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Minn. Metrodome collapses in Midwest blizzard
Yahoo News ^ | AP

Posted on 12/12/2010 7:32:11 AM PST by mandaladon

MINNEAPOLIS – A storm that spanned parts of eight states continued to dump heavy snow in the upper Midwest on Sunday, collapsing the Metrodome in Minneapolis and forcing numerous road closures.

The storm was moving eastward a day after it dumped 20 inches of snow in some places. A Sunday NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings had already been pushed to Monday because the Giants couldn't get to Minneapolis to play when the inflatable Metrodome collapsed Sunday. It's uncertain when that game will now be played.

A blizzard warning was in effect Sunday for Chicago and much of northern Illinois, all of Iowa, large sections of southern Minnesota and Wisconsin, and smaller areas in North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri and Michigan, according to the National Weather Service. Most of the rest of the region was under a winter storm warning or a hard freeze watch.

Wisconsin authorities issued a statewide no-travel advisory Saturday, citing blizzard and winter storm warnings in nearly every county.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Minnesota; US: New York
KEYWORDS: blizzard; favre; giants; minnesota; mn; newyork; nfl; vikings; weather
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Global warming doing its thing?
1 posted on 12/12/2010 7:32:14 AM PST by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Algore must be in town...


2 posted on 12/12/2010 7:33:03 AM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Freedom's Fortress")
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To: mandaladon

God is a Packers fan.


3 posted on 12/12/2010 7:34:34 AM PST by Yet_Again
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To: mandaladon

“Minn. Metrodome collapses in Midwest blizzard”

Global Warming is ruining football.


4 posted on 12/12/2010 7:34:52 AM PST by Grunthor (Silence is golden, Duct Tape is silver.)
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To: mandaladon

I tell you, much more of this Global Warming and we’re all going to find ourselves in a new ice age!


5 posted on 12/12/2010 7:35:15 AM PST by jpl (Our forebears really gave their lives so we could be groped by bureaucratic retards at the airport?)
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To: jpl

Wife and I went out on the lake in our fishing boat last Friday...


6 posted on 12/12/2010 7:36:20 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: mandaladon

this has happened before....the roof is basically a soft tent and the dome is pressurized to keep it inflated.

no being a football fan, I thought it was scrapped after the Twins moved out a little over a year ago after the 09 division series.


7 posted on 12/12/2010 7:39:33 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: mandaladon
A blizzard warning was in effect Sunday for Chicago and much of northern Illinois, all of Iowa, large sections of southern Minnesota and Wisconsin...

Yep. We haven't had a lot of snow here in North-Central IL, but the blowing is causing white-out conditions. Wife didn't drive in to Rockford today for work. Another employee for the same business in DeKalb tried to get there from Rochelle, but stopped in Creston, 6 miles away, in a panic. She's back home now. Anyone trying to drive outside of residential areas should think again.

8 posted on 12/12/2010 7:41:18 AM PST by bcsco
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To: Grunthor; jpl

Yes, for decades, global-warming models have been predicting that increased evaporation off the Pacific would lead to increased snowfall in the Upper Midwest, you can’t use an individual event like this to claim as support. Fact is, this might have happened even without global warming.


9 posted on 12/12/2010 7:43:01 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Grunthor
Global Warming is ruining football.

If it isn't global warming, then it is the lockouts next season.

10 posted on 12/12/2010 7:43:49 AM PST by John123 (Requiem for Euroland...)
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To: mandaladon
"the inflatable Metrodome collapsed"

You're supposed to have melting elements on inflatable structures. Probably their melting element wasn't powerful enough.

Inflatable structures can't handle snow loads. Move along.
11 posted on 12/12/2010 7:44:06 AM PST by Christian Engineer Mass (Leftys who zone in on Palin miss the point. America's not about single figures. That's for NK/Cuba.)
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To: mandaladon

Symbolic of the Vikings’ year.


12 posted on 12/12/2010 7:44:15 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: mandaladon

Intentionally deflated. From this article:

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/12/snowstorm-sunday-metrodome-roof/

Officials at the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, which operates the dome, said two triangle panels on the north end of the stadium are damaged. Officials intentionally deflated the dome.

“You deflate it so you don’t lose the entire roof,” said Bill Lester, executive director of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission. “But that’s all we’re going to talk about until we get some more detail.”


13 posted on 12/12/2010 7:49:45 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass
Even the little blue pills won't help an inflatable when 20” of wet snow fall at once.
14 posted on 12/12/2010 7:49:46 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: mandaladon

First, “Global Warming” crashes the Metrodome roof....then later this week....Disney World will be hit by temps in the mid-20’s and possible wind chills near zero.

Where is Al Gore when you need him....


15 posted on 12/12/2010 7:50:49 AM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Whenever something is "Global"...it means its bad for America)
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To: Gondring

Favre gets another day to heal to keep his streak alive.

The game may be moved to another dome somewhere..Detroit, St. Louis, or Indy. Giants did not bring long undies so can’t play outdoors at TCF stadium (UofM stadium).

It’s way too cold here to play football outside anyway.


16 posted on 12/12/2010 7:51:52 AM PST by Kryn-Man (Self-righteous, gun-totin', military-lovin', redneck)
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To: texas booster

it should have an electric heating element. If properly powered it could handle it


17 posted on 12/12/2010 7:52:49 AM PST by Christian Engineer Mass (Leftys who zone in on Palin miss the point. America's not about single figures. That's for NK/Cuba.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

http://www.startribune.com/111748539.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUac8HEaDiaMDCinchO7DUs

With the storm dumping nearly two feet on parts of the Twin Cities, the snow was accumulating on the Metrodome roof Saturday night.

“It was an extraordinar situation involving Mother Nature that the Dome’s roof couldn’t handle,” Terwilliger said.

He said normal procedures were being followed Saturday, with workers on the roof itself using steam and hot water to melt and remove snow. Also, the heat inside the Dome was turned up and hot air was pumped into the in-between layers.

“That didn’t work,” Terwilliger said.

“Then it got dangerous for personnel up on the roof and we decided for the sake of safety to take them off,” he said.


18 posted on 12/12/2010 7:57:52 AM PST by maggief
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To: mandaladon

So, now I won’t find out if I am in my Fantasy Football playoffs until later in the week? AP has been causing me problems all year.


19 posted on 12/12/2010 8:00:58 AM PST by BushCountry (I spoken many wise words in jest, but no comparison to the number of stupid words spoken in earnest)
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To: Kryn-Man

Favre needs two more games to get the 300th consecutive game.


20 posted on 12/12/2010 8:01:51 AM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: grellis; Perdogg
A Sunday NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings had already been pushed to Monday because the Giants couldn't get to Minneapolis to play when the inflatable Metrodome collapsed Sunday. It's uncertain when that game will now be played.
The collapsing hopes of two teams, collapsed Metrodome, it couldn't be more apropos. Thanks mandaladon. :')


21 posted on 12/12/2010 8:04:47 AM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

http://twitter.com/espn/nfl

AdamSchefter
Vikings QB Brett Favre texted Ed Werder that, if today’s game had kicked off when scheduled, he would not have played.
5 minutes ago via web


22 posted on 12/12/2010 8:06:10 AM PST by maggief
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To: Gondring

Al gore’s climate model his theory is based on did not allow for any colder winters. It was supposed to progressively get warmer each year, hence less snow. Only after the weather pattern did not match the climate model did gore “adjust “ his model to explain the decrease in temperature.


23 posted on 12/12/2010 8:12:09 AM PST by omegadawn (qualified)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

So how big a heater would it take to warm a couple of acres of dome enough to melt the snow off?


24 posted on 12/12/2010 8:12:58 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: mandaladon

Sure hope the NFL suffer a similar fate for scheduling the 2014 Super Bowl at the New Giants stadium.


25 posted on 12/12/2010 8:17:56 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: mandaladon
The roof collapsed under the weight of a snowstorm that dumped 17 inches of snow on the city Saturday.

Excuse me while I don't cry . . . this is Minnesota . . . a mere 17 inches of snow takes it down??
26 posted on 12/12/2010 8:19:56 AM PST by RushingWater
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To: Balding_Eagle

You want to know the temperature of the snow T0 (guess -10C), the latent heat of melting of water c_l, the heat capacity of snow c, the top area of the dome A, the predicted snowfall depth per hour, and calculate it


27 posted on 12/12/2010 8:20:35 AM PST by Christian Engineer Mass (Leftys who zone in on Palin miss the point. America's not about single figures. That's for NK/Cuba.)
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To: SeaHawkFan

Heehee, looks like God is a Favre fan. ;)


28 posted on 12/12/2010 8:21:03 AM PST by BenKenobi (Obama's book of the month, Herman Melville's Killin' Whitey)
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To: maggief

The NFL wants Favre to play, so they will move the game to another dome. Fox equipment will be already at Detroit from Pack game today. This is not good for the Giants who are still in the hunt. Philly next Sunday and at Pack after.


29 posted on 12/12/2010 8:22:46 AM PST by Kryn-Man (Self-righteous, gun-totin', military-lovin', redneck)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

This liberal from up Minnesota said the temp is 2 degrees up where she is from.

I said well that disproves global warming.

And she said her usual liberal/democrat talking points about how global warming causes places to cool! LOL.

Then I added :”well actually an Ice Age is coming and your sate won’t be there anymore!”


30 posted on 12/12/2010 8:23:02 AM PST by Democrat_media (Why is no government creating a product we can hold in our hands like a cell phone..?)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

This liberal from up Minnesota said the temp is 2 degrees up where she is from.

I said well that disproves global warming.

And she said her usual liberal/democrat talking points about how global warming causes places to cool! LOL.

Then I added :”well actually the media has been lying to destry caitalism and the truth is an Ice Age is coming and your state won’t be there anymore!”


31 posted on 12/12/2010 8:24:31 AM PST by Democrat_media (Why is no government creating a product we can hold in our hands like a cell phone..?)
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To: mandaladon

just get a bunch of extension cords and a couple hundred hair dryers then......


32 posted on 12/12/2010 8:27:53 AM PST by joelt
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To: mandaladon

No, this is catastrophic global climate change.

It’s caused by rich people who don’t share with the poor people, and can be stopped instantly by men in suits signing a piece of paper.


33 posted on 12/12/2010 8:30:38 AM PST by DBrow
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To: mandaladon

So... where will they play?

Back in New York maybe??


34 posted on 12/12/2010 8:34:07 AM PST by SomeCallMeTim
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To: Christian Engineer Mass
In Dallas we get many more ice storms than snowstorms. Once I was given the task of calculating electrical de-icing for a shop-built radar antenna made from plywood ribs and wire mesh skin, about 20 feet in diameter. The objective was to prevent ice formation, which would cause the dish to become a sail. I did some lab experiments with the goal of maintaining 34 deg. F in the wire mesh with a 20 mph wind. I figured it would take at least four large welding generators. My boss asked me how sure I was of my figures. I told him "If I'm a little off and I get the mesh up to 36 degrees, no one will ever know. But if I only get it to 31 degrees, everybody in town will know."

It didn't get installed, and during the life of the radar test program we were ice free, so I'll never know (thank the Lord).

35 posted on 12/12/2010 8:36:58 AM PST by 19th LA Inf
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To: maggief

Wow. Talk about an act of God!


36 posted on 12/12/2010 8:37:37 AM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: Kryn-Man
"...It’s way too cold here to play football outside anyway..."

A.Y.F.S.M..?


37 posted on 12/12/2010 8:40:45 AM PST by skimbell
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To: Yet_Again

Yes, that is why we have Aaron Rodgers LOL!!!!


38 posted on 12/12/2010 8:45:26 AM PST by Shady (The real work is just beginning!)
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To: Grunthor

Sports Illustrated Fears Global Warming is ‘Changing the Sports World’

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/node/11267#ixzz17upxjvXo


39 posted on 12/12/2010 8:45:50 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Kryn-Man
Giants did not bring long undies so can’t play outdoors at TCF stadium (UofM stadium).

I'm sorry, but that excuse fails the "too f'in bad" test. Why can't their equipment guys head back to NJ today, pack up the cold weather gear, and get it to Minnesota by the end of the day or tomorrow morning at worst???

Since when did "NFL" stand for "No Fowl-Weather League"?

40 posted on 12/12/2010 8:46:29 AM PST by ssaftler ("Politically Correct" is neither!)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

In Cancun freezing his ample derriere off. LOL! HAHAHA!


41 posted on 12/12/2010 8:48:27 AM PST by Shady (The real work is just beginning!)
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To: mandaladon

We have seen the Metrodish here at least three other times in the early 80s.

Maybe a vicious conspiracy to force us to build a new stadium at taxpayer expense because the entertainment industry called football needs our support in the form of corporate welfare. Of maybe 17 inches of snow and 40 MPH winds. One or the other.


42 posted on 12/12/2010 8:49:04 AM PST by LachlanMinnesota
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To: mandaladon
A fitting metaphor for the Viqueens and their lousy season.

Wonder what this will do to the push for a new stadium at taxpayer expense, eh, Zigy?

Cheers!

43 posted on 12/12/2010 8:49:42 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Kryn-Man

This would be just a chilly game in Green Bay...


44 posted on 12/12/2010 8:51:01 AM PST by Shady (The real work is just beginning!)
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To: joelt

>>>just get a bunch of extension cords and a couple hundred hair dryers then......

Convene the state legislature at the dome and let them talk...


45 posted on 12/12/2010 8:51:55 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: omegadawn

Yes, thus the change from Gluoobell Wharming to Clllimatttte Chaaange.


46 posted on 12/12/2010 8:53:53 AM PST by Shady (The real work is just beginning!)
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To: Shady

Global Cooling is coming! We need to burn more fossil fuels immediately!


47 posted on 12/12/2010 8:56:44 AM PST by Deo volente (God willing, America will survive this Obamination.)
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48 posted on 12/12/2010 8:57:00 AM PST by maggief
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To: skimbell

LOL!!! Hope Rodgers kicks butt today. We live in Gnu Yak and since the Giants/Favre Pity Party got cancelled we can get the game here!


49 posted on 12/12/2010 8:58:40 AM PST by Shady (The real work is just beginning!)
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To: mandaladon

Part of the plan to get a new stadium at taxpayer’s expense.


50 posted on 12/12/2010 9:03:49 AM PST by Pusterfuss (Psalm 109:8)
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