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Title: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on December 30, 2017, 05:30:39 PM
Western South Dakota finally got some serious cold settle in.  As I write this it is a -10F and snowing.  We are headed for about -13 tonight, -15 tomorrow night, and single digit minus on Monday.  Then it starts a slow climb into highs in the mid 20's and low 30's.  Our cattle are in good shelter and have lots of feed and lick barrels so they will be okay.

On the the plus side we only got about 3" of snow and the wind has stayed pretty low all day. 

How is it where you are?
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Post by: 1066vik on December 30, 2017, 05:51:19 PM
we have similar levels of cold (5-10 degrees warmer) in Ks -- but no snow to make it more bearable.  :(
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Post by: madmax on December 30, 2017, 05:53:31 PM
Central FL is 50 with no wind.
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Post by: xj35s on December 30, 2017, 05:59:42 PM
Yeah, we got -30 up north of me about 30 miles. About -7 here today. No wind. Had a lot of layers on and was comfortable out working on the tractor.

Got a foot of snow and looks like another 6 inches in the last four hours. More coming Monday night too.

We got the wood stove cranking and the furnace still kicked on, set at 72*F.
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Post by: wolfy on December 30, 2017, 06:12:32 PM
It's not too bad here in northeast Nebraska right now, but the real chill starts Sunday and overnight into Monday morning when they're predicting lows of -24.  :fire2:

The weather dude on TV said it's much warmer now in Murdo, Antarctica, Barrow, Alaska and some city that I forgot the name of in Siberia. :coffee:
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Post by: crashdive123 on December 30, 2017, 06:33:29 PM
Had to put on socks with my flip flops.
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Post by: wsdstan on December 30, 2017, 06:48:58 PM
Had to put on socks with my flip flops.

 :fire2:  I don't even own a pair of flip flops but could use them two, maybe three, times a year.
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Post by: hayshaker on December 30, 2017, 07:04:33 PM
24 below tonite the other day it was 37below
been shoving wood in the stove all day it seems.
funny thing is winter is just getting started,
i feel it's going tobe a long one.
for history look up the great blizzard of 1880-81
in the dakota territory.
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Post by: Unknown on December 30, 2017, 08:48:08 PM
Here it might get to zero, up into the thirties during this snap. Not too bad.

The cold can be uncomfortable at times, but that's how life goes. To me, there are few things better than the feeling you get from working outside in the cold, and coming in to a nice warm house. If there's a fire it's even better. It's a special kind of tired, there should be a name for it.
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Post by: Mannlicher on December 31, 2017, 05:21:56 AM
weather guys says 21F here in North Florida Friday.  For me, that's BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
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Post by: xj35s on December 31, 2017, 12:16:04 PM
Here it might get to zero, up into the thirties during this snap. Not too bad.

The cold can be uncomfortable at times, but that's how life goes. To me, there are few things better than the feeling you get from working outside in the cold, and coming in to a nice warm house. If there's a fire it's even better. It's a special kind of tired, there should be a name for it.

Yeah, I know that feeling. I think it's called exhaustion...
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Post by: wolfy on December 31, 2017, 12:58:28 PM
Had to put on socks with my flip flops.
About the closest I get to flip-flops are my pile-lined RealTree camo Crocs.   NOBODY wants to see MY toenails!  If I'd have lived back in Jeremiah Johnson's time, my toenails would probably have ended up in Chris Lapp's necklace collection! :shocked: :doh:
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Post by: hayshaker on December 31, 2017, 01:09:27 PM
I went out about noon today to run the vehicles.
an all three were dead as posts. I just got done charging up the van it's running now, so in a minute
going to gharge up the tahoe, when it's done then the tractor.
last night and this morning was damm cold, funny thing winter is just starting. oh boy.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on December 31, 2017, 01:12:39 PM
Here it might get to zero, up into the thirties during this snap. Not too bad.

The cold can be uncomfortable at times, but that's how life goes. To me, there are few things better than the feeling you get from working outside in the cold, and coming in to a nice warm house. If there's a fire it's even better. It's a special kind of tired, there should be a name for it.

Yeah, I know that feeling. I think it's called exhaustion...

+2 on that, XJ!

-15F last night. 24" of snow since Christmas, 8" Friday night alone.

I was going to start a "Winter of 2017" thread, but I'll just rant here instead.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4598/24546846297_3e9e3cc07c_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Dp81cT)
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Post by: imnukensc on December 31, 2017, 01:59:38 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/PqsFgy7.jpg)
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Post by: wsdstan on December 31, 2017, 02:51:05 PM
Agreed!   :thumbsup:
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Post by: wolfy on December 31, 2017, 03:32:58 PM
 :rofl: We old pharts kinda' remind me of old dogs that come in from the cold all gimped up and chewing at ice-balls between our toe pads while watching the exuberant young pups rolling, diving and and jumping through the new powder. ;D
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on December 31, 2017, 04:43:18 PM
It went up to a minus 5 F and now has sunk back to a -10 F.  It is headed further down tonight into the mid-teens. 

The good news is the cows seem pretty happy, the stock tank heaters are doing their work, and the wind isn't blowing. 
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on December 31, 2017, 05:32:27 PM
The weather-dudes are still sticking to their earlier predictions of an air temperature of -24 for tonight, but with the attendant 13 mph wind-chill factor, it will seem like -45.   The former recorded low for tonight is -20, so we are likely to break a low temperature record. :banana:

Tomorrow is Heather & my 30th wedding anniversary.....gre at 'cuddling' weather. >:D   

Thirty years of wedded bliss! :-* :-*

Mostly. :shrug:

For ME anyway!  :lol:
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Post by: wsdstan on December 31, 2017, 05:40:08 PM
Happy Anniversary. 
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Post by: Old Philosopher on December 31, 2017, 06:34:08 PM
:rofl: We old pharts kinda' remind me of old dogs that come in from the cold all gimped up and chewing at ice-balls between our toe pads while watching the exuberant young pups rolling, diving and and jumping through the new powder. ;D

:cheers: :hail:
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Post by: Moe M. on January 01, 2018, 08:47:27 AM

 It's been unusually cold for my area since the week before Christmas,  day time temps in the lower twenties and dipping to the minus single numbers overnight,  we've also had a lot of wind which really drops it down with wind chills,  but last night my wife pointed out some of the temps in the western and mid western states going down to -40 and I felt guilty for complaining about our mild zero temps.
 The up side is we've only gotten a few inches of snow so far (knock on wood) and as of today there's only about eight more weeks of hard winter left until the warmer March winds bring in the Spring. 
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on January 01, 2018, 08:55:39 AM
We got to a balmy -25 F last night with no snow and no wind to speak of.  At 7:00 AM it was still -24 F but the cattle were all in the sheds and the water didn't freeze.  This should be the end of this current cold snap and over the next few days we will climb above freezing for a week of so.  Hurrah!
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Post by: Old Philosopher on January 01, 2018, 10:03:01 AM
We've ranged from +15F to -15F since Christmas.  I have about 4" of ice on my mobile's flat roof under about 9" of compact snow, and already sprung 4 leaks.  I'm not a happy camper.
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Post by: wolfy on January 01, 2018, 10:04:57 AM
We took my sister-in-law to the airport @ 4AM to catch a 6AM flight in -24 temps this morning.  It's now 11AM and since they couldn't de-ice the plane in those conditions, she has been waiting in the terminal since 5AM.  We just now got a text message from her saying they are still unable to get the plane de-iced, so we have to drive back down to get her.......that means getting up @ 4AM again tomorrow morning to make another stab at it! :doh: :doh: :doh: :doh:

Man, I love winter!!! :pissed:
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Post by: crashdive123 on January 01, 2018, 10:42:03 AM
Practice makes perfect. :sarcasm:
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Post by: John Van Gelder on January 22, 2018, 12:06:19 PM
I should have known.. January is too soon for spring.. Four days ago I was having high 40s, almost all of my snow was gone and I was thinking about putting the brush hog on the tractor and heading out to mow my pastures, this morning my brush hog is partially buried in snow.  Not much future in mowing right now. .. :-\
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Post by: wolfy on January 22, 2018, 01:17:45 PM
We are smack dab in the middle of a full-blown NEBRASKA blizzard right now!  :doh:      I can't tell how much snow we've had because the 32-35 mph winds are drifting it too much to measure with any real degree of accuracy.  Probably at LEAST a foot.....maybe more.  There is a 4 foot drift in our driveway right now. >:(     Temperature isn't bad, though (28 degrees), but the wind makes it feel much colder than that.  Up 'til last night, we've only had an inch or two of snow all winter, but it has been WAY colder this year.....broke several records in -28 to -30-something range. :fire2:

There's no reason to go outside, that I know of.....or would even want to imagine, so back to reading a good book that Heather gave me Christmas before last. :coffee:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: John Van Gelder on January 22, 2018, 01:49:15 PM
Wolfy

Not bad here, the snow is melting out of the trees and I can hear it on my porch roof. About 38 with rain in the forecast. 

I had this warning in the header when I opened my national weather page.. "Significant winter storm to bring heavy snow and ice from the Plains to the upper Midwest, Great Lakes and New England"..

Life is better in the West...!
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Post by: madmax on January 22, 2018, 02:28:28 PM
80 degrees.  I unloaded the camping gear in shorts today...
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Post by: Old Philosopher on January 22, 2018, 02:45:51 PM
Gotta love Nebraska winters!  I went through 4 of them. Had to move to Alaska for relief.  :taunt:

Gotta hate 80F in January.  I need a few freezes to kill off all the creepy-crawlies, and flying pests.
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Post by: hayshaker on January 22, 2018, 03:38:57 PM
just watch a movie on the iceage it'll maqke you feel better
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Post by: wsdstan on January 22, 2018, 04:21:08 PM
Well we dodged this last storm but did get a lot of rain.  Temps are 35 to 40 in the day and 15 to 25 at night.  Supposed to get a little colder next week. 
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Post by: Orbean on January 22, 2018, 04:34:08 PM
We have gone well over 100 days without any meaningful precipitation, it is bone dry. We have not escaped the cold but cold without moisture is hateful. Today it did not get to 40 degrees and a constant wind makes work miserable. This is a crappy winter and most likely a crappy summer with skies filled with smoke and wildfire keeping me from enjoying my favorite season. We are way over due for a bad fire season i am willing to bet dollars to donuts that is the year.
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Post by: Old Philosopher on January 22, 2018, 05:28:58 PM
Max talks about 80 deg in January, but you Suthun' Boys would go nuts seeing us up here running around in T-shirts at 34F.  Heat wave!!!
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Post by: wolfy on January 22, 2018, 06:56:28 PM
The Weather Dude said we recieved 14" to 15" of snow in this last 'event,' but some of it will melt during the coming week when it gets up into the 40s. :banana:   Right now, ALL of the highways are closed up here in the northeastern part of the state.  I-29 is closed from Sioux City to Sioux Falls, too.

Good night for a Roku movie and popcorn! :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Post by: John Van Gelder on January 23, 2018, 06:33:26 AM
I had more snow in the forecast but it did not happen, the snow forecast is now for rain,  then snow, then rain and snow..for the next seven days.. The moisture is good for my pastures.
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Post by: hayshaker on January 23, 2018, 06:47:10 AM
let's not sweat the small stuff cause the ICEAGE is on it's way.brrrrrrrrrrrrrr
GOT FIREWOOD
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Post by: wsdstan on January 23, 2018, 09:12:18 AM
It is 32 here, the mud is frozen just enough to drive into the places I need to go to check stock tanks so I am happy this morning.
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Post by: Old Philosopher on January 23, 2018, 09:51:21 AM
We have another 4-6" forecast through the weekend. Hope I can get the snow blower through the ice berms.  ???
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Post by: John Van Gelder on January 25, 2018, 09:55:20 AM
I woke up this morning to more snow.. Lots of folks are suffering with this winter and unfortunately this is probably just the beginning. 

We have been subjected to three decades of global warming propaganda based on junk science or down right political agendas.  The absolute main driving force in our planets climate is the sun.  There is historical proof that increasing levels of CO2, are a result of increased average temperatures and not a cause.

I have been monitoring solar activity and ocean temperature for the past eleven years, the warming is over we are headed into a major solar minimum.  The sun goes through an eleven year cycle, that cycle rides on a 200+year cycle, when the the two cycles crash, we have little ice ages.  We are headed toward that low in solar activity. 

I heard a really good lecture by a British physicist, back in 1997 or 98.  He was warning of the same thing.  I found this video today that I think that any one living in the Northern half of the US should view and then plan accordingly. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6v66SPTYqF0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6v66SPTYqF0)
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: hayshaker on January 25, 2018, 11:31:30 AM
for the last seven years or so we have wittnessed wild weather.
snow in the amazon rain forest snow storms in north africa.
undersea volcanic activity, the pacific ring of fire very active.
huge uptic in earthquake activity, all related to the suns magnetic reversal.
lack of sun spots for long periods.i believe we have already entered the iceage.
longer winters shorter summers, winter jumping into summer with no real spring.
summer into winter with a very short fall season, things like this are signs
of an impending ice age, and no i don't mean in a hundred years either.
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Post by: madmax on January 25, 2018, 12:26:44 PM
    I know that the citrus groves in FL have given up north of a steadily falling freeze line.  One of Kelly's favorite smells was the orange blossoms.  No more here.

    Great whites have been tracked swimming off the FL beaches.  I never heard of that until recently.  I surf so I would've at least heard rumors.
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Post by: Unknown on January 25, 2018, 01:33:50 PM
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=O7rU2l9WiYo
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Post by: John Van Gelder on January 26, 2018, 09:07:49 AM
Solar cycle 22 was quite high, 23 considerably lower, 24, the one we are in now, lower still, the low point of this cycle is predicted for 2019 or 20. 

The scientists that are monitoring solar activity are still not sure about the mechanisms of the long cycle.  When it was first proposed we did not have very good monitoring equipment.    That has changed a lot, from ground based telescopes that are dedicated to that task to satellites, two such are Stereo A and Stereo B which are in orbit around the sun, one monitors the Earth facing side of the sun, the other the side facing away.  The sun takes roughly 14 days to make one rotation.  Some of the thought behind the two satellites is that if there is a potentially dangerous solar storm we will have some warning.  A truly large solar flare directed at the Earth, can wipe out communications and the power grid.

Upcoming cycle 25 will give some indication if we are continuing into a deep minimum like the Maunder Minimum, that produced the little ice age from 1645 until 1715. 

Another factor is the effects of solar heating on ocean currents, and how that affects the deep ocean currents. 

Climate and what drives it is a pretty complex science, the prime driver is the sun. 

Another poorly understood component of space weather is the increase in solar wind caused by coronal holes, these may also affect our climate, and are more prevalent during solar minimums.

Another interesting video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmmjpcl5mBk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmmjpcl5mBk)

For now the best bet is for more intense winter weather at least until the next cycle.   



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Post by: wsdstan on January 27, 2018, 08:32:21 PM
Cold air moved in today.  One of those miserable winds out of the northwest and about 30 degrees F.  Now it is still windy and the temp has dropped to 10 above. 
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Post by: wsdstan on February 03, 2018, 03:54:41 PM
Here we go again.  Temperature drops from 41F to 15F in about two hours and it is snowing hard with a bit of wind out of the east. 

No motorcycle riding for me I guess.   :P
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Post by: wsdstan on February 04, 2018, 07:37:00 AM
At 6:00 AM we are at a minus 12 F and it has quit snowing.  Lots of two foot drifts but the snow is soft on top and you only get a mild heart attack from shoveling.  Stock tanks are still open and the cows are all in the windbreaks.  Beautiful morning but we have more snow on the way. 
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Post by: Orbean on February 04, 2018, 09:30:09 AM
I cant imagine what that is like, if that happened here everything would shut down. The nice thing about NM is the snow stays in the mts, when it does snow.
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Post by: Old Philosopher on February 04, 2018, 10:38:42 AM
+25F this morning. Looks like we dodged the bullet...again. Our forecast 6-7" has been downgraded to <2".   :banana:
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Post by: PetrifiedWood on February 04, 2018, 01:35:24 PM
Very unseasonably warm here. 52 degrees out. This time last year we had a 126% snow pack. This year, 36%.
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Post by: wolfy on February 04, 2018, 02:03:15 PM
It is cold as the dickens here, today.....single digits & 12-15 mph winds.  The sky is cloudless right now, but there is snow, preceded by sleet, predicted for the next several days.  They are predicting several snows this week with 3-5 additional inches, too.  On top of the 18? we had recently, I am not looking forward to it at all.  >:(

I want to get out and sight-in the new CZ .22 Varmint Rifle I just got, but not to the extent of doing it under those conditions.  On top of it all,the 'minimum maintenance' road I have to traverse to get to my range-site is drifted shut, too. :'(

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Post by: Old Philosopher on February 04, 2018, 02:33:26 PM
I have a patch of woods I want to explore for various reasons, and can't get there right now. Talk about cabin fever!
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Post by: wsdstan on February 06, 2018, 09:33:45 AM
4F this morning but no overnight snow.  That is coming on Wednesday and Thursday.  We usually have a little warmth in mid Feb.  hope so this year.  I plowed the driveway out yesterday with the old Oliver gas tractor.  It started up after sitting out and not plugged in for about two weeks. 

The Bobcat started too but the fuel had jelled so it stalled a few times. 
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Post by: crashdive123 on February 06, 2018, 05:26:47 PM
78 tomorrow. :shrug: :shrug: :shrug:
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Post by: wolfy on February 06, 2018, 06:31:42 PM
78 tomorrow. :shrug: :shrug: :shrug:

I hate you. >:(

It's 7 degrees here and 4-5 more inches of snow on the horizon......Thursd ay, Friday & Saturday!                                         :fire2:
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Post by: crashdive123 on February 06, 2018, 07:23:50 PM
Yeah, but I'm going to have to gut the grass soon.  That and weeding the garden.
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Post by: imnukensc on February 06, 2018, 08:43:41 PM
Yeah, it only got to 75 here today.  I almost took and posted a picture of the daffodils that are just about ready to bloom.
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Post by: wsdstan on February 08, 2018, 09:19:59 AM
16F at 7:30 this morning.  The warmer temperature came with a foot or so of snow on the flats and where it drifted it is over two feet deep.  Shoveled off the deck (a pathway anyway) and then the metal roof shed its snow load and put two feet plus on top of the couple of feet that was there.   :P    The good news is that my two new knees held up pretty well.  One is 4 months old and the other 2 months old.  Grateful for their condition. 

This is snowshoe depth snow.
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Post by: wolfy on February 08, 2018, 09:52:37 AM
13F degrees.....and now we're getting the snow that you had yesterday. :(
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Post by: wsdstan on February 08, 2018, 10:19:24 AM
Well hang on cause it is still snowing here today and will go all through the night and into tomorrow.  You will get it Saturday. 

I had a lot of trouble seeing where I was going in the light conditions so the driveway will have wait until tomorrow.  Snow on the driveway where it drops off the hill was drifted in pretty deep.  I think I better buy a snow blower for the front of the skid loader so it will never happen here again.
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Post by: Old Philosopher on February 08, 2018, 11:23:27 PM
...  I think I better buy a snow blower for the front of the skid loader so it will never happen here again.
That worked for me for 2 straight years. Bought a snow blower and left it parked for the next two winters. These last two winter were a different story. 40" last winter and 24 so far this year.
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Post by: hayshaker on February 09, 2018, 04:39:04 AM
I get 78'degrees here too crash in the house that is, you just have to
pile a lot of wood in the stove that's all. :)
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Post by: wsdstan on February 09, 2018, 12:22:31 PM
2F this morning with a couple of inches of new snow and just enough wind to fill in the plowed areas again. 
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Post by: Old Philosopher on February 09, 2018, 01:38:43 PM
+7F this morning, with 1.5" new.  We missed the 6"  and drifting snow down "south".  :banana:
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Post by: Pete Bog on February 09, 2018, 07:36:37 PM
-17*F (-27C) this AM, warmed to a -1*F (-18C) but they (NOAA) are predicting back down to -13*F (-25C) by Sunday. The snowfall has only been a dusting and the wind is minimal at just a bit over a breeze. We've only had two snow events worth starting the tractor for this winter, so no complaints from Northeastern ND.
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Post by: wsdstan on February 09, 2018, 07:45:44 PM
That is cold Pete.  We are forecast to be a minus 11 F tonight and not much of a high tomorrow.  I need to plow the drive down to the county road but ain't gonna do it on the tractor at below 0 temps.  I will, as is my circumstance, just stay home.  :-X
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 09, 2018, 11:48:55 PM
A balmy +6F here in NW Montana right now, 2 degrees above our forecast low. Glad I'm not east of the Divide, like you guys!
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on February 10, 2018, 08:52:02 AM
At 7:00 AM this morning it was a minus 19 but the wind wasn't blowing.  It is about minus 12 at the moment and is supposed to get somewhere near zero today.

My driveway has frozen ruts in it that could easily be used to hide bodies.   :-X
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Post by: crashdive123 on February 10, 2018, 12:50:39 PM
I just came in......had to get out of the heat.


(https://i.pinimg.com/736x/fd/70/94/fd70948dcffc9c927ca5e532432c49bb.jpg)
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Post by: madmax on February 10, 2018, 12:52:37 PM
It's hot in the sun.
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Post by: wsdstan on February 10, 2018, 01:04:48 PM
 :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by: wolfy on February 10, 2018, 02:07:50 PM
That's a GREAT PHOTO!! :lol: :lol: :rofl:
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Post by: imnukensc on February 10, 2018, 03:41:21 PM
For you guys dealing with snow and cold............... .....

(https://i.imgur.com/ysfCm5I.jpg)
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Post by: wolfy on February 10, 2018, 03:53:43 PM
I knew there had to be SOMETHING I didn't like about you! :doh: :shrug:
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Post by: wsdstan on February 10, 2018, 03:54:29 PM
That is plastic....... isn't it.   :-X
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Post by: xj35s on February 10, 2018, 08:48:15 PM
I miss driving over the road because of this. It was so awesome to see the green grass and flowers starting while we still had 20 degree nights. Great picture. love all the leaves in the background.
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Post by: Old Philosopher on February 10, 2018, 09:13:08 PM
For you guys dealing with snow and cold............... .....

(https://i.imgur.com/ysfCm5I.jpg)
I have a similar picture, but it's too much trouble uploading it to Flickr and linking. It's a bunch of daffodils covered in snow...
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on February 12, 2018, 01:57:15 PM
0 degrees this AM and might get to 12F.  A little snow overnight and not a single daffodil in sight.
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Post by: wsdstan on February 15, 2018, 09:24:27 AM
Thursday morning finds us with a near white out at times of blowing snow.  Drifts have crossed the driveway all the way down to the country road.   Temps are due to plummet and next Monday is a high of 2F and a low of minus 10F.   ???  This is getting old.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 15, 2018, 09:30:13 AM
3" fell last night for us. By Monday morning, we're forecast for another 13-14" of white stuff. You're right, Stan...this is getting OLD real fast!  Some years we've wondered if we'd have a White Christmas, but these last two years have been troublesome.  El Nino is a baaad hombre!
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on February 15, 2018, 09:47:04 AM
I don't think this one's going to affect us that much.  According to my radar app, it looks like Stan is going to get some relief here pretty quickly, but what hits him. usually whacks us within 36 hours.  We may get a little snow, but I don't think the jet stream is powerful enough to bring the brunt of it directly over us this time.  Time will tell if I should take on a part time retirement job as a meteorologist...... .or not. :shrug:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 15, 2018, 10:26:39 AM
I don't think this one's going to affect us that much.  According to my radar app, it looks like Stan is going to get some relief here pretty quickly, but what hits him. usually whacks us within 36 hours.  We may get a little snow, but I don't think the jet stream is powerful enough to bring the brunt of it directly over us this time.  Time will tell if I should take on a part time retirement job as a meteorologist...... .or not. :shrug:
I know what you mean. I regularly visit 4 different sites and read the local "technical discussion" every morning. I've found the Intellicast "future radar" to actually be the most accurate, although it only covers the next 24hrs.

http://www.intellicast.com/Local/WxMap.aspx

What sites do you use, Wolfy?
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: imnukensc on February 15, 2018, 11:57:54 AM
Currently 76F.  Just finished mowing the yard.  Grass didn't really need cutting.  It was much more mulching oak leaves.  I mulched 3 or 4 times last fall, but the oaks are always the last to fall and I've just been putting it off until today.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on February 15, 2018, 12:11:33 PM
I don't think this one's going to affect us that much.  According to my radar app, it looks like Stan is going to get some relief here pretty quickly, but what hits him. usually whacks us within 36 hours.  We may get a little snow, but I don't think the jet stream is powerful enough to bring the brunt of it directly over us this time.  Time will tell if I should take on a part time retirement job as a meteorologist...... .or not. :shrug:
I know what you mean. I regularly visit 4 different sites and read the local "technical discussion" every morning. I've found the Intellicast "future radar" to actually be the most accurate, although it only covers the next 24hrs.

http://www.intellicast.com/Local/WxMap.aspx

What sites do you use, Wolfy?

Mostly, I look at the enhanced $1.99 MyRadar app on my iphone, along with intellicast.com & a bunch of stuff on the NOAA site.   I liked the MyRadar app, which is free, but I became so intrigued with its accuracy, zoom and precipitation-density pixelization where I could see which portions of my crops & fields were getting the most rainfall, that I went bigtime and bought the $1.99 version. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 15, 2018, 12:24:55 PM
I'll check that out and see if it's available for the PC.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on February 15, 2018, 12:54:15 PM
Just went to my lower corrals and to the neighbors place to check his dog.  There are deep drifts across the driveway all the way out to the road.  The road is a foot deep with soft snow.  My neighbors place is the same drifted over mess as mine.  To boot his dog wouldn't do anything but stand there alternating her front paws in the air.  That means another trip about 3:30 .........  :'(

The 3:30 trip was no better.  That dog just won't pee unless she did it already somewhere in the house.   :shrug:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: madmax on February 15, 2018, 03:37:23 PM
I just went into the backyard to hang up laundry in shorts and flip flops.  The skeeters swarmed me.  I wouldn't have minded a little more FL winter...
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 15, 2018, 04:17:35 PM
I just went into the backyard to hang up laundry in shorts and flip flops.  The skeeters swarmed me.  I wouldn't have minded a little more FL winter...
I'd rather be watching my 6's for Snow Snakes than swatting mosquitoes in February. I could NOT live in that climate!
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Unknown on February 15, 2018, 08:07:21 PM
This statement I understand. Complain about the cold I understand to a point. Someone that doesn't like winter cold weather could move to a warmer spot.... most could if truly dissatisfied.

Of course it doesn't get as low on the F scale here as reported by those further North. Yet, just as OP(I think) said, after a certain amount of time one gets acclimated and air temp becomes less important than things like sunshine, humidity and wind.  I would like to see more snow, but not enough to move. Nevertheless Today it was 70 and it was a treat.

I guess when spring hits we can have a > it's too green, mild, wet thread before we get to : damn its hot.
 :cheers:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 16, 2018, 10:50:37 AM
This statement I understand. Complain about the cold I understand to a point. Someone that doesn't like winter cold weather could move to a warmer spot.... most could if truly dissatisfied.

Of course it doesn't get as low on the F scale here as reported by those further North. Yet, just as OP(I think) said, after a certain amount of time one gets acclimated and air temp becomes less important than things like sunshine, humidity and wind.  I would like to see more snow, but not enough to move. Nevertheless Today it was 70 and it was a treat.

I guess when spring hits we can have a > it's too green, mild, wet thread before we get to : damn its hot.
 :cheers:
We have close to 105F annual temperature flux. Two friends of mine in the Seattle area usually have less than a 50F flux, but they have webbed feet due to all the rain.  :-\ 
But we do have ample sunshine, very little rain, and virtually no wind in our valley.  35F is "T-shirt weather" for us. The only insects we are concerned with are paper wasps in the dry months, and tics in the spring, if you get into the deep woods.
I've lived in hot, humid climates (including over seas), and I just can't deal with working up a sweat chewing my food!
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on February 16, 2018, 12:00:32 PM
A cheery minus 10F here this morning with 6" of well drifted snow blocking our road down to the country road.  My neighbor came over to pick up some hay and plowed my drive out the whole 1320' so I only had cleanup and a few areas to plow.  It is about 20 F now.

Our temperature swings are like yours.  We get to 105F in the summer and to 40 below at times in the winter so you get to wear a variety of clothing, sometimes on the same day.  This area holds the record for a change in temperature in the shortest time.  Here is a link to the event: 
 
http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2018/It-s-the-75th-anniversary-of-a-startling-weather-event-that-put-a-western-South-Dakota-city-in-the-record-books/id-5b2567816ef14929a79b0f250c253cb5

It isn't very humid here compared to the PNW.

We are getting more snow this weekend and the temperatures are headed back below zero. 
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on February 16, 2018, 12:14:29 PM
I remember the low here was -28F at the end of December, but we didn't break 100F this past summer......what a relief!  :banana:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 16, 2018, 01:34:39 PM
A cheery minus 10F here this morning with 6" of well drifted snow blocking our road down to the country road.  My neighbor came over to pick up some hay and plowed my drive out the whole 1320' so I only had cleanup and a few areas to plow.  It is about 20 F now.

Our temperature swings are like yours.  We get to 105F in the summer and to 40 below at times in the winter so you get to wear a variety of clothing, sometimes on the same day.  This area holds the record for a change in temperature in the shortest time.  Here is a link to the event: 
 
http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2018/It-s-the-75th-anniversary-of-a-startling-weather-event-that-put-a-western-South-Dakota-city-in-the-record-books/id-5b2567816ef14929a79b0f250c253cb5

It isn't very humid here compared to the PNW.

We are getting more snow this weekend and the temperatures are headed back below zero.
Some people define the PNW as WA, OR, ID and western MT. I disagree. Although we are on the west side of the Divide, The only comparable weather might be around Cle Elum in WA.  Our humidity, even in the winter, hovers around 20%. Some people have been known to use a leaf blower to clear their sidewalks of snow. Hahaha
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Orbean on February 17, 2018, 09:45:43 AM
A cheery minus 10F here this morning with 6" of well drifted snow blocking our road down to the country road.  My neighbor came over to pick up some hay and plowed my drive out the whole 1320' so I only had cleanup and a few areas to plow.  It is about 20 F now.

Our temperature swings are like yours.  We get to 105F in the summer and to 40 below at times in the winter so you get to wear a variety of clothing, sometimes on the same day.  This area holds the record for a change in temperature in the shortest time.  Here is a link to the event: 
 
http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2018/It-s-the-75th-anniversary-of-a-startling-weather-event-that-put-a-western-South-Dakota-city-in-the-record-books/id-5b2567816ef14929a79b0f250c253cb5

It isn't very humid here compared to the PNW.

We are getting more snow this weekend and the temperatures are headed back below zero.
Some people define the PNW as WA, OR, ID and western MT. I disagree. Although we are on the west side of the Divide, The only comparable weather might be around Cle Elum in WA.  Our humidity, even in the winter, hovers around 20%. Some people have been known to use a leaf blower to clear their sidewalks of snow. Hahaha

Being from Albuquerque i thought everyone used a leaf blower to remove snow. I have always wondered what the big deal is. :lol: :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on February 18, 2018, 09:23:29 AM
24 F here at the moment, headed for below zero tonight.  3 to 8 inches of snow and wind.  I am expecting big drifts and from what I just saw going down to check the stock water tanks this will be pretty bad.  Goes through Monday. 

Wonder what the temperature is down in Phoenix this morning?
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on February 19, 2018, 11:05:14 AM
Snowing again and cold.  Supposed to move out this evening and then get colder for a day or two and then move up in temperature for awhile.

I was going down to check the water in the SUV this morning and the snow wasn't too deep along the top of the driveway, about a foot.  When I got to the downhill part of the driveway my vision was poor and I drove into a three foot drift that is about forty feet long and stuck it the vehicle really good.  Now I cannot get out of the farm until we move it.  I just am going back to bed till tomorrow and then dig it out.   :P
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on February 19, 2018, 11:46:35 AM
MAN, you are really getting whacked up there this year, Stan! :-\    We haven't been getting too much snow out of these systems, so far.....our problem is the ICE! >:(    We have had three events in a row that start out as freezing rain turning over to snow.  1/8 to 1/4 inch of ice under 2-3 inches of light, fluffy snow doesn't LOOK bad, but driving on it turns into a nightmare.   It's too cold for the crap they put down on the roads to melt it, so it just keeps building up.  >:(
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 19, 2018, 11:55:27 AM
Snowing again and cold.  Supposed to move out this evening and then get colder for a day or two and then move up in temperature for awhile.

I was going down to check the water in the SUV this morning and the snow wasn't too deep along the top of the driveway, about a foot.  When I got to the downhill part of the driveway my vision was poor and I drove into a three foot drift that is about forty feet long and stuck it the vehicle really good.  Now I cannot get out of the farm until we move it.  I just am going back to bed till tomorrow and then dig it out.   :P
-11F here this morning. Stan, you were supposed to keep this fridged crap on your side of the mountains!  I'd follow your lead and go back to bed for the day, but I have a foot of snow to get off the mobile before it all turns to 4" of ICE!
 :tent:

I was coming home from work in the dark outside Union, NE. Blizzard conditions and drove my station wagon into a similar drift I couldn't even see. It took 2 days and a front loader to get me out!
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: crashdive123 on February 19, 2018, 02:21:40 PM
82................. .again.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on February 19, 2018, 03:53:36 PM
 :doh: Boy Crash that would be just great to be in.  Bugs and all.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: imnukensc on February 19, 2018, 05:36:37 PM
Yeah, the weather in these parts suck.  Watched one of the chickens catch and eat a snake today.  She sucked that thing down like a piece of spaghetti.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on February 19, 2018, 07:58:10 PM
🐔  +  🐍 = 🥚 =  🍳 + 🥓 = 😋

Chickens are involved in my food chain.  So are snakes but indirectly.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 19, 2018, 11:09:56 PM
🐔  +  🐍 = 🥚 =  🍳 + 🥓 = 😋

Chickens are involved in my food chain.  So are snakes but indirectly.
LOL! Yeah, I eat beetles, mice, cracked corn and chicken poop....after they've been appropriately processed through a chicken and popped out their butt!  (eww!)

Speaking of that, I wonder who the first guy/gal was who decided to eat an egg?

"Hey, Tork, I dare you to eat the next thing that comes out of that bird's butt!"   :crazy:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on February 20, 2018, 04:23:17 PM
I was out cleaning up some snow drifts and making a new plowed lane to the barn this afternoon.  Went down in the lower fields where there is no drifting and no cattle have been since this storm started.  The snow is 20" deep on the flats.  That is, in my somewhat faulty memory, the 2nd most snow we have had in the last twenty years.  We needed the moisture and this should get us off to a good start with this Springs alfalfa and grass. 

I was from 5F to 8F this afternoon and is going below zero tonight.  The forecast for the next 7 days is no new snow, no temperatures over 27F and several days of less than 10F for a high.

Snowshoe conditions are good and my two new knee joints are about to the point where it might work to do a little bit of it. 
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Yeoman on February 23, 2018, 09:35:11 AM
I miss winter. Really, I do.
We've maybe had three snow falls so far and they've each only been about 15cm (6") each.
Now here we are in late Feb and the daytime temps the past few days have been above freezing with night temps just below freezing.
This continues until late next week.
NS and NB maple syrup producers are already tapping trees (the earliest most of them have ever done so).
Conditions are perfect for syrup production. Less so for snow showing, skiing, winter camping.
Uhg 
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 16, 2018, 09:03:31 AM
Well it is snowing hard at present and they were calling for 1 to 3 inches.  We are at 4 inches now and they upped the ante to 8".  Temperatures in the mid-twenties at the moment.  There was a stiff east wind yesterday and that usually portends a worse storm than the NW winds bring. 

I hope this is winter's swan song and we are headed for some warm weather.  Some ride your motorcycle around weather would be really nice.   :'(
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 16, 2018, 11:49:52 AM
The radar shows the whole mid-west getting hammered, and it's headed for New England.  Has anyone kidnapped and shot Phil yet??
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 16, 2018, 01:07:37 PM
I wonder too.   
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 16, 2018, 02:27:19 PM
With 6" of snow still on the ground here the middle of March, I doubt our Spring Planting will go as scheduled.

Yesterday is was supposed to snow all day. Not even a drop of rain fell. Today was supposed to be 80% cloud cover. It's been wall-to-wall blue sky all day.
Those NWS guys are like a bunch o' deer caught in the headlights.
The news media is no better. They showed the radar for the storm heading to New England from the southwest and called it a Nor-Easter. They don't even know how to read a compass, let alone report accurately.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: xj35s on March 16, 2018, 02:32:45 PM
OP, It's called a noreater because the cold and moisture coming from the southwest is colliding with an Atlantic storm that's coming in from the east. What that does is cause a stall in the systems. The first two stayed well east of me and Boston got hit hard 3 times in a row now. The worst part is the lake effect caused by the rotation at the back of the storm(west side). Lake Ontario produces a ton of moisture that gets dumped right on us.

My driveway is 500' long. I have a very heavy compacted 6 foot high snow bank down the length of it. I have two piles that are over 10' high. The last two times I plowed it was almost too heavy for the John Deere to push. I was going to remove the snow blade and use the bucket to scoop and dump. Luckily I didn't have to but I did have to push a single blade width from left to right across the driveway until I got to the road. I can usually just run down the length with it angled to the east. This was the third Northeaster and one more coming Tuesday/Wednesday. Not sure what I would have done if I was still relying on the old Chevy....

I can drive in the worst of it with no worries. 80,000lbs and big rubber. My problem is the other drivers. Too may accidents. While I'm sitting in stopped traffic my drive time is counting down. I only have 11 hours available of drive time and my run is usually 10 hours on perfect road conditions. My work will come and get me if I'm within an hour of the warehouse. Not many companies are willing to do that. Especially in this bad weather.

If you're curious it's http://www.gcfoods.com (http://www.gcfoods.com). That truck on the top of the home page is me and the truck I drive. I had to do an hour long photo shoot for a promotional ad. The truck driver video is another driver that pulls double 48' every night. God bless him! I don't want to do that in this weather. Pays good but Nope!!

It seems to have compacted a lot after being 35 degrees for half a day. It's down to 20 again with some high winds. Video loading....

(https://i.imgur.com/t0eSCsN.jpg),(https://i.imgur.com/7O2Znrt.jpg)

Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: xj35s on March 16, 2018, 03:27:06 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0lSg5n0rUA
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 16, 2018, 04:31:30 PM
Nice ride, Xj!! Is that your rig, or the company's?

So looking at the radar and the prevailing winds, if a "nor'easter" comes from the south west, what is a "sou'wester"?

Oh, wait....never mind. Sou'wester is Brit term...kinda like "bushcraft". LOL
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 16, 2018, 04:40:24 PM
XJ you have more snow than we do.  Our piles are half the size of yours and my driveway (1320') had just a couple of feet on each side of the road.  The last few days, before this storm, it warmed the place up and a lot of it melted down.  Now its got about 8" to 10" ( about fifteen minutes ago) of fresh snow covering up the driveway that was just mud.  It is kind of soft snow compared to the really wet stuff we usually get.  Just now I drove down to the county road and packed it down a bit.  Should be no problem plowing it when the snow quits. 
 
We put a metal roof on the house about three years ago.  I shovel the deck and the snow slides off the roof.  I shovel that and another two feet slides off.  Goes on and on.  I gotta get some of those things you screw to the roof so all the weight can stay up there and cave the roof in.  If it ever warms up again I will get er'
 done.   :-X 
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 16, 2018, 04:45:23 PM
...

We put a metal roof on the house about three years ago.  I shovel the deck and the snow slides off the roof.  I shovel that and another two feet slides off.  Goes on and on.  I gotta get some of those things you screw to the roof so all the weight can stay up there and cave the roof in.  If it ever warms up again I will get the done.   :-X

FYI..get the full length (10'-14') snow brakes for your roof. Don't mess with those little screw on toys that are supposed to break up the snow.  Look around at what commercial buildings have.  I put one over my porch/deck at the front door and didn't have even ONE avalanche this year, even after 20" of snow at one time.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 16, 2018, 04:49:38 PM
BTW, it's t-shirt and shorts weather here in the Rocky Mountain Trench today!  We just topped 51F, no wind, clear skies. 
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: xj35s on March 16, 2018, 05:12:45 PM
We lease trucks from Conway. Also AIM and Penske. Been thinking about buying my own tractor and leasing on with Page Trucking. I have an amazing 401k and Blue cross insurance here though.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 16, 2018, 06:09:44 PM
FYI..get the full length (10'-14') snow brakes for your roof. Don't mess with those little screw on toys that are supposed to break up the snow.  Look around at what commercial buildings have.  I put one over my porch/deck at the front door and didn't have even ONE avalanche this year, even after 20" of snow at one time.

Those are the type I looked at.  I can get two of them long enough to go from the door to the stairs down the deck on one side and a short one for the door out of the bedroom on the other.  The front door has a cover that extends out 6' or so and is nearly flat.

It is 28F here and still snowing.  Supposed to snow till about 8:00 PM and then again tomorrow with another 3".
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Orbean on March 16, 2018, 06:10:39 PM
We lease trucks from Conway. Also AIM and Penske. Been thinking about buying my own tractor and leasing on with Page Trucking. I have an amazing 401k and Blue cross insurance here though.

At our age a 401k is gold.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 16, 2018, 11:03:18 PM
FYI..get the full length (10'-14') snow brakes for your roof. Don't mess with those little screw on toys that are supposed to break up the snow.  Look around at what commercial buildings have.  I put one over my porch/deck at the front door and didn't have even ONE avalanche this year, even after 20" of snow at one time.

Those are the type I looked at.  I can get two of them long enough to go from the door to the stairs down the deck on one side and a short one for the door out of the bedroom on the other.  The front door has a cover that extends out 6' or so and is nearly flat.

It is 28F here and still snowing.  Supposed to snow till about 8:00 PM and then again tomorrow with another 3".
For my tool shed roof, which always seems to avalanche onto one of the trails between buildings, I got one 10' piece and cut it into 1/3rds.  Those I staggered from high to low down the slope so all the snow wouldn't stop in a straight line and increase the load on the roof.

We lease trucks from Conway. Also AIM and Penske. Been thinking about buying my own tractor and leasing on with Page Trucking. I have an amazing 401k and Blue cross insurance here though.

At our age a 401k is gold.
I was thinking more about the med insurance. At one point in my life, I passed up a job with higher pay for the one that had the best medical package.  Most kids don't think about that when job hunting, but all it takes is one stroke of bad luck and that paycheck doesn't mean squat.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Moe M. on March 17, 2018, 07:59:38 AM
FYI..get the full length (10'-14') snow brakes for your roof. Don't mess with those little screw on toys that are supposed to break up the snow.  Look around at what commercial buildings have.  I put one over my porch/deck at the front door and didn't have even ONE avalanche this year, even after 20" of snow at one time.

Those are the type I looked at.  I can get two of them long enough to go from the door to the stairs down the deck on one side and a short one for the door out of the bedroom on the other.  The front door has a cover that extends out 6' or so and is nearly flat.

It is 28F here and still snowing.  Supposed to snow till about 8:00 PM and then again tomorrow with another 3".
For my tool shed roof, which always seems to avalanche onto one of the trails between buildings, I got one 10' piece and cut it into 1/3rds.  Those I staggered from high to low down the slope so all the snow wouldn't stop in a straight line and increase the load on the roof.

We lease trucks from Conway. Also AIM and Penske. Been thinking about buying my own tractor and leasing on with Page Trucking. I have an amazing 401k and Blue cross insurance here though.

At our age a 401k is gold.
I was thinking more about the med insurance. At one point in my life, I passed up a job with higher pay for the one that had the best medical package.  Most kids don't think about that when job hunting, but all it takes is one stroke of bad luck and that paycheck doesn't mean squat.

  Just one bad stroke is usually enough to ring the Tilt alarm,  forget about the need for bad luck.   
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 17, 2018, 09:37:40 AM
It doesn't take something as dramatic as a stroke. One trip to the ER with debilitating internal symptoms can set you back $4K.  Voice of experience.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: xj35s on March 17, 2018, 03:55:10 PM
Anything over $3000 deductible is free for the remainder of the year. 80/20 prior to that.

Looks like the next storm will stay south in PA.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 17, 2018, 04:48:40 PM
This storm dumped 11.5" on us.  It is all plowed and melting fast at the moment.  9F this morning and about 37F for the high.  Rain or snow tomorrow but not much they are saying. 

It is muddy.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on March 17, 2018, 05:31:44 PM
March....a muddy month down below.

FARMERS like it, mostly.


-Bearclaw Chris Lapp
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 17, 2018, 09:17:10 PM
March maybe. I don't believe April.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 31, 2018, 09:29:25 AM
Yesterday it was in the high fifties (F) and we had a little wind out of the NW.  Needed 4 wheel drive to get up the driveway where it is the steepest after the bridge.

This morning it is fourteen above and snowing.  This (http://bladesandbushcraft.com/Smileys/krystl-white/censored.gif) is getting old. 

If it was tomorrow I would think it was an April fool's joke.  The only good news is that the road and corrals are frozen solid again and you can check the stock water tanks without going through a foot of mud. 
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: 1066vik on March 31, 2018, 09:42:05 AM
60 right now -- supposed to wake up to 1" of snow on the ground and more coming with a high of 35 tomorrow.  :(
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Pete Bog on March 31, 2018, 09:48:46 AM
Our high today will be 15*F. Tonight we're forecasted to drop to -1*F. right now we're at 3*F with the wind out of the NW at 22 MPH. I'm sure glad I don't have calves on the ground like some of my neighbors. Tough conditions for calving season for sure.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 31, 2018, 09:53:37 AM
The NWS this morning referred to this next week as "highly anomalous weather pattern".  That's weathermanese for "WTF???"
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on April 06, 2018, 09:24:04 AM
1" of snow last night. Dodged the 4-6" bullet. Temp 25F.  The most confused residents are the robins. They are hopping around in 1" of snow going, "WTF?".

We have about 4" of snow on the ground at our elevation of about 2700ft. But 9 miles to the East, and 3,000ft higher we have 130" of snow...on the 6th of April?? Two years ago there was 39" on this date.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Unknown on April 06, 2018, 04:21:10 PM
1" of snow last night. Dodged the 4-6" bullet. Temp 25F.  The most confused residents are the robins. They are hopping around in 1" of snow going, "WTF?".

We have about 4" of snow on the ground at our elevation of about 2700ft. But 9 miles to the East, and 3,000ft higher we have 130" of snow...on the 6th of April?? Two years ago there was 39" on this date.

Saw just that cartoon on foxnews. A grumpy robin, checking the time on its watch; standing on the carrot nose and giving a snowman the stink eye. I'm on board with you fellers now- time for winter to end.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on April 06, 2018, 04:44:24 PM
Snowed again yesterday.  3" about and light and fluffy.  If I had gotten out the leaf blower it would have made short work of it.  16F  in the AM.  Today was cold at 14F and we got another bit of snow, maybe 3" and it drifted in the driveway to a foot or better.  Tomorrow is supposed to warmer and then Sunday another storm rolls in.  The ranchers here who start calving in April to avoid the cold, wet, and muddy conditions are sorely disappointed with the weather pattern. 

This has been a very strange year, to say the least.
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Post by: wolfy on April 06, 2018, 06:28:16 PM
Yeah, same here.  We have been breaking low temperature records set in 1936.....not a good omen! :-\
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Post by: hayshaker on April 06, 2018, 07:52:56 PM
ai'nt I been saying it it's the ice age. why just the other day I saw the polar  bears hedding south across the field.
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Post by: Pete Bog on April 07, 2018, 10:35:03 AM
Woke up to 4*F this morning. Wind chill at -10*. Still have 8" of snow in the yard and all the highway ditches are full. Had to snowblow a path to the car trailer to get it out for use yesterday. Isn't this winter ever going to end?
Weatherman says it is going to warm up next week. Like he thinks we're going to believe him.  :rolleyes:
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Post by: wsdstan on April 07, 2018, 03:38:50 PM
Single digit cold here this morning too.  Got up to about 30F pretty quickly and then climbed into the high 30's.  We are supposedly going to warm up for a couple of days too.  Two more storms are coming, one Tuesday and the other Friday. 

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Post by: Old Philosopher on April 07, 2018, 03:44:30 PM
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Post by: Old Philosopher on April 07, 2018, 03:49:21 PM
Today's forecast is/was for 0.31" of rain w/high of 44 deg. They missed it by 10+ degrees, and we have 2" of new snow with it still coming down. I think all of the meteorologist have either gone on a week-long binge, booked appointments with their therapists, or found a different line of work.... Grrrrrrr.....
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Post by: Old Philosopher on April 07, 2018, 04:45:47 PM
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Post by: Old Philosopher on April 07, 2018, 04:47:20 PM
Our forecast .31" of rain is up to 3" of snow so far. Rats! I feel like it should be Christmas time. I'm looking out at my snow covered bird feeder and watching the Snow Birds (Junco) hopping around like it was December.
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Post by: Old Philosopher on April 07, 2018, 04:48:16 PM
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Post by: wsdstan on April 07, 2018, 09:25:17 PM
They were there when you first posted them.  It was like two posts of the same thing but worded a bit differently on each one. 
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Post by: wolfy on April 07, 2018, 10:55:00 PM
They were there when you first posted them.  It was like two posts of the same thing but worded a bit differently on each one. 

Just humor him, Stan......you have to expect things like that from an older person. :'(
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Post by: Old Philosopher on April 08, 2018, 12:05:49 AM
They were there when you first posted them.  It was like two posts of the same thing but worded a bit differently on each one. 

Just humor him, Stan......you have to expect things like that from an older person. :'(

You should know, Wolfy!  >:D  (I was just trying to pad my post count...hehehe  :P)
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Post by: hayshaker on April 08, 2018, 05:59:49 PM
It started snowing sometime this morning and it's still snowing now at 7pm.
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Post by: Unknown on April 08, 2018, 07:27:51 PM
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Was it .31?
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Unknown on April 08, 2018, 07:29:28 PM
I seem to recall reports of .318
Others may have heard different
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on April 09, 2018, 12:42:03 AM
If you're talking about our precip here, rain never happened. We got maybe 2.5" of snow here in our valley. That equals about 0.2" if it was rain. 9 miles to the east of us, and 3,000 feet higher, the snow on the ground is 132".
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on April 09, 2018, 02:34:43 PM
Warm today (30F early about 50 right now.)  Big storm coming Friday but we may miss the wet part of it.  Lots of wind called for with some rain turning to snow.  :(

By the way, it is MUDDY!!!!!

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Post by: wsdstan on April 13, 2018, 12:44:26 PM
Well we didn't miss the storm.  It rained last night and then turned to snow sometime in the early morning hours.  Right now I would guess it is about 4" and still snowing fairly hard.  Supposed to start getting very windy this afternoon and then slack up about 6PM today and warm up a bit tomorrow.  It would sure be nice if Spring wedged its foot in the door after this one.  At least for a couple of weeks.

Tomorrow is Spring Turkey opener but I don't think it is worth going out with this storm even if it will be moving over to spend some time with Wolfy on Saturday and Sunday.   :'(
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Post by: Old Philosopher on April 13, 2018, 01:09:31 PM
We're finally getting a break. Highs around 50, still frosting at night. Maybe some snow on Tuesday.
The up side is that the trees still think it's winter.  Our pattern for the past few years has been an early break up when the trees start budding out or even blooming the end of March, then a killing frost the middle of April that destroys all the buds and no fruit sets.  One year we got 25 bushels off our apple trees and the next year only got 5.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on April 13, 2018, 01:22:41 PM
We have only light rain and 25 mph winds here right now, but then the carp hits the fan around 2 AM.  They still have us in a WINTER STORM WARNING classification..... . 45-50 mph winds and 8 inches or more of heavy, wet snow.  The bigger farmers with lots of acres to plant are getting nervous. :-\
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: imnukensc on April 13, 2018, 02:44:40 PM
One of you fellas from the frozen tundra or heartland wanna come mow my grass?  It needs it-----again.  I'll throw a big ole bone in ribeye on the grill for ya.  Only 81 F here today.

I know you guys have seen this pic from back in February, but I just thought you might like to see it again.
(https://i.imgur.com/CYBDyPf.jpg)
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Post by: wolfy on April 13, 2018, 03:49:24 PM
You're a funny guy, nuke. >:(   You knew I was a vegan, right? :shrug: :lol:
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Post by: imnukensc on April 13, 2018, 03:59:39 PM
S'OK, wolfy.  I'll throw some zucchini or brussel sprouts or something green on the grill for ya.
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Post by: Pete Bog on April 13, 2018, 05:53:14 PM
North Eastern North Dakota is sunshine and 29*F. Wind gusting to 24 MPH makes it feel kinda cold. Made an appointment today to have my studded snow tires changed out on Monday. State law says we have to have them off by the 15th of April. I'll have to use the snowblower on the tractor to get into the storage buildings to retrieve the summer tires. Seems to be a little irony there.

Daughter in South Eastern South Dakota is in a full blown blizzard. Winds gusting to 40 MPH and 5 inches of snow expected. It's not scheduled to let up until about dark tomorrow (7PM 14 April). Her livestock was sheltered and everyone is hunkered down for the duration. Its only a 30 hour blast so everyone there should be good. They're all indoors and no one needs to go to work. Son-in-law just got a new to him 3020 JD with a loader on it. I'm sure he's looking forward to trying it out on Sunday after this blows over. At least he'll find out what needs to be changed for next year.

Song birds have started to cycle in. This is really tough on them. The owls are nesting and the hunting has got to be difficult for them with all the snow we still have in the fields.

Everybody is more than ready for spring.
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Post by: hayshaker on April 13, 2018, 06:14:41 PM
well spring is just around the corner here in west central,mn.
i saw it on the internet so it's gotta be true, right.
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Post by: wsdstan on April 13, 2018, 06:51:13 PM
S'OK, wolfy.  I'll throw some zucchini or brussel sprouts or something green on the grill for ya.

Just leave them steaks on for me Nuke.  I ain't no Vegan.   :P
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on April 13, 2018, 06:53:54 PM
We did have a bunch of Robins standing on the sidewalk I just shoveled off and looking like they would kick somebodies azz for arriving up North too early.

Yesterday the Sandhill cranes came through in several big flights.  One of those landed over on the river and stayed the night.  Surely these are signs that we will have a short Spring soon. 
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Post by: Old Philosopher on April 13, 2018, 09:56:38 PM
Drove the 75 miles from town to home this evening. Sandhill cranes in the fields that didn't have snow.  Most of the snow farther north has cleared and we count 38 deer the last 40 miles.  The deer are glad the snow and rain has stopped for a couple days, and with the new moon nearly here they were out feeding early.
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Post by: wsdstan on April 14, 2018, 10:10:22 AM
Sunny and cold this morning.  Snow has stopped.  We didn't have the high winds they said were coming and that was good.  It is muddy and the fields are covered with snow.  The roads melted off quickly and are mud bogs in places.  My truck must weigh 1000 pounds more that usual with what is packed in the fender wells.  I need to make a highway run and knock some of it off.  I really hope we can have decent weather for a few days. 
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Post by: Old Philosopher on April 14, 2018, 10:35:33 AM
If I lived in a place with gumbo mud, I'd probably own a pressure washer. ;)
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Post by: wsdstan on April 14, 2018, 12:30:38 PM
We have gumbo here that is so thick and sticky you would wear out the pressure washer before you got it all off.  We go to the car wash and let that guy clean up the mess.   :)
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Post by: wolfy on April 14, 2018, 01:31:14 PM
I think a good hammer-drill might be just the ticket for gumbo removal. :shrug:
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Post by: imnukensc on April 16, 2018, 10:08:16 PM
I know y'all think it's April 17th, but I'm pretty sure it's the 97th of January.
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Post by: Old Philosopher on April 16, 2018, 11:02:22 PM
I know y'all think it's April 17th, but I'm pretty sure it's the 97th of January.
Hahahaahahahaha!!! Good one! I may have to use that if we get the snow we're promised in the morning. :hail:
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Post by: wsdstan on April 17, 2018, 09:07:44 AM
This is good news Nuke.  My birthday won't roll around this year. 
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Post by: NoseWarmer on April 17, 2018, 05:10:04 PM
Looks like we're headed for another freak spring storm in northern Iowa, they are calling for rain, sleet, freezing rain and anywhere from 3"-10" depending how close we are to the equator.

Then it's suppose to warm back up to the 50's by the weekend.
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Post by: imnukensc on April 20, 2018, 12:04:05 PM
Punxsutawney Phil, the King of Groundhogs, was found dead from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound after predicting an early spring.

(https://i.imgur.com/SKjCQdC.jpg)
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Post by: wsdstan on April 20, 2018, 12:23:18 PM
The little %$^& deserved it too!
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Post by: Old Philosopher on April 20, 2018, 12:51:37 PM
Good! Saved me the trouble of hunting him down and eating the SOB!
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Post by: xj35s on April 20, 2018, 05:35:14 PM
Last night April 19th thru the 20th am was BAD. A lot of black ice and high winds. On one of the mountains on I-81 in PA at mile marker 130 something there were 3 wrecks. A car and a truck hauling a trailer in the median from the northbound side, and a big rig garbage hauler on the right shoulder of the southbound side.

The pickup and trailer were upside down in the median and the garbage truck was wedged in the ditch against the giant rock wall along the road. 3 bad wrecks at the same exact location I believe means a wind gust pushed them over. They were all in a perfect alignment from east to west.

I never would have thought the driving would be so bad in April. Coming home around 6 am between Whitney Point and Marathon it was thick ice on the road. 30 mph carefully!!!! They even salted the roads prior. !?!

 
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Post by: NoseWarmer on April 20, 2018, 05:42:54 PM
Looks like we're headed for another freak spring storm in northern Iowa, they are calling for rain, sleet, freezing rain and anywhere from 3"-10" depending how close we are to the equator.

Then it's suppose to warm back up to the 50's by the weekend.

Well we survived, about 5" at my house, 12 hour work day getting people their packages.

At about 5pm, the sun came out and started to melt some of the crap. 59F here today. But, they are calling for possible rain during the night.
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Post by: NoseWarmer on April 20, 2018, 05:44:36 PM
This guy died from a gunshot wound that I inflicted. .22lr HP at about 25 yards to the back of the head, such a destructive SOB.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/24xe9f9.jpg)
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Post by: Pete Bog on April 20, 2018, 07:40:46 PM
Yowza, hit 55 today. Snow is leaving us in a hurry. Checked on the shooting range today. It's surrounded on three sides by dirt and the snow is still 4 feet deep in there. Probably be at least three weeks before I can use it. But, 50oF what a great day it was today.
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Post by: wsdstan on April 20, 2018, 09:54:42 PM
It was windy here all darn day.  Went out to see if there were any turkeys gobbling but this wind has them sitting tight somewhere.  Probably could not hear them if they did.  Sounded like a bunch of jets going through the trees where I was sitting.  It rained for awhile too. 

Supposed to be a little better tomorrow.

The Turkeys did show up but it was about five minutes after sunset and it was past legal time.  Probably spooked them when I walked out too so it will be awhile before they come back to the roost area I was at.
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Post by: hayshaker on April 21, 2018, 07:36:54 PM
can't believe how warm it was today.
the snow melting fast.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on April 21, 2018, 08:50:57 PM
The heck with Phill...Spring is just around the corner!
My son came out of hibernation and took advantage of our 60o weather to surprise me by cutting down 10 years growth of suckers all around my Italian plum tree!  Wow! Now if I can just herd him toward my compost bins.... ;D
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: xj35s on April 29, 2018, 01:43:51 PM
This is why we do not plant until AFTER memorial day...

4/29/2018.

(https://i.imgur.com/W5aew5t.jpg)
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Post by: Old Philosopher on April 29, 2018, 02:42:47 PM
Lovely...NOT!
We hit 80 deg on Friday. It will be a high of 50 on Monday.  But we dodged the bullet on the rain and flooding. We were forecast for 3" of rain, and got 0.01".  I heard a rumor that 3 weathermen ate their guns.   ???

Xj, my ex-son-in-law was from Syracuse. He got a tic in his left eye every time anyone even mentioned snow.

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Post by: wsdstan on April 29, 2018, 03:29:38 PM
We had a very nice afternoon here.  85 degrees in the sun, Turkey's gobbling down on the river, no wind, and a forecast for rain tonight and tomorrow.  It is so green right now it looks like we went to Ireland.
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Post by: Old Philosopher on April 29, 2018, 03:41:30 PM
Everything is budding out now, except the apricot and plum.  Hope we've seen the end of the frosts at night.
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Post by: wolfy on April 29, 2018, 06:55:24 PM
The wind was blowing at a steady 30mph here today, BUT it was sunny and it got up to 79*......pasque or Mayflowers, a sure sign of Spring, showed up for the first time today on a walk in the woods at Ponca State Park. :banana:

(https://s6.postimg.cc/b53274b0h/66_B5_D514-08_B1-4_CCE-9_B99-70_FF82_EF9101.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/rsuk9m5rx/)
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Post by: Pete Bog on May 03, 2018, 12:16:13 AM
Took the 4 wheeler out tonight. Most of the snow is gone, just a little left in the ditches, and that's OK. I'm tired of looking at it. Tomorrow is forecast into the 70's and that should just about finish it off.  :banana:
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Post by: imnukensc on May 03, 2018, 07:13:41 AM
Iris and amaryllis.  These help make up for the 14 diseased dogwoods I had to remove yesterday.

(https://i.imgur.com/y1Pg1AO.jpg)
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Post by: wolfy on May 03, 2018, 09:41:38 AM
We FINALLY have some daffodils blooming, but I love that amaryllis!   What exactly happened to the dogwoods do you think? :shrug:
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Post by: imnukensc on May 03, 2018, 09:56:47 AM
We FINALLY have some daffodils blooming, but I love that amaryllis!   What exactly happened to the dogwoods do you think? :shrug:

A fungus called anthracnose.  Lots of plants/trees get it, but it's pretty devastating to flowering dogwood.  There are treatments and things you can do to help alleviate it, but with over 60 dogwoods here on the property and every dogwood in the neighborhood having it, it's pretty futile to try to save them.
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Post by: wolfy on May 03, 2018, 10:24:41 AM
Yeah, I'm all too familiar with anthracnose fungal infections.....corn & soybeans are susceptible to it, also.  It's not as much of a problem as it used to be in those crops because of genetic modifications to the seed......just one of the 'pros' of GMOs. 8)
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Post by: wolfy on January 29, 2019, 09:27:15 AM
Usually, it's not too bad here. 8)   This time, however, a hunk of the 'polar vortex' has separated from the parent PV that covers the northern polar region.  This storm brings little, if any, snow along with it, but it is gonna get danged cold!  We have been hovering around zero (+ or -) for the last few days, but high winds have accompanied this rogue hunk of the PV.....night before last we had winds of up to 66 mph and minus-degrees actual air temperature.  Today, tonight, and into Wednesday we are officially under a WIND CHILL WARNING......minus 22*F air temperature accompanied by winds capable of taking the wind chill down to 45-50* BELOW ZERO! 

                                                         :fire2:


No outings planned. :coffee:


PS:  In just 2 days we will be basking in +45-50* temps.....that would be a nearly 100* temperature swing! :shrug:
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Post by: wsdstan on January 29, 2019, 10:24:35 AM
We are at 8 F at the moment with a stiff wind out of the northwest.  I would guess it is about 30 mph right now.  Don't know what the wind chill is but the snot freezes in my nose walking over to the water tank by the barn.  The cows are huddled up in the old sheep sheds down by the road and are out of the wind.  Glad I ain't one but at least they have shelter and enough food to get through the day.  So far (knock on wood) the power has stayed on so the tank heaters are working well. 

I always thought that people who go to Arizona for the winter were kind of wimpy.  These days I am not quite so sure about that.
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Post by: Pete Bog on January 29, 2019, 01:29:31 PM
Woo-Hoot! what a day. By 1:00 PM local time we had warmed all the way up to -26*F and the wind chill was at a minus 57*F. What a beautiful day. And tonight we get to visit -39*F.  :banana:                     :sarcasm:            :fire1: needed.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on January 29, 2019, 01:57:45 PM
I saw that it was brutal weather over in Minnesota, Iowa, and easter Nebraska.  Hope all is okay till this moves out.  Whew, that is cold.
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Post by: crashdive123 on January 29, 2019, 01:59:45 PM
Chilly here too.  Might have to put socks on with my flip flops. :shrug:
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Post by: wsdstan on January 29, 2019, 02:42:45 PM
 :doh:
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Post by: madmax on January 29, 2019, 03:39:48 PM
I wore a flannel shirt today...

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Post by: Unknown on January 29, 2019, 08:23:02 PM
I have clothing. I can meet the expected. -50 would be unexpected, and present a brief challenge. I'm just not into tropical. Take a few cold showers, walk barefoot in the snow or frozen ground, assuming you exhibit some level of health- the body takes note. May you nearly freeze. Amen
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on January 29, 2019, 09:06:49 PM
My wife yells at me because I'm in the habit of doing my 20 minute run to the chicken/rabbit/duck yard in the morning in +20F weather wearing my lounge pants, slippers and a T-shirt.
After two winters in New Hampshire, 4 winters in Omaha, and 4 winters in Anchorage, and 19 years up here, NW Montana don't show me much.
When it gets down to -20F, I'll put on my down Cabela's parka, my Sorrel 80-Below muck-lucks, my 1" thick balaclava and be over-heated in about 30 minutes of moderate exercise (like plowing snow, or hauling firewood).  I'm either thoroughly acclimatized, or just weird....
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Post by: crashdive123 on January 30, 2019, 04:39:51 AM
My wife yells at me because I'm in the habit of doing my 20 minute run to the chicken/rabbit/duck yard in the morning in +20F weather wearing my lounge pants, slippers and a T-shirt.
After two winters in New Hampshire, 4 winters in Omaha, and 4 winters in Anchorage, and 19 years up here, NW Montana don't show me much.
When it gets down to -20F, I'll put on my down Cabela's parka, my Sorrel 80-Below muck-lucks, my 1" thick balaclava and be over-heated in about 30 minutes of moderate exercise (like plowing snow, or hauling firewood).  I'm either thoroughly acclimatized, or just weird....

Wait.....is this a test, or are we supposed to vote? :shrug: :shrug: :shrug:
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Post by: Moe M. on January 30, 2019, 05:37:22 AM

  As most of you know I'm French Canadian by ancestry and parental experimentation, and I always liked Canada, didn't cotton much to their politics, but the way it's going Canada is now a bit further to the right than we are.
 Anywho, I'm a little miffed at Canada right now, it seems that they are pretty proud at being able to control just about everything that happens in their country, but they don't seem to care much about keeping their frukkin' cold on their side of the fence.

 *OP, if your wife doesn't like the way you dress when you go down to the Chicken/Rabbit/Duck yard in sub freezing temps, that's easily addressed, tell her to get dressed anyway she wants, and she can do it.
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Post by: wsdstan on January 30, 2019, 08:14:12 AM
A balmy +3F this morning and the wind is gone.  Pretty tolerable and once again no water tanks were frozen. 

I have a mental picture of OP in those lounge pants.....  Not a pretty sight and he didn't comb his hair either. 

Hope all of you in the Northern climate are doing okay, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska included. 

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Post by: Old Philosopher on January 30, 2019, 08:57:04 AM
...

I have a mental picture of OP in those lounge pants.....  Not a pretty sight and he didn't comb his hair either. 

...
Humph....  I don't own a comb, and have no idea where my hair brush is. I keep my hair short enough that I can "brush" it with a washcloth. ;)
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Post by: wsdstan on January 30, 2019, 11:30:30 AM
 :cheers:     :-\
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Post by: Pete Bog on January 30, 2019, 12:02:10 PM
Ol' man winter chickened out last night. Only got down to -36F and wind chill to -53F, after the weather service promised -39 and -59. But he's trying; it's 1 PM local time and it's still -26F.

Did you know that when it gets really cold you can get a mirage? the entire landscape for 10 miles will appear to tilt and rise up un front of you. I've only seen it early in the morning, looking to the East into the rising sun. Quite a sight.

Schools up here have canceled classes for two days due to cold weather. That didn't happen when I was a school ager. But then the school busses were all gas powered. Now it's diesel fuel and the possibility of gelled fuel is pretty high. No engine and no heat. Those busses get cold fast at -30F.

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Post by: wsdstan on January 30, 2019, 12:22:58 PM
That happens to me when I drink.   :P

I don't go out in the cold unless I gotta check cows and water when it is as cold as where you are.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Pete Bog on January 30, 2019, 12:37:27 PM
My daughter lives in NW Minnesota. When she returned home from work yesterday afternoon she noticed chickadees huddled on the grape vines on the South side of her garden shed, out of the wind: a closer look found them to be frozen to death. This cold is brutal and not to be trifled with. It's just nasty. Not as bad as '92 but it's still wicked out there.
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Post by: Old Philosopher on January 30, 2019, 01:26:43 PM
Look on the bright side. When it hits -40, you don't have to do any fancy math conversion to tell your Canadian friends how #$!%! cold it is!
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Post by: wolfy on January 30, 2019, 01:38:40 PM
It was -20* when I got up this morning and not quite as cold as predicted, but the wind was non-existent, so it didn't really feel that bad. :shrug:     YESTERDAY was a mother dog, by comparison......... right around zero with winds in the 35-66 mph range. 

THAT was brutal! :fire2:
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Post by: imnukensc on January 30, 2019, 02:32:40 PM
Meanwhile, in South Cackalacky:

(https://i.imgur.com/HztnfSo.jpg)

Supposed to hit the low 70s early next week for a couple days.  That won't last of course, but it's nice to look forward to.  Keep the faith, O Frozen Ones, it will get better!  I truly feel for those experiencing these frigid temperatures and am quite thankful I don't have to deal with them.
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Post by: Spyder1958 on January 30, 2019, 03:31:36 PM
I'm hearing on the news 7 folks have died due to the cold. Most folks in those regions know how to dress and carry supplys in vehicle. Any details?
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Post by: madmax on January 30, 2019, 03:33:40 PM
I saw that one guy froze to death in his garage????
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Post by: wolfy on January 30, 2019, 03:48:27 PM
You know, it's funny....you'd think that people that have always lived under these extremes of temperature would know enough to 'dress for the occasion,' but you'd be surprised to see how many people don't. :P    Just yesterday, when the felt air temperature was in the minus 45* region, I saw people rushing from car to grocery store dressed in clothes that were entirely inadequate.  I saw one kid in flip-flops with a mother that was wearing a football jersey hurrying from the shelter of the vehicle to wherever it was they were headed.....let's hope it wasn't far!  In conditions like that, unprotected skin freezes in just a few minutes. 

I'd bet you a dollar to a dog turd that ol' Slick wasn't lickin' any flagpoles yesterday! :lol:
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Post by: Pete Bog on January 30, 2019, 05:26:50 PM
It seems we all have to learn some lessons the hard way. I was born and raised in this area of frigid temperatures. But a few years ago, before the advent of cell phones, I needed to drop something off at the school. The van was parked in the garage and the school was just across town. Maybe a mile and a half away. I hopped in the van, hit the remote door opener and was off for the delivery. No cold weather clothes what so ever. On the way back, a flat tire made it's acquaintance. Darn near wore the door hinges out; changing that tire. Could only stand it outside for two maybe three minutes before I had to hop back in the van to warm up. No gloves, no coat, but I sure had plenty of stupid with me that day.

The local TV channel really tries to teach cold weather preparation. They never used to do that, but so many people have moved in, in the past 15 years, that public information is needed. Those of us that have lived here all our lives would like to roll our eyes, but the oil boom brought a lot of inexperienced people into the area and we have a lot of imports from the horn of Africa too. They all have a tendency to get into cold weather trouble.
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Post by: wsdstan on January 30, 2019, 06:26:42 PM
Thanks Nuke, that warmed the cockles of my heart which is the only heat I have had today worth mentioning.

The Governor of Kentucky said we are getting soft, closing schools.  A comment like that will cost him votes.  I saw a program not all that long ago about the Inuit and the problems they have with maintaining their culture while living in towns.  They went to a local community hall where most of the Inuit teenagers wore tennis shoes when they left to walk home in 40 below weather.  They had parkas with fur though.

Minnesota and Iowa and Nebraska got us beat in temperature by quite a bit but it was chilly here this morning.  It was cold enough that after I checked the water tanks my right hand glove was a little wet and when I opened the corral gate my hand was frozen fast to the pipe. 

The double dog dare you break in protocol by Slicks friend wouldn't get me to lick the gate pipe, no way, no how.
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Post by: Old Philosopher on January 30, 2019, 08:41:18 PM
..

The local TV channel really tries to teach cold weather preparation. They never used to do that, but so many people have moved in, in the past 15 years, that public information is needed. Those of us that have lived here all our lives would like to roll our eyes, but the oil boom brought a lot of inexperienced people into the area and we have a lot of imports from the horn of Africa too. They all have a tendency to get into cold weather trouble.
I was awakened at 6-freakin'-fifteen this morning by a wrong number. It was a guy tying to contact the schools because he'd heard they were closed today because of the cold.
"It's 10 or 13 degrees out there! They're afraid the kids might have trouble breathing."
I politely informed him (as polite as a person can be having been jolted out of a sound sleep) that the Lincoln County schools' policy was that when it got to minus-20 F, you had the option of keeping your kid home without it being counted an absence, but that the schools never closed just for cold weather.
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Post by: Old Philosopher on January 30, 2019, 08:45:54 PM
It seems we all have to learn some lessons the hard way. I was born and raised in this area of frigid temperatures. But a few years ago, before the advent of cell phones, I needed to drop something off at the school. The van was parked in the garage and the school was just across town. Maybe a mile and a half away. I hopped in the van, hit the remote door opener and was off for the delivery. No cold weather clothes what so ever. On the way back, a flat tire made it's acquaintance. Darn near wore the door hinges out; changing that tire. Could only stand it outside for two maybe three minutes before I had to hop back in the van to warm up. No gloves, no coat, but I sure had plenty of stupid with me that day.

The local TV channel really tries to teach cold weather preparation. They never used to do that, but so many people have moved in, in the past 15 years, that public information is needed. Those of us that have lived here all our lives would like to roll our eyes, but the oil boom brought a lot of inexperienced people into the area and we have a lot of imports from the horn of Africa too. They all have a tendency to get into cold weather trouble.
I was awakened this morning at six-freakin'-fifteen with a wrong number phone call trying to reach the schools to verify they were closed because it was 10-13F outside.
I politely (as polite as I could be under the circumstances) informed him the County school policy was to give parents the option of keeping their kids home without penalty if it got down to -20F. 
I'm pretty sure this guy and his uninformed friends/family are spending their first winter here in Montana.  If he thinks +10F is too cold to go outside, this will probably be his last winter here, too.
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Post by: woodsrunner on January 31, 2019, 07:20:21 AM
+2 on Tuesday...not bad at all....+40 yesterday afternoon...I'll take it! :)
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Post by: woodsrunner on January 31, 2019, 07:30:11 AM
Three feet of snow in the foothills around my place, so iv'e been running Snowshoes on my Schnees during my day hikes...i tried postholing one day and it took three hours to make four miles...and brother, i was plum done in!!! :( 
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Post by: wsdstan on January 31, 2019, 07:58:02 AM
+2 on Tuesday...not bad at all....+40 yesterday afternoon...I'll take it! :)

We are supposed to get into the high 40's today.  Hope they are right.  First time I have been happy to see the mud in a long time.   :-*
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Post by: wolfy on January 31, 2019, 08:18:23 AM
50* here for Saturday! :banana:     My throttle hand is starting to twitch. 8)
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Post by: wsdstan on January 31, 2019, 03:37:00 PM
We are at 48F at the moment, in the sun but who cares? 

I started my bike, checked the oil, and adjusted the air pressure in the tires.  Then I went back in the house and took a nap.  I am waiting for 60F.   :'(
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Post by: Old Philosopher on January 31, 2019, 03:51:36 PM
We are at 48F at the moment, in the sun but who cares? 

I started my bike, checked the oil, and adjusted the air pressure in the tires.  Then I went back in the house and took a nap.  I am waiting for 60F.   :'(
I'll check with you in April.....
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Post by: wolfy on January 31, 2019, 04:51:44 PM
Yeah.....that's about the way it'll probably go. :-\
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Post by: Moe M. on February 01, 2019, 06:39:09 AM

  So far we've been pretty lucky here in my area (knock on wood) weather wise this season, temps have been about average, in the teens at night and low thirties during the day, this week has been cold, below zero at night and barely making it above during the day, we're going through fuel like a drunken Irishman at an open bar.
  We've only had a couple of snow storms that didn't amount to over eight inches each, the weather forecast for the next week show warming from Monday on and daytime temps in the fifties from Wed. thru Sat., only four more weeks and we'll be in March.
  Although, last winter started out mild but Feb. turned cold and it snowed every other day right thru into mid April, so you never know.   
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Post by: wolfy on February 01, 2019, 08:52:57 AM
We are WAY behind on snowfalls...... 6.8'' total for the year vs around 18'' on average.  Since March is when we typically receive our most snow, I'm thinking we may be in for it soon.  The ground is all but bare of snow right now and that is why we are enjoying the 45-50 degree warmup this weekend.....the southern flow of warmer air doesn't get cooled off by the blanket of snow that we would normally have on the ground.   Another wandering lobe of the Polar Vortex is about to descend upon us next week and there is snow in the forecast......but if we have to have it, now is the time to get it.  It'll be warming up soon and it won't last for MONTHS like it would if it came in November.  :rolleyes:
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Post by: wsdstan on February 01, 2019, 10:11:07 AM
We get a nice Saturday and then Sunday starts getting colder down to 3F and then the rest of the week with single digit highs and some below zero lows with snow.    :P 
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Post by: wsdstan on February 04, 2019, 08:42:50 AM
We got about 4-5" of snow last night with a little wind.  Temperature dropped to a minus 9 overnight but it is blue sky this morning and not too windy but they are saying the wind chill is a minus 19.  Stock tanks did not freeze up.  We are up to a minus 5 at 8:30 AM and should get to about 8 above today.  Zero or below the next few days with daytime highs in the single digits until Friday then we get into the 20's during the day.  Snow forecast at times through the week. 

It is getting obvious that all the smart guys live in Florida.   :P
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Post by: madmax on February 04, 2019, 09:02:24 AM
Max and I had a nice shoot at the range then a walk in the woods this morning.  I did wear a long sleeve shirt but I had to roll up the sleeves.  61 right now.  72 will be the high.
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Post by: wsdstan on February 04, 2019, 09:34:49 AM
Ah, that hurts.   :-X
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Post by: Phaedrus on February 05, 2019, 08:49:34 PM
Well, we flipped the switch to the 'WINTER' position in Bozeman! :-\  It went from 45 degrees above to -7 with copious snowfall in just a day or two.  Drats!
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Post by: wsdstan on February 05, 2019, 09:00:29 PM
It is plus 2F at the moment coming off of a minus 6 this morning.  We are headed back there tonight along with a bit of fresh snow.  This freezer lasts at least another ten days from what my long range forecast says.  The wind has stayed down which makes below zero tolerable when you are out checking water and cows.  A bit too cold to ride the four wheeler though.   :-\
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Post by: woodsrunner on February 05, 2019, 09:12:26 PM
Snowshoed eight miles in the foothills with the Dude today.....somewhere s around zero degrees...i think the dude got some frost damage on his feet...but he will be fine :)...anyways it was a great workout...lots of big cat tracks ???
Stay warm Stan  :cheers:...and Tony, careful you don't get heat stroke  :rolleyes: >:D...LOL...woods
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Post by: wsdstan on February 06, 2019, 09:50:33 AM
Thanks Woods.  I have trouble doing a couple of hundred yards to the corrals and you walk 8 miles.  Good grief, you are the man.   ;D
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Post by: madmax on February 06, 2019, 10:04:50 AM
We're gonna break 80 for the next three days.  Breaking out the big SUP and taking Max paddling on the river.   One of the spring fed rivers.  You know.  The crystal clear 72 degree (year round) water.
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Post by: Old Philosopher on February 06, 2019, 10:41:14 AM
We're gonna break 80 for the next three days.  Breaking out the big SUP and taking Max paddling on the river.   One of the spring fed rivers.  You know.  The crystal clear 72 degree (year round) water.
I don't do heat very well. I'm also pretty sure I wouldn't be happy in a place with only ONE season year around: hot.
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Post by: crashdive123 on February 07, 2019, 04:49:27 AM
We've got two seasons here - - - January and Summer. :shrug:
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Post by: 1066vik on February 07, 2019, 07:51:19 AM
we got 3/4" of thunder-sleet last night and it was 8f with a stiff breeze this morning -- now it's snowing while the clouds break up and the sun comes out.
still only 8 degrees out, though.
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Post by: Old Philosopher on February 07, 2019, 09:35:44 AM
Nobody can make up their minds for our area. Forecasts range from 3 1/2" of snow this weekend, to 9".  Temps range from -2F to -14F, all depending upon what weather forecast group you listen to.  As with most Februaries up here, it is what it is, and will be what it'll be. We're hunkered down, firewood's in and handy, and we have no place we need to go for at least 10 days.
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Post by: wsdstan on February 07, 2019, 09:49:29 AM
-9f here this morning, up to -7f at the moment.  Supposed to get to a plus 2 by 4PM then back to a -11 tonight.  Not too windy, maybe 10 mph but it bites when you are walking into it.  We are forecast to stay under 20F through the 21st of February.  Most lows are below zero or low single digits.  It is a good day to test how well your winter gear works. 

Water tanks are open and that is good news on a morning like this. 
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Post by: imnukensc on February 07, 2019, 10:09:27 AM
72F Monday, 79F Tuesday, 77F yesterday, calling for 80F today, and 70F tomorrow.  Sunday's high is only supposed to be 46.  Yep, it's February.
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Post by: wolfy on February 07, 2019, 03:02:03 PM
We're headed SOUTH around the Ides of February......I've had enough! :fire2:
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Post by: wsdstan on February 07, 2019, 03:57:50 PM
I thought you Nebrascanese were tough but now I see you are just smart.

Or is it?....... 

Nebrascaneers
Nebrascatonions
Nebrascans
Nebrascians
Nebrascanites

As a by the way comment;  I ran into a guy I know and asked him how he was wintering?  He said his water tank froze this morning so he took a shovel out to the tire tank and was chipping out the ice and cut the power cord in half.  He was silent for a moment and then added, "it was quite a shock".

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Post by: wolfy on February 07, 2019, 04:31:38 PM
This NEBRASKAN is conditioned to the vagaries & unpredictability of Nebraska weather, but this ol' boy was never in love with the period from mid January to the end of March.  That's when it usually turns to WINTER here.....just about the time I'm getting sick of it all. 

We just traded cars and we're looking forward to a road trip....maybe 3 weeks or so.  As much as I enjoy South Dakota's Black Hills.....we're headed SOUTH!  Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia.....all in our sights, but maybe more. :shrug: 
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Post by: wsdstan on February 07, 2019, 06:12:07 PM
I blame you not.  The witches are wearing brass bras in these parts. 

Nuke says it is over 70 in South Carolina. 
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Post by: Spyder1958 on February 07, 2019, 06:38:55 PM
yep, dang 80's wish the cool weather would hang on a little longer
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Post by: wsdstan on February 07, 2019, 06:45:11 PM
Ha!  It is a minus 12 here at the moment at my place.  If we average out the two of us we are at 46 degrees.  How misleading statistics can be.   :P
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Post by: Phaedrus on February 07, 2019, 07:59:28 PM
Yuck!  It's -25 today, coulda just stayed in Minnesota! :fire2: :lol:
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Post by: Sarge on February 07, 2019, 09:34:18 PM
About 75f here today - gonna be about 45 for tomorrow?s high.
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Post by: wolfy on February 07, 2019, 09:36:21 PM
.....add Tennessee to that list. ;D
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Post by: Pete Bog on February 08, 2019, 12:26:09 AM
Right now we are at a -24F (-31C). There's a wind out of the North pushing our wind chill index down to -49F (-45C). Tomorrow we get to warm up all the way to -14F (-25C).  :banana:    :doh:

I was out to push a little snow earlier and the pick-up was a little slow cranking over. Guess the oil was a little thick. The tractor won't start even after having a block heater plugged in all day. I think the fuel may be gelled. I've got an additive in it, but there are limits. I should have stayed with straight #1 fuel instead of that "Winter Treated" #1/#2 mix. I'll know better next year.

Would like to go into town for our 48th anniversary tomorrow, but we're not getting any further from the farmstead than we're willing to walk in this cold. So that's about a hundred yards.  :shrug: I guess we're not as adventurous as when we were younger.
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Post by: Old Philosopher on February 08, 2019, 08:15:31 AM
Right now we are at a -24F (-31C). There's a wind out of the North pushing our wind chill index down to -49F (-45C). Tomorrow we get to warm up all the way to -14F (-25C).  :banana:    :doh:

I was out to push a little snow earlier and the pick-up was a little slow cranking over. Guess the oil was a little thick. The tractor won't start even after having a block heater plugged in all day. I think the fuel may be gelled. I've got an additive in it, but there are limits. I should have stayed with straight #1 fuel instead of that "Winter Treated" #1/#2 mix. I'll know better next year.

Would like to go into town for our 48th anniversary tomorrow, but we're not getting any further from the farmstead than we're willing to walk in this cold. So that's about a hundred yards.  :shrug: I guess we're not as adventurous as when we were younger.

Another word for "adventurous" is "foolhardy"!
I don't even try starting engines/motors below zero anymore. I've broken too many things due to cold in the past.
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Post by: wsdstan on February 08, 2019, 08:28:35 AM
Maybe not as adventurous Pete but certainly smarter.

We are at a minus 21F but it is going up fast at the moment. NO WIND!!! so it is tolerable out and even the cows were in the sunshine.  The water tanks are still open too.  Truck starts fine but the skid loader and the tractor are waiting for a plus 20F to show up. 

My wife gave the barn cats warm chicken broth with their food this morning.  They love her.

Tennessee is on my list now. 

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Post by: madmax on February 08, 2019, 09:19:03 AM
I know I tease you guys up north with our warm weather but I grew up in the north.  I experienced well below zero temps,  ice storms that made the trees "blow up",  I never had warm feet unless I stuck them in the fireplace or next to the pot bellied stove (most of the time they went past cold into numb),  and animal husbandry in weather like that.


I salute you.  After 40+ years in Florida I know I couldn't do it again.  Kelly hates anything below 60.  Max slows down to a creep in wet cold of FL.  I have no doubt that not one of you would burn your firewood in the temps when we get a roaring blaze going in the fireplace.  0 degree sleeping bag?  That'll get me down to 30 or 40 without hypothermia.  LOL.  My hats off to you.
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Post by: wsdstan on February 08, 2019, 10:03:39 AM
I stay up here cause I like to hear the trees blow up. In Lakota it is Cannapopa Wi - Moon When Trees Crack from the Cold.  It is two months long this year.   :-\

We should look into moving but it is hard to leave a place you like one or two months of the year.
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Post by: Pete Bog on February 08, 2019, 10:49:58 AM
I see Tennessee mentioned a couple times and I have a lot of good memories of that state. One that stands out is the first night we moved in to Millington, just North of Memphis. It was mid November of '71 and we took a motel room for the night. A winter storm blew in and the curtains were waving greetings to the snow that was blowing in through the cracks around the windows and doors and under the sill plate where the walls were attached to the slab. The little propane wall heater didn't have a chance. 

The wife bought me a little Ruger 10-22 the following summer for my birthday. Cost $49.00 brand new in the box. Still have it and it's been a great plinker.

Spent a couple years there in '71 and '76.  Enjoyed the state from end to end. Lots to offer there.
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Post by: wolfy on February 08, 2019, 11:04:51 AM
Most all areas of the country have one or two drawbacks when it comes to weather.  We seem to have our fair share of them, too, but all in all.....I like it right where I'm at. :).   It's usually not too bad. ;)

I don't think I could handle Florida's hurricanes, hot & humid summers, insects, snakes, gators, etc., but I sure do envy that state's residents in the wintertime!   The cold didn't seem to bother me much when I was younger, but my old bones seem more vulnerable to it these days.  :(

The plains states are susceptible to hail & tornadoes, too, but but our farm took a direct hit from a tornado only once and that was before I was born.  I've seen 2-3 of them since, but they missed us....scary, though!   Seems like almost all areas of the country see tornadoes anymore. :shrug:   The damage done by them is devastating, but is very localized compared to hurricanes.  I giggle at the on-site hurricane reports by the media news.....if the hurricane fizzles or loses intensity and fails to live up to the hype by the time it makes landfall they still report on the devastating damage that WAS possible in the in the 3-4 day hurricane tracking period reports.  Lots of times we experience straightline winds of 65-70 mph which is far from the real high-end hurricane-force winds, but they rarely even get a mention on the evening news.  I recall one instance last year when the winds from one of those fizzled Florida hurricanes were 10-12 mph LESS than the unusually high winds that we were experiencing on the same day, yet nary a comment on that 'anomaly' from the scientific weather-dudes on the nightly news.  :rolleyes:

The seafood, mudbugs & boudin of the southern coastal areas are the sirens that begin singing their alluring song to me this time of year, too.....I can almost taste them now! :drool:
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Post by: madmax on February 08, 2019, 11:25:49 AM
...but do you suck the heads of mudbugs for the good juices.

...that might need explanation for some.  LOL
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Post by: wolfy on February 08, 2019, 11:28:55 AM
Oh, yeah.....SUCK 'DEM HEADS! :banana: :drool:
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Post by: Old Philosopher on February 08, 2019, 12:08:35 PM
...but do you suck the heads of mudbugs for the good juices.

...that might need explanation for some.  LOL
I've eaten roast wood grubs and grasshoppers in the past. I love crawdads, but sucking their warm guts out....not so much. ;)
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Post by: Old Philosopher on February 08, 2019, 12:11:44 PM
...
I salute you.  After 40+ years in Florida I know I couldn't do it again.  Kelly hates anything below 60.  Max slows down to a creep in wet cold of FL.  I have no doubt that not one of you would burn your firewood in the temps when we get a roaring blaze going in the fireplace.  0 degree sleeping bag?  That'll get me down to 30 or 40 without hypothermia.  LOL.  My hats off to you.
When I was in Saigon, it got down to 60F for a couple of nights. The locals were burning their furniture to keep from freezing....  It's all in what you're used to.
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Post by: wsdstan on February 09, 2019, 10:29:15 AM
Well chit.   >:( >:(  We were about -2F this morning and I went to check the stock water.  Upper corral was fine and all was  working.  Lower corral had frozen basins. 

I chopped out the ice and there was no power to the heat puck or heat tape.  I checked the breaker and it wasn't tripped.  When I pulled out the wires from underneath the tank the light I keep in there was off but came on when the bundle was out of the space.  I wiggled the power supply line and the light went on and off.  Problem is the power supply plug.  I got it thawed out with the ready heater and it was working when I left.  I have to put on a new plug I guess and that should take care of it.  Could have been worse as it didn't appear to have broken any water supply line. 
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Post by: wolfy on February 09, 2019, 01:58:18 PM
Look upon it as a rare, but perfect opportunity to utilize the UNDERWRITER'S KNOT! :lol:


https://youtu.be/Ln6EZf6ojB4
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Post by: wsdstan on February 09, 2019, 05:35:05 PM
The power cord is a three wire.   :-X
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Post by: wolfy on February 10, 2019, 09:57:07 AM
Your wish is my command. :hail:


https://youtu.be/X7Og74FWG_4
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Post by: wsdstan on February 10, 2019, 12:31:49 PM
It was 0 here this morning and the power cord stayed functional all night.  We got a couple of inches of very soft powder snow. Tomorrow is supposed to be a bit warmer and I will put a new plug on then. 

Thanks for the video of that way of doing a plug, I will give it a try.  Will have to watch it a couple of times to get it right I think.

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Post by: wsdstan on February 14, 2019, 08:33:49 AM
Yesterday we enjoyed 46 degree weather with no wind.  Snow was melting and it was a very pleasant day.  This morning it is 6F with a stiff NW wind.  The cows are all in the lower field sheds and waiting for someone to bring more hay.  The lick barrels are almost gone and even the salt blocks got worked over pretty good. 

My wife said that the barn cats were glad to see her this morning.  I was glad to see that the water tanks are working well today and am wondering what it would be like to get up and wear a pair of flip flops to the barn if I could transport this place to Florida. 

It has been a long cold snap.  Snow is predicted for today and cold weather for the next 7 to 10 days. 

I hope none of you forgot that it is Valentine's Day.  I called my wife Darling for the first time in years she said.  I got a good hug for doing that.

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Post by: imnukensc on February 14, 2019, 08:51:33 AM
You're a good man, Stan.

Supposed to hit about 68 here today and sunny.  After I get a big pot of spaghetti sauce going for guests coming tomorrow night, I plan on laying a bunch of landscape blocks along the side of the front walk.  Hopefully it'll help keep it a little cleaner from the chickens scratching all the mulch out of the hedges next to it.
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Post by: madmax on February 14, 2019, 09:06:09 AM
61 and sunny right now.  I asked Kelly what she wanted to do for Valentines Day this morning.  She said get a coupla chicken pot pies on our way out to the forest and sit around a campfire... I can do that.
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Post by: wsdstan on February 14, 2019, 09:38:16 AM
You guys live the good life.  Chickens and pot pies kind of go together don't they?  Nuke and Max live in (to use a a movie title slant) "Good Country for Old Men". 

I live in "Bad Country for Old Men".
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Post by: 1066vik on February 15, 2019, 11:30:07 AM
it was sunny and 54 yesterday at noon, 35 at 3, 30 and cloudy at 5, 22 at 7 and 19 when I got home from taking SWMBO out for dinner around 9.
today it's blizzarding and 12 - with a WC around -3.
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Post by: wsdstan on February 15, 2019, 12:17:35 PM
We were 1F this morning with moderate snowfall and wind.  Snow has slacked off a bit for now but is coming back tonight.  We are up to about 12F at present and the wood stove is warming the place up. 

Forecast is for snow two more days then cold for another week.  This crap is well on it's way to being the longest cold snap I can remember in the last twenty years that we have lived here.  It has been colder but never as many days in row. 
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Post by: Pete Bog on February 15, 2019, 02:00:32 PM
We were at -25*F this AM and now at 2:50 PM local time we've warmed up to -4. We'll be headed back down toward -17 tonight and tomorrow we might actually break  0* and get all the way up to a +7F. It looks like it's going to be cold for at least another week.
The wind chill index is just horrid. When we go outside we look like we're wearing a Bbop ball for all the clothes we put on.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on February 15, 2019, 03:34:57 PM
It's been boringly cold & windy here in northeastern NEBRASKA for nearly the whole month of February.  Not much snow, so far.....the weather dude says we're about 18" below normal right now.  We do have about 4" predicted for tomorrow afternoon and evening, but the brunt of the system will be south of us.  About par for the course because we figure on heading south toward TX & FL tomorrow morning.....we hope to beat the front and get at least as far as Oklahoma City tomorrow night.  It all depends on road conditions and how fast we can drive semi-safely.  We're both getting pretty tired of winter and it'll be a while before we climb aboard the Tri-Glide again, so we are both more than ready for a real road trip! :banana: :banana:

We had an airbag recall on our 2010 Ford Fusion and since the job took 6 hours to complete, the dealership offered Heather a 2017 Lincoln MKZ as a loaner.  The car only had 10,000 miles on it and it came with a 7 year, 100,000 mile, full bumper-to-bumper warranty.  Crafty lot that they are, they suggested that she drive it back home so her husband could drive it, too.  Long story short...we traded. :shrug:    Should be an excellent 'land yacht' for this trip, but it has a LOT of bells & whistles to learn how to use.  The part that I really like is the heated seats that massage your back and butt.....kinda turns me on. :lol:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on February 15, 2019, 04:10:57 PM
I rode in an MKZ awhile back.  One of the ranchers I know has one and we went to lunch in another town so he drove.  This was before you needed a heated seat, probably September, but it was a pretty nice car.  He bought the MKZ cause his wife couldn't get into the pickup anymore.  She died a couple of months after he first got it.

Drive safe Wolfy.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: 1066vik on February 15, 2019, 08:30:50 PM
wolfy, which route are you driving?
I-29 to I-35 or US 75 to Topeka and picking up the turnpike heading South?
if you're driving through Topeka, SWMBO and I could possibly meet up with you for a coffee or lunch.
from there it's only 4 more hours to OKC (and 3 hours from Omaha)
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 15, 2019, 09:37:16 PM
....
We had an airbag recall on our 2010 Ford Fusion and since the job took 6 hours to complete, the dealership offered Heather a 2017 Lincoln MKZ as a loaner.  The car only had 10,000 miles on it and it came with a 7 year, 100,000 mile, full bumper-to-bumper warranty.  Crafty lot that they are, they suggested that she drive it back home so her husband could drive it, too.  Long story short...we traded. :shrug:    Should be an excellent 'land yacht' for this trip, but it has a LOT of bells & whistles to learn how to use.  The part that I really like is the heated seats that massage your back and butt.....kinda turns me on. :lol:
Sounds like a sweet deal.  Hard pressed to justify something like that though, since we have 4 vehicles in the driveway now.  Come to think of it, I haven't had a car payment since 1986. I don't think I'd know how to act....  :-\
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on February 16, 2019, 08:41:06 AM
Wolfy doesn't have car payments either OP.   ;)
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on February 16, 2019, 05:58:52 PM
wolfy, which route are you driving?
I-29 to I-35 or US 75 to Topeka and picking up the turnpike heading South?
if you're driving through Topeka, SWMBO and I could possibly meet up with you for a coffee or lunch.
from there it's only 4 more hours to OKC (and 3 hours from Omaha)

Vik.....I sent you a PM
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on February 16, 2019, 06:19:48 PM
Well, the weather kind of caught us before we made to OKC, fog & sleet after dark in below freezing temperatures ain't my idea of fun anymore.  I ain't in no hurry, either.....and the motel room in Wichita is nice & warm!! :tent:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: madmax on February 17, 2019, 05:56:18 AM
FL going to be in the 80's next week.  FYI.  I know you've been here before, but I think aliens have sucked out driving abilities of most people down here right now,  5 seconds earlier and I would've creamed an older biker that breezed through a redlight in Silver Springs.  Oblivious he just dodged a "Going home to Jesus" moment.  Please drive defensively.  Bad drivers.  Bad manners.  And road rage.  You should be fine over on the west coast.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on February 17, 2019, 01:02:11 PM
Well Tony I don't think the Florida tourism board will be asking you to do any spots on driving in wonderful Florida anytime soon.  The truth hurts their feelings.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: madmax on February 17, 2019, 01:14:08 PM
We won't even talk about aerial pics of schooling sharks swimming amongst tourists bathing at Daytona beach that have been around decades.  Those don't seem to get published much.  LOL.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on February 17, 2019, 09:23:12 PM
Today, up around Wichita, I signaled to turn back into the 'slow' lane after passing a truck, but I must have pushed the stalk past the first detent and it stayed on.  I can't hear worth sour apples, but Heather heard the ticking sound it makes and told me my turn signal was still on.  She's constantly reminding me that I need hearing aids, so I thought fast and told her I was only practicing for driving in Florida. :coffee:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 17, 2019, 09:57:50 PM
Today, up around Wichita, I signaled to turn back into the 'slow' lane after passing a truck, but I must have pushed the stalk past the first detent and it stayed on.  I can't hear worth sour apples, but Heather heard the ticking sound it makes and told me my turn signal was still on.  She's constantly reminding me that I need hearing aids, so I thought fast and told her I was only practicing for driving in Florida. :coffee:
(NOTE TO SELF: "Look for blinking light on the dash." ) :lol:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on February 18, 2019, 11:28:44 AM
I wear hearing aids and still can't hear the clicker.  My wife can hear a mouse fart at night on the other end of the house and she always tells me when I fail to turn off the turn signal.  I seldom look at the dash lights in the day time so a blinking light goes unnoticed. 

Temperature here this morning was 2 below.  The brutal wind that blew the last three or four days left and it was dead calm.  What a marvelous thing to walk in below zero dead calm weather.  Drifts to three feet or so next to bare ground.  Cold will stay around for the next week or more but a few days without wind will be nice.

 
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 18, 2019, 11:37:21 AM
.....

Temperature here this morning was 2 below.  The brutal wind that blew the last three or four days left and it was dead calm.  What a marvelous thing to walk in below zero dead calm weather.  Drifts to three feet or so next to bare ground.  Cold will stay around for the next week or more but a few days without wind will be nice.
I can put up with just about anything but wind. I had 90 mph winds in my living room in Anchorage when a Chinook Wind blew down from the Chugach Mts.  I stood at my garage door grilling burgers and watched a tornado march down Tornado Alley in Omaha.  Where I live now, the annual average wind speed is below 10 mph (can't run wind turbines here), and that suits me just fine!
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on February 18, 2019, 01:49:29 PM
One of my buddies back home texted me last night to find out how far south we'd gotten and to report that we just made it out of town in the nick o' time.  According to him, we have 6'' of new snow on the ground back home and more on the way for the rest of the week.  Suddenly, the snowless scenery in Oklahoma and Texas became even more breathtakingly beautiful to me! ;D

Tomorrow we will head for San Antonio.....warmer still, than Ft. Worth.  That's OK with me. :)
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: madmax on February 18, 2019, 02:09:05 PM
May I recommend southern scrambled eggs, bacon. and cheese grits for breakfast.  Sausage gravy biscuits tomorrow.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on February 18, 2019, 07:05:51 PM
Well think of us poor souls stuck up north. 

If I owned hell and South Dakota I would go where its warm.   :P
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: madmax on February 19, 2019, 08:32:38 AM
HEY WOLFY!  Where are you now?
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on February 19, 2019, 08:37:20 AM
Well they forecast a minus 11 F and at 5:54 AM it got down to a minus 17F.  Still calm though so it could have been worse.  I have an aluminum pipe in a fence line by one of the stock water tanks and after checking the tank valve I use the pole to knock off any ice around the rim of the tank.  This morning I got one mitten a bit wet and it was frozen to the pole on contact.  I thought about that poor kid in A Christmas Story and the flag pole.  No pole lickin today.

My mitten sacrificed a bit of skin to get free of the pole. 
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on February 19, 2019, 09:10:22 AM
HEY WOLFY!  Where are you now?

We will be in Marble Falls tonight for a visit with the neighbors & friends that rent our farm ground from us.

He is a BBQ FREAK of the first magnitude, so I am looking forward to that, too.  :drool:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: crashdive123 on February 19, 2019, 06:15:47 PM
What parts of Florida are you heading to?  If you are anywhere near Jacksonville, give me a shout.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Unknown on February 19, 2019, 08:43:12 PM


  What a marvelous thing to walk in below zero dead calm weather.  Drifts to three feet or so next to bare ground. 

My apology for snipping your words. Marvelous- such a great word.

For me the feeling of being in the cold, with the Sun, and maybe even "especially" without wind is indeed Marvelous. 'Round here, below zero, no wind and sunshine is a rare combo..even in the dead of winter. When it happens- I will be out...even if it's night time. 2/3 is good enough
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 19, 2019, 08:53:03 PM
I had many days like that, tour skiing in South Central Alaska.  The experience carves itself into your DNA!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Unknown on February 19, 2019, 09:36:12 PM
Into your DNA!  :thumbsup:

The Cold quotes keep happening! Well thought OP. Well said! ( and well quoted Unk) That is it. This sort of thing is in the DNA. The forest, the love of Nature, preparing, being ready for a long winter shaped my ancestors. I think of that often, and should act upon it more.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on February 21, 2019, 03:43:28 PM
What parts of Florida are you heading to?  If you are anywhere near Jacksonville, give me a shout.

Unfortunately, Jacksonville is on the wrong side of the state for our present itinerary, but that seems to change at the drop of a hat, too.  I have never been to Savannah, GA and I'd like to head up that way after leaving FL, if time and the weather permits.  In that case, it is entirely possible that we may be over in your vicinity.....I'll PM you with my cell # :thumbsup:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on February 21, 2019, 03:45:08 PM
Our latest 7 day forecast is for more cold and snow followed by more cold and snow.   :-X
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 21, 2019, 03:47:48 PM
Anchorage is lookin' mighty good these days!

(https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/814day/814temp.new.gif)
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on February 21, 2019, 04:09:11 PM
So's San Antonio @ 58* today.....we left Nebraska last Saturday with that Arctic cold & snow nipping at our heels all the way down here.  For once, I picked the right time to head out on a trip.  Last time, we drove in heavy rain from Omaha to Fort Worth, but at least there wasn't any ice to deal with. :)

The bluebells are beginning to bloom in Texas....pretty! :banana:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: madmax on February 22, 2019, 03:02:53 AM
Just another day in FL.

(https://i.imgur.com/eOhQBUs.jpg)
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on February 22, 2019, 08:02:51 AM
 We be in the deep freeze.  Plus 1 this morning.  No bloomin flowers around here.    :fire2:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: xj35s on February 22, 2019, 03:41:37 PM
Meanwhile I be like....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLzHqiJR95I
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: madmax on February 22, 2019, 03:50:38 PM
Good for you!  I loved sledding growing up in IL and MN.  I might have to revert to it since I've lost my equilibrium.  No more skiing.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 22, 2019, 08:38:36 PM
Meanwhile I be like....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLzHqiJR95I

:thumbsup: :cheers:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on February 22, 2019, 09:12:31 PM
Good job with that xJ, nice juke at the tree too.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 22, 2019, 09:16:08 PM
Sled like a kid...scream like a little girl. Hahaha! Love it!
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Mannlicher on February 24, 2019, 08:14:58 AM
91F yesterday.  That was the fourth heat record set for February this month here in North Florida.  The earliest in history that we reached 90+ before then  was March 16, 1942. 
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on February 24, 2019, 08:39:39 AM
We were at plus 1 at 6:00 AM.  High today is plus 6.  Tonight we will enjoy a minus 6 to 8 with wind taking the chill factor into a minus 20 range.  This (http://bladesandbushcraft.com/Smileys/krystl-white/censored.gif) keeps up for a couple of weeks.   :P
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on February 24, 2019, 11:36:23 AM
It is 66* here in San Antonio today, so like it says on my new T-shirt.....You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas!
-Col. David Crockett :taunt: :rofl:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on February 24, 2019, 01:41:53 PM
Well, remember the Alamo while you're there.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Pete Bog on February 25, 2019, 01:07:43 AM
Yesterday morning we were in a ground blizzard with winds gusting to 50 MPH. Now we're at a -20*F. I'm sure glad they didn't come in together. What a miserable couple of weeks we've had. We haven't been above freezing since
the 7th of January. And not that many days above 0*F either. Stay tuned, next August I'll be complaining about 95 and no breeze.  :)  Have to admit, it's been kind nice without the mosquitos though.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on February 25, 2019, 08:58:58 AM
The weather in western South Dakota has been terribly cold (but not like where Pete is).  We are a balmy -4 this morning with a projected high of +6 for today.  Snowed a trace overnight, maybe 2" but probably a little less.  Wind drifts were not too bad all the way out to the county road.

We are getting close to calving and the forecast is not good.  Next 14 days we are never above the 20's and night time is single digits both + and -.  This coming weekend our night time temps for Friday through Monday are all below zero. 

The only good thing about it is anybody thinking of moving here.......... won't if they visit this time of year.   :-*
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Sarge on February 25, 2019, 01:14:46 PM
Great video, XJ! A full grown man! haha

Not terribly cold here, thankfully, just rain rain rain. Over 5" recorded in Knoxville on Saturday with a total of 8+ inches over a few days. Some flooding and a fatality here in Knoxville but it's much worse in west and middle Tennessee. All the whiskey is safe in Lynchburg!

54F and sunny here at the moment.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on February 27, 2019, 03:48:07 PM
Well, so much for 'sunny' Florida....the Sunshine State. :shrug:   We made it to Ocala, where we have a room for the night.  It's been rainin' like a cow pissin' on a flat rock since we left Houston....but so much better than back home where it made it clear up to 10* today. :)   Rain's a whole lot better than snow....NO SHOVELING! :banana:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: madmax on February 27, 2019, 04:32:46 PM
WOLFY!  I live in Ocala!  I guess I thought you'd be on the west coast.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on February 27, 2019, 07:57:34 PM
I figured you might be somewhere near here because of my relentless eavesdropping on the Florida section of the forum. ;D   When you guys were discussing Buck Lake as a possible camping location I looked at proximity for all of you, so no one had too much of a drive, and Ocala seemed like it could be a spot where some of the Kracs might hide out during the week.  We are due to hit Punta Gorda tomorrow, to stay for a week with our friends who have a 'winter place' down there.  They had guests that left today, but we figured we'd delay our arrival 'til tomorrow.....so they'd have time to wash the sheets in the guest bedroom. ;)

I should have contacted y'all to see if anyone was around before we got this far south, but we don't seem to think that far ahead. :P :P    Crashblade said something about meeting up for a :coffee: if we head back up through his neck o' the woods on our way to Savannah, so we may be back through Ocala, too.....who knows? :shrug:   Nothing cut in stone after the 6th of March, so it's a possibility that we could still grant you an audience! :lol:

I'll PM you with my cell number.  :popcorn:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on February 27, 2019, 09:13:34 PM
Low of -4F this morning, high of 16F today. This is getting to be a drag!  Driving the 65 miles back from the city this evening wasn't a problem due to weather, but dodging the deer on the highway was like running an obstacle course.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 02, 2019, 09:26:23 AM
4" of new snow overnight, 0 F at 7:00 AM.  High today is 0F and low tonight is -14F.  About the same tomorrow but the low is only a -2F.  Then gradual rise with single digit lows and highs in the teens.  By mid week we should see highs in the twenties.  Three more weeks of this in the long term forecast. 

Stay down south wolfy.  It is the schitz up here.   :-X

 :fire2:

Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 02, 2019, 10:15:29 AM
Stan, our forecast is a carbon copy of yours over here in the Trench.  Even the Divide isn't saving us this year.   :camp: :coffee:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on March 02, 2019, 04:40:37 PM
Well, it is not that I am unaware of what you guys are going through up there in the hinterlands and I hate to boast about my timing in coming down here to Florida....but I will!! :banana:

We just got back from a boat trip to Burnt Store Marina where there are 800-1000 pleasure boats docked....reportedl y the largest marina on the Gulf.  It was a GREAT day for us....5mph wind, 84* and a cloudless sky.  I even got a bit of a sunburn where I missed with the SPF 30. :-[

I am in NO hurry to get home! :tent:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: 1066vik on March 02, 2019, 06:43:02 PM
good call.
it looks like the worst of the storm is going to miss all but the eastern edge of Kansas -- that's right, Missouri stole all my good snow again!  :(
it'll still be plenty brisk Monday and Tuesday, but supposed to be close to 40 above next weekend!
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Pete Bog on March 02, 2019, 07:31:41 PM
We are currently at -12. Our forecast from the National Weather Service (NOAA) for tomorrow is:

"Sunday
Patchy blowing snow. Partly sunny, with a high near -3. Wind chill values as low as -45. Blustery, with a west northwest wind 20 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. "

Good Grief, it's March. There are no temps above freezing projected until the middle of the month. Who's in charge of this stuff? Can I start a petition? I want a new weather guru.

On the other hand, we needed to make a late night trip on Thursday. I decided to count traffic. 90 of those miles were on divided four lane and met 26 cars/trucks. The last 50 miles only had six cars. Never saw one tail light and only one headlight in the rear view mirror and he never passed us. Pretty sparse traffic for a 140 mile trip. Maybe lousy weather does have a bright side.  Back when we were young and dumb there was even less traffic we would run that last 50 well into the triple digits. Now we're older and smarter. (whisper: and the truck's speed limited to 96MPH :shrug:)
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: woodsrunner on March 03, 2019, 07:44:53 AM
22 Below and Absolutely Frickin Buried in Frickin snow...this is getting old >:(...woods
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Pete Bog on March 03, 2019, 08:09:56 AM
Now I don't feel so bad, -17 is a veritable heat wave this AM. ;D
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: 1066vik on March 03, 2019, 09:11:08 AM
+5 here with sunshine and only 3" of new fluffy, dry snow.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 03, 2019, 11:09:58 AM
Got to a minus 16 last night and it is still a bit below zero with a stiff wind out of the NW. 

Corral water froze cause I think the power went out for a bit.  I put the Nibco on it for an hour and it didn't thaw it out.  I guess we will have water the cows up on the top corral for the rest of the winter.  Not what I wanted to do.

This fricking cold snap is like a relative you don't like who comes to visit and won't leave.   :pissed:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: woodsrunner on March 03, 2019, 11:18:24 AM
Got to a minus 16 last night and it is still a bit below zero with a stiff wind out of the NW. 

Corral water froze cause I think the power went out for a bit.  I put the Nibco on it for an hour and it didn't thaw it out.  I guess we will have water the cows up on the top corral for the rest of the winter.  Not what I wanted to do.

This fricking cold snap is like a relative you don't like who comes to visit and won't leave.   :pissed:
...Ain't it the truth?...Ain't it the Truth?!!!....LOL... :lol: :cheers:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 03, 2019, 01:27:44 PM
We joined the Sixteen-Below Club last night west of the Divide. Up to +8F today.  Some pipes froze, but nothing busted....yet.  "I hate freezes to piezzes!", as Tom would say.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 03, 2019, 06:06:01 PM
Frozen pipes are a pain.  The line that provides water to the corral tank and a hydrant is pretty deep and has never frozen down deep.  I don't understand why the Nibco style heater didn't thaw it out as it puts out a lot of heat (150,000 btu rating) and you have to use some care when pushing hot air in the underside of the tank or you can melt it.  Done that once.  This is the first time we could not thaw out the line, replace the puck heater and heat tape and go on with normal work.   :-\
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: crashdive123 on March 04, 2019, 04:12:26 AM
85 yesterday.  Front moved through last night.  Today's high will be about 65.  The hillarious thing is that there will be people in parkas.  After work I'll still be in shorts and flip flops.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: woodsrunner on March 04, 2019, 06:44:30 AM
- 30 f this morning'''...more snow on the way by thursday...high winds drifted us in yet again...more plowing...a wild n wooly winter for sure...wife has been in AZ visiting grand kids for the past three weeks, gets in just in time for the next snow EVENT!...maybe i should tell her to extend her trip down there?....Naaa! misery loves company 8)
30 below is a bit unusual in March though not unheard of...with all the snow we have on the ground, when it finally does warm up, its going to wash out many a road around these parts ???...OK...rant over...i feel better now...praying for them folks down in Ga and Alabama...woods
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 04, 2019, 09:10:13 AM
Wow Woods, that is terrible.  Since I am downwind from you I see that the snow is supposed to get here on Saturday.  We were a -13 in the wee hours and up to 4 above at present.  No new snow last night but the wind drifted what was there pretty badly.

For the first time ever we froze a water line in the house.  Have not got it thawed out yet.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on March 04, 2019, 09:38:40 AM
If the lines freeze under a bathroom vanity or kitchen sink, you can usually thaw them by setting a box fan in front of the open doors so warm air will circulate around them.....but you probably already knew that. 8)      BTW, it is usually the hot water lines that freeze up first, but to keep them both from freezing, let the COLD water side drip at a rate of about one drip every 5-10 seconds. 

It was common occurrence when I was a kid living at home in our drafty old farmhouse. :fire2:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 04, 2019, 10:18:34 AM
I live in a drafty old farm house.  What is odd is that the cold line and the hot line are side by side in the basement and go into the kitchen about six inches apart.  The cold works fine the hot doesn't.  Yet the hot works in the bathroom and basement bathroom which means that the plug (or whatever it is) is downstream from the junction going to the bathrooms.  I did what you mentioned first and after a couple of hours decided I am going to blow air down the line see if that moves and breaks up the plug.  If I blow up any connections then we are going to heat water on the stove or go to Florida.  I have not decided which.   

Got the line in the house thawed out.  The stock tank can wait till we get above freezing, that should be by August.   :P
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Yellowyak on March 04, 2019, 11:43:33 AM
I live in a drafty old farm house.  What is odd is that the cold line and the hot line are side by side in the basement and go into the kitchen about six inches apart.  The cold works fine the hot doesn't.  Yet the hot works in the bathroom and basement bathroom which means that the plug (or whatever it is) is downstream from the junction going to the bathrooms.  I did what you mentioned first and after a couple of hours decided I am going to blow air down the line see if that moves and breaks up the plug.  If I blow up any connections then we are going to heat water on the stove or go to Florida.  I have not decided which.   :'(

Come on down to Florida, the weather's been great. This is how we celebrate sundown's on Sunday's on Siesta Key Beach. I didn't take my Toca Djembe Drum with me last night, but I will next time.

https://youtu.be/iOkYpAZCMso
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 04, 2019, 11:51:41 AM
Ha, I should come there.  My cows have to be fed everyday and while I have great neighbors they got cows to feed too.  Maybe some year we will sell all the stock, put the cats in a kennel, and drive down there for a couple of months. 

Neat beach and do you know there  are more people in that video than live in the three nearest towns to me?  Most of them are three times as old as the folks in that video, especially that girl in the black two piece.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Orbean on March 04, 2019, 12:57:56 PM
It is starting to hit the low sixties here. My apricot tree is starting to bloom which does not bode well for fresh off the tree apricots, it will freeze again. This winter was well behaved, the snow stayed in the mountains, it never got below 10 degrees, and we had no prolonged cold periods. I was happy for it.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 04, 2019, 02:33:58 PM
... My apricot tree is starting to bloom which does not bode well for fresh off the tree apricots, it will freeze again. ...
That's happened to me three out of the last 4 Springs.  Apricots, cherries and apples all bloom (or at least bud) and then it frosts and I loose 90% of the potential.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Yellowyak on March 04, 2019, 03:03:17 PM
Ha, I should come there.  My cows have to be fed everyday and while I have great neighbors they got cows to feed too.  Maybe some year we will sell all the stock, put the cats in a kennel, and drive down there for a couple of months. 

Neat beach and do you know there  are more people in that video than live in the three nearest towns to me?  Most of them are three times as old as the folks in that video, especially that girl in the black two piece.

Come whenever you can, the weather in the winter is usually pretty good. Yes, the wife and I usually go to much less crowded places to watch the sunset. We go at least once per week, sometimes at one of the beaches, and sometimes on the bay, usually with a light dinner and a bottle of wine.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 04, 2019, 06:45:51 PM
That is the life.  Maybe one day we will leave this place for a couple of weeks or a month and go down to that area.  I have a friend in Tennessee, two actually, I would like to see and should run over to North Carolina and see where my ancestors lived.  Short run down to Florida from there.  Right now it sounds so good you would not believe it.  Where we live they had a no drive order for the whole damn county the last two days.  Roads closed.  High winds and snow drifts.  I have lived at this farm 20 years and never had a cold spell like this one as far as it hanging around and wearing out it's welcome. 

The area looks like those highway scenes in the movie "Fargo".   
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 05, 2019, 11:41:29 AM
Strange morning.  6:00 AM we had hot water and cold water in every faucet.  All was good.  I went out for two hours to plow the driveway down to the county road.  The skid loader started up after about twenty minutes of Nibco heat running on the engine.  As I got down towards the country road I see a water company truck sitting by my driveway.  He asks me if I am the one who called.  Has my name so it must have been my wife.  (it was).  He said we called and said we had no water.  It is about 7:30 AM.  He goes down in our meter pit which is down by the county road and comes up to tell me everything is frozen.  He gets a propane torch and descends into the pit and says he will try to thaw it out.  A half hour or so later we have water and he tells me to put a couple of blankets over the pipes and meter to try to hold in some of the ground heat. 

This guy has a memory like mine was thirty years ago.  He reminds me that I called him twenty years ago about low water pressure and it let them find the stretch of pipe where there was a leak.  He also remembers that I worked in the home building and land development business.  I said "that was right where did he hear that"?  "You told me" he said.  He added "I had just started in the water company and you were one of my first customer service calls".    I told him pipe and meter had never frozen in the twenty years I have lived here.  He told me he has heard that about fifty times this year.  It was great to have somebody like him show up and fix the line. 
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 08, 2019, 09:10:52 PM
Well winter continues.  Forecast is 4 to 6 inches tonight with temperatures in the low 20's.  Tomorrow is more snow and high winds, up to 50 mph they are saying.

 :P
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 09, 2019, 08:35:52 PM
Yesterday it warmed up enough we lost about 4" of snowpack, and the roads turned to slush.  The snowplow (sic..it's a 1-ton truck with a plow on the front) came by and laid a 12" berm of frozen snow/ice across my street access.  I broke out my snow blower and started clearing the mess before my son got off work and found he couldn't get into the drive.
I was about 90% done when the blower suddenly wasn't making any progress throwing chunks of ice.  Then I noticed the rims were spinning but the tires weren't!  The cold had reduced the air pressure in the tires to the point the bead had broken loose.  Two flat tires!
I love a small town! It's like an episode of "Cheers", where everyone knows your name.  They also take pity on ol' pharts.  Dale got both tires inflated for me...no charge. But on the first one, I noticed he was going to dismount the 12" tire from the rim.  I asked him "why?", because I knew there was no puncture.  He says, "I heard something rattling around inside."  I told him when the tire rolled on the rim, it probably just scooped up some ice.  He was relieved and tells me, "Oh! Well, it will just melt in a couple of weeks," and went ahead inflating the tire.   :rolleyes:
I'll probably be in the Happy Hunting Grounds before the water inside the tire rusts out the rims.  Somebody else's problem then..... :-\
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 10, 2019, 03:12:55 PM
Well there is a story with a happy ending OP.  I have one Skid Loader tire that has more mud in it than air right now.

We didn't get the high winds and 6" of snow they were telling us was coming.  We got 2" of snow and winds in the 20 to 30 mph range that drifted a bit of snow but all in all it wasn't much of storm. 
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: imnukensc on March 10, 2019, 09:12:10 PM
Ummmm.............. ...it was 78 here today.  Saw my first hummingbird (2 actually) on March 3rd.  :)
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 10, 2019, 09:37:45 PM
 :'(  (for us in the polar regions, not you)
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: crashdive123 on March 11, 2019, 04:11:06 AM
All this complaining. :spider:  I had to mow the yard again. :shrug:  Mid 80's here.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Pete Bog on March 12, 2019, 03:34:37 PM
 :banana: We made it to 34* today. First time above freezing in 63 days. And on Thursday we'll get another blizzard. :doh: It sounds like wsdstan will get hit with more snow though. Best of luck to you if you've started calving season Stan.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 12, 2019, 06:23:06 PM
We were supposed to start a week back Pete but none so far.  They are saying 5-8 inches in our area with 40 mph winds and gusts to 50 mph.  That snow is down from 10" forecast earlier.  This is one of those winters that makes you wish you were a Krac.

Pete gets a lot of cold and we are supposed to stay in the high single digits and even get to 30 pretty quickly.  Wednesday and Thursday are in the dumper though. 
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: crashdive123 on March 13, 2019, 04:52:18 AM
I went out and braved the elements yesterday.  It was tough, but somebody had to do it.



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Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 13, 2019, 01:02:29 PM
That is cruel and unusual punishment you know.  We are getting a boat load of snow and winds up to 50mph.
 :P
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 13, 2019, 03:02:16 PM
We got 4" of that wet Pacific Coastal Airborne Slush last night!  You know,  the stuff that weighs 60 lbs /cu ft?  That crap, same time of year, gave me a hernia 2 years ago.  Today is the first time I had to chisel an ice plug out of the snowblower chute.  I've become so spoiled by powder you can "shovel" with a leaf blower that I forget how miserable that west coast crap is.
Last night's snow almost finished off my Siberian Pea Tree, and half of one of my lilac trees.  The huge box elder in the backyard shed branches like a sheep in summer. Squashed my wire field fence and is now laying across my semi-retired Samurai.  Another two limbs barely missed the neighbor's back windows.  I'll have a job for Mr. Stihl when the snow's gone.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 13, 2019, 04:09:17 PM
Sorry to hear about all that OP.  That kind of heavy snow is bad news.   :P
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: imnukensc on March 13, 2019, 08:31:14 PM
Looks like a lot of folks are getting the hell hammered out of them with this latest storm.  Stay safe!
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on March 13, 2019, 09:12:24 PM
Sorry to hear about all that OP.  That kind of heavy snow is bad news.   :P
Thanks. Right after I typed that last post I went outside to find 10 feet of gutter laying in a pile of snow & ice under the eves.   :soap:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on March 13, 2019, 10:11:16 PM
Lots of flooding here in northeastern NEBRASKA.   There was a huge amount of snow that began melting fast when the temperatures rose to around 50*......all of the area rivers are above flood stage. 

Our farm is under about 2 feet of water, there are another couple of inches of rain predicted for tonight and then they are calling for blizzard conditions for tomorrow night with winds of over 60 mph.  We just got home this afternoon after 3 1/2 weeks in the south and southeast with a blizzard on our tail the day we left home.....we were feeling pretty smug about our timing that day, but when we came over the 'pass' into town this afternoon we were shocked to see the the whole valley under water.   
wolfy > :shocked:   Heather > :shocked:   

Something like this seems to happen every time we leave home for a while.....once it was a catagory 4 tornado, once it was big hail the size of grapefruit and this time the most flooding since the big Missouri River flood in 2011, when we had a record-breaking drought at the SAME time! :shrug:   NEBRASKA: IT'S NOT TOO BAD.....most of the time. :doh:   

It certainly is the land of infinite variety! :popcorn:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Sundance Creek on March 14, 2019, 08:15:54 AM
just started raining here.. northern Ontario

we had 20 below justa few daze ago

still got over 4 ft of snow on the roofs and all around

gonna make for some slop for awhile now
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 14, 2019, 08:16:43 AM
Well wolfy we are glad you got home without incident.  If every time you leave you come home to a disaster then why the &*%$& don't you just stay home all the time so this doesn't happen?   :shrug:   :) We haven't had any flooding yet but the creeks around here were close to bank full yesterday and the Belle Fourche river was close to coming out of the bank on the low sides of the curves.  When it really starts to melt next week it likely will flood about everywhere along the waterways.

In the midst of all this snow and wind we lost power about 3:30 AM this morning.  I went to the corrals to drain the water out of the tanks and shut off the supply line.  Turned off the switch to the heat puck too.  Those things will "fry" if they come on with no water to heat.  The power came back on a few minutes ago.  I think we will wait a couple of hours to see if it stays on before turning the water and heat back on in the corral.  Should be okay. ???  The wind is supposed to die off about 6:00 PM tonight.  I sure hope they are right. 




Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 14, 2019, 08:20:17 AM
Sundance, when you get that kind of snow depth on your roof do you shovel it off or just wait to see what happens?
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 14, 2019, 05:55:08 PM
Sometimes things get so bad they are funny.  The wind blew in a lot of large drifts across the driveway and a couple of them were big enough you might not get through them with a four wheel drive pickup.  I started plowing up near my corrals.  I also plowed a path down to an door that goes into the barn.  Regular solid entry door.  I was carefully scraping snow and got too close to this door and caved it in.  I went on and finished plowing the drive and went all the way down to the county road. 

Later my wife went out to the barn to put out some cat food for the barn cats and I had told her about the door.  She came out of the barn and slipped on the ice and fell backwards into the mud.  Her down coat, gloves, and jeans were pretty well covered in mud.  When she came in she looked at me and somehow it was my fault cause the mud would not have been there if I had not scraped the snow away exposing the dirt.  If I had not started laughing it probably would not have been quite as funny but in the end we both though that it was an all around bad day.  From the power outage to the mud and ice and drifts it was just one of those days that you will laugh about next summer........ I hope.   :shrug:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Pete Bog on March 14, 2019, 10:17:08 PM
Blizzard is done. Wind went quiet about 7:00 local time. I had been out for a couple hours trying to clear a path down the driveway. The drive way is 300 feet long. We live in a sheltered farmstead, but when you clear the edge of the shelter belt and get into the open farmland/prairie, the wind is free to run. Now our snowplow man has been trying to keep a crown on the road like he does in the summer time. The trouble with that is, it puts up a windrow of snow on both sides of the township road. The snow plow uses a one way blade on the front and a 16 foot wing out the side. So, we have a 4 foot high windrow on both sides of the road for about 200 yards beyond the driveway. This blizzard filled it in with hard packed snow. The kind of snow you can use to make an igloo with. Now normally I wouldn't care. He created the problem, let him fight with it. But, my mother-in-law passed away and the funeral is Saturday. The Interstate Highways and divided four lane highways in North Dakota are still closed but I'm betting they'll be open by tomorrow afternoon. So, I spent 3 more hours blowing open the township road to make it out to the county road in the morning. I am so lucky to have a tractor with an enclosed cab and heater and radio and low hours so it is reliable. I remember not so many years ago when all we had was a 1950's VAC Case with a front end loader and no cab. Bundled up in a parka with a trappers cap and snow goggles on. Trying to move snow one bucket at a time. The 8 horse walk behind snowblower was worthless outside the shelter belt because it couldn't bite into the hardened snow drifts.

But all should be good now. A quick pass in the morning to ensure its clear to the highway and we'll be off, assuming the main arteries are open.

At least we didn't have a failure like the Spencer dam breach in Nebraska. Now that - would be a hardship. our sympathies to the folks down there.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: woodsrunner on March 15, 2019, 05:36:52 PM
Sounds like Nebraska is under water...prayers and thoughts Craig and family....and for all Nebraskans!....stay safe!!!!
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: woodsrunner on March 15, 2019, 05:40:16 PM
Hey Stan...sounds like this snow is going to melt all at once ???....reckon we got lucky compared to some folks though...taker easy amigo!...woods
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 15, 2019, 05:42:20 PM
Basically ended here about 7:00 PM last night too.  Still had high drifts to plow this morning but that is done and now it is just mud.  No griping from me though, I will take the mud any day.

Spent most of my day plowing snow off the farm yard and widening the road in places.  We got warm enough today to go out without a coat on.  Boy was that nice.  My thoughts to the folks in Nebraska as well, hope wolfy is doing okay too.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 15, 2019, 05:44:51 PM
Hey Stan...sounds like this snow is going to melt all at once ???....reckon we got lucky compared to some folks though...taker easy amigo!...woods

You got that right Woods, it is melting fast and some areas are flooding a bit.  Not bad yet but when the snow starts melting up in the top of the watershed then it might get ugly. 
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: woodsrunner on March 15, 2019, 05:47:25 PM
Basically ended here about 7:00 PM last night too.  Still had high drifts to plow this morning but that is done and now it is just mud.  No griping from me though, I will take the mud any day.

Spent most of my day plowing snow off the farm yard and widening the road in places.  We got warm enough today to go out without a coat on.  Boy was that nice.  My thoughts to the folks in Nebraska as well, hope wolfy is doing okay too.
Amen to the Stan...i just think of all the exercise we're getting digging out all this equipment!!!! :thumbsup: :cheers:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: woodsrunner on March 15, 2019, 05:49:02 PM
Hey Stan...sounds like this snow is going to melt all at once ???....reckon we got lucky compared to some folks though...taker easy amigo!...woods

You got that right Woods, it is melting fast and some areas are flooding a bit.  Not bad yet but when the snow starts melting up in the top of the watershed then it might get ugly.
This should help keep down the fires at least!
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: woodsrunner on March 15, 2019, 05:52:50 PM
"March is the green muddy month down below...some folks like it!....FARMERS mostly"....LOL...woods
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 15, 2019, 07:15:56 PM
"March is the green muddy month down below...some folks like it!....FARMERS mostly"....LOL...woods

My favorite scene in that whole "What's on the spit " scene from that movie.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 15, 2019, 07:17:23 PM
i called Craig and left a message.  If I hear back before he posts anything I will post it here.  I looked at photos of the flooding in Ponca.  Not a pretty sight.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 16, 2019, 09:04:01 PM
I talked to Craig today.  He is fine, house is okay.  He has been helping out where he can.  I was glad to hear that.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: crashdive123 on March 17, 2019, 06:06:11 AM
Good to hear.  Thanks for checking on him.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on March 17, 2019, 10:21:04 AM
Sorry, fellas, I have been remiss in not keeping you up to date on conditions hereabouts.  When we got home in the late afternoon of last Wednesday, we popped over the last big hill into town and we were greeted with some of the greatest flooding that our section of northeastern Nebraska has ever experienced.  We are not alone in this....the whole tri-state area, which includes southeastern South Dakota, northeastern Nebraska and northwestern Iowa has experienced the worst flooding on record.  It's been a perfect marriage of conditions for this event....heavy snow, frozen ground, thick ice still in place in the feeder creeks & rivers, warm temperatures, breached dams & levees, and high water releases from the Missouri River dams. 

We have been lucky....no water in the basements of our two houses, but MANY of those in town have.  The biggest problem around my immediate vicinity are washed-out roads & bridges!  I still can't get out to the farm because the last 1/2 mile of road no longer exists.  I went as far as I could yesterday and watched a Cat dozer attempting to remedy the situation, but it was too soupy to drive on yet.  Maybe in a day or two, I'll try it again. 

There are trees, logs, and trash left on the fields, as the water recedes....just more work in preparing for what looks like another late Spring planting season. :-\     It's a relief not having to deal with that part of it, since I quit all that farming nonsense and can leave it up to my renter! :lol:    I'll, no doubt end up helping him with it all......a little. O:-)
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: crashdive123 on March 18, 2019, 04:39:30 AM
 Glad to hear you are doing OK.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 18, 2019, 12:35:41 PM
I saw photos on FB of wagons with dead calves in them being hauled out of flooded corrals and pastures yesterday.  I feel bad for the calves and for the ranchers.  Glad you are doing well Wolfy, hope it stays that way.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: woodsrunner on March 18, 2019, 02:00:17 PM
I was going to say you were all wet anyways, but, under the circumstances thought that might seem a bit insensitive of me :P
LOL...sooo i'll just say i'm sure glad you n Heather are OK :)...Dave
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Unknown on March 18, 2019, 09:30:07 PM
A week of spring like weather is predicted for ' round here. I saw a huge fire on a hill top, smoke  that looked like a mile wide F5 tornado today. I nodded. Come home Mother Nature, let ole Unk soothe your fickle heart. Youins ll be okay boys. I got this from here
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on March 19, 2019, 10:26:49 AM
Temperatures are up above freezing here abouts.  We were in the mid to high 40's the last few days.  Freezes at night, thaws during the day.  Some minor flooding going one and my reservoir is starting to run out of the earthen overflow channel.  The concrete drop box is taking all it can take.  It is muddy but I ain't (http://bladesandbushcraft.com/Smileys/krystl-white/censored.gif)ing about it.  My long abandoned well started flowing water during the cold spell and it has sort of slowed down as it warms up.  I have no idea why it did that.

I talked to Mike over in Minnesota the other day.  He had a lot of snow and cold and was more or less stuck out at his place for awhile. 
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: WoodsWoman on March 19, 2019, 06:44:44 PM
We missed out on the last snow storm. Thank goodness.  Im down in a valley but yet on a hill by the lake. Flooding waters are on top of the ice.  We will be safe.  My worry is mud season. On my mile long driveway...and needing fuel in. Family in northwest iowa are borderline evacuees.   None are farmers so not quite the worry with them.  Ww
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on April 10, 2019, 08:47:48 AM
The storm here in western South Dakota arrived last night.  Heavy rain and then a gradual shift to snow.  This morning there was about 8" on the flat area around the house.  5" of snow on top of 3" of slush.  The ground was warm enough for a time to melt the snow fall but now it is just adding.  Shoveling a path to the barn wore me out. It is supposed to snow through tomorrow morning.  Total snowfall could be around 18" in the worst case.  Wind will be in the 45 mph range at some point later today.  We have a four foot drift in front of the garage door.  If the skid loader starts after I get all the ice chipped off the cab then no problem.  Just a long day plowing to the county road.  April in this place is when we get a lot of rain or a lot of snow.  As Bear Claw Chris Lapp said "March is a green and muddy month down below.  Some folks like it.  Farmers mostly."   Well this year it is April that is the green and muddy.

Almost everything is closed or soon to be.  I do not know if they have shut I-90 down yet but would expect it to be.  Temperature is below freezing but should get into the low 30's today.   
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: madmax on April 10, 2019, 09:54:51 AM
Yesterday mother nature down here announced summer had arrived.  High 80's.  Muggy.  Intermittent showers.  Just enough to cloak us in humidity.

Horses sweat.
Men perspire.
And women get "dewy".

In summertime FL everybody sweats.

6 more weeks until we head for the mountain cabin.
 
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on April 10, 2019, 09:58:45 AM
The storm here in western South Dakota arrived last night.  Heavy rain and then a gradual shift to snow.  This morning there was about 8" on the flat area around the house.  5" of snow on top of 3" of slush.  The ground was warm enough for a time to melt the snow fall but now it is just adding.  Shoveling a path to the barn wore me out. It is supposed to snow through tomorrow morning.  Total snowfall could be around 18" in the worst case.  Wind will be in the 45 mph range at some point later today.  We have a four foot drift in front of the garage door.  If the skid loader starts after I get all the ice chipped off the cab then no problem.  Just a long day plowing to the county road.  April in this place is when we get a lot of rain or a lot of snow.  As Bear Claw Chris Lapp said "March is a green and muddy month down below.  Some folks like it.  Farmers mostly."   Well this year it is April that is the green and muddy.

Almost everything is closed or soon to be.  I do not know if they have shut I-90 down yet but would expect it to be.  Temperature is below freezing but should get into the low 30's today.   

I've been watching your weather, Stan....not good.  We suddenly have snow forecast for this weekend ourselves, but less than an inch for our valley.  I'm hoping all this late snow in the mountains mitigates fire season this year.  I'm not sure how you manage with a 90 day growing season in your area.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on April 10, 2019, 03:23:12 PM
 :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

There is one positive about this weather.  It keeps the Kalifornicators out of here.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on April 10, 2019, 04:43:14 PM
Usually, what Stan gets, we get a day or two later. :popcorn:    This time, though, the powerful low pressure area coming out of Kansas/Colorado will come right over the top of us, while at the same time, it meets the weakening cold front coming in from the west.  That'll push the cold front to the north of us, so we're only looking at an inch of snow and 1-2" of rain.  Just 50 miles west of us they are expecting 2 FEET of snow w/45-50 mph winds! :doh:   We lucked out this time. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on April 10, 2019, 06:13:14 PM
Nebraska deserves a break after the last disaster. 
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on April 11, 2019, 07:28:47 AM
 :P  20 F here this morning and about 3-4" of new snow.  It might quit about noon.  Snowfall on the patio table out on the deck is at 12".  Wind is up a bit but not really bad.  They were talking 40 to 45 mph yesterday and I hope that isn't coming along sometime today. 

Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: woodsrunner on April 11, 2019, 07:36:59 AM
31 and about 2-3 inches of the fresh snow here as well....springs having a rough start of it i reckon...Stay warm Stan and friends!...woods
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on April 11, 2019, 08:27:06 AM
You too woods. 
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on April 11, 2019, 09:10:43 AM
34o F this morning, and 1/4" of RAIN---yea!  Sorry, Woods, and Stan.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on April 11, 2019, 10:25:30 AM
Just rain here, so far.....hope it doesn't snow too much.  They're predicting more flooding, though. :doh:
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Post by: madmax on April 11, 2019, 11:03:21 AM
Man I do feel for all the people, livestock, and farms the flooding has hurt.  When I was growing up we lost crops in the lower field now and then.  A very small taste of the damage flooding does.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on May 06, 2019, 09:26:33 AM
32 F here this morning.  Rained most of the night and is snowing now.  Actually it is snowing and raining at the same time.  How weird that is.  Might be because we bought garden seeds and washed the mud off the truck yesterday. 

 :fire1:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on May 06, 2019, 10:30:05 AM
32 F here this morning.  Rained most of the night and is snowing now.  Actually it is snowing and raining at the same time.  How weird that is.  Might be because we bought garden seeds and washed the mud off the truck yesterday. 

 :fire1:
20th Century White Man Rain Dance: wash your car.   :-\
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on May 06, 2019, 03:04:29 PM
After the recent flooding hereabouts, it started raining almost daily.....not much, so far, but enough to keep all the farmers out of the fields.  Normally, the better part of the corn would already be in the ground, but this is a different year.  NOTHING has been done in the fields as far as soil prep, fertilizer application or pre-emergent herbicide application is concerned.  It's going to be a madhouse when the weather turns around and guys are able to turn a wheel.....lots of sleepless hours ahead! :-\
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: hayshaker on May 06, 2019, 04:10:14 PM
well i've said it before an i'll say it agin it's the iceage upon us.
oh and btw the hayshakers are out an about ground scratching, spraying an planting seed.
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: Old Philosopher on May 06, 2019, 09:02:32 PM
After the recent flooding hereabouts, it started raining almost daily.....not much, so far, but enough to keep all the farmers out of the fields.  Normally, the better part of the corn would already be in the ground, but this is a different year.  NOTHING has been done in the fields as far as soil prep, fertilizer application or pre-emergent herbicide application is concerned.  It's going to be a madhouse when the weather turns around and guys are able to turn a wheel.....lots of sleepless hours ahead! :-\
I looked in my crystal ball and saw $3/ear sweet corn in our future.....
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on May 07, 2019, 03:45:42 PM
Drove to Rapid City today and for about thirty miles of the sixty five mile trip it was raining cats and dogs.  The rest of the time it was just light rain. 

Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wolfy on May 08, 2019, 08:46:59 AM
It's raining here, too.  I was out at the farm yesterday afternoon to check on things and to talk with the neighbor who rents our ground, but he was just beginning to disc some of lighter ground.  The lighter ground has more sand in it than the heavy gumbo which is a very fine clay that takes forever to dry in the Spring. 

I listened to the weather on two local TV stations last night, one predicts an inch of rain, the other predicts 1.5? for today.....so far, it looks like they were right.  We certainly can't control the weather and we sure don't need this rain right now, but we have to take it as it comes.  NOAA says, that with the weakened El Ni?o in place, we should expect a cooler & wetter summer this season.  With the later opening of the planting 'window' and a shorter & cooler growing season, farmers can expect corn ears that are shorter and grain that is higher in moisture content at harvest.  I'm glad I'm retired from it all.....the stress is still there because I've been there & done that, but now my role has changed from frantic farmer to the 'Old Sage' that recalls similar situations in years past. 8)   We always seem to adapt and get through it all.....we have to. :coffee:
Title: Re: BRRRRR!
Post by: wsdstan on May 08, 2019, 12:41:54 PM
We are getting more rain today too but not as much as you are. It is supposed to rain into tomorrow am.  Saturday shows early rain as well.  The only folks smiling around here are guys who seeded the couple of good days we had last month.  We have weeds to spray and calves to brand but won't get much of that done till it drys up a bit.  You are right Wolfy, twenty years back I would have been fit to be tied, today I just say wait till tomorrow.

Maybe Hayshaker is right, an ice age is coming. ????