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Jan 6, 2014, 07:52 AM
 
I was wondering if there are any fellow midwesterners who are dealing with the snow and cold?
We shoveled at least a foot of snow in total yesterday, doing so in 2-hour shifts throughout the day. Today, the snow has stopped, but we're looking at a high of -10˚ and a wind chill of -40˚ or lower, and heavily drifting snow.
     
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Jan 6, 2014, 08:22 AM
 
In San Antonio, it is 24ºF (wind chill of 17º) at Sea World, which is a couple of miles from my house. At least it's dry here.

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Jan 6, 2014, 09:16 AM
 
I dread tomorrow.
     
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Jan 6, 2014, 09:27 AM
 
Why tomorrow?
     
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Jan 6, 2014, 09:30 AM
 
Because I don't live in the midwest and its supposed to be a lot colder than today.
     
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Jan 6, 2014, 09:38 AM
 
I've got the gear to take it down to 0° relatively comfortably, I'm almost tempted to see if I can push it the next 20.

Almost.

If I had goggles, as opposed to a pair of shooting glasses, I'd go for it.
     
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Jan 6, 2014, 09:41 AM
 
50 degrees last night and 7 tonight. I really need to get my Pellet stove fixed.
     
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Jan 6, 2014, 09:54 AM
 
We'll be doing a large reno of our house next year. On the list, a wood fired stove and a natural gas generator.
     
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Jan 6, 2014, 10:01 AM
 
A very nice perk of my building is free heat. I'm in shorts right now.
     
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Jan 6, 2014, 10:02 AM
 
Frog weather said that it would be colder in Atlanta than in Anchorage.
     
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Jan 6, 2014, 10:40 AM
 
Interesting weather note... I heard a few days ago for the first time it's very difficult to get below zero weather without snow on the ground. You need the high albedo (reflectivity) to kick the solar heat away.
     
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Jan 6, 2014, 10:43 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Interesting weather note... I heard a few days ago for the first time it's very difficult to get below zero weather without snow on the ground. You need the high albedo (reflectivity) to kick the solar heat away.
Global warming makes it easier, duh
     
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Jan 6, 2014, 10:44 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
A very nice perk of my building is free heat. I'm in shorts right now.
Great. Now I have to go in the garage, which means I have to put on pants.

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Jan 6, 2014, 10:50 AM
 
in nyc, woke up this morning and it was 55. Tonight it will be 11.
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Jan 6, 2014, 10:52 AM
 
We're officially at -40˚ windchill now.
I also discovered that -40F is the same as -40C.
     
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Jan 6, 2014, 11:11 AM
 
today, a warm rain to wash away all the lovely snow (if I have to shovel it, I'd like to at least have it around later to look at and sled in!) and then tonight a freeze snap. Blergh.
     
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Jan 6, 2014, 11:29 AM
 
Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
today, a warm rain to wash away all the lovely snow (if I have to shovel it, I'd like to at least have it around later to look at and sled in!) and then tonight a freeze snap. Blergh.
We had that last night. This morning, ice everywhere.
     
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Jan 6, 2014, 11:48 AM
 
Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
We're officially at -40˚ windchill now.
I also discovered that -40F is the same as -40C.
Now that's frickin cold.
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Jan 6, 2014, 02:05 PM
 
-4 and a foot of snow here in St. Louis.

Not sure what the windshield* factor is, but it's freaking cold.

*I'll always call it this. Deal with it.

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Jan 6, 2014, 02:59 PM
 
Originally Posted by osiris View Post
Now that's frickin cold.
-40 windchill here this pm.
     
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Jan 6, 2014, 03:01 PM
 
Mmm, forecast has been revised, no longer looking at negative temperatures. Not breaking double digits, however.
     
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Jan 6, 2014, 03:10 PM
 
Feel bad for our midwesterners in here. Hovered around 0ºF (-10 with wind) at the worst, which is pretty rare this close to the coast, but that's nothing compared to -40

Like Andi it is in the mid-50s right now for me, and expected to go down to 15 degrees tonight....wild temp swings the last week for sure.
     
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Jan 6, 2014, 03:57 PM
 
We're having the opposite here in Scandinavia. It was cold up north in the beginning of December or thereabouts but now we've been well above freezing for some time. It was a windy fall, but never cold. Even above the arctic circle they're only just below freezing.

Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
We're officially at -40˚ windchill now.
I also discovered that -40F is the same as -40C.
It also happens to be just below the freezing point of mercury, used in old thermometers. For this reason, "-40" in old weather reports just means that the mercury froze - it could easily have been even colder, but the mercury won't move once frozen.
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Jan 6, 2014, 03:58 PM
 
8F w/ 8+ inches of snow on the ground here in mountains of eastern TN, fantastic. We were out with the sleds and toboggans all morning.
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Jan 6, 2014, 05:38 PM
 
-11F here. Note the stache-cicles

     
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Jan 6, 2014, 05:47 PM
 
It's a freezing 68° F here in Hawaii.
     
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Jan 6, 2014, 06:51 PM
 
Originally Posted by ort888 View Post
Not sure what the windshield* factor is, but it's freaking cold.

*I'll always call it this. Deal with it.
Ha! Me too!
     
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Jan 7, 2014, 10:00 AM
 
crikey, it was 5 this morning - a full 50 lower than yesterday. it was certainly a 3 dog night.
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Jan 7, 2014, 10:02 AM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Mmm, forecast has been revised, no longer looking at negative temperatures. Not breaking double digits, however.
Of course the ****ers lied. -4 this morning.

Originally Posted by boy8cookie View Post
It's a freezing 68° F here in Hawaii.
With a 10% chance of smoke monster.
     
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Jan 7, 2014, 10:57 AM
 
14° here in Louisiana, which effectively signals the end of the world.
     
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Jan 7, 2014, 11:16 AM
 
-8 this morning.

My phone says it's supposed to be 52 on Sunday.

Guh?

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Jan 7, 2014, 01:44 PM
 
holy fluctuating fahrenheit, 55 is in the future for my hood.

just came back from a little walk outside - my cheeks froze in the wind, all of them.
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Jan 7, 2014, 01:47 PM
 
Originally Posted by osiris View Post
holy fluctuating fahrenheit, 55 is in the future for my hood.
Same.

Originally Posted by osiris View Post
just came back from a little walk outside - my cheeks froze in the wind, all of them.
Well there's a mental picture I didn't need.
     
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Jan 7, 2014, 01:59 PM
 
ha!
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Jan 7, 2014, 03:51 PM
 
In DC right now, 18 degrees.
Anchorage, AK 19 degrees.

This weekend it will be in the upper 50's with rain.
     
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Jan 7, 2014, 03:53 PM
 
It's up to 0˚ right now. A heat wave!
     
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Jan 7, 2014, 04:22 PM
 
Yup... 2° here.

Bring out the piñas.
     
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Jan 7, 2014, 04:24 PM
 
6º. Suck it.
     
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Jan 7, 2014, 04:31 PM
 
That's what you do with a piña.
     
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Jan 7, 2014, 04:53 PM
 
2F this morning, 13 right now... Brrr... Didn't stop us from more sledding, however.
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Jan 7, 2014, 05:35 PM
 
10 day forecast for Phoenix.


It was weather like this that started the migration to AZ in the 1960's There a live coast to coast broadcast one cold January. John F Long had just completed building Maryvale and one of the networks was showing kids playing in a pool to the folks back east who were hip deep in snow. That when they collectively said F*** this, I'm moving to Phoenix.
     
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Jan 7, 2014, 05:38 PM
 
You guys also don't get many natural disasters, right? Occasional earthquake from CA? No tornados?

Actually you guys do get elderly killing heatwaves, I think.
     
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Jan 7, 2014, 05:58 PM
 
But it's a dry killing.
     
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Jan 7, 2014, 07:02 PM
 
Piccie shown on French news tonight (looked better on the TV), I'm actually disapointed cos I'd classified it as 'stunning' previously :

     
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Jan 7, 2014, 08:17 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
You guys also don't get many natural disasters, right? Occasional earthquake from CA? No tornados?

Actually you guys do get elderly killing heatwaves, I think.
Tornadoes are very rare, earthquakes unnoticeable.

We do get these during the summer, along with some monster monsoon storms.

     
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Jan 7, 2014, 10:51 PM
 
A) What is that?
B) What happens if you don't get out of the way?
     
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Jan 7, 2014, 11:54 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
A) What is that?
B) What happens if you don't get out of the way?
Those are dust storms. There is not much you can do to get out of the way. You stay inside and wait until they pass. You just hope you aren't on the freeway when they hit. We've had some pile ups between Phoenix and Tucson. They form when thunderheads/monsoon storms collapse in the desert
     
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Jan 8, 2014, 12:01 AM
 
If you're stuck in one without cover, is it relatively survivable?
     
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Originally Posted by subego View Post
If you're stuck in one without cover, is it relatively survivable?
For the most part yes. They are mostly sand and dust, but can have winds >50MPH. The real danger is geting caught on the freeway/interstate where pile ups have happened. I left work one day and could see one coming from the south. (where 99.99% are generated) I work in Chandler and live in Phoenix and made it home with about 5 minutes to spare. I would have waited had Ineeded to drive towards it.

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Jan 8, 2014, 08:40 AM
 
Originally Posted by P View Post
We're having the opposite here in Scandinavia. It was cold up north in the beginning of December or thereabouts but now we've been well above freezing for some time. It was a windy fall, but never cold. Even above the arctic circle they're only just below freezing.
This is really irritating, especially for the kids. They feel like they're being gypped out of winter this year.
I mean, it's early January, and I didn't even have to wear a jacket yesterday.

That's just wrong.
     
 
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