Monday, January 6, 2014

On the sunny side of the polar vortex

It's cold and blustery here, but we've got nothing to complain about.



Everybody has found their place in the sun and out of the wind.



The forecast for you folks east of here is mind-boggling. I hope you (and your animals) stay safe and warm.



Hank would share his warm winter coat if he could.
Feel free to shout out your weather conditions in the comments so we can all commiserate.



George: Alan, would you mind turning around?



George: Being out of the wind is one thing, being downwind is another.

60 comments:

  1. Snow and freezing rain which flash freezed overnight. So right now Toronto Ontario is a major skating rink.

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  2. Love all your posts. I have to ask... are the skies in N.M. really THAT blue? Does the season of the year affect the "blueness"? Anything yellow, orange or red seems to really "pop" next to that sky! Beautiful.

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  3. I posted about my weather adventures over the weekend. My Polar Vortex has yielded the lowest temperature I have ever personally been out in. -8. The sheep water bucket had an inch and a half skin of ice on it. The sheep are wooly and well fed. There is plenty of heat going on in there. As for me, the Wearguard quilted get up kept me very comfortable. The air, however, did freeze my nostrils!

    Our current air temperature is 48 and foggy. The low tonight will be 6. I had no idea we lived in the Twilight Zone...

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  4. priceless photos... so sweet stay warm sweeties

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  5. Glad to see that the weather has moderated in the southwest. Saw the 5-day forecast for Southern Californina last night ... I can only dream. Hawaii looked nice also.

    It is currently 43 F (the high was at 4am -- 48F and raining). Since the rain has almost finished, it will literally be a roller-coaster plunge to 6 degrees Fah tonight with high winds creating windchills well into the negative numbers. At least there isn't any snow/ice in this county, though the precipitation may end with a dash of the frozen stuff.

    M in NC

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  6. At least someone has dry and sunny. Here in New Jersey it is 51 degrees and raining on top of the snow and freezing rain we had yesterday. The temp is going to drop as the day goes on down to 4 degrees and tomorrow a high of only 12 degrees with high winds - not good. Right now I'm just hoping the barn didn't flood! Hope your day is happy!

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  7. Just south of Nashville ....its 7 with a feels like temp of -11. The coldest weather I have ever been in. Had the wood stove burning all night long! Snow was light but rain fell first and froze ....so staying home today! Our little dog who prefers to sleep on the floor....slept on the bed with us last night.
    Lisa G in TN

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  8. It's 64 degrees right now, but is expected to plummet to 19 by tomorrow morning... tiresome.

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  9. We have warmed up here in Alberta. Still not bathing suit weather but better than yesterday at minus 30 C
    http://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/ab-50_metric_e.html

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  10. Right now we are in the low 30's, but it will be in the single digits by afternoon. Plus we have high wind warnings, here in the Finger Lakes.

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  11. The temp right now is -18 with a wind chill of -37. The predicted high for today is -10. Some days I wonder why I live in South Dakota!

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  12. Some snow here, but cold temperatures and strong winds bringing wind chills down to -25 tonight and into tomorrow. This is highly unusual for us here in east TN, and to think it was 58 yesterday!

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  13. Nine degrees in Central Ohio this morning, but the wind chill is below zero. They closed the University, so I have the day off - woohoo. Snuggling with dogs is on my agenda. Just a skim of snow - we lucked out there. Love the sunshine in your pictures, Linda!

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  14. Minus 8 degrees here this morning in northeast Kansas. Wind blowing out of the north with a windchill of minus 25 below. Brrrrr....

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  15. OMG, we have been in a deep freeze for a few days...then a quick thaw and rain last night. Temperatures are plummeting back down right now...so AM chores were just done on black ice. Schizophrenic weather here in PA! Stay warm and cozy there, ok??

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  16. 6:15 AM - 14 degrees with a bit of a wind chill factor here in Sandia Park, NM - in the mountains east of Albuquerque (ok, a hop, skip, and a jump from 7MSN to the south). And yes, Jan B., the skies are that blue in NM most everyday of the year.

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  17. A little sympathy for Wisconsinites, please. At 7:30 am our actual temp is -16 with wind chill of -34. High today is -10.

    Tomorrow doesn't look good, either.

    Pity party coming on...

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  18. Anne Boleyn1/6/14, 6:40 AM

    Weird weather here in Richmond, VA: It was 61° at 6:15 this morning! and it will be 10° before this day is done. Creepy.

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  19. We are at a balmy -22 below in Fargo, ND, but I believe our overnight low was -24. I believe the windchill is somewhere between -30 and -40. Want to switch places?
    Steph

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  20. Oh Shanna. Yikes, here in Houston at 8 am it's 28. No ice so we're OK.

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  21. In Mpls/St.Paul minus 21 right now with wind blowing creating a windchill of minus 46-55! All schools are closed. My son was awakened with the fire dept at his door at 4:30am demanding everyone to get out of the house due to a gas line breakage. They figure the ground heaved and broke the line! Thank God for paperboys who pay attention to smells. Scary stuff!

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  22. +23*, winds steady at 16mph (feels like 13*), partly cloudy.
    I've got my chickens water under a heat lamp in the coop. I had to break the ice on the water for the deer and will probably do it a few more times today. We're supposed to reach 40*, but I don't see that happening.
    Glad your crew has a warm southern wall to hide behind. :)

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  23. 20 degrees and sunny.... The whole "prepare for ice" was a bit of a flop

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  24. I hate to say it. I don't want anyone throwing snowballs at me but, here in Arizona it's 46 now and going up to 70 sunny degees. I feel everyones pain though. It's only been 2 short years since I left that weather and I remember it well.

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  25. Very very dry here in the CA Bay Area...

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  26. Currently in Kokomo, IN it is a warm and sunny -13, with a windchill of -41. Expecting to reach our high of -15 pr -16 by noon with a windchill of -45 or so. And, yes, the skies are that blue in NM. Lived there for twelve years and there are NO rivals for the blue skies and pull off the side of the road breathless sunsets/sunrises than in the Land of Enchantment. I would take some pretty snowdrift pics here if I could get out any of my doors or garage door. Dang those 4-5 foot drifts. Guess I will just gave to knit.

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  27. Currently -10* in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and we have an excess of 170 inches of snow on the ground thanks to Lake Superior. All schools are canceled due to the wind chill. I've been putting so much hay in front of the horses they can't keep up with it.

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  28. It was HOT, SUNNY and WINDY here yesterday in Southern CA. Today we are back to foggy and cool with the ever lovely Santa Ana winds. If anyone wants to send their rain and cold our way, feel free, we need it.

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  29. It's nice to know (?) that we match Michigan's Upper Peninsula at minus 10 F. Our forecast here in St. Louis is a high of minus 2. This after 10 inches of blowing snow yesterday makes for quite a chill when I went out to find the newspaper missing.

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  30. Sunny but -16, with wind chill it is -49. Staying INSIDE and being very careful with how much time the dogs are out for potty breaks. Only suppose to have 2-3 days of this bitter cold so we can do it. Helps to have lots of movies, a stocked fridge, a full jar of dog biscuits and extra bags of kitty treats.

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  31. Yesterday was unusually warm, low fifties, followed by a crash. Now one degree out there with windchill of -18. Central Kentucky.

    Sun is out. I'll stay in except to feed the birds.

    Love the pics.

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  32. A balmy 25 here is Mississippi...lots of wind but no precipitation. It did rain some yesterday before the freezing temps moved in.

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  33. Weather Underground Email Service for Detroit Lakes, MN
    NWS Forecast as of 3:40 am CST on January 6, 2014
    Wind chill warning in effect until 6 am CST Tuesday...

    Today
    Partly sunny. Highs 20 to 25 below. Northwest winds 10 to 20
    mph. Lowest wind chill readings 60 below to 65 below zero in
    the morning.

    Are we the winners?
    It feels like it!

    Cheers,

    Stella and Jo

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  34. -21 here at the border of Iowa and Minnesota, windchill is -40 to -50. It is very flat and windy here. It was -30something for the actual temp last night. I work at a community college and the campus was closed today (even though we have practically no students, just a handful finishing up Interim classes), I think out of consideration for the numerous employees who live in the country and have to drive 45min+ to get here.

    I'm not originally from this far north (I was born in L.A., dang it!) and have never experienced such low temperatures, especially not in the daytime. I was in and out of bed a couple times last night checking on things bc I'm paranoid the furnace will die or a pipe will freeze.

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  35. I cannot imagine being in that kind of cold! North of Sacramento, it is 67 degrees in the afternoons...we need rain so bad!!!! Many prayers sent to the midwest and east coast! Stay inside.

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  36. Too funny !!!

    The Pacific NW (Seattle area) has been cold with lots of fog. No snow. In the 20's to 30's and sometimes in the 40's in mid day.

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  37. It's -8 degrees here in the St. Louis area with wind chills of about -30. BUT, the sun is shining! That means a lot to me. Yesterday we had 10.4 inches of fine, dry snow that blew sideways all day. Just about everything is shut down because of the drifting snow, high winds and extreme cold. No school today, government offices are closed, some banks are closed and our newspaper delivery guy hasn't been here since Saturday. But that's okay; it could be dangerous on residential streets where plows haven't cleared the drifts. Even the main roads look bad on the news with snow drifting back onto the pavement. I'm glad to stay home and stay warm.

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  38. It's very warm 40s and raining here in Central Maine. However, it's going to freeze tonight and be very cold for next few days. The thing I'm worried about is that my electric line is very low from ice/snow storms(they haven't been able to fix because the tree limbs are frozen)and more rain means more freezing and tree breakage. Oh well, it is beautiful and we went thru worse 15 years ago when we lost power for 10 days. Thank God for wood stoves! Ann from Maine

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  39. Southside of Chicago minus 12 and my snow dog GSD will not poop! Holds his little paws up immediately. It will be a long day of continuous bundling and running out to try again...but seeing your guys warming in the sun helps! Happy New Year! Susan

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  40. Weather from Northern Mississippi may not sound as crazy as far up north, but it's astonishing to us, nonetheless! Forecasting a high of 15 degrees today and down to 7 degrees tonight!! I was born in Chicago so I understand how to stand the cold...but this is The South and 'arctic blast' shouldn't make a trip down here!

    Hope those going through the snow and frigid temps stay careful.

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  41. Well we just hit minus 0 and on our way to minus 15. Wind chill -30 to -40 maybe. No damn sunshine in Cleve, Ohio!
    Could be worse, hope we don't lose power cause my wood is outside and wet! Ha haaa I am such a dummy
    Love the blue skies and all the kids keeping warm.
    I bet Johnny is all snuggled in his toasty bed!

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  42. High Noon in Houston and they're saying it's about mid 30's in my neighborhood. Suppose to be in the low 20's tonight. Good news, 70's by Friday. You can sure tell the difference between a Pacific front and an Arctic front. Brrrrrr.

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  43. Here in western New York we have been going from 46 freaky degrees around midnight to very high winds and dropping temperatures...now 20 going down to 8 with a windchill of -30. Let's hope all of our animals are getting extra food and have shelter.

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  44. 83 and humid here in south fl

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  45. A cold and weary 66 last night on Oahu. BRRRR.

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  46. Well we had a 2-3 day short spell of below zero at night, but last week we hit 50 something and later this week it will be back up there. Best reason to move to Denver is the weather! I sure remember the weeks of below zero growing up in Mpls. Got to say I don't miss it! Hank reminds me of my pinto mare, that gorgeous mahogany color of a full winter coat, you can stick your hand in there and its so soft and warm even on the coldest day!

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  47. Stay out of the wind and keep your butt to the sun sounds like a philosophy to live by. I was wanting some pictures that just showed what was going on and here they are! Love them.

    Central Indiana. Snowed about 14 hrs steady and heavy yesterday. Looks like we have about 12 inches or more on the ground. Today is all white. White ground, white trees, white sky, but it's clear. -11 high. Weather says wind chill is -31 to -41 but I'm not going out to test it!

    I'm staying out of the wind and butt to the heater! So glad to see all of you at the 7MSN today.

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  48. How's this? 59 this morning and foggy with rain going down to 5 tonight. Will be 10 tomorrow down to 2 at night. Not figuring in wind chill.

    So far the horses and everyone have been fine. They are enjoying their hot mashes at night.

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  49. Yes, it's cold outside. I think it was minus 16 this morning BUT the sun was shinning and since the snow crunches, no one can sneak up on you. The car warms up nice so I headed out. Oh, and here in WI by the still unfrozen lake, the clouds billow so high it's like having mountains in the east!

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  50. Soooo cold... middle Georgia is 24 now, going down to 7 tonight. I've got the threatometer (thermometer, heh) next to the back door so I can see how cold it is through the window. Thank goodness for fireplace inserts.
    Laurie in coldsville georgia (aka Jackson, Ga.on beautiful frozen High Falls Lake)

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  51. 10 here this morning on the western slope of Colorado, it's 44 now about 4:30. Working the mules and rode 2 of them for about 3 hrs. As long as I'm dressed for it, I'm good to go. Thank goodness for body warmers, toe warmers and hand warmers. I think I will invest in that company. Spring IS COMING just keep looking that way.... hugs

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  52. I'm in Berea, OH, which as you know, is very close to where you used to live. Driving home from work today it was -6 out, and even colder with the wind. Tomorrow is supposed to be worse. See how smart you were to hightail it out of here?!

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  53. A predicted -15 windchill tonight in NE Joisey.

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  54. Here in Michigan we've had the snowiest and coldest weather since I moved here 24 years ago. In the past few days we've had 17 inches of snow and now the low temp of -7 but the low is expected to be -10 later tonight and then with the wind they are saying in the -30's! We were supposed to return to school today but it was cancelled and then already cancelled for tomorrow! I'm so thankful for a warm, cozy home right now!

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  55. Our thermometer reads -12 here outside of Cleveland ohio. Not sure of the temp with the wind chill. We are definitely setting records here.

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  56. Its -4 in St Johns, MI today with a wind chill of -32 and we got close to a foot of snow yesterday.

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  57. Ok, I will weather forecast for a few places....I live in High Point, NC and it is supposed to be 7 degrees here tonight with a wind chill factor of -5 or so...My sister lives up near Green Bay, Wis. and I just talked to her and she said that it was -16 with a wind chill of -37, daughter lives in Columbia, SC and it is 9 there with a wind chill of -5, and a dear friend is near Pensacola and she said that tonight was to be 5-9 degrees and a little below zero wind chill factor....Those reports are the most accurate I have for 9pm est
    So wherever you are, stay warm....
    Love from NC

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  58. White Pigeon, MI is at -10F with windchill of -30F. Blue sunny skies with lots of snow. Probably 12".
    Lynda in Michigan

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  59. I feel so horrible complaining about our warm weather here in so. cal. it just doesn't seem right that it's been in the 80s. but then i think about all those people that are freezing!!!! i cannot imagine what they must be going through... i would share our warmth if i could!!!!!

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  60. Monday morning it was -10 with a wind chill of -27 at 6 am. This Saturday is forecasted to be 55 degrees. Gotta love Kansas!!!

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