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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-17-2017, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Snow pics - post yours!

I showed some pics of the aftermath of a typical Canadian snowstorm to some clients of mine down in Alabama and they were amazed so why not... maybe some of you southerners will get a kick out of 'a day in the life' up here in the great white north.

We got hit by a pretty decent storm the other day. Nothing huge but enough to be a pain. 1-2 feet on average. Some areas got almost 3.

What makes it a pain is the actual removal of the snow, as I'll outline below. It happens in several steps.

Step 1) Plow the road so cars can pass. Problem is, pushing the snow off to the side buries the parked cars.


Here, most everyone already dug-out but the guy on the left is still sleeping, I guess.





Bad enough your car has a foot or two of snow on it... then add a machine-made snowbank to make your morning commute even more fun to get under way.





4-wheeled vehicles aren't the only victims





This clearly is a spot where a car had to dig-out




This clearly wasn't a car.... maybe @ChrisLR was practicing not stalling his 600 in winter weather again


A little bit of snow doesn't prevent red-blooded Canadians from still enjoying lunch in the park, even if they have to remove a couple hundred pounds of snow from the picnic table first.




The next phase is the actual snow 'removal'... and here's the kicker: The snow removal phase means you HAVE to get your car out of the way or you get ticketed / towed. Some argue that it's easier to let the tow truck people haul your car out of the snowbank and just pay the fees



More to come, since a post is limited to 10 pics....

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The actual removal is done by processions, in phases, of various vehicles. First, HUGE graders typically push the snow into big 'lines' for snowblowers to blow into processions of waiting trucks.



They'll do this in phases. Clear the roads as best as they can, then do maybe one side of the sidewalks.

Here, we see one sidewalk was cleaned and a couple days later, they can come back to do the other side. A wheel loader with a blade gets most of it, followed by a plow to push it into a line... followed by a little sidewalk bulldozer to fine-clean the sidewalk.



Resulting in a clean sidewalk with a nice clean line of snow for the blower (again). Notice the lineup of trucks (above) waiting to be filled. It only takes 60-90 seconds to fill-up each truck so there are hundreds of these crews working all over the place.

And all these trucks dump the snow somewhere on designated giant lots where bulldozers and bigger blowers create massive mountains of snow, which are still around until they finally melt-away, usually mid summer.

I took all the above pics just walking around, except these ones... don't feel like walking 3 miles to the closest dump from where I live. But this is what they look like. By may-june, they're all ugly / dirty looking though.




Being a frost-bitten Canadian boy, I used to laugh when I heard that entire cities in the south would literally shut down if they got an inch of snow. But logically, they don't have the snow-removal infrastructure we have up here so I guess I should cut y'all some slack.

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Photobucket's uploader has been a buggy piece of shit pain in the ass so I tried posting from dropbox, which works great for me (since I'm logged in). Not so much for you guys apparently. OK, trying again. Stand by.
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I got a few pics updated above....

I think my ISP is also stuck in the snow. It's taking a good MINUTE to upload each pic so I give-up. Got better things to do on a Friday night. Well... sadly.... maybe not but still

I managed to get a few of the pics updated on photobucket but my patience is wearing thin. If it gets better later-on, I'll continue. Not that this is a terribly interesting thread to begin with
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I have issues with photobucket as well which is why I had to post the screen grab with the uploader.
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I've lived in Texas my whole life... I wouldn't know what to do with my life if I lived in that much snow

Really cool pictures though, hopefully I get to opportunity to get stationed up north sooner or later. Thanks for posting
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Got 26",was coming down at 4"-5" an hour for most of the day. Managed to do all the plowing myself,but had to bust out the snowblower to clear the 6' pile blocking the driveway from the town plow.

@le skid ,the goose-man next door somehow crashed/flipped his quad while plowing,rendering it D.O.A....He said fuck it and called a buddy of mine who charged him $750 for backhoe snow removal

Were due for another storm today,calling for 2"-5"
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A few more,the last pic is from this morning. The dogs are loving the pathway I made for them w the snowblower.
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@le skid ,the goose-man next door somehow crashed/flipped his quad while plowing

Were due for another storm today,calling for 2"-5"
I still laugh my ass off thinking about that first-world nuisance of yours

2-5" isn't so bad

I'll give photobucket another whirl and see if I can get some of the deleted pics above restored.
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He stopped chasing them with the 4-wheeler after we had our little discussion,so now he chases after them with sticks&throws rocks at them. He slipped(in goose shit lmfao) and fell last week chasing them;the dogs were going ballistic in the back,looked out to see wtf was going on and saw him as he was getting up off the ground
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karma rules!

Geese can by really gross. I have a big customer in Littleton CO and on their lovey, manicured grounds, they have two big ponds, which have become a stopping spot on Canadian geese migratatory path. Long story short, no one can walk anywhere on those grounds for a good part of the year because it's all one disgusting, greasy-green shit-stain of a lawn.

EDIT: Damn, that is one gorgeous spot you've got there
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Agreed. He mentioned getting a dog since mine seem to be effective at keeping them at bay;the goose shit is a serious problem and can easily be tracked inside your house if they are shitting all over your property and driveway 7 days a week.

He started working part-time at the local BMW dealer prepping&detailing customers cars so he really isn't around too much during the day to annoy me
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A few more,the last pic is from this morning. The dogs are loving the pathway I made for them w the snowblower.
Wow, what a view! How far are you from NYC? I would love to move to an area like that but need to somewhat close to the city.
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A few more,the last pic is from this morning. The dogs are loving the pathway I made for them w the snowblower.
Yes, that's quite a view!
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I've seen a few of your posts about it getting cold.

It drops to like -4 or -5C, with a touch of snow here and we bitch but yeah fuck that shit, I'm sure you said -40c in one post hahahaha yeah our population would die.
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