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Title: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: Bucky on January 16, 2019, 01:17:37 PM
Hi - since this is a worldwide forum and we come from many different climates, I thought it would be interesting to learn about the weather where our members live.  Here in the U.S.A, we can have a wide range of different weather within 100 miles of where we live - than alone from coast to coast.

We're only 16 days into the new year and already Mother Nature has released her fury here in the U.S. and in other parts of the world.

It's hard to believe that the first weekend in January we were in the low 60's here in Central Illinois only to experience a foot of snow the next weekend!   :o  They are predicting more snow this coming weekend . . . oh goodie, NOT!!  We have a long driveway and nobody to plow it.  The man who used to plow it has given up his business, and we haven't found anybody else yet.  Thankfully, last weekend a friend with a Hummer made several paths up and down our drive for us, then my son and I went out and shoveled out the middle of the driveway so we could get out without dragging the underside of our vehicles.

The weather of 2018 left a lot of fires, floods, volcano activity, tornadoes, hurricanes, and blizzards here in the U.S. and earthquakes, droughts and other devastation in other parts of the world. I hope the weather in 2019 won't be as destructive and devastating.

So, what's the weather like where you live?  This will be a long-term thread so feel free to jump in at any point and talk about the weather.   8)

Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: Bucky on January 18, 2019, 11:04:41 AM
Happy Friday!!  Here in the Midwest it is the calm before the storm, we sit waiting for the latest snow storm to pass through the area late this afternoon and overnight into Saturday. 

Right now, it's not doing anything, but all that is to change within the next four-five hours just when everyone is heading home from work for the weekend.   :(

Last weekend, we got a foot of heavy snow, this weekend they are calling for 4-6" of snow. Living in snow country, 4-6" isn't a lot of snow, however, along with the snow there are going to be whiteout conditions as there will be 30 mph winds.  Ugh!

We're prepared as best we can . . . just want my boys to get home from work before all the snow starts, then we can hunker down for the weekend and stay in.

Once the storm gets done here in the Midwest, it's heading East.  This storm literally started on the West coast and will travel all across the U.S. to the East coast and out to sea.  I'm not sure if our Canadian friends to the North will be getting any of this system or not.

If you are living in an area impacted by the snow storms, stay safe and don't travel unless you have to.

What's happening where you live?

Have a safe weekend.

Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: Linda196 on January 19, 2019, 03:57:47 AM
"Canadian Friend" here, we've been told to prepare for a significant storm, but no one seems to know what! Apparently we are in the track of 4 major storms, one from each direction, and they keep shifting slightly, so we don't know exactly what to expect. Best quote I've seen so far is " Saint John is right in the middle of all the precipitation, with a whole mix of precip, starting with 20-40 cm ( 8-16 inches) of snow, changing over to ice pellets then freezing rain and probably rain". In other words, they have no idea. Temperature forecast ranges from -20 (-4F) overnight (its 7AM now and I think the lowest was -12(10F) to +4 (39.2F).

On a lighter side, a local potato chip company is cashing in! A couple of years ago they developed a line called "storm chips" which is one bag with all their best selling flavours (creamy dill, ketchup, barbeque and salt & vinegar) as a result of a facebook comment about stocking up on snacks with a storm pending. Now when we make sure we have bread, water, milk, gas and batteries(and probably beer) most Maritimers include storm ships in the list as a general name for whatever snack they like to have on hand.
Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: Bucky on January 20, 2019, 06:35:37 PM
Well, I don't think we got as much snow as they were predicting - at least not in the area where I live.  I guess up in the Chicago area (3 hrs. North of me), they had more snow, etc. which caused problems at Chicago O'Hare Airport.

I haven't ventured out all weekend, so I can only base it on what I see out our windows.  I do know it's really cold out!  Dipping down to single digits tonight with wind chill in the minus numbers.  Brrrr!

Linda - looking on the weather radar site, it did look like you were getting a big mixture of all the things you mentioned!!  Lucky you!!  NOT!  I hope it's not too bad for you.

For those of you who have never lived in snow country - you're lucky. I grew up in the snowbelt of Northeast Ohio where it was common for us to be dumped on in the winter with high snow fall totals. I'd much rather have to deal with snow than ice - ice scares me.

I've heard there is more snow to come this coming week . . . oh goodie, NOT!  Let's see, how many more days till Spring???  Eight more weeks . . . woohoo!!

Have a good week everyone - stay safe.

Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: Bucky on January 29, 2019, 10:15:27 AM
Greetings from the freezing weather in Illinois.  Boy, oh boy, is it COLD!!   Our current temperature is 9 degrees with a "real feel" of -10, with 18 mph winds at the moment.  Tonight, the actual temperature is suppose to be -22, with a "real feel" temperature of -47!!!  :o :o :o  In my lifetime, I don't EVER remember having temperatures this low. Now I've never been to Alaska, but this is how I would picture it would be living there.

Schools and businesses are closed tomorrow due to the extreme cold.  I wish my husband and son didn't have to work tomorrow, my work is closed.  At least the boys are carpooling together so that's a little less worry for me.

I know other states are dealing with these brutally cold temperatures too.  Please, please, please heed all the warnings to stay indoors if possible or if you HAVE to be outside, dress appropriately, frostbite can happen in as little as five minutes in these conditions. 

To my dear friends in Canada . . . ah hem, this cold air is coming from y'all . . . . this is one occasion where I wish you would keep the weather to yourselves!!   ;)

Stay warm everybody.  What's happening where you live?

Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: irish on January 29, 2019, 08:58:54 PM
Bucky, Enjoying your thread on the weather. I don't think the weather man is right very often but he did seem to hit the nail on the head with this storm. It came in a little later than predicted though.

Our weather started during the night ono Sunday into Monday and Monday was cold with around 8 inches snow accumulated and some wind. The wind increased last night and this morning was around 15...20 below ad wind. Tonight the wind chill is up to 40 below zero and the temp is to be below 20 tonight. This is exactly like many, many storms we weathered in the country on our acreage raising our boys. Worried so about boys driving to and from school and home from work in the dark during those storms.

The worst wind chill we had was in the winter of 83/84. It was cold a lot that winter and there were about 4 days when it got so cold that when I came out from work to start my car the tires were flat on the bottom. I drove 1/2 block to the gas station going clunk on tires square on one side. The tire pressure was 13 pounds. That was something.

That night it stormed so bad we couldn't see hubby's car parked about 25 feet from the house. The wind chills were 80 below that night and stayed around 40 below during the day. The farmers had a terrible time cause all their equipment froze and they had to feed by hand and milk by hand in areas without electricity. Out son had a friend over who lived about 4 miles from us and he didn't get home for 3 days due to weather.

I have to admit that I enjoyed those days cause I loved to hunker down during storms and make soup and "motherly" things to eat. My hubby didn't like this weather cause it took about 6 hours to plow and blow snow in our yard and driveway. I am now thankful to be hunkered down in my coop apt. that doesn't require my sons to plow me out. Weather does repeat itself I think. Irish
Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: Bucky on January 31, 2019, 07:26:43 PM
Irish - I always notice the temps in MN - you guys are usually colder there than we are in Illinois.  MN gets more snow than we do . . . not complaining here!!   ;)  Irish - I'm glad where you live now that you don't have to worry about shoveling and digging out from the snow. 

I'm so glad that I'm not a pioneer woman of years gone by and having to deal with the extreme cold we've had the last several days.  We're so thankful for heat and a roof over our heads.

Yesterday morning when I got up, the actual temperature was -20 with a real feel temp of -54!!!  Brrrrrrrrr!!!  It was still in the negative numbers here this morning and afternoon, but not AS bad. By this weekend, we're suppose to warm up to the 40's & 50's which will be like a heat wave!  I'll be glad that our driveway can thaw out a bit.

Speaking of a heat wave, I heard on the news last night about our friends "across the pond" who are experiencing extreme heat as it is their summer time in Australia right now.  I hope they get some much needed relief from the heat soon.  I will gladly send some snow to them.

I haven't heard what the predictions are for our upcoming summer here in the U.S.A. - I hope it's not super hot here and I hope there isn't the flooding, fires, and tornadoes like we experienced last year.

I hope everyone has a good weekend. 

Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: Carebear on January 31, 2019, 07:53:57 PM
Way up here in northern Alberta (western Canada) we are bracing for the freezing temperatures to reach us tomorrow.   With that, we will get around 30 cm of snow (12 inches).

Now, we are better prepared for the deep freeze than most folks, but come on!  Two weeks or longer is a bit much.

Oh well. The fridge and pantry are full.  Time for some binge watching this weekend!
Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: Bucky on February 07, 2019, 09:36:13 PM
Irish - how's your weather tonight?  I've seen news reports for MN and it doesn't look very encouraging.   :(

Today on my way into work it was 33 degrees, on the way home from work the winds were blowing at 24 mph and the temp. had dropped to 19.  Tonight, we're dropping down to single digits with below zero wind chills.  Brrrrrrr . . . spring can't get here soon enough!!  Overnight we're suppose to get between 30-50 mph winds - I believe it as the house is creaking and the wind is whipping the trees around.

I had seen on the evening news tonight that the surrounding states had blizzard like snow with blowing and drifting, ice, rain, and even some tornadoes.   :o 

I hope wherever you are living that you are warm and safe.

Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: irish on February 07, 2019, 10:18:55 PM
Well, Bucky, I got out of my nest for the first time since last Friday. I tried to go to the bank and they were closed at 2:30PM. I tried to go to the drug store and the sign on the door said closed at 2PM due to weather. There were more places closed. I called my son and asked him if it was a holiday....closed due to weather. I could to believe it. I was very blustery and around 0 degrees with some wind but it was not that bad. School had been closed today also. They missed 4 days last week.

I went out to my sons about 5 miles in country and it was fun.  Blowing snow and pin drift as we call them....small drift but pretty good driving 40 mph. I stayed an hour and then came home and it was blustery and getting worse but still not that bad but it would be worse in the dark. The temp is now 4 below and the wind is about 18 mph. I went to the grocery store and it ended up they were closing early also. People are not copping well with this weather compared to years ago.. My hubby traveled by car many states ini terrible cold, snow and wind and my 3 boys all learned how to drive and carry warm clothes, shovel, battery charger, etc and even without cell phones they would call me and tell me when they were heading home.

I bet tomorrow will have more closings and no school. Some of the reason there is no school besides safety with buses etc is that the kids these days don't know how to dress for the cold and most don't have boots. We have not had a winter like this in 20 years I think.

I hope the rest of you are staying safe and warm. The whole country is battling this cold.  My son talked to a salesman who was in the western part of MN last week and the temp was 4 above zero and he said it was pouring down rain. Strange weather. Good luck all. Irish
Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: irish on February 14, 2019, 08:24:55 PM
It wasn't supposed to storm today. So sunny this morning. About noon the wind came up and it just got steadily worse. I was out to grocery store and Walmart and the snow was blowing big time and the fast food places had drive up windows that we filling in with drifts. Also the sundog was so large today and was so pretty.

I love it when it isn't so cold and the wind is blowing and giving the sky that blustery almost foggy look. I wanted to have a snowmobile suit and go out to the farm and play in the snow. My sister told me what I really wanted was youth. Maybe........... ::) Irish
Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: Linda196 on February 15, 2019, 03:44:26 AM
 Don't we all, Irish, don't we all! Well, the physical benefits, if not the drama anyway LOL
Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: Bucky on February 22, 2019, 08:11:26 PM
I love it when it isn't so cold and the wind is blowing and giving the sky that blustery almost foggy look. I wanted to have a snowmobile suit and go out to the farm and play in the snow. My sister told me what I really wanted was youth. Maybe........... ::) Irish

LOL - things are sure different today than in my youth!  As an adult, I don't like the anxiety the ever changing weather has on me.  As a kid, you didn't worry about anything but playing in the snow, having snowball fights, building snow forts, making snow angels, etc.  As a working adult, you have to content with snowy, icy, slick roads and fellow drivers who scare me with their driving habits (driving WAAAAAY too fast for the conditions).  Power outages, falling on the ice, etc.

Irish, you seem to like the challenge of being out in the elements when others are hunkered down at home.  It must be that rural lifestyle you grew up with.

How many days until Spring??  25!!!  Can't wait!

Today, it was still chilly in the mid 30's with sunshine  8).  The sunshine helps when the weather is cold - although, it gives a false sense of warmth.  Saturday, we'll be in the 50's with rain and storms and winds up to 50-60 mph!!  Sunday, back into the 30's.  Temperatures up and down, up and down all winter long - no wonder everyone is sick!

On the news there have been so many reports of multiple car pileups (involving 40+ vehicles) due to the weather in different states.   :o

Be safe if you're in the path of snow, rain, or storms this weekend.

Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: Bucky on February 25, 2019, 06:46:41 PM
What a windy, windy, windy weekend!!!  Occasionally, you will get windy days, but this past weekend it was extremely windy for at full 24 hrs! 

There were lots of downed trees and power outages in the area, although, we did not lose power.

On the news it showed blizzard conditions, floods and tornadoes in many states.

How was the weather this weekend where you live?

Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: irish on February 25, 2019, 09:18:24 PM
In south central MN they closed the roads in some counties for 10 hour or so on Sat. and on Sunday we had please e advised to not travel from 6AM to 10AM on Monday. We had so much wind and blowing snow that there were so many cars stuck in the road and slid off into the ditch that the tow trucks had to haul out the cars so it was safe for the snow plows.

It blew until about 6 PM Sat evening...didn't snow much but mostly blowing snow. They requested [ep[;e stay at home Sunday and let the plows get the town streets cleaned up. We have so much snow ion piles. My two sons have a mess out in the country. Our place always filled in so bad and the wind does it. One drift at back of the acreage is 10 feet high I guess. That one will not be plowed...just let it melt.

I watched weather channel this morning for about 2 hours and it is not looking good for the end of this week. Could be 12 inches again. Wow!! Stay safe and warm everyone. Irish
Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: Scottietottie on February 26, 2019, 04:38:26 PM
Hi  :)

Crazy weather in the UK right now. It's like summer. warm and sunny - yet this time last year we were being blasted by the 'beast from the east' (arctic cold and high winds) I noticed blossom out on trees today that don't usually flower till April. Quite possible that the frosts will be back.

Take care - Scottie  :)
Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: irish on February 27, 2019, 05:49:03 PM
Doesn't it make you wonder if our seasons are out of whack. In MN we didn't get all the cold, snow and wind until into January and that is really late for us. Here we are going into March which had historically been our windy and snowy month. It concerned me that we will have a late spring. A late spring is really hard on the farmers cause it was wet last fall and now all this snow that may not melt away til May which makes for cold soil temperatures.

We can't worry about it and lose sleep because it will be what it will be. Good luck to all. Stay warm and safe. Irish
Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: Bucky on March 05, 2019, 02:03:32 PM
Here where I live in Central IL, March came in like a lamb - which I was thankful for.  Other states, however, experienced March come roaring in as a lion with lots of snow and whiteout conditions.

This past Sunday (3rd) saw devastating tornadoes in Alabama and Georgia claiming 23 lives so far, and there are still people unaccounted for.   :(  The videos of destruction on television are so heartbreaking.

The last few days have been cold and windy here.  Yesterday, on my way into work it was -1 degree, with a feel like of -18.  Brrrrrrr  By this Saturday, it is suppose to be 51 degrees.  Such big, big swings in the temperatures all winter long.

Thankfully, Spring is "suppose" to officially be here in 15 days!!  Can't wait, and it can't get here soon enough!!

Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: irish on March 07, 2019, 09:49:50 PM
I had not heard about the warm temps for this weekend. I just heard today that MN could get 12 inches of snow again if the storm stays far enough north. These storms just keep on coming, don't they. Sounds like the jet stream needs to go a different direction. WWe can just all pray that the tornados stay away. One of the fellow in my coop said he went for a ride today and if we get 12 inches of snow we could be in serious trouble as we are running out of places to put the snow when we plow. The snow banks are really high. Take care all. irish
Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: Bucky on March 09, 2019, 02:38:23 PM
Irish, I certainly hope you don't get another 12 inches of snow!  Wow!  Thankfully, all of our snow is gone and today we are just dealing with rain.  The winds are suppose to pick up later this evening.

On the news yesterday it showed all the snow they were getting out in the far West coast of the U.S. 

The people in the South are being hit with rain, hail, and possible tornadoes again this weekend.   :(

Take care, everyone.


P.S.  Don't forget to "spring" forward your clocks tonight for Daylight Savings Time.  I love when there is more daylight in each day!   8)
Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: Nomad on March 10, 2019, 05:04:30 AM
I?m in Central Florida. I think the weather has been strange.

Last summer was painfully hot. May through September was summer weather. July and August were brutal. Like 98-105.

Late January we had some very cold days in the thirties , or a little below...which of course is cold for Florida.

The last week or so has been pleasant.

BUT today it?s 66-87. 87! 87 is on the high side for March, I think.

 I?m actually concerned about another brutal summer. I felt sickly more than once last summer just doing simple things. One can?t drink enough water to cool down. I recall one person MUCH younger than myself told me she rarely goes out of the house June-August due to extreme heat or plans trips for morning or night. She considers it a hazard. Wow! I never thought of it this way.

Weather extremes (either way) are tough on the body.
Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: irish on March 10, 2019, 12:52:29 PM
Intolerance of heat is a problem that most people with autoimmune diseases have. I don't go out much either in the summer during the hot days. I have been this way for years and even when raising kids I would save my heavy housework for evening in the summer. After 7PM is the time that the electric companies want us to wash clothes due to such a heavy use of electricity during the day. Also, during the hours from 9AM to early evening there are a whole lot of business that are open and heavy electrical use goes on.

The cost for electricity after 7PM is cheaper they say. I don't want a black out so I hope people abide by the later hours to do things. Anyway. Sit and rest and read, do the lighter things around the house. If you keep the lights off and use just minimum of light while cooking during the day it doesn't feel as hot. Hope yoyo can make it through this coming summer. I also expect it to be hot like last year. Irish
Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: Scottietottie on March 12, 2019, 04:11:50 PM
Biting winds back in the UK - possibility of snow where I live. The wind is howling outside right now. I fear all the blossom trees that flowered early are going to suffer big time.
Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: Carolina on March 12, 2019, 06:13:56 PM
Spring is almost here in NC.  The daffodils have been blooming and most of the flowering trees, especially the Dogwood trees are in bloom.

We've had a very wet and rainy lead up to Spring, with weeks of rain and 45 degree weather, which is miserable.

But today was in the 60's, and sunny.

I hope we have good weather for our 'big move' into our Senior Living Community apartment, this weekend.  So many things to take care of.  I don't do any of the physical move, but manage all the new checks, forwarding of mail, changes of address, etc. AND planning what fits in the new apartment and where it should be placed.

We've been eating lunch or dinner every day in the elegant dining room.  And meeting our new neighbors, too.

A new adventure and Spring!

Regards, Elaine
Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: irish on March 12, 2019, 11:25:16 PM
It is hard to believe that you have had such lovely weather today, Caroline. It was so cloudy, damp and raining all day. We have so much snow here and there has been so much melting of the roadways and sidewalks, driveways, etc. The water is running and I am so concerned about the potential for flooding. Floods are so devastating. Have a good day for your move. You sound like a busy woman!!!

Scottie, Can just imagine the wind howling through the trees where you live. WE have had a lot of wind these past months. My husband always used to say that if it is windy ion the spring such as April and May, it means that it will be windy all summer. I don't like windy summer....breezy isn't bad but that wind blowing the soil around is not good. Hope your blossoms don't freeze. Irish
Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: Bucky on March 14, 2019, 02:02:41 PM
Super windy greetings from Central Illinois today.  We have 25-35 mph winds with gusts of 45-55 mph.  I bet it's more than that because it is difficult to walk in this wind.

I feel sorry for all you folks who are dealing with the Bomb Cyclone that is present right now across the U.S.  A Bomb Cyclone brings blizzard conditions, flooding, and hurricane force winds.  There's lots of snow in Colorado and states surrounding that area.  These storms are spawning tornadoes too.

I can just imagine how the insurance companies are super busy with all kinds of claims from damage to vehicles, property, homes, and businesses.

Please stay safe and seek shelter if you need to in this weather.

Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: Nomad on March 16, 2019, 01:27:00 AM
Yesterday it was 89 degrees. I didn?t realize it was getting that hot. We went to an art fair. I had to leave right away as I got instantly tired. I drank a ton of water, but it doesn?t help. As I mentioned, I?m actually a little frightened. It is depressing for me to start restricting any outdoor activity starting now in March. This will go through September.
Title: Re: Talking about the weather in 2019
Post by: irish on March 21, 2019, 11:51:01 PM
nomad, Just curious as to what type of temperatures you have had then past month. In MN when we have these cold, late winters and then go directly to the 80 degrees the change is hard on most of us. When it has been in the 40's and then jumps up to those warm temperatures we have all been used to wearing some type of a jacket and then to get warm like that our bodies don't adjust well. It is like our internal thermometer can't figure out what to do. Makes it hard to people to work and do physical exercise.

We have been in the high 30s the past couple of days and the weekend is to be some warmers. We don't want it getting so warm as the snow should not melt so fast. Nebraska is just inundated with water. Seventy percent of counties are under water in many places. The Missouri river is over its banks and Iowa is also having flooding on western border. Such weather we have all over the world. Irish