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Old 03-05-08, 09:57 AM   #1
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For midwest cold riders:

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Icebreakers sit idle in ports. Insects crawl out of forest hideouts. Daffodils sprout up from green lawns.

Winter ended before it started in Europe's north, where record-high temperatures have people wondering whether it's a fluke or an ominous sign of a warming world.

"It's the warmest winter ever" recorded, said John Ekwall of the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute.


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Not just me. All of us in the Upper Midwest. I guess we were due for a nasty winter after having 5 or 6 consecutive mild winters.

Now, if it would only end. The 15-day forecast is showing every day at below normal temps. Friday morning it is predicted to be -8. There is a warmup supposedly coming in on the 10th, where we move into mid-30s to low-40s. Right now it doesn't look like we will have a single 50 degree day by the Spring Equinox. That is unusual.
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I feel you pain.........although from a distance. Winter has taken a strange path across the US this year and the line of advance has been just north of here. While Northern New England is imploding under snow pack, we have been on the rain/ice/sleet end of most of the storms. The days are cold, grey, wet and miserable but the snow simply hasn't amounted to much............oops where is the wood to knock on.
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The last time it got to 50 here was around November 17th. So we are approaching 4 months since then.

At least I got to Florida for a week, and will hopefully be in North Carolina next week, where it is in the 60s. That is, unless I bring a little bit of Wisconsin with me.
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Near 60 here last Monday with plenty of sunshine. No riding for me, however, too many urgent errands to run.
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Near 60 here last Monday with plenty of sunshine. No riding for me, however, too many urgent errands to run.
Sunday was a great day for riding, too. I took advantage of that one

We didn't get much snow last night but we did get ICE
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Sunday was a great day for riding, too. I took advantage of that one

We didn't get much snow last night but we did get ICE
Yeah, we had a pretty good ice storm last night. We lost power at 9:30 PM. It was out until 11:00 AM this morning. With well water and septic system pumps depending on electric power, it's kinda tricky living. I do enjoy the candlelight, though.
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Here's the view from my office when I arrived at work yesterday. Nuff said.

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Here's the view from my office when I arrived at work yesterday. Nuff said.

I didn't know you guys got that stuff down there. For a moment I thought I imagined DG riding his new Orange Crush through those woods.
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I didn't know you guys got that stuff down there. For a moment I thought I imagined DG riding his new Orange Crush through those woods.
I'd love to!
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