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myredracer

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We've been having an usually cold and snowy winter for the 2nd year in a row when it's typically mild and rainy. So I just checked the weather forecast to see when it's going to improve and I see the big story on weather today is a weather "cyclone bomb" bearing down on the US northeast coast that will wreak havoc and bring temps colder than on Mars. That does not sound good. Don't know how cold it is on Mars, but it must be freakin' cold. Not sure how a person prepares for something like that and what to do when/if the power fails. I hope everyone does okay.

A few stories here, here and here.


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Not sure how a person prepares for something like that

Make sure there's food in the house (normal amounts, not 6 loaves of bread and 8 gallons of milk), get snow removal equipment ready, hit packy for wine, and ensure chocolate supply is adequate.

what to do when/if the power fails.

Enjoy.


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My gosh, it's always the "worst", "coldest", "most horrendous", "most dire", "most life threatening". It's winter, it gets cold. It does this most every year, and it's too bad the weather reporters can't get their heads around that.


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No, this time it's REALLY, REALLY BAD!!!! Must be, I haven't seen the weather reporters so dramatic since -- oh, I guess it was last week.

btw, 75 day, 50 night around here.


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What are people gonna do when the power is out for an extended period in that kind of extreme temp? No electric heat or furnaces either but some have natural gas fireplaces. Not many with wood heaters or other non-electric sources I would guess. It sounds like there's going to be a lot of snow too.

We just had a really bad ice storm here, worst I've ever seen. Many tall and short trees flattened & destroyed. We were lucky but thousands near us were without power for up to 4 days. We've only ever been out for around 24 hours and that was in warm-ish weather. I often think of the 2012 Winter Olympics we had here where they had to truck snow in from 100 miles away it was so warm. This was a farm near us a couple of days ago.

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fj12ryder wrote:

My gosh, it's always the "worst", "coldest", "most horrendous", "most dire", "most life threatening". It's winter, it gets cold. It does this most every year, and it's too bad the weather reporters can't get their heads around that.


Yep. it's called "winter."

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I've seen these "weather bombs" forecasted before. I have learned that to wait and see is best. Sometimes they are severe, other times we get a sprinkle of snow or a shower of rain at most.

Prepare for the worst, but expect "the best"-depending on your perspective


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Meanwhile, here on Southern Vancouver Island, we have all kinds of new growth poking out of the earth.


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At least around here in Vermont, many (though certainly not all) do have some sort of non-electric heat, be it a fireplace or wood stove or kerosene heater. I have a little kerosene heater myself, which I think would be sufficient to keep the plumbing above freezing and keep the tea kettle pumping out the hot water. It would not be a comfortable time to be without power for an extended period with this sort of cold, though.

Others can hook up their furnace to a generator somehow, hopefully in a safe and legal way.

A bigger problem for me is that my well pump doesn't work without power. I can't hook up the RV generator to it as it's a 240V pump (and the generator is only 120V).





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It may have been colder than Mars at that particular time, but overall I'll take our Earth temps. The average temp on Mars is -80℉!

"A summer day on Mars may get up to 70 degrees F (20 degrees C) near the equator, but at night the temperature can plummet to about minus 100 degrees F (minus 73 C)."

What is the Temperature of Mars?


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