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Peggy Cannell
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Posted at 14:11 on 6th January 2010
On 6th January 2010 09:32, Ron Brind wrote:

Like most in the UK it seems, plenty of snow (about 8 inches so far in Oxford) and still coming. Transport, schools, work patterns all affected.

Strange, when we had this sort of weather 'years ago' we still went to school, the roads were 'gritted' rather than salted and when we got home from school we picked up the shovel.

Chains were available and carried in vehicles as the norm and life carried on! What happened, what a load of whimps we are?

I could not agree more, it didn't last for days it lasted weeks, I had to walk 4 miles to school with the snow piled 6ft high on the sides of the road

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Barbara Shoemaker
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Posted at 16:03 on 6th January 2010
And the good weather news just keeps coming!  Hey, Al Gore - where's that global warming when you need it?  The USA is in a deep freeze too at the moment, and the folks in Fulton, New York have seen snow falling for the past nine days now, with over 50 inches so far:  

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?cl=17482964

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Krissy
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Posted at 16:18 on 6th January 2010
50 inches!!!!!!!!!!!  OMG!!!!  That is incredible!!!!  I have a friend who has a house up in upstate NY and he has to travel up there several times during the winter just to shovel the snow off the roof so it dosen't cave in!!!!!
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Ron Brind
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Posted at 16:31 on 6th January 2010
Oh to be in England! Lol
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Ruth Gregory
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Posted at 02:05 on 7th January 2010

Oh to be in Arizona, you mean, Ron!  It was 68°F and sunny today.  Just gorgeous.  Mind you, that was 5 degrees cooler than yesterday's 73°.  So there was a bit of a nip in the air.  Laughing

Our air is very dry, so we very rarely have dew or frost, but that gives us a 30-35 degree difference between the daytime highs and the overnight lows.  It was 37° here this morning when I got up.

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Ruth Gregory
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Posted at 02:16 on 7th January 2010

Yesterday and today I listened to BBC Solent online at work.  There were thousands of abandoned cars on the roads and many people spent 12-18 hours in their cars overnight.  They mentioned that a much of the grit and salt for the roads over there comes from a place in Derbyshire and that there was a 2-mile queue of gritting lorries trying to get there to load up.  (Translation for this side of the pond:  There was a 2-mile backup of cinder trucks trying to get there to load up).

Sorry, I couldn't resist.Embarassed  I'd never heard cindering called gritting before.  You English have a wonderful way with English.  lol  The radio station also read off a list of school closures and I learned another phase today that I had to google - infant school.  lol

Ron, do you think the gridlock that occurs in snow over there has to do with the number of cars on the road nowadays?  I wonder because when I was a child in Pennsylvania I lived in a town with small narrow streets like you have over there and it never was gridlocked.  Most households only owned one car back then, but now, I'd bet most families have a car for each person in the house who drives.

 

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Stephanie Jackson
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Posted at 06:30 on 7th January 2010

I totally agree Ruth. Terry didn't take the car yesterday because he was worried about hitting one of the "neighbours" vehicles. They have 4 cars and one van for one semi-detached house with 4 of them living there and they only put one on the drive so the rest are parked everywhere. One skid and you are in to them and then have a nasty insurance claim. There are far too many cars and vans on the road these days - about time the Government brought back benefits in kind on vans being taken home - that would solve alot of this!

Also Health & Safety - these days people sue very easily so the schools are always on tender hooks as to whether to take the chance of opening & risk a claim.

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Ron Brind
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Posted at 10:14 on 7th January 2010

Ruth says>>>Ron, do you think the gridlock that occurs in snow over there has to do with the number of cars on the road nowadays?

You know Ruth, the answer is NO. I think the real problem is that vehicles today are mainly fitted with low profile tyres, THAT is the problem without doubt!!

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Ron Brind
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Posted at 14:05 on 8th January 2010

Snow still with us but compacted, no salt, no grit, were in the s... (same) position as yesterday and the day before, and...!

Still snowing in Wheatley, Oxford and surrounding areas, wind chill not too bad and temperature about -2 at present. Forecast is for another 10 days of this cold weather.

Local stores are rationing supplies of bread and milk, people are 'hoarding' it seems! What a disgraceful situation and we are supposed to care about each other.....'I'm alright Jack' seems to be appropriate.

I hope their bread goes stale and the milk turns sour. At least the birds will be fed, and hey some might even bake some scones using the sour milk! Yeah likely story, do they know how I wonder?

There, I feel better now... 

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Sue H
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Posted at 14:31 on 8th January 2010
On 7th January 2010 10:14, Ron Brind wrote:

Ruth says>>>Ron, do you think the gridlock that occurs in snow over there has to do with the number of cars on the road nowadays?

You know Ruth, the answer is NO. I think the real problem is that vehicles today are mainly fitted with low profile tyres, THAT is the problem without doubt!!


I bet you're right, Ron (oh no, did I say Ron was RIGHT      ?) My Mini has what they call, Run Flat tyres, and I dare not take it out if the snow gathers or I'd be stuck.
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