Since I wrote my last thread, I think about four hours ago, we got at least six inches of snow. I just got home from working the midnight shift. A co-worker gave me a ride home. She was carfree until about a month or two ago. Now she has one of those small crossover SUVs. She has lived in Michigan all her life, but never drove in snow until this winter. She was a little apprehensive about the drive, and frankly so was I. But it's just a couple blocks (for me) and it went well. I hope she makes it home safely too.
Looks like the same old weather here :) - Attachment 358220
As I recall from the training I received in Junior High, it is not cold unless your spit freezes BEFORE it hits the ground.
We are looking for a high temp of -14F for the next 48 hours, with wind chills in the -50sF ....... Gotta remember my warm gloves.................
I live in michigan it is expected to fall a couple degrees below zero, I didnt run out and buy anything lol. I already have long johns lol.
The people who will really hurt are those who rely on cars for transportation. We now have a snow emergency in effect in Lansing, making it illegal to drive a car until Tuesday, except for emergencies. It's the first time we've had one of those in years. And we just got over a Christmas ice storm that left half the city without power for a week.
Everybody check to make sure your neighbors are ok, especially the elderly and those with kids. My grandson helped a neighbor shovel, and my son pushed some guy's truck down the block.
My city was supposed to miss the big part of this because it was on the edge of the system. Apparently the forecasters got it wrong again. Today the temperature was about one or two degrees this afternoon. Now it is minus five at 7:40 P.M. and the overnight low is supposed to be minus 19. Yesterday they said that the temperature on Monday would be 33. Now they've got it at just 16. I didn't go to the grocery store on Saturday because the temperature was about 15 and Monday was supposed to be warm. Now I'll have to wait another day or two. I can do it but I'll really miss having all of my favorite foods handy. I don't store a lot of stuff due to not being able to carry a ton of stuff on my bicycle. The only good thing about this is that Montana is prepared for such temperatures and they aren't that unusual.
This past week it was minus 25 Celsius ( -14 F ). The ice storm we had 2 weeks ago around christmass time did a lot of damage and thousand of people were left without power for many days. Studded tires are a must have item, and I wouldn't want to ride without them.
Well, it forgot to snow here, but we should have a high of 19 tomorrow. Nipping cold, but nothing to stop schools or businesses. I should get out a little just to test my cold weather gear.
I will be building up a recumbent trike in the spring and it will be set up for winter and off road adventuring... have been enjoying my newly built fixed gear Raleigh a great deal and my Extrabike is still about as good an all round winter bike as I have ever owned.
My city is not carfree yet. The mayor and sheriff banned non-essential driving, but I see quite a few cars out there. My DIL was getting ready to drive to the store for milk and dish soap, but I stopped her. I said I would walk to the nearby RiteAid instead.
Somehow I feel it's safer to walk than drive in this weather, with the snow and very cold winds. Most people think I'm crazy, but there you have it. I could just picture her stranded in the car, waiting hours for the over extended tow truck service to get around to her. At least when walking, I'm not at the mercy of a machine.
The things that have been a great help for winter walking have been Yak Trax and Katoolah mini spikes. The minispikes are great when everything is coated with thick ice. They are like little crampons. Ski poles or trekking poles are also a great help.
this article, it is also formed at warmer temps:
However, it goes on to say:Quote:
The American Meteorological Society Glossary of Meteorology includes the definition of black ice as "a thin sheet of ice, relatively dark in appearance, [that] may form when light rain or drizzle falls on a road surface that is at a temperature below 0 °C.
19F is between these zones, so may explain why I feel so cavalier about riding then.Quote:
At low temperatures (below –18 °C), black ice can form on roadways when the moisture from automobile exhaust condenses on the road surface. Such conditions caused multiple accidents in Minnesota when the temperatures dipped below –18 °C for a prolonged period of time in mid-December 2008. Salt's ineffectiveness at melting ice at these temperatures compounds the problem.
So: I agree that walking is safer and often more efficient in winter conditions. It's safer, in part, because if we know we're going to be outside, we dress appropriately. (I think that cycling might even be safer, but it's definitely a personal preference - I have better balance on the bike, I have something to protect my head, and I can use the bike for support if it gets too slippery!)
We missed this current cold blast. Everything is to the east of us. The super cold air two weeks ago hit us first. Then it moved Eastward. This past week we've had weather like Denver which means high temperatures in the low forties and upper thirties. That is not common here but I'm loving it. We even had three days with temperatures at fifty or a little higher. I want the remainder of winter to be this way.
At least once a week I look at several cities I have saved in my weather panel on my computer to see just how warm it is elsewhere. I'm envious every time I look at it.