The Ice-Man Has Cometh (and Gone)

Winter Storm 2014: Northern Kentucky

The “Ice” storm has come, dumped its delivery and left the greater Cincinnati area. I do not know how much snow and ice we accumulated, all I know is when going outside yesterday to clean off my car, I was walking on top of the snow and ice (not sinking in), was greeted with half-inch of ice on the windshield and windows and to top it off my doors were sealed with a thick layer of ice, making it difficult to start the motor with the key.

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Braving the Elements

I truly enjoy the four season here in Northern Kentucky and it helps me to keep my disposition by working from home and not being “forced” to go out into the elements just to get to work.  Simply put…If I don’t wish to leave the house…I stay put and view the world from my window (sometimes while still in my PJ’s.)

Unfortunately for me staying inside was not an option during this seasonal event.  The inclement weather hit our area around 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4th and it was coming down fast and steady. I made the decision earlier in the day that should the weather become too wild, I would pick my dad (he’s 73 and still works full-time) up from work as he was scheduled to work until 9 p.m.  The Boy and I left the house around 7:35 p.m. to embark on the drive to dad.  It only took us roughly 30-minutes to make the 15-minute drive.

NightThe drive was a slip-sliding event as very little had been done to prepare the roadway surfaces since many municipalities in the area are conserving the last bit of salt they have. Finally, we arrived to pick up dad and a few minutes earlier his department was just informed they could leave early due to the weather.

We trekked back home, taking paths that were not steep and most likely would be on the “to be plowed” list.  Almost home and knowing my driveway (which has an ever so slight incline) was a sheet of ice and that I would have no traction once tires met ice, if I didn’t hit the gas just as I was turning into the drive, my car would not make it out of the street.

WHEW….it worked! The vehicle was safely parked and I turned to look at dad and he was white as the snow that covered the ground! Guess it was the ice-slide the car took just before coming to a stop that spooked him a bit.  smileicon  I didn’t ask, but now wonder if his life flashed before his eyes? 

All-in-all, we were home safe and would go back out the next day to retrieve dad’s car; which by the way was barricaded in by the snow/ice that was plowed overnight and took me 20-minutes to dig it out and clean off.

Not the End of the World
So in the end, the “be all and end all” (as referred to by some) Winter Storm of 2014 was not as bad as some meteorologists predicted it would (see my blog about it here). Yes people were inconvenienced, grocery stores were bombarded and food flew off the shelves, salt for treating roads and sidewalks was nowhere to be found and there were auto accidents, people slipping on sidewalks, and broken shovels; but after it was all said and done…we can say “we survived!”

How was your week?

Are you kidding?

Today is Wednesday, April 11, 2012 and right now at 9:23am it is

33°F
I thought we sprung into Spring.  Here’s the kicker, it is projected that we will only have two additional warm days for the complete month of April.  Again I say….”ARE YOU KIDDING”.  How bizarre…how bizarre our weather has been this past “winter” and now “spring”.

Brr…freezing winds are a blowin’

I don’t think I am ready for winter quite yet.  I woke this morning with rain bouncing off my window; rain and wind which I knew was bringing with them the cold weather.  (Thought: does the word “cold” have a double meaning?  Meaning, when its cold outside you catch a cold?  Works for me.)

Slowly, I inched my way out of bed and quickly put on my fuzzy robe and since our youngest “Z”, Zoey decided to work her way through her teething phase by chewing on my slippers, socks are now my only option.

I started my usual morning ritual of putting the coffee on and taking the dogs out for “their” morning ritual.  Nope, not today; they were having none of that cold wind and rain.  This will be an eventful day, trying to coax the three of them outdoors for their “breaks”.

We have had to crank on the heat this week and our household occupants have already experienced aches and pains, stuffy heads and tight chests, cold hands and body chills, coughing, sneezing and all the other fun stuff that blows in with cold weather.  The search for warm blankets has begun and hot-soothing baths are part of our nightly routines.  It is time to break out the heavy coats and start the seasonal search for the “other” glove.

Don’t let me mislead you, I love all of the seasons and the distinct changes that come with each, it’s just that I’m not ready to let go of summer.  Oh well, I guess I should schedule service for the fireplace and have the wood delivered.

Autumn leaves falling.  The leaves started falling off the trees in our yard about two weeks ago and we started thinking it was time to rake and bag the signs of winter.  However, with the windy days we’ve had (and we all know that it is next to impossible to rake leaves in the wind) the task was delayed.  I woke over the weekend after a  night of gusty winds to find that all of the leaves were miraculously gone.  Did the night nomes visit our yard and remove the leaves?  No, not this time.  Just like last year, I waited long enough to rake that the wind took care of them for us and blew them into our neighbors yards.  Not to worry though, if they wait long enough the leaves will proceed down the street until the street sweeper comes to claim them.

This is what the Farmers’ Almanac is forecasting for the 2011-2012 winter season.  The Farmers’ Almanac is forecasting “clime and punishment,” a season of unusually cold and stormy weather. For some parts of the country, that means a frigid climate; while for others, it will mean lots of rain and snow.

The upcoming winter looks to be cold to very cold for the Northern Plains, parts of the Northern Rockies, and the western Great Lakes. In contrast, above-normal temperatures are expected across most of the southern and eastern U.S. Near-normal temperatures are expected in the Midwest and Far West, and in southern Florida.

A very active storm track will bring much heavier-than-normal precipitation from the Southern Plains through Tennessee into Ohio, the Great Lakes, and the Northeast. Because of above normal temperatures, much of the precipitation will likely be rain or mixed precipitation, although, during February, some potent East Coast storms could leave heavy snow, albeit of a wet and slushy consistency.

An active Pacific Storm track will guide storm systems into the Pacific Northwest, giving it a wetter-than-normal winter.

Drier-than-normal weather will occur in the Southwest and Southeast corners of the nation.

SO…there it is “heavier-than-normal precipitation” (also known as SNOW) for my area this winter…grrreat.  I guess I should close this story for now and go start looking for the snow shovels and stocking up on salt for the driveway.