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View Poll Results: What does winter mean to you?
A stable snowpack with frigid temperatures and nothing grows at all 23 29.49%
No plant growth whatsoever and snowfall is erratic and doesn't stick for more than a few days at a time 19 24.36%
A cooler season than the summer 28 35.90%
None of the above (Please Explain) 8 10.26%
Voters: 78. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 08-14-2013, 02:54 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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Winter - to me - is the season of dormant plants, fleeting snowfall, wind, dampness and darkness.

In a global perspective, however, winter is just the season that is cooler than the others. So winter in Tallahassee does exist, to them, but it's not my idea of winter.
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Old 08-14-2013, 03:12 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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For a climate to have a winter it needs to have a daily high below 10c. It doesn't need to include snow but at least a couple nights that are below zero.
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Old 08-14-2013, 03:36 AM
 
Location: Germany
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Besides the meteorological definition of winter, the word has a special meaning for me. For me, a real winter is definetely a season, in which a stable snow pack stays for at least three months (dec-feb). This can be achieved in climates, where temperatures very rarely exceed 0°C in those three months (ideal), but also in climates, where temperatures are most of the time only a few degrees below 0C, but precipitation and snowfall is so heavy that it guarantees a permanent snow pack.
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:24 AM
 
Location: Melbourne Australia
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To it seems that 15C is the magic number. Winter months with average highs under 15C feel distinctly cooler than those above.

Winter months with average highs over 15C tend to have many days around 17-19C with the occasional 20C or so, a decent amount of sunshine and an absence of cold fronts bringing strong winds and rain giving a sensation of pleasant mild conditions. Months averaging under 15 struggle to exceed 17-18C, perhaps not even reaching these temps at all, and there's more fronts with wind, cloud and rain keeping temps down adding to the cold sensation.
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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Cooler than the summer.
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:44 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Snow all the time.
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:51 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Originally Posted by deneb78 View Post
i want to get a sense of how people on this forum define winter....
* A stable snowpack with frigid temperatures and nothing grows at all
* no plant growth whatsoever and snowfall is erratic and doesn't stick for more than a few days at a time
* a cooler season than the summer
* none of the above (please explain)
Sounds like a WWF put that together. "and nothing grows at all"? A negative twist for an awesome season. lol and then again mentions "no plant growth" in another option.

I chose none of the above so I have to explain..

Winter is a season to recharge my batteries and feel alive. Cold Temps, Snowpack, Evergreens standing tall and a scenery of heaven. A season outside the warm seasons.
* Dark, Snowy, Cloudy, Cold, visible breath, beautiful landscape. Less people/kids outside

Ever realize hell is associated with yellows and reds and heaven has whites? lol
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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Frosty mornings and warm sunny afternoons
Cold SE winds
Ice halos
Lightning and thunder
Torrential rain

These are the things that define winter for me.
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Old 08-14-2013, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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Interesting. Frosty mornings and cold SE winds are things I associate with winter here, but not the rest. We do occasionally get torrential showers from unstable NW air streams, but lightning and thunder is a summer thing here.
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Old 08-14-2013, 06:05 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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Frosty mornings and warm sunny afternoons
Cold SE winds
Ice halos
Lightning and thunder
Torrential rain

These are the things that define winter for me.
Warm sunny afternoons? Maybe crisp sunny afternoons?
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