Just think how much colder it would be without global warming.
Just think how much colder it would be without global warming.
I had a feeling that this year would be an old-school winter, not like we've had for the past few years. The winters in my memory were always a couple of weeks of single-digit temps in January and another one or two in February. And lots of lake-effect. That's pretty much what we've had so far this year, although maybe a little less snow than was typical back then.
There were a few winters in the 70s where I remember freezing most of the time. Then again, I was pumping gas after school, and too cool to really dress properly.
As I recall, the winter of '66 was really cold here. I'm told '59 was really cold too, but I was only 2 then, so I don't remember it. My father still complains it was so cold they had to borrow money to pay for an extra coal delivery.
If I knew it would shut him up about it, I'd have a truckload of the stuff delivered to him now. Of course, with a gas furnace, it wouldn't do a lot of good.
According to Tom Skilling chief meteorologist for wgn t.v in the Chicago tribune newspaper today
this is #7 out the top 10 worst winters ever in Chicago
I don't know but it seems like the worst to me
and I have lived here 45 miles north of Chicago for 55 years
I guess I just dont have the tolerance for it anymore
I would take some 40 degree temps and be quite happy about now
I think so, yeah, here in Southern Maryland.
In south-central Indiana, as far as I'm concerned, we've had four days of bitter cold, and one snowfall worth mentioning. Temperature wise it's actually been cold enough to kill off some insects unlike recent years, but the snow... that's not even top ten. I know people are acting like it's practically a minor ice age, but that's what we get with 24/7 news and weather that shows every snowflake.
It's been a non-winter here. Well, it did snow one time in December.
The winter of 98-99 was colder than this one..... with more snow.
We had a fiercely cold winter in the Midwest.... I think in 93-94. 23 below zero stuff.
The winter (blizzard) of '78 was awful. Everything failed... cars, power, water lines. We had 60 continuous days of freezing or colder.... and 30 days below zero.
I think it was '56 when we had several feet of snow accumulation. All cars were rear wheel drive [back then]... everyone used chains. Roads were nearly impassable. In the spring we had floods.
2 years ago it was colder with more snow. This one has been quite warm so far.
I guess winter skipped over us here in Cali, and decided to hit everyone else even worse. better luck next year :p
this is the best winter I can think of to be in the bike industry, the normal no man's land of January has turned into cycling bliss, and sales have remained strong.
I was in Iowa in 1995. Hit -40 F with a wind chill of -70 F, so no.
Do doubt this has been one of the coldest winters in recent memory here. Its more like I remembered prior to the "el nino" and "la nina" years and the good long mild winter streak after that. I can recall more snow here a few years back, but this year still has enough to hold its own. I know where I live so I expect and even welcome Old Man Winter. Just as long as he's willing to let go of his grip come spring. Sure wanted to stick around through April last year.
As far as data for Western Mass? How about weather channel records & averages for Pittsville: http://www.weather.com/weather/wxcli.../monthly/01201
This morning was my second commute of the week. I rode even though the forecast said it would be 16F. When I woke up it was actually 25F so I had to completely change my clothing plan. The wind was a little tough. Can't remember the last time I only average 10.5mph on a commute!!!
Disclosure: I don't commute, I just like to read you guys here. I wish I could commute, but that doesn't surpass the fact that I want to live in out in the country.
Ok, said that because I will mention cars, LOL. I don't have an outside thermometer in my car, but I've been hearing what everyone else is seeing. It hasn't been very many days, but everyone is stating below -20°. Wednesday, one of the guys who drives from the same area I do said it was -32° through the one section along our commute.
I can't recall temps from when I was a kid. The coldest was in 1993 when we had a period of sustained -20 to -24°.
The thing with official records and such is, it is only in specific places where the official temps are taken from. Wednesday, the low temp was -17° at the airport because that is where the news gets the temps from for this area. 20 minutes away, my coworker has a phone picture of that -32°. In the work parking lot, which is 10 minutes away from the "official" temp, everyone was stating -27°.
So, is it the coldest it's ever been in my lifetime? Officially I don't know. It is the coldest in the general area that I've been living taking into account a 30 mile radius though because I prior to Wednesday, the coldest I have ever felt in the day to day function of my life was -24 and Wednesday I experienced -32.
What is strange is, I went out to my car this morning and it was 29° above freezing. That's still cold! Yet, I didn't feel the need to start and warm up my car, I didn't put on a jacket, just went with the flannel shirt I wear in the fall and spring, and I had the window down a half inch or so driving in to work today. Just a month ago, I would have been bundled up at 27° like I was going on an adventure at the north pole. Funny how your perception of the temperatures change depending if you are coming from a spell of high temps or a spell of low temps.
This is probably the warmest (When the sun is out) and driest winter of my adult life.. it's still getting below freezing in the nights/morning and sometimes into the 70's during the day. Truly bizarre and makes it hard for commuting.. layers are your friends and a stow bag too.
Any, I won't cloud this discussion with weather history facts as some of you have insisted on doing and instead rely on my flawless memories which span not quite 50 years. ;)
This has been the coldest winter I can remember since I've started commuting by bike year round. I base than on the fact that the gear that I reserve for the coldest of days has been getting regular use this year. However, it seems to me that most of the winters since 1987 have been much milder than the ones that I experienced prior to that and this year is more like what I recall real winters being like.
For those of you that care, I think the NOAA website now provides weather history information for free for any weather station you're interested in. You used to have to pay for it.
Well im in southeast new york and will be 50 in march. Working outside for the past 32 years I can say we may
have had some really cold days but also some big temp swings. It was 40 on monday, 15 on tuesday and 35
today(friday). I can remember plenty of winters where it was cold for longer periods. Sure we've had a bunch
of single digit days but overall not a super cold winter.
This is the warmest winter in recent memory for Northern California and is on track to be one of the warmest and driest in record. Great for riding, not so great for everything else. Trust me, we'd rather have the rain and snow. And so will the rest of the country when you see what it costs for fruits and vegetables this summer.
According to my mom, the winter of '66-'67 was absolutely brutal in Chicago. I was born on May 3, 1967, when the low temp was 35. Apparently she said to my dad "I'm going back to California and taking the baby. You can come if you want." We've been here ever since.
The is the coldest winter in over a decade, but not unusual over a longer time scale. Winters have been relatively mild the past 10 years or more, so a more normal winter (like this) seems abnormally cold. I can remember winters in the 1960s, 70s and 80s that were much colder. Of course, my family lived up North (Minn and Ohio) until I was about 12, and it was certainly colder up there. However, I have lived in the Southeast (GA and NC) since the mid-1960s and we definitely had some colder winters back then. I can remember lakes freezing over with ice thick enough to walk across them -- in the Atlanta area, 60s and 70s -- and that is something that has hasn't been possible in a very long time and certainly not this winter. In the mid-1980s, the low temperature got down to near zero F when I was living in Savannah, Ga, and it hasn't even gotten that cold up in NC this winter (coldest morning so far this year is 7 F). We had a snow/sleet storm in NC during the 1980s that forced schools to close for about two weeks because it took that long for the ice to clear on the highways. The snow "storms" we've had this year so far totaled about 1" and 2-3" and roads were pretty clear by the second day.
I am going to say yes. I don't ever remember having -18° weather without windchill factored in.