2021 Worldwide Weather

Greek Bonfire

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Damn. That's scary. There would definitely need to be a plan b if that was the policy of N.M. governor.
There's absolutely no excuse for that thinking. We've had a hard time here in Illinois where we are set up to deal with severe winters, but even the governor declared it a disaster area (roofs collapsing, power outtages, some gas explosions, etc.). Also, the Texas senator, who is a complete idiot, left today for Cancun but then came back, I'm thinking because Cancun didn't want him there either.
 

Shanazel

Super Moderator
I'm not sure how anyone could anticipate a 500 year snow storm in Texas. To be fair, if attempts had been made to put unprecedented winter measures in place last summer or fall, people would've raised hell about the expense since Texas winters are pretty mild as a general rule.

Senator Ted Cruz flew to Cancun. Haven't found anything about Greg Abbott leaving the state. I also can't find anything about him telling folks to tough it out and if they die, they die. Now, back in March, Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made the following remark in re: to covid: “No one reached out to me and said, ‘as a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren? ... if that’s the exchange, I’m all in.” Media took delight in reporting that as him saying old people should volunteer to die, which seems a little twisted out of shape.

Things are bad enough without wasting energy seeking a scapegoat. And yes, I am invested. With the exception of my children and a few cousins in Tennessee and Mississippi, all of my relatives and many of my lifelong friends are in the affected areas.
 

Greek Bonfire

Well-known member
I'm not sure how anyone could anticipate a 500 year snow storm in Texas. To be fair, if attempts had been made to put unprecedented winter measures in place last summer or fall, people would've raised hell about the expense since Texas winters are pretty mild as a general rule.

Senator Ted Cruz flew to Cancun. Haven't found anything about Greg Abbott leaving the state. I also can't find anything about him telling folks to tough it out and if they die, they die. Now, back in March, Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made the following remark in re: to covid: “No one reached out to me and said, ‘as a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren? ... if that’s the exchange, I’m all in.” Media took delight in reporting that as him saying old people should volunteer to die, which seems a little twisted out of shape.

Things are bad enough without wasting energy seeking a scapegoat. And yes, I am invested. With the exception of my children and a few cousins in Tennessee and Mississippi, all of my relatives and many of my lifelong friends are in the affected areas.
They had bad storms a few years ago when Rick Perry was governor. They don't have to have the same procedures we do, but at least call for relief instead of completely ignoring the entire thing. People have died recently there because the government did absolutely NOTHING. If this has been changed, I know nothing but I wasn't aware of your link.
 

Suzanne Azhaar

Active member
Due to Texas situation, hubby is researching quiet generators which would maintain water and heat until power was restored. Planning ahead just in case it happened here (in Albuquerque, NM). Better to be prepared and never actually need it.
 

Shanazel

Super Moderator
They had bad storms a few years ago when Rick Perry was governor. They don't have to have the same procedures we do, but at least call for relief instead of completely ignoring the entire thing. People have died recently there because the government did absolutely NOTHING. If this has been changed, I know nothing but I wasn't aware of your link.
People have died recently there because the government did absolutely NOTHING.

With all due respect, you need to rethink that statement.

The governor required natural gas companies to quit shipping out of state in favor of selling to Texas energy generators. According to this article, power has been added for over one and a half million households since yesterday morning. That's not doing absolutely nothing and it's not completely ignoring the whole thing.

A natural disaster is a terrible thing. I'm concerned about people I love who live down there and from whom I have not heard. But reacting emotionally and demanding that someone is to blame serves no purpose except to stir a pot that is already boiling over. Blaming "the government" for deaths is unreasonable. Among storm related deaths were people died driving too fast for conditions or by carbon monoxide poisoning due to misuse of car heaters and grills in the house. Not much the government can do about foolishness.

I live in blizzard country. Even with four and a half decades of experience with winter, it is almighty hard during a storm to get to people in need of help. In areas with no experience of blizzards and no reason to believe there would ever be one of this magnitude, governmental first responders like fire, LE, search and rescue, and the National Guard are doing whatever can be done with the resources they have. Their job is not made easier by outraged allegations of neglect and dereliction of duty.
 

Greek Bonfire

Well-known member
People have died recently there because the government did absolutely NOTHING.

With all due respect, you need to rethink that statement.

The governor required natural gas companies to quit shipping out of state in favor of selling to Texas energy generators. According to this article, power has been added for over one and a half million households since yesterday morning. That's not doing absolutely nothing and it's not completely ignoring the whole thing.

A natural disaster is a terrible thing. I'm concerned about people I love who live down there and from whom I have not heard. But reacting emotionally and demanding that someone is to blame serves no purpose except to stir a pot that is already boiling over. Blaming "the government" for deaths is unreasonable. Among storm related deaths were people died driving too fast for conditions or by carbon monoxide poisoning due to misuse of car heaters and grills in the house. Not much the government can do about foolishness.

I live in blizzard country. Even with four and a half decades of experience with winter, it is almighty hard during a storm to get to people in need of help. In areas with no experience of blizzards and no reason to believe there would ever be one of this magnitude, governmental first responders like fire, LE, search and rescue, and the National Guard are doing whatever can be done with the resources they have. Their job is not made easier by outraged allegations of neglect and dereliction of duty.
And you are entitled to your own opinion. Personally, the statements I have heard in the last week are simply cruel.
 

Shanazel

Super Moderator
We have sunshine! When I got out of bed this morning, skies were gray and veiled by briskly blowing white stuff. Currently we have 35 degrees, 25 mph winds, mostly dry roads... life is good in the Mountain West. Heard from many Texas and Arkansas friends and relatives over the last couple of days. All are coping with what needs to be coped with, and have gone from, "Oh, I'd sure like to see some snow this year" to "Come and get your drunken weather out of my backyard."
 

Daimona

Moderator
Yes! Gray this morning, but sunshine arrived just in time for the hike I had planned with two colleagues this afternoon App. 5C.
Spring is approaching. Heard some doves in the forrest, the snow is slowly melting and the alders and hazels are ready to bloom as soon as the temperature rises even more.
 

Suzanne Azhaar

Active member
Went for a lovely walk with the dogs this afternoon. (Feral heathens.) Weather was gorgeous! White bark tree limbs against a blue sky. The shade of blue only seen in N.M. and on The Simpsons. Screech owl was roosting in his tree. Bees aren't out yet. Dogs are now upside down on the sofas enjoying a warm, spoiled life.
 

Greek Bonfire

Well-known member
And all next week, temps in the sixties! Of course, it won't stay that way afterwards, but it's definitely going to melt the rest of the snow. And spring is coming!!
 

Shanazel

Super Moderator
What constitutes a cold snap in Florida? Upper fifties today with wind that could blow one's hair off should it not be glued down securely.
 

Daimona

Moderator
What constitutes a cold snap in Florida?
I would like to know too.

Upper fifties today with wind that could blow one's hair off should it not be glued down securely.
:LOL: Quite windy at my place as well, and it will grow worse the next couple of hours as there is a polar low pressure coming my way. Warnings have been issued and I'm staying indoor until tomorrow.
 

Ariadne

Well-known member
Windy and rainy with weather warnings this last week to the state. But today the sun is out even if it's cold. :D
 
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