There’s a Storm Comin’!

by Jarhead Survivor on February 7, 2013

I’m bumping tomorrow’s post up a day because of the storm.

Those of us in the Northeast are looking at a pretty significant snow storm coming in on Friday and Saturday.  Them weather guys are sayin’ it’s supposed to snow wicked hahd!  (That’s my Maine accent.  We don’t know how to say the letter R up here.  It’s ahhh.)

I stopped by Walmart on the way home on Thursday (scored their last box of .40 ammo for $15!) and man, what a mob scene.  Mrs Jarhead stopped at Hannafords (big grocery chain here in the Northeast) and it was even worse.  People were buying all kinds of crazy stuff.

I find it hard to believe that people are so ill prepared for a storm like this, but today there was ample proof.  This morning three radio DJ’s were talking about how  unprepared they were.  One of them said, “I have all this food, but if the power goes out I have no way to cook it!”

Seriously?  They don’t have one camp stove kicking around they could light?  I still can’t get over it.

Anyway, they’re calling for about two feet of snow in blizzard conditions over the next couple of days, so we’re just going to hunker down and hope we don’t lose the power.  I have several back up plans if the power goes out of course, but it’s always best if you don’t have to implement them as far as I’m concerned.

What am I going to do during the storm?  Take a sauna of course!  Haha!  Hell yeah, I’m gonna be jumping into giant snow drifts in my birthday suit.  (Ok, sorry for that visual.)  I’ll probably try and get out to my camp too and see how the tent is holding up to two feet of snow.  (If we get that much.)

I know what I’ve done for preps, but what about the rest of you looking down the barrel of this thing?

Are YOU ready?

What advice would you give to people getting ready for this storm?

Sound off below!

-Jarhead Survivor

BTW:

Here’s our weather report for the next couple of days:

Blizzard Warning – Lincoln

Starts: 2/8/2013 6:00:00 PM
Ends: 2/9/2013 4:00:00 PM

MEZ024>028-080400- /O.UPG.KGYX.WS.A.0002.130208T1700Z-130209T1700Z/ /O.NEW.KGYX.BZ.W.0001.130208T2300Z-130209T2100Z/ COASTAL CUMBERLAND-SAGADAHOC-LINCOLN-KNOX-COASTAL WALDO- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…PORTLAND…SOUTH PORTLAND…WESTBROOK… BATH…TOPSHAM…BOOTHBAY HARBOR…WISCASSET…WALDOBORO… CAMDEN…ROCKLAND…THOMASTON…BELFAST…LINCOLNVILLE 256 PM EST THU FEB 7 2013 …BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM FRIDAY TO 4 PM EST SATURDAY… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAY HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM FRIDAY TO 4 PM EST SATURDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * LOCATIONS…THE IMMEDIATE COAST OF MAINE FROM CUMBERLAND COUNTY NORTH. * HAZARD TYPES…HEAVY SNOW WITH BLIZZARD CONDITIONS. * ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 18 TO 24 INCHES. * TIMING…A LIGHT SNOW WILL BEGIN FALLING EARLY FRIDAY MORNING…BUT CONDITIONS WILL RAPIDLY DETERIORATE FRIDAY EVENING AND CONTINUE THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING. * IMPACTS…SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LOW VISIBILITIES. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IS LIKELY. * WINDS…NORTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH. * VISIBILITIES…ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES. * TEMPERATURES…10 TO 24. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS…MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET STRANDED…STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE. && $$

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Jason February 7, 2013

I want to see a picture proof of the snow angel after your birthday suit jump from your sauna. On second thought ….. maybe not!

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smokechecktim February 7, 2013

expecting major snow here tomorrow night…..4 inches…maybe. The only bad thing about a little snow here in socal is that all the city folks drive ( or try to) into the mountains and trample on private property to go sledding and get stuck in ditches. For anyone with the info I’m getting ready to buy some more freeze dried food. I was going to try one of the blog advertisers,( support the home team) augason farms, but I have no experience with their food. How do they compare with wise foods and mountain house in both quality and taste?

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Spook45 February 7, 2013

Dman Im jealous, wish I was gettin some of that good snow…..

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S.Q. Whrill February 7, 2013

Good luck with the snow

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ORRN on LI February 7, 2013

We are getting ready for 10-15 inches of snow, coastal flooding, and 30-40 mph winds, gust up to 60, it’s gonna be a long weekend… Especially since I don’t get to stay home and make snow angels and hunker in, I have to leave the family and work a 12 hr. shift in the hospital. Part of me, just a teeny weeny part, hopes the power goes out long enough to chill he husbands ass and make him realize we should get that gas stove, then poof power back on, house nice and toasty, deciding where to put the stove. This system worries me more than hurricaine Sandy because of the freezing temps. Will keep you posted from LI NY.

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irishdutchuncle February 8, 2013

yeh, the forecast looks like you’re going to get hammered.

Hope your night in the ER isn’t too crazy.

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Jarhead Survivor February 8, 2013

Take care out there!

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ORRN on LI February 9, 2013

30 inches for us, my shift starts at 7 am, I am dug out to the end of my driveway, but the road isn’t plowed yet. A few nurses stayed overnight in the OR so they will have to sit tight till I get there. This was a doozie, no power outage thank god….yet.

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sirlancelot February 7, 2013

damn news media hypes all this s**t , then goes out and “reports” all the crazies at the gas stations and grocery stores !

50+ years of living in New England and haven’t had a problem with the snow yet. the storm passes, you shovel out and go on with your life.

sadly there is a new legion of morons today that will tax the system with their nonsense

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waterboy February 7, 2013

At least you’ll have a natural freezer outside.

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jamie February 8, 2013

I’m in Idaho but any disaster I do a test and pre-position items as if I was under those same warnings. Do I have heat, food, water and fuel? Is the generator ready to go? Can I cleanup and do I have basic first aid items on hand?
I’m not sure when it happened but as a kid going to school in the early 80′s You needed over 6 inches of snow overnight at a min. before the PTBs would even think of decaring a snow day. Now 2-3 inches of snow overnight is a cause for a weather alert and a snow day. I call that winter and no cause to clean out grocery shelves or act like this is the “end of times”. Freezing rain is differnt than a bit of snow. but this attitude of snow in winter is a cause for alarm is silly.

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Brian February 8, 2013

I’m in Alaska, we call that the start of a good weekend.

I’d be calling my buddies and gassing up my sleds. Sigh, if only we could be so lucky. It’s been a lousy snow year here so far.

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Jarhead Survivor February 8, 2013

There hasn’t been much snow here lately either. It’ll be nice to get some snow shoeing in this weekend.

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farmgirl February 8, 2013

No snow here. No rain, just cloudy, gloomy weather. Typical February in Oklahoma. I hope you all stay safe and warm during your blizzard!

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Ray February 8, 2013

Yep, Was 67f here yesterday,’ corse it rained overnight and droped back into the mid 40s. Bigest snow we had so far this season has been 1/2 inch. No big freeze this year means the skeeters and saber tooth gnats are gonna be awfull come green up. Bet the damn dinasaur size deer flys are bad too. Ah well life in the garden. Stay warm.

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D'ja'c February 8, 2013

Okay, okay – I admit it I’m not prepared… Gotta go out and rent some DVD’s. I’ve already watched The Road, Book of Eli, Into the Wild. Maybe I’ll get 127 Hours (or so). Hunger games is out! Anyway I cut, split and stack firewood all summer for times like this. At least it’s basically a week-end storm. The weather critters said by the time the system from the great lakes meets the system coming up from

the coast it will have an eye like a hurricane. Stay safe, warm, dry and well fed every one!

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Jarhead Survivor February 8, 2013

All good movies! I haven’t seen 127 hours yet, but I did read the account somewhere and it’s pretty good.

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Roseman February 8, 2013

Jamie,
When I was a school age youth, cancelations were rare. The grammer schools were located in neighborhoods and high schools in the center of town. Professional bus drivers drove the city buses. There were no school buses driven by part timers. No litigators either. Because the city busses ran snow or no snow, schools were almost always open.
On another topic, it was common for the students on the rifle team to bring their rifles on the bus. No panic or swat teams were called. How things have changed.

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Underwater Comms February 8, 2013

Prepared here in CT.

People are going nuts. It boggles my mind that peoples memories are so short. Or maybe it is the “it will never happen to me” attitude. Whichever. I am good to go.

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cz223 February 8, 2013

I survived the ice storm of 98′ in relative comfort. I doubt this will be any worse even if power does go out. Still have the same generator I bought back then. This time at least I have an “old School” coffee maker and portable gas stoves to cook with. I did have to get rid of the wood stove so that bothers me a little in the event of long term power loss.

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Ken February 8, 2013

Its two degrees with the wind blowing and the ground is already white here in central maine, thats why i have a gas stove no power, light it with a grill lighter .we lose the power more in wind storms and summer thunder storms than snow storms but time will tell. My only prep for today was fill a couple more gas cans just in case.

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Charles,,,, February 8, 2013

PREP time… the natural elements attack in force…. alternate sources of heat/warmth, plenty of water stored and then some more water stored in every container you can find to safely hold water, communication devices, fully charged, extra batteries charged and more then one source of comm, be it CB/HAM, bird, tin can’s, a good time to network with neighbors/friends/relatives, signal’s for HELP, medical emergencies, and such. Pre-cook some cassoroles, ham’s, and such, a cold tastey meal is bettah then sucking on frozen tv dinners… anyone in the hood needing extra med care, wheel chair bound, good time to reach out to them, resource with them but do not allow them to make you feel guilty about their being dependent upon you, some become very clingy…. a good review with the family about grid down plan’s, the extra care with candles, have everything out and ready versus trying to locate stuff in the dark,,,,, that’s a start, regretfully we here in the LA. that’s lower alabama are looking at low 70′s for the next 3-5 days, I say regretfully because the apple trees and such are blossoming too early…. yall make a hahd situation go easy, and be sure to paak yoaa caa in the yahd so the snow plows don’t add it to the blade as it pushes down your street…. cheer’s !!!!

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Charles,,,, February 8, 2013

P.S. note: do not eat the yellow snaow, Ahem!!!!

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Mark February 8, 2013

What a great opportunity to try out some of your “stuff!” We had a two-hour power outage a couple of months ago during a storm. I got to drag out my wind-up led lantern. I tested it against an old-fashioned oil lamp (“hurricane lamp.”) The oil lamp won hand down. Besides not having to wind it up every 10-15 minutes, the oil lamp was brighter and warmer. I placed it in the cnter of the dining room table, and it was like having a campfire to sit around.

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Jarhead Survivor February 8, 2013

Update. At 3:45 pm near the coast we have between 6 and 8 inches of snow. It’s pretty much stopped at this point, but here’s the kicker: the real storm hasn’t actually started yet. It’s not really going to kick in until about 6:00 pm or so. Looks like we’ll get some pretty good snow after all!

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T.R. February 8, 2013

The summer are a bit brutal here in AZ , but at the same time ……..I cant say I miss any of the other stuff .

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ORRN on LI February 8, 2013

About 5inches on the ground here on LI, wind is kickin! Local news was absurd today with the gas situation they are creating, lines again already. They don’t give the public enough credit to have learned from Sandy. The media creates hysteria, causes more problems than they help. Time to turn off the TV and pour a glass of wine. Have to start diggin out at 5am.

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anothermom February 8, 2013

We were in the local Home Depot last night, and not a person was there purchasing any type of shovel or salt. That means everyone is prepared right?!
I wonder how many people left work early today to purchase them.

I would also like to know-Do shovels disappear like socks in the dryer? why do people by a new one every year?

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GoneWithTheWind February 8, 2013

I have a picture of me as a toddler standing on five feet of snow that fell in two back to back Blizzards in the late 40′s near Boston. The fence is poking through the snow showing about an inch of the top of the pickets. I would have to dig out my parents photo albums to find the picture but I can remember it clear as day. I can remember standing on top of the snow looking at the top of the picket fence and couldn’t figure out how that could be possible. As I remember winters in the Northeast blizzards were not uncommon at all.

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smokechecktim February 9, 2013

some time when I see the way people act when a e=weather event like this happens, I go nuts! Its winter people! Storms happen every winter! Cold weather happens every winter! Snow, ice, cold strong winds happen every winter! Yet every time you see people running around in a panic buying stuff they should have already bought. Bad weather? I just throw another log in the soapstone stove, make a big batch of soup, and enjoy the view out the living room window. Stores closed….no problem. no electricity…no problem. roads closed…no problem. It’s moments like this that for a little while you get the chance to feel a little smug about all the effort you have gone through to get to this place. Feels good. Have to go now…..my soup cup is almost empty

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GoneWithTheWind February 9, 2013

In fact the 40′s and 50′s were worse. I just read an article where the weather service has stated that they see indications we are leaving the warming trend of the last 40 years or so and entering into another cooling cycle. Ice formation over the seas around the North {Pole have broken records this year and snow fall and blizzards have broken records in much of Europe and Eastern Asia this winter. Things like this are hard to predict long term but it might be a good idea to plan on colder, longer winters with more snow and bad weather.

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