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Broke freezing at last!

  1. Dec 12, 2009 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    I don't know what the weather has been around the nation and world this week, but here in the great NW we have been freezing our buns off! All week we [at our house] were at or below 10 degrees F at night, with daytime highs well below freezing. Today we finally hit 33 degrees with freezing rain and the roads are a sheet of ice. This morning I saw three cars in a ditch between our house and town.

    I worry most about broken water pipes. Earlier I was talking with a gent whose boss had a water pipe break on the second floor of her home while she was out of town. She came home to find $80,000 in damage.
     
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  3. Dec 12, 2009 #2

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    Yikes!! I was lucky, my frozen water pipe only flooded the basement.

    How are you and Tsu getting up that hill of yours? Or down?
     
  4. Dec 12, 2009 #3

    Ivan Seeking

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    Last night disaster struck: Little Tyke was out of food and I couldn't get into town!

    It had been dry until now so there was no ice. As is common for us, the problems arise during the transistion from cold to moderate temps. However, the main reason we opted not to pave the drive coming down the hill is so that we could get traction on the gravel. The only time we are completely stuck is when we get a lot of snow on top of ice, or just tons of ice. I could have gotten out last night using snow cables but I knew the roads would be very dangerous.
     
  5. Dec 12, 2009 #4

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    I took Riki and Meja for their morning walk this morning on an ice skating rink. Even the dogs were slipping. I tried to move from lawn to lawn as grass was the only safe place to walk. Even gravel and mulch beds were covered with a layer of ice and slippery. The temp finally broke freezing at around 11am or 12noon. It is now back to normal wet and chilly.
     
  6. Dec 12, 2009 #5

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    We had a couple very cold days here too, but it mostly felt shocking because we'd been having such a long period of unseasonably warm weather leading up to it that it was a very sudden change (and VERY WINDY...we had wind advisories for two days and I thought I was going to blow away walking to my car). This time of year, it's not too unusual for us to have a few days here and there dropping below freezing, along with light ice and snow, though our norm is around 40. Actually, as I left our Christmas party yesterday, we were commenting that it was weird to leave and not have to drive home in snow. Every year since I've been here, it's snowed on the night of the Christmas party, and been bitter cold.
     
  7. Dec 12, 2009 #6
    It was not just cold, but also really windy. With 40 MPH gusts, the hairs in your nose instantly froze and wind burn was rampant. Today we warmed up to 33 with sunshine, but the news said it was not going to last long.
     
  8. Dec 12, 2009 #7
    The title of this thread almost sounds jubilant about it. :smile: Winter arrived here a week ago Friday, after the warmest, nicest November in about 100 years. Or so. Today began at -32C and is threatening to end at -38C. (That's -29 F and - 35F respectively.) It was -42 F and C today with the wind chill. Add a dash of blowing snow and you have a nasty, rotten day to help a friend move from a rural property into town. At least when we arrived back in the city there were windbreaks. Bleh.

    But! I am Canadian. We take pride in being able to withstand this stuff. :biggrin: (You can see my cheek with the bulge firmly in it, right?)
     
  9. Dec 12, 2009 #8

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    I think you Canadians need to learn to migrate south for winter. :biggrin: At least you made my 19 F weather yesterday seem balmy.
     
  10. Dec 13, 2009 #9

    Ivan Seeking

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    I have two out-buildings with exposed pipes. Insulation is good to a point, but when it gets this cold I have to play games with running water and portable heaters, in order to prevent damage. We aren't really prepared for weather that cold...not for long. It gets to be a pain.

    In Oregon we grow webbed feet, so I assume that in Canada you grow fur.
     
  11. Dec 13, 2009 #10
    Who divulged our secret?

    And on a serious note: whack me in the head for my lack of reading comprehension skills. You're pleased because your temperatures finally came up above freezing not because the temperature finally dipped below. It didn't make much sense to me anyone being pleased about temps dropped below freezing. I'll hush up now.
     
  12. Dec 13, 2009 #11
    It's been brutal in San Diego: down into the high 40's.
     
  13. Dec 13, 2009 #12
    Sorry, I'm gloating.
     
  14. Dec 13, 2009 #13
    You don't look very sorry.
     
  15. Dec 13, 2009 #14
    Hmmm...guess I can't fool you.
     
  16. Dec 13, 2009 #15

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    Well here in Minnesota, it has gotten very cold (no surprise) as well. Past Thursday was really cold, I think it got down to -4 F or so. The weekend has been better 10-14F temps.

    I guess it has not been such a bad winter compared to last year. I think it has been bearable, and this is coming from someone who grew up in the Caribbean, where we have only one season (summer).
     
  17. Dec 13, 2009 #16

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    I was fooled too. But you didn't miscomprehend; freezing is a one-way process: down. He should have said "broke melting at last". :wink:

    Here it finally snowed. Prior to last weekend, we had not seen so much as a flake of snow this year. (Unlike just a mile to the North - praise be to the Lake Effect!)
     
  18. Dec 13, 2009 #17

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    ...eerrrrr, uuuhhh...cyclo, I hate to break it to you, but it's not winter yet...:tongue2:
     
  19. Dec 13, 2009 #18

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    :rofl: He hasn't seen a lot of Januaries and Feburaries yet... :eek:
     
  20. Dec 13, 2009 #19

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    What? :surprised :cry:
     
  21. Dec 13, 2009 #20
    You think I can't see you from here?

    Very cold...-4F :rofl::rofl:

    Oh. Sorry. Yes, very cold. :biggrin:
     
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