Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Ice Storm Cometh

Elmwood Avenue looking toward Interstate 126 at 8:45 AM

Way back in February, 1988 (our second year living in Columbia, SC), we had a sleet storm.  We had 4 inches of sleet which shut down the city for days.  I had never experienced such a prolonged period of sleet in my sheltered winter life.  My Ohio blood had not thinned so I immediately went driving after work (I did walk the one mile to my my past life I was a coastal engineer and meteorologist and worked for Coastal Science and Engineering until 1990).

View of the Columbia Greenway looking toward Finley Park at 9AM.  The walkway was open!

I assumed something would be open, like a bowling alley...they never closed down in Columbus during snowstorms.. but I was wrong.  Nothing was one was driving... I remember doing controlled spins  on I 126 because NO ONE was on the road.  It was so much Fun.  Twenty-six years later (oh God have we lived here that long!) we are having a similar ice event.  This morning Susan and I walked to her studio on Lady Street and guess what?  Starbucks was closed!  Everything was closed in the Vista.  Luckily the Kangeroo Express Gas station by our house was open and I got my morning newspaper (although I could have stolen all the State and NY Times and Wall Street Journals that were delivered to the closed Starbucks...those wimps).

Later today this mess is supposed to change to freezing rain and ice accumulations of 1/2 to 1 inch may occur.  This will definitely cripple the city...sleet only freezes on the road but not on the trees and power lines.  Power failures are expected.  By the way, our cat, Max, "King of Park Street" hates this weather but nature called and he is outside for a little while.  If only Shadow was here...I could take her outside and torture her.

I hope we do not have this type of weather next week as we will be selling Susan's fiber art at the  Baltimore ACC Craft Show (Feb.21-23) and Philadelphia for the Germantown School Craft Show (Feb. 28-March 2).  It should be quite an experience.

Taylor Street looking east at 9:15 AM

1 comment:

Wanda said...

How wild! I have a Picture of you and the Boys playing in snow and it was definitely there in Columbia. But, as we know, snow is not sleet and freezing rain. I remember how the Army used to Close down everything (non-essential, that is) and even put out the order that certain roads were off Limits to drive on when the weather got bad. I thought it was hilarious but I know why....People from the south and other places where it doesn't normally snow or freeze don't necessarily know how to drive in the stuff!! And let's face it, the army is made up of People from all over so the officers were just trying to protect everyone. Those of us who know how to drive in the stuff always enjoyed watching the other People Panic at the thought of having to drive home! I mean. When we were in Tucson, the Catalina mountains got some snow. People were LINED UP waiting for the Chance to go up the mountain. But it was closed for DAYS. We kept going back checking to see if we could go up. Finally we could. There was maybe 5 inches of snow and it didn't freeze on the roads!! But the Arizonians were thrilled with it and made Little snowmen and put them on their cars and then drove back down! The Kids were having a blast sledding even though there was so Little. I know that you and Sue probably had a Grand old laugh because the entire town closed down! The streets are completely deserted!! ha ha But....probably a good idea. People that have lived there all their lives would have no idea what to do! And Forget anything like winter tires although they wouldn't necessarily help on ice anyway. No, it Looks like the perfect day to stay put to them! Thanks for sharing! It made my morning!