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Old 02-14-2015, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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With daytime highs in the mid-80's the past few days, I've had to open windows after sunset to cool the place off a bit - no point in running air conditioning in February. Sitting right here now with the window open. I know all you folks in New England and upstate New York will feel sorry for me and my extra inconvenience of opening and closing windows. (I usually have to close them again in the middle of the night or things will get a bit too chilly.)
At those certain times of the year, how to you stop the "L.A. Basin Smog" from coming in the windows, or the Wild Land Fire Smoke being blown into your area by those Santa Anna Winds?

 
Old 02-15-2015, 12:04 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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That's cute. It doesn't look like any nursing home I've ever seen though. It looks more like assisted living. When I've been in nursing homes, the people are in bed, practically unconscious or else they are propped up in chairs but they don't really know where they are.

Those lucky people were dancing and clapping their hands. They weren't wearing pjs or hospital gowns either. If only the CD clan could end up that well--in another 20 years or so.
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Old 02-15-2015, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Capital region of NY (CCcgirl and New Englanders)
I just looked at your forecast.....more snow....3 to 7" ?????????? plus the frigid temps and wind chill.
Have you all died and gone to hell? I thought it was supposed to be HOT down there.
 
Old 02-15-2015, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Capital region of NY (CCcgirl and New Englanders)
I just looked at your forecast.....more snow....3 to 7" ?????????? plus the frigid temps and wind chill.
Have you all died and gone to hell? I thought it was supposed to be HOT down there.
Um, the latest...how about up to 18" more around Boston, 8"-10" more in middle Mass., and heaven knows what in more northern areas. If you don't have to go out, to go anywhere or to clear the snow, it's OK and even pretty to look at (for those who have homes, that is). I am unable to go out in these temps, which will last all week at least, along with wind. Now I know why they drink vodka in Russia. I'm renting Dr Zhivago from Netflix, so I can see the more romantic side of it all.
 
Old 02-15-2015, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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At those certain times of the year, how to you stop the "L.A. Basin Smog" from coming in the windows, or the Wild Land Fire Smoke being blown into your area by those Santa Anna Winds?
Smog is not something I worry about in the winter months, since we don't have it during those months. If it is an especially smoggy summer day, I don't have to open the windows. There is much less smog now than there was 30 or 40 years ago anyway.

As for smoke from wildfires, ditto - one can keep the windows closed. Wildfires are not a continuous thing anyway, and the smoke does not go everywhere in the region, but goes with the wind (in that direction only). If one lives downwind from a wildfire, there will be smoke. You might be surprised at how rarely I smell smoke in the air - once every few years.
 
Old 02-15-2015, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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From the NYT this morning, for all those (northerners) who have nothing to do today. Follow the links to get to the 36 questions.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/st...-stories-below
 
Old 02-15-2015, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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I just checked out today's temps in NC, VA, KY, and northern GA ~ temps about the same as here, without the wind chill. Knoxville and Western NC somewhat better, but not what I think of as "Southern" winter temps (20s, low 30s). So if looking to the South for relocation, to avoid cold one would be looking at S. Georgia or of course FL. There is the length of winter factor, though.
 
Old 02-15-2015, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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I'm renting Dr Zhivago from Netflix, so I can see the more romantic side of it all.
If I still had a Netflix account I'd be inclined to rent Flight of the Phoenix, Laurence of Arabia, and anything else that I could find that takes place in a really HOT location. Save those winter pix for a heat wave in the summertime (if we even have such a thing again )

The heat pump is useless in these conditions. I've got a fire going as well as two big kerosene heaters and still the temp is only 59 degrees inside. Wearing my Berne insulated bib overalls to keep comfy. Just 90 steps to run out to the end of the driveway and grab the mail and the newspaper and I was miserable before I was even half way there. We won't see temps above freezing until next Saturday and now they are predicting some snow tomorrow, anywhere from 3 to 8 inches depending on which site I check.

When I went to let the dogs in the one cat who had been semi-feral when I first got her decided that she wanted out. She got about 3 feet from the door and did a fast turn around and was back inside.

Even though I kept a trickle of water running at the kitchen sink the line froze sometime between 2 and 2:20 am (I was checking it every so often and thought I had it running fast enough but obviously not). When this has happened in the past it was never for more than a few hours but since temps won't be back above freezing for nearly a week I'm afraid that it might cause big problems and think maybe I'd be smart to call a plumber, even if it will be costly. I've got a call in to a friend who is much more knowledgeable than I about such things.

I hope you are all doing OK and that the snow amounts are less than predicted in the Northeast.
 
Old 02-15-2015, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Zugor,

I'm rather flummoxed that where you are is so bad this winter. Has it been so since you've moved there? We toured your area and also NC/northern SC several years ago with an eye to relocating around there, thinking the winters would be so much milder. For ex, temps in Landrum, SC this week are decidedly not warm. As I said in a post, just above, it looks like Southern GA, FL, or the West Coast are the only places to go for consistently nice winters. Are you going to stay where you are?
 
Old 02-15-2015, 09:08 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Good morning, all......

backintheville, I hope the transition is as painless as possible for you and your folks.

negirl and in_ne, I guess being childless was part of the plan to get us out of here; yes, there will be folks we will miss dearly, but DH's kids have been here about three times in the last twenty four years, no big pangs of guilt when we bail.

Zug, see if you can rig a box fan to blow some of the heat that the kero heater is making towards that water line. PLEASE be careful with those kero heaters inside.

We only got about four inches of snow, hard to tell with all the blowing wind.

It's not that bad out now, it's 10F with light wind and sunny, tolerable enough to get the horses out for a few hours to get water.

The gloom and doom report, er, weather report, is for wind chills to -50F.. I call BS.

I'm going to cook up a storm (pun intended) today so we have vittles in case the power goes out.

Hunker in and stay warm and safe, all.

ER, I'm sure we'd all be willing to open and close all of your windows for you

We are chuckling at all of the folks at Daytona Speedway in parkas and puffy coats, 46F LMAO!
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