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it might snow here for the first time since 1974

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Feb. 24th, 2011 | 09:55 pm
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There's a chance of snow tonight or tomorrow night in the central Bay Area at sea level. The last time was 1974, and before that 1962!

SF Chronicle, Feb. 24: SF Bay Area snow on way, at least for the peaks

... for snow to stick at sea level - say, around Lotta's Fountain - would require the meteorological equivalent of pitching a perfect game in baseball. It's about physics, timing and luck.

The thermometer must drop to 36 degrees, precipitation must be falling, and the ground must have been chilled for a couple of days so it won't melt the snow when it hits.

That's why a carpet of snow is rare in the flatlands of the Bay Area, where it's almost never that cold when it rains.

Feb. 23: Snowstorm picks up speed, heads toward Bay Area

Feb. 22: Snow at sea level? It could happen this weekend

More historic snow photos from the Bay Area
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forsooth, do you grok my jive, me hearties?

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from: bexone
date: Feb. 25th, 2011 06:20 am (UTC)
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if i look out the window in the morning and see snow on the ground, i plan to batten down the hatches and call in sick, because NO WAY am i trusting drivers around here on snowy roads.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 25th, 2011 06:23 am (UTC)
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OMG no, not over to the coast, it's asking for disaster!

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nerdy secret bondage pixie

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from: impasto
date: Feb. 25th, 2011 08:17 am (UTC)
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*cuddles you both to hide from the snow* I would teleport you to Vancouver, except we're having record low temperatures on -8C (18F), wtf. And they are predicting a foot of snow, but I am wee and fierce and have SNOW TIRES.

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forsooth, do you grok my jive, me hearties?

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from: bexone
date: Feb. 25th, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
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I think your record lows are from the same arctic storm that we've got. also, that is too cold even for me. *gets more blankets*

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nerdy secret bondage pixie

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from: impasto
date: Feb. 26th, 2011 03:36 am (UTC)
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*makes a fort*

i walked to my doc's office this morning and was v. glad i have my hogwarts school scarf, which is made from hardy scottish sheep and so warm and made of win.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 26th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
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You have SNOW TIRES! That's the difference ;-)

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nerdy secret bondage pixie

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from: impasto
date: Feb. 26th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
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do they even sell snow tires in cali?

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 26th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
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It's a big state with bigass mountains -- Mount Wilson is the highest in the lower 48! Plus you can buy pretty much anything here (which is why fics that have Dom looking for good tea in LA make me annoyed).

So yes, but only people who live above 3,000 feet or so bother to buy snow tires.

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nerdy secret bondage pixie

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from: impasto
date: Feb. 26th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
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I was kind of bummed about having to buy snow tires this year. I've lived here for 12 years without needing them...heck, I live below sea level. Plus, tires are really heavy and thank goodness I was able to store my other set at my mom's, because otherwise they'd probably be sitting in my living room. /o\

California does indeed have everything! I was particularly fond of In-N-Out when I visited last year, and your organic strawberry lemonade. But I can also understand the notion of wanting tea from home, no matter how much good tea is available here. I always fill my suitcase with tea and chocolate from London. :)

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 26th, 2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
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So, you say the Olympics would have had more to work with this year?

Does not your supermarket have a British Imports section? Ours is surprisingly extensive.

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nerdy secret bondage pixie

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from: impasto
date: Feb. 26th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
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Not really...we've only had a couple of snowfalls, but overall it's just been really cold and dry, and at least it was warm during the Olympics. I moved here because it was warm and wet - I did not sign up for freezing-ass prairie weather!

Nope, at least not locally. One convenience store in my neighbourhood does have an import section, and another store imports my favourite British imported chocolate, but it's still not quite the same as buying them in Tesco's. *le sigh*

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yueni

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from: yueni
date: Feb. 25th, 2011 07:12 am (UTC)
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This is seriously awful (I'm in Monterey for school atm). The One Day in the whole year where I have to adhere to a specific dress code (business formal), and it snows. >.< None of my business wear is in any way shape or form warm!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 25th, 2011 07:17 am (UTC)
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Yikes! It will warm to the high 40s during the day, I hope that works out!

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Arabia

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from: arabia764
date: Feb. 25th, 2011 09:54 am (UTC)
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If your snow doesn't turn up I hear there's lots of it around it other places. We could ship some over!!!

:-)

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 26th, 2011 12:37 am (UTC)
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I try not to mention our temperate weather when it's awful elsewhere, but snow would be way exciting!

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carribbe

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from: carribbe
date: Feb. 25th, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
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More snow is on it's way here, too - we're battening down the hatches and hunkering in for the night.

I still have to get to and from work, but I'll make it. Ta!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 26th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
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Do you have a fireplace? Tonight's the night for cozieness!

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carribbe

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from: carribbe
date: Feb. 26th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
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I don't have a fireplace at this particular house. I have had them in the past (as well as wood stoves), and tonight would certainly be a great time to have one. We actually heated one house completely with wood for two or three years. It works very well.

I've also thought of having one installed, however. There are some draw backs, but over all I really like them.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 26th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
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new wood stove technology is amazing, and they burn a lot cleaner now.

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the Legs, the Nose and Mrs Robinson

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from: matildabj
date: Feb. 25th, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
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LUCK? Hmm. I'd be happy for no more snow this winter. :)

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 26th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
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It would be such an event here, and events are cool, right?

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from: tvillingar
date: Feb. 25th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
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In case you want snow, I'm sure my country would be happy to send you some! Make sure you dress warmly; who cares what it looks like as long as you're warm (everyone looks like a Michelin Man over here).

We're apparently going back to balmy -8 C after few weeks of -18 to -41 C (a record for this winter) up in the north so I couldn't be happier.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 26th, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
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I know you have lots extra! It freezes at night here more often than the story implied, but we are just lucky and temperate.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 26th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)
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I know, we're weather wimps!

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foxrafer

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from: foxrafer
date: Feb. 26th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
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Did you get snow? I love the stuff, even when we got more than our fill last year, but I must admit to be rooting against it this year because I'm not good at walking the dog in it. But it's still so fun when it's falling.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 26th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
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Nope, it got barely cold enough but it wasn't raining at the time, so no snow.

I put a draft listing up, when you have time: http://msilverstar.livejournal.com/544591.html

I'm thinking of trying to do both old months and recent weeks. That would get me caught up sooner.

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