This thread has reminded me that I must relay a section of water pipe that froze last year!
I don't know what to do. I love the snow, I want it, but I also want to be better prepared for it....and you know what that means.
So the question is, do I prepare this time and buy crampons and snow socks for the car and snow shovels etc and be virtually guaranteed no snow or do I get them in advance only to have them gather dust for the next half decade?
Only another few weeks left for me before I get in Winter mode! Have a sun holiday at the end of August and after that it's full steam ahead!! BRING IT ON!!
Get some salt for out side your house. Look at pipes now and figure on extra insulation/combating the cold. I wouldn't give snow shoes for cars the time of day, I am told they don't last long at all. Better to get a spare set of snow wheels for the car. I think it was said in Motoring how some guy imports partially used snow wheels from Germany for reasonable prices.
Yeah, as johngalway says, think about the things that you were missing last year and go out now and buy them while they're cheap. Driveway salt (or even dishwasher salt), spades, shovels, etc.
Snow socks are fantastic inventions, but they're for emergency use - to get your car through a few hundred metres of impassable snow or up a steep hill. If you drive on them where the thickness of the compacted snow on the road is less than 30mm, they will be ruined. They're good for me because the entrance/exit to my estate is a hill, and the roads around my area have consistently gotten blocked by people struggling up slight inclines, so I was able to use the snow socks to get up Stocking Lane (which had been effectively abandoned) and bypass the chaos.
Snow Tyres/Wheels are all well and good, but I can't justify the expense nor do I have anywhere to store them.
I'm noticing lately that there seems to be a bit of an urban myth emerging in conversations I'm having when I'm out and about, that people are saying that they heard (nobody knows from who though, just "someone in the know" lol!!!), that this coming winter is going to be by far, the most harsh, coldest and severe to date, taking into special account, the last two extremely cold winters...
The thing is, there doesn't seem to be any actual forecaster or specialist that is behind this, but yet apparently people are hearing about a slow down in the appearance of sun spots/solar activity, and as human's are prone to do, a lot of folks are then making a huge leap of assumption on the back of that statement on solar activity, and are assuming that the next winter is going to be like something out of Siberia!
Is anyone else finding this weird yet welcome logic emerging in social conversations?!?
Sure you can almost hear it on this thead lol!
An INCY WINCY bit premature perhaps
I dont exactly need lots of snow for them , my doggy can pull me along the road . For 60 euro i think it'll be a laugh ...
It would be funny though if it is indeed gonna be worse than last 2 years... ( BETTER ) ... ANd the only way to get about is by skis ! ha
Oh and it the solar scientist/meteorological people that are hinting at the worse winter this year ....
Plus , the naturists seeing all the birds and flowers and what not doing things that hint at a possible colder winter this year...
Like heres one from last year http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/oct/19/uk-weather-cold-winter-swans ... i wonder how soon they get back THIS year
*Waits for MTs post entetled "Arctic Express"*