I read this morning where most of the motors and electricity making equipment (whatever that is) in the Texas grid is not weather proofed for this kind of weather. It would cost upwards of 100 million dollars to insulate everything, for an event that only happens every 10-15 years.Not so much the size of the area but again, it is what the area is use too. I spent my formative years in Houston realizing there’s are only two seasons, summer and January 1st. (Just kidding) This storm was something that the area was unprepared for and not use to seeing. It did show the weakness of their power source and grid. I suspect there may be some changes to improve reliability but I could be wrong about that. Hopefully this type of event won’t repeat itself for another hundred years.
All the equipment was open cab, except 2 motor graders which us hands couldn't operate. The only heat was when you turned into the wind. Or climb on the hood and hug the exhaust pipe waiting for the scrapers to drop another lift.I feel your pain Eterry! Working in the winter is a challenge with heavy equipment. I don’t miss it either (retired OE Local 18) fond memories!
Good for you.This storm and the freeze (now thawing) has been no laughing matter. It was a truly cruel event. I have been feeding birds for the duration. Though I am prepared for most eventualities, this global warming stuff sucks... Now will come the finger-pointing.
It is amazing how much heat a 3 wick jar candle will actually generate.Griz,
You mentioned candles;
In memory of Uncle Vic, I share this;
"When I was young, we had candles.....and when it was Really Cold, ....we used to light them!"
I'm thinking, as bad as it is/was, it could have been worse when the power went off.
At least most of you could save the stuff that was in your freezer or refrigerator by taking it outside.
When the power in the Arizona desert areas hits it is usually in the midst of summer. The summer monsoon's bring a lot of wind and lightning that knocks out the power stations and transmission lines.
With the air temperature inside a house at 100° and outside the house at 110° or hotter, there's not much you can do to keep the frozen stuff frozen.