Sunday, January 31, 2010

Thematic Photographic 86: "Water In Any Form" v.4.0 - A Rarity For Around Here


"Paging Mr. Damocles. Your Party is Waiting."
Raleigh, NC - January 2000 (Click to embiggen)

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By now you've probably heard me say that the word "Raleigh" is Cherokee for "It don't never snow here". And the fact is that I'm writing this on Thursday night and it's a balmy 50° outside at almost 11 PM. Word on the street (or the Weather Channel anyway) is, though, that all that's about to change drastically in the next 24 hours. The forecast is calling for snow, sleet and general unpleasantness starting Friday night and continuing through Saturday. With temperatures that threaten to keep it around longer than the usual 24-36 hours it usually lasts on those rare occasions we get any at all. Last time that happened was about this time of year back in 2000. And that is something the folks 'round these parts who were on hand to witness it will be talking about for a generation or two. It's generally referred to as "The Blizzard of 2000" and you may have heard that term on this blog a few times if you've been hanging around here long enough. Now in some parts of the world 22 inches of snow is all in a day's work. But here it was history in the making. And there were some pretty deadly-looking stalactites hanging off my roof for several days. These weren't the deadly ones -- yet. Here they were just starting to form. Before they were done the biggest of them were a good 2 or 3 inches in diameter at the base and 2 feet long. The impending storm isn't predicted to have nearly this kind of impact, but as I recall... neither was this one. Stay tuned. If my power stays on I may be bringing you more of this (almost) live.
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4 comments:

Daryl said...

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr .. it was TOO cold here for snow .. as I look at photos others took, I am momentarily sorry no white stuff hit the ground here .. and then I remember its February and that means snow here .. oh joy

Titanium said...

Waiting with (frozen) breath...

Robin said...

Brrrr... You guys had better head over to my place to warm up a bit - we're seeing the first harbinger of spring - almond blossoms - over here :).

Mama Zen said...

Oh, yes. Ain't it fun?