Deep freeze 2019

Japanfan

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Now I live in the PNW & we are expecting temps in the 20's next week with the possibility of up to three inches of snow. For natives here, that is life-threatening temps & blizzard conditions. They don't have a clue..
Where did you hear that?

I'm in the PNW and have heard no predictions of freezing temps and snow. And googling didn't provide any such predictions.
 

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During the blizzard of 78, my mom put papers down in the garage for our dachshund!
When I had my Sadie, I used to go out in the backyard and shovel a big area for her to go. She'd walk under the overhang where there wasn't any snow and go and come right back. And flop over on her back right inside the door to get her paws and "unders" (that's her stomach and chest, not female parts!; she had short legs!) dried. Spoiled? Yep.
Coincidentally, Feb 1. was Sadie's birthday, so my avatar today will be her picture - Christmas 1999.
 

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So @puglover , the latest forecast this morning is looking a bit better for snow amounts - about 1cm today, 1-3cm Saturday, 2-4cm Sunday, 1-3cm Monday and 1-3 cm Tuesday - so now looking more like a continuous but slow snow event rather than one big dump. That said, it wasn't supposed to start until later today but by 9 am there it had already started.
Highs today a balmy -12c, tomorrow -13, but Sunday now only -20c
 

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Good news for most as the worst is over. Now, all people have to worry about is next week when it will be in the 50F/10C in a number of places. Folks in the lake effects snow belts will have to worry about basement flooding due to the rapid snow melt with still frozen ground.
 

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Yesterday morning, it was around 28 F here in Louisiana. Today, the temperature in my area is 62 F. This is why I am having such a hard time with my allergies! On one day, I have to dress with a thermal shirt, and a sweater over that. Then the very next day, I have to wear a t-shirt. Enough already! Next week, the temps will be in the 60's and low 70's with rain practically every day. Forget freezing cold weather. We're having monsoon weather in my town! :shuffle: :inavoid:
 

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Now, all people have to worry about is next week when it will be in the 50F/10C in a number of places.
Here it's pot holes and water main breaks. There was already a water main break that caused a sink hole two blocks from my house last Sunday. This street and the cul-de-sac across from my house have one every year. You'd think they'd run out of pipes to break by now. Maybe a sink hole will open up and swallow the van from next door. It's been sitting there since before Christmas and the snow plow has to stop plowing right in front of my driveway. I just spent an hour with my snow blower getting rid of the 3" of snow on my driveway. I paid a kid walking down the street $10 to shovel the 6" of snow and ice from the last three days off the street that was plowed in front of my driveway this morning.
 

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Images from Chicago blizzard on this day in 2011. How well I remember this. The cars on Lake Shore Drive numbered in the hundreds, it took several days to move them all to temporary parking lots, and then days for the owners to search out the parking lot where their car ended up. The winds were so bad that the snow was blowing into closed cars. I knew someone at the time whose daughter-in-law was stuck on the side of the road, and thankfully she ended up to be okay in the end, but by the time they were able to reach her, she had passed out and was covered in snow - inside her car!
 

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I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. When I went away for college, people there told me they wouldn't want to live in California because "you don't have seasons there." (Actually, we do have seasons: a warm autumn, a wet winter, a fresh spring, and a cool summer, but whatever....)

What's so great about seasons? :confused:
 

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We finally arrived in Winnipeg at 2:00 a.m. - 4 hours late. The problem was on the Calgary end where they had to do two deicing for each plane and flights were being cancelled all over the place. We are happy to be in the 'peg!
 

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Weather warnings are down in my area. Time to get caught up on laundry as I was holding it due to expecting the dryer vent to freeze in the open position. Until it’s abnormally cold, I don’t even think of things like that.
 

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We are here for a granddaughter's 5th birthday and to look at a cottage for sale on Falcon Lake. Falcon holds many wonderful memories for us.
 

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40* and sunny..50's tomorrow and Monday. Rain Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (so far). Geez.
I was sitting at the light to exit Walgreen's and the traffic lights above me for the people across the way coming out of Meijer were plopping big fat drops on the roof. Scared me for a minute. It's a long light too.

Thursday when it got up to 12*, it felt like summer in here. Yesterday, there was ice under the 3" of snow, 25*, and it was chilly and damp in here. I hate humidity. Except to sleep - I have a bowl of water by the heating vent because I get so dry I wake up choking.
 
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We don't have to go that far back in history to the days when most people dwelling in North America had no indoor plumbing and had to make their way out in all sorts of nasty weather to take care of business. Granted they would probably put on pretty warm clothing to make it to the drafty unheated shack but most dogs have a bit of fur or a sweater to help them out too.
 

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We don't have to go that far back in history to the days when most people dwelling in North America had no indoor plumbing and had to make their way out in all sorts of nasty weather to take care of business. Granted they would probably put on pretty warm clothing to make it to the drafty unheated shack but most dogs have a bit of fur or a sweater to help them out too.
My grandparents used a chamber pot when it was cold. My little girl memory is a bit hazy, but I think they used the privy April to November. They lived on a farm in southeastern Quebec.
 

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Edmonton has missed out on the brutally cold weather they’ve been getting in Saskatchewan and Manitoba but we are catching up now. Lots of snow and -30C with a -42C windchill this morning. Winter has arrived, LOL
 

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I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. When I went away for college, people there told me they wouldn't want to live in California because "you don't have seasons there." (Actually, we do have seasons: a warm autumn, a wet winter, a fresh spring, and a cool summer, but whatever....)

What's so great about seasons? :confused:
Hear, hear! I'd rather be comfortable than not.
 

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What's so great about seasons? :confused:
It's a way to mark the passage of time and to define specific experiences. And all the seasons have their own beauty - the white of winter with its enveloping sense of comfort, the freshness and new life of spring, autumnal colors, and the warmth/vibrancy of summer.

I spent time in the tropics, where there were two seasons - wet and hot and dry and hot - and the sun set at pretty much the same time every day. I found it got boring.

I really like the time of sunrise/sunset are always changing where I live. I love the long summer nights and being able to watch the sunset on my patio at 9 pm during the days surrounding the summer solstice. I don't mind the short days of winter that are the balance, with it getting dark around 4 at the earliest. During that time of the year I just sort of go to ground.

That said, I wouldn't want to live in (relatively) northern Canada again, where I grew up - north of the 51st parallel. In the summer the sky never really went completely black. In the winter, we had the northern lights. When the seasons changed, the mists rising over the lakes were a thing of beauty. I lived in a mining town with not much to say for itself, and we'd say "well, there's always the sky".

The cold winters we had as a trade-off just weren't worth it.

And given that I've chosen to live in the Pacific Northwest, I don't have the beautiful autumnal colors that characterize the rest of the country.

But plenty of Canadians prefer the cold of winter and bright skies to the gloom that can character the PNW for days/months on end during the winter.
 

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Hope it doesn't make its way north to British Columbia. Haven't heard any weather warnings.
It did, this morning. Fortunately just a dusting, so I could get my dog to the park to play fetch. I'm having mobility issues at the moment and walking is painful (don't need to walk a whole lot to toss balls with the chuck-it), so I would have one very unhappy dog if I hadn't been able to get out. And he would have been very vocal about it too.
 

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Second day of 60* and there are still snow piles from plowing everywhere. It was sunny yesterday, cloudy today. Friday night's low is supposed to be 18* Ohio.
 

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I think we’ve hit our high today, -27C with a windchill of -32C. Daughter just took our German Shepherd to the dog park for a run - he’s going crazy being inside all the time. She says the huskies will all be there - they love this weather. -33 tonight, windchills -40 to -50.
 

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Actually, there's really nothing wrong with snow, as long as you have to drive to it. :shuffle:
Usually cold comes with snow.

Snowy landscapes are certainly beautiful, but then you have to navigate them on foot or in a vehicle, and you need to shovel the stuff too.

I prefer the rain and gloom.
 

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