Saturday, December 11, 2010

Another Weather Report

Snowing to beat hell, maybe a foot today. Even more further north around the Twin Cities. The wind is blowing like a banshee and the temperature will be dropping like a cold brick, or as NOAA puts it:
Tonight: Snow and widespread blowing snow before midnight, then areas of blowing snow and a chance of snow after midnight. Low around -8. Wind chill values between -21 and -31. Windy, with a north northwest wind between 23 and 31 mph, with gusts as high as 46 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Lorna'a sister Anita was flying out to see her daughter, 'Rissa, who is a student at Cornish School For the Arts in Seattle. The flight was cancelled and they will miss her dance program this evening. They're hoping to make it out tomorrow morning.

Everyone is coping in their own way. We went out to eat lunch. Blondie's was closed, so we ate Mexican. It takes more than a little bad weather to close the Taco King. Then we swung by Fleet Farm for a little light Christmas shopping. We had the satisfaction of putting our backs and shoulders into pushing out a snow-stuck Chevy Blazer parked beside our (not stuck) Honda CR-V. I tried not to be too smug. On the way to the grocery store to lay in supplies, we passed the Eagles Club. Most of the businesses in town either cancelled or closed down early so people could get home safely. The Eagles parking lot was full, SUVs and pickups as far as the eye could see. One suspects that some of those jokers had dig out at home, so they could get could get into town and be stranded at the club. I suspect many of them are there for the duration. I can't imagine trying to drive through ice and deep snow in near zero visibility. Drunk. Let's hope that the beer holds out or they'll get surly. 

When we got to the grocery store, business was sparse except in the baking aisle, which was filled with round Scandinavian ladies buying sugar, flour, eggs, butter and almond extract. It's a Christmas snow day - it's cookie time! We picked up our raw sugars, fats and chocolates and made our way through the snowy streets for home. Cookies may be delayed for a while, Lorna is on page 102 of To Kill a Mocking Bird, curled up with Atticus Finch in a warm fuzzy throw and they are getting pretty cozy. Meanwhile I made one quick pass with the snowblower. The rest will have to wait until tomorrow when the wind is finished rearranging the snowdrifts to her satisfaction.


Doug said...

Oh man, you are so lucky. They predicted 8-10" out of this storm for us. I was so excited. Turns out it totally missed us. We've gotten a 1/2" out of it.

Gunnar Berg said...

Aw s**t, you've had twice as much snow as we have already this year. You just want to play Pugsley. I hope you can get your Gates belt issues resolved. For a while I thought it was the answer to the ultimate question.