"Historic", "Catastrophic" Winter Storm Paralyzes Atlanta As Pax Creeps Up East Coast

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Not a week seems to pass without yet another "historic" winter storm assuring that virtually all winter economic data so far in 2014 can be ignored... if it is bad that is - if the data is good, it's thanks to the "recovery" which however is not strong enough for the Fed to end its "unconventional" policy. The latest one - Pax. Weather.com's description of what is about to be unleashed on Atlanta and the entire Eastern Seaboard is nothing short of a review of the movie The Day After Tomorrow: "Potentially "catastrophic" Winter Storm Pax began unfolding before dawn Wednesday in the Atlanta area as temperatures dropped below freezing and sleet and freezing rain began to fall."

The National Weather Service's warning was not exactly cheery: "Let’s just start by saying this winter storm may be of historic proportions for the area,” the agency said in a forecast analysis. “We’re looking at significant snowfall totals north and significant, crippling ice totals, especially along the Interstate 20 corridor.” Eli Jacks, a meteorologist with National Weather Service, said forecasters use words such as "catastrophic" sparingly. Not in this case.

"Sometimes we want to tell them, 'Hey, listen, this warning is different. This is really extremely dangerous, and it doesn't happen very often,'" Jacks said.


The service's memo early Wednesday called the storm "an event of historical proportions."


It continues: "Catastrophic ... crippling ... paralyzing ... choose your adjective."

So... not good?

The forecast drew comparisons to an ice storm in the Atlanta area in 2000 that left more than 500,000 homes and businesses without power and an epic storm in 1973 that caused an estimated 200,000 outages for several days. In 2000, damage estimates topped $35 million.

Ice will make travel in central Georgia impossible, and downed tree limbs might cut power for days, the agency said. As many as 300,000 homes and businesses in the state will probably lose power, according to Tim Oram, the Meteorological Services Branch chief for the weather service’s southern region in Fort Worth, Texas.


“At this point, everything is lining up,” Oram said. “It’s from a once-in-every-10- to a once-in-every-20-years type of event. There’s pretty high confidence we’re going to see some pretty high accumulations of ice in the Georgia area.”


The worst of the ice will probably stretch from Atlanta to Columbia, South Carolina, and Fayetteville to Raleigh in North Carolina, according to Anderson. “It is going to be a bad situation down there,” he said.

Ok, maybe they are not exaggerating. Already, Georgia Power was reporting thousands of power outages around the state. And forecasters and officials said the number of outages would probably grow throughout the day.  Just before 5 a.m., the number of customers in the dark was 2,000. That number climbed to more than 10,000 by 7 a.m. Ice was already accumulating on roads and bridges. National Weather Service forecasters used unusual dire language in warnings and memos early Wednesday, and they said that while a foot of snow could fall in some parts of Georgia, "it is the ice that will have the catastrophic impacts."

As a reminder, ice on the road in the South means instant paralysis:

Elected leaders and emergency management officials began warning people to stay off the roads, especially after 2 inches of snowfall caused an icy gridlock two weeks ago and left thousands stranded in vehicles overnight. It seemed many in the region around the state's capital obliged as streets and highways were uncharacteristically unclogged Tuesday.


Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in a news conference at the Georgia Emergency Management Agency's special operations center Tuesday evening implored people to get somewhere safe and stay there.


"The message I really want to share is, as of midnight tonight, wherever you are, you need to plan on staying there for a while," Reed said. "The bottom line is that all of the information that we have right now suggests that we are facing an icing event that is very unusual for the metropolitan region and the state of Georgia."

This also means the local aren't taking any chances, and have already raided the local grocery stores. From (the ironically named) KPAX:

If you're an Atlantan making a last-minute grocery run, here's hoping you love corn and asparagus. Because that's all that may be left on most shelves as residents stock up and hunker down for the ice storm.


Gone are the loaves of bread. The gallons of milk. The cans of beans and beer.

It won't be just Atlanta though:

A potentially historic winter storm threatens to coat Georgia with ice, knocking out power and grounding thousands of planes, before bringing snow to Northeastern cities including Washington and New York.


New York may get 2-4 inches (5-10 centimeters) of snow tonight, and Washington as much as 4 inches, according to the National Weather Service at 3:51 a.m. New York time. Atlanta is forecast to receive half an inch of ice today.


“When the snow comes, it is going to come in fast and furious,” said Brett Anderson, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania. “The initial batch of snow that comes in before any changeover is going to be quite heavy.”


Closer to the coast, the storm will start as snow before changing to rain, Anderson said. While the rain may hold down snow accumulation, the rapid onset will still mean heavy snowfall for the cities along the Interstate 95 corridor from Washington to Boston.


The snow moving to the Northeast is expected to leave a “catastrophic” blanket of ice across the South, especially Georgia, the weather service said.

If readers are traveling by plane over the next 24 hours, our advice is: don't.

Across the U.S., 1,576 flights were canceled yesterday, and 2,697 were scrubbed for today, said FlightAware, a Houston-based tracking service. About 5,500 homes and businesses from Arkansas to North Carolina were without power, utility websites show.


Governors in seven Southern states declared emergencies as the ice and snow moved eastward from Texas. The storm is expected to strengthen off the coast of North Carolina and drop heavy snow from Virginia to Maine.


The worst-hit areas may be the Interstate 81 corridor from western Virginia into central New York, as well as northern and western New England. Anderson said those areas may receive as much as 12 inches of snow, with some places getting 18 inches.

As a reminder, Atlanta was already hit late last month, when 2.5 inches of snow in Atlanta stranded almost 25,000 students at their schools or in buses and shut down the region’s highways, trapping thousands of motorists. "There were 1,254 accidents, 134 people injured and at least one death caused by the storm. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency for 45 counties on Feb. 10 and 43 more yesterday, urging residents to stay off the roads. Schools in the Atlanta area have been closed through today. President Barack Obama declared an emergency in northern Georgia, freeing up federal funds to deal with the aftermath of the storm. Governors in Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Virginia also issued emergency declarations."

Finally, we have all seen traders with hands on their faces. Here are...  weathermen with hands on their faces.

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Big Corked Boots's picture

Who decided to start naming snowstorms? And who picked "Pax?"

Can we name a storm after all the fucktards that pack the supermarkets to get milk, bread and chips?

Sudden Debt's picture

"Winterstorm Obama" would have sounded a bit confusing...

but the man sure does like to stick his name on a lot of stuff...

I wonder why he didn't rename Washington St. Obamaburg yet...

Thomas's picture

Naming of winter storms is assenine, although, if forced, I would call this one Fucktard based on the cue from above.

Dick Gazinia's picture

I say that we name it "Algore" but I guess Fucktard is close enough.

1000 splendid suns's picture

This all has to do with weather warfare. Operation Popeye. The latest video over at geoengineeringwatch dot org lays it all out. Dane Wigington insane? Or the only one with his head not up his arse.

Winston Churchill's picture

One of them new 'hyperbolic storms'.

Jafo's picture

This storm will be the reason economic activity will have declined in the coming March quarter.

BliptoP3's picture

If really want to end the practice of naming evey stupid storm I suggest we find the most offensive name possible and we all adopt it, I sugest: "General Sherman"

janus's picture

yup, sounds like a clear case of gypsy mischief to me...you can find the culprits about five miles east of the savannah river in murphy village.

i used to sell cars there at rader MB on washington st; one of my favorite past-times was to take the swanky-set on a test drive through the gypsy camp...generally speaking, gypsies hate to be observed or ogled at, and rich-folk get nervous around gypsies; which is precisely what made it so fun. 


...tramps & thieves,


smlbizman's picture

i read this a few weeks ago...the weather channel is now a govt. mouth piece to cover up certain weather events....the naming of storms really " scare" me.....so i know when i look up in my sky daily in middle river md., where chemtrails are obvious 95% of the time...so put another layer of tinfoil on and know there is a reason they started naming storms...now get back under ur desk until further notice



James's picture

The Rothchilds recently bought The Weather Channel.

A Nanny Moose's picture

...but it's of Histerical Proportions.

Don't these people (MSM) realize, that everybody has a camera, and the Yew Tewbz, enabling virtually instantaneous Calling of The Bullshit?

ebworthen's picture

WINTER!  Oh my God!  What will we do!?!? 

Next will be...SUMMER!


Crash Overide's picture

In the Midwest we call this year a normal winter...

icanhasbailout's picture

the moment I fucking move to South Carolina they have a string of the worst cold and snow/ice storms in a generation


you know the "Rain God" from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series? I'm the snow equivalent, apparently.

new game's picture

hey wait, you aint been polar vortexed to a rigid stiff as we are up here in snota...

icanhasbailout's picture

I was sorta when I was in Virginia, then I moved down here and the polar vortex promptly followed, with multi-decadal extreme cold weather and ice storms. Holding up good so far but everyone is apprehensive of losing electricity.

Atomizer's picture

Isn’t that a fact. You should see the waves at Myrtle Beach today [12 footers]. For the last month, my travel plans have been accommodated with snow. First it was VA, then AL/GA, then OH last week and now SC.  The jet stream is following me as if I’m a black cloud of some sort. It sucks!



Sabibaby's picture

.This all has to do with weather warfare. Operation Popeye. 

Who is at war with Georgia and for what reason?

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

Didn't that have something to do with Ossetia and Chechnyans?

Sabibaby's picture

Their internet and phones get attacked, not their weather :)

Cpl Hicks's picture

...and the wooden horse you rode in on.

Didn't Barry0 say the US had damaging high temperatures on the way early this year?

I guess he just doesn't control the weather like his advisors to him he did.

Flakmeister's picture

You really shouldn't use so much stupid sauce...

SAT 800's picture

Would someone please turn up the global warming. Thank You.

Flakmeister's picture

Move to Alaska...

Otherwise, just wait for the next El Nino if you want to see record temperatures...

petolo's picture

How about Mother Nature. MSM needs all the fuck-fodder it can get to maintain those ratings.

RafterManFMJ's picture

As far as I'm concerned, Atlanta can freeze, then burn again.

Stoploss's picture

Been naming winter storms for the insurance ponzi that the .Gov has going. They get paid EVERY time...

Watch, by summer, if it rains any at all, just light sprinkles, it will PARALYZE the US.

GetZeeGold's picture



I blame this all on a lack of carbon tax credits really.

Sudden Debt's picture

I wonder if I can write options on carbon credits with my garden as collateral...

new game's picture

200 year supply of coal. burn baby burn! shove that up your preasis(sp)-hehe

Papasmurf's picture

You get no carbon credits for your garden because the product of your garden feeds a carbon-producing unit.

combatsnoopy's picture

I want to write naked puts on some carbon credits and collateralize them with cow farts.  No, make that beer farts. 

TruthInSunshine's picture

This is how/why the South lost the Civil War.

Union Generals ordered southern roads to be dusted with a little snow and sprinkled with some ice, and the Union Army stood back & watched hilarity ensue as Rebel Range Rover Sports & Toyota Camrys did 360s at w5 mph into concrete center medians.

On a related note, USSA economists are revising their Q1 GDP downward from 3.1% to 0.7% due to southern ice storms.

superflex's picture

I watched on the news as Atlantan's filled their SUVs with enough rock salt to last a typical northerner a decade.  

Must be all those 10,000 foot long driveways in ATL.


Flakmeister's picture

Leading to the Garage Mahal...

Silver Sativa's picture

I fuckin' hate McMansions. The only thing they do is make people feel wealthy, when in actuality they bought their cheap, chintzy houses with an A.R.M. that'll blow up in their faces in two or three years.

gmrpeabody's picture

Amen, brother.

Slow motion trainwreck...

TheMeatTrapper's picture

"Union Generals ordered southern roads to be dusted with a little snow and sprinkled with some ice, and the Union Army stood back & watched hilarity ensue as Rebel Range Rover Sports & Toyota Camrys did 360s at w5 mph into concrete center medians."

That was a damn low down dirty trick. We still haven't forgotten about that. Next time we won't be so easily fooled. 


On a serious note though, Atlanta is filled to the gills with yuppie sheeple. If the teevee goes out  - millions of them are completely fucked. Seriously. The place is a damn concrete zoo and I avoid it at all costs. 

StychoKiller's picture

I can visualize them now, standing out in their driveways with spades, trying to learn how to shovel snow (Guffaw!)