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DireKitty
03-04-2011, 09:19 PM
WARNING! (http://www.theweathernetwork.com/alerts/wwcaon0063c/caon0109/weather?ref=warnings_citypage)
"Eastern Ontario will experience the heavier rainfall later Saturday into Saturday night. Widespread rainfall amounts of 25 to 40 mm are expected tonight through Saturday night"

.... i mean, really? Shut your shutters! Bar your doors! WE WILL BE GETTING SOME RAIN... and it will come down over 24 hours!
http://consciouscat.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/funny-pictures-cat-scared-sink-water1.jpg

Anyone else find dumb weather warnings?

Chipface
03-04-2011, 09:45 PM
They kept referring to the heavy snowfall in London back in December as 'Snowmaggedon". I thought that was kinda dumb. It didn't kill anybody I don't think.

DireKitty
03-04-2011, 09:51 PM
They kept referring to the heavy snowfall in London back in December as 'Snowmaggedon". I thought that was kinda dumb. It didn't kill anybody I don't think.

Well the worst of it shut down the highway that heads to Sarnia... but they always make everything seem more EXTREME then it is.

I mean... it's just a bit of rain... no torrential downpours. It's actually a soft light rain. Who knew a rainy night would be a cause for alarm?

Next we will have sun warnings. WARNING: Sun will be shining all day long!

kiratsukai
03-04-2011, 09:54 PM
If you live near a river or in a valley downstream of all that rainfall (especially if it's all running down off a mountain range) it can be pretty big business...

Half of (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEcp2SHKny0&feature=related) New York (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAFA4W6pr8g) was almost completely underwater 5 years ago after one of those warnings.

We drove through it on the way to NYC for my JET orientation. It was pretty crazy! Didn't seem like anything out of ordinary when the rain was falling... but the amount of area it was falling over created a huge runoff effect by morning.

nannyogg
03-04-2011, 09:56 PM
25 to 40 mm?? LOL.
When we get weather warnings here, I listen- we get some pretty extreme weather. Tornadoes, floods, sheer winds, ice storms... ick.

DireKitty
03-04-2011, 10:06 PM
If you live near a river or in a valley downstream of all that rainfall (especially if it's all running down off a mountain range) it can be pretty big business...

Half of (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEcp2SHKny0&feature=related) New York (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAFA4W6pr8g) was almost completely underwater 5 years ago after one of those warnings.

We drove through it on the way to NYC for my JET orientation. It was pretty crazy!

No mountains here, and the rivers could use the rain (they are looking pretty empty these days).

It's not a heck of a lot over a day (at 25mm, 40 is pretty decent), and well, their weather predictions are usually wrong too. We get missed by most storms, the lake effect kills the steam out of them. They will say 5cm of snow, we get maybe 1.

Weather prediction in general seems pretty weak, after all this technology... we can send people into space... but are uncertain as to how much rain will fall in the next 24 hours.

ShinobiXikyu
03-04-2011, 11:33 PM
Snowmageddon DID (indirectly) kill a few people, FYI.
...But yeah. Rain? Whatever. It's not snow. It's melting the snow and that means winter's going away and IT'S NOT FREEZING OUT.
Bring it on, rain. And my boots are skid-resistant, so no slipping o nice for me.

rubyspitfire
03-05-2011, 02:26 AM
They kept referring to the heavy snowfall in London back in December as 'Snowmaggedon". I thought that was kinda dumb. It didn't kill anybody I don't think.

the blizzard here in the midwest US last month was kalled "snowpocalypse". it really wasn't so bad, just kovered a large area of the kountry and a few plases that normally don't get snow were blanketed

a really nasty thunderstorm went through here today, komplete with tornado warnings to the south, and yet expekting snow tomorrow. i really wish the weather would make up its mind, i wore shorts today and am not looking forward to getting sikk again D:<

penny_dreadful
03-05-2011, 04:23 AM
They have to give some people those weather warnings, just like they have to give some people warnings not to use blowdryers while sleeping (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7c8yG6ZkFMU/SBDTE6Fi-KI/AAAAAAAAAE8/IVya40DtLio/S1600-R/Picture%2B1.jpg), or that cans of tuna may contain tuna (http://www.blogcdn.com/www.urlesque.com/media/2009/11/containstunatuna.jpg).

DireKitty
03-05-2011, 07:24 AM
They have to give some people those weather warnings, just like they have to give some people warnings not to use blowdryers while sleeping (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7c8yG6ZkFMU/SBDTE6Fi-KI/AAAAAAAAAE8/IVya40DtLio/S1600-R/Picture%2B1.jpg), or that cans of tuna may contain tuna (http://www.blogcdn.com/www.urlesque.com/media/2009/11/containstunatuna.jpg).

...and on a knife (http://ny-image0.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.77374400.jpg), don't touch with your finger... it's sharp!

nannyogg
03-05-2011, 09:02 AM
the blizzard here in the midwest US last month was kalled "snowpocalypse". it really wasn't so bad, just kovered a large area of the kountry and a few plases that normally don't get snow were blanketed

a really nasty thunderstorm went through here today, komplete with tornado warnings to the south, and yet expekting snow tomorrow. i really wish the weather would make up its mind, i wore shorts today and am not looking forward to getting sikk again D:<

Snowpocalypse was pretty bad for me... my central heat downstairs died the morning it was arriving and the roads were bad enough that it took 4 days for parts to get here, so it could be fixed. I was grateful my house has zoned heating upstairs so upstairs was warm and a space heater on my sink pipes downstairs kept them from freezing, but it got so cold, even trying to run a space heater near them (since walmart, the only place to shop within 90 miles that has pet stuff, had no tank heaters), that all my fishies except my giant goldfish passed on, and snow tracked in my front door didn't melt. They also don't clear the side roads here so travel in town was horrible for 2 weeks. Made an impression on me.

Lithium Flower
03-05-2011, 11:21 AM
Well, I live in Michigan...where it snows. Like through APRIL. And some how when the Snowpocalypse was predicted everyone took a collective shat and went Y2K on the local grocery stores. The store I work at is in the same shopping center as a Target and a Kroger, we where DEAD. Everyone was flocked to the grocery stores getting bottled water and canned food.

~,~ Rly people you live in Michigan don't act like you've never seen snow before..

On the other hand two weeks ago me and a bunch of my friends where helping our pal Jen move-and as soon as we got to her new apartment to unload the truck it was snowing...really really badly. Within an hour the entire drive was submerged and it took almost 2 hours for our pizza order to get to the apartment-from half a mile down the road.

Imagine a bunch (http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_emmers/5499864390/) of middle-aged goons, in the deep snow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_emmers/5479858710/) for several hours just crying for a pizza.

Thatwas a Snowpocalypse man.

tn_scotsman
03-05-2011, 11:30 AM
Just this week here in TN, we had one afternoon where we got 3 inches of rain in an hour. My backyard was washed away, and most of the places anywhere near a river we heavily flooded. Pictures here (http://www.knoxnews.com/photos/galleries/2011/feb/28/heavy-rain-floods-knoxville-streets/), just took everyone by total surprise and they're calling for 2 more inches of rain today.

Arc_The_Lad
03-05-2011, 02:39 PM
London (Ontario) called it "Snowmaggeddon" because for the last few years the city couldn't figure out how to deal with snow due to how retarded they are. Me and my friends made a game where we would keep track of snowplows going down roads or past roads that need plowing and doing jack shit about it. I don't care if you weren't paid to do it, god forbid you help SAVE LIVES.

London gets scared when the wind picks up, nevermind the other glaring problems with this city.

shortsheik
03-06-2011, 05:25 AM
If you live near a river or in a valley downstream of all that rainfall (especially if it's all running down off a mountain range) it can be pretty big business...

Half of (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEcp2SHKny0&feature=related) New York (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAFA4W6pr8g) was almost completely underwater 5 years ago after one of those warnings.

We drove through it on the way to NYC for my JET orientation. It was pretty crazy! Didn't seem like anything out of ordinary when the rain was falling... but the amount of area it was falling over created a huge runoff effect by morning.


I lived in the middle of that! Two truck drivers ended up being swept off a road to their deaths just a town over from me. The elementary school down my house was turned into a Red Cross center, so I spent the next two weeks volunteering there and got to see a lot of the damage down first-hand, as well as speaking with a number of the victims. Nasty piece of work, nature.

Although, as it turned out, part of the reason the flooding was so bad was because of construction companies cutting away at the natural flood plain.

rubyspitfire
03-06-2011, 06:35 AM
Just this week here in TN, we had one afternoon where we got 3 inches of rain in an hour. My backyard was washed away, and most of the places anywhere near a river we heavily flooded. Pictures here (http://www.knoxnews.com/photos/galleries/2011/feb/28/heavy-rain-floods-knoxville-streets/), just took everyone by total surprise and they're calling for 2 more inches of rain today.

wow. that's one thing i don't miss about where i used to live, although i would gladly trade ice storms and tornadoes for flash flooding and earthquakes!

penny_dreadful
03-06-2011, 07:14 AM
Nasty piece of work, nature.

Although, as it turned out, part of the reason the flooding was so bad was because of construction companies cutting away at the natural flood plain.

So, ultimately, nature's still not as nasty a piece of work as humans are.

/soapbox

shortsheik
03-06-2011, 07:45 AM
So, ultimately, nature's still not as nasty a piece of work as humans are.

/soapbox

Well, it WAS a once-in-200-years flood. But there would have been less damage, especially to human habitation had the construction not fucked up the natural flood plain.

DireKitty
03-06-2011, 10:04 AM
Well the rain turned into snow, and I woke up to a winter wonderland, complete with a scheming squirrel.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5299/5502744424_422c8b3e0e.jpg

Sadly the suet feeder was already empty!

nannyogg
03-06-2011, 10:46 AM
Well the rain turned into snow, and I woke up to a winter wonderland, complete with a scheming squirrel.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5299/5502744424_422c8b3e0e.jpg

Sadly the suet feeder was already empty!

Awww! That is so pretty! We have sunny, but crisp and chilly here in southeast Kansas.

nannyogg
03-06-2011, 10:49 AM
Well, it WAS a once-in-200-years flood. But there would have been less damage, especially to human habitation had the construction not fucked up the natural flood plain.

We had a big flood that took out about 10% of the housing in town, in 2007. Turned out whoever had assayed part of the town, which included the biggest park, swimming pool, and a ton of houses, had screwed up and said it was 2' higher than it really was. Most people chose not to rebuild there, but a few chose to stay and have their foundations raised. Some of the houses were under 10' of water- thankfully my house was a block and a half away from where the water stopped. There are rivers/creeks on all sides of town, it's kind of nutty.

Ion
03-06-2011, 11:23 AM
Did someone say Snowpocalypse (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GolbkisULIM)? I think this is my favorite commercial to come out of it.

I tend to only look at weather for daily highs and lows now. My favorite, most reliable, no-nonsense meteorologist left the local station and his replacement is a complete muppet. As a whole, most meteorologists around here also hype up any weather news.

"Snowpocalypse" was going to be the storm to end all storms according to them, and be worse than the Blizzard of 77'. During this Snowpocalypse, we averaged 6-8" overnight which is a joke for a place where it is not unusual to get 1-2' per hour, yes, feet per hour. I am sure it was a bigger deal for areas without a fleet of snowplows, but around here villages, towns, and the counties all have their own fleets so snow removal is pretty efficient. I see no reason to panic.

Most recently they issued a county-wide flood warning over the past few days because of a warm up, though I dare say the only people at risk were those with basements that typically flood in spring. However, it is snowing today and they have now issued a winter storm warning for our 3" of predicted snow, HAHAHAH.

I suppose the key is to take weather forecasts with a grain of salt but have some extra supplies on hand and a plan anyways in the case that the forecast is correct.

rubyspitfire
03-06-2011, 01:38 PM
@nannyogg: that could have gone very badly for your family. i'm glad you all survived the lack of decent heat

@ion: we definitely have the potential for lots of snow here, but generally don't get more than 2 feet all winter and we got it within 24 hours. not apocalyptic but definitely more than usual and more than the plows could deal with. i'm glad i have four wheel drive, because nature threw the midwest a reality check. getting ready to throw us another one according to the farmer's almanac

nannyogg
03-06-2011, 01:42 PM
getting ready to throw us another one according to the farmer's almanac

What's the farmer's almanac saying? I tend to trust that just as much as modern science.

rubyspitfire
03-06-2011, 02:19 PM
says snow as bad or worse than february's, this month around the 17th. i'll believe it when i see it, but plan a little better than i did last month

tn_scotsman
03-06-2011, 10:31 PM
Well, last night we went to bed with a nice constant down poor and woke up to a down pooring of snow. Then went back to more rain and stayed there.

UsakoLuna
03-07-2011, 12:00 AM
It's pouring right now, which is better than snow. Which, according the weather warnings "may make roads snow covered"

tn_scotsman
03-07-2011, 01:03 AM
Ah...pouring. No wonder my computer put a red squiggle under pooring. Lets hear it for public education!

Kildread
03-07-2011, 08:38 AM
The rainfall of the weekend morphed to snow at the start of the afternoon yesterday here. It's *still* snowing too.

Most schools are closed, lots of people are working from home, but I live o nthe 3rd floor of this place and the entry way is covered in such a way that I'm not snowed in, and it takes 2~4 minutes to walk to work.

So I'll be heading there shortly, pretty sure the office will be really empty today.

DireKitty
03-09-2011, 03:03 PM
So, it's a shitty day outside. It's zero, and it's snoaining. It's snowing and raining. I shortend up the walk with the dog because i was tired and the weather is shit.

There's two robins out my window who look mighty pissed. I would be too. I tried to take a picture of them but I got robin ass in one picture, and a blur in the other as it took off.

tn_scotsman
03-09-2011, 03:39 PM
Apparently Mother Nature is really pissed at us. Today is the second round of flooding rains. The ground is still completely saturated from last week and we're getting more now through tomorrow. woo.

ShinobiXikyu
03-09-2011, 11:34 PM
Blugh. It doesn't look remotely like spring here (Southeastern Ontario). It's a blanket of snow, which is covering all the half-melted ice from the last few weeks, annnnd tomorrow and basically until next week, slush, rain, snow and sleet that are going to mean I will literally scream (again.) with rage, frustration and utter hatred of winter when I have to go outside...

Arc_The_Lad
03-10-2011, 12:42 AM
Yeah it is just pure crap outside.