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Old 01-16-2016, 10:23 AM   #3661
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Second coldest day of the winter so far. 13 below zero with a 13 mph wind for a windchill of -35. Supposed to hit -26 tonight and tomorrow night no forecast yet on wind.
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Beautiful photo, Nodak!!

Surely that's not smog that I am seeing in the photo, off in the distance. Is that effect due to the cold temperatures?

Anyway, stay warm if you can.

It's 63F here today, with bright sunny skies so it will probably warm up more later. I awakened to find a bright sunbeam splashed across my den this morning, which reminded me of the John Denver song "Sunbeam on my Shoulders". I love the weather here. The crime level stinks, but you can't have everything.
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Whenever I curse the winter weather gods in Chicago, I know I can get an instant warmup by seeing a post from Nodak. Now I feel like we're snowbirds with our balmy high forecast tomorrow of 5 degrees.
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0 today with -35 wind chills in St. Paul. But it is sunny, the heat is cranked up, cats are purring, and a very cozy day.
There was a story on the news last night as to how wind chills began to be calculated differently in 2002 (or thereabouts: I can't remember exactly). Before that time -35 was -50.
Supposed to bounce back into the 30s by the end of next week.
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the haze in the background of the photo is retreating ice fog; just a very thick haze of ice crystals. That's why the tree branches are frosted over. The sun came out as the fog left. We are supposed to be in the +20s area by next Thursday.
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I really like the look of the frosted trees, here's 3 more. I wish I could take cedit for these but they were done by friends. Windchill warnings for -50 have been issued for tonight. I am not going anywhere.
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the haze in the background of the photo is retreating ice fog; just a very thick haze of ice crystals. That's why the tree branches are frosted over. The sun came out as the fog left. We are supposed to be in the +20s area by next Thursday.
Ah!!! Thank you. I had never heard of ice fog before, but thought it looked like some sort of weather phenomenon so that makes sense. Thanks for explaining.
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Ice fog can make some really neat displays at night. Where ever there is a light a column will form above it.
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Ice fog can make some really neat displays at night. Where ever there is a light a column will form above it.
WOW!!!!! That's amazing! If I ever saw that, I'd think I was hallucinating.

All that, and you get Northern Lights, too. So many different light shows in the sky up there.
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WOW!!!!! That's amazing! If I ever saw that, I'd think I was hallucinating.

All that, and you get Northern Lights, too. So many different light shows in the sky up there.
Hey, W2R, maybe you and Frank should consider a trip north! That Toyota Venza would like a workout too!
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Hey, W2R, maybe you and Frank should consider a trip north! That Toyota Venza would like a workout too!
The nice thing about photos, is that I don't have to experience sub zero temperatures to see the light show.

I know, I know, experiences are better than things but I think this is one experience I wouldn't mind skipping. Brrrrrrrr!
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The nice thing about photos, is that I don't have to experience sub zero temperatures to see the light show.

I know, I know, experiences are better than things but I think this is one experience I wouldn't mind skipping. Brrrrrrrr!
I understand. I used to live north of Nodak, where Music Lover lives now. I moved because I didn't want to deal with the winters any more after over 20 years. They are extreme but strangely beautiful. I'm glad I had the experience.
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The nice thing about photos, is that I don't have to experience sub zero temperatures to see the light show.

I know, I know, experiences are better than things but I think this is one experience I wouldn't mind skipping. Brrrrrrrr!
That's quite alright, I'll take the cold over hurricanes any day. I've never spent a winter south of Minneapolis so I'm used to it.
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Here's a sample of ND northern lights. If you're far enough out away from traffic and towns you can hear them buzz and crackle.
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Second coldest day of the winter so far. 13 below zero with a 13 mph wind for a windchill of -35. Supposed to hit -26 tonight and tomorrow night no forecast yet on wind.
Almost gives me fond memories of Purdhoe bay, minus the tree. Or Fairbanks. Mercifully the Aleutians were not nearly as cold.
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That's quite alright, I'll take the cold over hurricanes any day. I've never spent a winter south of Minneapolis so I'm used to it.
I hope you didn't take offense! I don't mean it as "dissing" northern climates. I just have not lived north of Virginia in fifty years, so the cold would be very challenging for me to deal with.

And yes, I wouldn't want you to come here during the time of a hurricane impact, either. It's not nice.
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I hope you didn't take offense! I don't mean it as "dissing" northern climates. I just have not lived north of Virginia in fifty years, so the cold would be very challenging for me to deal with.

And yes, I wouldn't want you to come here during the time of a hurricane impact, either. It's not nice.
No offense taken at all.
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Here's a sample of ND northern lights. If you're far enough out away from traffic and towns you can hear them buzz and crackle.
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Beautiful photos!

I did see the northern lights once, and only once - - in Vermont, in 1958. Unforgettable, even though I was only 10 years old at the time.
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I understand. I used to live north of Nodak, where Music Lover lives now. I moved because I didn't want to deal with the winters any more after over 20 years. They are extreme but strangely beautiful. I'm glad I had the experience.
Not sure exactly where you are, but I looked up Kelowna, and it is indeed relatively balmy compared to Cavalier, ND, or Winnipeg.

Posting this while the outside is 60F (16C).
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Years ago there was a TV newsman that toured the country in a motor home and reported on it, his name escapes me now. He was in North Dakota in the winter and wrote a line I really think is so true: "In North Dakota the weather is a joke that keeps people together."
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