Icy Ice

The same storm that knocked out my power for more than half a day also deposited a skating rink worth of ice onto my  yard. To be accurate, the water which would become the ice was already in the lawn because up until yesterday afternoon, the temperatures were in the 40s and 50s, and all the snow that was melting was being added to the rain that was raining, and thus: water in the part of my lawn the drains into the creek. It all froze last night. Temperatures are supposed to get slightly above freezing today and tomorrow, which means that if I’m lucky, some of this skate rink will actually melt and drain away. If not, it’ll be here at least through the weekend.

I hear rumor that spring is just around the corner. I’ll believe it when I see it.

22 Comments on “Icy Ice”

  1. wow! Shiney!

    I feel your pain. I live in Glens Falls, NY (60 miles north of Albany). We’ve been hammered pretty ruthlessly by mother nature as well.

    Global Warming, my ass…

  2. Well, if you want to talk about the weather, today in the great state of Western Australia the coldest minimum (7C) and the hottest maximum (44C) were in the same place.

  3. Scott Marlowe – Rockwall, TX – Scott Marlowe divides his time between writing fiction, mountain biking, and designing software systems for the accounting and medical industries. He currently lives in Texas with his wife and two crazy dogs. You can find more information about Scott at scottmarlowe.com.
    Scott Marlowe

    We actually got a little bit of snow here in Dallas. It’s all gone now, but the icy roads sure did create a mess with traffic (as it always does around here).

    Fortunately, we’re back to highs in the mid-60’s.

  4. Oh yeah, what Patrick M. said. Bike Week down here, at a chilly 75 degrees. Got to take out my leather jacket to cover my goosebumps:).

    Kidding aside, stay warm, Scalzi. I used to live in Athens County. I was always freezing during winter, no matter how many layers. OTOH, you don’t have to deal with too many bikers roaring up and down the rural roads!

  5. lannalee – Westbrook, Maine – Lanna Lee Maheux is a speaker, podcaster, actor, geek, silly person, femme fatale, singer, lover, twit, and recovering Stand-Up Comic. Host of the podcast Lounging with LannaLee. Since 2010 she has co-hosted The Lex and Lanna Show with Alexis Lyon. In 2011 she and her husband Edmund, started their own bi-weekly podcast, The Bureau of Awesome.
    Lanna Lee Maheux-Quinn

    Hey, I think that those of us in Maine are getting that ice storm. Gah. I drove to work (!) below the speed limit (!) with both hands stuck on the wheel. I made it!

  6. What do you mean, rumor? We’ve had daffodils for weeks. Even our new wisteria plant is starting to get into the act (although a cardinal ate most of the flowers trying to get at the seeds).

  7. Thank you so much for not stating this is a rebuttal to global warming.

    In my opinion freezing rain is worse than snow any day. It is harder to drive in, harder on trees and power lines, and frigging harder to scrape off the windshield.

    Y’know I wasn’t kidding about that voltage inverter . . .

  8. C = Celcius

    Its a balmy -6 C (21 F) here in Edmonton. It snowed a little on Monday but it’ll be gone by the weekend. I’m just happy we’re not getting hammered like they are/have been down east. Spring is definitely on its way.

  9. Got to hear all the trees’ branches coming down last night, both in the woods and banging against the house. And then this morning I get to drive past all the downed powerlines arching on the ground.

  10. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang in place of Chang

    We’re getting the ice now after rain and ice. The new puppy is not thrilled at being awoken from his sleeping pad to be carried outside, put on cold snow and forced to faire du potty while we encourage him. Like I dig it, Sparky. I get my kicks at night by sleeping!

  11. It’s fun, isn’t it? When I left for work at 7:30 this morning it was 60 degrees here in beautiful Jersey. I just went outside for a cigarette at 10:45 and it’s about 40 degrees now. It also rained like cats and dogs so there’s plenty of water on the ground that will be turning to ice soon…

  12. Just curious: Do you get loads of mud this time of year? E.g. when the current ice rink melts off?

  13. Mud? OMG, Central Ohio SPECIALIZES in mud this time of year. Nothing quite like trying to hose off a very excited German Shepherd before you go to work.
    It was ~65 deg. monday.

  14. Here in NE Kansas the weekend’s precip stopped before the temp dropped below freezing, and good thing it did. I live in a student neighborhood, which means that cleared sidewalks are the exception and not the rule…

  15. @1 and @14

    Global warming means more energy in the system means higher highs AND lower lows and generally more exciting weather all around.
    Nice try though.

  16. Nargel – You’re a little late to proScalinate with. And if that’s what it means, the naming is horrible.

    What about ‘Global Hot and Colding’?

  17. Because if/when the overswings finally restabilize, the average mean, and yes it will be mean, temperture will be severall crucial degrees higher.

    Like the Chili Peppers: “Hot, Hot, Hot.”

  18. Virtual Ron @3: Kookaburras are in degrees Kelvin.

    Patrick@19: How about “Global moring”?

    And for our North American friends, 7-44C is 44-111F. That’s “reasonably chilly” to “damn hot”, although it would be a dry heat.

    Not many issues with ice here.

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