Record “Arctic Outbreak” Grips Northern US

The Weather Channel reports:

Wind chills 50 to 60 degrees below zero have been recorded this weekend in North Dakota and northern Minnesota. The coldest wind chill observed so far is 58 degrees below zero in Hettinger, North Dakota, on Sunday morning.

Several daily record lows were set Sunday morning, including Huron, South Dakota (minus 27 degrees), Bangor, Maine (minus 24 degrees), Flint, Michigan (minus 11 degrees – tie) and Binghamton, New York (minus 3 degrees – tie).

The National Weather Service has posted wind chill advisories and warnings over a widespread swath from the Plains and Midwest into the mid-South and Northeast.

In parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota, wind chills as cold as minus 50 to 60 degrees at times could lead to frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

Temperatures in the eastern half of the U.S. may be the coldest to ring in any new year in at least 70 years, according to one model forecast pointed out by Dr. Brian Brettschneider, climatologist with the Western Regional Climate Center.

  • Elagabalus

    One word: Brrrrrrrrrrr!

  • bkmn

    #1 reason I moved away from MN. To all those in the deep freeze – please be safe. Dress in layers, minimize your time outside. Be careful with space heaters and call for help if you need it. Make a nice casserole (or hotdish for those in MN) and cuddle up at home.

    • bkmn

      On a side note – Conde Nast just named Minneapolis as one of their top destinations for 2018, the #4 spot. I would advise going during the warmer months, if possible.

      https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/best-places-to-travel-in-2018

      • Joe in PA

        Just for fun I’ve been perusing Zillow for condos in downtown MPLS. Kinda pricey, but I’m amazed at the number of new ones being built. I can remember when north MPLS was no mans land…now north Hennepin Ave is ritzy. πŸ™‚

        • PickyPecker

          That’s lower NE Mpls. Lots of converted warehouse spaces. Tres trendy.

        • bkmn

          I went back last summer for my nephew’s wedding and I could not believe the amount of new apartment/condos being built in and around Minneapolis in just the two years that I had been gone. It used to take forever to get all the permits for projects like that but not anymore.

        • Oh’behr in Minnesota

          North Minneapolis is still a no go area. Read Picky Pecker’s description below.

          • Joe in PA

            Wow. That’s a lot to digest. πŸ™‚ Thanks. My Grand nephew posted a pic recently of the Grain Belt Beer sign lit up again. Whohoo. πŸ™‚

      • Brian Randall

        MSP resident here. It’s about -20 right now. I moved here 2 years ago and do not regret it one single day. The drivers here are batshit crazy, but otherwise, I love it here.

        • bkmn

          I would have stayed if my body was not in such bad shape that a fall on ice in weather like this could be very bad for me. I miss MN and Minne greatly, especially some of the food scene. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend a cooking class at Kitchen in the Market in Midtown Global, especially if you can get one taught by one of the good chefs in town. It is almost always a fun time.

          • Oh’behr in Minnesota

            That is why I will move or become a snowbird. I fear falling on ice. I’m 61. I’m in okay shape and can handle it. Yet I don’t enjoy winter enough to do it any longer. Nor the slipping on ice part. I wish you the best where you are now.

          • bkmn

            We are in western Washington, outside of the Seattle/Tacoma area where home prices are not too bad and it is 42 degrees today, after 52 yesterday. Stay warm and safe Oh’behr!

      • clay

        Their CBD is built with human habi-trails for cold weather, as are a couple in Canada.

        • bkmn

          skyways

        • agcons

          Edmonton and Calgary for certain, and in Montreal you can navigate quite a large area of downtown entirely underground.

    • JeauxFan

      Yay! Hotdish! I’m in Florida (57 at the moment) but my beloved mom was a transplant from MN. I so miss her, her hotdish, her quirky expressions. My favorite was, when something unexpectedly fortuitous had happened to her, β€œI fell with my nose in the butter!” Hahaha! And instead of saying β€œicky” to express disgust, she’d say, β€œOh ish!”

      • Joe in PA

        LOL, I stopped saying “ish’ a couple of years after I left MN. What about “oh, for cat’s sake”? That was a fav of my aunt.

        • JeauxFan

          Hahaha that’s a new one for me. How about β€œHoly Buckets!” I love that one, and added β€œof blood” for extra oomph.

      • bkmn

        MN Nice translation – if someone says a dish you brought to a potluck is “interesting” it means they hate it.

      • stuckinthewoods

        Your “nose in the butter” sounds like late partner’s, “he done stepped in cream up to his knees”

      • Oh’behr in Minnesota

        I love saying Oh Ish.

  • pj

    71 in tucson today.

  • Frostbite

    #nocollusion #noglobalwarming /s

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Stress :

    The chickens still lay an egg or 2 but if you don’t get there in time, it is cracked up – frozen.
    My hose is froze ( no not that one ) so will have to use a different one to water the mares later today.
    My puppy insists on going everywhere with me, but ends up holding up her paw and refuses to move. So then I pick her 75 lb butt up and let her warm up in the pick up.
    As mentioned, it may get to 30 below here tonight.

    • Joe in PA

      I hate to up vote your comment, but you know what I mean.

      Dealing with animals is tough with this cold. Hang in there.

      • Treant

        Our two run out, pee, and race right back in.

        This is a problem when there’s a poo in there. Waiting. The last day or two, it expresses itself on the dining room floor and there’s a dog over in the den, whistling innocently.

        • Joe in PA

          With that “who me?” innocent look on his/her face. LOL.

          Ours don’t mind the cold so much as the rain, they just turn around and head back inside. πŸ™‚

          • Ninja0980

            My sister’s dog simply goes out to do her thing then runs back in ASAP.
            Made it really easy on the hubby and I in contrast to when we have to watch my parent’s dog who HAS to spend several minutes sniffing everything outside before she’ll do anything.

          • David Walker

            Think of it as her Facebook or Twitter. One must check in to see what’s going on.

          • ColdCountry

            My previous dog would go out, do her business and be back in in about 60 seconds. My currant dog has to be walked before he does anything. Even with his diarrhea, he needs time to sniff around and find the right spot. Outside, inside he just heads for the carpet in the front room, which is now closed off, or anywhere he can hide. I suppose a bright side is that the vet recommended withholding food for 24 hours, so maybe I won’t be taking him out ever 2 hours tonight.

        • Snarkaholic
          • Treant

            That’s not a bad idea…but I’m not sure if our smaller dog is…well…to be blunt…smart enough to be dual-trained.

            He’d darling, but stupid. Deeply stupid.

          • JCF

            Why is is weight-limited?

          • Snarkaholic

            Not sure.

        • ColdCountry

          My dog (60lbs) has come down with horrible diarrhea and doesn’t want to go out. I keep taking him out anyway – though I’m not sure why, as he just tries to run back in – and finding sludge puddles hidden in hard to reach places. Thank heavens for scented candles!
          Wind chill of -26 predicted tonight.

          • Treant

            Try damping the…accident…with half water and half white vinegar. It’ll not only help lift the stain, it deodorizes at the same time.

            In extreme cases, post clean-up, sprinkle baking soda on the remaining stain, then add straight white vinegar up top. The reaction will help remove the stain AND remove the remaining scent.

          • ColdCountry

            Thank you! I thought I’d tried everything, but I haven’t tried that. And as I only got half of the “lake” cleaned up yesterday, I’ll give it a go this afternoon.

          • sach2

            Thanks for the tip!

            I have a cat but when he vomits it stains the carpet, every time. Why do they make cat food so damned strongly colored? Just give him nutrition without the overwhelming staining ability.

          • Treant

            I am convinced that cat stomachs evolved to include a small pouch where they produce “Deep-Staining Red #666” just to annoy us.

          • Mow

            Believe it or not, what works for me when my little fur baby girl vomits is first wiping it up with paper towels, then using the kitchen wipes on the incident. Wipes everything up enough to be unnoticeable until the next carpet shampooing session. Try it on a hidden piece of carpet beforehand to make sure it doesn’t alter the colour of the carpet.

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          • sach2

            I have an ugly mustard colored carpet but his vomit still makes it uglier. I’ll try the kitchen wipes next time, paper towels and liquid dish soap haven’t worked every time for me (nor Resolve carpet cleaner).

            My cat was sick a few years ago and vomited every single day for about two months so I gave up on really trying to fix the problem. Every morning waking up to a mess and being worried about the cat wore me down. Ugly yellow carpet or not. Kitchen wipes are going into the mix. Thanks again for the suggestion.

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    • JT
      • JCF

        OK, we have a New Favorite GIF nominee! πŸ˜€

    • JWC

      wow I have been there and its no fun Hope you and yours and all you animal stay safe

    • Todd20036

      The trolls are out in WaPo.

      “How could there be global warming when it’s so cold out?”

      I try to tell them the difference between global climate and local weather, but Barney Frank is right – you may as well argue with the dining room table.

      • JDS

        The dining room table has much more depth of personality than the trolls on WaPo.

    • clay

      Does the dog get boots?

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        I should really try that. She would probably pull them off

    • KCMC

      Y’all be safe, keep all hands and things warm. Only lavender here. High been hit, hibernation is on.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3335e56ede7fe63a5534d27096a7d94eb0af423ec79f72f950fec321b77f723c.jpg

      • Oh’behr in Minnesota

        Ha, I love the graphic. Well, not really, yet at some time, someone thought that was appropriate to design and put in print and sell as a concept. Wow. I really dislike that graphic as it make more men later have guilt and shame.

        • KCMC

          Apologies, sir. Tumblr post made me laugh, I thought it was a retro redo.
          If for real, same 50s /60s guilt some of us survived. I enjoyed the bad boy hands-on, my favorite position.
          BTW, reared just across MN line in SD. HNY

  • PickyPecker

    We’re up to 0Β°F here!!!! WHOOO! Down to -14Β°F for tonite.

  • Treant

    Four degrees (-15 C) tonight with wind chills well under 0. We’ve delayed or canceled most of our city stuff for this evening, although fireworks will be going off as planned.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Omaha delayed their fireworks for one week.

      • Treant

        Normally, we do First Night activities in a variety of downtown locations and people walk between them. This year, many are still open, but the city’s providing shuttles where they can and recommending you stay at one celebration instead of moving around. All the open-air ones are closed, though.

        Usually it’s thirty degrees warmer for New Year’s!

  • marshlc

    I’m kinda loving this – the rest of the continent is getting Edmonton-at-its-worst temps, while we’re just having a normal mid level cold snap. Minus 27 C right now, (-17F) which is cold but not terrible.

  • another_steve

    We had an overnight low here in Central Maryland of 15 degrees.

    This here girl don’t go out in that kind of weather.

  • HZ81

    Still not as cold as my heart! Fuck you, frozen America!! Hahahahahaaaahahahahaa – (that’s my maniacal laugh)

    And happy new year, all!

  • vstill

    7Β° F tonight on the Susquehanna River in PA.

    • David Walker

      I’m not looking forward to that. I didn’t sign up for this, you know. Anyway, it’s a block to the grocery store and I know that it’s warmer now than it will be this evening, so it’s time to put on the clothing layers, gloves, and winter coat and see if I can get home before the milk freezes.

    • JCF

      Ah, the Mighty Susquehanna: a mile wide and a foot deep.

  • Ninja0980

    And this boys and girls is the exact reason the hubby and I will be staying in for New Year’s Eve tonight.
    Not going to even bother trying to go out in this crap.

    • Treant

      Throw an orgy. The man-pile will keep you warm.

      • Ninja0980

        The hubby and I will be generating some body heat tonight in between our Castle and Aerial America marathon.

    • another_steve

      Same here. There’s a bottle of bubbly in the frig, chilling. I’m planning on preparing little Nutella things to go along with it.

      Nutella is such decadence.

      • PickyPecker

        Blech! Mom used to try to get us kids to eat that stuff. The jar usually ended up getting pitched.

        • iambu

          Sacrilege!

        • another_steve

          Ohmigod you’re dissing Nutella!!??!!

          I hate you!

        • Acronym Jim

          Thank you. I didn’t try it until just last year. I bought a jar and REALLY enjoyed the taste initially. The problem was the taste didn’t go away over time. I ended up chucking the rest of the jar.

      • ChrisMorley

        Are you sure you mean Frig?
        It’s awfully rude.

        frig1
        frΙͺΙ‘/
        vulgar slang
        verb
        verb: frig; 3rd person present: frigs; past tense: frigged; past participle: frigged; gerund or present participle: frigging
        1.
        have sexual intercourse with.
        masturbate.
        noun
        noun: frig; plural noun: frigs
        1.
        an act of sexual intercourse or masturbation.
        exclamation
        exclamation: frig
        1.
        expressing anger, annoyance, or contempt.
        Origin
        late
        Middle English: of unknown origin. The original sense was β€˜move
        restlessly, wriggle’, later β€˜rub, chafe’, hence β€˜masturbate’ (late 17th
        century).

        You’ll find your Fridge is the handy chiller in the kitchen.

        • another_steve

          LMAO!

          I swear I never knew that, Chris. I’ve been spelling it “frig” all my life. πŸ™‚

          • JDS

            I’ve actually seen “Frig” used in 1950’s/60’s British literature meaning “Fridge”.

        • sfbob
          • sfbob

            There we go. My college friends and I used to listen to that one.

        • Jamie Brewer

          I still call it an ice box….

    • Frostbite

      why is _insert_deity_here_ punishing us?

      • JAKvirginia

        For laughs?

    • Scott Fitler

      New Year’s Eve is our annual β€œnervous collapse” night for our pups. Our neighbors love setting off fireworks all night long so I’ll be watching movies on the couch with three big dogs shivering on top of me.

      • David Walker

        With this weather, I wouldn’t complain. Big doggy blankets work well.

  • Joe in PA
  • JAKvirginia

    Well, maybe now the Arctic will ice up again? Nature always finds a way to balance things out, however inconvenient it may be for us.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      If it does, it will only be temporary πŸ™

    • BobSF_94117

      It’s actually warmer at the north pole.

      • canoebum

        It’s the warmth there that’s displacing the cold air southward.

        • Karl Dubhe 2

          Don’t tell anyone that’s climate change, they might get very upset.

          • canoebum

            One small silver lining from this cold spell; the prolonged cold may kill off many of the grubs of the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle, which has been devastating northern forests in recent years due to warmer winters allowing them to survive. Same thing for the deer ticks.

            http://www.emeraldashborer.info/about-eab.php

          • Karl Dubhe 2

            Maybe, if it holds long enough. I think it’s got to be cold enough for a full fortnight for some of those nasty things.

    • Longpole
      • clay

        Point Barrow is currently 20F above their normal.

  • Lakeview Bob

    Here in Palm Springs it is 8:30 am and 55 degrees and cloudy. Hate the cold but feel blessed. Still wearing shorts but no flip flops! I love it here.

    • Gustav2

      Flip flops are an abomination!

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Says who ?!?

        • Treant

          Tops, mostly.

        • Joe in PA

          Well, those high heel ones you wear are really tacky. Just saying.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            If you are watching me through the microwave, I will crank up the action!

        • Gustav2

          Soooo, you need that soft “golf clap” sound with every step?

          The most Trumpian of footwear.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            I like to give my victims a bit of warn

          • clay

            They don’t sound like that if you walk correctly. }:)

      • Ninja0980

        I concur.

      • Bambino

        How I dare you! I glide in them.

      • Lakeview Bob

        Flip flops are convenient here and very practical. I do not like them with jeans however.

        • TuuxKabin

          Try ‘FitFlops,’ like the Birkenstock of flip flops, but way attractive and add a bounce and extra support, and with tanned feet, sexy as all get out.

  • SoCalGal20

    I’m going to Disneyland today. It’s a balmy (compared to everybody else) 51 right now.

  • Bambino

    I suppose the muggers will be taking a day off. Yay!!!

  • greenmanTN
    • Joe in PA

      Oh I dunno, I’d probably hit that.

      Oh wait…

  • BlackGayVeganAtheist
    • The picture in the middle was me in Flori-duh when the temps plummeted into the 60’s. Now I’m dressing like girl on the right at work indoors…they like to keep their warehouse cool here on the upper left coast .

      • clay

        I used to volunteer in a 0F freezer for a nutritional kitchen. I’d get odd looks carrying my cold weather gear home.

  • PickyPecker
    • greenmanTN

      Swanning around again?

      • PickyPecker

        Seven swans a’swimming. πŸ™‚

        • Joe in PA

          So tomorrow, 8 lords a laying? I’m so confused.

          • David L. Caster

            10 lords a leaping.

    • JAKvirginia

      Well that’s gorgeous!

  • Lakeview Bob

    HEY DEAR JOE! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    WE ALL UNDERSTAND HOW HARD YOU WORK AND HOW MUCH EFFORT YOU PUT INTO THIS WONDERFUL JMG. WE ALL APPRECIATE IT. WE ARE LIKE A BIG FAMILY HERE.

    BUT I WAS WONDERING IF ON SUNDAY YOU COULD CREATE A POSTING (MAYBE CALL IT “OPEN SUNDAY”) SO THAT THE FAITHFUL HERE CAN POST INTERESTING LINKS AND OTHER FUN INFORMATION? LET US DO THE WORK FOR YOU. YOU DESERVE THE DAY OFF.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK?

    • JAKvirginia

      Upvote.

    • JohnJay

      I recall Joe used to do something like that now and then; like when he’d be away for the day, etc. I think it was called “Open Post” or something, and he’d say “talk amongst yourselves”.

      • Treant

        Nowadays, us pushy queens just take over any old post as “open post.”

        • Lakeview Bob

          I know. And sometimes it is hard to comb through all of the comments to find the “off topic” posts. And Open Post Sunday would make that easier.

    • whollyfool

      Yes please…..

    • clay

      Uhh, “Sunday” and “Faithful”, maybe not the right mix.

      • Man_in_the_mists

        And now I’m once again missing “This Week in Holy Crimes”.

    • TuuxKabin

      Start one for us. Joe’s never swatted us down for it unless not appropriate.

      Take it away . . .

  • BlackGayVeganAtheist
    • Treant

      Even in a garage, knock on the hood of your car before starting it. Ask me how I know.

      (Actually, it’s because field mice regularly take shelter in my garage and like to sleep in the air filter entry. Knocking on the hood tells them that there’s Big People nearby and they scatter).

    • Michael R
      • ColdCountry

        Vorpal!

      • CanuckDon

        Now how on earth could anyone take a photo with deep cuts and scratches….and good luck taking it off.

        • David L. Caster

          It amazes me how some pets are so tolerant and accommodating. Some of them just seem to get it where it comes to dealing with clothes and shoes in the bad weather.

    • AaronD12

      Checking under the hood is a great suggestion. I had one of my pets ride for about 1/2 mile under the hood of my car before I heard her meowing and stopped and got her out. Fortunately, I drive an electric car. It doesn’t have all those moving belts, fans, and hot pieces.

  • Paul Weidig

    Lucky I live Honolulu, brah! High: 82 degrees, low, 70 degrees – all week.

    • greenmanTN

      Ah, shaddup! πŸ˜‰

    • Treant

      Bite me. No, seriously, fly me in for about three months, bite me, and/or do anything else you want to me. As long as it’s warm.

    • TuuxKabin

      How nice for you. Don’t you have some ‘come on I wanna lai ya’ to be singin’? =;o)

      Happy New Year!

    • BearEyes

      bastard!
      /s

      Greetings from snowy 14F CT.

    • halfwaythere

      Me too! Although it’s been a chilly winter.

    • Guy in CA
    • Oh’behr in Minnesota

      What’s your address? Do you have houseguests right now? Are you single? Us northerners want to know! (teasing you). It’s -12*F where I am (without the windchill). I’m envious. I’d live in Hawaii if I could afford it. I haven’t been to Hawaii since the early 1980s when my brother was studying oceanography there. Yet realistically I’d live where it’s more affordable. Though I’d love the climate there. Plus being on/near the Tropic of Cancer (lots of sunshine even for us indoor types) and little time sunrise/sunset change year round. Enjoy your life there. Hugs.

  • Sam_Handwich

    there’s been much discussion among weather geeks on twitter about a possible ocean storm for the NE mid-week

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DSYCbfrU8AIy25i.jpg

    • Treant

      Yeah, I’m in that thin, light blue “meh” band where New Jersey is trying to penetrate Pennsylvania. The current forecast is “slight chance of light snow.”

    • Sam_Handwich
    • Tom Ato

      Hope Senator Collins is back in Maine for this.

    • Daveed_WOW

      Florida, Maine, Texas. It’s obvious how god feels about Republicans.

  • Boreal

    Coldest December I can remember as an adult. I remember one December with weather this cold when I was a kid.

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      Wish I could say that…

      This isn’t that far off from what it used to be, up here anyhow. But we’ve gone so long with mild winters…

      • Boreal

        We used get this weather but not usually until Jan and Feb. Although we’ve been spoiled for at least a decade.
        #climatechangechinesehoax

        • Karl Dubhe 2

          shhh, don’t tell anyone. It’ll just make them more upset than they already are.

          we’re so fucked.

  • Tom Furgas

    I am hoping that the Ali Forney Center has enough spare beds to take in a lot of homeless LGBT youth. I hate to think of those kids shivering in these arctic temps.

    • sfbob

      I’m sure they would appreciate more donations. I made one last night.

  • yes b’y
  • Duh-David

    Last night we hit zero (discomfort index -20) so when I go to the party tonight I will have to wear this etsy creation: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7c68db0d6a390a725a30509187bec5b3aa6ae620b0b76569a729b841198787d5.jpg

    Keep my face warm, but keeps me out of banks.

    • Gustav2
      • Duh-David

        Good suggestion, but if I carry a tiki torch to the party tonight they will think I’ve become a white supremacist.

        • Oh’behr in Minnesota

          I hate when the media calls them white nationalist or nationalists. They are white supremacists or white racists.

          There is nothing national (uniting) about them. As even I as a white man reject them. All white people I know reject them.

      • Oh’behr in Minnesota

        Up Helly Aa
        In Shetland Islands in Scotland. That looks like fun. I looked it up on Wiki.

        Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Up_Helly_Aa

        On Wiki they talk about the procession and the burning of the ship (galley).

    • TuuxKabin

      Fantastic! May copy you, s.v.p., if I get around to going over to etsy and there are any more available.

      • Oh’behr in Minnesota

        I found it:

        https://www.etsy.com/search?q=viking%20beard%20and%20horn

        It should be the first picture. I wish it weren’t so expensive. I’d get one to wear just for the Super Bowl. Afterwards, I don’t know what I’d do with it.

        • TuuxKabin

          Thanks! Yeah that is s bit for a seasonal thing. Tho I could wear it a lot for the warmth. Maybe. Since my birthday is soon.

    • Oh’behr in Minnesota

      That is so delightful. That would be great to have for the Super Bowl here in Minneapolis next year. Hugs, Paul in Minneapolis.

  • BlackGayVeganAtheist

    In honor of the cold… there is nothing to do but have mind blowing sex all day with my husband…

    Already completed the first round and back soon for more…

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I still get a kick out of the fact that Canada, apparently, does have any temperature registering.

    Yes, I know it’s because it’s a U.S. graph, but it’s still kind of funny too at how everything stops at the border….like, “beware, for these are the unknown lands”

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      The colours are there, not the numbers.

      I’d say it’s a good thing they don’t look at us like we are numbers. πŸ™‚

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Always keep them guessing πŸ™‚

    • Gregory In Seattle

      To paraphrase the old mariner charts: “Here there be nice people.”

    • OdieDenCO

      what and be accused of invading Canadian air space?

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Hahahahaha…true, but I suspect they’d turn back once they hit the prairies. Bone chilling -30 to -40 F in places.

    • ColdCountry

      I’m not sure we are tough enough to read those numbers.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Sure you are, at least Minnesotans and North Dakotans could.

    • Oh’behr in Minnesota

      I tease and say Canada is exporting free, cold. Now if I could bottle it up and store it for next summer as free air conditioning, I’d be set since it’s -12*F in Minneapolis. Brrrr.

  • MichaelJ

    Remember when nearly three years ago Oklahoma Senator Inhofe brought a snowball to Congress to argue that climate change and global warming are a “hoax”? I wonder if the champions of pseudo-science will now make similar claims to appeal to folks who are too ignorant to understand the difference between “weather” and “climate.”

    • Tomcat

      Of course they will. They are incapable of reasoning.

    • Aurvara

      Hasn’t Trump recently said something along the lines of, ‘We couldn’t do with some global warming now.’?

      • MichaelJ

        He sure did.

  • Canada’s chronic lack of weather continues, apparently. LOL.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      My sentiments exactly. πŸ˜€

    • Oh’behr in Minnesota

      Don’t you know that Canada doesn’t have weather. It’s never in the USA news !!! /s

      Canada doesn’t have fires, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, nothing bad. Everything is perfectly fine up there. They even manage to out do us with magnificent Aurora Borealis’. /s

      And they stole all of our loons to put on their money, dang it.

  • GanymedeRenard
  • ClevelandJim

    It’s been like this for over a week here, glad I was on vacation starting on 12/23! Only went outside on thursday to pick up prescription refills (went with a chesper insurance option this time, wanted to get refills before January 1st when my cost goes up) and vape juice. Not sticking my nose out there again until I have to go back to work on Tuesday.

    • fuzzybits

      So,no polar bear plunge in the lake? πŸ˜‰

      • ClevelandJim

        nyet, commrad fuzzy, nyet

  • Acronym Jim

    This has nothing to do with global climate change. This is the Earth giving the U.S. the cold-shoulder for not only electing a con man, but enabling him for almost a year.

    It’s 36 degrees (F) in Stockholm right now.

    • TuuxKabin

      PΓ₯ riktigt? Γ€r du i stocholom? Gott nytt Γ₯r!

      • Acronym Jim

        There are some quantum particles my browser captured from Stockholm that informed me of the temperature. I’m still in Oregon. 51 degrees on my front porch (with the thermometer in full sunlight).

      • Acronym Jim

        P.S.: And a very happy New Year to you and TwoGuysNamedJoe as well.

  • Alex in Idaho

    Just spent yesterday doing the Bruneau (ID) Christmas bird count, out in the desert. Last year it was cloudy, snowing and below zero when we started. Yesterday, the sun was out in the afternoon and it was an astounding 40 degrees! The wind was blasting away as always, though πŸ™

  • fuzzybits

    We have two kitty’s we feed outside. We found a heated cat house and they come out to eat a few nibbles and back in the cat house.

  • Gee, I wonder if the National Weather Services’ budget was cut in spite of how incredibly important it is and how there aren’t really any private companies that do what they do?

    (Kidding! Of course it was cut! Just me being a silly billy!)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7265ee498dc18a81e64226236e209859c8f0e60b60f773ef5e72fdbf62548450.jpg

  • fuzzybits

    0 degrees tonight and a high of 10 tomorrow.

  • clay

    Point Barrow is 20F above average and the west end of the Arctic Ocean (the creche for the oldest sea ice) is still undergoing melt!

  • If you’ve a green thumb you can’t beat the Bay Area for year-round gardening. On Gov zoning maps we are designated Zone 10b, a frost free area. Standard planting times are not general and we are able to plant 90% of bulbs, corms, slips, plants and seed at any time of the year. I’m seeing Spring daffodils and tulips coming to bud in my own garden and it is only Dec. 31st. This isn’t happening for other Zones until mid-Feb to early April. In my garden I know the bulbs will continue to flower through to March and by that time the garden will be filled with annuals, started in late Feb. I’ve lived here all my life and never have seen snow.

    • drbrentzenobia

      It snowed in San Francisco in 1976. As I recall Armistead Maupin might have worked it into one of the Tales of the City books, but it’s been a very long time since I reread them.

      • Michael White

        I was doing my clinical as a student nurse at the VA in SF. It was actually west of the Golden Gate Bridge and we could look and see snow. I had relocated from northern Indiana.What a sight.

      • John

        Speaking of Armistead Maupin, check your local P.B.S. station listings for January 1, Independent Lens: Armistead Maupin, The Untold Tales.

        For those in The Bay Area: http://video.kqed.org/video/3006910779/

      • I’m on Russian Hill, lived here all my life, never have seen snow – perhaps Twin Peaks, Mt. Tamalpais, but the downtown city areas generate too much heat. Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, ChinaTown, Little Italy, Japantown, Wharf as far as I know have never seen snow. It’s 55 right now and I just finished adding more compost over the daffodils and tulips I planted 3 weeks ago. All are up near a foot and will bloom last week of Jan – not April as they would elsewhere. Additional bulbs are planted so that blooms flood the area Feb through April. Late March I intersperse FoxGlove, Stock and other annuals while the bulbs replenish themselves. I could go on, the enjoyment is satisfying.

    • stevenj

      I think the plants are confused. SF recorded just 0.15 inches of rain in December. Normal is close to 5. Since July just 2.5 inches. Way behind normal again. Our spring blooming azaleas bloomed again in October. The “Christmas cactus bloomed like crazy in late September/October. Several deciduous trees in front of our building and in our yard still have leaves on them and a block full of ginkos nearby still with their yellow autumn foliage.

  • The Sentinel

    #teamkathy

  • BearEyes

    so glad we got oil delivered recently. Only took 4 days after we ran out completely on xmas. After the xmas snow (on top of the freezing rain), it took each day of salt/sand and chopping before our oil guy felt OK enough to actually deliver – despite bragging he’s 10 years in the business and knows what he’s doing. Note: our driveway is 1/10 mile downhill from the street to our seasonal stream then uphill to the house.. So yes, we can legitimately say our driveway goes uphill both ways πŸ˜‰
    In the meantime, daily rounds of going to the gas station with multiple containers to gather diesel fuel to keep the furnace running.
    I’m already ready for spring – LOL.

  • cleos_mom

    We’re no competition in Missouri for Minnesota and the Dakotas (don’t even get me started on Alaska), but cold here all the same. It’s not supposed to even rise above freezing for the next week, and single-digit & minus-zero temperatures till then. We live in an old moneypit house with high ceilings and haphazard insulation so all three sources of heat — the furnace, the kerosene heater and the electric baseboard registers — are going full blast.

    I’m generally a cold-weather person, but……

    • Ann Kah

      I lost a dozen or so trees in a tornado a few weeks ago (including one on the house), and I’m now keeping one ear open for cracking branches whenever there’s a heavy snow burden. But as a retiree I no longer have to get out and drive in it in the mornings. Winter observed out the window from a comfy chair is bearable.

  • Dayglo

    How cold is it? It’s so cold I saw a squirrel put his nuts under a radiator.

  • DoctorDJ

    The car’s been sitting in the lot at O’Hare for the past week. Will it start when we get back tomorrow?

    Fingers are crossed…

  • Lars Littlefield

    It’s finally below freezing 24/7, but I’m more concerned about the lack of snow. If the mountains don’t get at least 200 inches of snow the creek dries up in August, the well pump needs to be turned on and it’s a bit expensive to keep everything watered without being able to irrigate despite the fact I live off the grid and generate my own electricity. The vegetables and fruit and flowers will be OK because I mulch everything deeply all season long. It’s the alfalfa field and the pasture. If it dries out there isn’t enough hay and sweet marsh grass for the sheep, goats, horses and the three alpacas I’ve recently adopted. Having to buy hay is too expensive. Oh, worry me. What to do, what to do. πŸ™

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Do you have anybody who is an engineer or in the least bit handy?

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_well_(condenser)#Radiative One example in India actually produces thousands of gallons a year.

      • Gravity drip irrigation, rain catching barrels, gutter trickle watering – some good tricks. Great respect for living off-grid. Go for it.

  • Robert K Wright

    Meanwhile, here in Palm Springs we are looking at high 70’s and low 80’s for the next week…. Doesn’t bode well for summer. Last year was record setting a number of times…

    • Daveed_WOW

      Don’t take this the wrong way, but you’re dead to me.

      • Robert K Wright

        That’s okay, I’m dead to most people. I’m not very popular with the in crowd, or the out crowd to be honest…..

        • Daveed_WOW

          Sorry. Cabin fever. It is literally too cold to leave the house.

  • castaway

    Double sheet, sox on here in Central America! …or the islands anyway. No hot water. Brrrrrrrr! Shorts & tank top by day. Can’t even imagine the cold in the north Warm wishes from the Caribbean!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get out of there. Come visit. Coral reef, scuba certifications, living with the fishes! Utila, Honduras!

  • JCF

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    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ccd7d4bf30fa2dfe9fc4c0c8a6411a0fc87885fd1c1ed18c54aea4b5b5e8e2f9.gif

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  • Matt

    Was only -21 here this morning. -7 now, on our way to a toasty -2 for an afternoon high. And I’m a good 10 hour drive from the Canadian border. Knew when last winter was so mild, this winter would be a bitch.

    • OMG. Move. Come here (SF-Bay Area). Life is far too short.

  • killreligion

    I’ve been weedwacking two days in 7 degree highs with wind due to someone not brushhogging on time and it must be done annually or I lose my grandfathered right to mow in a protected zone. My brushhog won’t go through snow (and it’s put away obvious) but the weedwacker has a grass blade. I only lasted two hours each day but I’m in compliance!

    This morning was -12, bay is frozen. (About 40 miles SE of Bangor)

    It’s definitely cold. I feel bad for the animals. Cops arrested a guy in Maine with a bunch of beagles in an open garage. Death penalty for ill treatment of dogs when I’m god!