Super Winter Storm 2011

The headline this week was supposed to be the Super Bowl however the weather trumped the Super Bowl hands down.  The week started out great.  We went to the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo on Sunday.  The weather was great for a January day in Texas – 65% and partly cloudy.  We toured the livestock pens, watched the animal handlers grooming their animals, toured the exhibits.

Preparing for the Show

Typically every rodeo show is sold out but fortunately we purchased our tickets several months ago and had really good seats.  The rodeo was lots of fun as usual. I will never understand why is fun about getting the crap shook out of you by a bull?

The Grand Parade - prelude to the real action

Monday was warm, windy, and humid.  A kind of gloom hung over all of us that day because we all heard the forecast for the rest of the week – ice and coldest weather in 20 years – and not recovering to normal until Friday.

Monday night we kept C2 because their parents were in Houston Monday and Tuesday on Business.  We had tickets to the Maverick game and the weather was not a problem so we took the kids to the game.  When we left the Maverick game last night at 10PM the temperature was 59%.

Tuesday morning when we woke up at 5:30AM the temperature was 28% and the rain was coming down.  An hour later the temperature had dropped to 21% and sleet was in its full furry.   Plano ISD cancelled classes with just about every other school and business in town.   So we played with C2for a good part of the morning.  Finally, took them over to their neighbor who has kids their age and went to work.

Roads were covered in ice but no one was out so we had no problems.  Meanwhile the temperature dropped all day.  Down to 10% Tuesday night

Wednesday morning. Day 2 of bitter cold here with ice still on all the roads.  Getting to work was no problem because everything but Raytheon and BCBS is still closed.  A major power generating station in Texas shut down with  problems so there are rolling brownouts across the state.  Bob reports he has had 3 brownouts at his house this morning. Raytheon is shutting down all non-essential equipment on orders fro Garland Power and Light.   Another 2 hour commute to get home – this is one of the worst part of the week – 2 hours to work and 2 hours home and all of it tense because the few people out driving are no better at driving on ice than I am.

Thursday morning.  Woke up this morning to 9% weather.  We have not been above freezing since 3 AM Tuesday morning.  Day 3 of super cold and ice in North Texas.  I am really getting tired of this and everyone seems somewhat depressed.  At least it cannot get any worse – at least that is what I thought.

Friday morning.  Woke up this morning to 6″ of snow.  We were supposed to get a “dusting”.  I am glad we did not get any serious snowfall.  Day 4 of Winter hell in Texas.  Driving to work today was so much fun with 6″ of new snow on top of ice I can’t begin to describe it.  On days like this I wish I was retired.  We have two installation in progress – One in Denver and the other in England and I have to be at work to support them.   Let’s rename this week to Snowmageddon – but that leaves out the ice and the cold!  Temperature is still below freezing all day.  I am worried that when we do thaw out the the pool pump and pipes will have damage and who knows about the outside faucets?  They are inset into the house but we do not have freezing temperatures that last this long.

Snow, sleet, and Ice - looking out our backyard

Saturday morning.  The Sun is shining today.  Oh happy day! Temperature is 12% this morning which is warmer than some days this week.  We got above freezing and Noon and everything is melting.  I feel a lot better but the jury is still out on the pool pump and the faucets.

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