this is my dairy about the winter storm occurred in Feb 2021.
Feb 13 Sat. 27-30F. Stockpile food (glad I did it). Heard ice building on roads, so instead I shopped on foot. Almost fell because of invisible ice.
Feb 14 Sun. 12-30F Stay home. Freeze warning, keep water dropping. Listened to police radio for a while and heard nothing but crashes. Person is bleeding on Colorado Hills… that is why we advise everyone (to stay off road)…. several vehicles… we need a tow at…. some of the ten fours sound like sigh and two person exchanging (insurance) info was almost a relief. It snowed the night and sounded like raining cats and dogs.
Feb 15 Mon 10-27F. Snow. Wake up by UPS beeps. Turned it off and woke up again by chilling. Realized the power outage could last for a while, announced my unavailability to coworkers. Then saw this outside
Went out for some warm food. Big mistake. 4-10 inches of snow and sometimes step on curbs. Wandering dogs. HEB and everything else closed. No cell signals most of the way. Good that almost nobody is driving and for the rest they drive really slow. And snow blindness is a thing.
Power briefly went back for about an hour after 3pm. but that is just enough for cooking and charging power banks.
Feb 16 Tue 6-25F. Cloudy. Room temperature dropped so much that my dog was crying. So took her to the warmest place in the room.
and dress her with a cut rice bag
Power back again after 3pm for 40 minutes. Cooked and charged.
Started refreshing ERCOT web site. The 60KMW goal was never reached, only briefly touched 50KMW.
Feb 17 Wed. 23-32F. Snow. From the ERCOT report, the grid almost crashed in the morning with almost no margin between generation and load. Generation picked up in the afternoon to 55KMW but power didn’t come back at all today. Did some cleanup, help neighbor and got helped by a neighbor with a hammer.
Pipe started to burst everywhere and I lost water today.
Feb 18 Thu. 19-32F. Snow. Slept up early yesterday and woke up at 1am. Then saw this:
Brightest night in years.
Power went back on around 2 am. The ERCOT price map is almost green now, with a small deep blue spot indicating negative power prices near Houston. But without water I can no longer cook. Decided to get some water from HEB. My car was actually frozen up like this
So I decided to take a bus which is running for the first time since Monday. The trees along the way are down by the snowstorm:
They looked like this in the summer
On the way there was a pond
I wonder where the ducks went. And this was the pond in the summer
At HEB there’s a long line… and thick ice.
Someone actually fell and one helping on the left almost fell too when running over.
Got in after an hour of waiting in line. Unfortunately there was no waster or milk on the shelf. Settled for some juice and soymilk.
Icicle fell off and scared a bus rider. But it is a good sign that ice was melting.
My apartment offered its pool water for toilet use. Nice for them.
ERCOT reports 60KMW generation for the first time and the price map is sky blue, means everything normal again.