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Winter weather this year has been ...

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Great! Pleasant and smooth.
  6398 votes / 23%
Pretty OK; I'm surviving.
  7856 votes / 29%
Not so good -- inconveniences galore.
  3177 votes / 11%
Somewhere between bad and horrible.
  4526 votes / 16%
You must think I live in a different place.
  4796 votes / 17%
26753 total votes.
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Winter weather this year has been ...

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  • Australia! (Score:3, Funny)

    by scotty.m (1881826) on Saturday January 29, 2011 @02:41PM (#35044102)
    What is winter?
    • Re:Australia! (Score:4, Insightful)

      by peragrin (659227) on Saturday January 29, 2011 @02:42PM (#35044104)

      the time of the year when the ground turns into rivers.

      AS for me, I live in NY because I happen like the 4 seasons. If I could get this weather without the taxes i would be gone.

      • by ElectricTurtle (1171201) on Saturday January 29, 2011 @03:07PM (#35044248)

        If I could get this weather without the taxes i would be gone.

        It's called New Hampshire, but please don't move there, you'd probably bring the taxes with you.

        • by peragrin (659227)

          New hampshire doesn't have enough water. I would have to move lake Ontario down river a bit.

      • by tqft (619476)

        "the time of the year when the ground turns into rivers."
        Check out this week
        http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/ [bom.gov.au] Check the Tropical Cyclone one all but guaranteed for Monday (well north of me) and another coming special delivery from Fiji maybe Thursday could be a bit closer to home

      • by HJED (1304957)

        the time of the year when the ground turns into rivers.

        No we call that summer (or at least this year).

      • by OzPeter (195038)

        AS for me, I live in NY because I happen like the 4 seasons.

        You have obviously never been to Melbourne - a point of pride is that that you can all 4 of the seasons in one day.

        Now if you mean to imply that Winter must include snow, then you are delusional and suffering from a [I don't know what as there are places in the US that don't get snow]-Centric point of view.

    • As I speak its 40 degrees outside in Melbourne. 39 tomorrow. My trick for cycle commuting is to jump in the shower in my cycling clothes right before I go, then pour most of my water on my skin when I feel hot. The body can only use 300ml per hour anyway and I carry about a litre. Going to be a warm week. Over 20 on most nights.

      • by Gonoff (88518)
        For people from the USA remember the conversion to pre technological units is (T * 1.8) + 32 giving you 104.
    • Adelaide. 42C (108 F) today. 27C (80 F) overnight. 42C (108 F) tomorrow. 90% humidity all next week.
      • by deniable (76198)
        Perth and we only had 37 because the incoming cyclone cooled things down before she fizzled. Only 21 overnight.
    • What is winter?

      July. :p

      Now, I live in Thailand, so I can honestly ask, what is winter? Oh, right. It's beer garden season! :D

    • Ask again in four or five months....

  • Bad options (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 29, 2011 @02:48PM (#35044142)

    They are all biased towards people who dislike winter. What if it's not cold enough for me? The slush is really annoying, and I would prefer if it would just stay solid. No vote for me.

    • by Eevee (535658)

      They are all biased towards people who dislike winter. What if it's not cold enough for me? The slush is really annoying, and I would prefer if it would just stay solid. No vote for me.

      Then pick "Not so good -- inconveniences galore."

  • Disappointing (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MaXintosh (159753) on Saturday January 29, 2011 @02:51PM (#35044162)
    Ironically, us in the great white north (Alaska, not Soviet Cannuckistan) have had a rotten winter. It hasn't been very wintery at all. Only a few sub -30F days, and almost no snow to speak of in places. At one point in November, it was raining. Since about all winter has going for it up here is the ability to play around in the snow, having now snow means you just sit around in a dark place wondering why the hell you live in Alaska, when apparently you can get better snow in New Hampshire, and at least then have access to halfway decent doughnuts. It got so warm just north of Anchorage that the marshes had no snow at all on them for a while. It was surreal, like you were driving, and suddenly you found yourself in Oklahoma or something.

    I guess what I'm saying is the lower 48 needs to stop stealing our weather. It's ours, damnit!
    • The weather has been really mild here in New Mexico as well. I've gotten used to not having any snow in Albuquerque, but it hasn't even been cold. There have only been 4 days the entire winter where I had to wear a scarf when riding my scooter, whereas in previous years I had to wear it for about 6 weeks.

      • by pspahn (1175617)
        Shorts and sandals most of the "winter" here in Denver as well.
        • by c++0xFF (1758032)

          Amen to that. You know it's bad when you see everybody on your street washing their cars. I did that yesterday, and it really wasn't that bad.

    • You can have your weather back on one condition; you have to take the Palins back, and keep them quiet.
    • I guess what I'm saying is the lower 48 needs to stop stealing our weather. It's ours, damnit!

      Maybe some of those pesky Europeans have grabbed your Alaskan winter. They've had colder and snowier conditions (often record-breaking) in the UK, Ireland, France, etc.

      Of course, here in northern Europe, it has been within the normal range for winters, perhaps slightly cooler than average but nothing remarkable. We've got tons of snow on the ground in Eastern Finland, but only had a couple of days when it went below -30C. Airports did not close - we can deal with the white stuff in quantity...

    • Yeah, I live and work here in Alaska as well... and where I work is on the coast of the Arctic Ocean. It was above freezing, in January, here where I work. Of course next week it was -70 (with wind chill), but still!
  • by FunPika (1551249) on Saturday January 29, 2011 @02:51PM (#35044166) Journal
    Are probably going to vote the last one (or 2nd to last). :P
  • Now I'm waiting impatiently for my hardware store to get in a new supply of snow rakes [google.com], nervously listening for the sound of water dripping into the attic.
    • by manutter51 (1785060) on Saturday January 29, 2011 @04:07PM (#35044532)
      Get a pair of cheap nylons. Fill them with rock salt. Lay them on the roof so that they are perpendicular to your gutters (NOT parallel to or inside the gutters). The idea is that the salt melts a channel through the ice dam so that the meltage can leak out instead of piling up behind the dam. We did that last year and it really helped. You'll want to watch for salt residue though. If the meltage doesn't wash it away, get a bucket or hose or something.
      • by droopus (33472) *

        I have a huge ice dam and I just put up the stockings today. It's hard because it all bunches up at the bottom when you lift them into place. How do you avoid that?

        You can avoid the salt issues by using calcium carbonate (commercial ice melt).

        But it works...two hours later, I had drainage. Brilliant.

    • by $RANDOMLUSER (804576) on Saturday January 29, 2011 @06:18PM (#35045132)
      My retirement plan is to throw a snow shovel over my shoulder and start walking South. First time someone says to me "Hey mister, what's that?" - that's where I'm retiring.
    • by Darktan (817653)

      Now I'm waiting impatiently for my hardware store to get in a new supply of snow rakes [google.com], nervously listening for the sound of water dripping into the attic.

      Odd. While the link told me what a snow rake is, I had to google around for a half an hour to find out why I'd want one. For those people living in wintery places with sane building codes, the problem is this: US roofs are apparently designed for a ground snow load of 0.45 kPa (10 pounds per sq foot) to 1.4 kPa (30 psf). Canadian roofs seem to be designed for loads between 5-20 kPa (100-400 psf).

      The moral of the story is to design your house for the 30 year snowfall.

  • Having feet of snow and watching all the non-locals drive too fast and slide off the road is pretty much the norm around here.

    • by OzPeter (195038)

      Having feet of snow and watching all the non-locals drive too fast and slide off the road is pretty much the norm around here.

      The first time I drove in snow in the US (in VA, 1995 I think), my car had been parked in a lot and we got about 2" to 3" of snow during the day. Late afternoon when I got out of work I took my car for a drive around the (now empty) lot and spun it a couple of times to get the feel of how slippery things were. I then drove the 10 miles home on the partially ploughed streets. I got home perfectly fine, yet I saw at least 3 cars which had run off the road. All the way home I was think "my excuse is that t

  • Normally, 8 inches of snow wouldn't be that bad in the Washington DC area, but the problem was the inch of rain that washed off the pre-treatment salt, and the inch of sleet that fused with the rain into instant glare ice, all before the snow started coming down to hide and lubricate the ice smack dab at the beginning of rush hour. What would normally be the worst commute in the nation suddenly became the Unspeakably Terrible Commute From Hell.
    • You almost never see ice on the ground in Australia so I got a nasty shock in Galway, Ireland in December 1997. Stepped out on the footpath and fell flat on the ground. It was no colder than I see in Melbourne but I reckon the ground must be colder over there all the time so it is easier for ice to form.

      • by Cimexus (1355033)

        Although that's true of the bulk of Australia, it's always dangerous to make generalisations. Ice on the ground is common in fairly sizeable areas of Australia in winter (any elevated location away from the coast). I can tell you that accidents due to black ice on the road are common around here (Canberra) in winter. Not so much in the city itself (Canberra is in a lowish spot compared to the surrounding terrain) but on highways just outside the city. Any areas of NSW/ACT/VIC which are >800m above sea le

        • by xaxa (988988)

          I married an American and have spent plenty of winters in her home state of Wisconsin in the US and I can assure you it gets a lot, lot colder there than in Ireland (-20s ... even -30 occasionally). And I too have fallen flat on my ass, being a noob Aussie not used to such conditions ;)

          Ireland can be worse: the temperature usually hovers around freezing, so most of the time fallen snow quickly melts, then freezes to ice. Colder places don't have such a problem with ice.

    • Normally, 8 inches of snow wouldn't be that bad in the Washington DC area,

      You must be new here.

      • by robot256 (1635039)
        New here? Only 20 years... but 8 inches of snow doesn't usually cause people to be stuck on the roads for 8, 10, 12 hours getting home from work. Thank god I left half an hour before everyone else and got home before the worst of it hit.
  • The snow is on the highest volcano peak.
  • Loved the 5F+15MPH weather in December for some reason (no idea why -- should've hated it, seeing as I lived in NC for 4 years prior). But it's been SO WARM lately! What's up with that? It even got to 40F one day. Seriously, 'the fuck?
    • by OzPeter (195038)
      I live in Pittsburgh for 3 years and the weather never bothered me. What did was all those rolling hills that give you a line of sight of no more than 3 or 4 miles. I grew up seeing the horizon and during my time in Pgh I almost felt claustrophobic.
      • by martas (1439879)
        Heh, yeah, I know what you mean, I grew up seeing a big ass mountain on the horizon. But it's a step up for me since it's still better than the flatlands of Durham, NC, where the tallest structure available to me was 4 stories tall... Still, if I get too claustrophobic, I can always go up the cathedral of learning tower on the Pitt campus. It's walking distance for me.
  • It seems I picked a perfect time to relocate to NYC (from London), as apparently this is one of the snowiest winters on record. I am in awe of the sheer quantity of snow that's lying around. I'm also impressed with the infrastructure in place to deal with it - after a foot of snow overnight the streets were ploughed and just about passable, and the trains were running. Although I gather that it was a different story just before I arrived, with the whole city shut down for about a week. However it seems like

    • Re:NYC snow (Score:4, Interesting)

      by gapagos (1264716) on Saturday January 29, 2011 @08:26PM (#35045906)

      Are you kidding, whenever there's a snowstorm, NYC takes hours to get snow out of the way and it piles up on the sidewalks and then creates lakes of water when it melts because they don't ever pick up the snow (except in Times Square) they just push it on the side.

      Go to any Canadian city and you'll be in awe by how efficiently we get the snow out of the way. We have armies of trucks spreading salt, pushing snow by the side and then another round of trucks sucking up the snow like a mega-vaccum on wheels and dropping it outside of the city, at which point another truck equipped with a powerful snow cannon blows it on top of a hill composed of all the snow collected from all around the city. That is efficiency.

      The problem is that this mountain of snow, when it melts in spring, can be damaging to the environment because of all the salt still stuck on the snow from the roads. Some cities like Montreal are now using small rocks / heavy sand instead of salt, which does not melt the snow but still increase traction to the surface.

  • The poll options seem to be labelling harsh weather pejoratively as a bad thing - yes we've had a harsh winter here in the UK with cars slipping on the ice, but it's been worth it and everyone I know has *loved* it. It's made a welcome change from the sludge grey winters we've had recently.

    My brother-in-law has been able to take his daughter sledging for the first time and they both loved that. I went camping in the snow for the winter solstice along with a load of other people and watched the eclipse fro
    • by OzPeter (195038)

      My brother-in-law has been able to take his daughter sledging for the first time and they both loved that.

      Hmm .. not sure if taking a kid sledging [wikipedia.org] is an appropriate activity in England. But I suppose you need to get the practice in if she is going to apply for membership in the Barmy Army [wikipedia.org]

  • Living in San Diego CA we dont really have winter.

    More apt to say we got:
    Rainy Season
    Fire Season
    Summer
    Sorta Summer
    Earthquake Season :-)

    • OTOH, there was still some snow on Mt Laguna a couple of weekends ago, and a good chance of more snow tonight.

      Then again, this January has been warmer than last July.

    • by Pfhorrest (545131)

      Earthquakes don't come in seasons.

      But I do like to joke that despite common comments to the contrary, California does in fact have four seasons like everywhere else: there's Sunny, Hot, Flooding, and On Fire [iscaliforniaonfire.com].

      What, you don't have On Fire where you come from?

  • ...but overall not too bad. I think we've only had a day or two (so far) where the temperature dipped below 0F, and that was in the wee hours of the morning. Could be a lot worse... I'll take it!
  • As a Canadian living in New Jersey I think it is great. We have had about 4 or 5 good dumps of snow and it is white and beautiful out. The best winter in the 10 years we have been here. Much better than the usual drab, dirty wet winters that we usually get.

  • by G3ckoG33k (647276) on Saturday January 29, 2011 @08:59PM (#35046064)

    2010 was the warmest year since global temperature records began in 1850 - although margins of uncertainty make it a statistical tie with 1998 and 2005. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) concludes 2010 was 0.53C warmer than the average for the period 1961-90 - a period commonly used as a baseline. The 10 warmest years have all occurred since 1998, it notes. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12241692).

    Last month was the coldest December documented for the UK since nationwide records began 100 years ago, the Met Office has confirmed. For central England, it was the second coldest December since 1659. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12119329)

    So, again, a global average doesn't equal your local weather. And, again, local weather doesn't make a climate.

  • The idea that this year's snow storms are unusual is a myth created by the media to generate stories. When I was a teenager in the 80's living in western Massachusetts we used to get two-three foot snow storms several times each winter and it was considered normal weather. Going back further, I've got pictures of my grandfather when he was a young man in upstate New York standing by snow drifts that were literally up to the tops of telephone polls.
  • Folks living at higher altitudes on the islands of Hawaii and Maui stoke a fire for a month or so. Otherwise, the only signs of winter are more visitors, and the leaves failing off some of the plumeria trees.

  • So far it's been a pretty mild summer here in my part of down under (all crops are being harvested late) until this weekend. It's also been terribly inconvenient weather as well... every weekday when I leave for work it's warm and sunny and the ocean is nice and calm so I think "can't wait to get the boat out on the weekend", but then the wind starts blowing sometime on Friday night and doesn't stop blowing until sometime on Sunday night which means the water is too rough.

    No wind this weekend for once, but

  • ... that passes some 100 meters from home. Glad to see proper winters are back to Northern Europe.

  • It's all perspective. If you live in the bay area a few extra days of rain can ruin your whole winter; you might not get in that extra round of golf.

    • by OzPeter (195038)

      "Should be, Given your normal climate, winter..."

      It's all perspective. If you live in the bay area a few extra days of rain can ruin your whole winter; you might not get in that extra round of golf.

      Gasp .. but .. but ... but .. that might imply that /. is read outside of the greatest country in the world.

  • We got 20 inches in a day here in Minneapolis last month, and it hasn't stopped. There's snow up to my dick out there. Hasn't been too cold though. I guess last Friday it did get down to -16 F, and it was zero-ish all week, but that's been the only really shitty cold week. Other than that it's been teens and occasional twenties. Hit 33 once this week!

    Also, I bike to work (10+ miles). We're tough people.

  • At first, I somehow missed the actual poll question, thinking the poll options were for feedback about the new layout.
    Only the last one didn't make any sense. Heh.

  • What is this "winter" you speak of? For that matter, what's "weather"?

  • by lxs (131946) on Monday January 31, 2011 @03:53AM (#35054444)

    It's a sign that the readership is getting old. Next poll:

    Slashdot Poll: How is the pain in your lower back?

    -manageable
    -better than last week
    -not so good
    -agony
    -Hurts worse than the time Cowboy Neal stepped on my toe in '98. Do you remember '98? It was the great Internet boom of '98 and we were laying cat5...

The only problem with being a man of leisure is that you can never stop and take a rest.

 



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