Tuesday, December 10, 2013

DALLAS COMING OUT OF THE "DEEP FREEZE"


AS MANY OF YOU HAVE SEEN, TEXAS HAS HAD A LITTLE BIT OF A WINTER STORM, AND APPARENTLY, FROM THIS PHOTO, AS THE ICE HAS MELTED,  EVERYONE, AND I DO MEAN EVERY SINGLE PERSON SHOWED THAT THEY HAD HAD SEVERE CABIN FEVER. EACH FAMILY MADE SURE THAT THEY DROVE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEIR CARS OUT ON THE ROADS TODAY. I HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MANY CARS IN AN AREA IN MY WHOLE LIFE


THE ROADS HAD REALLY CLEARED QUITE A BIT, EXCEPT FOR EVERY SINGLE BRIDGE AND OVERPASS WHICH HAD "COBBLE ICE" ON IT, AND ALOT OF IT TOO. NO ONE HERE REALLY HAS ANY IDEAS OF HOW TO DRIVE ON THIS SO THERE WERE QUITE A FEW CARS GOING DIRECTIONS THAT THEY WERE NOT MEANT TO GO
THIS CAR WAS ON THE WAY TO SIDEWAYS, BUT AS I NEEDED TO BE STEERING, COULD NOT REALLY GET A PHOTO OF IT
ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE IN TEXAS IN THE MANY YEARS THAT I HAVE LIVED HERE IS THIS.... WHEN THIS WINTER STORM BEGAN, WE WERE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF ONE OF THE LOVELIEST FALL DISPLAYS THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN, WITH MANY BEAUTIFUL TREES AT THEIR PEAK OF COLOR

EVERY WHERE YOU LOOK TODAY, THIS FALL COLOR IS STILL BEAUTIFUL, IF FROZEN, AND IT DOES LOOK QUITE LOVELY OUTLINED WITH ALL OF THE SNOW AND ICE.  I FEEL QUITE SURE THAT AS SOON AS THESE LEAVES THAW OUT, THEY WILL BE SUDDENLY GONE FROM THE TREES. SADLY, MANY MANY LARGE AND OLD TREES LOST HUGE BRANCHES BECAUSE OF THE ICE WEIGHING DOWN THE LEAVES

THESE LIONS ARE OFFERING THEIR OPINION OF THE WEATHER.
MANY SIGHTS AROUND THE CITY THAT ARE DEFINITELY UNUSUAL FOR TEXAS, AT LEAST IN THE NORTH TEXAS REGION. THIS FOUNTAIN, ACTUALLY WAS RUNNING AS THE TEMP HAD FINALLY RISEN UP TO 37 DEGREES FROM THE MORNING TEMP OF 19 DEGREES. MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN QUITE SURPRISED ABOUT THIS COLD AND SNOW AND ICE IN TEXAS. WELL, IT DOES HAPPEN, ALTHOUGH THANKFULLY NOT VERY OFTEN. USUALLY WE SAVE THIS SORT OF WEATHER FOR SOMETHING BIG LIKE THE SUPERBOWL WEEKEND WHEN WE ARE HOSTING THE GAME. THAT WAS OUR LAST REALLY BIG ICE STORM. IT IS SUCH AN UNUSUAL HAPPENING, THAT ON THE NEWS THEY ACTUALALY ANNOUNCED THAT THE WEATHER HAD BEEN BELOW FREEZING FOR 72 HOURS AND 49 MINUTES.... IF THAT GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF THE FREQUENCY OF THIS.  ICE AND SNOW REALLY EFFECTIVELY CLOSES THE DALLAS FORT WORTH AREA DOWN THOUGH AS THERE IS NOT TOO MUCH EQUIPMENT TO BATTLE THIS.  I BELIEVE THAT OVER 800 FLIGHTS WERE CANCELED AT DFW AIRPORT, AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WERE STRANDED, WITH NO AVAILABILITY EVEN OF TRANSPORTATION OUT OF THE AIRPORT TO HOTELS. NO FUN, AND HOPE THAT YOU WERE NOT ONE OF THE STRANDED.   ANYWAY, I BELIEVE BY SATURDAY, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE BACK TO A MORE NORMAL TEMP FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR... 55 PERHAPS. I PERSONALLY AM NOW OFFICIALLY READY FOR SPRING.


11 comments:

  1. really nice to see the sun today. looking forward to being in the 40s tomorrow again! i did see some trees holding on to leaves today on my area trip.

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  2. so very interesting Jeanne; glad you are thawing out some now. In stark comparison here is a pleasant blue skies, nudging 30 degrees celcius. Cicacas are singing loudly. There were a couple kookaburras laughing out in the bush corridor a while ago and a resident magpie has been sitting under a shrub in the back garden, near my back door, resting up from heat and chortling away a beautiful melody for me.

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  3. Oh my! You really did get hit with terrible weather! I think that ice fountain says it all. So sorry about your trees getting damaged - we had a terrible ice storm 3 years ago that damaged so many trees, so I know how devastating it can be. I can imagine driving must have been horrible. The fall foliage is quite lovely, but Mother Nature is saying it is time for winter now, even in your beautiful, sunny Texas. We are just now coming out of a long deep freeze, but surprisingly we had no snow, just cold sunshine. It was 14 degrees two nights - Brrrrrrrr! Everyone must be anxious to continue with Christmas shopping after having to stay inside. I can't imagine being stranded at an airport. Those poor people. Stay safe. Hugs xo Karen

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  4. That was a bad ice storm and so unusual for Texas. I hope the airport won't be hit next December when I will be there.

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  5. HI Jeanne. wow! The Fountain is awesome! can,t believe this is Texas! Great autumn colors in those shots.

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  6. I can only imagine the impact a storm like this would have on a city that doesn't have the equipment to remove the ice/snow!! I'm glad you made it through safely, and I enjoyed seeing a little "piece" of what you and your city were dealing with...stay warm! :)

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  7. Wauw that's serious cold. Dangerous to drive, that's for sure.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  8. Jeanne, that must have been a really scary experience! It does take years of practice to know what to do in these situations and even then you must have the right equipment on your car....snow tires/studs.....and also the help of municipal snow/ice removal equipment for the roads/streets. It is very scary to be sliding around with an 'out of control' car!! Been there!

    Last night we had our first snowfall and wouldn't you know that we were in the city and had to make it back home through it!! It was very tricky driving and I had to drive very slowly. That is the key....slow driving. We got home safely.
    Take care and I hope your typical weather returns soon.

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  9. Hi Jeanne, that looks scary especially since I live in a tropical country. I hope we don't have any more storms though.

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  10. It's finally getting a bit warmer here too. Thank heavens. It was so bitterly cold.

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  11. We have been at 18 degrees or below for the entire week!
    This is definitely January weather, but we're supposed to have a major snowstorm tomorrow, and hopefully that means a white Christmas.
    Then it can all go away!! :-)
    Glad things cleared up down there.
    Have a fantastic weekend!

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