Like so many in the Midwest,
our my county was hit by an ice storm this week. It started off as just a thin layer of ice, and it wasn’t too bad to get around. Then the rain came.
The temps were around 30 when it started and there was a fair amount of ponding on surfaces, namely driveways and sidewalks and roadways. Miserable crap to deal with, for when those ponds froze, look out.
But the worst problem as always was the ice piling up on the trees and powerlines. The weatherman kept saying this wasn’t going to be as bad as 2002 which was horrible, but it was bad just the same. The icicles from the trees were at least 3″ long, and they were one next to the other. Lots of weight in ice.
The electric lines near
our my house put on a freakish light show of blue, purple and red arcs of energy before all power went out. The rain continued, and it was four hours or more before a crew arrived to remove the limbs and flip our transformer back on. Folks in my area were lucky. Damned lucky.
There are still a good many homes in Whoville without electricity, and it could be close to a week or more before all power is restored. That’s coming mighty close to Christmas.
Speaking of which– Outside Christmas decorations, like the big inflated characters and such, don’t fare so well in ice. Neither do the moving objects, like bobbing deer heads and waving Santas.
I’m praying for a warming trend, say around 60. 🙂 Yeah, that’d be a great Christmas present, imo. I’m so not a winter person.