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Jan. 6th, 2008 @ 01:29 am Where were you 10 years ago?
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(pics are of scenes in Quebec, mine are still stuck on 4x6's in a shoebox)

http://home.cogeco.ca/~dgphillips/storm.htm

We were lucky here, both at our house and in this area. We only accumulated 60mm of freezing rain, and that was still enough to bend the 40' cedars in our back yard right down to the ground, and snap the top off our birch tree. Our 90-year old oak stood up without flinching, while our maple came down (ever so gently) on our neighbour's roof.

Our neighbourhood was only out of power for an afternoon (yay to buried hydro lines!) We have a wood-burning fireplace if we needed heat. There were areas of Ontario that were without hydro for 4 weeks. Rural, farming areas.

It is the only time I can remember the city declaring a state of emergency. The entire city was shut down. I was however within walking distance to work, so I was lucky enough (with my sister) to get to babysit the powerless building and our generator (damn servers!) for 3 days.

Oh, has anyone mentioned what the short term:


and long term:



weather forecasts are? I'm actually not so worried about freezing rain as I am about the feet of snow on our roof getting saturated with millimeters of rain. Should be a good test of the old house.
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From:puffmattie
Date:January 6th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
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Oh wow, look at all those broken power lines and such.
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From:neeroc
Date:January 7th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
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Both this storm and the 'great' summer blackout of '04 (I so said aught four there) really made me realize how scary it is that we are so reliant on such vulnerable systems.
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From:neeroc
Date:January 7th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
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Crazy how fast time flies. I keep finding myself referring to 2004 as if it were last year. Even here we were lucky compared to Quebec and some places closer to the St. Laurence.
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From:aussieteddie
Date:January 7th, 2008 06:59 am (UTC)
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Oh wow I have never seen anything like that before.
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