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Hurricane Wilma survivor - LONG STORY (pictures on page 2)

Posted: Wed, 26th Oct 2005, 11:40pm

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I have so many stories to tell you. I do not know where to begin.

Let's start it off: We just got power back on after 72 hours of darkness. Everybody outside is honking their horns (pft, like they have any gas left in their cars?), screaming and yelling, and it's very refreshing to have power.

I learned so much from this direct hit from Hurricane Wilma. I have stories that I call tell you that would take you back to year 1800. I have stories to tell you about FEMA and their crap service. I have stories to tell you about damage.

No lights meant at night we have to use lanterns and flashlights. No electricity meant we had to listen to the radio. It also meant no air conditioning, no refrigerator, nothing. No phones -- have to add that. We cooked everything and anything on the grill. Eggs, hotdogs, chicken, pasta, soup.. Outside were families, children, everyone. Everyone came together, made new friends, went for walks around the city, did things that have never been done before in this area of Florida. It was an amazing trip back to the 19th century. Would I ever want to do it again? No. 72 hours of nothing. But it was an experience I will never forget.

Now let's get on to FEMA. FEMA needs to be dropped, the entire project. I have to tell you that. They're slow, unorganized, oh and I have to tell you that they'd rather help out the poor people with no power over the richer people with no power. We all have no power, we all need ice and water, but oh, you want to send 20 FEMA trucks to the run-down areas of Florida but only 1 truck to the richer areas? You heard me. There was only one truck from FEMA in our area. Here's the BIG thing about FEMA - First they promised ice and water in my area at 12pm. Oh, then 2pm. Then 3pm. Then 5pm. Then they came on the radio and said "we do not want to tell you when the trucks will arive." Yup, they had no idea. They aren't organized? THEN the truck arrived 30 minutes before curfew. It was dark, and guess what? No power = no lights. Broward County Sheriffs (BSO) brought spotlights and many squad cars with lights on so that we could see. The big thing about this? FEMA sent us water -- but no ice. There was a COPS moment when I went walking with my family. A guy got out of his car and was walking and yelling. The police would have used forced with guns, however, the guy finally went back into his car.

Damage.. about $10 billion worth of damage. Downed power lines, downed trees (almost every single tree is gone), roof tiles have been blown off .. and I'm talking about MY area. In areas 15 minutes from here, the buildings are not as sturdy. Windows blown out, roofs torn off, billboards cracked in half.. In the news you see Fort Meyers and Naples. THEY DID NOT GET HIT WITH THIS STORM! Northern Broward County did. Guess where I live? Yes, you guessed it. The place that got hit the worst. And no one even cares to look for us. Didn't make landfall here, right? But, ah, it was more powerful here.

I bet you don't even know how many people were out of power? 2/3rd the population of Florida had no power. About a third probably still doesn't. There was no Wilma coverage in USA Today other than a 3 inch x 3 inch article. Is it really that unimportant? So we still have to do all of this Katrina stuff, yet, we got hit just as bad? Oh, I'm sorry, WORSE. They got rain, we got wind. Wind = damage, rain = flooding. Damage = much most costly than rain.

I have no school until next Monday. Don't know about after that if there won't be any.

Hurricane Wilma was an experience like none other.

THE SKY WAS AMAZING AT NIGHT. IF I COULD HAVE TAKEN PICTURES, I WOULD HAVE. IT WAS THE MOST AMAZING THING I HAD EVER SEEN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. YOU COULD SEE THOUSANDS OF STARS, EVERY SINGLE LITTLE DETAIL IN SPACE, AND IT WAS JUST ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE.

There's no cable right now, but I can tell you this. Hurricane Wilma was something that was unlike anything I've ever experienced.

OH OH OH, and they do plan on having atleast Tropical Storm Beta in the upcoming days.

I have about 50 pictures to post. Will someone recharge my camera battery for me?

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Posted: Wed, 26th Oct 2005, 11:49pm

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Ouch. My house didn't get hit bad at all, but it got really cold. In fact, there's a fire in my fireplace right now. Hope your house is back to normal soon. I guess now we know why you're always the one posting hurricane threads. razz




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Posted: Wed, 26th Oct 2005, 11:49pm

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Sounds pretty bad.....We had slight wind and downpours for a couple of hours.
Posted: Wed, 26th Oct 2005, 11:52pm

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Can't wait for them pictures...
Posted: Wed, 26th Oct 2005, 11:53pm

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Deepcoiler wrote:

Sounds pretty bad.....We had slight wind and downpours for a couple of hours.
This is the first time in 8 years we've ever lost power. We got a direct hit from it (the first direct hit since 1947) and it was definetly a really interesting experience.

The winds here were horrible. The damage is horrible as well. Our homes are not damaged due to the code set in 1994 (and all of our houses are newer than 1994), but patios, roofs, trees, trampolines, I'm telling you.. these things just got blown around.

OH, and hurricane shutters flew off of windows. That's how powerful the wind was. The storm had category 3 winds, we know that. But it was moving at 20 something miles per hour. Add it all up and that's category 4 winds. No different than Hurricane Katrina's category 4 winds.
Posted: Thu, 27th Oct 2005, 12:17am

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Wow. During Frances last year, we had it pretty bad. We never lost power, but we got about $300 in damage to our pool screen. Branches the size of small trees fell into our pool, the water was green, and we had about 2 or three hours of yard work to do, cleaning it all up. With about ten people working, including some of my friends, and their dads. Jeanne wasn't bad, but we lost a tree. Even though Charlie cost the least damage last year, it was the only one we lost power in. Wilma, as I already said, wasn't bad for us. I think maybe we should rename this thread, "Storm stories" and we tell about our hurricane expeiriences. I know I think it would be fun.
Posted: Thu, 27th Oct 2005, 12:22am

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"Storm stories, tonight at 8, on the Weather Channel. And now here's your Local on the 8's."
Posted: Thu, 27th Oct 2005, 12:26am

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Lithium Kraft wrote:

"Storm stories, tonight at 8, on the Weather Channel. And now here's your Local on the 8's."
I know. It is pretty cheesy to copy it, but what else is there? Tonight on fxhome.com: General chat: "Stories about nearly dying in hurricanes". I suppose hurricane stories is good, but I didn't want to think about such a simple suggestion.
Posted: Thu, 27th Oct 2005, 12:38am

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We got some wind... over here... in... Wyoming...

...don't think it came from Wilma...

Yeah. Humor. Ha ha. I do sincerely hope you and your loved ones are safe, though, and that you're able to get your house and life back to relatively normal order.

Best wishes,
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Posted: Thu, 27th Oct 2005, 12:42am

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film freak wrote:

Wow. During Frances last year, we had it pretty bad. We never lost power, but we got about $300 in damage to our pool screen. Branches the size of small trees fell into our pool, the water was green, and we had about 2 or three hours of yard work to do, cleaning it all up. With about ten people working, including some of my friends, and their dads. Jeanne wasn't bad, but we lost a tree. Even though Charlie cost the least damage last year, it was the only one we lost power in. Wilma, as I already said, wasn't bad for us. I think maybe we should rename this thread, "Storm stories" and we tell about our hurricane expeiriences. I know I think it would be fun.
Here trees fell on houses, cars, and pool screens. The wind demolished pool screens. According to my neighbors, it's going to cost them $25,000 to get tanother pool screen.

Anyone here who has a pool screen has damage. Either a few of the screens flew out, or the entire structure collapsed (the majority of them collapsed).

As far as storm stories go, I'm all fine with that. razz
Posted: Thu, 27th Oct 2005, 1:34am

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Hey guys

As I just moved to Miami a few months ago, this has been an eye opening experience.

Although I live very close to Biscayne Bay, and many places around me got hit pretty bad, I remarkably am ok. Although I can't say the same for a lot of others. I seem to have been the only one in my office that did not got significant damage and had power within 36 hours of the storm. Although there were two trees in the front of our apartment complex, myself and a few others tried to move what little we could before FPL and other workers came to remove the trees. My car, unlike 1/3 of the people in my apartment, was also untouched.

As far as FXHomers are concerned, I've had quite a few days off so I've had time to watch a lot of peoples submissions and attempt to give suggestions and feedback, which I really do miss.

Please don't percieve this post as me gloating, nor acting like Nelson Muntz and saying "ha ha". Believe me when I say that I feel blessed. And I'm glad to see you guys are ok.
Posted: Thu, 27th Oct 2005, 1:45am

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Oh no..Darkjedi...the POOL SCREENS? Oh...said it isnt so....And no ICE? aw shit...I'm sure a few people lost everything they have. But, thats Nothin' compared to pool screens..Tragic.

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Posted: Thu, 27th Oct 2005, 2:04am

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My Grandma lives in Ft. Meyers I believe. They got nailed. Her house is designed well though, not much could have happened.
Posted: Thu, 27th Oct 2005, 2:13am

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Serpent wrote:

My Grandma lives in Ft. Meyers I believe. They got nailed. Her house is designed well though, not much could have happened.
She lost 3 pool screen panels, and two small trees. I don't think her power is back on.
Posted: Thu, 27th Oct 2005, 2:18am

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Don't know if that was a counter to my statement or not, but if it was, that is nothing compared to what could happen. Pool screens are nothing, and trees don't matter too much. Power loss sucks, but can be dealt with.

The only hurricane I have been through that was bad was Hurricane Bob in 1993, I believe, in Cape Cod. I remember it decently. We had Hurricane Isabel a couple of years ago, and I thought that was bad. After recent events, that is no more than a thunderstorm. Good luck to all in all of this mess.
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We got some really strong winds, perhaps related to Hurricane Katrina up here in Canada and it ripped off an old tree that was badly wounded, and it fell on powerlines in our backyard and snapped the telephone pole in two. It was amazing since I was actually in my back yard when it fell and I saw sparks fly all over the place and there was a lot of loud firecracker-like noises.

We didn't get the power back until 25 hours later which was really boring, so I feel your pain smile
Posted: Thu, 27th Oct 2005, 2:33am

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Oh no..Darkjedi...the POOL SCREENS? Oh...said it isnt so....And no ICE? aw poo...I'm sure a few people lost everything they have. But, thats Nothin' compared to pool screens..Tragic.
-_-

You do realize that getting a pool screen replaced is going to cost a lot of money, right? Not everyone is allowed to get money to use from their insurance for the damage.

My house rarely gets damaged. We have a few roof tiles down, that's nothing big, many ficas (large shrubs) down in our backyard, and two sorta kinda not very but a little (razz) large trees down.

I have some pictures to show you shortly. smile
Posted: Thu, 27th Oct 2005, 2:46am

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Pictures: (LOTS of them)



















































Posted: Thu, 27th Oct 2005, 2:48am

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Yeah, thats great that they cost ALOT of money. But then again, You sound kinda like a spoiled kid if you're saying Pool screens are apparently a HORRIBLE loss, when you never even mentioned People who couldnt afford a pool in the first place gettin' F'ed in the A because now what little they DID have is gone entirely. But OH..we have to fork out for Pool covers Wah wah wah...

Im sure this posts sounds harsh and all, but think about it.
Posted: Thu, 27th Oct 2005, 2:52am

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Yeah, thats great that they cost ALOT of money. But then again, You sound kinda like a spoiled kid if you're saying Pool screens are apparently a HORRIBLE loss, when you never even mentioned People who couldnt afford a pool in the first place gettin' F'ed in the A because now what little they DID have is gone entirely. But OH..we have to fork out for Pool covers Wah wah wah...

Im sure this posts sounds harsh and all, but think about it.
The houses we live in were built after 1994. They can withstand very high winds o.o

The houses they live in were built before 1994. They cannot withstand hurricane force winds very much.

Therefore our damage isn't to our homes like theirs is. So the damage we have to talk about is of that -- a pool screen for example, because that's all we have.
Posted: Thu, 27th Oct 2005, 2:56am

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I see.

Judging by those pics, the storm was decent. If you really want to see some crazy Sh!t, come to MT and be on a freeway overpast around midnight in the dead of winter during a storm. now THAT will scare the hell out of you wink
Posted: Thu, 27th Oct 2005, 3:08am

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Bryce007 wrote:

I see.

Judging by those pics, the storm was decent. If you really want to see some crazy Sh!t, come to MT and be on a freeway overpast around midnight in the dead of winter during a storm. now THAT will scare the hell out of you wink
Blizzards are fun! It might sound crazy, but I love standing outside in the middle of a blizzard. What a great feeling....ah.
Posted: Thu, 27th Oct 2005, 3:11am

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Bryce007 wrote:

I see.

Judging by those pics, the storm was decent. If you really want to see some crazy Sh!t, come to MT and be on a freeway overpast around midnight in the dead of winter during a storm. now THAT will scare the hell out of you wink
I'd rather not. wink

"The storm was decent." Well it depends what you're comparing it to. Compare it to Andrew and you may say it's decent, but Andrew was in 1992. In 1994, a code was set for all Floridian homes, whether they be houses or condos or apartments.. They must be set to a certain standard .. and that standard is able to withstand hurricane force winds, as you saw with my pictures. No house damage, just trees and whatnot. And please remember that our power lines and telephone lines are underground (which is why we rarely lose power. This was something with the transmitter, not our lines). I drove down 15 minutes from here where they have power lines and whatnot and they were all snapped in half, there were electrical lines thingies hanging down into the street, the houses were damaged severly in certain places (built before 1994), and ..

So it depends what you're comparing it to and what the place is built like.
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DarkJedi07 wrote:

Bryce007 wrote:

Yeah, thats great that they cost ALOT of money. But then again, You sound kinda like a spoiled kid if you're saying Pool screens are apparently a HORRIBLE loss, when you never even mentioned People who couldnt afford a pool in the first place gettin' F'ed in the A because now what little they DID have is gone entirely. But OH..we have to fork out for Pool covers Wah wah wah...

Im sure this posts sounds harsh and all, but think about it.
The houses we live in were built after 1994. They can withstand very high winds o.o

The houses they live in were built before 1994. They cannot withstand hurricane force winds very much.

Therefore our damage isn't to our homes like theirs is. So the damage we have to talk about is of that -- a pool screen for example, because that's all we have.
Maybe you shouldn't talk about things that you lost. Maybe you should just be thankful for things that you still have. You know just to be optomistic. Sorry but I agree with bryce, a pool screen is not a loss. Who even cares go get a new one. If those kinda things are the things you lost. Well then your little hurricaine experience I would say was a positive one as opposed to a negative one like someone who lost EVERYTHING they owned. So therefore I think you should focus on the positive aspect of your hurricaine experience. Since you didn't lose anything except a losey pool screen. You were lucky my friend you were lucky....
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Well then your little hurricaine experience I would say was a positive one as opposed to a negative one like someone who lost EVERYTHING they owned. So therefore I think you should focus on the positive aspect of your hurricaine experience.
I definately wouldn't say his experience was a positive one, even compared to people who lost everything. DarkJedi's experience was still negative, but just not to the full extent of those people who had a devastatingly negative experience. The only things that made it postive was the pretty sky, the grilled food (if you like grilled food), and community bonding. If you want to see a light-pollution free sky, drive an hour of two away from the city. Grilled food is fine for like one meal a day, but constantly eating it would suck. On the other hand, community bonding is a pretty good upside of this whole thing.The cons, though, far outweigh the pros. No electricity for an extended persiod of time. Hundreds or thousands of dollar in structural repairs, thousands (once you figure in the repairs) of dollars in landscaping ruined, no "real" technology, no good supply of water and ice (remember--ice is used not only in drinks, but to minimize swelling from injuries and to keep hundreds of dollars of food cold in the fridge) and probably a million other things I forgot. That doesn't sound fun to me.
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I sure am glad I'm moving to that area of Florida pretty soon.
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Your experience sounds unpleasant, very much so, but I'd rather be in your shoes struggling with grilled food as opposed to being a survivor in Pakistan being generally ignored by the international community.
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rogolo wrote:

ssj john wrote:

Well then your little hurricaine experience I would say was a positive one as opposed to a negative one like someone who lost EVERYTHING they owned. So therefore I think you should focus on the positive aspect of your hurricaine experience.
I definately wouldn't say his experience was a positive one, even compared to people who lost everything. DarkJedi's experience was still negative, but just not to the full extent of those people who had a devastatingly negative experience. The only things that made it postive was the pretty sky, the grilled food (if you like grilled food), and community bonding. If you want to see a light-pollution free sky, drive an hour of two away from the city. Grilled food is fine for like one meal a day, but constantly eating it would suck. On the other hand, community bonding is a pretty good upside of this whole thing.The cons, though, far outweigh the pros. No electricity for an extended persiod of time. Hundreds or thousands of dollar in structural repairs, thousands (once you figure in the repairs) of dollars in landscaping ruined, no "real" technology, no good supply of water and ice (remember--ice is used not only in drinks, but to minimize swelling from injuries and to keep hundreds of dollars of food cold in the fridge) and probably a million other things I forgot. That doesn't sound fun to me.
EDIT: Just to inform you all, my first post was an expository. I was explaining to you the events of the aftermath of the hurricane. razz
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Right, there are DEFINETLY people that were a lot worse than me during this hurricane, but you have to remember that the ONLY thing I complained about in my post was FEMA. People keep telling me that we need to not let the government give us this stuff, but get it ourselves. Well what in the hell? You want us to go looting?

The damage I posted about was also minor compared to other people that got hit with the hurricane. But that's because OUR houses are built to a certain standard - they can withstand hurricane force winds. That's why we do not have damage to our homes. It's the law to have a house built to that standard. If not, it can't be approved to live in. The houses that the people that had their homes DEMOLISHED are people that live in houses pre-1994, when the standard was set.

Oh and also please note that I was just posting about MY experience during this hurricane, not comparing it to people that had worse damage.

Mr Anderson, were you being serious? o.o
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Yeah, I was being serious; in a sarcastic sort of way.
Although I don't think its actually too close to where Darkjedi is.

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DarkJedi07 wrote:

Bryce007 wrote:

Yeah, thats great that they cost ALOT of money. But then again, You sound kinda like a spoiled kid if you're saying Pool screens are apparently a HORRIBLE loss, when you never even mentioned People who couldnt afford a pool in the first place gettin' F'ed in the A because now what little they DID have is gone entirely. But OH..we have to fork out for Pool covers Wah wah wah...

Im sure this posts sounds harsh and all, but think about it.
The houses we live in were built after 1994. They can withstand very high winds o.o

The houses they live in were built before 1994. They cannot withstand hurricane force winds very much.

Therefore our damage isn't to our homes like theirs is. So the damage we have to talk about is of that -- a pool screen for example, because that's all we have.
Yet you complain about more aid being sent to the poorer districts? Maybe you're caught up in the emotions of things as I can imagine whatever the damage - a hurricane is a traumatic experience. From my standpoint, what you've had to endure is rather minor and superficial, less pleasant than a normal day yes, and I imagine a hell of a load more stressful but ultimately nothing massive.

I don't meant to offend you, but you are coming off as being a bit naive in regard to how serious the situation is in areas other than your wind proof neighbourhood. So be happy you've still got what you have, a pool screen really is nothing when people have lost their lives from very similiar hurricanes.
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Hybrid-Halo wrote:

DarkJedi07 wrote:

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Yeah, thats great that they cost ALOT of money. But then again, You sound kinda like a spoiled kid if you're saying Pool screens are apparently a HORRIBLE loss, when you never even mentioned People who couldnt afford a pool in the first place gettin' F'ed in the A because now what little they DID have is gone entirely. But OH..we have to fork out for Pool covers Wah wah wah...

Im sure this posts sounds harsh and all, but think about it.
The houses we live in were built after 1994. They can withstand very high winds o.o

The houses they live in were built before 1994. They cannot withstand hurricane force winds very much.

Therefore our damage isn't to our homes like theirs is. So the damage we have to talk about is of that -- a pool screen for example, because that's all we have.
Yet you complain about more aid being sent to the poorer districts? Maybe you're caught up in the emotions of things as I can imagine whatever the damage - a hurricane is a traumatic experience. From my standpoint, what you've had to endure is rather minor and superficial, less pleasant than a normal day yes, and I imagine a hell of a load more stressful but ultimately nothing massive.

I don't meant to offend you, but you are coming off as being a bit naive in regard to how serious the situation is in areas other than your wind proof neighbourhood. So be happy you've still got what you have, a pool screen really is nothing when people have lost their lives from very similiar hurricanes.
Yeah but there are thousands of people complaining. I'm just transfering their stories.

Sorry. sad
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Wow. Now I can't say I've ever been through a bad hurricane. And Bryce, about that blizzard thing, I'm envious. I have NEVER seen snow in my entire life, except for fake ice and stuff at theme parks.
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Holy cow... never seen snow? How sad sad

You should go to Canada in early January in the east, and go outside at -25'C. That'll teach ya.
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I think I'm going to New Hampshire in two months for my birthday. The closest I ever got was when I lived in Texas, and our entire lawn was covered with thick ice. No snow, though. sad
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Heh, thick ice? You haven't seen real thick ice rain then. That's when it rains but the ice freezes when it touches the ground, which sometimes makes EVERYTHING covered in about a cm of ice. Must be my favorite type of weather, since we get no school usually and can slide around everywhere.