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Old 01-06-2014, 10:33 AM   #161
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Really pretty image, ronstar, as is the photo you posted in the photography thread of sunrise this morning.
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DH had gone to college in northern Wisconsin, right on Lake Superior, so cold doesn't really faze him.
He went to Northland? Great school. He's probably accustomed to that Ohio lake-effect snow too.
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This beautiful pic reminds me of when we lived in Ridgefield, CT.

Today it was 16 degrees in North Texas which is very cold for us.
We had a similar cold snap in 1982. I was living in Milwaukee at the time and was scheduled to attend a trade show in Atlanta. Boy, I was thrilled to be able to fly down south to escape the icebox.

When I got to Atlanta, though, it was 15 degrees! A couple inches of show had shut the whole city down. Water mains were popping everywhere and store clerks were working in their winter coats. After a couple days I managed to get out of town by hiring a tow truck operator to take me to the airport.
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Really pretty image, ronstar, as is the photo you posted in the photography thread of sunrise this morning.
Thanks - At first I thought I wouldn't get any good photo opportunities in this weather, but a lot of snow and -17 degree mornings have made things interesting
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Balmy 11 BELOW for today's afternoon high here in Hoosier heartland, with WC's of 35 below.
Safe to scratch Northern Alaska off my list of retirement locales

BTW- Silly to use a warm '14 Winter Olympics in the "global Warming" argument. Sochi was simply a dumb choice. It is one of the few large cities in Russia with a SUBTROPICAL climate! It is a summer resort area with palm trees & lies in plant growth Hardiness Zone 8b/9a, same as San Antonio, TX. Sochi's ave daytime hi in Feb is 47+F.
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This beautiful pic reminds me of when we lived in Ridgefield, CT.

Today it was 16 degrees in North Texas which is very cold for us.
Ooooo - I bet it's going to be colder there tonight!
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Wind chill for Sunday night. My home town is in the middle of the -70 bullseye.
And here I was not so happy and we're not even close to the 0 zone.

It's supposed to get down to maybe 15 here in central GA, but then again we are currently camped out in a motorhome!
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Going to be cold everywhere tonight and tomorrow, especially up north. Y'all stay warm and safe,
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Weatherman in Houston said it's colder here right now than it is in Anchorage, Alaska. It's going to get to around 20 F tonight, but not nearly as cold as way north of here.
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Lucky me, I've been summoned for jury duty on Tuesday when it's supposed to be about 20 below. I sincerely hope they settle out of court.
Let's see, jury duty, in North Dakota, in Jan., during a record cold snap.

I think you must have done some really evil things in a previous life.
You have my sympathy and admiration if you actually show up tomorrow.
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Let's see, jury duty, in North Dakota, in Jan., during a record cold snap.

I think you must have done some really evil things in a previous life.
You have my sympathy and admiration if you actually show up tomorrow.
They settled out of court. YAY

I will be going out today anyway. It's 2 above and that's no problem at all.
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Down to -3 this morning (mid-Atlantic).

Electric out for 2.5 hours last evening. Rolling outages throughout the local electric company service area due to falling trees (quite windy).

Thank goodness we had our backup generator installed last March. Installed 10 months and have recorded 10 outages thus far; some a few minutes - some a few hours.

Best "investment" we've made and almost a necessity for an all electic home (no NG in our area).

When the lights go out, we just count to 20. By that time the 110V circuits come on, followed by sequenced 220V circuits within a few minutes.

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It got a little weird in Fargo last night.

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Nights must be really long in Fargo - the article is dated February 18, 2013...
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Nights must be really long in Fargo - the article is dated February 18, 2013...
I missed the date. The page I found the link on said last night.
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Thank goodness we had our backup generator installed last March. Installed 10 months and have recorded 10 outages thus far; some a few minutes - some a few hours.
Wow, that's a lot of outages! Reminds me of my years living in Texas (REW, you can add "frequent electrical outages and brownouts" to your list, at least for College Station). Here on the outskirts of New Orleans I have barely had any outages long enough to make the clocks blink. Well, I suppose we have maybe 0-1 per year, excluding outages due to hurricanes.
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I hear you Nodak. I couldn't take it any longer so I gassed up the Eskimo 10" ice auger, bundled up and went fishing today! have not caught any fish yet, but hoping to pull out a pike or walleye. It is a balmy 7 above zero but there is no wind to speak of so I am totally enjoying myself in the outdoors...........got it all to my self! Ha!.
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As cold as it is in parts of North America right now, they have had record warmth across the globe in Russia, Scandanavia, and nearby areas since at least November.
50ºF/9C this morning in Strasbourg, France - seasonal average calls for freezing temperatures. The coldest clear night we've had all winter so far is 26F, which is nuts. I don't like long hard winters, but I'd be happy to have 2-3 weeks around freezing to kill a few bugs.

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All you have to do to verify that is look at the average dates for first ice on the lakes and ice-off the lakes in the spring, to see that winters have been getting shorter and milder over that time period. Sure, we have an occasional really cold winter (like this one so far), but if you look at the overall trend, it has clearly been toward shorter and milder winters. As someone else said, don't confuse weather with climate.....they are different animals.
When I was a kid in England, the first pro cricket game of the summer started around April 20, and the last was September 5-6. Before, the air was too cold (cricket involves catching a ball very like a baseball with *bare hands*) and after, there was too much dew about. These days, the season starts around April 8 and goes on until September 20.
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When I was a kid in England, the first pro cricket game of the summer started around April 20, and the last was September 5-6. Before, the air was too cold (cricket involves catching a ball very like a baseball with *bare hands*) and after, there was too much dew about. These days, the season starts around April 8 and goes on until September 20.
The extended season gives you time for what four or five traditional cricket games.
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