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What An Icy PITA

Freeze WarningThe deal was supposed to be that in exchange for putting up with hurricanes six months of the year we didn’t have to put up with ice and snow. Well, thanks to global climate change I will be moving plants inside, putting the tent over my Mother’s water garden, ensuring that the light bulb I use to warm the concrete slab for the feral cats is working, putting a bigger bulb in my Mother’s shed where the paint and some of her plants will be stored, and a dozen other things that are required when we have a FREEZE down here.

I know it helps to kill the fleas and the fireants, but my house is designed for cooling, not heating, and then for a twenty degree variance, not the forty to fifty degrees that will be needed tonight. We have air conditioners, not furnaces. Just a few days ago it was 82°.

Based on the temperature map I think Fallenmonk can forget about fresh picked tomatoes for Thanksgiving.

6 comments

1 hipparchia { 11.18.08 at 12:28 am }

did you remember the flashlight this time?

this is where the 101 dalmations otherwise-too-many cats come in handy.

2 Kryten42 { 11.18.08 at 12:54 am }

Yep! As I’ve mentioned before… once or twice… or… so, The weather is crazy. 😉

We had 2 days in the high 30’s (got to 36C one of the days) and very warm nights, which is unusual for us in Nov. Now it’s back to *normal* low-mid 20’s. *shrug*

Our mean temp varies here by roughly 30-35C over the year. But can vary up to 40C or more, and has (which is about a 105F variance for you). We have had years where the temp in Winter was -6C (21F) and summer was 42C (108F). Hard to cope with changes like that. I always laugh when I hear the weather here described (usually by tourists) as *mild*, I suppose compared to the equator in summer and the poles in winter, it is. LOL

3 fallenmonk { 11.18.08 at 7:11 am }

You might be right about the tomatoes. They had their sheets on last night but this morning it is about 29 or 30 (at least the bird bath has a thin layer of ice) I haven’t removed the sheets yet but I will before I head out for the morning. Right now it still looks like a Klan rally in the back yard. Tonight we’ll see if they are frost burned.

4 Bryan { 11.18.08 at 6:04 pm }

Despite the fact that the Mobile office still hasn’t issued a frost and freeze warning, all of the major weather sites predicted the drop yesterday morning, so I got to take care of the “tenting” during the daylight today. It is also a shelter for the feral cats if they want to use it.

We are looking at -3°C overnight which will give use several hours below freezing – time enough for some damage. I got everything done I needed to do, and there shouldn’t be any major problems. As soon as the wind shifts and we start to get some onshore flow it will warm up, as the Gulf is still in the 60sF.

Good luck with the tomatoes, Fallenmonk, but I suspect that you will have to utilize some green tomato recipes.

5 Frederick { 11.18.08 at 11:14 pm }

The snow is good for deer season. I’m to embroiled in school to be spending time out in the field, but my Dad and my Brother already got theirs opening weekend.

6 Bryan { 11.18.08 at 11:23 pm }

I had to listen to my little Brother complain about having to having his driveway plowed over by Rochester. The thing is when I lived in Rochester I had the clothes for this kind of weather, and lived in a duplex with a gas furnace, so it wasn’t bad.

Yeah, new snow does make it easy to track, as long as it doesn’t get too deep, and you don’t have to worry about a wounded deer hiding and dying in the brush, which is a total waste. There will be a lot of people grateful for the food a deer provides in this economy.