From: Bristol. United Kingdom
Registered: Oct 2007
posted January 06, 2014 09:47 AM
Whilst many UK residents are suffering from flooding, either from the sea, a local river, or a combination of both, nothing here can compare with the Polar Vortex which has hit the North American continent.
I have just been watching Sky News showing all the snow with the correspondents talking about unbelievable low temperatures.
I am sure we all hope that members in the US are keeping warm and are not suffering too much from the horrible weather.
From: Bothell, WA, USA
Registered: Mar 2010
posted January 06, 2014 12:47 PM
The only problem were having in the Northwest is a lack of snow. We rely a lot on the snow pack in the mountains for our water and a large amount of that falls in December. We were dry for most of that month. We don't usually see a lot of really cold weather or snow in the Seattle area due to the low elevation and proximity to water but rain is usually plentiful.
Some of the ski areas are closed due to lack of snow which is very unusual for this time of the year. I went snowboarding this weekend for the first time this season because they just got a good snowfall on Thursday. I think everyone had the same idea, I've never seen it that crowded up there. The ski areas make most of their money over the holidays so I'm sure this hit them hard.
posted January 06, 2014 06:07 PM
We had a heavy one inch rainfall last night, which melted most of the 5-6 inches of snow we got on Saturday. It was a nice sunny day here in northeastern Pennsylvania today, with temps in the 40s. It's 7 p.m. here now, and the temperature is dropping and I can hear the wind outside picking up. Down to 22 degrees now... The wind chill tomorrow could be 15-25 below zero, with a high temp of only 7 degrees. Glad I no longer have to carry the mail satchel!
posted January 06, 2014 09:07 PM
Sunday night 11pm it was 40 degrees F and raining...noon today (Monday) zero degrees F! Not sure about the wind chill but the winds blowin' good...it's frigid. Today is my day off thankfully but tomorrow back on the road with the same temps...been watching films today!
From: Bellwood, IL USA
Registered: Dec 2010
posted January 07, 2014 11:11 AM
Here in Chicago, its was -16 F (-26.7 C) plus a foot of snow. The wind chill last night was -45 F (-42.8 C). Even with portable heaters and gas furnace, it was still chilly.
From: The Projection Box
Registered: Nov 2006
posted January 07, 2014 11:35 AM
All this reminds me of the tale when my better half was born during the 60ís in good old UK in a snow storm with gusts of up to 88 knots, bitter cold down to -22c in places and snow drifts 9ft high a story beloved often tells. The thaw came and as some older folk will remember much flooding took place sorry to say.
Registered: Oct 2012
posted January 07, 2014 01:40 PM
Maurice I was just a teenager in the winter of '62 and living in a small village which was cut off by 6 foot drifts of snow. We were unable to get to work for days. Absolutely fantastic and exciting to me and a group of friends. I remember we walked along the frozen canal to the nearby pub and had a pint in front of a roaring open fire and then walked some more along the canal. I will never forget those days. I don't ever remember feeling cold. We were just enjoying it so much. Sounds like the US has got it much worse than we ever have and our feelings go out to those suffering from it.
posted January 07, 2014 01:57 PM
Hope your weather improves folks, years ago we new an American who for many years would spend his time summer in New York State where he actually lived, in the summer, then would come out here and spend Southern summer with friends out here. He was retired and had led a most interesting life.
Anyway, took a couple of photos out and about last night....
posted January 07, 2014 04:01 PM
ah! but underneath that beauty and only 10 miles of shore, is that fault line that shook this place violently a number of times back in 2011. A lot of people have since moved well away from this side of the city.
However we are staying put and at long last, after lots of stalling from the insurance people etc, this year things will get fixed.
Anyway folks as you enter your ice age let me know and I can cheer you up and post you a photo of the sun ...just kidding.
posted January 08, 2014 03:34 PM
The bureaucracy that was put into place just after 2011 has been a absolute nightmare to deal with. The trouble is you are having to deal with people over the phone, or on the computer, but "never in person" that are situated in another city, say Auckland, or even another country Brisbane, Australia.
The builders that are going to fix this house told me that the money was running out and the lucky ones, were the ones that got paid out a lot earlier...great eh! so much for having a premiere full house replacement policy that we have being paying into over 30 years, in the end it really means nothing.
The thing is to remain positive otherwise it will drag you down health wise and a house is just not worth it. I keep telling my wife don't worry about this place, it will get fixed in the end.