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   Posted 12/9/2009 2:10 AM (GMT -6)   
In the Northwest corner of the contiguous US it's a blustery 17 degrees as I type this. For us who are living in a marine climate that's mighty cold. Plants die, pipes freeze and the ground is hard as a rock. I do remember one year about this time when the deck steps were icy and snowy. I was stepping down them every so very carefully and the next thing I knew I was on my caboose and thought my tailbone was destroyed. shocked Nothing like giving your 'brains' a good slap once in a But the wondrous thing about the icy, dry cold weather, besides your underwear sticking to the inside of your shirt sleeve when it comes from the dryer (and you hope you spot it before someone else does), is how quiet the cold is. You can hear sounds miles and miles away that you never hear before. It's a "clean" sound outside.

We all live in micro-climates so even if the reports tell the nights and lows 'we' know what it will be where we live. We're not likely to get above freezing at our place for another 4-5 days. I just throw a few extra logs on the fire. That's my profession these days. smilewinkgrin

Let's all give a 'local' weather report and how does it differ from what we all hear on the local news.

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   Posted 12/9/2009 3:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, ask me tomorrow! Although so far the local and what's outside are matching. The wind is howling like crazy, and is supposed to for 2 days. And we had light snow today, but temps are warming overnight and tomorrow morning to the 40's, so it's supposed to rain, and THEN (lucky us) it's going to get cold very quickly and snow tomorrow night and Thursday and Friday. And stay windy for most of the whole time. That means ice, and then snow covering it and blowing all over the place. That' the forecast, and so far tonight it's spot on! I wish it was wrong!

I think it's what a lot of people around the country either have seen or will see. This seems to be a couple of big systems joining hands and skipping across all of us, having their way with the U.S. (probably Canada, too!). What I dread are power outtages as with no heat it will get COLD. And my battery on my computer is shot so if the power's out, no computer!

Ok, who else is going through this mess?



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   Posted 12/9/2009 3:55 AM (GMT -6)   
PALady I agree the ice is the major problem, north western Illinois is getting clobbered with snow right now! But east central Illinois has had nothiong but rain,but it is turning colder and Ice and sleet is in the forcast! We usually get ICE and with the ICE the power goes, it is bad enough not having the computer, and the furnace, although I can alway light the stove and the oven ( it is gas) and huddle around it for heat. A bigger problem for me if the power goes out is my sleep apnea machine and my Oxygen concentrator, I have no O2 tanks or battery back up for them! I know I need to address that problem! Last year my my soon to be "ex" was called into work because of the ICE she works at a rural Electricial Co-Op and there was lots of poower outages including us! Anyway when leaving to go to work ( our gravel driveway was coated with at least and inch or two of ice) she slid side ways and the car was completely stuck sideways in the middle of the drive way! I ended up hooking up a hose to the water heater and using the hot water from it, I melted the ICE under the wheels and melted a path down to the gravel for the wheels so she could get the car back up into the garage! There was no way she was going to be able to drive to work! That is one reason I want out of here! Everyone that lives out here has to battle the ice most all winter long! We have so much of it! By myself that is more than a bit worrisome for me this year!

Yes PALady you are not alone in this! I am right there with you!

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   Posted 12/9/2009 4:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, the power has already flipped off once, so if you all don't see me for a few days you know why! Yuck!

Stay safe and warm everyone!


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   Posted 12/9/2009 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, in KS its a whopping 11 degrees this morning as I type but....with the WC (Wind Chill) which is blowing at about 25mph, brings our temps down from that 11 degree heatwave to -7. Can we say BRRRRRRRRR!!!!! The snowstorm that you are currently experiencing hit KS yesterday. It brought over a foot of snow in the upper parts of KS and about 2 inches to my little town of Pratt.

Now the weather report yesterday stated that we were in for a horrible time. In the southeastern part of the state we were suppose to have freezing rain, which leads to ice on everything! But this too did not happen and the brunt of our storm fizzled out but it looks like it grew in strength somewhere along the way cause the north is really getting slammed.

Anyway, that be the weather from ME in KS....or at least in my little spot on this good earth.



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   Posted 12/9/2009 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Here in Ohio I'm gonna get what White Beard is experiencing soon. The wind is gonna pick up this morning with gusts over 50mph and the cold air is moving in too. Tomorrows high will be 18. Along with this they are predicting 2-4" of snow. They were predicting some freezing rain last night but that stayed north of us into Michigan which was a blessing.

I know alot of you are experiencing blizzard like conditions and I hope you are warm & safe.
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   Posted 12/9/2009 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   

Brrrrr is all I can say and feel for all of you! 

We love our weathermen and woman in Phoenix, there is always a 10% chance of rain that way if it rains their right and if it doesn't they were right again.  On Monday we had a cold (50) and rainy day, the evening brought high winds 75 mph in some area's.  The forecast for yesterday was a high of 50 with rain throughout the was SUNNY and 55, a beautiful day. 

Sending you WARM SUNNY HUGS from PHOENIX!!


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   Posted 12/9/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
If it wasn't for your summers, I would just about be tempted to move out to your part of the country! You have the Air Forces Bases, and I have been out there before, I spent an entire winter in Tucson! But your summers are so brutally hot! But in the winter your area is so tempting!

Thanks for the "WARM SUNNY HUGS from PHOENIX!!" I think!! or was that just a tease because you don't have the weather we are experiencing? smilewinkgrin I do hope you are enjoying it!

I do wish everyone well and hope their weather is everything they want it to be!

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   Posted 12/9/2009 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Here in southern California, it is boring.  We live in paradise so very little weather change.  It is COLD here right now LOL, it was 53 yesterday with a cold wind and everyone complained!  We had a hard rain all day on Monday and no one here can drive in the rain!  It was treacherous!  We have very odd weather; from about May to November we typically get zero rain.  In the Winter months we get sporadic rain and some cooler days.
The only real excitement we get would be the "santa ana" winds.  These are strange compression winds coming from the desert.  They bring dry, hot winds that bring the crazies out to start fires.  We have an intense fire season from late August until we get rain. These fires can burn for weeks through the dry grasslands.  I have had to evacuate before and have my horse evacuated (that was so awful!  He is older and I was so worried).  I know many kids get "snow days" but we have had "smoke days".  That is when the local air quality is so bad that we have the kids stay home instead of attend school. 
I want to live where there is weather someday.  I am not sure I can do snow as I have never lived in it.  I did drive in a horrible snow storm once up north (like huge white tarantulas flying at the windshield!!).  I did just fine but I don't want to manage that all of the time.  I love how it looks and don't mind cold at all.  We are planning to retire in Nevada in the high desert.  That will be all the weather change I can handle I am sure!
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   Posted 12/9/2009 9:05 AM (GMT -6) saved me a lot of typing! :) Im just a ....hop...skip...and a jump down the road from you here in KS as well! Thanks!

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   Posted 12/9/2009 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Gretchen - I'm ROFL. Never heard snow described as spiders before!!! Next time I'm driving in blowing snow (probably tomorrow!) I'll chuckle at that one.

Well, my power went out in the middle of the night, and finally got back on this morning, but I anticipate it will go back out again as the winds haven't died down any. I'm quickly reading posts and doing a brief one here before I head out to the store. It's only raining now, but tonight all that changes, but the wind stays. Joy, joy.

Patti, clean up that spare bedroom! LOL


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   Posted 12/9/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm in KS but north of Screaming and Scarred so we are seeing more snow than they are. Last night Ken measured about 7" on our deck picnic table and today he measured a 21" drift on the south side of the house. They sent school kids home from school at 1:00 yesterday and cancelled it for today. Today is sunny and as Scarred said it is a whopping 11 degrees with a windchill even in the north central part of KS.
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