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Spring fever

Help my little family enjoy spending time outside with two feet of snow on the ground. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Feb 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me get from South Bend, IN to Indianapolis, IN

I am traveling to Indiana from California for work. I need to get from South Bend to Indianapolis. I was originally planning to just rent a car, but I've never driven on snowy roads and my family is convinced I'm going to kill myself. Can you help me travel safely? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes on Feb 18, 2014 - 16 answers

It's cold back here

How would I ship snowballs to my friends in Los Angeles, CA without their melting, and how much would I have to pay for it? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Feb 13, 2014 - 14 answers

On my way to New York City this weekend - packing advice for COLD?

Coming from London UK. Need to travel light - what must I bring to wear to deal with the cold and snow? I am familiar with winter - but what will I regret not taking if the current weather situation continues across next week?
posted by Hugobaron on Feb 13, 2014 - 22 answers

Will the PATH (NJ->Manhattan) shut down if there's too much snow?

One of my coworkers said that the PATH will shut down if the snow accumulates past the height of the 3rd rail. But the line is underground (except outside where there are wires above head-height handling the charge) - could that actually happen. Has the PATH ever been shut down due to snow accumulation before?
posted by ch3cooh on Feb 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Effective salt alternatives for sidewalks

Hello, fellow salt-deprived victims of this over-generous winter! I am fanatical about clearing my front walk, but my salt supplies are almost depleted and both salt and the usual alternatives are out of stock in my Toronto neighbourhood. In addition to dedicated shovelling and attacking residual ice with the appropriate metal tools, what can I do to fight problems like a thin slick of black ice that results from the occasional melt-friendly temperatures we get? [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Feb 8, 2014 - 16 answers

How big would a snowman have to be to survive the summer?

(This is from my 11 year old son, purely because he's curious and because we have 11' snowbanks this year). How big would a snowman have to be for at least some snow to survive to the next winter? [more inside]
posted by sweet mister on Feb 6, 2014 - 23 answers

help me understand winter storm warnings vs. regular forecast

Okay so I live north of NYC and commute to work in Manhattan daily. There is currently a winter storm warning in effect for the area that suggests we may be getting 5-8 inches of snow tonight, which will turn into a gross wintry mix in the morning. However, when I just look at the regular forecast (not the winter storm warning), it says 1-3 inches tonight, and wintry mix tomorrow. I'm trying to prepare for my commute tomorrow and I am lost. How do I reconcile these two pieces of information? Is it 1-3 inches, or 5-8 inches? [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Feb 4, 2014 - 8 answers

RUNNING IN A WINTER WONDERLANDDD

Running in Chicago in the wintertime. I'm not as worried about the cold (love running in the cold!) as I am about ice. (South Side location.) [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Jan 31, 2014 - 12 answers

Anyone remember 3' wooden snow sticks?

I have a "snow stick" that was my mothers. It's an extended yard stick - about 39". The numbers going up the stick are in red and green and at the top it says "snow stick" and has a hole under that to hand it on a nail. I've been trying to find them for some Christmas presents for next Dec. but the only one I found was on e-bay for $38.00. It also says on it - made in Durham, N.H. I'd be looking for probably about 15 of them. I remember seeing them in hardware stores years ago for cheap money but I'm hoping someone still them out there and are reasonable. Any help would be appreciated. I also tried googling Durham for them but to no avail.
posted by maursam on Jan 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Make way for pedestrians

How can I start, or join, a public action committee or collective action group focusing on the needs and rights of pedestrians? A social support group or listserv would be OK too. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jan 26, 2014 - 11 answers

Take a ride on the underground

Are there public passageways in NYC that allow you to walk long distances either underground or otherwise shielded from the elements? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield on Jan 23, 2014 - 19 answers

How can I treat my stuff that gets torn up by rock salt

I gotta wheelchair. Inflatable tires. The rock salt put down for snow in Philly busts my tubes, which is an inconvenience at best, a possible safety hazard (if I get stranded in the Polar Vortex) at most. How can I pre-treat the exposed rubber around the valve so I don't get flats? [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Jan 22, 2014 - 23 answers

What is this four headed snow monster which has cut off one head?

This is a piece of folk art(?) in a house with many such things. I am house-sitting. Owner is away unreachable and in the past when I have asked her the story behind pieces, she doesn't know; she just buys them because they appeal to her artistically. I keep thinking there must be more of a story to it. [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Jan 5, 2014 - 4 answers

I lost my glasses in the snow. Any tips/tricks on how to find them?

In a freak accident early this morning, my glasses were flung from my face into 8"+ of fresh fluffy snow. I spent a little bit of time digging around trying to find them, but it was limited because I had to get to work. The snow is still falling, and I think we are supposed to get about another 2-3" by the time I am able to get home (where the glasses are, somewhere). I don't have a metal detector available, and this happened on a public street. The glasses are also fairly small and non-descript thin metal frames that are black on the top and silver on the bottom. When I get home, I am planning on going to the general vicinity with a rake and hoping I can grab them that way. What other options can I try? [more inside]
posted by Fig on Jan 2, 2014 - 26 answers

Truck + plow blade. Snow-covered driveway ending in garage. Can it work?

Dumb question: can a pick-up truck with a plow blade clear a short straight driveway that goes from the street right up to a garage? By design, the plow is intended push snow in front of it—so won't the result be a pile of snow against the garage door? Or can the blade be raised high enough so that the driver can move it over a mound of snow, lower the blade, and drive backward to pull the snow away? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Dec 31, 2013 - 11 answers

Lost my camera in the snow; is it worth trying to find it in the Spring?

I dropped our point-and-shoot today while sledding with the kids. I figure the camera is a write-off, but I may be able to find it when the snow melts. Will the SD card still be good? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Dec 28, 2013 - 11 answers

Sluggish iTunes despite following steps

I have my iTunes on an external 1 TB USB drive for iMac (10.6). It is around 250 GB. Despite following the steps of moving the itl and other files to my computer Itunes folder as layed out nicelly in this link among others (look at user roncron's commments at bottom of page). ITunes is still sluggish when deleting tracks especially. I have 3GB RAM, not using any other item while running iTunes, and Activity Monitor doesn't show any large discrepancies of things running in the background (unless I am looking at it wrong). Maybe my computer is just too old or needs 4 GB of RAM. thanks.
posted by snap_dragon on Dec 22, 2013 - 5 answers

X-Files

What would cause this pattern/path to develop to and from my front door? [more inside]
posted by mazola on Dec 15, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I exercise in winter?

I have been running 3 to 4 miles every other day since about June of this year. It has become a very important part of maintaining my mental health, and now that winter has arrived it has been nearly impossible to run. What do I do now to stay active and sane? [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! on Nov 30, 2013 - 23 answers

Trees and snow

Trees in deep snow often have a gap around them where the snow is lower (see here and here). Why is this? Do trees give off enough warmth to melt snow, or do they absorb the snow as water, or is it because falling/blowing snow is blocked by the tree trunk, leaving a kind of shadow?
posted by oulipian on Oct 27, 2013 - 11 answers

How much water covers the earth?

If you looked at the planet Earth from space and were able to view the whole of the globe, on the average, what percentage would be water? (not as simple as it seems) [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches on Aug 30, 2013 - 12 answers

A Scandinavian Wedding?

What time of year and what location is feasible for having a wedding in Northern Europe, given that we aren't averse to snow and want to have a small ceremony? [more inside]
posted by GoingToShopping on Jul 1, 2013 - 12 answers

iMac Dropping Wi-fi Despite All Efforts while other devices work fine

I have an iMac using Snow Leopard. I use my apartment public w-fi and it has worked fine up to a few months back. It started dropping wi-fi no matter where the Mac was positioned in the apartment while my PC and a few other tablets worked fine consistently (tried them at times when the Mac stopped to a several minute crawl or gave me message of no connection). [more inside]
posted by snap_dragon on Apr 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Driving from Seattle to Whistler. Anything I need to know?

Tomorrow night, I'll be driving from Seattle to Whistler, BC. What's the drive going to be like, and is there anything that I should know? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Feb 27, 2013 - 12 answers

Blizzard Road Trip

Is driving from southern Massachusetts to central Maine tomorrow an extremely bad idea? What is the latest time I can safely set out on my journey? (Note that I don't have four wheel drive or a death wish). Will all that snow be cleared away for an easy return on Sunday?
posted by murfed13 on Feb 7, 2013 - 31 answers

Help with minor accident.

My car slid into a pole on a slippery street. What now? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Feb 6, 2013 - 9 answers

Joymany

My friends went to Germany on a whim and now they are cold and miserable until their flight back in early February. I don't want them to give up hope. What are some truly awesome things that they can do in Berlin and the surrounding areas in the coming weeks? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Jan 18, 2013 - 38 answers

DTMFSBA

This is the last straw. After a major blowout on Sunday morning I'm about to end a ten-year, majorly dysfunctional, very high-maintenance relationship. I'm dumping my Craftsman Snow blower for a new one. Tell me what you love about your snow blower. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jan 2, 2013 - 13 answers

They're killing geese in Scotland...

Where did this saying come from: "Snow, snow faster, white alabaster..." [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Dec 27, 2012 - 3 answers

The laws of thermodynamics are against me.

How do I keep my glasses from fogging up while skiing? Just got back into (downhill) skiing but I wear glasses now, and peering through the fog that forms on them when I'm wearing goggles is making me crazy, plus I can't see things like icy spots or fallen snowboarders. Are there some sort of secret techniques for preventing this?
posted by genmonster on Dec 27, 2012 - 13 answers

Looking for a painting I once borrowed from a library

Painting filter: can you help me track down a painting? I borrowed it from a local public library years ago (they have since stopped loaning out art, don't know why) and can't recall the title or artist. [more inside]
posted by crepeMyrtle on Dec 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Who's in charge here?

Why did I sit on the Mass Pike yesterday for 3 hrs and who would do something if I complained about it? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Nov 8, 2012 - 24 answers

Snowy accident mystery film

I would like to find the name of a film I saw a decade ago. To my recollection, it came out in 1992-1993 and had a male lead whose name I recognized at the time. A couple are driving in a snowstorm and go off the road. The wife disappears and the man makes his way to town (in Colorado, I believe). He tells the sheriff and others that he doesn't know what happened to his wife, but she shows up and it is revealed that he tried to have her killed for financial gain.
posted by Radiophonic Oddity on Oct 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Help keep us on the road this winter!

Winter tire filter: Looking for new winter tires for a 4-door Pontiac Sunfire. [more inside]
posted by asnider on Oct 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Looking for a film with people frozen in a car

I saw this film on television in the 70s when I was young; it was broadcast sometime before 1979. Some people are stranded after a snow storm. At one point they discover a car in the snow, and when they look inside the car they see the people in it were frozen to death. I think someone cried out, "Oh, no, it's the professor!" (or something like that). At another point in the film they come across a cabin in the woods and try to open a can of something they find, but they have no can opener. The film was in color, so please don't suggest something in black & white. It may have been made for TV or it may have been an actual film; I remember there being a lot of commercials for it because we had just had the great "Blizzard of 1978" in Boston. Any help finding this film would be great! One person suggested to me it might be "The Untamed" directed by Archainbaud, but it is not that. PLEASE HELP!
posted by cmp4Meta on Oct 24, 2012 - 8 answers

Taking the black

I want to be a night's watchman (from Game of Thrones) for halloween. It's not too hard of a costume, considering I just get all black stuff and wear it, and try to find some black fur looking stuff too. However, in the tv show everyone's outfits are pretty faded and covered in snow. How can I replicate that? Any other suggestions? [more inside]
posted by DynamiteToast on Oct 22, 2012 - 14 answers

Chukka chukka choo choo

Men's boots. I want something classy, understated, and durable that will stand up to snow and bike pedals. Under $200 if possible. [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Oct 14, 2012 - 15 answers

Should I get a fatbike?

Should I get a fatbike? [more inside]
posted by rocketman on Oct 8, 2012 - 18 answers

Identify science fiction novel

A science fiction book set in a post-apocalyptic world that has been snowed in. [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on May 24, 2012 - 3 answers

upgrade iMac OS without App store?

How do I update my iMac to latest OS? [more inside]
posted by toastchee on May 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Stressful afterimage?

Who has experience with palinopsia and how can it be treated/managed? [more inside]
posted by kengraham on Feb 6, 2012 - 12 answers

Best National Parks for mountains and snow in April?

Best US/Canadian National Parks in April to see mountains, a bit of spring slush snow, and do a little light hiking/ snowshoeing? [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi on Feb 5, 2012 - 13 answers

How to sketch in the snow..?

I'm going to be sketching all day in Toronto tomorrow-- and it looks like it's going to be snowing the whole time. How can I keep my papers and notebooks in relatively good condition? [more inside]
posted by onehundredand80 on Jan 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Snow chains for a week?

Is it OK to leave snow chains on a car's tires for a week? [more inside]
posted by benbenson on Jan 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Any better ideas for clearing snow from stairs from the top down?

Any better ideas for clearing snow from stairs from the top down? [more inside]
posted by GuppieXX on Jan 3, 2012 - 19 answers

Where is the snow?

Where can I take the kids to play in the snow tomorrow? We're at Incline Village, North Lake Tahoe, but there doesn't seem to be any snow around here!
posted by Etaoin Shrdlu on Dec 25, 2011 - 4 answers

I Wanna Walk in a Winter Wonderland!

Help me decide on a quiet but accessible winter retreat destination for snow play? [more inside]
posted by TestamentToGrace on Dec 23, 2011 - 4 answers

Winter Coat 2.0 - Warm, sleek, techie coats for the Chic Nerd?

I hate winter, but it's coming and for once I want to be prepared. I want to buy a 3/4 length coat that is incredibly warm, very sleek and functional (think lots of pockets). Additionally, it has to look good when I'm wearing a suit as well as when I'm wearing casual clothing (jeans & sneakers). (More Inside!) [more inside]
posted by darkgroove on Dec 5, 2011 - 16 answers

Macs and Samsung TA550 - fuzzy image

Hi Everyone I have a Macbook Air with Thunderbolt (mid 2011) and a Mac Mini 3.1. Can anyone help me with the correct display settings for a Samsung TA550? I have searched - to no avail. Also trying out SwitchResX. What bugs me is that XP of all things seems to work properly with the display. What gives? Thanks! BB
posted by bright77blue on Nov 4, 2011 - 9 answers

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