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blacbird
01-04-2009, 12:57 PM
. . . is when you don't get any of it. At midnight here at my house in Anchorage, Alaska, it is -22F, which is -30C for you benighted Europocanadiers. It's headed down to -25-30F by morning. We haven't seen a positive temp reading on the Fahrenheit scale for about a week now, and aren't supposed to for another week. Daytime highs have ranged from -5 to -15F.

Could be worse, I suppose. 350 miles north, in Fairbanks, it's been -40, where it doesn't matter any more which temperature scale you use. Of course, in Kelvins, its +243 right now, so I guess it's all a matter of Einsteinian relativity.

Have a nice day.

caw

Mumut
01-04-2009, 03:38 PM
We're lucky that the +90F temps for the last couple of days have reduced to a perfect +75 degrees (with the fans on, of course).

brad_b
01-04-2009, 04:19 PM
I watched a program on one of the science channels the other day, had something to do with Absolute Zero and gases. Really interesting stuff. The closest they've come to Absolute Zero is one-tenth of one-billionth of a degree away from when all the molecules and atoms come to a complete stop. You'd think all they had to do was blow on it to get that last little smidgen of heat out. The scientist said he didn't see any way that we could ever reach Absolute Zero with the technology we possess now. You're right blacbird, it's all relative.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
01-04-2009, 04:23 PM
We had a lovely, sunny +75F here in Oklahoma yesterday, too, Mumut. Today, however, we're hovering around +35F right now, waiting for sun-up and a high of +38F.

My condolences, blacbird.

brad_b
01-04-2009, 04:31 PM
We had a lovely, sunny +75F here in Oklahoma yesterday, too, Mumut. Today, however, we're hovering around +35F right now, waiting for sun-up and a high of +38F.

My condolences, blacbird.

But the winter solstice has come and gone and the days grow longer. Soon the crocus and tulips will peek out, and buds will fatten on the trees and the insects will come back with those birds smart enough to fly south. Ah, Spring, just a couple of short months away. :Sun: Something to look forward to anyway.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
01-04-2009, 04:50 PM
Won't be long before we get the first Tornado Watch of the year.

brad_b
01-04-2009, 05:48 PM
Won't be long before we get the first Tornado Watch of the year.

you're right OFG, we get them here quite often though last year I don't remember too many. I got's me a basement, so if a tornado hits my place be sure to look there, if I'm not squooshed I'll be under the laundry table by the clothes dryer with a house on top of my head. I've never seen one carry a house like in Wizard of Oz, but then I don't get out much when the tornados are flying.

writomania
01-04-2009, 05:52 PM
Oops!!! It would be REALLY cool over there. Here is temp is +30 Centigrade

Williebee
01-04-2009, 05:56 PM
I remember those days, Blacbird. (Used to live near Fairbanks)

On the upside, I remember playing triple header baseball games in the summer, too.

Keep the fingers, nose and toes under cover, friend.

:)

Serenity
01-04-2009, 05:58 PM
To all of you suffering with the negative temps, I send you virtual heated blankets.

To all of you "suffering" with temps above 70 degrees, I send you virtual raspberries. :wag:

I miss summer...

vixey
01-04-2009, 06:14 PM
At midnight here at my house in Anchorage, Alaska, it is -22F

Well...have you considered moving a bit south of where you are? :D

Maryn
01-04-2009, 08:47 PM
I think I will stop griping because its twelve degrees here. Positively balmy, to some. Come on, blacbird, fly south. We can go outside without hats, then come in and make another pot of coffee. Caw!

Maryn, who couldn't resist the caw

Shadow_Ferret
01-04-2009, 09:29 PM
We're unseasonably warm today. 34F. But it keeps hovering about freezing and the rain and melting snow are making it nice and icy and treacherous.

Sorry about the sub-zero temps, Blacbird.

William Haskins
01-04-2009, 10:26 PM
. . . is when you don't get any of it. At midnight here at my house in Anchorage, Alaska, it is -22F, which is -30C for you benighted Europocanadiers. It's headed down to -25-30F by morning. We haven't seen a positive temp reading on the Fahrenheit scale for about a week now, and aren't supposed to for another week. Daytime highs have ranged from -5 to -15F.

Could be worse, I suppose. 350 miles north, in Fairbanks, it's been -40, where it doesn't matter any more which temperature scale you use. Of course, in Kelvins, its +243 right now, so I guess it's all a matter of Einsteinian relativity.

Have a nice day.

caw


never underestimate the disappointment of a man who hasn't yet had a chance to wear the studded leather speedo he got for christmas.

blacbird
01-04-2009, 10:34 PM
Well...have you considered moving a bit south of where you are? :D

South of where I am it's really wet, for about 7,000 miles. Until you hit Fiji.

caw

Mumut
01-05-2009, 11:50 AM
Ah, Spring, just a couple of short months away. :Sun: Something to look forward to anyway.

My 23yo daughter has been in an autumn situation once, on holiday. She was amazed but she hasn't seen spring or snow or anything terribly different like that.

Darzian
01-05-2009, 02:41 PM
Mornings in my location are usually around 21 C and you can get upto 31 C at noon which is horrible. It's very difficult to stay awake from noon to 4pm due to the heat.

I wish I could live somewhere with bearable temperatures. The air conditioner can't be used as my electricity bill would literally explode.

Cassiopeia
01-05-2009, 02:52 PM
It was 5 F last night when my son came home from work. It's warmed up to a balmy 13 F.

Albedo
01-05-2009, 02:58 PM
It's going to be 41 deg C here tomorrow. Oh, joy.

GeorgeK
01-05-2009, 06:25 PM
I guess we aren't on the darkside here. It used to be that a farmer could count on three crops of hay around here, now (about the last 7 years) they're often not even getting one. We're having droughts in the spring through fall, late hard frosts and then flooding in the winters. The averaged temperatures are around the same, but it is fluctuating far more wildly than in the past, 20 degrees one day and 60's the next. My livestock's ok because we have browsers instead of grazers and more than enough pasture, but there've been a lot of auctioned farms lately.

Pagey's_Girl
01-05-2009, 07:05 PM
It's doing this little gavotte between 31-33F right now, so it's kind of melting, kind of not, kind of melting, kind of not.

I think the climate's changed in this part of New York in just the last twenty years or so. Seems like the summers are getting warmer and the winters are getting more extreme - either brutally cold or way above average. Nothing in between.

kellysarah
01-05-2009, 08:19 PM
Oh dear, it's 0 deg C here, and I'm complaining of the cold!

Mela
01-05-2009, 09:43 PM
what does one do when it's -20, -30 degrees for days? Drive your Snow Cat to and from work? What do you wear outside - can you wear anything normal or is it all survival gear?

It's cold here in Jersey - I heard on the news freezing rain's coming in for Tuesday into Wednesday

CaroGirl
01-05-2009, 10:03 PM
I live in the second coldest national capital in the world (second only to Ulan Bator, and who the hell's ever been there?). It's not too bad today, though, around -5 C. It's all relative, I guess.

As much as I dislike -40 C, I wouldn't trade my seasons in for anything. At least I've never seen a tornado, tsunami or earth quake!

blacbird
01-07-2009, 01:01 PM
Just an update: it's midnight here, and -23F at my house. We are in the throes of the longest continuous subzero cold snap in Anchorage since 1947; we had one almost this long, and a little colder (hit -38F one night at my house) in 1999, but even for Alaska, this is damn excessive. We haven't had a positive Fahrenheit reading in nearly two weeks. And if you check official stats for Anchorage, all the locals know them to be deceptive. They are taken at the Airport, which is located on a peninsula surrounded on two sides by water, and is always the warmest place in the area in winter.

Anyhow, I am effing tired of it. Peace and love and similar crap,

caw

JoeEkaitis
01-07-2009, 05:58 PM
I'm dreading this month's gas bill here in otherwise sunny SoCal. We keep the thermostat at 68 and walk around the house in sweatshirts and sweatpants, and this is the coldest winter we can remember.

Captshady
01-07-2009, 09:08 PM
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blacbird
01-08-2009, 11:17 AM
Update: This afternoon's high temp was -18F. It's currently -20 at my house. But, there's always a silver lining. I checked on-line the mid-afternoon conditions in Fairbanks, 350 miles north and deep in the interior of Alaska, and got this: -40 (doesn't matter F or C at that reading), and RAIN.

It almost would be worthwhile to drive up there, just to see that.

Almost.

caw