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First Snow 2008/9!

by DoDo Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 04:09:11 AM EST

Today [Saturday] a cold front came -- and with it, the first, meagre snow. In the park on the shore of the Danube, the wind blew it straight into my eyes.

Update [2008-11-23 6:51:2 by DoDo]: The snow remained this morning, and another blizzard came when I visited a new rail bridge -- so five more photos and some Bridge Blogging below the fold.


The wind was tearing on these shrubs.

In the city, the snow melted instantly. Here in front of the music school:

Behind the cathedral, the lattice protecting the glass of a street candelier produced a ray effect on the grass barely covered in thin snow. My uncontrollable dog almost toppled the camera with her leash when I made this:

Update [2008-11-23 6:51:2 by DoDo]: There was more snowfall during the night, so there was whiteness on the morning walk with the dog, too. (Not on the trees though: strong winds blew it off.)

The road along the rivershore park was slippery for cars:

The Danube -- and an interesting sky, with the vapour-cloud from the frsh snow:

Later in the morning, I travelled to Budapest, where I visited the Rail Bridge of Újpest (this is the official name; but strangely it is universally known under the railwayman term "North Connecting Rail Bridge").

This bridge used to be a post-war temporary reconstruction -- for 53 years... So when it was finally replaced this year, that came kind of as a surprise. Workers were still putting finishing touches on it.

Another blizzard was about to descend when I photographed the bridge approach (Buda side).

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I suppose this weather came from the West; any snow for you in Germany, North France or closer to the Atlantic?

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by DoDo on Sat Nov 22nd, 2008 at 02:41:44 PM EST
Snow came to Copenhagen yesterday around noon.

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Nov 22nd, 2008 at 02:59:52 PM EST
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We have a light dusting - Finnish-style. And  'Mr Pakkanen' hovering around -3.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Nov 22nd, 2008 at 03:14:09 PM EST
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Lots of snow on the Pyrenees, but nothing down below.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Nov 22nd, 2008 at 04:45:23 PM EST
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Had our first few flurries early last week here, and it's been below freezing pretty much every morning and night for a while.

Fun, fun, fun!

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by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Nov 22nd, 2008 at 09:15:23 PM EST
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A dusting yesterday, and again this morning. And even now it's only 2 degrees - that's extreme for January here in the Kölner Bucht.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 04:58:46 AM EST
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Snow showers in the Paris area as well. Just a light dusting so far. Shouldn't last long, though.
by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 05:56:16 AM EST
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A light dusting here near London, it actually looked like it was going to snow quite heavily and then it turned to sleet, then rain and has now all gone.

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 08:16:52 AM EST
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One of the great, very likely wrong, bits of Finnish trivia about England in winter, is that London has only one snow plough ;-) Superior sniggers from us Finns.

But it is true that a combination of 1 cm of snow, inappropriate tyres, inexperienced drivers and frustration brings total chaos to English roads.

Tears of laughter rolling down our cheeks on this...


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by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 10:46:15 AM EST
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The part in which the girl barely gets out of the way of the Mercedes SUV was pretty scary, but overall hilarious.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 11:07:48 AM EST
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Not really seeing the funny side of people being frightened, stressed, injured, and massively inconvenienced. But maybe that's just me.

It snows every few years here on average, and it rarely lingers for more than a day or two. That's not nearly long enough to learn how to drive in it.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 11:38:57 AM EST
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I didn't personally get the sense that they were frightened, injured or anything of that.  Stressed, yes, but they seemed to have a laugh over it in the end.  Fair point, though.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 12:29:27 PM EST
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It's fairly simple - it should be part of driving tuition: weight over the drive wheels, deflate the types to get more tread, very gentle acceleration and deceleration using gears instead of brake where possible, very gentle pressure on brake, turning gently into a skid. Brute force and snow or ice do not mix.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 12:47:25 PM EST
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I don't see people injured on the video, and only one who may be frightened. But what I do see is stupidity en masse, which tends to be funny.

That's not nearly long enough to learn how to drive in it.

Is it not taught when you get drivers' licence? What about public warnings? (Also, though I couldn't yet track down the origin of this video, Helen is right in that it appears to be a North American location where snow is more commonplace.)

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by DoDo on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 02:59:56 PM EST
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Here is a longer version:

The location is definitely US. People seem to laugh about it. The silliest moment is at the end, when the policeman says that "this has always been a bad hill" -- well duh, so why wasn't anything done, like warning signs or that sand-disperser coming at the first sight of snow?...

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by DoDo on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 03:08:57 PM EST
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Very funny!  

Reminds me of my first winter on Long Island (a flat, 200 km sandbar east of New York City):  A bit of frozen rain, and cars strewn in the ditches, miles on end.  

You might think seeing a car in the ditch would sober one up and slow one down, but no!  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Tue Nov 25th, 2008 at 06:32:34 AM EST
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I would point out that they're driving on the wrong side of the road for the UK. US or Canada methinks.

And yea, we don't get snow that often, so there;s no point in investing in stuff to deal with it. A day or two's inconvenience every 3 or 4 years is okay

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 11:40:13 AM EST
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It's going down to a 12 C during the day here tomorrow  brrrr

Back in the UK:

Large areas of northern and eastern Britain have been warned to expect heavy snow today, with up to 10cm (4 inches) forecast in some areas.

Several weather warnings were in place and motoring organisations warned that the snow and ice could create hazardous driving conditions on the roads.

Motorists in Scotland faced a weekend of disruption, with several roads already closed and more snow expected. Up to 10cm was forecast to fall today in Strathclyde and the Highlands. Around 5cm coated Aberdeen last night.

...
The odds on a white Christmas in London have been cut from 8-1 to 6-1. In Glasgow the odds are 7-2.

Guardian



Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Sat Nov 22nd, 2008 at 05:11:37 PM EST
ditto here in umbria, 12°C daytime, but hovering round zero at night.

better go leave a tap dripping...

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Nov 22nd, 2008 at 08:41:34 PM EST
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Taken this morning:

and now I have to go into the snow and cold, as it is a working day for me.

by Fran on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 02:03:30 AM EST
That's nothing!

Taken this morning with crappy cellphone camera:



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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 02:51:59 AM EST
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Kewl!

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by DoDo on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 06:52:21 AM EST
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Every child's dream. Eternal snow.

by shergald on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 10:30:21 AM EST
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Is that also a cell hpone photo, or do you have that in a bigger version?

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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 06:52:43 AM EST
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On the other hand, last night we had a pool party, a Lesotho-style fruit punch that had fermented after a week in the sun and plenty of fresh watermelon. It's not that bad at the other side of the equator...

What freaks me, though: the christmas trees and people wearing christmas hats while it is +25-30 degrees C.

by Nomad on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 04:00:13 AM EST
I never did get used to seeing those hats in the summer.
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Mon Nov 24th, 2008 at 06:42:42 PM EST
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This was last year, in December, few days before Christmas.

by Nomad on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 04:32:30 AM EST
Funny, that's not how I imagine Jo'burg. ;)

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 04:59:57 AM EST
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Unless that's cocaine ;-)

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 07:01:27 AM EST
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Who nose?

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 01:07:16 PM EST
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<snort of derision>

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 02:19:43 PM EST
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Hi Dodo - Greetings from very cold WMass without any snow yet! The French socialist party trials and tribulations have brought me back here to check out the local wisdom. I've been pondering the idea of a very occasional series on Eurotrib on Africa related issues. We'll see if I can get it off the ground. Cheers!
by Alexandra in WMass (alexandra_wmass[a|t]yahoo[d|o|t]fr) on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 06:43:25 PM EST
you really have my full interest. Can I drop you an email?

Good to see you posting!!!

by Nomad on Mon Nov 24th, 2008 at 04:21:39 AM EST
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Sure drop me an email. Your in SA now? I've got to go back and take a look at some of your more recent stories.
by Alexandra in WMass (alexandra_wmass[a|t]yahoo[d|o|t]fr) on Mon Nov 24th, 2008 at 05:15:26 PM EST
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Long time no see! And good idea, you could team up with Nomad.

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by DoDo on Mon Nov 24th, 2008 at 06:50:00 AM EST
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Hi, Alexandra! Good to see you!
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Nov 24th, 2008 at 07:49:17 AM EST
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