Weather

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by Jables, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. Jables

    Jables New Member

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    Here in Iowa we have been pounded with A LOT of rain. Some storms have hit us with 6-9+ inches of rain in one storm. Our rivers have been swelled for the last 3 months. We have a lake close by that has had to be shut down for most of the summer. We talk a lot about different SHTF situations. Luckily the town I live on is on a hill, but my question is how many people have thought about weather being to cause of an event, maybe not nationally but locally? We've had the highways closed a few time this summer, the most days in a row without rain have been 4 to 5 all summer long. If you drive by Iowa corn fields they are a flooded mess. Anyways, how's the weather situation around the country and are you prepared for a weather situation?
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Rural Central VA here- snow/freezing rain in winter, hurricanes w/ trees down in the summer. My most basic SHTF scenario is called "defend in place". Of course, two chainsaws, three axes, and a bowsaw can help increase mobility when the road is blocked. (GRIN) And yes, some of that, alog with a "comealong" and a winch are part of my "get in the truck" plan. Since I am on relatively defensible terrain, and NOT in a floodplain, right here would be my first choice. That choice could be changed by things like NBC attack that is beyound my immediate area of control. As far as being beseiged by the hordes- hey- if the weather has made it too bad for me to get out, it has made it too bad for them to get in!
     

  3. FALPhil

    FALPhil New Member

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    How do you "shut down" a lake?
     
  4. Jables

    Jables New Member

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    No swimming, camping, etc. For rec. purposes.
     
  5. bkt

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    They "shut down" parts of Lake Ontario all the time after prolonged rainfall due to high levels of e-coli, which is due to large amounts of poop from various sources washing into the lake.

    We're inland and get some moderate rain/wind/thunder storms, but nothing too bad. Worst case, we would be without power for a few days and that's easy enough to get through. Winter can be really rough, though, with temps dropping well below zero for many days/nights at a time. If power fails we know our food will be fine, but without firewood it gets chilly. Battery-powered carbon monoxide detectors are a good idea if you use candles for light and a fireplace or wood stove for heat. It's a good idea to open a window an inch for a few hours just to get some fresh air at times like that.

    Shorter answer: Yeah, given the weather we normally get up here, we're prepared.
     
  6. Dillinger

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    Lake Tapps in Bonney Lake is a man made lake and every year around Nov. they cut off the incoming flow and the lake dries up to almost nothing.

    That's how you shut down a lake... LOL

    JD
     
  7. ScottG

    ScottG New Member

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    Quick, arrest all the animals in the area! Charge them with pollution crimes. We'll make an example of those critters who poop indiscriminately in the wilderness....:rolleyes:
     
  8. Jables

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    Adds a whole new meaning to "Those damn dirty apes".
     
  9. FALPhil

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    That's the image I envisioned, but in many cases, it is highly impractical.
     
  10. Jables

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    I was mostly talking about shutting down the lakeside feature do to high water: camping, boating, swimming. You can still get to the lake and fish if you want. Our lake is man made and serves as flood control and with the amount of rain they've had to hold the water since the river below is staying at flood stage with all the streams staying full.
     
  11. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    Northern Cali is subjected to fires every year. Most of them are caused by lightning. They cause sizable evacuations every year too.
     
  12. Jables

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    We had an ice storm last year that dumped 1" of ice where some in town had no power for up to 7 days. I'm so glad I have a gas stove. We were out for about 24 hrs with 15-20mph winds. This town looked like a tornado had went through in the winter time. All you could here from sun up to sun down for a good week was chainsaws and utility trucks and now all this rain non stop. In a way I kinda chuckle to watch people freak out in situations like this.
     
  13. painted_klown

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    Dude, I'm crying..............that's a good one Jables. I love that movie. Only the original one though, not the terrible Tim Burton remake. I must correct your quote however. "Get your hands off me you damn dirty ape!" :rolleyes:
     
  14. BigO01

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    For those that live in areas that have regular power outages in winter I can tell you for a fact the Mr. Heater Big Buddy is a great way to stay warm .

    It can use either the little propane bottles sold at places like Walmart or the big tanks commonly used in BBQ grills .

    It has a low O2 shut off sensor and a D battery powered fan built in .

    I bought one a few years ago because I was considering camping out for deer season like I did in my younger days , boy did I hear it from wife for "wasting" $150 .

    The next year we lost power for a week twice in Dec with 0 degree night time temps and 15-20 day time due to ice storms .

    Funny , she didn't complain once about wasting $$ when my heater was keeping her warm in the house !!
     
  15. Jables

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    Hey Big, you got a link to one of those? That'd be sweet for a garage or barn while I'm cutting up deer this winter.