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today's ridiculously exciting word is...

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. 


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Feb. 1st, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Feb. 1st, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
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.
Feb. 1st, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
Honestly, that sounds more like Boston than Chicago. This is only our first catastrophic snowfall of the year. :)
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
I've been using Storm of Damocles.
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, I like it!!!
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
To be fair though, Storm of Damocles works better for pre-storm discussions. Now that it's here, it doesn't seem right..
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
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. :)
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
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.
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
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!
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
And every brand of flavored greek yogurt was completely gone.

Love it!
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
It made me laugh, in a kind of "dammit, I was going to stock up on greek yogurt!" kind of way. :)
Feb. 1st, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
My favorite is the Boston French Toast Alert system. http://www.universalhub.com/french-toast
Feb. 1st, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
That's pretty freaking awesome. :)
Feb. 1st, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
Personally, I think the storm is the result of someone reading the forbidden book of winter rituals: The Necrosnowmicon! :P
Feb. 1st, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
love it!

Summoning the ancient spirit of Snowthulhu...
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