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RobBucksPA

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RobBucksPA last won the day on September 28 2018

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    Home with the family. Steaks on the grill. 66 degrees. Low humidity. Wind from the North at 6MPH. No bugs flying around. Three clouds in the sky.

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  1. RobBucksPA

    February 12-13, 2019 | Winter Storm

    Glad to hear that you have power back, and everyone is safe!
  2. RobBucksPA

    February 12-13, 2019 | Winter Storm

    The freeze-thaw created a skating rink this morning. The crust was strong enough to slide on and not break through. You had to actively stomp to break through and get purchase, or you were sliding. Not fun. The dogs had to go into four-paw-drive, with claws. I hope today's thaw allows enough melting to clear things before the coming precip. Rough going.
  3. RobBucksPA

    February 12-13, 2019 | Winter Storm

    I have a snow squall warning? When did this magic happen? No hint of this, even this morning...? Fascinating.
  4. RobBucksPA

    February 12-13, 2019 | Winter Storm

    From my NWS forecast: "Total daytime sleet accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible." That qualifies as a "yikes." So far things are tracking as such. This certainly wasn't the prediction even at 0800 this morning, but now...? Yeah, it's an ice fest. Accretion around 0.1", and sleet between 1" and 2". Everyone hunker down, if you can...
  5. RobBucksPA

    February 12-13, 2019 | Winter Storm

    The layers are changing. I just heard the change on the skylight - larger granules, and a bit of wet precip. Freezing observed on metal. Accretion has begun. Yay. Not my favorite thing.
  6. RobBucksPA

    February 12-13, 2019 | Winter Storm

    Temp down to 28F. If the precip changes to water, it will accrete. Yay. Let's pray not.
  7. RobBucksPA

    February 12-13, 2019 | Winter Storm

    No change here, west of Doylestown. Not much precip, but what we are getting is a mixture of snow and sleet. Fine grains in each case. No large flakes. Little accumulation, but certainly enough to make the roads greasy. Quite treacherous. I believe your HR person has a problem understanding "direction." Depending upon where an employee has to drive, they could run into any combination of snow, ice, or water. So far this seems to be significantly colder than predicted, but also dryer. We're not seeing significantly reduced visibility due to precip, but it's definitely not letting up. The roads are re-coating, for sure.
  8. RobBucksPA

    February 12-13, 2019 | Winter Storm

    West of Doylestown, shifted to snow/sleet. Had been just sleet, but it appears to be colder. No ice accretion, but significant sleet accumulation on the lawn/driveway. I thought that by now we'd be shifting to rain, but evidently not.
  9. RobBucksPA

    February 12-13, 2019 | Winter Storm

    Been sleeting here for about 2.5 hours now. Steady, but not overly heavy. Looks like about 1/5 of an inch, but it's still accumulating. Treacherous driving - I left for work but turned around after testing my ABS. If brake hard, but not overly hard, at 20MPH. If the ABS engages, that's too slippery for a safe commute. I'd push it in an emergency, but there is no emergency today so I turned around and will work remotely. Wife's office is closed, to the north. It might not be delivering the snow that was predicted, but it's certainly an ugly mess nonetheless. And, hey, at least we get water. That's great, right? More water. Yay.
  10. RobBucksPA

    February 12-13, 2019 | Winter Storm

    I think that is as solid advice as can be given. Given the situation, I'm sure that having the child in a hotel might be a significant challenge (full body cast in a hotel?), but even so... the fact is, forecasts are nowhere near accurate or granular enough to answer the questions being asked. Just this morning I ran into very changing road conditions, town by town. It's not just about the forecast; it's about municipalities and how they treat their roads. There are no guarantees, but I believe that I would do precisely what you outline here. I'd leave this evening, before the snow, and find a suitable hotel.
  11. RobBucksPA

    February 12-13, 2019 | Winter Storm

    That one is unbelievable, even for NJ. I can just see the posts here, if it passes. You just know that it will start with a tax by paved-area, but eventually they will adjust it for precipitation. "No hurricane! I'll be taxed $800! Nooooo!" I left NJ a long time ago and never looked back. George Harrison couldn't have written lines for the taxes that NJ comes up with.
  12. RobBucksPA

    February 12-13, 2019 | Winter Storm

    More water for the bog. Yay. At least we'll have a few days of freeze coming up. We can walk on that. As it stands now, I'm washing the dogs' paws every time I take them out. Have to fill two buckets with water, take them out, bring them in, hold them there and literally wash the mud from their paws - all eight of them - unless I want a total mudfest on the hardwood. If March and April are seasonal, my lawn is toast. It never dried out from last year. It is, indeed, a bog. Standing water, even today. Just walking on it churns the mud and destroys the lawn. Whether this system delivers snow or rain, machs nix. Water is water, and we still don't need it.
  13. RobBucksPA

    February 12-13, 2019 | Winter Storm

    That's just a sunny. Big storms take harpoons and barrels... ;)
  14. RobBucksPA

    What about magnetism?

    As we all know, there is a huge amount of information published about greenhouse gases and global warming. As we also know, the earth's magnetic field has been tapering off for about 1,000 years. The magnetic north pole is moving, and fast. The "ring of fire" is as active as any of us have seen in our lifetime. Eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis are frighteningly common, and not just in the Pacific. Iceland, Italy, etc. It's not just the ROF. Are the two correlated? Does the increased geological activity correlate with changes to the earth's magnetic field? Given the internet, it's harder than ever to separate the wheat from the chaff. What information is well reasoned and scientific, what information is intentionally spun, and what information is outright clickbait? Hard to say. Add "unintentional spinning" to that mix and it gets even harder to focus on what might be called "actual data." But it's out there. Whether people are studying it, that's yet a different question. So I ask: in your opinion, does the earth's magnetic field affect climate, weather, both, or neither? There's no question that magnetic north has recently moved a lot. There's no question that our magnetic field has weakened for as long as we've been measuring it. There's very little question that this has happened before, and that humans have survived it. We can't be 100% sure, since we weren't actually there and measuring it, but the evidence is about as strong as it can be. Changes in earth's magnetic strength and polarity appear to be a historical fact. My question, again, is: so what? Does it matter to weather or climate? What are your thoughts?
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