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Oh So Cold!

Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:27 pm

So I'm in Toronto. Had to walk to work today at 7am. 3 blocks.
Thought I was having a stroke! Coldest I've felt in a very long time.

Anybody else suffering out there?

Wish I was somewhere hot and warm. Mauritius or the Maldives  
 
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Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:35 pm

Yeah....it's only 57F / 14C out right now. What's up with that???
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Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:41 pm

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 1):
Yeah....it's only 57F / 14C out right now. What's up with that???

Lucky you. It's currently -17 here in YXU and the forecast for the night is talking about -26C. All that combined with 58% relative humidity. Awful.
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Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:42 pm

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 1):
Yeah....it's only 57F / 14C out right now. What's up with that???


  
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Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:50 pm

70 and sunny.. Why oh why do I live in this harsh temperate weather...    

but sometimes it gets unbearably hot...

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Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:53 pm

It's -12°C in MTL right now. Feels warm compared to the beginning of the week with a felt temp of -38°!
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Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:28 pm

It's supposed to be +4° F in CLT tonight. A week or so ago, it was 72° F. This is just crazy!
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Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:33 pm

An acquaintance of mine in YGK has been tweeting temperatures for the past couple of days. In return, I've been helpful and reminded him to put on a jacket   
 
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Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:08 pm

I hit a low of -9F/-23C on my car thermometer yesterday morning on the way to the gym. It's apparently going to be even colder tomorrow morning.

Yesterday was the first time I've ever felt very stiff steering from how viscous the power steering fluid became as a result of the cold.
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Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:19 pm

Yeah, 3F(-17C) west of DTW right now, -17F(-27C) tonight. Too cold to even go ice fishing for me!
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Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:01 pm

*start old man voice*

I used to have to walk to school in -30 plus windchill... uphill... both ways!

*end old man voice*

Well the -30 with windchill is true, and there was a hill...

But yes I am feeling the chill walking to/from my car in our massive parking lot... bundle up well!
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Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:10 pm

This morning's temperature in STL was 1F...wind chill I believe was between -10F to -15F. Another cold blast is coming next week.

You know, I like winter but I've had enough for this season.
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Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:47 pm

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 1):

Yeah....it's only 57F / 14C out right now. What's up with that???

You poor thing. It's 60/15 here right now. You must be freezing.
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Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:49 pm

Currently 64F/17C. I'll need a light jacket if I go out tonight. So cold  
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:28 am

Quoting Moose135 (Reply 6):
It's supposed to be +4° F in CLT tonight. A week or so ago, it was 72° F. This is just crazy!

Haha. I am convinced that, until a few days ago, there was a huge wall somewhere in Maryland.. In the northeast, it was well below freezing every day, yet it was in the 60s as far north as northern Virginia.

I was talking with some colleagues from one of our facilities near Raleigh at which I used to work and he was complaining about how cold it was the last couple days. The poor babies... Late last year, I'd still be showing up to work in a polo top while the native southerners would be bundled up like they were going to compete in the Idiatrod.
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:10 am

I'm fine here in Vegas, but I have a friend who just spent the winter working up in Barrow AK, he finally gets a break from work and heads home to Duluth, where it is -6 right now...
 
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:14 am

There is a warming aspect to this thread: our US posters are posting in metric!   
 
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:51 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 12):
You poor thing. It's 60/15 here right now. You must be freezing

It's OK, the sun came out and warmed it up over 60 by the time I had to go out for lunch.

It's a quite comfortable 63 right now at sunset.
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:03 am

Quoting bgm (Reply 16):
There is a warming aspect to this thread: our US posters are posting in metric!

For the benefit of the non-Americans.   
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:34 am

Here in Las Vegas, it was a nice 73F/23C today! Tomorrow it will be 77F/25C. Then it's back to frigid Toronto for me on Saturday  
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:54 am

It seemed a little hot for my liking today... 77F/ 25C on the ramp at HNL, well even hotter. Its so hot here...

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Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:33 am

Right now it is 5F / -15C on Long Island (NY). When it gets this cold my dad drives me crazy telling me over and over and over to run the water at night so pipes don't break. For as long as I lived here I never had a pipe break because of the cold.
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:19 am

At 0800z, SDF was 1F/-17C. Expected to get down to -4 or -5 before the sun creeps up. Not too windy, but that will change.

Average temp is somewhere in the mid-30's for this time of year.
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:51 am

Quoting dragon-wings (Reply 21):

Right now it is 5F / -15C on Long Island (NY). When it gets this cold my dad drives me crazy telling me over and over and over to run the water at night so pipes don't break. For as long as I lived here I never had a pipe break because of the cold.

Firstly, it is hard to fathom being in air that cold! Coldest for me is around -10C, and in this country, and that was painfully cold!

My question is, do you mean leave all the taps running, or dripping overnight, or just one?

Also, your cars have to be under cover right, or be covered over if they are not garaged? Do you have problems with cracked windscreens for example?

I live in and come from the coldest climates in Australia, and anti-freeze is used in cars, which I think is for down to -5C grade. Thankfully my car is garaged now, at home, and always these days at work, but I had a cover before with my previous car - like a parachute cover, for night-time. Saves throwing tepid water over it in the morning and it is so messy and doesn't always work, especially if in a hurry.

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Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:54 am

Enjoy the cold.
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:11 am

Quoting VapourTrails (Reply 23):
My question is, do you mean leave all the taps running, or dripping overnight, or just one?

I have never, not once, left a tap on. I grew up in NY and have endured sub-zero weather. I have left undersink cabinets doors open since the sinks tend to sit on exterior walls. I have shut-off my exterior taps.

To answer your question: you leave one tap dripping. All you need to let one tap drip as far from your shut-off as you can. You just need to keep the water moving.

Quoting VapourTrails (Reply 23):
Also, your cars have to be under cover right, or be covered over if they are not garaged? Do you have problems with cracked windscreens for example?

I don't garage mine. It sits out in the weather and starts every time. I do pay close attention to what my engine sounds like when I start it to gauge the battery strength, but I've found the brutal heat of summer does more damage to a battery than the cold.

I do know some folks that put an incandescent drop light in the engine compartment to keep it warm (the term being relative, of course). They use block heaters up north, but I never used one.
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:14 am

Its 37 here today. Its not cold.
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:54 am

Quoting Fr8mech (Reply 25):

To answer your question: you leave one tap dripping. All you need to let one tap drip as far from your shut-off as you can. You just need to keep the water moving.

I don't garage mine. It sits out in the weather and starts every time. I do pay close attention to what my engine sounds like when I start it to gauge the battery strength, but I've found the brutal heat of summer does more damage to a battery than the cold.

I do know some folks that put an incandescent drop light in the engine compartment to keep it warm (the term being relative, of course). They use block heaters up north, but I never used one.



Thanks, good to know about the one tap dripping, if I visit the snow. Funny thing, when I was there a few years ago, there was a dripping tap (so annoying!) and now I am thinking it was deliberate.. although this wasn't in winter.   

Oh yeah, the battery. Really - in summer?! I've never found summer does anything to a car, other than the external duco (goes for winter too). You always know when it is time for a new battery, when the weather hits freezing point it is the battery test.

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Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:58 am

The other part of the problem with the 0 F/'-25 C and far colder air temperatures in the Northeast is the wind creating 'wind chills' making it more like still air of -10 F to -30 F (-23 C to - 33 C) which means very fast rates of frostbite.
For many of low income, the costs to keep their homes warm may mean cutting spending on food or health care. The homeless are filling shelters to their limits and sadly some may end up dead.
For businesses, it is so cold many are not shopping except for batteries for cars flat lined from this severe cold. Water pipes are freezing in homes and municipal and private systems, in some cases breaking and with the cold very difficult to fix.
The Boston area is pretty much shut down between massive snowfalls and severe cold. Even Florida is seeing well below normal temps down to 50 F in Key West.
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:12 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 24):
Enjoy the cold.
Hot weather is so over-rated.

There is nothing to enjoy and hot weather isn't overrated at all.

My outer thermometer is showing -25C right now. The inner thermometer is showing +21. That's 46C difference. Quite a shock for the body when one has to leave the house. The furnace was running basically non-stop overnight. Looks like we are looking at new record high natural gas bill since we moved to this house.

Quoting Fr8mech (Reply 25):

I do know some folks that put an incandescent drop light in the engine compartment to keep it warm (the term being relative, of course). They use block heaters up north, but I never used one.

I've used them last year, for some reason didn't hook up any of the cars this year yet. Using the heater has a huge impact on the car's readiness. And of course, i use oils that don't turn into molasses in cold weather.
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:36 pm

In Germany, we had a very warm winter this year. Hardly below 0C. Nothing to talk about.
 
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:49 pm

Despite what they said in the news, it was colder on Wednesday than it was this morning. Only got down to -3F/-19C this morning.

Quoting Fr8mech (Reply 25):
I don't garage mine. It sits out in the weather and starts every time. I do pay close attention to what my engine sounds like when I start it to gauge the battery strength, but I've found the brutal heat of summer does more damage to a battery than the cold.

I do know some folks that put an incandescent drop light in the engine compartment to keep it warm (the term being relative, of course). They use block heaters up north, but I never used one.

Define "up north."

My car has started well each morning. It struggled slightly more than it would on any normal day, but I never felt it wouldn't turn over. If anything, the only inconvenience I've faced is that the shifter and steering are sluggish right at the start of the drive because the components are so cold. They warm up fairly quickly, though.

No problems with the windshield at all, and my car is always outside. That said, my rear-view mirror is broken again. I've had 4 rear-view mirrors break in the last 3 years from extreme temperatures. My rear-view mirror is not one of those ones with a little tab that you flip back and forth for day-time/night-time driving. It has a photocell that gauges the light and then sends an electric current through some fluid that dims the mirror. Three times in extreme heat and now once in extreme cold the reservoir has broken and the fluid is all over the place behind the mirror. I've got a big blob of dimmed mirror in the middle and undimmed mirror at various places elsewhere.
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:05 pm

Quoting VapourTrails (Reply 23):
Also, your cars have to be under cover right, or be covered over if they are not garaged? Do you have problems with cracked windscreens for example?

I live in and come from the coldest climates in Australia, and anti-freeze is used in cars, which I think is for down to -5C grade. Thankfully my car is garaged now, at home, and always these days at work, but I had a cover before with my previous car - like a parachute cover, for night-time. Saves throwing tepid water over it in the morning and it is so messy and doesn't always work, especially if in a hurry.

Here in Chicago people park cars on the street all year-round. Antifreeze goes down to -45F/-42C, if it only goes down to -5C...I'd question the quality, but then again that may be all they sell where you are. When I lived in Georgia we still had it down to -45F, though we would obviously never need that. I park in a garage at home just for convenience, but yesterday at work my car was outside. The only issue was until it got warmed up one of the shocks made this horrible noise going over speed bumps.

Quoting VapourTrails (Reply 27):
Oh yeah, the battery. Really - in summer?! I've never found summer does anything to a car, other than the external duco (goes for winter too). You always know when it is time for a new battery, when the weather hits freezing point it is the battery test.

Batteries often have water in them. Heat evaporates a battery's water.
 
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:12 pm

-26 in Kitchener, ON (YKF) this morning. Schools are closed for the kids. Vacation on Wednesday can't come soon enough, even if it's to not so warm Germany.
 
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:44 pm

Been pretty cold here too. Lots of days where it's been between -20-30°C with the wind chill....damn!
 
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:51 pm

I'm in Sarasota....it is SOOOOO cold....it's only supposed to get up to high 60s!!!   
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:02 pm

Quoting VapourTrails (Reply 27):
Thanks, good to know about the one tap dripping, if I visit the snow

I don't think you need to do that. I live in a house in Montreal, where winters at -20°C are standard, and I never had any problem with pipes!
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:12 pm

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 36):
I don't think you need to do that. I live in a house in Montreal, where winters at -20°C are standard, and I never had any problem with pipes!

That may depend on the house itself. If you have a house with a basement, your pipes obviously won't freeze, as the water distribution system is located in the basement which is warm. However, in many areas there are houses on footings with crawl space beneath the house. The crawl space has to have vents, so it's basically at ambient temperature. Water pipes located there may freeze even if they are well insulated. Hence the running water when it's really cold outside.
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:18 pm

82F/28C here in Bangkok.
I do miss the cold this time of year.
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:25 pm

What I need to do is get a spray bottle with de-icer in it and a squeegee. I don't like to use my windshield wipers on an icy window because the ice degrades the blades quickly. Waiting in the car for the defroster to clear the windshield is annoying. Or I just drive with a small patch cleared... Not a lot of stuff on the road out in the boonies at 5:30 am. It's usually cleared by the time I get to the industrial park nearby.

Quoting luckyone (Reply 32):
The only issue was until it got warmed up one of the shocks made this horrible noise going over speed bumps.

Same here. I usually hear it worst going over a set of railroad tracks near home. Sounds like I am ripping pieces off the car as I go over it.
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:45 pm

Unusually warm winter in here Finland, I don't remember temps hitting even -20 where I live. I bet snowy winters will be history in a couple of decades, then winters will be like in the UK but more dark.
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:03 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 38):
I do miss the cold this time of year.

I'll send you a boxful...
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:10 pm

Quoting VapourTrails (Reply 23):
Also, your cars have to be under cover right, or be covered over if they are not garaged? Do you have problems with cracked windscreens for example?

It is preferable to keep you car in a garage if you can but all of us in Canada and in the northern US have an ice scraper on hand to scrape off any ice and snow that accumulate on the car. Also I haven't had any issues starting my car but I have seen my fuel economy go in the toilet even compared to a day which is -5.

Windshields are made with two pains flexible glass with a clear gel in between and thus very flexible. The stress of the temperature is far less than a stone from a truck in front of you on the highway.

Quoting VapourTrails (Reply 23):
My question is, do you mean leave all the taps running, or dripping overnight, or just one?

Never had to do it at my house as the water services are 5-6 feet under the ground and even in this cold the frost only extends 5 feet or so. There have been some water-main bursts in older areas which in this cold would be an absolute pain to fix.
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:13 pm

Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 37):
That may depend on the house itself. If you have a house with a basement, your pipes obviously won't freeze, as the water distribution system is located in the basement which is warm. However, in many areas there are houses on footings with crawl space beneath the house. The crawl space has to have vents, so it's basically at ambient temperature. Water pipes located there may freeze even if they are well insulated. Hence the running water when it's really cold outside.

I do have a basement, so that must explain it. Thanks for the info!
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:26 pm

Some one should talk to Elsa about the deep freeze. May be she is in Boston!!!
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:47 pm

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 42):
Never had to do it at my house as the water services are 5-6 feet under the ground and even in this cold the frost only extends 5 feet or so. There have been some water-main bursts in older areas which in this cold would be an absolute pain to fix.

And you probably have a basement too. Your hook-up line won't freeze, because it has to be below freezing line and once it enters your basement it's safe.
Water mains are mostly located under streets, so these have no additional insulation from snow cover and are subject to vibration from the traffic above. I don't thing they break from the water freezing in them - it's rather ground movements due to freezing what's causing the breakage.
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:29 pm

3F/-17C several feet of snow with a 30mph wind, Ms Okie has been just starring through the window all morning.

Maybe I should get up out of my easy chair and let her in.  

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RE: Oh So Cold!

Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:47 pm

The furnaces are working here in R.I. for sure. 10 degrees F right now.
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RE: Oh So Cold!

Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:17 pm

Quoting luckyone (Reply 32):
Here in Chicago people park cars on the street all year-round. Antifreeze goes down to -45F/-42C, if it only goes down to -5C...I'd question the quality, but then again that may be all they sell where you are. When I lived in Georgia we still had it down to -45F, though we would obviously never need that. I park in a garage at home just for convenience, but yesterday at work my car was outside. The only issue was until it got warmed up one of the shocks made this horrible noise going over speed bumps

   Oh yes, you are right. The products can buy here are for protection down to -37C. The lowest recorded temperature in Australia was -23C/-9.4F so we are well and truly covered! The antifreeze products are often sold as a combination of antifreeze / anti-boil as well, with protection to +108C, that way it is a one does all year round kind of thing.
 
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RE: Oh So Cold!

Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:54 am

As I am in Minnesota, I get to yawn at this whole thread.

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