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Admiral Biscuit


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Back in Equestria, the spring equinox is a hard line, the last day of snow, winter is over, full stop.

On Earth, that’s not exactly the case. The equinox might have come and gone, the clocks might have been set to a summer schedule, it might be April and still snowing in Missouri.


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Today was gonna be a state of the author blog post but it snowed and I got inspired.

It’s April; the weather ought to at least be decent, and Mother Nature should make up her mind if she wants mud or snow. Right now it’s both.

Had a t-storm roll through this evening.
I agree with Cinnamon about the changing the clocks thing. That can't end soon enough. Either stay on Standard time, or stay on Daylight time.
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Then again, I've lived in Wyoming. In Wyoming, it can snow on any of the 366 days of the calendar year. ANY. Of. Them.

the first day of snow, winter is over,

the last day... maybe?

Hello from Kansas. We had our first big thunderstorm roll through last week and two Sunday's ago we had a weird not quite snow drizzle thing in the morning. Tell Cinnamon that we humans aren't entirely fond of unpredictable weather either.

As to DST, out of curiosity I looked it up and was rather surprised that it isn't some outdated relic of our agrarian past. In fact the first official DST didn't even start until the early 1900s. Apparently, there is a story that suggests Benjamin Franklin invented DST, according to Wikipedia in 1784 wrote a satire about the Parisians saving candles and waking everyone an hour earlier using church bells and cannons but he himself didn't actually "invent" it.

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Well, if the House would hurry up and pass the "Sunshine Protection Act" like the Senate already has (unanimously, at that!), at least it'd stop flipping back and forth, though we'd be stuck in permanent DST. But at least it would be picking one way and sticking with it finally. Really, at this point I'd settle for either as long as it picks one way or the other and stays there...

https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/senate-bill/623
https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/69

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It really is the changeover that kills people. And I mean literally kills people, if indirectly.

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Back in 1880/1881 in Helena Wyoming it went from 56F to -44F in under 24 hours. :pinkiegasp:
Still the world record -and not the Worst Winter Ever in US history.

"My Uncle John back on the reservation had a blanket that was 24 foot long. But, that wasn't long enough to suit Uncle John. So he cut a foot off the top & sewed it onto the bottom to make it longer."
Will Rodgers

“Novels are good, too. You ponies didn’t have super-sugared breakfast cereals with bright boxes, did you?”

Actually, breakfast cereal was invented mid 19th century by health food nuts.

Before that, the middle class had pancakes & syrup, fried meat, fried potatoes, & toast. Indigestion was endemic but most folks were not overweight.

The poor had gruel, mush, grits, etc..

Dan
Dan #10 · April 5th · · ·

her magical ‘feel’ wasn’t as accurate in a two-story human house with wires throughout the walls

"That's my pony."
-Michael Faraday

Dan
Dan #11 · April 5th · · ·

Snow in April isn't nearly as annoying as tax season.

Do Equestrian expats have to worry about taxes?

I'm from Missouri, we got a snow storm the other day.

Was not fun as it had rained the day prior, so it all turned to ice over night.

I am surprised our silly pony still thinks we control the weather. Our predictions are about as accurate as that magic 8 ball. We just got good at the three day and are starting to make headway with the five day.

this fic reminds me of when we got hit with a massive and destructive ice storm... on Halloween.
Everything was frozen for days.

Cute, sweet, short; the classic Admiral Biscuit style we all know and love! Spectacular as always and it's never a dull moment! Hope ya didn't mind, but I couldn't help but make a reading of this snuggly fic of yours!

Audio Linkoo!: https://youtu.be/btxN7Xg6rYU

On April 1, 1997, Massachusetts got a blizzard that dropped more snow in one storm than all the snowfall of the 1996-97 winter.

Isn't this nuts? Yesterday it was cold and snowing. Now I'm sitting in my truck after work and it's 60 and sunny.

Michigan does what she wants to do.

Dan

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https://www.twincities.com/2021/10/29/remembering-the-1991-halloween-blizzard/
Seems like only yesterday. I was a generic Charlie Brown bedsheet ghost, with thick snowpants and snowboots underneath.

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whole area was frozen for days. massive amounts of damage and loss of power. They ended up pulling repair guys from all over the Northeast to fix stuff. I know because they used a nearly big parking lot as a staging area. Lots of the canpony thent things and 30 some bucket trucks were there for.... week and a half?

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And not just in the obvious way of people crashing their cars on an hour less sleep.

Gets people going in *both* directions, from added stress on the body from messing with their internal clock cycle.

All we got here in Maryland is cool and rain, I am fine with that. (feels kinda like NW Washington state)

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This end of the state had some thundersnow although at least we didn’t get the (so far) mythical snownados.

“Borrow away, you’re adorable in a hoodie.”

Ponies are adorable in hoodies. It's a basic law of the universe.
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This one is super cute! Would love to see more with these characters. Memorial Day is the safest, but we still usually start planting around mother's day in southern Michigan.

“I thought all your human breakfast cereals were stupid until I tried Cinnamon Toast Crunch.”

There was an Apple Pie Cinnamon Toast Crunch limited edition this winter that was absurdly delicious.

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And may they stay mythical.

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Our long-term weather forecasts are about as accurate as a magic 8 ball, yes. Fortunately, our short-term weather forecast are considerably better. Modeling complex systems is really hard, it turns out.

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Had a t-storm roll through this evening.

We haven’t had a good one yet this year, but I’m hoping soon. Some heavy rains, and some unwelcome snow.

I agree with Cinnamon about the changing the clocks thing. That can't end soon enough. Either stay on Standard time, or stay on Daylight time.

I’d personally prefer Standard time, but could live with Daylight time so long as it stayed the same throughout the year.
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Then again, I've lived in Wyoming. In Wyoming, it can snow on any of the 366 days of the calendar year. ANY. Of. Them.

That’s not for me. I could move further north in Michigan and get snows until May (and start in October or maybe even late September), but I prefer for winter to have a few good months and then go away before it overstays its welcome.

the last day... maybe?

Correction made; thank you! :heart:

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Hello from Kansas. We had our first big thunderstorm roll through last week and two Sunday's ago we had a weird not quite snow drizzle thing in the morning. Tell Cinnamon that we humans aren't entirely fond of unpredictable weather either.

I’ll admit that I enjoy some unpredictability, but late snow not so much. Winter should have the decency to be done by the end of March.

As to DST, out of curiosity I looked it up and was rather surprised that it isn't some outdated relic of our agrarian past. In fact the first official DST didn't even start until the early 1900s. Apparently, there is a story that suggests Benjamin Franklin invented DST, according to Wikipedia in 1784 wrote a satire about the Parisians saving candles and waking everyone an hour earlier using church bells and cannons but he himself didn't actually "invent" it.

Yeah, as far as I can remember (without actually looking it up), some of the motivations for national adoptions were the world wars, and then most places just stuck with it. For a long time, most of Indiana didn’t, and when they first did DST since who-knows-when, all the Indianians were very confused by how it was supposed to work and asking me, since I was from Michigan and had been doing it all my life, what they needed to do, where the hour went, etc.

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Well, if the House would hurry up and pass the "Sunshine Protection Act" like the Senate already has (unanimously, at that!), at least it'd stop flipping back and forth, though we'd be stuck in permanent DST. But at least it would be picking one way and sticking with it finally. Really, at this point I'd settle for either as long as it picks one way or the other and stays there...

Yeah, I’m very much in favor of that. I’d prefer sticking with Standard time as opposed to DST, but even my less-preferred option is better than switching back and forth.

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It really is the changeover that kills people. And I mean literally kills people, if indirectly.

Yes, it does. My sleep schedule’s still messed up, in fact. That’s not the only reason, but it’s a contributing factor.

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Back in 1880/1881 in Helena Wyoming it went from 56F to -44F in under 24 hours. :pinkiegasp:

That would not be the kind of day I would enjoy. I can’t recall what the worst swing I’ve personally experienced. Almost certainly 40 degrees in a 24 hour period, likely nothing outside of that.

I did some quick googling and while I couldn’t find any short extreme swings in Michigan that I’ve lived through, I did find out that if you’re a fan of huge and sudden temperature changes, Montana’s your state. An 80 degree (F) rise in 15 hours, a 42 degree rise in 15 minutes and a 47 degree rise in 7 minutes (Great Falls, Jan 11 1980). And a 1911 storm produced in several cities record high temperatures and record low temperatures on the same day.

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If you keep doing that enough times and quickly enough, you’ve arguably made an infinitely long blanket. Probably, I don’t remember exactly how that math works.

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Actually, breakfast cereal was invented mid 19th century by health food nuts.

I think Kellogg was one of the first, if not the first with his corn flakes. Probably some people did eat various grains for breakfast in some form or another; I think porridge dates way back although historically it wasn’t specifically a breakfast food. I recall reading somewhere that popcorn also used to be a breakfast food but I don’t know if that’s true.

Before that, the middle class had pancakes & syrup, fried meat, fried potatoes, & toast. Indigestion was endemic but most folks were not overweight.

One thing I learned from a book about a guy who lived with Mennonites for a while was that their meals were calorie-rich but all the physical labor meant you needed those calories.

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Snow in April isn't nearly as annoying as tax season.

I should probably do mine soon. Maybe that would be a fun weekend activity.

Do Equestrian expats have to worry about taxes?

I would assume for income earned on Earth, yeah, they’d have to do it. I can’t see the feds giving a pony a break just ‘cause she’s cute.

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I'm from Missouri, we got a snow storm the other day.

I’m not! But we also got a snowstorm, which inspired the story.

Was not fun as it had rained the day prior, so it all turned to ice over night.

We were lucky in that regard; the ground temperature was still high enough that it didn’t stick or make ice. The roads were sloppy for a couple hours, but not particularly nasty.

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They have no exercise regimens. On the other hand if they want hot water they start with a well, a bucket, an axe, and a dead tree.

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They have no exercise regimens. On the other hand if they want hot water they start with a well, a bucket, an axe, and a dead tree.

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I am surprised our silly pony still thinks we control the weather.
She knows that we don’t, but still believes that at least the seasons are controlled.

Our predictions are about as accurate as that magic 8 ball. We just got good at the three day and are starting to make headway with the five day.

I did some reading on that subject for Silver Glow’s Journal; not surprisingly due to the vast number of variables, the further you go out with a weather forecast, the more difficult it is to be accurate. I seem to recall reading that there’s a branch of math/probability which concerns itself with highly-complex systems and making predictions.

A lot of the granularity people want is especially difficult to predict. It might be a difference of miles or less whether you get rain or sun, depending on where exactly the front is.

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this fic reminds me of when we got hit with a massive and destructive ice storm... on Halloween.

We got one over Christmas some years back . . . which actually completely missed my little town. I went from my parent’s house (which also got missed) through a section of the state that was without power nearly everywhere, and then just south of that it was like nothing had happened at all.

Everything was frozen for days.

Those are always messy and difficult to clean up and fix. And I would imagine that some of the iced-up trees that are going to drop a limb on a power line don’t always do it right away.

I used to live in Kalamazoo, and we had the almost annual hundred-car pileup on I-94 as a result of lake-effect snow.

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Cute, sweet, short; the classic Admiral Biscuit style we all know and love! Spectacular as always and it's never a dull moment!

:heart:

Hope ya didn't mind, but I couldn't help but make a reading of this snuggly fic of yours!

Thank you! I enjoyed it, and put a link in the story description!

We're approaching the slice-of-life singularity. Soon there will be no plot left, only ponies in hoodies.

fr tho, fun story, very cozy read :twilightsmile:

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On April 1, 1997, Massachusetts got a blizzard that dropped more snow in one storm than all the snowfall of the 1996-97 winter.

I wonder how many people were looking at that weather forecast and thinking it was a joke?

One of the nastiest snowstorms I worked when I drove wrecker was an April storm. It wasn’t any worse than the normal winter storms (IMHO), but people just weren’t expecting it and didn’t behave accordingly. I spent half the night on a five-mile stretch of I-94 pulling cars out of ditches.

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Isn't this nuts? Yesterday it was cold and snowing. Now I'm sitting in my truck after work and it's 60 and sunny.

Yeah, it really is. I don’t like it, I want the weather to make up its mind and do one thing. No more snow, wait until November when I’ll enjoy it again.

Michigan does what she wants to do.

It does. We need to get a brigade of weather pegasi to straighten things out.

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Seems like only yesterday. I was a generic Charlie Brown bedsheet ghost, with thick snowpants and snowboots underneath.

That’s a fantastic mental image.

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We get that sometimes with big storms. Right now they’re doing power line right-of-way spring clearing, and the old Ford dealership parking lot has been turned into overnight storage for all the Asplundh trucks. I’ve also seen it used as a temporary marshalling yard for Consumer’s Energy trucks.

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Gets people going in *both* directions, from added stress on the body from messing with their internal clock cycle.

The internal clock cycle’s what’s got me, and the starting to get used to it actually being light in the morning when I go to work, and then the ‘LOL j/k’ yanking away of that.

Going off DST isn’t as bad; I usually slowly change to the winter schedule.

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All we got here in Maryland is cool and rain, I am fine with that. (feels kinda like NW Washington state)

Here in Michigan we’re in the fluctuating Spring, where it’s nice and then it’s snowy and it feels like this year’s more temperamental than most. Usually March is wild but by the end of it, Mother Nature has gotten it out of her system and it ranges from chilly and/or rainy to pleasant and there isn’t snow any more.

Really, the most important consideration is ‘isn’t snow any more.’ Instead we’re fluctuating between highs in the mid 60s to lows in the teens over the course of a week, and for the last few weeks a general grey and gloomy with rain or snow or both.

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This end of the state had some thundersnow although at least we didn’t get the (so far) mythical snownados.

So far, I’ve never seen thundersnow and I’m sad about that. I can do without a snownado, though.

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