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Thundersleet

Awoke at 8:10 to a couple of big rumbles of thunder.

Broke my ice scraper at 9:50 trying to get ice off the car.

This is one weird weather pattern we're having here.

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altivo
Mar. 2nd, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
A similar cell went through here about 8:30 (9:30 your time so not the same storm by any means, probably this one is headed your way.) I left home and it was cloudy but dry. Five minutes down the road it started drizzling. Then the drizzle started freezing on the windshield so the wipers couldn't remove it. (Crank up defroster to full blast...) Soon after the windshield cleared, the drizzle changed to hard sleet, almost hail. By the time I got to work it was snowing hard and accumulating fast. Paved surfaces had a mixture of ice and snow and were very slick.

And the radio? "Now for the weather: Cloudy with a chance of light flurries, no accumulation. Today's high will be 38..."
songdogmi
Mar. 2nd, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
The weather confused your forecaster so much, s/he just simply gave up.
altivo
Mar. 2nd, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
*snicker*

Turns out that was taken directly from the National Weather Service office in Romeoville, IL. I looked it up. It was the forecast someone gave at 3:30 AM, and still hasn't been updated. It's amusing how they bill their stuff as "point location adjusted" and yet obviously they have no idea what's really happening in the field. They do it all from computer models and weather maps.

Of course their staff has probaby been reduced again and again along with their budget. Congress was entertaining the idea last year of completely eliminating the NWS. "Privatizing" it to the profit-making companies like The Weather Channel and AccuWeather (who do no better job and are far less generous with their data, IMHO.)
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