This particular manifestation of global warming dumped about ¾ inch of ice over the city, similar or slightly smaller amounts across the rest of the state, and generally made life difficult for as many as possible. As late as Friday noon it looked like an inconvenience, but not much more than that except for this one Weather Guy who called it Thursday night:
Brace yourself for Epic Ice Storm Impact … tonight’s hi-res model has brought in even colder temperatures and lower dewpoints during this entire winter storm and much farther south and east than before. That’s good news for me because it means my forecast from Monday remains unchanged. It also means you’re about to see everyone else change their forecast at the last minute to follow suit. Either that or they’ll wait one more run (the morning one or wait to see other models come around to the same solution) before going all out balls to the wall. Lets just say everyone better hope tonight’s run is wrong or this will be an epic event roughly along the I-44 corridor.
Ah, the dreaded I-44 corridor. I said this yesterday just before what would have been sunset had we any sun:
I propose we decommission I-44, on the basis that every single farging storm we have seems to line up alongside it. #okwx
— Charles G Hill (@dustbury) December 20, 2013
ODOT: Call me.
Damage report for the palatial estate at Surlywood: one of the twin redbuds was cut almost in half; a couple of questionable fence panels are now essentially horizontal; I had to remove low-hanging bits of mulberry above the driveway to get my car out. Otherwise, not too terribly terrible, and probably less heinous than the horror that was the December ’07 storm.
I can only hope that we won’t see another ice storm of this magnitude for another five or six years!
Next time, say “twelve or fourteen.” Or “fifty.”