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Tony Auth

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  1. eugene57

    eugene57 said, 10 months ago

    @Tigger

    as well as spring summer and fall. I believe they call it hail.

  2. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, 10 months ago

    @eugene57

    And ice storm and hail are two very different phenomena.


    A friend of ours lived in Canada 20 years ago; they had an ice storm that layered ice so thick that it not only broke power lines, the weight of it buckled the steel power-line towers.

    Some years ago we had an ice storm here right at Christmas. The most beautiful slow-motion natural disaster you ever saw. Walking around in the middle of it was just wonderful: every leaf and twig coated, everything sparkling as though the whole town had turned to crystal. Not so cold as to be uncomfortable to be out, and the the mistiness in the air that was condensing on the trees was rather pleasant. But the silence of it was punctuated ever minute or so by the loud crack-boom of a tree or a limb breaking and falling somewhere. Like being on the edge of a battlefield!

    We were fortunate enough to live in an apartment that was one the same electrical grid as the fire station, and one of the first to be up and running again. We only lost power for about 12 hours. But so many trees and power lines came down that some people I knew did not get their power back for weeks. Even many who had oil heat were out of luck because their furnaces were operated electric thermostats.

    I was reminded of how interdependent we are on one another, and upon our technological systems. Two centuries ago, most families had their own food, fuel, and water supplies, with an outhouse or a chamber pot for sanitation; being cut off from the neighbors for a week by a snowfall or an ice storm would be inconvenient, but nothing more. Nowadays, most houses are instantly rendered uninhabitable (or nearly so) in 24 hours if the water, gas, sewage, and power lines are cut off, at least in winter. And if gasoline isn’t coming in, or the stations can’t operate (owing to lack of electricity to run the gas pumps), how long before we are immobilized as well? Can’t hitch up the wagon, or saddle the horse to get away.

  3. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    If that’s an authentic original Mini, just lift it over, or let it climb.

  4. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, 10 months ago

    The failure of technology to deal with the complexities of the real world. The GPS is NOT going to help.

  5. mskemple

    mskemple said, 10 months ago

    The wildest thing I ever witnessed during an ice storm was in 92. As I drove around my community and especially when out of my service truck I could hear and see transformer after transformer exploding , combined with the sounds of limbs cracking and breaking it was like a scene from a movie , but all the damage and danger was very real. Technology has long way to go in dealing with mother nature and her extraordinary power!

  6. eugene57

    eugene57 said, 10 months ago

    @Doughfoot

    I have been through heavy damaging hail storms and an Ice storm that took out power poles trees etc. Was without power for over 2 weeks,(1 neighbor could not get his connections up to code and power co. would not restore power to our block ) Fortunately I had a second small house with a wall heater that did not use a blower that kept us warm.
    All the tornados go around most of the city.

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