mistake when I brought it up.

To all the snowflakes outside,
"Hey, guys! That wasn't an invitation!"

I just posted this at FB:
Get Out Your Calculators, Wilmington, DE!
Feb 13 2014. At 5AM we have 6.9 in so far. (MUCH more than they predicted by this point!)

Prediction: Next 6 hrs = 2-4 more inches. "Heavy snow mixing with sleet/rain beginning about 8AM. " //
"Today" (aka from noon on) Heavy snow mixing with rain, then changing to rain.  3-5 add'l inches expected. //
"Tonight" (aka Thurs evening to midnight) Rain/snow = 1-3 inches.
Winds mostly NNE betw 20-30MPH throughout.
After posting that, I took my own advice & did some totals. When I added the minimums (2, 3, 1) to the 6.9 inches we already have that brought our predicted snowfall to 12.9 inches.  When I used the maxes (4, 5, 3) instead, the total was 18.9 inches.

Of course, even 18.9 inches is nothing for a Prez Day Storm. I remember one that weighed in--literally--at about 30 inches several decades ago.
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That may have been one of the heaviest snowfalls in February but it wasn't the most m/e/m/o/r/a/b/l/e  nightmarish.
Here's a running account "STORMS, SYNOPSES AND CEILINGS" from February 2003
when I lived in my previous/late/unlamented apartment.

Prez Day Snowstorm 2003

Prez Day Snowstorm 2003 Part 2

Prez Day Snowstorm 2003 Part 3
Prez Day Snowstorm 2003 Part 4

I don't think I mentioned this in the emails above but at some point I was frantic enough to call the local fire department. (No. Not via 911.) They actually sent out a ladder truck and someone inspected the roof. I don't remember exactly what they said. It amounted to the snow being to thick for them to identify where the leak was and they were sorry but they couldn't commit the time to shifting it. Someone hazarded a guess that the storm pipes might be clogged with leaves or frozen solid. I was dubious. The ceiling sound and the early leak started long before the snowstorm.
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Ending with the following, already emailed to many of you
I just got off the phone with a friend who lives in North Dakota . He said that since early this morning the snow has been nearly waist high and is still falling. The temperature is 32 below zero and the north wind is increasing to near gale force. Wind chill is -59. His wife has done nothing but look through the kitchen window and just stare. He says that if it gets much worse, he may have to let her in.
Keep warm & safe out there! Don't do anything I wouldn't do--like venture outside for the next 2-3 days.

NY Pedestrian in snow 2013
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Last minute update: it's now 7AM & we're up to 9.3 inches.

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And you're still here!!

Thanking God that all the trials, tribulation, pain and suffering you went through in 2003 did not deter you from being here today :-)

And thanks for the joke above...I needed a good laugh today!


"Thanking God that all the trials, tribulation, pain and suffering you went through in 2003 did not deter you from being here today :-) "

As in I didn't drown?
As in I didn't commit suicide over it? (I hear God frowns on that.)
As in I didn't try to throttle a certain apt complex manager or a certain repair guy named Ralph, thereby moving to a different kind of living arrangement?
As in I would have had enough of Delaware altogether, would have robbed a bank for cash to e/s/c/a/p/e/ move away and ultimately would have ended up serving time--possibly with myself as a cellmate?

(Oh, yeah. Rumor has it that Our Lord also gets peeved when we get violent or steal stuff.)

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