Originally Posted by walkinthewalk
Yes, I say so
It's 9:00 AM and I did chores in a sweatshirt -- it's going to top out at 52F but, the "fast freeze" as our weather folks are calling it, will hit around 6:00 PM and by 6:00 AM Monday, we will be at 9F. I don't care where the temps land, if my pastures ice up, like they did a few years back, and the horses can't break thru, they are stuck up by the barn where it's flat with minimal turn out.
After reaching a high today of 52F, Monday night's prediction for my area is 1 degree F with wind chills anywhere from -5 to -20, depending where one lives. That big of a temp swing, in such a short time, could mean colic, no matter what I do to try and keep everything "normal".
It was the "Folks in the south that aren't used to this kind of weather --- take notes from our Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Dakota, et al friends:" that I found amusing
since we're not getting any of it.
Our weather for the next week and a half (as much in the future as I have a reliable forecast of) shows one "cold" day (cold being relative). This Tuesday is suppose to only reach mid 30's and low is predicted to go as low as 17. That's not supper unusual. A day or two that drops below 20 happens and we'll probably have a few more days that the high is only in the 30's (we've already had some and even a high in the 20's is not unheard of during a Winter or two
). The only thing predictable about Winter in the South is that it's not consistent. Winter temps run from well below freezing to Springtime 70's. Sometimes within a couple of days of each other.
I have people who move here and have never lived here (so they don't know) ask me what the weather is like. Answer is simple. Brutal Summers that make you wonder why anyone settle in the region (we'll ignore that they built their houses with large shade trees and clear lanes for cooling breezes, large covered porches, windows and doors in alignment for cooling the house...and ignore that they could grow just about anything except cherries, raspberries and good apples here with a long growing season....and you can graze stock almost year round ...why would they want to live here?
). Fabulous and long Spring and Fall weather. Consistently inconsistent Winters with the first frost usually showing up between Late Nov (not often) and mid Dec. About a months worth (maybe a few days more) of actual "cold" (being relative) weather when the high temperature is below 40, but the come as random days spread haphazardly (sprinkled in) over 100 days between Nov and 1 March. Of course there are also days in the 70's and at times we might hit 80 during the same time period. The rest bounce around between 40's - 60's.
Still, we've seen highs in the 30's and lows in the teens. It's not that rare.
Now let me know if it's about to repeat one day in Jan 1985, my first Winter out of the service spent here with my father. It was in the negative teens. For the people native to down here that's beyond cold. No one expects that (probably set records for here).