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Since mid-last week the local weather stations have been predicting what they're calling "The 50 Year Storm."

It turns out they were onto something.

I woke up at 7am this morning to hear rain beating up against my bedroom window. I looked outside and it was gloomy, raining and there were these huge gales of wind.

Its 1pm and the rains haven't stopped yet. I just looked outside (I'm at work now) it's still pouring, and these GIANT puddles are forming in the streets...looks like its going to be a flood.

The weather stations are predicting that it will start snowing heavily tonight and continue on through Monday morning.

Gotta love living in Nevada... [crazy]

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We are still waiting on all that water. The skies are getting dark, wind has picked up and the temps have dropped. Feels more like a threat than a promise right now. I am just glad that I don't live near any of the hillsides that burned up recently and that my front door isn't prone to puddles.

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A few of the guys that I work with who own large trucks with tow-straps have been going out to pull smaller cars out of the water. The water level on our street (we are far East of town) is so high that it is up to the hoods/bumpers of some of them. Luckily the parking lots are ok. Obviously this is a flood-prone street. *yikes*

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Icon 1 posted January 04, 2008 14:31      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
We've had five blizzards in about ten days. Ergo, our weather is more manly than yours. [Wink]

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Damn ungodly weather you got, spungo. Clouds freezing and falling on the ground. It just ain't right.

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quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
We've had five blizzards in about ten days. Ergo, our weather is more manly than yours. [Wink]

Ahh, yes. The weather in the valley, I don't miss the winters where it can snow a foot in a day. My back still hurts thinking about shoveling the driveway back in the day.
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quote:
We've had five blizzards in about ten days. Ergo, our weather is more manly than yours. [Wink]
Ok, you win [Big Grin] . Although the last bad flood/blizzard I remember having here was back in 1997, so it's been awhile. Thus, I'm not used to "manly" weather. LOL.

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Spungo: If it's manly weather you've got, may I have the frou frou, girly weather? [Razz]

Good luck with the rain and snow everybody!

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Yeah... I saw this: http://image.weather.com/images/maps/tropical/map_spectrop01_ltst_6nh_enus_600x405.jpg

And the first thing I thought was "hurricane". They don't actually use the term in the article, but the winds are definitely strong enough, even if the storm doesn't meet other criteria.

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Icon 1 posted January 04, 2008 15:44      Profile for geekgoddess     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hmmm... [Eek!]


Forecasters say several feet of snow is expected, along with winds gusting to 150 miles an hour that will reduce visibility to zero.

Emergency managers warn it's likely that Interstate 80 over Donner Summit will be closed later in the day.

The National Weather Service also has issued a winter storm warning for western and northern Nevada, where forecasters say 8 to 10 inches is expected overnight in the Reno-Carson City area.

Foothill regions could see more than a foot.

The storm arrived in the Reno area in the form of rain with blustery winds, but forecasters say it will turn to snow by afternoon as a cold air mass from the Gulf of Alaska collides with subtropical moisture coming in from the Pacific.


(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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...THE FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 400 PM PST FOR CARSON
CITY...DOUGLAS...SOUTHERN WASHOE...LYON...EASTERN LASSEN...
SOUTHWESTERN MINERAL...STOREY AND EASTERN MONO COUNTIES...

AT 1252 PM PST WEATHER SERVICE RADAR CONTINUES TO INDICATE PERIODS
OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN OVER THE VALLEYS OF WESTERN NEVADA AND
EASTERN CALIFORNIA. RAINFALL RATES OF ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF INCH
PER HOUR HAVE BEEN OBSERVED WITH THIS ACTIVITY. HEAVY RAIN WITH
RAINFALL RATES OF OVER A QUARTER OF AN INCH AN HOUR WILL CONTINUE IN
THE SIERRA FOOTHILLS AND ALONG THE SIERRA FRONT THIS AFTERNOON UNTIL
SNOW LEVELS DROP TO VALLEY FLOORS. SNOW LEVELS WILL DROP LATER THIS
AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING TO VALLEY FLOORS WHICH WILL END FLOODING
CONCERNS.

THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS REPORTS OF FLOODING IN THE RENO-SPARKS
AREA...INCLUDING ALONG PRATER WAY IN SPARKS. POWER LINES HAVE BEEN
REPORTED DOWN IN THE AREA AS WELL. IN ADDITION...A ROCK SLIDE HAS
BEEN REPORTED NEAR I-80 AND VISTA.

A FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR HAS BEEN REPORTED.
STREAM RISES WILL BE SLOW AND FLASH FLOODING IS NOT EXPECTED.
HOWEVER...ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS
IMMEDIATELY.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY! THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY.

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A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY.

SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES LATER THIS MORNING ACROSS THE
EASTERN SIERRA FROM LAKE TAHOE SOUTH TO MONO COUNTY. THE SNOW
COULD BRIEFLY CHANGE TO RAIN BELOW 7000 FEET AROUND MIDDAY...BEFORE
SNOW LEVELS FALL TO BELOW 6000 FEET LATER THIS AFTERNOON.
EXTREMELY HEAVY SNOW WILL OCCUR THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING WITH
SNOWFALL RATES UP TO 6 INCHES PER HOUR.

TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING WILL BE 3 TO
5 FEET ABOVE 7000 FEET WITH HIGHER AMOUNTS ALONG THE SIERRA
CREST...AND 2 TO 3 FEET BELOW 7000 FEET...INCLUDING THE LAKE TAHOE
BASIN. IN ADDITION...STRONG WINDS WILL PRODUCE LARGE AND EVEN
DEEPER SNOW DRIFTS.

STRONG WINDS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT...WITH THE MOST
DANGEROUS WINDS FROM EARLY THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING.
WIND GUSTS UP TO 70 MPH WILL BE COMMON WITH GUSTS OVER 150 MPH
OVER THE SIERRA RIDGES. THESE STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE WITH THE
HEAVY SNOW TO BRING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AT ALL SIERRA PASSES...
WITH A PERIOD OF BLIZZARD CONDITIONS REACHING LOWER ELEVATIONS
THIS AFTERNOON INTO EARLY SATURDAY.

A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS
WILL PRODUCE ZERO VISIBILITY. DO NOT TRAVEL IN THESE CONDITIONS.
IF YOU GET STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

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quote:
Originally posted by CommanderShroom:
We are still waiting on all that water. The skies are getting dark, wind has picked up and the temps have dropped. Feels more like a threat than a promise right now. I am just glad that I don't live near any of the hillsides that burned up recently and that my front door isn't prone to puddles.

Glad you're away from the hills, Shroom. With the 7-8 inches of rain they're predicting these storms to drop, Southern CA will be having some horrible mudslides this weekend, I think.

We might get some overflowing riverbanks here, but I'm not so foolish as to take up residence in a drainage basin. I'm sure all the streets will flood in this area of town, but that's probably it.

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quote:
Originally posted by Cap'n Vic:
quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
We've had five blizzards in about ten days. Ergo, our weather is more manly than yours. [Wink]

Ahh, yes. The weather in the valley...
By the way -- the Golers called. They want their banjo back. [Razz]

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__________________________ Those Blizzards Spungo spoke of passed through here, two went South of us one was a direct hit and the other two split and passed by on both sides of us. Yeah for the high ground, now we are supposed to get 50 degree F and rain that should fill the rivers. especially the AuSable.

I have been trying to get the Mrs to get a good picture of me on the Compact Hydralic tractor when blowing snow, think of your walk behind on steroids Seventeen horsepower into the fan.

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SpazGirl:
If it's manly weather you've got, may I have the frou frou, girly weather? [Razz]

You asked for it

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quote:
Originally posted by geekgoddess:
Forecasters say several feet of snow is expected, along with winds gusting to 150 miles an hour that will reduce visibility to zero.

Yeah... probably a very good idea to just stay indoors until it ends if you're in the area.

You know it's serious when you hear them downright say "Travel will be deadly."

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quote:
We've had five blizzards in about ten days. Ergo, our weather is more manly than yours. [Wink]
This is the point where I am forced to disagree and say that our weather is pretty darn 'manly' tonight...


This is a video that I JUST took. It's the view off of my back patio. No, there's nothing wrong with the camera, and that is NOT static, its snow and it hasn't stopped yet (the tall black stationary thing in the center is a tree that is no further than 5 feet off the balcony, as you can tell, I can't even see that far because of the snow.) If you watch the bottom right corner, you see that as the wind slows down a bit you can see the cars in the carports clearly...Apparently downtown lost power, and mine is flickering up here at my place...*sheesh* I have NEVER seen anything like this before.

Blizzard- Jan 4, 2008

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quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
...now we are supposed to get 50 degree F...

And the high on Friday was 14 F (-10 C)

...and rain that should fill the rivers. especially the AuSable.
which runs right through my farm.

And then it's supposed to freeze again before the weekend. A person could crack from the thermal shock. [Razz]

Nice to meet a neighbour, Mo.

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Mr. Dave ______________________ You East or West of the First dam.

I thought that only old man Bissonette owned both sides, that was what his big b**ch with Consumers was about Power of Right Emenite Domain. They still flooded his farms

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quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
Mr. Dave ______________________ You East or West of the First dam.

Dam?? I'm downstream of the Morrison dam at Exeter, and upstream from the one that used to be at Arkona...

Maybe it's a different Ausable River. What's the first letter of your radio call?

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__________________________ I am speaking of the AuSable river that runs from Greyling Mi. To AuSable Mi. on Lake Huron. What one are you speaking of?


Evidently there are three AuSable Rivers in North America. Wikipedia only lists three are there more, going once, twice, sold.

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quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
__________________________ I am speaking of the AuSable river that runs from Greyling Mi. To AuSable Mi. on Lake Huron.

Ah. I'm on the Ausable (different capitalization) river that runs from Hensall, ON to Grand Bend, ON on the other side of Lake Huron. (So we're not quite neighbours, but close enough for Weather Office work...)

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