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1maggie1944
Jan 14, 2012, 8:51pm Top

We used to have a regular thread dedicated to comments, complaints, and joyous exclamations about Mother Nature's Weather blessings and blastings! We need one, again, I think.

We had a small amount of actual snow today. Not a usual winter occurence in my little pacific northwest corner of the USA, we usually just live through gray skies and raindrops! But I guess we received about 3" in my neighborhood, just enough for the youngsters to get out and throw snowballs and get completely wet and cold. Hot cocoa and a warm bath was called for, and all is well this evening.

Except the dogs. Do not like the snow!

What is it doing at your house?

2Neverwithoutabook
Jan 14, 2012, 9:01pm Top

Snowing. Miserable, cold, blowing, snowing. It was nice out this morning. :(

I'm in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

3Marissa_Doyle
Jan 14, 2012, 9:02pm Top

It's cold in New England! Down to about 3 degrees F tonight, with windchill sending it below zero. It's our first true cold of a winter that's been remarkably mild so far.

4jburlinson
Jan 14, 2012, 9:11pm Top

Wonderful day in Austin, Texas and environs. About 70 degrees with the sun shining bright. Went to a little winery outside Dripping Springs, sat outside, listened to a girl sing folk songs, threw a tennis ball for a magnificent australian shepherd and played with the cutest little maltese you've ever seen. Had to change from my sweatshirt into a polo.

5DaynaRT
Jan 14, 2012, 9:29pm Top

If we didn't have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, we'd never get out of the driveway.

6NorthernStar
Jan 14, 2012, 9:38pm Top

We just had a light dusting of snow today, but the temperature has dropped to about -20C, and it is windy, which is unusual here, bringing the wind chill to about -30. I still went out for a ski, and it was actually pretty nice - the ski trail are pretty sheltered, and I was prepared for a breeze. Except for a cold snap in November, we have had pretty good winter weather, but not much snow. The forecast is for colder temperatures by Monday.

7majkia
Jan 14, 2012, 11:16pm Top

It is cold for us here on the Emerald Coast. Lows in the 30s. Warming up later this week though, and it will remain sunny except for one day this week. Highs will again be in the 70s later this week, which is nearly perfect.

8hfglen
Jan 15, 2012, 3:16am Top

At last the weather's showing signs of breaking. Last week was maxima around 30--33°C (86--91°F), minima 23--24°C (74--76°F), humidity steady at 80% or more, and no wind (i.e. Durban in summer). Today's forecast maximum is 27°C/80°F. It's cloudy with a slight breeze.

9DeusExLibrus
Jan 15, 2012, 3:59am Top

maggie1944, whereabouts are you in the NW? In Seattle, Wa we got a dusting of snow today, but not really much to write home about.

10Busifer
Jan 15, 2012, 4:20am Top

I do remember that the winter before the last two was even worse like this but every time it's not a good winter it feels like the worst one ever. At least it doesn't sleet. Instead it's just below freezing, with a hard shell of ice over everything, and a dusting of snow on top.
Only three to four months more of this...

11maggie1944
Jan 15, 2012, 9:41am Top

>9 DeusExLibrus:, I live north and a little bit east of you. Not in the mountains but probably could be called "in the foothills". We have probably 2-3 inches. Expecting more today, although maybe not too much accumulation.

I love how pretty it is but hate driving up and down hills on snowy, icy roads.

12Meredy
Jan 15, 2012, 6:16pm Top

We need rain. We're at 24% of normal at this point in the year. I'm in the Bay Area of Northern California. We've had some relatively cold nights (for the area--not cold by any real standard), but too many warm days and far too many dry ones.

13Meredy
Jan 15, 2012, 6:21pm Top

We need rain. We're at 24% of normal for this point in the year. I live in the Bay Area of Northern California. Things are going to be tough all year if we don't get the winter rains.

We've had a few cold nights (relatively speaking--not cold by any real standard, but I still feel sorry for the people living under the freeway), but too many warm days and far too many dry ones.

14jillmwo
Jan 15, 2012, 8:14pm Top

Chilly in Philly? Below freezing overnight. But not even close to what we were experiencing last year at this time in terms of snow.

15maggie1944
Jan 15, 2012, 8:32pm Top

We're in for a second night with snow on the ground. Oh, my, goodness. Another day at home. I did finish one book today, I wonder what I will do tomorrow.

16catzteach
Jan 15, 2012, 8:34pm Top

In all the surrounding areas, there was snow. Even some in the north part of town, but not in my part of town. It's just not right when the Willamette Valley gets snow and Central Oregon doesn't. We saw maybe 15 flakes today. It's supposed to snow tonight, we'll see. We haven't had enough snow. Two of the three ski resorts are closed on a regular basis. One was going to open for the long weekend. We've had an unusually warm and dry winter. That means a horrible forest fire season this summer.

17NorthernStar
Jan 15, 2012, 10:02pm Top

Forecast is for -34°C overnight. Truck is plugged in. I'll have to get up early to walk the dog, too cold to leave him outside tomorrow.

18maggie1944
Jan 15, 2012, 11:11pm Top

NorthernStar, I always enjoy reading how you cope with your weather, and enjoy it, too. But tonight I laughed a bit. We're having weather in the lower 30s with some snow on the ground (maybe 5 inches) which is unusual for Seattle area, and my dogs do not like going out into the snow! How different are they from yours, eh? They are not going outside at all if they have a choice. Yours probably love it, except for exceptionally cold nights.

19Neverwithoutabook
Jan 16, 2012, 1:09am Top

Northernstar - do you mind if I ask where you are? Currently I live in Edmonton, but lived five years in Fort St. John, so when I saw your reference to the Alaska highway, I was curious.

Our temps here are in the-20c range. So far no more snow, but we've been exceedingly spoiled this year compared to last. This year is really nothing much.

20NorthernStar
Edited: Jan 16, 2012, 1:30am Top

Neverwithoutabook - I'm in Fort Nelson - about 4 hours up the highway from FSJ - did you ever get up here? We've had a pretty good winter so far as well. I'm hoping the forecast is wrong, it's still only -25.

ETA - maggie1944 - my Hamish loves snow, but his feet get cold after about -25. He had an infection as a puppy that left him with bald patches on a couple of toes, so I make him wear booties sometimes. He's inside at night, but usually out while I'm at work during the day, and he does have a good doghouse, with a lightbulb to keep it a bit warmer, but -30 is pretty cold. Also, the snow here is nice and dry, not wet.

21maggie1944
Jan 16, 2012, 8:27am Top

Ah, yes, that makes a big difference. My miniature schnauzers are hitting the packed snow with their bellies and when they come in their feet are four little snow ball collections. Little icy balls of snow attach to the fur, and pads, of their feets. They then pace about the house until its is all melted and I need to mop the kitchen floor.

I'm hoping we will follow the normal pattern and it will all melt away in this next week.

22Sakerfalcon
Jan 16, 2012, 9:16am Top

We've had a really mild winter so far in the south of England, but just at the end of last week it turned cold, getting below freezing at night. Seeing that the frost hasn't melted by midday makes it feel even colder than it really is. Strangely, I was speaking with my friend who lives in the Philadelphia suburbs, and they have had the exact same weather as me, even the same prediction of warmer temps returning this week.

23katylit
Jan 16, 2012, 9:44am Top

Woke up to -28C this morning. Brrrr. At least the cold makes the snow crisp and "dry", hence Pippin the dog doesn't end up coming in from outside looking like the Stay-Puff man, as he did when we lived out west.

It's cold. After I putter around the house for a bit, getting some chores done, I'm going to light the fire and read all afternoon. Brrrr.

24Busifer
Jan 16, 2012, 11:16am Top

I have a colleague who originates in Scotland and he says we're having a Scottish winter, which he defines as 5 months of being perpetually wet and cold.
The Scots can definitely have it back, thankyouverymuch!

25Neverwithoutabook
Jan 16, 2012, 11:27am Top

Hi Northernstar! No, I didn't ever make it to Fort Nelson. I always wanted to as I had heard so much about the Lliard Hot Springs on the way there. Wanted to make that trip, but life gets in the way sometimes. I worked for the radio station in FSJ which had a satellite station in Fort Nelson. That was about 30 years ago! Wow! I've only been back to FSJ once since I left there the winter of 83/84.

Today it's -26C in Edmonton, with the windchill making it -36C. Not nice. They're saying tomorrow will be even colder. Yikes! But hey! I've seem -40C + windchill....I'll survive! LOL

26trisweather
Jan 16, 2012, 11:27am Top

For the first time since april 2009 we are having a real winter with proper snow since October and dry cold. Most days around -10 C, but since all but one town here is coastal we have alot of windy days with wind chill around -20 C or worse. So far we have gotten around 1,5 to 2 meters of snow in all. And they are promising more snow the next seven days. It makes getting ready to go out longer, but here (Greenland) it is the best for human and animals to have winters like this

27maggie1944
Jan 16, 2012, 11:27am Top

That's our weather, where I live, too! Cold, wet, damp, cold, chilly, brrr, let's go inside!

28NorthernStar
Jan 17, 2012, 1:12am Top

OK - the bad news is that it got down to about -36°C last night, and the high today was only -29. The good news is that it was sunny today, and it is calm, so no windchill! Forecast low tonight is -35, but it's already -35 at the airport where the official temperature is taken, so I'm guessing it'll go colder. Oh well, at least the days are getting longer. Life would be so boring without weather!

29bluesalamanders
Jan 17, 2012, 7:58am Top

WTF. The temperature currently is 32 °F (0 °C) and the forecast calls for fog, sleet, and later, rain.

At least it's supposed to be sunny tomorrow and not go below freezing until tomorrow night, so...hopefully it'll be dry by then and everything won't be coated with too much ice.

30maggie1944
Jan 17, 2012, 8:14am Top

We are having the funniest weather reporting going on. This Seattle area just can hardly deal with snow and I guess we are expecting a big storm TOMORROW. Today, snow is mixed with rain and the streets are sloppy, messy, whatever. No school as school buses cannot navigate all the hills and back streets. Could kids walk to school? Some could but then the teachers can't get there. hahahahah It is all too much fun. I agree life would be boring without weather.

I have about 5" on the ground at my house and anticipate another inch or two during the day, then maybe another 5"-6" tomorrow. And we do not live in the Storm's Bullseye! hahahahah

Younger dog and I actually went for a walk yesterday, and then spent 10" on the floor with her picking the dingleberry ice cubes off her paws.

31MrsLee
Edited: Jan 17, 2012, 1:36pm Top

I'm c-c-c-c-c-c-cold. 20° and for a California girl, that's cold. Especially when your car's heater doesn't work. Although I'm getting that fixed.

32Neverwithoutabook
Jan 17, 2012, 2:29pm Top

It's -29C here with windchill making it feel like -39C. We're under a weather alert into tomorrow as follows:

'Cold Arctic air has invaded much of Alberta and will bring temperatures of minus 30 to 35 overnight. These temperatures combined with winds near 15 to 20 km/h will give wind chills of minus 40 to 50 in the above mentioned regions overnight. At these extreme wind chill values frostbite on exposed skin may occur in less than 10 minutes.'

Dress well...multiple layers are key. :)

For those who don't know celsius, -40 is -40 whether we're taking farenheit or celsius.

I'm so glad I'm indoors and don't have to go out today at all!!!

33DeusExLibrus
Edited: Jan 17, 2012, 3:28pm Top

Same as maggie1944 here. A lot of the snow has melted where I am, though that might not last long. The weatherguessers are saying we're going to have a big snow storm tomorrow. I'm supposed to leave early Friday morning to be the best man at a friend's wedding, so I hope this doesn't interfere with that.

34MerryMary
Jan 17, 2012, 2:33pm Top

Bright and sunny here today. And devilishly deceiving. When I went outside I discovered it is 13 degrees F. I mostly wear shorts and cutoffs because long pants rub on my knee scar. Definitely not the right costume for the weather.

35hfglen
Jan 17, 2012, 2:48pm Top

Tee hee! I love having southern summer while you-all are freezing. Hot and humid with intermittent rain here. Actually all the rain has done today is to send the humidity sky-high. Temperatures over the next 24 hours much like today: max 30°C/86°F, min 22°C/72°F, humidity 80% or more; discomfort index doesn't bear thinking about. Maybe we should pick MrsLee up and bring her here for a while to thaw out!

But the news announced that somewhere in Mpumalanga is having floods, and can expect between 100 and 150 mm (4--6 inches) more rain tomorrow :(

36MrsLee
Jan 17, 2012, 2:58pm Top

I'm game, Hugh, but I think we better grab Neverwithoutabook on our way! That is if we don't freeze before we get there.

Actually, I'm not complaining. Up until now our January has been very warm, and is still too dry. I kind of enjoy the excuse to stay under my lap blanket and read/post.

37millhold
Edited: Jan 18, 2012, 1:52pm Top

Deleted my post.

Sorry.

Didn't know I shouldn't complain about Texas' weather simply because it isn't as bad as other places--which I realize. I was just upset that I didn't have my coat yesterday!

38Neverwithoutabook
Jan 17, 2012, 3:45pm Top

>36 MrsLee: - MrsLee - LOL Thanks! I appreciate the thought! We all complain about our "terrible" weather, but this is winter here. We don't have a lot of snow and have been pretty spoiled this winter with temps hovering around the 0C mark for the most part. At least until a few days ago. Now LAST winter was one to complain about! Excessive snowfall and low temps! They were saying that was the worst snowfall in 20 years last year. I guess we're pretty lucky this year. :)

39DeusExLibrus
Jan 17, 2012, 3:47pm Top

Looks to be snowing again, but can't tell if its sticking. Might just have to go out in it. :D

40nhlsecord
Jan 17, 2012, 4:36pm Top

I'm currently reading Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven in which a comet has hit Earth all over the place and there are tsunamis and earthquakes and it's raining salt water and mud so hard that nobody can see much in front of them. When I read this thread by people in California and Texas I want to yell "HEAD FOR THE HILLS AND DON'T STOP FOR ANYBODY!"

What a strange feeling and what a good book!

We currently have nasty heavy snow and obviously the drivers on the road can't see very well. It's -3C, thoroughly unpleasant weather.

41Choreocrat
Jan 17, 2012, 8:48pm Top

I've just moved to the tropics, so I'm in the middle of the Wet season. For those who aren't familiar, in the tropics, instead of four seasons, it's more like two - wet and dry.

The dry season is lovely - bright sunny days, hot but not too much, and only some rain. The wet season is hot day and night and very humid all the time, with frequent downpours.

So while I can brag about hot weather and sunny days, it's also frequently raining and I don't like going anywhere without air conditioning.

42Gord.Barker
Jan 17, 2012, 9:34pm Top

I also live in Edmonton and tonight the temperature is going down to -33 with the windchill going to -43 Celsius.
The only real inconvenience that creates is when you are driving. Sitting in a car with a polar suit on, boots and heavy gloves means there is no slack left in the seat belt and you can't move your arms much to steering becomes a series of jerky movements. Nothing graceful here.

43Neverwithoutabook
Jan 18, 2012, 2:45am Top

>42 Gord.Barker: -Gord.Barker - I hear ya!

44Busifer
Jan 18, 2012, 4:43am Top

Ideal winter would be about 50 centimetres (19 inches or so) of snow, sunny, and -12°C (that's 10 in Fahrenheit). Hello!!! Calling!!! Where are you!?!?!

45hfglen
Jan 18, 2012, 6:36am Top

#41 *high-fives Choreocrat from subtropical Durban* -- our weather precisely!

46Busifer
Jan 18, 2012, 7:33am Top

My experience of the tropical clime is that the seasons could be described as warm & wet and warm & horrendously wet ;-)

From a Swedish point of view both are OK. I mean, being able to wear flipflops when it rains during winter beats insulated rubber boots!

47maggie1944
Jan 18, 2012, 8:18am Top

I am up early to watch our massive winter storm which the TV keeps talking about. I looked outside and the same 9" of snow were sitting on my grass, and some mild snowing was going on. Rumor has it, this storm is moving towards me.... no school again today and the kids parents are also "off" so no hanging with the kids for me. I think I'm doing a variation on DNBR as long as the power stays on.

48clamairy
Jan 18, 2012, 9:37am Top

It's actually kind of mild temperature-wise right now. It's about 37°F and partly sunny. It will be getting much colder and quite windy, though. My little weather station on the back deck is already picking up some 15 -20 mph gusts, and it will pick up much stronger ones as the day goes on, no doubt. I'm trying to decide when will be the best time to squeeze in my walk! I do have plenty of protective layers to wear, including a new rather scary face mask that looks like this:



I wore it for the first time the other day, only to have my neighbor stop to ask me if I was planning to rob a bank or whack someone.

49maggie1944
Jan 18, 2012, 9:43am Top

I love it! My niece, who just had a birthday trip to Whistler (B.C.) for snow boarding/skiing, calls it her bank robber mask, too. Looks very comfy.

50monohex
Jan 18, 2012, 12:06pm Top

Snowy here. And still snowing. I stood at the bus stop getting snowed on for an hour before the bus came. Then it was another 45 minutes to get to work downtown. I hope it won't be more difficult getting home later.

51nhlsecord
Jan 18, 2012, 12:27pm Top

My sister lives in Calgary. She's more used to weather in Ontario where we know a storm is coming and we prepare for it and get excited and watch out the window and brag about how awful it is, and we feel good that we are inside and ready with treats and things to do. So she says the weather in Calgary is good because she can pretty much always get around easily, but it's also kind of boring.

As an aside, I have another sister who lives in Lethbridge, Alberta, where it's pretty flat except for the coulees, and when that sister comes to Ontario she says she can't see anything because of the trees and hills.

Is there anybody here from Alberta who feels like my sisters?

52Neverwithoutabook
Jan 18, 2012, 12:29pm Top

This morning....beautiful sunny day.....-43 with the windchill....nuff said. :(

53NorthernStar
Jan 18, 2012, 1:50pm Top

Well, it got down to about -39°C early yesterday morning, only warmed up to about -29 yesterday before stating to drop again. I was expecting more of the same today, but was delighted to wake up to -17 this morning - feels like spring!

Busifer - we have had almost your ideal winter for most of this year.

54Busifer
Jan 18, 2012, 1:57pm Top

#48 et al - In Sweden we call it a Robbers' Hat. Was pretty usual pre-9/11, now almost extinct.

#53 - Then I envy you!!!

Mono, maggie et al in the general Seattle area - I had a phone meeting with a guy in Portland today, which I guess is south of you, at his 7 AM/my 4 PM. He almost didn't make it to the office, due to the snow. I'd be happy if some of that could be diverted my way but I guess that's too much to hope for ;-)

55maggie1944
Jan 18, 2012, 2:06pm Top

Yes, Portland is about a 3 hour drive south of here. Sorry we can't send you our storm, guess we'll have to cope as well as we can.

I'm pretty much staying home but to tomorrow I'll be back doing the Great Aunt duty at my niece's and I'm guessing there will be no school tomorrow, but back to normal on Friday. Rain in our future will wash away all the pretty snow, and cause flooding all around the region. Gawk!

Mono, I hope you do not end up walking home from downtown. I remember one storm when even the buses were completely stopped.

56Marissa_Doyle
Jan 18, 2012, 2:20pm Top

Clamairy, I bought one of those for my son who's at school in western NY and has a half mile walk to and from his dorm for classes. He calls it his ninja mask.

We're getting that wind you mentioned in spades, but it's been very agreeable and has blown down several broken branches and limbs from the October blizzard that we hadn't been able to reach ourselves. Ill winds, what? :)

57hfglen
Jan 18, 2012, 3:10pm Top

#46 Busifer, we really need to get the pub's magic carpet fixed. Then we could bring you out here and show you dry tropical.

I had a call from my niece in Kimberley about half an hour ago. She says the lunch time temperature at Aughrabies (28° 40' S, 20° 20' E about) today was 52°C / 126°F. probably with about 10% humidity. Instead of wearing flip-flops when it rains, you'll be wearing flip-flops and watching the soles melt on the rock sheets!

58monohex
Jan 18, 2012, 3:26pm Top

#55

Maggie, I think it was 5 years ago that the bus I was on stopped on the freeway on the commute home. It was past sundown, and below freezing. The driver just stopped and turned off the bus in the middle of the freeway, since traffic wasn't moving. There was no heat. It got mighty cold. We sat trapped on that bus for an hour and a half. Awful.

I'm leaving work in about 20 minutes. I hope the buses are doing better than they were this morning. If it's dark by the time I get home I'm going to be grouchy!

59hfglen
Jan 18, 2012, 3:57pm Top

Just in case you think the weather is bad where you are, please look at some of the pictures (and messages) in this thread. Even if it's because I know the area, I find the news here frightening.

60maggie1944
Jan 18, 2012, 5:41pm Top

Hugh, from my point of view, the weather is not bad or good, my preparation for it is bad or good. As I'm happily comfortable today just watching the unusual amount of snow, it is all good.

61DeusExLibrus
Jan 18, 2012, 5:45pm Top

Snowing again today, much as it is for maggie1944. Got Facebook messaged by my friend's dad earlier today saying I should be ready to go in case we end up taking the train down to Portland tomorrow to go on to California Friday. Been spending the afternoon cleaning, reading, and packing, as well as checking in here once in a while, so not a problem.

62Choreocrat
Jan 18, 2012, 7:56pm Top

59 - That looks like what happened south of where I am now last year. I hope your colleagues are staying safe!

One of the things I've learned here recently is that there are two major types of tropics, wet and dry. The wet tropics are wet all year round, but really wet for four months a year. The dry tropics (where I am) is really wet for four months and then gets almost no rain for the rest of the year, to the point where most of the grass dies off and goes brown for a few months.

63Vanye
Jan 18, 2012, 8:27pm Top

I am in Eastern Washington(Yakima) & we've got around 8 inches & going to get more-or so they tell us. Most of the schools will be closed tomorrow-a lot were closed today! I use the bus to get around. The most dangerous part of that ,sometimes, is just getting to the bus stop as most people do not clear their sidewalks. I had a physical therapy appointment tomorrow but cancelled it as were I to fall trying to get there I would probably need more than PT! So I will continue to stay in my bunker & stay safe. 8^)

64Choreocrat
Jan 18, 2012, 8:51pm Top

I have no concept of living in these sorts of winters you're all describing. I grew up in one of the coldest cities in Australia, and it rarely snowed at all. For us, cold is anything below 0C. -25C is beyond my comprehension.

65clamairy
Jan 18, 2012, 9:22pm Top

Well, today I discovered my robber's hat/ninja mask doesn't work so well when I f*** up and put it on inside out. The lower half of my face got all damp. :o( I guess I'll have to look in the mirror before I go out each time and look for the writing.

#64 - Go sit in front of a high-power fan inside a walk-in freezer for a few hours. You might have a better idea, then. ;o)

66hfglen
Jan 19, 2012, 7:06am Top

#60 Karen, now that things are a bit clearer there. What happened was that KNP had between a third and a half of an average YEAR's rainfall dumped on them in one DAY. They also had to take the runoff from a large area upstream, as well. May you never find out what that feels like -- I've been in that situation, and it's terrifying. It is also impossible to plan for. Since my last post the floods are subsiding, and there are now some reports from the rescue teams that have worked all night for the safety of the visitors to the area; including more than a few Americans.

67clamairy
Edited: Jan 19, 2012, 8:41am Top

#66 - Yeesh, what a mess. Somehow I missed the link in #59. How close are you to the flooding?

68katylit
Jan 19, 2012, 8:57am Top

That's awful Hugh! I once got caught up in a little flood that was scary enough, let alone one like your link!

gord.barker, nhlsecord, northernstar, neverwithoutabook, I hear you. We used to live in Cold Lake and I remember well the -40+ winter days where the car tires were frozen square and we'd bump bump down the road until they warmed up enough to round out. And the car seats would be frozen too, you'd get in and there was no give at all, like sitting on a rock. But at least it's a DRY COLD. Right? ;)

I woke up to -26C this morning, but it's supposed to warm up to about -4, hmmm, we'll see. Another fine day to light the woodstove and read. I'm very glad I don't have to go out again today. Stationary bike will do for exercise.

69maggie1944
Jan 19, 2012, 9:10am Top

#66 - Yes, I am sorry! I did not mean to suggest that poor preparation for epic events like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. is the one fault.

I am heartfelt in my concern and sadness for folks caught up in these large natural disasters. And in some large human produced disasters, too. Witness the cruise ship in Italy.

I was reflecting on how many people ruin their own day by complaining about ordinary challenging weather in their part of the universe. "Getting soaking wet on a very rainy day is not the fault of the rain" - more my point. "Don't go out into a snow storm without boots, and gloves" etc.

Ok, moving along, nothing more to see here.....

70Busifer
Jan 19, 2012, 10:27am Top

I think my major problem with "appropriate clothing" is that during a day I may need two our more "appropriate" sets of clothes, ie sturdy walking boots and a rain coat while walking to the boat that is my commute and then I need to put on a more professional and business-like appearance (as opposed to the "hiking" one) during the work-day. I need to compromise somewhat, to accommodate both needs.
Going for a ski or a walk or whatever is no problem. I need not face clients in meetings then.
It's hard to gain extra points for credibility in ski-pants ;-)

71monohex
Jan 19, 2012, 11:40am Top

We have an ice storm at the moment. Little tiny stinging pellets. It's supposed to turn to sleet later. Buses seem to be doing marginally better than yesterday. Only a 45 minute wait this morning. All in all, better.

72Neverwithoutabook
Jan 19, 2012, 12:53pm Top

>68 katylit: - katylit - We're doing much better today. only -22C with windchill of -32C. Hey! That feels almost tropical after -43C!!! LOL To top it off, we've got the most beautiful blue sky out there!

73hfglen
Edited: Jan 19, 2012, 2:45pm Top

#67 By road, about 750 km / a tad less than 500 miles. But close friends in the Skukuza scientific community. And know the lass who runs the nursery there (which features as major damage). Some time ago I stayed at Malelane, and was well looked after by Ecojunkie who stayed up all night (last night 18 Jan) to look after flood victims a long way from her own home. She's the same generation as Maggie and me. And so it goes on ... the road distance is a lot more than the heart distance.

74nhlsecord
Jan 19, 2012, 6:12pm Top

#68 Katylit there's a lot to be said for dry cold, as I found out when I visited northern Manitoba. You can walk around outside there on a beautiful sunny day with glistening snow, your coat open and feeling comfortable. Then, when you get inside you find that there are icicles on your eyelashes and your skin is somewhat cracked. One evening during a walk I discovered that my eyelashes, nose and scarf were encased in ice! So, you feel good while you're out but you'd better take heed of the temperature ;)

75DeusExLibrus
Jan 19, 2012, 6:46pm Top

Well, its snowing more now. Travel plans have gone from plane ride to Portland leaving around 5:30, to plane out around 7:30, with the distinct possibility of just hiring and SUV and being driven down to Portland. I just LOVE traveling in inclement weather!

76Vanye
Jan 19, 2012, 6:47pm Top

Well it is coming down & piling up here-has been all day_another 'stay in your bunker day'! Residential streets not plowed yet! Getting cabin fever but not ready to take my chances with those icy sidewalks-nothing that I want that bad-yet! 8^)

77maggie1944
Jan 19, 2012, 6:58pm Top

I actually walked to my mail box, and back! Woo hoo!

78DeusExLibrus
Jan 19, 2012, 6:59pm Top

Went for a walk early this morning to discover the snow had frozen over and freezing rain was falling. That was fun, especially when I discovered the local coffee shop I was headed to was opening late. Should have assumed as much and waited, but wasn't quite firing on all cylinders when I left.

79Vanye
Jan 19, 2012, 7:01pm Top

I would have to go down stairs & walk on sidewalks that are not cleared to get to my mailbox so I will wait till the shovellers have done their job. 8^)

80Choreocrat
Jan 19, 2012, 8:27pm Top

Aircon's broken in the office. Waaa! I'm thinking that no one would notice if I went and worked from home.

81NorthernStar
Jan 20, 2012, 1:17am Top

#80 - so sad about the air conditioning, we need to trade a few degrees (temperature, that is), my thermometer is heading for -30-something again overnight.

82hfglen
Jan 20, 2012, 5:51am Top

#80 Sympathy! Here the office electrics are such that we can have aircon either in my office or in the lecture room; if we try both it plunges the whole building into darkness. So this morning I steamed because there were job interviews in the other room :(

83maggie1944
Jan 20, 2012, 6:54am Top

I woke this morning at about 2:30 am because the power had gone out. Don't ask me what strange noise or event actually woke me up but when I looked at the clock radio for the time: There was None.

Hahhahah, I'd been expecting power outage so I did stash a small flashlight near my bed and my cell phone had been on the charging station, so I could see, and could know it was too early to get out of the warm bed.

But of course, when the power came back on about a half an hour later, I was awake for good. So here I am, heating up my house in case power fails again later.

It is 4 am at my house. )-:

84karenmarie
Jan 20, 2012, 10:11am Top

It's so disconcerting to be asleep and wake up to no power. We always keep flashlights by the beds since our power is so crappy.

As I just said in another thread, I may regret this, but I would love to have snow. It's supposed to get to 58F here today and 68F tomorrow - just too warm for end of January in North Carolina.

85bluesalamanders
Jan 20, 2012, 11:33am Top

I keep a flashlight by my bed because I grew up in an area where power outages are common. It doesn't often happen where I live now - I though our power has gone off twice, for maybe five minutes at a time, in the four years I've lived here. But I vividly remember a week without power when I was in high school, so I stay prepared.

86Neverwithoutabook
Jan 20, 2012, 2:45pm Top

-17C with windchill of -23C here today in Edmonton, AB. Downright balmy! LOL I always like the warmer temps after we've been through a really cold snap! Somehow it's just easier to bear. No more snow yet, but they're predicting more for Saturday.

87maggie1944
Jan 20, 2012, 9:48pm Top

All the houses on my street to my west still have no power...approaching 24 hours. Brrrr.

I don't see many cars in driveways. I sure dodged that bullet...

88hfglen
Jan 24, 2012, 1:50pm Top

Phewh! Since the KNP floods last week, I've been watching Cyclone Funso on one of the weather sites. For several days its projected route has indicated a landfall in southern Mozambique, taking out either KNP or Durban (or both) before dissipating. But tonight it's shown as being about to head eastwards and dissipate somewhere south (or south-east) of Madagascar.

89Choreocrat
Jan 24, 2012, 4:18pm Top

Serious-sounding flooding in the south of my new state. Lots of rain up here, but everything's built to take much more rain than this.

90maggie1944
Jan 24, 2012, 7:31pm Top

I feeling the chill!

91Neverwithoutabook
Jan 25, 2012, 2:00pm Top

Gak! It's snowing! Big fluffly flakes of white stuff! It wasn't snowing 10 min. ago when I started vacumning!

92hfglen
Jan 25, 2012, 2:15pm Top

#89 Sympathy! Mpumalanga had the same last week! (Pictures here if you're interested.

93monohex
Jan 25, 2012, 2:22pm Top

It's been very windy in the past few days, but otherwise I can't complain too much. We've had flickering lights, but we haven't lost power... yet.

I'd like blue skies. Even if the temps only hover around freezing. Please! The ever-present gray is crushing what's left of my enthusiasm and motivation.

94jburlinson
Jan 25, 2012, 2:25pm Top

5 1/2 inches of rain fell on central Texas last night. More in one night than in 9 months of last year!

95Neverwithoutabook
Jan 25, 2012, 2:27pm Top

Snow has stopped and I can see a tiny patch of blue! A very welcome sight!

>92 hfglen: - hfglen - Thanks for the link! Wow!

96DeusExLibrus
Jan 25, 2012, 2:28pm Top

Got back home after the wedding to discover 99% of the snow had melted. For once I'm actually kind of happy about this.

97hfglen
Jan 25, 2012, 3:01pm Top

#95 *bows* -- there's a text thread as well, which makes horrendous reading. But it's amazing to see how quickly the place got back on its feet again afterwards (though some repairs will take months).

98Choreocrat
Jan 25, 2012, 5:04pm Top

97 - If it's anything like the places that are flooding here, they get flooded every year or two, so they're quite used to it. (Why they stay is beyond me, but I'm sure they have their reasons).

99bluesalamanders
Jan 25, 2012, 6:07pm Top

98 Choreocrat - Yeah, I think that too, but then I'm sure people think the same thing about where I grew up, which gets nasty thunderstorms and tornadoes every year.

100DaynaRT
Jan 26, 2012, 7:11am Top

>99 bluesalamanders:
Every time I find myself questioning why people live near a volcano, or in a flood plain, or on fault line, I have to remind myself that I live in the Hoosier tornado alley. I can't just up and move someplace else, so I shouldn't expect that anyone else can either.

101hfglen
Jan 26, 2012, 7:40am Top

98 - No, KNP has now been hit by "once in a century" floods twice in 12 years.

102bluesalamanders
Jan 26, 2012, 8:56am Top

100 Dayna - exactly. And there's no place that doesn't have some sort of crazy weather or geological pattern or something.

103nitnat
Jan 28, 2012, 9:26pm Top

We have a had a weird summer. Hardly summer at all really. I think the max temp has barely been 30C and that was only a few days. Mostly been mid 20's which to my mind is a perfect summer but it has been very humid with that because we have had lots of rain too. (But summer in Sydney IS like that.)

104Jarandel
Edited: Jan 30, 2012, 8:48am Top

Undergoing what will probably will be "the" snowfall of the year around here, even if it's most likely not very impressive by the standards of those who get real snow™. Under 2 inches of it, announced to melt by tomorrow afternoon.

105maggie1944
Jan 30, 2012, 9:37am Top

Rain

106Neverwithoutabook
Jan 30, 2012, 11:07am Top

+4C but cloudy here. A little blue would make it a beautiful day!

107Choreocrat
Jan 30, 2012, 5:02pm Top

29C and raining here.

108nitnat
Jan 30, 2012, 5:52pm Top

Humid. Yuck.

109MerryMary
Jan 30, 2012, 9:40pm Top

Got up to 60F today. Incredible.

110maggie1944
Jan 30, 2012, 9:44pm Top

Yeah, I saw on the national news that you are having kind of a mid-winter heat wave. But they suggested that it will not last.... winter is coming.

111MerryMary
Jan 30, 2012, 9:52pm Top

Oh yeah. We will definitely pay for this, I'm afraid.

112Meredy
Jan 30, 2012, 11:40pm Top

Nothing but sunshine in the forecast for the coming week or two. Sunny days are nice, but in between and not instead of the winter rains we need.

113Sakerfalcon
Jan 31, 2012, 7:25am Top

It's cold and trying to snow here, at least in the London suburbs.

114Vanye
Feb 5, 2012, 2:11pm Top

Any of you in UK &/or European Mainland if you can access the net tell us what is going on where you are! The CNN reports are horrific. The amounts of snow they are reporting are crazy scary! Of course we would not wish for rapid warming which would of course lead to flooding. Any way if you have a moment let us know what is going on. Holding thumbs for you. 8^)

115hfglen
Feb 5, 2012, 2:59pm Top

The news reports here are grim too. So I'll be watching and sending sympathy from a different quarter.

There are also unsettling reports of bad floods in Choreocrat's neck of the woods. Can any Australians please comment?

116Choreocrat
Feb 5, 2012, 4:50pm Top

The floods are way south of me (about 1000km/700mi). They're pretty regular floods, unfortunately - most of these places got flooded last year, and a few years ago. Not fun.

More info (and an interactive map!) here.

117GeorgiaDawn
Feb 5, 2012, 6:45pm Top

It's hot and humid in South Georgia. Flowers are blooming, and there is a dusting of pollen everywhere. The clouds rolled in today, but it never rained. We still have drought conditions and need the rain desperately. We've had a few nights that were cold, three or four at the most. It should not be in the high 70s and low 80s in January/February! I'm sure winter will hit at some point.

I hope those in the flooded areas are safe!

118Jarandel
Feb 5, 2012, 9:46pm Top

>114 Vanye: Europe got hit by snow pretty hard, where I am (western France, low plains) we got a second (after last week's) noticeable snowfall this year, already unusual in itself, maybe 10 cm high which is probably butterfly pee next to what they got in other places but quite a lot for here.

It's holding on lesser roads, and it's one of those many areas that don't have the staff, supplies and equipment to deal with snow (since they don't get snowfalls worthy of mention regularly every winter), so most people don't have snow tires, public transportations are totally interrupted, and some places get prone to epic traffic snarls as soon as one or several trucks come upon snowy/iced rises or descents they can't negociate or decide not to attempt.

119Meredy
Feb 5, 2012, 10:49pm Top

My son, who has done some study of the subject, points out that global warming doesn't necessarily mean that everyplace gets warmer but that normal weather patterns are disrupted. That can mean colder weather in some places.

120DaynaRT
Feb 6, 2012, 6:48am Top

>19 Neverwithoutabook: That's why the preferred term is climate change rather than global warming. Makes my my mom less apt to argue with me if I phrase it that way. ;-)

Plus, this is a La Niña year, but I'm not sure if that has any effect on Europe's weather patterns. Off to Wikipedia...

121Sakerfalcon
Feb 6, 2012, 11:22am Top

I'm in London and we had quite a lot of snow (compared to the norm) on Saturday night/Sunday morning. My parents live on the outskirts of London and they had about six inches, which is enough to generate chaos in public transport schedules, but chicken feed compared to what has hit the Continent or to what was normal in Philadelphia when I lived there. Still, it looked pretty and I enjoyed tramping through it to get to church in the morning.

122hfglen
Feb 6, 2012, 1:09pm Top

#116 Thanks, Choreocrat! Still looks nasty, though.

By the way, I looked at an atlas to see where 1000 km north of the floods might be. Was reminded of a lecturer in my 4th year; he spoke purest Strine, and it took the class six weeks to figure out what plant he'd been talking about. It sounded like 'Tahnsvaloosen'. A strain from not far from you perhaps?

123C4RO
Feb 7, 2012, 3:00pm Top

I'm in Vienna. We've had a week of very cold weather -10 to -15 C. Work colleagues in Warsaw talking of -28 last Thursday though so we're on the Western side of it all.

124Jarandel
Feb 7, 2012, 4:07pm Top

Cold, clear weather, lesser roads still snowed over.

125Choreocrat
Feb 7, 2012, 6:12pm Top

122 - Sounds like Townsvillian, to me, which is just the demonym for Townsville - which happens to be where I am. No doubt there are plants named after the area, but I'm rather horticulturally challenged, I'm afraid. ;) It did prompt me to find this lovely list of Australian plant names.

126Neverwithoutabook
Feb 7, 2012, 7:27pm Top

>124 Jarandel: - Jarandel - Beautiful picture! :)

127hfglen
Feb 10, 2012, 6:33am Top

#125 Yes, we eventually worked out that it was a strain called 'Townsville lucerne'. And thanks, I use APNI regularly (about once every 2 weeks).

128Choreocrat
Feb 10, 2012, 5:54pm Top

127 - It doesn't surprise me that you know of it, but I didn't want to risk you missing out! ;) It's good to know we have our own lucerne, too.

What a change in weather! I'm doing a flying visit to my hometown, and the temperature's about 15-20C colder. It's actually quite nice.

129DaynaRT
Feb 11, 2012, 4:13pm Top

Last night we got 2 inches of snow in 20 minutes

130clamairy
Mar 3, 2012, 10:11am Top

Stay safe all of you out there in the path of this latest nasty weather! :o(

131GeorgiaDawn
Mar 3, 2012, 10:42am Top

Currently in my neck 'o the woods - tornado watches (the tornado sirens have gone off several times in town), flash flood warnings, rain, thunder, and a bit of hail.

They did release the fire weather warnings due to all the rain. :)

132clamairy
Mar 3, 2012, 11:18am Top

Yipes. GD, keep us informed as the day goes on. PLEASE!

133OracleOfCrows
Mar 3, 2012, 12:16pm Top

We were supposed to have terrible storms yesterday, but they completely missed us and we barely even had rain. We did get the winds; it's still windy. The high was in the 50's. Today there is a chance of snow - same for tomorrow - and then it's supposed to go back up to the Spring-like temps we've had.

I'm actually dreading Spring. With the uber-warm winter we had, I have a feeling we're in for some terrible weather. :/

134hfglen
Mar 3, 2012, 1:32pm Top

Richard's Bay (200 km up the coast) has already been hit by Irina; it's expected to reach here about midnight. Heavy rain and gale-force winds expected, though the storm appears to be abating.

135GeorgiaDawn
Mar 3, 2012, 2:05pm Top

Things have calmed down here a bit. It is still raining and we are under tornado/flash flood watches, but the worst has passed. The temperature has dropped about 10 degrees since noon and 20 degrees since yesterday. It's now a comfortable 62. It's supposed to continue raining through the night. That's a good thing; we need it desperately.

#133 Oracle - We've had warm weather, too. The farmers are all concerned about planting season.

136hfglen
Mar 4, 2012, 2:02pm Top

Irina update: It's been very quiet up here (30 km from the sea), but the news reports heavy rain and some flooding down on the coast from Amanzimtoti (about 20 km south of the city centre) to Richards Bay (200 km north). Apparently no loss of life yet.

137Meredy
Mar 5, 2012, 12:58am Top

It was a balmy 76 here this afternoon, by the back porch thermometer. Sunny and bright, flowers blooming, grass green. Nice--but not winter.

138trisweather
Mar 5, 2012, 3:50pm Top

Have been in Denmark the last 10 days with beautiful warm weather. Several days around 10 degrees C, which is very nice for the season.
Today I arrived back in Nuuk where it is windchill -42 degrees C. Quite a change

139Vanye
Mar 5, 2012, 11:51pm Top

They said on the news tonight there have been 46 tornadoes so far this season in Tornado Alley & I decided that I will stay here with one volcano! They do not come & get you & your house & your family! 8^)

140maggie1944
Mar 6, 2012, 7:56am Top

snow!

141reading_fox
Mar 6, 2012, 11:19am Top

Spring is definately on its way here, but meanwhile the UK is having another go at winter for a few days. Frost this morning was unexpected! Clear skies a bit of a breeze but not much otherwsie.

Take care all of you in more danerous locales.

142maggie1944
Mar 6, 2012, 3:01pm Top

snow all gone, sunshine is here! It must be getting close to spring, don't you think?

143Rozax
Mar 15, 2012, 4:29am Top

WE HAVE RAIN AND OVERCAST!!! I'm so happy. ^_^

144maggie1944
Mar 15, 2012, 8:27am Top

We continue to have rain, cold, and wind. I am tired of it. My backyard is totally a wetland, now. Totally! I wear boots to walk across the grass. Expecting the frogs to start making their spring concerts any night now!

145Choreocrat
Mar 15, 2012, 9:19am Top

Lots and lots of rain. I think the wet season finally arrived!

146hfglen
Mar 15, 2012, 2:01pm Top

We're on twice the monthly average, with more forecast. We may even have an average year overall! :-)

147Choreocrat
Mar 16, 2012, 7:21am Top

I've had more rain today than some years back in Canberra, I think. My street's flooded again, but it's only flash flooding. It'll drain off overnight if the rain pulls back. I feel comforted that I'm a metre and a half above street level.

148reading_fox
Apr 4, 2012, 6:17am Top

Last week was Spring/Summer. Temps up into the mid 20s, clear blue skies, drought orders and watering plants type of weather. Really very nice indeed.

This week we've got snow, and 0 deg C forecasts. Snow! And high winds. Miserable, all the more so becuase last week was soo good.

Hope everyone in the US is safe from the more violent weatehr you've had over there.

149maggie1944
Apr 5, 2012, 11:00am Top

I drove from Seattle to Portland yesterday and I swear I drove through a Monsoon!!! The water on the freeway made driving any where near a truck to be hazard duty. They give off such huge waves of spray that really a passenger car does not have a chance to still see the road. Whew!

Today, weather is mixed showers with sun breaks! In the 50s probably. Spring.

150Neverwithoutabook
Apr 5, 2012, 2:26pm Top

Winter came back with a vengeance last night and it's still snowing although not quite as bad. It's wet and slushy on the roads and ploughs and sanding trucks are out but public transit is having difficulties and the snow has caused power outages in some areas of the city. (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

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