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post #51 of 119 Old 01-05-2014, 10:43 AM
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littrella--It totally is. XD And there were big, giant wolves in Manhattan. O.o Don't now how that happened... xD

Anyway! Since Gator moved back to CO, I was debating whether I wanted to get him a run or a box stall... So glad I went with the box stall. It's been blizzarding (spelling?) for two days straight.

Stay warm and safe, everyone!
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post #52 of 119 Old 01-05-2014, 10:53 AM
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Isn't this what happend in the movie " the day after tomorrow" where then entire nothern hemisphere froze?? LOL

I picture a Polar Vortex like "Sharknado"... huge white polar bears with their claws slashing and their teeth gnashing and walruses and narwhals all spinning in a vortex, all coming our way.
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^ahhh sharknado!! My most favorite movie!

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post #54 of 119 Old 01-05-2014, 11:47 AM
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The Big Chill got here last night. We were 60F yesterday afternoon and now we're 17F and 1F with the windchill. Supposed to be -8F tomorrow morning in time for the kids to go to the busstop. Hoping they cancel school tomorrow.

My kids are hoping for no school as well. We're debating on keeping them home anyway. They ride the bus 8 miles each way & god forbid if the bus would break down or have the fule gel up.....

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post #55 of 119 Old 01-05-2014, 11:56 AM
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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).

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post #56 of 119 Old 01-05-2014, 12:14 PM
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For once I don't have the nerve to utter a complaint about our balmy 17 here in NW Oregon this morning.
I can't begin to imagine what a lot of you are dealing with. Dang!!!!!!!

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post #57 of 119 Old 01-05-2014, 12:56 PM
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My kids are hoping for no school as well. We're debating on keeping them home anyway. They ride the bus 8 miles each way & god forbid if the bus would break down or have the fule gel up.....
My concern is, we don't get weather like this often and thus, the stores don't carry warm clothes like they do in Nebraska, Min, Wis. You simply CAN'T get the right clothing for this kind of cold, so even layering up with just about everything you own, it's still likely to not be good enough. Boots...the kids don't wear winter boots much, their poor little feet are going to freeze, and gloves and hats and......well, you see what I'm talking about.

I order my clothes from LL Bean and get good cold winter stuff, but there's a lot of folks here who can barely feed their kids, let alone buy expensive cold weather gear. So, I hope they close the schools down tomorrow. I don't like the thought of any of the kids standing at a bus stop in this weather.
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& lets not forget about our other "fur babies" with this stupid cold weather. If their not inside, make sure they have a dry, cozy spot, out of the wind. With temps like this our local H.S. Is going around & checking on dogs left outside.
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post #59 of 119 Old 01-05-2014, 03:36 PM
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Oh well! MY 3 JRTs let me know very quickly and in no uncertain terms that it was not fit for man nor beast out this morning and they would NOT be going outside to do their beeswax. They will consent to go out in the attached garage and I may clean up after them later. ...... Yes, they are too spoiled for words. The horses are out in the barn and I'll be going out in a couple of minutes to clean stalls and lay dinner. I'm well trained.
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post #60 of 119 Old 01-05-2014, 08:06 PM
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When I went to work this morning it was only -30. I shoved as many stalls into one wheelbarrow as I could manage so I didn't have to go out as much. It actually didn't feel that bad. If you dress properly it doesn't really bother you. The part I hate most is cleaning stalls in a 60 degree barn while wearing insulated overalls. It's too much work to put all my layers on then take them off after cleaning every stall when there's 24 stalls to clean.

Weather says -50 for tonight. My horse will be in the indoor arena thankfully.
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