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Thundersnow!  "Isolated snow-producing thunderstorms are expected to develop tonight. "It is not uncommon to see snowfall rates in excess of 4 inches per hour in thundersnow, making travel nearly impossible," the weather service warned this morning."

The weather prognosticators have all sold their houses, gathered up the children, and are running down the street screaming, "The End Is Nigh!"  Everyone else is shrugging and getting on with their lives.  I'm curious to see what this will be like - I was out of town the last time we had a snowstorm this bad, ten years ago.  I'm also very curious to see the snowplows that they will be attaching to the fronts of the trains (no kidding!) 

To my chagrin, I had to go to the grocery store last night, since I'd been lazy over the weekend before snowpocalypse was predicted.  Despite reports from friends about chaos and anarchy at their local grocery stores, mine was thankfully quiet.  Granted, it was clear that the ravening hordes had descended earlier in the evening.  Fruit and veg (at least the common sorts) were pretty well picked over, although I was able to load up on some nice kale, mustard greens, eggplant, and whole pineapple.  Bottled water was all gone (natch), as was ground hamburger meat.  Bread flour was completely gone, although they still had plenty of all-purpose. (Weird.  Maybe they just ran out for non-blizzard reasons?)  And every brand of flavored greek yogurt was completely gone.  (???)

I've heard snowpocalypse, snowmageddon, blizzaster, but my favorite so far is snOMG. 

Date: 2011-02-01 03:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreda.livejournal.com
Snownarok!

Date: 2011-02-01 05:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pale-chartreuse.livejournal.com
Fibulwinter; From a Norse mythology website:

The Ragnarok, or end of the world, has been prophesied. When Mirmir no longer guards his well, Yggdrasil's root will begin to rot. The Nidhog dragon will finally succeed in knawing through the root that ends at Hvergelmer well. The Norns will be alarmed at the pollution of the Urdh well and the yellowing of the leaves of the world tree. Odin's sacrificed eye lies in Mirmir's well and sees what is to come. He knows that nothing can stop Fibulwinter, three years with endless winter, which will be followed by Ragnarok.

Date: 2011-02-01 05:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tamarinne.livejournal.com
Honestly, that sounds more like Boston than Chicago. This is only our first catastrophic snowfall of the year. :)

Date: 2011-02-01 04:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hungrytiger
I've been using Storm of Damocles.

Date: 2011-02-01 04:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hungrytiger
To be fair though, Storm of Damocles works better for pre-storm discussions. Now that it's here, it doesn't seem right..

Date: 2011-02-01 04:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tamarinne.livejournal.com
Hey, it could still end up being 45 degrees and sunny. I'm keeping "Storm of Damocles" right up until (if) it starts snowing this afternoon. :)

Date: 2011-02-01 04:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hungrytiger
Ahh. See, as I was typing that last entry, I was looking out my office window and seeing a lot of snowflakes, so for me the Storm of Damocles had fallen.

Date: 2011-02-01 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tamarinne.livejournal.com
We had a little prestorm last night that dropped an inch or two, but the real blast (they're predicting up to 2 feet of snow) starts this afternoon. Good times!

Date: 2011-02-01 04:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] reedrover
And every brand of flavored greek yogurt was completely gone.

Love it!

Date: 2011-02-01 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tamarinne.livejournal.com
It made me laugh, in a kind of "dammit, I was going to stock up on greek yogurt!" kind of way. :)

Date: 2011-02-01 05:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pale-chartreuse.livejournal.com
My favorite is the Boston French Toast Alert system. http://www.universalhub.com/french-toast

Date: 2011-02-01 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tamarinne.livejournal.com
That's pretty freaking awesome. :)

Date: 2011-02-01 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flechyr.livejournal.com
Personally, I think the storm is the result of someone reading the forbidden book of winter rituals: The Necrosnowmicon! :P

Date: 2011-02-01 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tamarinne.livejournal.com
love it!

Summoning the ancient spirit of Snowthulhu...

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