The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

11 December 2007

Morning report

Where things stand right about now:

  • Power is still on at Surlywood, though rather a lot of areas I passed through this morning are still dark. The rain is coming down fairly heavily, which is preferable to light freezing drizzle any day. Temperatures across most of the state are above freezing; there are still a few really warm areas down in the southeast, beyond the point where the cold front stalled.

  • Gwendolyn is up and running again; the alternator tested somewhere between Bad and Are You Kidding Me?

  • Still no electricity at 42nd and Treadmill, as of last I'd heard (about three hours ago).

  • I spent much of the early morning (before 7:30) trying to move tree limbs out of the street. I got my own breakage pulled back, and most of next door's; however, the really massive branches are going to require industrial-strength assistance.

  • The entrance to the polling place was a solid sheet of ice. I spent about two and a half minutes trying to negotiate my way up the walk while grabbing the ice-covered bike rack; eventually a pollwatcher noticed my lack of progress and came outside with a rubber mat. I deposited ballot #35 at 10:50. As I was leaving, someone from building maintenance emerged with a bag of the Usual Sidewalk Substances.

Still to come: grocery shopping, damage assessment. I'm pretty sure one of the two chaste trees is done for; the baby sweetgum doesn't look well but isn't broken; the big elm out front is about 20 percent thinner. (The slightly-less-big elm next door broke off in the middle and should be scored as a kill.)

Update, 1:30 pm: Power problems at the supermarket: cash only, no plastic — not a problem — and no perishables, the display cases being nonfunctional, which could have been a problem. From 23rd to 122nd on May, about half the traffic lights are working. And OG&E briefly hit 300,000 on the Out-O-Meter before dropping back.

Posted at 11:11 AM to General Disinterest

I saw some crazy footage on the news last night. (Kind of random, because I don't usually watch the news.) An ice storm of that magnitude is pretty bad, regardless of how often your particular locale gets "wintery" weather. Ice is no joke. Totally different ball game from snow.

Posted by: Erica at 1:40 PM on 11 December 2007

I've been juggling water equivalents. This storm has so far dumped about three inches of precipitation on us, which worked out to about an inch and a quarter of ice. Considering that it takes about a tenth of an inch to screw up traffic for two days, I'm surprised more of us aren't driving around dead.

And had things been colder, it could have been about a foot and a half of snow. I have no idea how that would work out here, since we've never had that much snow in that short a time period — we had 11.3 inches on a March day in 1924, which I missed for obvious reasons — but I suspect, based on experience with mere six-inch snowfalls, that it would not be pretty.

Posted by: CGHill at 2:32 PM on 11 December 2007

Few large, old trees are left standing in my neighborhood. Thank goodness the HUGE Cottonwood still stands behind my home. Had it taken the damage that all the other trees did, it could have taken out 6 homes.

Posted by: Aero at 8:29 PM on 13 December 2007