Saturday, December 13, 2014

Spring in December

     On November 30 I posted about some brutal winter weather we were having. I gave minimum and maximum temperatures and snowfall amounts. It was the account of some scary weather.

     Now I'm happy to post that we have had a week of very mild temperatures. It started out on the evening of Dec. 6. I was out for my evening walk and felt a few drops of rain. Just as I got in the house it began to rain fairly heavily. It rained for two hours. The temperature was minus 5C (22 F)  so it doesn't take much imagination as to what happened. As soon as the rain hits the ground it freezes. So we ended up with everything coated with 5 - 7 mm ( 1/2 in) of ice. Movement of any kind was rather risky. Cars here are equipped for hazardous roads even if the drivers aren't. Fortunately there was some pebble on the ice so it was walkable.

    This week we had a couple of highs of 9 C. All days were well above freezing. We had three nights in a row without frost. I worked hard to get rid of the coating of ice on my driveway and side walks. Needless to say much of our snow melted. There were beginning to be patches where the snow was gone.

     This morning it snowed again. But the temperature was still 5 C(22 F)I really can't come up with excuses for not having photos. Sorry. There  would have been some good photos. Next time, I promise.

    So with such a long streak of mild weather it does seem like spring in December. It certainly makes for a nice break in the winter.

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  1. Here we're having a typical December. Snow's on the ground, and it's probably not going anywhere, given the consistent cold temperatures now.

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    1. Well, this has been a nice break...maybe a little too nice. I don't like thawing until spring.

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  2. It's been a weird weather year even here in Hawaii. Mom is complaining that it's too cold. It's about 72 degrees F and she says she's freezing. Granted there is that wind chill. :-)

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    1. Just tell her about me and that should warm her up!

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  3. Good to here you have had a break from the cold. I often feel colder in rain than I do in snow. I hate damp weather.

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    1. Agreed the damp cold is the worst kind. Low humidity and now and and you can take very low temps.




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  4. Hi Ya Red: We were just having this discussion the other day that Western Canada is experiencing mild weather, and so is the East. We have had rain and drizzle and mist for 11 days now and still looks like it will be next week. I kinda had to laugh. I read the long range forecast and Christmas Eve through Boxing Day we are supposed to get 50 inches of snow....YEAH, RIGHT. HAVE A GOOD ONE BUDDY, EH :)

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    1. 5 in of snow maybe, but 50 inches forget it. That forecast could easily change as it's a long way out.

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  5. Do you like that changes, Keith? I prefer getting down into the cold. The muck and mess from melts drives me nuts. The cats come in filthy! We're hovering around 0 C. and anticipate freezing rain, which is another pain!

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    1. You're right. this is too mild. The ski tracks were ruined as they get icy. We had freezing rain at the beginning of this mild spell.

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  6. Do you like that changes, Keith? I prefer getting down into the cold. The muck and mess from melts drives me nuts. The cats come in filthy! We're hovering around 0 C. and anticipate freezing rain, which is another pain!

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  7. We used to skate on the sidewalk as kids when this happened. Its even warmer here.

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    1. We set no records but it was quite a streak of mild.

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  8. We had some record setting warmth here, almost 20C in December! The lows at night were higher than the usual high temperatures. Fortunately everything has returned to normal again, just like in your neck of the woods. :-)

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    1. 20C must have made for some good hiking.

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  9. i know we're a world apart when it comes to winter, but we had one week in late november of freezes, frosts, snow and then december has been mild and almost balmy, too. :)

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    1. It's all relative. That's severe for you.

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  10. Similar weather pattern here. November was more like January. Ugh!!

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    1. Well, I'll take this as a nice break.

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  11. That sounds like a nice break from winter for you. but for me it still sounds cold. Take care,

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    1. Agreed , it's a good break. No complaints from me.

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  12. I would love to see a little snow. North Carolina south don't get that much.

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    1. I would think snow for you would be pretty rare.

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  13. It certainly does make for a nice break. We're having mild weather, as well, and I love it. No complaints from me. Although I do want some snow when Christmas gets here.

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    1. You will probably get snow before Christmas. Christmas is still 9 days away.

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  14. We've had some good weather here too - but hear we're getting some rain/snow mixture tonight.

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    1. A storm went between us. Medicine Hat had a lot of snow today.

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  15. All our snow melted. It is raining out now. I have been enjoying the warmth!! The snow will come back soon enough:)

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    1. That poor old snow stick isn't getting much use.

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  16. Those ice storms are terrible here, breaking all of our trees. Fortunately we don't have them often.

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    1. Ice storms certainly help with pruning trees!!!

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  17. Glad you are safe and warm and be careful walking on ice. At our age we could do some serious damage in a fall.

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    1. I'll be careful. I know we're fragile.

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  18. The weather here feels like spring time! Just that hint of iciness in the wind. We had freezing rain here too....sheesh! All the latches on the gates are frozen, the feed truck deck gets slick..it's down right dangerous! I do have yak tracks that I snap on my boots so I get around like a mountain goat on ice! :)
    Cheri

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    1. We had about half an inch of ice. It certainly covers the grass for a while.

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  19. The weather does strange things everywhere it seems.

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  20. We're having a pretty mild December too. I noticed on my blog that a year ago tomorrow, it was -33C here! Quite different from the high of 2 predicted tomorrow. Glad you are getting some warmer weather.

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