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Old 10-29-2009, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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We get ten times the amount of snow as Chicago in NNY and a full wet shovel load can barely be lifted. The 300ft ditch digging analogy may be somewhat comparable if you consider doing that every day for four months (120 times a season) before you can do anything else. It has taken me up to eight hours after a bad storm to get out of the driveway and that was with having to winch out the plow and shoveling.

I have to admit we live in probably the worst snow band in the country outside of a couple of spots in the Rockies. You haven't seen snow till it's over the top of the telephone poles. That's why I now spend the winters in Fla. Too much work.
I never said it wasn't hard work just that it is nothing to brag about.
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Old 10-29-2009, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Boston
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All depends how big your yard is.

I have 3 trees need to come down right now which is about average for the year.
I also have a 60 ft pine that is down that I need to cut up.

My irrigation is ongoing as I expand the garden and other shrubs.
That's not really a cold vs. hot issue though, so much as an urban vs. exurban issue. Plenty of people in cold climates have big yards with trees and ditches that need to be cut.
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Old 10-29-2009, 02:08 PM
 
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We get ten times the amount of snow as Chicago in NNY and a full wet shovel load can barely be lifted. The 300ft ditch digging analogy may be somewhat comparable if you consider doing that every day for four months (120 times a season) before you can do anything else. It has taken me up to eight hours after a bad storm to get out of the driveway and that was with having to winch out the plow and shoveling.

I have to admit we live in probably the worst snow band in the country outside of a couple of spots in the Rockies. You haven't seen snow till it's over the top of the telephone poles. That's why I now spend the winters in Fla. Too much work.
THe worst band in the continental US is probably across I-90 in New York, stretching from Buffalo to Rochester to Syracuse to Albany ,and then into northern New England. The temperatures are not as cold as, say, Minneapolis, but the snowfall can be astounding. Many of these cities approach 100 inches/year. This phenomenon is usually referred to as "lake-effect snow".

Snowblowers are usually more of a suburban thing, although you will see them used on sidewalks in more urban settings. They may be very effective in massive storms, but they can break down, and they are not always effective in getting "down to the pavement", often leaving a sheen of snow which might freeze overnight, creating an icy driveway. I've learned , from experience, that it's best to have 2-3 shovels, as you're pretty apt to break one or two during the course of the winter ( as well as a garden hoe or axe for ice chipping, etc).
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Old 10-29-2009, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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That's not really a cold vs. hot issue though, so much as an urban vs. exurban issue. Plenty of people in cold climates have big yards with trees and ditches that need to be cut.
Yes, and they will normally do that during the warm months and take care of the snow and ice in the cold months.
The warmer areas have many things to do year round also.

My only point was that I can not fathom how shovelling snow is something to brag about.
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Old 10-29-2009, 02:16 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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I like the cold, maybe it comes off as bragging that I don't find 20 below 0 to be a problem. But I'm the first to admit I can't take hot weather, and I know some can't take the cold either...
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Old 10-29-2009, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Has this thread been reduced to who has the hardest yard work?
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Old 10-29-2009, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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Actually the rural areas north of Rt 90 can get much more snow that any of the cities listed by even twice as much. It's just that statistically those places are more recognizeable.

MP-You'd feel differently if you survived living through this type of a winter. It's not for the faint of heart.
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Old 10-29-2009, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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I really don't see how climate affects a person toughness.....
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Old 10-29-2009, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Houston
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I really don't see how climate affects a person toughness.....
Agreed. Maybe in some environments, but not the Midwest or Northeast. Now if you live in the Tundra or the Gobi desert, I think that would make a person tough.
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Old 10-29-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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MP-You'd feel differently if you survived living through this type of a winter. It's not for the faint of heart.
Once again, while it may be hard work I see nothing to brag about.

It would be like if I bragged about getting shot or stabbed or bit by a poisonous snake. Tough life experiences but nothing to brag about.
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