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Old 01-08-2015, 04:57 PM   #31
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I agree Jim , spent a week last fall In California at around 40 C each day and was way too hot for me. I will take the lovely crisp -17C today over that thanks
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Old 01-08-2015, 05:06 PM   #32
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Hi: All...It's so cold, my tongue froze to the truck!!! Alf
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Old 01-08-2015, 05:12 PM   #33
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I have lived in the time period before the discovery of "Global Warming" and during the period of "Climate Change" . The length and severity of winter has changed in my lifetime . The dates for lake freeze up in the Fall and ice out in the Spring has changed . Minnesota and Wisconsin now experience 30 to 40 less days of lakes being ice covered . Certain illnesses/ diseases are becoming a issue because our winters are not cold enough for long enough to control the viruses . I am not an alarmist but neither am I willing to dismiss offhand the findings of the scientific community. Enjoy the cold while it is still here to enjoy !!
Having grown up in the Vancouver area (Vancouver British Columbia) during the fifties and sixties I’ve seen quite a change in the weather. We use to have much colder winters, lots of snow, and even outdoor skating on frozen lakes and ponds. But that’s very rare these days. Is it “Global Warming” who knows? The weather on this planet has been changing since it was first formed. Tropical plants have been found under the ice at both poles. A thousand years ago the Vikings abandoned colonies they had settled in Greenland because the winters got too cold to live there anymore.
My advice is if it’s cold dress warm, if it’s hot dress cool and don’t forget the sunscreen.
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Old 01-08-2015, 05:21 PM   #34
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Last night we hit -14 with a wind chill of -40! Right now we are having a heatwave...10 with no wind!
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Old 01-08-2015, 08:51 PM   #35
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This morning Pensacola set a new record low for this day - 20 degrees!
A couple of days ago we were in the high 60s. (The normal high for Jan in 61.)
That's interesting-- Pensacola was colder than my location, ten miles north of Milton. Weather Underground says last night's low at Whiting Field (four miles from my house) was 29, and that seems about right. Not that I'm complaining.
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Old 01-08-2015, 08:54 PM   #36
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Hi: All...It's so cold, my tongue froze to the truck!!! Alf
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Alf:

You should know by now not to stick your tongue on cold surfaces, like your truck. It will stick and hurt a lot to get off. I haven't done that since about 8 years old but still remember the experience.

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Old 01-08-2015, 09:43 PM   #37
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Seems cold everywhere. Down to 28 tonight here in San Antonio with a high tomorrow of only 45. Below freezing overnight is a VERY rare occurrence here. Norms are about 65 and 45.
It's cold lots of places, but not here on Vancouver Island where we've got temperatures substantially above freezing to the point where Mount Washington Alpine Resort is on the verge of closing in mid-season for the second year in a row due to lack of snow, putting about 300 people out of work, and disappointing a lot of us nordic or alpine skiers, snowboarders, and snowshoers.

When we were in Austin last March our cab driver described in detail what driving in that city was like for two days after last winter's freezing rain.
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It's cold lots of places, but not here on Vancouver Island where we've got temperatures substantially above freezing to the point where Mount Washington Alpine Resort is on the verge of closing in mid-season for the second year in a row due to lack of snow, putting about 300 people out of work, and disappointing a lot of us nordic or alpine skiers, snowboarders, and snowshoers.

When we were in Austin last March our cab driver described in detail what driving in that city was like for two days after last winter's freezing rain.
That's true Brent -- cold weather here wreaks havoc. Folks just cant handle it. That same storm shut down the main highways here in San Antonio for a day. I didn't mind. A chance to veg out was welcome.

I was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains, and I recall several mornings in High School where I rode my motorcycle to work at 5 am and the snow was halfway up the bike. Wonder what some of these cold weather wimps (I admit I am one of them now) would do if it REALLY snowed?
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Old 01-09-2015, 07:38 AM   #39
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This is why I would never be able to live in the Southern US, I would be whining about how my skin is near its melting point most of the summer.
You could always be a sunbird, Jim. Many species of birds migrate thousands of miles to avoid coping with frigid temperatures. I had two neighbors when I lived in Spring Hill, FL who were from Ontario (Toronto). I don't think it typically gets as cold in Toronto as it does in Calgary, but they were always glad to come to Florida for the coldest months. Hey, if I could I would summer somewhere in the Canadian Rockies and winter here, because you are so right about skin approaching its melting point. In reality, it is the humidity that is the worst.
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Old 01-09-2015, 09:55 AM   #40
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That's true Brent -- cold weather here wreaks havoc. Folks just cant handle it. That same storm shut down the main highways here in San Antonio for a day. I didn't mind. A chance to veg out was welcome.

I was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains, and I recall several mornings in High School where I rode my motorcycle to work at 5 am and the snow was halfway up the bike. Wonder what some of these cold weather wimps (I admit I am one of them now) would do if it REALLY snowed?
From talking with friends throughout the US, it seems like a lot of it is due to the lack of equipment, snow plows, sanders, etc. I remember being stunned that Las Vegas airport was shut down after a few inches of snow, as that would never happen here. It was explained that there was no snow removal equipment, and that thy had to let it melt.

Even here, I marvel at the degree that people want the snow dealt with. On residential roads, it packs down and you drive on top of it. Many want that cleared on a regular basis, so they can drive their wee cars with poor tires everywhere, yet do not consider the tax burden of this to the taxpayer.

Me, I just drive circles around them in my big ass 4x4. Yeah, that's right, that terror in the F-350 is me.
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You could always be a sunbird, Jim.
I have lots of relatives who travel to Arizona for a few months every winter. While I would never do that, I love winter too much, I will definitely plan my tours of the southern US around the winter months.
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