How's Your Weather?

rojo

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Here in Canada, weather tends to be a major issue. It affects our daily lives to such a large extent. Well, today we had our first blizzard of the winter season. 10-15 cms of snow. Needless to say, been busy shoveling...

How`s the weather where you are? I`d be curious to know how the weather is elsewhere, and how it affects folks in other places...
 

Ouled Nails

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It is the same here, rojo, at least one month late on the beginning of "real" winter. Notwithstanding the occasional shoveling, though, I think I prefer some snow on the ground to the denuded, grey, bleak landscapes of a snowless winter. Who knows though what's coming in the weeks and months ahead!
 

Frederik Magle

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Here in Denmark it has also been very strange. No frost at all (which is very unusual - I've never experienced a December without in my life), but lots of rain and stormy weather. Not like winter at all but more like typical fall...

global warming? Could be.
 

Krummhorn

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Here in the high desert of Arizona, we have dry weather, and nights below freezing, last night it was 21 deg (F). Daytime highs are about 45 degrees (F). This is typical for this area at an elevation of 2700 feet above sea level.

It does snow here rarely ... last real snowfalls were on Christmas Eve 1987, and on Easter Sunday morning in 1998. The snow is long gone shortly after lunch.
 

rojo

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I remember the winters of my childhood as being much, much colder than now. And there was much more snow as well....

Exceptionally for this winter so far though, today it was -19 C, -25 C tonight. Without the windchill factor! Brrrr!
 
In Northern Minnesota we have had unusually warmer winters as also this year, but just went through a 4 or 5 day stretch of -20's which can quickly take your breath away. Today is back to single digits above zero.
 

rojo

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I hope none of our members in Europe are having bad experiences due to the storm that hit; I heard on the news that hurricane winds have been causing destruction over there. Germany, France, the UK, the Czech Republic etc. are all having a tough time...
 

Thomas Dressler

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Well, Krummhorn, some people would tell us no. . . :) But all I can say is that here in the Pocono mountains in Pennsylvania, we usually have snow in October. By November the ground is usually covered and we don't see the ground again until about April. Usually we have two or three snowstorms of at least 15 inches. Last year I don't recall having more than 5 inches, and this year, wow. There was no snow at all until maybe last week. Right now we have the most on the ground we've had all winter--maybe 3/4 inch! It is cold, finally! But usually the temperature goes down to zero or below (degrees f) in January, and it's down in the 20s, and that's the coldest so far. I spoke with a professor of Environmental Science the other day, and joked about global warming, and she said, "Absolutely, without a doubt!"

I think this is a very important, high priority matter! Our government needs to stop this ridiculousness and get the scientists on how to solve this, ASAP before it's too late! If they spent as much money on researching this as they have on how to drill for oil and refine it, we'd have a solution!!!!
 

Krummhorn

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I think you're right, Thomas ... It's going to take more effort by government bodies to solve this matter. Al Gore has certainly done a wonderful job in getting the news out to people about this - I have not yet seen his movie, but will eventually.

Today, here in the high desert (2600') of Arizona, it was shirt sleeve and shorts weather, with rain in the forecast over the next few days.
 

Ouled Nails

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Nice moon, clear sky, normal temperature -- 14 degree Fahrenheit. About 3 inches of snow on the ground. Not particularly normal. Four years ago I ventured into the woods without snow shoes, a few miles north of the Vermont border, and sank so deep into the snow that it came up to my arm pits (and I'm over 6' in height). Believe it, or not!
 

Thomas Dressler

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I'm looking forward to seeing Al Gore's movie, as well. Haven't seen it yet. . .

Is it usually that warm in Arizona in January?

I have to admit, warm weather in winter is intriguing to me, but only in places where it is meant to be. I am now getting to the point where I get angry when I see people here in the mountains who say, "Thank heavens there's no snow. . ." I want to yell at them, "ARE YOU CRAZY????!?!?!" I've always wondered why people move here where there are, I believe, 5 ski resorts all very close, and complain about snow! I've never been to Arizona but have always wanted to see it.

Now Vermont and Maine, I have been there! But not in winter. It's gorgeous up there! I played a recital a couple years ago in Orwell, VT, and really enjoyed my stay there.
 

Ouled Nails

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Snow insulates. It actually feels comfortable when all is silent, the evergreens are covered with a thick coat of fresh snow and the world seem to have stopped, motionless. Doggie here loves it :p because he can detect every being that has gone by in the last so many hours. The landscape to him becomes an accurate map of all living activity and, if I let him go, which I can do in the right place, a snowy landscape, a quiet environment, a world inhabited by non-domesticated beings amount to his paradise.
 

Kromme

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Do you think this is related in any way to 'global warming'?
Maybe,but i blame Marduk more.It is approaching and it is going to bump into Earth and we are all going to die.Noooo!:shake::shake: :D:grin::D:grin:
Seriously yes.Probably it is because of global warming.
 

Ouled Nails

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That's a pretty scary forecast, Thomas. A less textual, more visual approach is currently being used in Canadian media. It brings the message home by displaying photos of unusual climatic conditions around the globe, such as a woman walking on the dried up bed of a river, ice covering nice, plump oranges, and uprooted trees and devastated woods on the west coast. But there's is always going to be a clash between commercial interest and environmentally sound consumer practices and, to this day, I observe more one person per car driving around Maine than people taking the bus or pooling for rides.
 

Krummhorn

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Is it usually that warm in Arizona in January?

January's average Hi is 66(F) - So I would say we have been about 10 degrees warmer than normal. Today (Tuesday) it has been raining steadily since mid-morning and expected to continue into tomorrow - It is 54 degrees today, still short-sleeve and shorts weather for me though :cool:

There are 22 days on average that the temps dip into the high teens or low 20's. Most of our annual rainfall (9" or more) occurs in our "Monsoon Season" from mid July through early September. During those months, we will be pushing 112 degrees (f) and no clouds in sight ... then around 3pm, the rains come in with a vengance (thunder and lightening dancing all around), then a heavy rainfall - the temp drops 30 degrees and the rain lasts for an hour or so, then the clouds leave, the temp rises to 112, and the humidity is so thick one can cut it with a knife :crazy: .

I guess most every place around the nation and world has it's own weather related issues tornadoes, hurricanes, monsoon rains, earthquakes, etc.

Today we rented Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth today to view at home ...
 
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Thomas Dressler

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Conspiracy Theory related to this topic

Krummhorn, did you find the movie interesting? I have to find it--they don't have it at my local video rental place.

Now here's something very weird related to all of this. I sometimes feel weird about discussing American politics on these forums because it feels a little like airing your personal dirty laundry to everyone, and also because as a regulator I try to stay away from too many issues that could be divisive. But hey, this is Krummhorn's forum! LOL :)

Anyhow, here it is. Last evening I was reading with great interest the incoming news reports on Yahoo about our Congress investigating how the administration may have influenced scientists to downplay global warming. There was one particularly damning report which came from Reuters, in which one scientist said that the person in the administration who was making these decisions was an oil executive type person. And the headline and photo of Bush were particularly damning, combined with the fact that the report was simply statements by very reputable people. Well, at one point when I checked the news last evening, this report was number one in the "Most Popular" category. And then, this is amazing, I watched it slide down to number 4 within 30 seconds, and then about a minute later it was down to number 6. This morning it is nowhere to be found and the only article about it on Yahoo is one that is much softer, pussy-footing around.

Now, either the public is completely uninterested in this topic, or there is some way that powerful people can make millions of hits on other news stories to push the damning ones out of the public eye. Either of these scenarios is a bit scary. I would not jump to any "conspiracy theories" except for the fact that I have seen this happen several times. I watched the exact same thing happen a couple times with other stories that showed Bush in a damning light over the Iraq war. I honestly watched this with my own eyes.

I wouldn't say this, but someone has to point this out. This is maybe the most important issue facing us all. Yes, the war is horrible, but geez, this issue faces every country on earth, and if something isn't done NOW a war in Iraq will seem petty. These issues need to be kept on the front burner, not manipulated!
 
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