Skip to comments.Weather Bulletin - Denver (Humor)
Posted on 12/23/2006 5:18:42 AM PST by ThreePuttinDude
Up here, in the "Mile-Hi City", we just recovered from a Historic event--- may I even say a "Weather Event" of "Biblical Proportions" --- with a historic blizzard of up to 44" inches of snow and winds to 90 MPH that broke trees in half, knocked down utility poles, stranded hundreds of motorists in lethal snow banks, closed ALL roads, isolated scores of communities and cut power to 10's of thousands.
George Bush did not come.
FEMA did nothing.
No one howled for the government.
No one blamed the government.
No one even uttered an expletive on TV.
Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton did not visit.
Our Mayor did not blame Bush or anyone else.
Our Governor did not blame Bush or anyone else, either.
CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX or NBC did not visit - or report on this category 5 snowstorm. Nobody demanded $2,000 debit cards.
No one asked for a FEMA Trailer House.
No one looted.
Nobody - I mean Nobody demanded the government do something.
Nobody expected the government to do anything, either.
No Larry King, No Bill O'Rielly, No Oprah, No Chris Mathews and No Geraldo Rivera.
No Shaun Penn, No Barbara Striesand, No Hollywood types to be found.
Nope, we just melted the snow for water.
Sent out caravans of SUV's to pluck people out of snow engulfed cars.
The truck drivers pulled people out of snow banks and didn't ask for a penny.
Local restaurants made food and the police and fire departments delivered it to the snowbound families.
Families took in the stranded people - total strangers.
We fired up wood stoves, broke out coal oil lanterns or Coleman lanterns.
We put on extra layers of clothes because up here it is "Work or Die".
We did not wait for some affirmative action government to get us out of a mess created by being immobilized by a welfare program that trades votes for 'sittin at home' checks.
Even though a Category "5" blizzard of this scale has never fallen this early, we know it can happen and how to deal with it ourselves.
"In my many travels, I have noticed that once one gets north of about 48 degrees North Latitude, 90% of the world's social problems evaporate."
It does seem that way, at least to me.
I hope this gets passed on.
Maybe SOME people will get the message. The world does Not owe you a living.
Add to that, I was up for 2 nights straight and had to cancel my ski vacation to the Rockies. I don't blame Bush either.
I blame Nagin and Blanco. Because it just feels good.
Refreshing. Thank you.
America the way I remember it.
Merry Christmas everyone.
The Freep, one of the most fun places on the net.
Thank you Freepers!!
We suffered through many horrible winters in Boston when I was growing up. Communities helped each other. I always have thought of that after Katrina. We didn't demand the government pay for our roof after '78. We didn't demand the government pay for our burst pipes many times over. There were times we couldn't afford oil for the furnace, and we had no "Saint Chavez & Angel Kennedy" to help us. What it taught me was that people need to help each other and themselves. It never occurred to us to demand the government bail us out.
Oh no Doug. It looks like FEMA isn't coming. What ever will we do?
I don't know Jan. It's worse than I thought. The sled got broken during the blizzard and from what I hear, Hickenlooperduper has cornered the market on sleds. If we are to resume sledding, I may have to fix mine if federal aid does not arrive quickly.
Maybe Santa will help!?!
This is short and succinct enough to be read on the air.
Consider yourself HIGHLY commended, sir!
...oh, and Merry Christmas.
I had to walk in knee to waist deep snow to get out of my house, to my car, to and around work...
I think the government should force UPS to deliver my Christmas present.
And, obviously this cold will result in higher than normal heating bills; time for some handouts for that.
Very excellent!! bttt
Might I add, no NBC reporters faking it for the camera. (reporting from a boat while people walked through the puddle behind her.)
Our local King Sooper's was wiped out of dairy products and almost all meat. There are babies crying right now! Where is FEMA and my 2 grand?
I noticed that at both Walmart & Safeway last night. No fresh produce, bread aisle in Walmart was nearly bare (what was left was in very poor shape).
I really needed bread to make sandwiches next week.
After watching what happened in New Orleans, I thought Santa and FEMA were the same entity!?!?
Yeah, you really need bread for Christmas!
Glad to see you folks are doing alright there.
After the blizzard in IL a few weeks back we had folks in Southern IL who were without power for over a week. There wasn't hide nor hair of Jesse Jackson, Geraldo, President Bush, nor was there a single FEMA trailer to be found.
That sucks. One thing we get very little of here in CO is freezing rain.
Bread looks good. Got butter?
One thing we get very little of here in CO is freezing rain.
I'd rather have 2 feet of snow than one inch of freezing rain. It's pretty amazing that so little ice can bring down those big long haul high tension power lines.
The power company down there says they've had to replace over 275 miles of the stuff. That's what took so long. None of their vendors keeps that much of it in stock.
They were working 3 shifts to get it replaced. Oh people were bitching, but nobody got too squirrelly. It is downstate IL after all. You can get away with looting in Chicago but south of I-80 you're far more likely to get your backside shot off than make off with a sixer of Heineken.
So by and large folks helped each other out. IEMA was there and we dispatched some of the State assets we're responsible for tracking but there wasn't any big call for FEMA to show up.
At the height of it there were something like 200,000 people affected in one way or another.
Well that's one more subject I can add to my Preparedness Training Seminars anyway.
Major and secondary streets are now passable - though narrower - and the cul-de-sac streets are "travel at your own risk", but something that would go a long way towards bringing this city back to life would be to lift the assinine salt ban. I mean, why torture yourself?
I'd rather have 2 feet of snow than one inch of freezing rain.
Agreed. I remember one winter in the mid nineties when there was a freezing rainstorm every week for about two months. We didnt loose too many power lines but the constant coating of ice took its toll. It took more than a year to resurface all the damaged roadways.
But then here in "Bawlmure, Murrland" we panic over any weather. A month ago they closed schools early on the forecast of heavy rain. A few weeks ago schools were closed and events cancelled because of fog.
Interestingly though, we have some reason to be fearful of Winter storms because while there are really big snows out West, historically most of the biggest, costliest and deadliest blizzards occur along the East Coast from the Mid-Atlantic up through New England probably so costly due to the concentrated population centers. These coastal storms are very unpredictable and often develop and flare up almost overnight.
I dont worry about storms coming at us from the West, rather in Winter, I look to the South for the low pressure to the Gulf for moisture and to Canada for the cold because when all those come together, you get a classic NorEaster; basically an extro-tropical Hurricane with snow. You just havent lived until you been through Thunder Snow!
The worst Ive lived through to date was '93. But 77,'78,83 and 03 were pretty bad too.
But while these blizzards were a major inconvenience for me, I cant imagine living without electricity for so long. The last time that sort of thing happened here was hurricane Isabell.
Anyone seeing this Bronco game on CBS... it is snowing in Denver. I think the forecasters missed this one.
They said possible flurries today.
Oh, I must have taken a vacation since Friday. I thought we had something coming through Friday, then nothing for awhile.
I just meant that maybe Santa could bring you a sled! ;o)
First, Merry Christmas.
Is that your house? Just lovely. If so, did you take the time to dig out the decorations? My light covered trees and reindeer are still buried under snow. I was not about to try to dig them out, :-(.
But, I still have my lights along the top of the house.
So, I think UPS may have shot themselves in the foot over this mess. When the roads cleared, FedEx, DHL, and the postal service (government agency, wow) delivered through the weekend to make up for the two days during the week. UPSs response: we don't make guarantees during the holiday season or bad weather.
I have a package in Commerce City that will get to me tomorrow, :-(.
No, it isn't my house. It's a few blocks away, but we sure enjoy driving by it often.
Sorry you didn't get your package, but hey, now you still have something to look forward to!
Have an awesome day!
No worries on the package. But, knowing it is there, I figure UPS will have to do some damage control because FedEx & others will have positive press.
I took two days of vacation last week so I could run do last minute shopping, etc, and drive around to see all of the Christmas lights. I hope the roads improve enough and people keep their lights on this week. We will definitely try to make it out.
Are you ready for the storm moving in tomorrow? It has the forecasters excited.
Weather warning was in excess of 8 inches last night, moved to in excess of 12 inches today. They are still trying to figure out if it will break apart before hitting us.
I was out early this morning and finally saw plows clearing some of the side streets. It is a mess but I LOVE the snow!
Just how lucky can a state get?/ no MSM!!!!
Rocky Mountain New
WASHINGTON Western lawmakers are pushing to give emergency disaster relief to farmers and ranchers hammered by winter storms.
On the first day of the new congressional session on Thursday, Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Loveland, and Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Fort Morgan, introduced legislation that would give aid to livestock owners who suffered blizzard-related losses in Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
So much for smug self-righteousness
Are you kidding me with that reply? You are comparing someone losing their home, all of their valuables and memories, to you not being able to go on vacation in the mountains. Seriously, that's pretty ridiculous. I live in Denver, and lasted through this storm just fine. The storm is no comparison to Katrina...