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So far, this has been the most cold and snowy winter in about 20 years. The forecast calls for one last dump of 3-6 inches of snow today, then finally, several days in a row that will get above freezing. I really hope some of this snow gets a chance to melt off - even though I have shoveled the snow off my garage roof more than once, the frame of the side door to my garage is so warped that I can barely open it.

Just as a year or two ago, the weather vocabulary word was "Derecho", this year the word/phrase is "Polar Vortex". (yes, I know it's really a detachment from the polar vortex, but any way you slice it, when the temp gets more than 40 degrees below normal, it hurts). But hey, you can tell you've adapted to the cold when a temperature in the 20's sounds warm!

Date: 2014-02-17 12:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cal-foxx.livejournal.com
Y'all southern folk have had it worse off than us northerners this year as far as snow amounts. We've had maybe 2 ft total but I'm sick of these -25 - -35 temps

Date: 2014-02-17 02:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cal-foxx.livejournal.com
Winter 78-79 comes to mind

Date: 2014-02-17 01:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zorro456.livejournal.com
Welcome to "Global Warming"

Truth is we are entering the next Ice Age.

Date: 2014-02-17 04:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] porsupah.livejournal.com
I actually rather miss Minneapolis' winters. =:) Of course, one big difference is whilst the temperatures would routinely drop to -10F or lower, there was seldom any significant wind - so it was only really once it went below -20F or so that you'd really feel it, simply from the chill from walking through it.

(And living in an apartment complex meant no worries about clearing snow, which I imagine does get old fairly quickly)

Date: 2014-02-17 05:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cloudchaser-s.livejournal.com
I'm also tired of the frozen stuff, I hope it stays away for more than a few days!

Date: 2014-02-17 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wildfox34.livejournal.com
In the almost 10 years since I moved to Indiana, this has been easily the worst winter I've dealt with here. This reminds me way too much of back when I lived in Alpena. I just noticed it started to snow here. Just when I'm expecting packages tomorrow too so I hope it doesn't delay all of them! X.x

Date: 2014-02-17 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crim-ferret.livejournal.com
This has been more of a 'normal' Winter. We've just gotten used to milder ones. I find it amusing that temperatures that would warrant a weather alert earlier in the season now don't. It's like "It's only going down to -6, you know the drill by now."

Date: 2014-02-17 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schnee.livejournal.com
But hey, you can tell you've adapted to the cold when a temperature in the 20's sounds warm!

That, or you've started using °Celsius. ;)

Jokes aside, though, wow, all that really sounds quite cold. Quite remarkable that you should have such a cold winter at the same time we're having such a mild one, too.

Date: 2014-02-18 10:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schnee.livejournal.com
Still quite cold! The coldest temperature I recall us having had here in the last few years is about -17°C (~1.4°F); I remember wearing about five layers on my body, four layers on my arms and three layers on my legs, and being nice and toasty that way, but I'd not have wanted to go out with a light jacket. I hope your guest was able to buy a better one. :)

Date: 2014-02-19 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] michel-mephit.livejournal.com
I just drove to St. Catherine, Ontario last November and bought myself a parka rated to -20°C and some thermal underwear, and some nice winter boots while I was in Montreal. I need nothing else.

Date: 2014-02-19 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schnee.livejournal.com
Thermal underwear is wonderful to have in winter. Proper boots are a must as well, of course!

Date: 2014-02-18 01:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skippyfox.livejournal.com
Out East here we must have had three times as much snow dumped on us as a normal winter would. I think we're all pretty much done with shoveling for now.

Date: 2014-02-19 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] michel-mephit.livejournal.com
This is my first winter here in New York State. So I had no preconceived notions about what to expect for winter. So when it dropped down to about -20°C here, I didn't think much of it, considering that I grew up in Quebec where this kind of weather was typical and have been in weather as cold as -36°C.

It was not until some of the long-time residents of Rochester told me otherwise that I learned that this was considered an unusually cold winter. They are amazed when I tell them that even in recent years, I've spent Christmas in Saskatchewan where daytime highs of -15°C and nighttime lows of below -30°C are the norm.

It would explain why I couldn't find any decent winter clothing at department stores here in Rochester. I had to drive across the border at Niagara Falls into Ontario to find a nice parka rated to -20°C.
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