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Post by MikeC » Sun Nov 26, 2006 11:24 am

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Post by qviri » Sun Nov 26, 2006 11:44 am

Congrats! It just happens to be a lovely day out in Ontario. Twelve degrees, feels more like May than end of November. We haven't had snow since a sprinkling on October 12...
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Post by Lawrence Lee » Sun Nov 26, 2006 1:39 pm

Congrats? I hate shovelling snow.

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Post by jaganath » Sun Nov 26, 2006 1:53 pm

We haven't had proper snow in London for over 15 years (ie snow that settled), although we did have freezing rain one year, that was great! Liquid in the air, but as soon as it hit the pavement turned to ice, pavement was like an ice rink.

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Post by andyb » Sun Nov 26, 2006 3:10 pm

Thats a fairly heave snowfall, but I suppose you Canadians are used to it.

In my part of London we have had snow that settles for the last few years, usually lasts about a day before is becomes compacted and dangerous.

2 years ago at this time of year I experienced my first and probably only "Thundersnow" 8)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thundersnow

This is what "rockinghorse shit" experts call rare.

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Post by MikeC » Sun Nov 26, 2006 3:18 pm

andyb wrote:Thats a fairly heave snowfall, but I suppose you Canadians are used to it.
Vancouverites think snow belongs in the rest of Canada and freak out royally when a storm like this hits. Accidents? Uh, yeah. Dangerous to be out on the roads with all the bozos? Uh huh. (I can speak with a bit of disdain because I lived and drove for 6-7 years on the inland side of snow/rain line in Massachusettes. The last winter I lived there, I think there was heavy snow every weekend. No wonder I'm here now!)
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Post by andyb » Sun Nov 26, 2006 3:21 pm

You can tell I know very little about Canadian weather, which is surprising to many people because everyone knows that the British are weather experts because we always talk about it :D

Personally I hate snow :evil: and have done since I was abou 10, thats a lot of years of snow hating, bring on global warming :wink:


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Post by qviri » Sun Nov 26, 2006 3:23 pm

andyb wrote:Thats a fairly heave snowfall, but I suppose you Canadians are used to it.
My flatmate, who grew up in northern Ontario, would laugh at you so hard, you'd probably hear him. :lol:

For the record, shovelling snow is fun. As is freezing rain. I'd take shovelling over 35*C temperatures any day.
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Post by nici » Sun Nov 26, 2006 3:52 pm

Heavy snowfall my arse! :lol: Ok so it's the warmest novembet in years here now, and there is no snow here in southern Finland. We had snow for a couple of weeks a few weeks back though.. Now it just rains, and the sun is up for a few hours and the rest of the time its pitchblack. And wet, windy and cold. Quite depressing, really. Bring on the snow! :P In addition to me getting a good laugh out of people who cant drive in the snow, it also gets a lot more quiet outside :)

And freeezing rain is quite cool too 8) Black ice on the roads. Ah bollox, the brakes are useless, flick it sideways with some lift off oversteer and away we go! :lol:

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Post by Nick Geraedts » Sun Nov 26, 2006 8:19 pm

Hehe... you don't like the snow Mike? I love it. Although I will say that there are a lot of crazy people on the road. First thing that people should know about driving - if it's raining or snowy out, put on your headlights!!! For gosh sake people, you need to make sure you're seen!


I'm looking out my girlfriend's window, and there isn't any sign of it letting up any time soon. It's really pretty outside. :)


This actually reminds me of the winter of 2003/2004. I was on my way to Mississauga in early Janurary for a co-op session, and Vancouver had been hit with a pretty decent snowfall in December, while the greater Toronto area had none. So... I flew out of Vancouver in snowfall, and arrived in a barren Toronto! It was a little strange to say the least. However... we did get about 50cm of snow 2 days after I arrived. That was fun! :D

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Post by Mari0-Br0s » Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:20 pm

Man that s***s!!!! Here in Montreal, it is always snowing late, and years after years it gets later. I think last year first snow appeared in January... :( .

Vancouver is steeling our winter!!!! :twisted:

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Post by BrianE » Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:27 pm

nici wrote:Heavy snowfall my arse! :lol: Ok so it's the warmest novembet in years here now, and there is no snow here in southern Finland. We had snow for a couple of weeks a few weeks back though.. Now it just rains, and the sun is up for a few hours and the rest of the time its pitchblack. And wet, windy and cold. Quite depressing, really. Bring on the snow! :P In addition to me getting a good laugh out of people who cant drive in the snow, it also gets a lot more quiet outside :)

And freeezing rain is quite cool too 8) Black ice on the roads. Ah bollox, the brakes are useless, flick it sideways with some lift off oversteer and away we go! :lol:
Heheh, well it's heavy for Vancouver... I believe we don't get a lot of snow here because we're close to the ocean and we get a lot of tropical currents flowing through. I'm trying to remember when was the last time we had a white Christmas and I can't...

Driving around today wasn't so bad (barring those who drove painfully slowly or nail-bitingly aggressively), since it's not packed snow or ice yet. By the way, your country makes nice tires because "No one makes winter tires like us Fins."
http://2006tvads.com/tva/html/aimtrimark.htm :mrgreen:
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Post by dragmor » Sun Nov 26, 2006 10:21 pm

qviri wrote:For the record, shovelling snow is fun. As is freezing rain. I'd take shovelling over 35*C temperatures any day.
Give me 40c over anything less than 18c. I would rather not freeze my arse off.

I've seen Snow about 5 times in my life, its ok to visit but I couldnt live with the stuff. Thankfully even in winter its 1000km's away.

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Post by Lawrence Lee » Sun Nov 26, 2006 10:40 pm

There's a foot outside right now. I had to dig my dad's van out twice. Not fun.

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Post by cloneman » Sun Nov 26, 2006 11:31 pm

dragmor wrote:
qviri wrote:For the record, shovelling snow is fun. As is freezing rain. I'd take shovelling over 35*C temperatures any day.
Give me 40c over anything less than 18c. I would rather not freeze my arse off.

I've seen Snow about 5 times in my life, its ok to visit but I couldnt live with the stuff. Thankfully even in winter its 1000km's away.
u kidding? I hate heat. In fact I'm uncomfortable at 20 degrees under low airflow conditions :lol:

yes it true, montreal winters are getting crappy. I could count in my fingers the days the outdoor rinks were usable last year

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Post by Mari0-Br0s » Mon Nov 27, 2006 1:52 am

I also prefer temperature around 20~23 celcius. Higher temps are too hot for me, I'm toasting, and below that I can manage to survive if temperature doesn't go below -15 celcius.

But I'm sure if you ask at most people who lives in northern country, they will prefer cooler winter than hotter summer. Usually this is due because our body get use to it.

I went in France last winter to visit some friends, temperature was hot compared to Montreal, when I came back, I was totaly freezing with a few celcius below 0...

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Post by dragmor » Mon Nov 27, 2006 2:18 am

Mari0-Br0s wrote:I went in France last winter to visit some friends, temperature was hot compared to Montreal, when I came back, I was totaly freezing with a few celcius below 0...
So you were totally freezing when the temperature was below freezing. What a surprise :D

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Post by jaganath » Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:22 am

Amourek wrote:There's a foot outside right now. I had to dig my dad's van out twice. Not fun.
You could always use a flamethrower to melt the snow... :wink:

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Post by qdemn7 » Mon Nov 27, 2006 4:59 am

Quite complaining Mike, you should bless you luck! :P Just think, all that lovely snow, all those low temps, ... why I could open my window, and get AT LEAST another 10% better O/C. Might even break 4Ghz.

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Post by NeilBlanchard » Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:13 am

Hello,

We have had a very warm fall, with only 4-5 frosts, let alone any snow. The latest day for the first snow here (apparently) is December 12th, and it sure seems like there is a good chance that we break that record...

I bought four new snow tires, so I'm sure that means we won't get much snow!
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Post by nici » Mon Nov 27, 2006 8:01 am

Driving around today wasn't so bad (barring those who drove painfully slowly or nail-bitingly aggressively), since it's not packed snow or ice yet. By the way, your country makes nice tires because "No one makes winter tires like us Fins."
http://2006tvads.com/tva/html/aimtrimark.htm :mrgreen:
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Post by Ralf Hutter » Mon Nov 27, 2006 8:12 am

Snow?

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Post by nici » Mon Nov 27, 2006 8:45 am

Snow is the materia that is meant to make dogshit solid and pee visible.

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Post by jaganath » Mon Nov 27, 2006 9:18 am

In the immortal words of Bill Hicks:
L.A. doesn't have weather. Hot and sunny every day. People come up to me and say "Gee, Bill great weather we're having, doncha think?" I think, What are you, a f**king lizard? Only reptiles feel that way about this kind of weather. I'm a mammal, I can afford scarves, coats, cappucino and rosy-cheeked women, and all are available for sale on the streets of New York."
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Post by jamevay » Mon Nov 27, 2006 12:04 pm

I guess you don't need any fan for your heatsink

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Post by AZBrandon » Mon Nov 27, 2006 12:13 pm

I'd have to agree with the folks saying heat is better. On a cold and snowy day some place, it means you can't go anywhere because you're snowed in, or if you do try to, it takes 5 times as long and with a very high risk of death and dismemberment. Here in AZ we have extremely mild winters, a nice spring and fall and even during the hottest part of summer it really doesn't matter because everything has A/C. No one has ever had their house "sunshine'd in". Sunshine doesn't make your car slide off the road or anything either. Basically sunshine and heat don't affect you in any way in the modern world whereas cold, snow, ice, etc directly cause you to be unable to function as you otherwise would.
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Post by qviri » Mon Nov 27, 2006 12:21 pm

Yes, but when going outside, you can always put on more clothes, but you can't exactly take off your skin...
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Post by Nick Geraedts » Mon Nov 27, 2006 12:49 pm

I actually like the snow! Sure, it makes driving a bit trickier, but that just takes practice and a lot of patience.

What's nice about this for me is that it's actually snow and not the usual weather of rain, rain, and more rain. When it's snowy out, you get inside, and you can just bundle up right away. If it's raining, you come inside, and you're still wet.

And besides - snow is what's needed for skiing!!! I've got my season's pass to Whistler - hopefully I can put it to good use this year!

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Post by andyb » Mon Nov 27, 2006 1:05 pm

Good point about the rain Nick, I dont like that either unless its baking hot in the middle of the summer.

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Post by Reachable » Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:40 pm

Those two photos that have been up vis-a-vis this blog entry are very disturbing......very disturbing.

As Neil said, there hasn't been any snow to speak of here in Massachusetts.

But, it can happen at any time, and it will happen eventually. :shock:

.........very disturbing.......

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