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Listen up, people!

NWS wants us to be careful!

1. FOLLOW MANUFACTURERS INSTRUCTIONS WHEN OPERATING A GENERATOR OR AXILLARY HEATER ....   - Special Statement

They're right, of course. Burns to that area could be quite painful!

I sent them an e-mail about it, so it may get fixed at some point ...

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fmanalyst
Feb. 5th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
Do you have snow yet?
chomiji
Feb. 5th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)

Yeah, we do. It started around 1:00 pm downtown, and when I came home at around 4:00, there was an inch or so on top of the slush layer on the sidewalks. The local weather blog has people saying they've got anywhere from 1½ to 3 inches so far. The forecasts are pretty scary.

fmanalyst
Feb. 5th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
If you get what we've got, it's not good. When I woke up around 8:30 this morning, it was coming down hard. By early afternoon I had around 5 1/2 inches of new snow in my driveway. It sleeted for a couple of hours, and it still sounds a bit like sleet now.
chomiji
Feb. 6th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)

I don't hear any sleet-y tapping. The weather blog says the sleet is to the south. The current accumulations around here are reported as 4 - 5 inches.

I'm sorry you have sleet - how nasty!

fmanalyst
Feb. 6th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
The sleet to the south would put it here, since I'm south of you. I hate sleet. I suspect I'm in for the weekend. No point trying to go out in this weather.
smillaraaq
Feb. 6th, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
Every time I've been out with Miss B., the flakes here seem pretty small and dry as well. It doesn't seem to be coming down nearly as fast and thick as the December storm, at least not so far -- there's only about two inches on the ground here. Which seems about right, since your neighborhood always feels colder...
the_resa
Feb. 5th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
Heh!
Though I did have to look up AXILLARY before I was sure ...
chomiji
Feb. 5th, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Heh!

See, kids, this is why it pays to improve your vocabulary.

XD

the_resa
Feb. 6th, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)
Re: Heh!
heheheheh
smillaraaq
Feb. 5th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
*snickers along with Yukimura*
chomiji
Feb. 5th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)

;-D

Uh oh ... I just heard a line transformer blow somewhere in the area. I really hope this is not a sign of things to come!

smillaraaq
Feb. 5th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
Ruh-roh! Does that fireplace on the ground floor actually work, if worst comes to worst?
chomiji
Feb. 6th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)

I wouldn't want to try using the fireplace - it hasn't been checked out since we moved in here. And what the heck would we burn? We have no firewood except that packet of "fatwood" kindling. We do have a couple of bags of wood charcoal, but not the right kind of grate for it.

So far so good, though ... >cocks ear cautiously<

smillaraaq
Feb. 6th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
It might not be the worst idea to have someone come check out the chimney when the weather is better, just in case -- the woodstove at my old place was an awfully handy thing when wintertime power outages hit. (Mind you, that was an old neighborhood with old aboveground wiring and tons of huge old trees, and power outages were fairly frequent things...)
lauand
Feb. 6th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
I'll put extra care in case I ever operate an axillary heater, rest assured.
chomiji
Feb. 6th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)

The Mr. demonstrated an "axillary heater" for me: according to him, it's when you have no gloves and your hands get cold, so you cross your arms and stick your fingers into your armpits.

XD

bad_mushroom
Feb. 6th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
I do this, without shame, all the time. Then again, I live in Maine, and I also pronounce museum "muse-AM" and wear a wool scarf around my head like a Russian grandmother every time I leave the house. So...I'm not a very accurate measure of what is normally socially acceptable :P
chomiji
Feb. 6th, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)

Hee, I wasn't necessarily implying that doing that was crude or something. It was just amusingly apropos.

And my preferred winter headgear is very similar, except that wool makes me itch, so I use rayon scarves, with 180s earmuffs on top if it's cold or windy. I look eccentric, to say the least!

smillaraaq
Feb. 6th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
Hee...and I was laughing to myself at the last ficlet where Gojyo messed his hands up by forgetting gloves, because that's so familiar -- I've got a dreadful habit of going out without gloves or hats or anything because I can't be bothered! Much as I hate the cold, the hassle and bulk and restricted motion of proper cold-weather gear drives me nuts too, so I'm constantly doing idiotic things like wearing sandals to walk the puppy in snow. XD

(It's up to about 4 inches here now, as of our latest walk! Poor Miss B., I may need to make her a new sweater if this doesn't look like it's going to melt away soon...)
bad_mushroom
Feb. 6th, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
I rather like looking eccentric, though, I must admit. Some friends call me Babushka because of it, and The (Ex) Boy never let me live it down, especially when I did it, say, on the way to opening night at the Met...I do love making people slightly uncomfortable, especially when it serves to highlight their unconscious prejudices, even if it's just about headgear.
lawless523
Feb. 6th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
Hee! Inadvertent typos FTW!
chomiji
Feb. 6th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)

Hee, this goes a little past typos ... poor NWS, they probably had one heckuva a day, given that they're in the area - in fact, right down the road a piece. All us feds were sent home 4 hours early (that is, four hours before whatever our normal quitting time was), mainly so that we were all back home before Metro had to shut down the outdoor tracks (which occurs when the snow gets to 8 inches), but I bet a lot of the NWS guys are deemed "emergency" and have to work anyway.

lady_ganesh
Feb. 6th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
Why are you getting all my state's weather? It's confusing.
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