Local winter storm warning

When the weather gets as severe as it does around here, we learn to take warnings seriously even if the actual weather probably will not be as bad as they anticipate. After a summer of record-breaking heat, the winter has so far been mild.

They’re saying that ends tomorrow:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED AN ICE STORM WARNING…FROM 6 PM FRIDAY TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY.

.PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN WILL OCCUR BEGINNING FRIDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUING THROUGH SUNDAY. HEAVIER PRECIPITATION WILL LIKELY OCCUR FRIDAY NIGHT WITH ANOTHER ROUND EXPECTED SATURDAY EVENING INTO SUNDAY MORNING. SLEET MAY MIX WITH FREEZING RAIN ON SUNDAY BEFORE THE PRECIPITATION ENDS.

ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF ONE HALF INCH TO ONE AND A HALF INCHES ARE EXPECTED WITH THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS EXPECTED TO EXTEND ALONG THE INTERSTATE 44 CORRIDOR. ICE ACCUMULATIONS AND WINDS WILL LIKELY LEAD TO SNAPPED POWER LINES AND FALLING TREE BRANCHES. THIS MAY RESULT IN EXTENDED POWER OUTAGES IN SOME AREAS.

Some of you may recall that in February 2003, GCSF World Headquarters and its entire neighborhood lost power for over three days. Roads were passable even as power lines were covered with ice, so we decamped to another part of the state for a couple of days. That was up the “Interstate 44 corridor,” though, so we’re not sure we could do that this weekend.

We have plenty of options if the power goes out for more than a few hours; we learned lessons in 2003. We have food and can find local shelter if necessary. This server, providing news and issue distribution, is co-located in Oklahoma City with its own power; mail and local internet services at GCSF World Headquarters are completely separate. Even if we lose local power or Internet, this server won’t go down, though mail may not reach us for a few days.

(If you’ve been with MDJ for a long time, you may know that we didn’t have a secure subscription page until 1998. If you subscribed before then, you probably called us; if you called, you probably talked to Marie. She says “hi,” but she’s even more prepared than we are – in 2003, her house was without power for sixteen days. The backup generator and power cut-off switchover are all tested in the past few weeks and ready to go, you can believe it.)

We’ve rebuilt the RSS feeds today so MDJ 2006.01.09 (with pre-keynote Macworld Expo coverage) is now in the MWJ RSS feed. We’re working on more – yesterday we managed to get NetNewsWire (a primary news collection source) down to 2 unread articles from a peak of, I believe, 3785. (It was at zero on Tuesday morning.)

If weather interferes there may be more delays, but we’re prepared to work around them as best we can. Theoretically, the more prepared we are, the less likely we are to need any of those preparations, so there we go.