Monday, January 13, 2014

Winter Storm 2014 Recap

I live in Michigan about 40 miles north of Detroit. We were hit with the winter storm that included 15 inches of snow, wind and a high of -15 degrees. The windchill was around -25 below.

During the pre-storm phase, mobs of people flooded the grocery stores on Saturday. I usually go grocery shopping on Sunday, but I changed it to Saturday because I didn’t want to push a cart in the slush. All I can say is….I’m glad I went early. Even then a lot of the meat was gone. And no pizza sauce! I wanted to make a pizza on Sunday and ended up buying a whole kit just to get the sauce. Later, I heard the police were called to some stores for crowd control.

My daughter had 3 snow days in a row, which greatly contributed to her delight, until she had to go back on Thursday, which was followed by a drastic mood swing in the wrong direction.

We have a long horseshoe driveway and the wind kept blowing the snow back onto it, even after plowing it twice. At 5:30 a.m. last Monday, it looked like we hadn’t plowed at all. I had turned my car facing the street on purpose. The first time I tried to go outside, the door barely budged because of the three-foot snow drift in front of it. I squeezed out and shoveled my way to the car. I don’t have a garage, so I had to clean my car off in two separate phases.

Hardly anyone was on the two lane street at the end of the long driveway. When I finally managed to get into the car, I put it in drive and kept going, not stopping at the end of the driveway because that would be risky as far as getting stuck.

The streets were worse Tuesday. All the cars had turned the snow into a thick layer of hard packed ice. Five to ten miles an hour was the average speed. Salt wasn’t working since we still had the sub-zero temperatures until mid Wednesday.

It was a lot of work just getting to work! However, at one point I paused to look at one of the snow drifts. It’d been a long time since I saw a decent sized snow drift. It brought back memories from my childhood of jumping into it and enjoying the snow. Hot chocolate on snow days, sledding, ice skating and snowmobiles. That kid part of me hates to see it melt. But no, I don’t want another polar vortex. I’m not mentally ready for that again so soon.


Anonymous said...

I hope you've dug or thawed your way out of the polar snow by now, it sounds crazy. To clarify my poll vote (interesting idea, by the way) - I take about 80% free ebooks and will pay up to paperback price for ebooks by authors I like. However I read about 20 paperbacks for every ebook I read, currently. I can see that changing over time to be more ebooks.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yeah it's fun when you're a kid, not so much when you're an adult and have to go out in it. I lived in the Midwest and we had snowdrifts as high as our roof sometimes. Glad you were able to get out your front door.

Rusty Carl said...

I only remember a handful of snows here in the past 30 years that were big enough to have drifts and blocked doors and such. And haven't had any like that since '96 or so.

I'm glad you're safe though, it's one thing when it's the snow, and another win the temp is that far below zero. Things can turn lethal in a hurry when it's that cold.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

My friend Tomeka texted me a picture of the thermometer in Detroit (on her car) that read -17. I was like...whoah. Luckily, it didn't get as cold here. At 23 degrees, I was still plenty miserable waiting for the train on my commute.

Vicki Paulus said...

I live in northern Michigan and we all keep saying the same thing ... "this year is just a good old fashion Michigan winter." Like you, there is a little part of me that is enjoying it but if we don't have another one for 10 years I'm ok with that too.