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88 PS190
12-07-2005, 07:08 PM
How does a university explain closing due to inclimate weather when its only getting down to 28. I just walked back from class tonight at 4 degrees.

http://www.dailytexanonline.com/home/index.cfm?event=displayArticle&ustory_id=24da96f8-f1a8-42ae-aa23-39a06a0b5bb1

I mean students have to be happy, but at what cost???

just a thought... that is like shorts and sweatshirt weather.

erkoehler
12-07-2005, 07:12 PM
It was -2 when I left the library at 6am this morning!

Gofast
12-07-2005, 07:13 PM
Ice! Not really prepared for the weather the way you are up North. Easier to just take the safe way out and close when we think it is going to get bad.

An it is bad in Collin County.

bcampbe7
12-07-2005, 07:14 PM
How does a university explain closing due to inclimate weather when its only getting down to 28. I just walked back from class tonight at 4 degrees.

http://www.dailytexanonline.com/home/index.cfm?event=displayArticle&ustory_id=24da96f8-f1a8-42ae-aa23-39a06a0b5bb1

I mean students have to be happy, but at what cost???

just a thought... that is like shorts and sweatshirt weather.


Man I don't know about Texas, but in Tennessee they cancel school if someone whispers the word snow.
I am from the Iowa City area, and still have family there. It has been brutally cold from what I hear. I think my Dad said it may have gotten to the negative digits last night (-10?)!
I was hoping the snow would stick around till Christmas so my wife and I could enjoy it. Looks like that will not be a problem.

bcampbe7
12-07-2005, 07:15 PM
Ice! Not really prepared for the weather the way you are up North. Easier to just take the safe way out and close when we think it is going to get bad.

An it is bad in Collin County.


I would def. take the snow over ice. We get the ice here. Probably going to get what you are getting now.

88 PS190
12-07-2005, 07:19 PM
Yea, its brutal in IC the last week.

And they don't plow or salt, chicago, no problems they'll have it plowed and salted in hours, here i couldn't drive my car for two days.

They say we thaw next week, i hope

Rockman
12-07-2005, 07:22 PM
It was -2 when I left the library at 6am this morning!

Slept again at the library, eh? :D

erkoehler
12-07-2005, 07:24 PM
Slept again at the library, eh? :D

Short nap from 12-6am.

jmyers
12-07-2005, 07:25 PM
Well if keeps raining until the morning and is as cold as it was this morning it could frickn' snow here!!! :eek: Boat goes in the shop, snow skiis come out!

jmyers
12-07-2005, 07:28 PM
Ice! Not really prepared for the weather the way you are up North. Easier to just take the safe way out and close when we think it is going to get bad.

An it is bad in Collin County.
By the way HAPPY BIRTHDAY~! :woohoo: :friday:

Farmer Ted
12-07-2005, 07:48 PM
Well it's not only Texas, the kids just informed me that school is canceled if it "snows" tomorrow.

Man, I remember growing up hoping for a snow day because that meant there was two or three feet of snow, not a dusting.

Here's the weather back home, man I almost feel guilty griping about 46 as I was walking out of the gym today.

88 PS190
12-07-2005, 08:04 PM
Back in highschool / gradeschool they only would close if the sidewalks by the buildings could not be cleared off by the time school was supposed to start.

Meaning that since I was in the suburbs of chicago that I had 1 snow day between 6th and graduation for highschool.

What a waste.

east tx skier
12-07-2005, 10:42 PM
When I was at Texas, The University of at Austin, they closed for two days in a row, two years in a row for an ice storm. Much fun was had by all. I still have vivid memories of watching on the news as a car tried to drive up the 183 overpass only to get about 3/4 of the way up and slide back down.

A vast majority of Texas cannot drive in severe winter weather. Kind of like folks in Southern California driving in a Thunderstorm. We don't get it often and aren't used to it.

I'm the exception to the rule. I'm an excellent driver!

milkmania
12-08-2005, 09:27 AM
well.......

we got a VERY light dusting of snow today, and it's about 19 degrees right now

and the kids are out of school!!!:rant:



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Cary K.
12-08-2005, 09:38 AM
I remember back in the mid 80's when they predicted a snow/ice storm here in NC and they closed school based on the prediction alone. We got the storm, but it was no where near as bad as the prediction. Man I miss those days, work never closes :(

Workin' 4 Toys
12-08-2005, 09:43 AM
And they don't plow or salt, chicago, no problems they'll have it plowed and salted in hours,

Please, let's not give them more credit than credit that's due. I would rather close the schools than see them dumping thousands of tons of salt every time it dusts.
I have to wonder how long it will take until those millions of tons of rock salt over the years turn our drinking water into salt water.

Workin' 4 Toys
12-08-2005, 09:45 AM
When I was at Texas, The University of at Austin, they closed for two days in a row, two years in a row for an ice storm. Much fun was had by all. I still have vivid memories of watching on the news as a car tried to drive up the 183 overpass only to get about 3/4 of the way up and slide back down.

A vast majority of Texas cannot drive in severe winter weather. Kind of like folks in Southern California driving in a Thunderstorm. We don't get it often and aren't used to it.

I'm the exception to the rule. I'm an excellent driver!
Didn't you get a few inches last year around christmas?

east tx skier
12-08-2005, 11:36 AM
Might have. Last time it stuck was Valentine's Day 2004. The picture was on here for a while. Not sure if it was among those lost in the 05 summer dump.

LakePirate
12-08-2005, 12:05 PM
I used to work for a major bank headquartered in Atlanta in the Network operations center. If there was the threat of Ice or Snow they would hole us up in the Hilton next door.

Everybody laughs at the south but just the slightest bit of snow/ice shuts everything down, power goes out for days, trees downed in the roads. I remember the blizzard of '93 where we had 18 inches of snow and were holed up in the house for 3 days. The really funny thing is the rush at the grocery store, all the bread, milk, water and eggs are gone.

But all you guys up north know we have that wet cold down here, gets in your bones.

Ric
12-08-2005, 12:12 PM
It's COLD!
How does a university explain closing due to inclimate weather when its only getting down to 28. I just walked back from class tonight at 4 degrees.

http://www.dailytexanonline.com/home/index.cfm?event=displayArticle&ustory_id=24da96f8-f1a8-42ae-aa23-39a06a0b5bb1

I mean students have to be happy, but at what cost???

just a thought... that is like shorts and sweatshirt weather.

Ric
12-08-2005, 12:18 PM
Didn't you get a few inches last year around christmas?
Yes, we got a good snow that stuck on the ground in Houston area on Christmas Morning last year.
What a thrill for the kids here.
Santa's sleigh actually left tracks on the roof of the house for the kids to see and reindeer footprints in the snow atop the trampoline
It was nice but after a few hours it was gone and I did not have to purchase a snow shovel.

jraben8
12-08-2005, 12:34 PM
My kids went in 2 hours late but we didn't get much of anything. We did see 14 this morning. I finally drained the block last night even with the MC in the garage. Those temps make me nervous regardless of where it's sitting.

east tx skier
12-08-2005, 12:40 PM
Yes, we got a good snow that stuck on the ground in Houston area on Christmas Morning last year.
What a thrill for the kids here.
Santa's sleigh actually left tracks on the roof of the house for the kids to see and reindeer footprints in the snow atop the trampoline
It was nice but after a few hours it was gone and I did not have to purchase a snow shovel.

That's right, forgot about that one.

Workin' 4 Toys
12-08-2005, 03:46 PM
Yes, we got a good snow that stuck on the ground in Houston area on Christmas Morning last year.
What a thrill for the kids here.
Santa's sleigh actually left tracks on the roof of the house for the kids to see and reindeer footprints in the snow atop the trampoline
It was nice but after a few hours it was gone and I did not have to purchase a snow shovel.
Yes, my relative that lived there for that was here in our snow and was excited to get out because of the weather, then come to find out it was haunting him at home too. That's why I recall it. First time in that area ever recorded he told me. Not sure how true that was.

east tx skier
12-08-2005, 03:50 PM
Maybe it was the first Christmas Eve snowfall in x number of years.. I recall hearing some sort of first as well.

Ric
12-08-2005, 04:37 PM
That's probably it Eastie because I can remember it snowing here when I was quite young too.

We had an ice storm here in the late 80s that kept me from getting back to school in Huntsville.
I remember a fella at school breaking his leg in something like 4 places whilst riding a hydroslide down and icy hill during that storm.

88 PS190
12-08-2005, 04:39 PM
Maybe i'm just jealous, I just had to walk back in 5 inches of snow, just to pass by the skidsteer that they use to clear the walks and the inconsiderate driver nailed me w/ snow. (uses a revolving brush to fling snow where they want it to go)

If we were cancelled they'd prolly still open up monday for finals. And i'd still have to walk in it.*hoping for a warm weekend and a melt off so that my car will be able to drive me home.

Ric
12-08-2005, 04:50 PM
Maybe i'm just jealous, I just had to walk back in 5 inches of snow, just to pass by the skidsteer that they use to clear the walks and the inconsiderate driver nailed me w/ snow. (uses a revolving brush to fling snow where they want it to go)

If we were cancelled they'd prolly still open up monday for finals. And i'd still have to walk in it.*hoping for a warm weekend and a melt off so that my car will be able to drive me home.
Transfer!
Have you seen the college girls in Texas?

east tx skier
12-08-2005, 05:51 PM
Ah, such fond memories I have of those days.

bcampbe7
12-08-2005, 06:41 PM
Maybe i'm just jealous, I just had to walk back in 5 inches of snow, just to pass by the skidsteer that they use to clear the walks and the inconsiderate driver nailed me w/ snow. (uses a revolving brush to fling snow where they want it to go)

If we were cancelled they'd prolly still open up monday for finals. And i'd still have to walk in it.*hoping for a warm weekend and a melt off so that my car will be able to drive me home.


Are you in the dorms 88?

whitedog
12-08-2005, 07:59 PM
88 I remember those days. Went to UW LaCrosse. Had 1 snow day in 4 years. Happened to be on a Saturday and they closed the library and cafetiera.

Now I'm getting to teach my 15 year old to drive in the snow. We are going out again tonight after he get home from pep-band. 4 more inches of white s**t and a warm spell it got to 18F today. Thats an improvement of 36F.

88 PS190
12-08-2005, 08:50 PM
ay! dorm livin... no cleaning toilets.

we have some pretty fine girls at iowa... but as i'm dating one, it cannot be the sole motive for a relocation. I should be teaching her to drive in the snow... family never showed her what rearwheel drive is all about, could be interesting.

bcampbe7
12-08-2005, 09:46 PM
My first car was an 83 Ford Escort. IT was pimpin :rolleyes:
Had the e-brake on the center console. It was a blast in the snow. I would drive down main street of our small town (Oxford) and yank the e-brake. Ah, good times, good times.

jmyers
12-09-2005, 11:53 AM
Ok Texans, now I understand your pain!!! I saw all those car sliding off the road on the news!! Not good! :(

tex
12-09-2005, 11:58 AM
When I was in college, the cancelled classes on just the threat of ice. The temp. spiked to the 70's and we were were laying out on the deck drinking cold beer!

martini
12-09-2005, 12:29 PM
East is very right regarding our driving experience in this type of weather.

UT also employees over 15,000 people and a lot of them live in rural areas, which were hit harder than the city, with this freeze. Not to mention 50,000 students trying to get here as well. It was a wise decision to close us down, trust me. Besides, I got off at 2pm on Wednesday and didn't have to come back to work until this morning. Good stuff man!

Workin' 4 Toys
12-11-2005, 01:42 AM
Speaking of weather and closings, we get 10" of snow on thursday afternoon, and instead of temporarily closing the runways, a Southwest airliner blasts through the surrounding barrier wall around Midway airport and crashes onto the road, killing one person and injuring several others.

River Rat
12-12-2005, 11:41 AM
Didn't you get a few inches last year around christmas?


We had up to 7" in our yard and we all had a blast. My 4x4 came in handy, while others had trouble getting around we had no problems sight seeing

River Rat
12-12-2005, 11:42 AM
one more, this was x-mas morning

BrianM
12-12-2005, 12:35 PM
I had the good fortune of getting stuck at DFW on my way back from Vegas last Wednesday because of the ice. Spent 8 hours in the airport then another 1.5 hours on the runway waiting to be de-iced. Not fun :mad: