Paizo Offices & Warehouse Closed Due to Winter Storm Activity


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You call that snow? You young whipper snappers have it so good! Why in my day we had to cross mile high glaciers and fight off saber tooth tigers just to get to school. Don't even get me started on trying to not spook the mammoths! None of you people could handle a good old ice age.


And we had to cross the glacier in a loincloth! Like I said, you young whipper snappers have it so good!


I bet it was uphill both ways....

/cevah

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I keep telling them that Winnipeg is where it's at... but no one listens! ;)

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With all the @Paizo staff home due to weather, just think of all the creative ideas they are coming up with!


Chicagoland area has been a weird two weeks. -50 wind chill, 6+ inches of snow a couple times, half an inch of ice at least twice...

Just stay in Seattle. at least its close to the ocean!

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Paizo is closed again today. Power is out at my house. Luckily I have a closet full of camping gear so I’ve got my coffee (albeit a little more complicated to make) and a warm down sleeping bag to stay warm. Just tried to shovel snow from my deck so it doesn’t collapse under the weight as the snow is nearly 18” and the weather is predicted to turn to freezing rain. Unfortunately I live under a huge fir tree so I had to give up after nearly getting hit by giant snow clumps falling from a couple hundred feet up.

Hopefully the power is restored before tonight or I’m going to have to go find the water shut off valve to the house so the pipes don’t freeze.

Cheers!

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Sara Marie wrote:
Hopefully the power is restored before tonight or I’m going to have to go find the water shut off valve to the house so the pipes don’t freeze.

Condolences from a New Mexican who also has had to deal with unexpected pipe-concern temperatures! Though electricity helped out in our case :-\

Stay safe, y'all!


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DJEternalDarkness wrote:
Seattle and the area get stupid when it comes to snow. As someone who lives here now, and has lived in New Mexico, the desert is better able to deal with snow than we are here. :)
The desert is flat.

Albuquerque is "high desert". Like Denver, it's a mile above sea level. Just east of the city are the Sandia Mountains. Add another mile.

when I was in grad school in ABQ, I got up one morning to drive to class. In the five mile trip, I counted twenty seven cars with their noses in the ditch - because of a half inch of snow.

All I can say is yep! Lived there 35 years. When we first moved there in the early 70's, sanding the roads was a guy standing in the back of a dump truck using a shovel. I kid you not. Winter 2006/2007 we got about 15 inches of snow, shut virtually everything down for several days.

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Just pack up the office and move to Evansville, Indiana.
Get 6" of snow on Friday, no problem. It will be gone by Monday.


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Context: The Washington Post reports this is now Seattle's snowiest month in 50 years.

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Stay safe everyone!!

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Ye, stay safe!

... though a part of me can't help but think that a part of SM is giddy as all get out right now, "My time has come!"... barring the death by treant lobbed snowballs of course.


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Me, ca. January 1973: Don't you guys ever plow the roads around here?
Denver cop: What for? It'll melt.
Me: Yeah? When?
Cop, looking around: July.

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Hello Folks!

I am a lone Customer Service Rep in the office today, as I have the fortune of a comparably easy commute. While you may start seeing activity as I dive into our shiny new backlog, I am not able to tackle everything right away. Thank you for your understanding and patience!


Sam Phelan wrote:

Hello Folks!

I am a lone Customer Service Rep in the office today, as I have the fortune of a comparably easy commute. While you may start seeing activity as I dive into our shiny new backlog, I am not able to tackle everything right away. Thank you for your understanding and patience!

Good luck Sam, we are all routing for you!

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Bad form to wave from the beach in South Florida? High 70s-ish. Maybe 80 something. That's not Celcius ('cause I can't spell Farenheit).


Ed Reppert wrote:
Grim Ranger wrote:
DJEternalDarkness wrote:
Seattle and the area get stupid when it comes to snow. As someone who lives here now, and has lived in New Mexico, the desert is better able to deal with snow than we are here. :)
The desert is flat.

Albuquerque is "high desert". Like Denver, it's a mile above sea level. Just east of the city are the Sandia Mountains. Add another mile.

when I was in grad school in ABQ, I got up one morning to drive to class. In the five mile trip, I counted twenty seven cars with their noses in the ditch - because of a half inch of snow.

As another Albuquerque to Seattle transplant, I gotta say... No. Just No. People up here are WAY worse at driving in snow than Albuquerque. It's ridiculous.


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Rednal wrote:
Context: The Washington Post reports this is now Seattle's snowiest month in 50 years.

The Cordilleran Ice Sheet was 3,000 feet thick over Puget Sound a mere 17,000 years ago,


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As a German it always makes me a bit incredulous to read about long power outages in heavily developed countries. Then again, I also lived in South America, so it's not as if I'm unfamiliar with them.

Anyway, stay safe, guys!


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IIRC, they don't bother to bury power lines in North America, therefore they're more vulnerable to extreme weather conditions. It's probably something to do with the long distances - and therefore costs - involved.

Although with the changing weather patterns wreaking such havoc it might end up being cheaper to bury them after all.

Anyway, news like this makes me happy to live in a smaller country! :)


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I am actually getting the idea that this is a rather nice area to live in, if they only get storms this bad every 50 years or so. I recall them closing down in the past for a day for just a couple of inches of snow. But only the very coldest and snowiest parts of the country would keep going as normal under their most recent conditions.

I think they are also hypothetically in the "ring of fire", but I can't recall the last time I heard about that area being hit by a major earthquake -- and that volcano is down near the southernmost part of the state.


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I am actually getting the idea that this is a rather nice area to live in, if they only get storms this bad every 50 years or so. I recall them closing down in the past for a day for just a couple of inches of snow. But only the very coldest and snowiest parts of the country would keep going as normal under their most recent conditions.

I think they are also hypothetically in the "ring of fire", but I can't recall the last time I heard about that area being hit by a major earthquake -- and that volcano is down near the southernmost part of the state.

As a resident near by, I can confirm that we are part of the ring of fire, and that we are overdue for "the big one" that could be on par with the earthquake that hit Japan a couple years back.

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Mark von Drake wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:

I am actually getting the idea that this is a rather nice area to live in, if they only get storms this bad every 50 years or so. I recall them closing down in the past for a day for just a couple of inches of snow. But only the very coldest and snowiest parts of the country would keep going as normal under their most recent conditions.

I think they are also hypothetically in the "ring of fire", but I can't recall the last time I heard about that area being hit by a major earthquake -- and that volcano is down near the southernmost part of the state.

As a resident near by, I can confirm that we are part of the ring of fire, and that we are overdue for "the big one" that could be on par with the earthquake that hit Japan a couple years back.

Earthquakes would be bad. Mt. Rainier erupting would be a lot, lot worse, and it's just southeast of the Seattle metro area. Volcanic lahars (mudslides) could devastate the region. It's overdue as well, with the last minor eruption in 1894.

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Hello everybody!

We have some more people in the office today, but we are still at reduced capacity and our first priority is to get caught up on the backlog of requests and shipments.

Thank you for all your patience and your well wishes while we have been battling the weather!


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The volcano I was thinking of was Mount Saint Helens.

I didn't even realize that Mount Rainier was also a volcano.


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David knott 242 wrote:

I am actually getting the idea that this is a rather nice area to live in, if they only get storms this bad every 50 years or so. I recall them closing down in the past for a day for just a couple of inches of snow. But only the very coldest and snowiest parts of the country would keep going as normal under their most recent conditions.

I think they are also hypothetically in the "ring of fire", but I can't recall the last time I heard about that area being hit by a major earthquake -- and that volcano is down near the southernmost part of the state.

:) you know how pretty Ranier looks? Mt. St. Helens looked every bit as pretty before 1980. Boom. When Ranier goes, Seattle is going to be in a world of hurt. All our shipments will be delayed that month :P (possibly for forever). That is an empowered, maximized volcano with a CL of a sideways eight.

In all seriousness, when you ask vulcanologists which volcano worries them the most in North America.. they answer with Yellowstone. But that's a supervolcano and a whole other league. So if you ask them what's #2, it's Rainier, as this website shows.

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David knott 242 wrote:

The volcano I was thinking of was Mount Saint Helens.

I didn't even realize that Mount Rainier was also a volcano.

Potentially even more dangerous than St Helens (Lawetlat'l, Loowit or Louwala-Clough) or Rainer (Tahoma or Tacoma) is Glacier Peak (Dakobed or Takobia). Its activity is not monitored very well due to its remote location and the lahars would potentially greatly impact Skagit Valley (north of us).

Other major volcanic peaks in Washington include Mount Baker (Koma Kulshan or Kulshan) and Mount Adams (Pahto or Klickitat). We are indeed part of the Ring of Fire which sounds way more exciting than it is.


Oh... This is not good. I live just north of Seattle, and have been going through every storm with them. And our weather just turned to blizzard...

Hopefully Paizo is far enough away that this doesn't affect them.


The understanding is that when Mt. Rainier blows, Tacoma (the next major city south of Seattle) is going to be gone. That's the path where all the melting water and mud and stuff is going to shoot through, apparently, unless there's an even bigger change in the topography.

That, and Rainier is really, really big. XD Not the biggest in the country, but it's all by itself and covered in a massive amount of snow. Fun, eh?


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Yeah, but as someone that used to live there, just knowing that gives every day a sense of adventure.

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Ok, I can't miss the mountain talk!

Mtn Nerd Stuff:
Carbinado and Orting (both towns as you drive through on the way to MRNP have large volcanic evacuation signs/alerts ready on their main roads) are in the path between Tahoma (Rainier) and the city of Tacoma. It is more likely those towns will be swept by mud/water/debris, spilling past Puyallup, and into the Sound. Tacoma and Seattle are both in projected lahar paths however. While this map is a couple years old, it's a helpful indicator of where activity could spread.

As Sara mentions above, Dakobed (Glacier Peak) is a pretty real danger. It's nestled deep in the Cascade range, difficult to get to, hasn't erupted in some time and is likely to have a fairly more intense eruption when it does. This page has the relevant info.

Now for mountain size, what's SUPER wild (to me anyway) is that Rainier completely dominates the skyline every day I live here (when it's not raining, obvs). However, in the contiguous US (Alaska has so many it's just impressive) it's the 5th tallest peak. Tumanguya (Mt Whitney), a mountain I can't even pick out of the Sierra as being itself from far way, is even bigger. Plus, mountains at 14K elevation are all over the danged place in Colorado. The mind boggles! Nature is wild!


The offices still closed? Been waiting to hear back on an email I sent on like Friday, didnt realize this was happening till a moment ago. Hope everyone is ok

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Sorry, we are open, however have been digging our way out of the back log with an added scheduled closure on Monday for President's day. We're at about 177 right now and trying to dig out as quickly as we can.

Thank you for your patience!

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