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Fairbanks sounds nice.

[Editor: The snow and freezing rain didn’t get this far East, but the latest bout of cold did. I would be happier if I joined that pile.]

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1 hipparchia { 01.24.14 at 7:13 pm }

Fairbanks sounds nice.

unless you’re a sled dog.

we had a few flakes of snow, and lots of tck tck tck of frozen rain/sleet bouncing off the windows most of the day, but no iced-over bridges. yet.

2 Bryan { 01.24.14 at 8:01 pm }

It’s a bit dryer here, to the point we have a ‘fire weather’ alert. Most people would think a fire would be a good idea right about now.

We have started to have the house fires caused by space heaters and/or overloaded house wiring which I knew would happen if this kept up.

This is definitely going to be a night-running, slow Quest. The puppies are not going to be happy.

3 Badtux { 01.24.14 at 9:52 pm }

My mother in Central Louisiana reports she has gotten about 2 inches of snow in her front and back yards…

4 Bryan { 01.24.14 at 10:12 pm }

Sounds like just enough to make things pretty, but not so much that you have to do anything about it. I liked that kind of snow when I lived up North.

I noticed that the high pressure ridge seems to have moved a bit and there are rain pockets showing in California. Not enough to do much good, but at least it may cut down on the fire danger in some areas.

5 Steve Bates { 01.25.14 at 10:06 am }

35°F and mostly sunny here today. I didn’t stay up for the low last night; when I went to bed at 2:00 A.M. it was 30°F. We saw very little precip here.

Those poor dogs…

6 Bryan { 01.25.14 at 11:47 am }

I felt some ice pellets when I was outside last night, but was more concerned about the clown who slammed into a light pole about 2:10AM causing my lights to go out momentarily.

If the power had stayed out I would have executed him on the spot, and not just because his horn was stuck on and he did nothing about that. Given the time, the chance that he wasn’t drunk was near zero. With no other cars on the road and six lanes to drive in, hitting a light pole is a rather strong clue.

If it’s really cold and a dog goes through the ice, you haul him/her out and they shake a couple of times and they are dry. At 20° and above you have to stop and start a good fire, because the undercoat will get wet. You have to dry out to continue or hypothermia will take over. That undercoat is also the reason the dogs need cold temperatures, because it’s like a down parka and just traps heat.

7 Steve Bates { 01.25.14 at 8:28 pm }

And now NWS says for Tuesday in Houston “chance snow.” I suppose “chance” must be one of the proverbial dozens of Eskimo words for a kind of snow … or better than “snow by design”?

The weirdest experience I ever had bicycling to/from work was about two decades ago. When I biked to work; there was no precipitation. It snowed while I was at work. The real challenge was when it iced over just before my bike ride home…

But really… snow?… Houstonians did NOT sign up for this!

8 Bryan { 01.25.14 at 10:31 pm }

Sounds like it’s time to get ice cleats for your shoes, and chains for the car, which, of course, no one in Houston would ever consider stocking.

The real danger on the roads is the clowns in the SUVs that think that 4WD will eliminate all of the slipping and sliding. They end up in the ditches, but they may take others with them.

9 Kryten42 { 01.26.14 at 6:30 pm }

I just got back from a shopping trip, and when I was leaving the Supermarket, I saw a guy tying up 2 Malamute’s outside in the hot sun!! They were panting so hard, I truly thought they would explode! I went back in the Store, asked for the Manager, explained, he looked and we called the RSPCA! The manager got some competition form they had, and when the guy was at the checkout, he told him he was the 100th customer that day and he had a chance of a good prize, he just had to fill in the form, which he did! 😆 I was pleasantly surprised actually, in these day’s of *Not my problem!!*. 🙂 Nice one! I had to leave, so I don’t know what happened once the RSPCA finally arrived. At least they had the guy’s details. Heh!! What kind of a f’kin moron would have Malamute’s here, in this Hades weather?! He should be shot just to stop him polluting the gene pool! He was covered in tat’s, in singlet & shorts, bearded & smoking. You know the type Bryan. 😉 I’m sure you encountered them in your LEO day’s. 🙂

It’s pretty rare that I am both truly disgusted, and pleasantly surprised by people simultaneously. It’s kinda difficult to process. *shrug*

I’ll find out from the Manager when I go there next and a few day’s or so. Should be interesting. 🙂

*sigh* There are days when I truly hate Human’s, and I wish I was back in my old job.

10 hipparchia { 01.26.14 at 8:09 pm }

today was lovely, tomorrow will be nice, but there’s anther one out there headed this way. again. I’m yotrd of it, but it would be good weather for those 2 malamutes! (although not for long enough to suit them).

11 hipparchia { 01.26.14 at 8:10 pm }

yotred = your mystery word of the day 😉

12 Bryan { 01.26.14 at 11:17 pm }

Down here leaving a pet or a child in a vehicle when it’s hot will get you in trouble and it is reported a lot. Nice to know they report it in Australia. The mouth is the only way dogs have to dispel heat, and Malamutes have evolved into nearly perfect heat trapping animals. The most you can do if you have to take them to a warm climate is to have them shaved regularly.

They are working dogs, they want to move, not sit around.

I, too, am truly tired of the constant roller coaster of this winter, Hipparchia [and no touch typist need to be a cryptanalyst to recognize a single key shift]. They are calling for a serving of ice pellets locally, just for a change.

13 Badtux { 01.27.14 at 12:12 am }

It was 75F and sunny here.

Which is the problem. It is supposed to be 55F and rainy here, this time of year.

This is going to be a dry year for the Central Valley…

14 Bryan { 01.27.14 at 12:28 am }

Alaska and the Yukon are getting your weather, Badtux, and they don’t really want it. That high pressure ridge really should have moved after a week, but it has been there for more than a month. All of our weather is coming down from the North, when it should be coming from the West.

We are freezing and you are running out of water. Our tourist economy is going down the tubes with your agriculture, and people still claim there is no problem.