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Old 02-05-2007, 11:32 PM   #1
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Is the cold weather I'm hearing about as unusual as what's being reported ?
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Old 02-06-2007, 05:08 AM   #2
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Is the cold weather I'm hearing about as unusual as what's being reported ?
Nope - not unusual at all. In fact it's all due to global warming. (sorry I couldn't resist).

Locally here in Maryland, USA it's currently 9 F. That's a bit colder than normal for here.

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Old 02-06-2007, 08:36 AM   #3
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We are colder than normal-righ after having record high temps a few weeks ago.
We're running the same temps Bill..8F and with wind chill (which has been brutal for several days) it's like minus 9 F.

So it is a safe bet to say that I will not be going out again today!
lol
brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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Old 02-06-2007, 08:45 AM   #4
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It's been super cold up here, but not all that unusual for this time of year. We typically get a few days like this every winter. -23 wind chill yesterday morning! My dog still insists on going for her (2) 2.5 mile walks everyday though, so I really have to bundle up!

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Old 02-06-2007, 09:35 AM   #5
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It's cold here in Northern Maine, but it's not at all unusual for this time of year. I remember years where we had close to a month of sub-zero temps, with wind chills as low as -65. It seems to be getting milder just about every year.
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Old 02-06-2007, 09:36 AM   #6
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At the moment it's 0/-9 here but was -7/-32 yesterday which is why they closed the schools. Normally it has to hit -20 (that's with wind chill) to close, and that's because so many kids wait for buses. Sometimes they'll have a one-hour delay, hoping it'll warm a little. Our school systems build in 3 "snow days" a year but seldom use them for snow. It's more often for extreme cold, the odd power outage or staff illness (there's a LOT of flu going around right now.)
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Old 02-06-2007, 09:41 AM   #7
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GREG AGNEW/TIMES & TRANSCRIPT



Here is a pic from this morning's paper... We are in a deep freeze. It use to be like Cathy said, down here too. But a month and half ago, it was 12C = 55F. That was not normal. To answer your question Ron.

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Old 02-06-2007, 09:42 AM   #8
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We are in the thick of a normal northern Minnesota deep freeze! It is -25F here right now, we hit -30's the last several nights in a row. When the wind was up, we were getting wind chills of -44 and lower. It is unusual for *this* winter, as we have had above normal temps most of the season, but not unusual for winter up here as a general rule. What is not normal is the lack of any significant snowfall.
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Old 02-06-2007, 11:40 AM   #9
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Same here - least snow in years. I think we've got about 4-5 inches on the ground, though north of us on the Tug Hill plateau (directly east of Lake Ontario) they measure in feet, about 5-6 feet in the last few days, on top of whatever they had before this storm. That's normal for them.
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Old 02-06-2007, 12:26 PM   #10
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Unbelievable.....you folks must be a hearty breed.

The question was prompted by the media coverage that suggested it was unusually cold in your parts, and that people were turning into popsicles.

Being a "desert rat" the vast majority of my life, I cannot relate. Correct me if I'm wrong, but what I've gathered from the replies so far is...a bit colder but not extreme.
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Old 02-07-2007, 09:53 AM   #11
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Here in North Central Illinois we are currently at minus 18 F. wind chill is at minus 30 something. Technically speaking it's colder than a witches bottom!

Yesterday we got 5 inches of fluffy white stuff, sort of unusual when it's this cold.
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Old 02-07-2007, 11:43 AM   #12
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Wowee! We're havin'a heat wave - it's 12 above!! Breakin' out the shorts - not!
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Old 02-07-2007, 12:33 PM   #13
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Quote:
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Here in North Central Illinois we are currently at minus 18 F. wind chill is at minus 30 something. Technically speaking it's colder than a witches bottom!
LOL Peter

OK New Jersey is chilly, but nothing like what I experienced in the 60's in Montreal.
I was telling Susan this morning the common practice if one's car got very cold overnight was to place the battery in the oven to warm up and hopefully restore a modicum of voltage together with removing the spark plugs
I initially had a superb 1962 Buick Special super-compact



Ah such sweet memories!!!
which featured GM's then revolutionary 3.5 litre aluminium V8.
Yes it was in Canada so it was aluminium whatever the makers thought the metal's correct name was!You know aluminium just like sodium and not at all like cadmum!!
(that engine was later made down under as the Brabham/Repco V8 and built by Land Rover in the UK:I had strongly suspected that current Range Rovers, now part of the Ford range still use "my" engine but no the inevitable wiki
shows in a great write up at:-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rover_V8_engine
that now the Jaguar V8 is used
Anyway the engine was shoe horned in making access to the two rearmost spark plugs "tricky"
This meant that after a few winter's plug removal and the subseqent wear on the threads from inadvertently cross threading,
not hard with frozen fingers, and a series of thread inserts installallations it became impossible to remove those two plugs for
fettling and I then had a V6!!!
Would anyone from say Edmonton care to comment here
In Montreal we took solace from the story that over there it got so insanely cold that it was customary to plug your engine's dipstick replacement oil heater into upstands in car parks which had electrical sockets
(My Buick did have a sort of plug in hotplate under the battery)
I also still shiver at the thought of one February morning when Montreal was minus 24 degrees Fahrenheit
and I was the only one of my class of 6 beginners who turned up for our weekly 2-hour ski lesson at Sun Valley in the Laurentians at
St Adele


but in a necessarily shortened hour one to one with my French Canadian ski instructor I leaned more than in any ten other lessons
Warning ski pix to follow when i find some more spare time!
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Old 02-07-2007, 01:52 PM   #14
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Sweden is back in the deep freeze after a very mild early winter, then a brief cold snap, then moderate temps, and now we have real winter for only the second time this year. It was -22C when I got up this morn, but by the time I had my tea it had warmed to -21.5, so off I went outside to feed the animals and collect some wood. I have to admit my fingertips got cold, but that was about it.

The only time I have ever really felt COLD was late last year and early this year when I was recovering from that little spot of bother with my head. I must be healthy again as today didn't seem so bad.

Mind you, I'll still be happy when spring gets itself over here.

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Old 02-07-2007, 02:34 PM   #15
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I think we're having January weather in February, which means (groundhog aside) we won't see spring until May. Sigh. The seasons do seem to be pushing forward a month or so.
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Old 02-08-2007, 10:28 AM   #16
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Same here - least snow in years. I think we've got about 4-5 inches on the ground, though north of us on the Tug Hill plateau (directly east of Lake Ontario) they measure in feet, about 5-6 feet in the last few days, on top of whatever they had before this storm. That's normal for them.
I hear on the news today that they could get up to 100 inches of snow by Sunday. 100 inches of snow! That's equal to our yearly total.
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:09 AM   #17
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. To me, it feels like it's colder than a ditch diggers toes in a bottomless well. .
exactly how cold is the ditch diggers toes in a bottomless well, eh??
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:36 AM   #18
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quote:Originally posted by timetraveler:
. To me, it feels like it's colder than a ditch diggers toes in a bottomless well. .
exactly how cold is the ditch diggers toes in a bottomless well, eh?? [/QUOTE]A very good question young man
all I could find using Google was this fine photograph

on Joseph's blog page at:-
http://josephburnett.com/content/blogcategory/14/36/
which links to:-
http://josephburnett.com/content/view/33/36/
if it is any help the caption to that photo is:-
"However it was that these Ladakhi Farmers decided where and how this ditch should go, it seems like they had fun doing it.
My sister thought that I should title this one "drunken ditch diggers"
Also on that blog is another link to this Buddist picture

Fortuitiously the caption to that picture includes
"Blue toes? Why not"
So I submit,Peter that at the bottom of the well it is cold enough to turn Budda's
toenails blue!!!
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:46 AM   #19
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if you explore it you might find that Mr Burnett has an interesting site
I did and found this "funny" that Jenney might enjoy

caption
"So ... where can I park, how should I park, and for how long?"
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Old 02-08-2007, 10:26 PM   #20
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Please don't boo me but I am so spoiled. :D I have been a California girl all my life(55 years). I don't seem to tolerate the extreme heat or cold to well. Arthritis has set in to my whole body so I guess that is why. I think the states where it is so cold in the winter are truly beautiful and I wish we had real seasons. I have always talked about moving out of state. Maybe someday the timing will be right. If anyone need me to send them an electric blanket or socks (my feet are always cold), please let me know.
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Old 02-08-2007, 10:54 PM   #21
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We had down to -42 a couple weeks ago. It was a cold spell and lasted about 10 days, not -40's all the time but we were hovering in the -30's.
now we are having a heat wave it was 18 degrees today!!
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Old 02-09-2007, 12:55 AM   #22
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86'F here and sunny :D
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Old 02-09-2007, 07:46 AM   #23
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86'F here and sunny :D
Sounds great, smarta**, LOL. Wish we were there !!!

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Old 02-09-2007, 07:52 AM   #24
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hey joveski, is that a global warming issue??? or is that typical for this time of year??
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Old 02-09-2007, 05:51 PM   #25
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typical for this time... it can be colder or hotter. we've had a few days this year where its gotten close to 110'F!
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