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Old 12-07-2013, 06:39 PM   #16
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Up here at the tip of Lake Superior, we started Tuesday with the snow and got 18" by Thursday, nice, wet, slushy stuff. And Thursday night it dropped to 5*, and last night to -14*. Now everything is frozen SOLID. Sheesh. At least we only got a few inches of frost into the ground before the snow came. On the plus side, lots of insulation over the water/sewer lines now!

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Just rather cold around here. Gonna be that way for another week, they say. Luckily, no precipitation. Just the same, I put the snow-tires on the car this afternoon.
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We had a spat of snow last week- the tire shops went into overtime mode...looked like Wallmart on black friday
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Well the kids got to be loving that. Get them wishing now, the more they do the less likely that it will happen.

At least that was my experience growing up!
That's how I remember it too. We'd get our hopes up because of the weather mans' report and sure enough, we'd have school anyway. If I remember right, the storms usually fizzled-out over Lake Michigan. Sometimes most of the schools around us were closed though.

When I was in 9th grade, in '77/'78, we had snow days 9 Mondays in a row. That was a bad winter (good for us kids though).

I remember a few times over the years when my dad got home from working 3rd shift and he'd tell us to go back to bed because the roads were icy and he didn't want us riding on the bus. Even though there was still school.

Does anyone remember Christmas Eve of 1984 when the windchill was around -100 F? People were freezing to death when their cars stalled and they couldn't get help fast enough. It was either '84 or '85.

I remember it because my brother was driving home to Michigan from Colorado in his little Mazda and he got as far as Chicago and his engine froze-up. He was able to get it to the side of the highway.

Luckily he had brought along a lot of clothes and his sleeping bag, but he was still worried that it would be the end for him. He had no way to keep warm.

Thank God, an angel of a tow truck driver pulled over to help him. Not to tow his car away, but to get him somewhere safe. It was difficult finding a vacancy in the motels & hotels in the area because of all of the travelers needing rooms. Luckily there was one room left at one motel the guy brought him to. This was before cell phones, so he had no way of calling for help or letting us know what was happening, until he got to the motel.
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Oh my stars, I can not even imagine it being that cold. The coldest I can remember it being in Tennessee was -11F in 1949 it was really cold then, but -100F windchill is unreal.
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It was bad. I remember how terribly worried my mom and dad were.

Hmm. I'm trying to find information about it on Google and only see "1983" and "1985" mentioned and the one says the windchill was -70. So I could be wrong about the -100.

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Well....I just flew into Dallas/Ft Worth....then drove down to Red Oak (south of Dallas). Roads are pretty much sheets of ice. No big deal....actually, no issue at all.....except for the idiot drivers....either too fast or two slow...

All the that have slid off the road...I'm looking at and wondering..."How did you do that?"

They have sand on the over passes....all you have to due is drive right. Cars have ABS to compensate for the lack of driving ability...so it's pretty hard to loose control unless you just don't know how to drive.

On a positive note....I'll be nice and warm in a computer room with my laptop while the slugs freeze their buts off outside....I think I crank up the autoclave with the door open to warm the room up a bit....lets see....24 MBTU....1600 deg.....yea, I should be able to keep it above freezing....
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It was bad. I remember how terribly worried my mom and dad were.

Hmm. I'm trying to find information about it on Google and only see "1983" and "1985" mentioned and the one says the windchill was -70. So I could be wrong about the -100.

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-70 wind chill is so much warmer then -100 wind chill.

Life threatening no matter which, and glad your brother was able to be helped.

Don't remember ever having that bad of a wind chill around here. Got cold enough that on service calls after hours, we would leave our trucks run while inside fixing peoples heaters, or the truck wouldn't always start when we came back out.
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I spent a winter in Idaho back in my Navy days. Coming from FL that was quite a shock. Remember many a frigid walk coming off the bus from night shift at midnight. 3/4 mile hike at -40 degrees. Luckily we never had that low a temp with wind. The windy days, which was just about every day, were usually not much below zero. Also, we had a couple week period that the high didn't go above zero and none of our cars would start. We finally pushed one in the garage and took the battery inside the house overnight and we got it to start the next day. I don't know how you folks live up there in winter.
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Got down to about 81 yesterday and about 72 last night. Keeps this up will need long pants.
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Not fair! Being from FL myself I always tell folks up here the only proper white Christmas is on the beach.

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Woke up to 3" on the ground this morning. Off to go shovel a path or two before a some of my elderly neighbors head off to church.
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Record low temperatures on Dec 6 2013..
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-18F and -44F with a windchill now and going to be like this all week here. Not that hard to deal with if you grow up in it like I did. too soon though as it should be 0 degF. the car dealers will be swamped with dead batteries and poor starting cars. hard on the city water lines when it warms up again as the freeze thaw action in the ground bursts some 100 yr old piping. now that is a horrible way to make a living. city guys have to dig a huge hole and go down there and fix them in the cold and wet and muck.
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-18F and -44F with a windchill now and going to be like this all week here. Not that hard to deal with if you grow up in it like I did. too soon though as it should be 0 degF. the car dealers will be swamped with dead batteries and poor starting cars. hard on the city water lines when it warms up again as the freeze thaw action in the ground bursts some 100 yr old piping. now that is a horrible way to make a living. city guys have to dig a huge hole and go down there and fix them in the cold and wet and muck.
Agreed. Our local city water guys will be out there tomorrow at 6am to replace a 4 foot section of 8" main. And it's under the main highway thru town, of course. It popped 2 nights ago. Yuck.

They were at my moms house yesterday, she noticed only one gas appliance at a time would light, and her boiler not at all. Turned out the 3 days of slushy snow then -15 temps must've wreaked havoc on her meter/regulator. They were out there in the wind for 2 hrs changing it out. They didn't look like they were having fun, but wow, great attitudes on those guys. Nicest utility guys I've met in years. Amazed me that the response time was 20 minutes from phone call to "we're going to replace this meter".

About -14 here this morning again, glad I installed a block heater on our van for the wife and kids. My little old Toyota doesn't have one but she still starts like a champ in this weather.

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