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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby waggawerewolf27 » Feb 14, 2017 4:03 pm

fantasia_kitty wrote:I'm wondering if we're looking at a summer like yours wagga. I sure hope not but it wouldn't surprise me one bit. Our next week has high temps in the mid to upper 60Fs. A good 20F higher than our average temps this time of year.
And to top it all off, our weekend currently has a 50% chance for thunderstorms. Thunderstorms!!! In February!! We don't usually see those until April, though they're not uncommon in March.


You might well have a hot summer, but temperatures higher than 35C may only be for a day or two for the whole summer. At least I certainly hope it isn't any worse than that for you, and a whole lot nicer. The main problem is to conserve one's electricity supply for the air conditioners if you have them, by topping up battery - run items as soon as weather that hot is predicted, planning on minimum cooking, plus planning how to reduce temperatures at home by using shades, shutters and curtains to keep the heat out.

Some years are worse than others, though we've had consistently higher summer temperatures this decade, especially in the last 12 months. Apparently, since Sydney was first settled in 1788, we have had temperatures as high as 53C, during what was in other parts of the world a continuation of the Little Ice Age, up to 1870. My grandmother talked of asphalt melting on the roads, and used to say that temperatures were so hot they could fry an egg on the pavement. Unfortunately for her and others at the time, women's clothes were "proper", conservative and generally unsuited to hot weather. No wonder our Aboriginal first peoples must have thought settlers were a bit daft. ;)

Funny you should mention thunderstorms. Back in the 1990's we could almost expect a daily thunderstorm about 3.pm or later, but this year, those welcome summer thunderstorms and Southerly busters, blowing away the heat, seem to have gone missing in action this year. We haven't had much rain at all. It is cooler now, but we are expecting a return to hot temperatures on Friday and Saturday, fortunately not exceeding 40C.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby johobbit » Feb 16, 2017 11:52 am

It certainly is not warm here today. ;)) Quite a windchill, actually. I'm guessing -20C/-4F, or thereabouts, with the wind. Sunny though. But cold. Just a typical winter day here in SW Ontario. Snow is still on the ground, but this weekend will change all that, with temperatures rising to a very balmy 10C/50F—possibly breaking the record in a number of regions. :-o Next week we return to more seasonable weather. And hopefully a few good snowfalls yet before spring truly arrives.

I simply cannot imagine 53C, wagga, yikes! #:-s

P.S. I just saw 25-30 robins rummaging around at the edge of the cornfield behind us. :-o Looks like they were searching for material for their nests. Won't they get a surprise when, after this weekend's warm spell, cold and snow hits again. :P
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby stargazer » Feb 21, 2017 12:12 am

Speaking of warmth (though friends from southern climes may beg to differ), this week is unseasonably warm, with 5 days over 50F/10C expected. This has only happened 3 times previously in 100+ years of records. Tomorrow may reach 62F/17C, which would be a record for the date.

We even had the first fire of the season this past weekend. It rained today - in February, when it should be snowing. ;)) But fear not, a big storm is expected to arrive here Thursday or Friday, and snowfall estimates vary widely, from 3 to 20 inches (75-500mm). I doubt it will be anywhere near that high end but one never knows.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby fantasia_kitty » Feb 21, 2017 11:37 am

stargazer wrote:Speaking of warmth (though friends from southern climes may beg to differ), this week is unseasonably warm, with 5 days over 50F/10C expected.

It's all relative. We have also been unseasonably warm for quite some time. Several highs of upper 60Fs to mid 70Fs (about 20C). We're normally 20F-30F cooler than this. In fact, my Facebook memories popped up a story from a few years back of the snow being too deep for my dog Fiona to enjoy, and that's saying something. ;))
These high temps are supposed to last through Thursday, and then it's going to drop off to something closer to normal for this time of year, but then I think it's going to warm back up again. This is actually bad for the local crops and fruit bearing trees. :-s I do enjoy having the house opened up though.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby stargazer » Feb 23, 2017 1:41 pm

After 5 straight days of record highs (yesterday was an incredible 61F/16C; I wanted to have a campfire but all the local parks are still closed for the winter), I'm in the sweet spot for this weekend's blizzard, which will be the biggest 2-day storm in years if forecasts hold.

Snow may exceed 18 inches/460mm by Saturday morning, and winds may exceed 50mph/80kph. Out here on the prairie there isn't a lot to stop the wind so it's nearly certain that Interstate 90 will close across Minnesota into South Dakota (it runs east-west so those north winds blow snow right across it).

Gotta love it. :)
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby fantasia_kitty » Feb 25, 2017 9:48 am

Our cold arrived here yesterday. I'll be curious to see how the plants take it. After several days of extremely nice, spring-like weather, it dropped to 19F overnight last night. That'll shut down a lot of the early flowering trees that we've seen around. But thankfully I haven't seen very many fruit trees budding out, so hopefully we'll be ok.
After today our temps are supposed to climb back up again, but only into the mid-50Fs, not the 70Fs and almost 80Fs that we had last week.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby stargazer » Mar 03, 2017 10:12 am

Meteorological spring began here with some more snow, but not much to speak of compare to the pile we got last week.

The national news last night had a weather segment that noted that Seattle has received more snow this winter than Minneapolis, which I find rather hard to believe. Minneapolis is way behind, but it has missed the last two big storms that hit southern Minnesota (dropping over 30 inches), but it has still received around 30 inches this season.

The days are rapidly increasing in length now and we return to daylight saving time next weekend (March 12).
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby fantasia_kitty » Mar 03, 2017 6:28 pm

So how much snow HAS Seattle received this winter? I think we got about 1/4" here. :P

It is now unseasonably warm and dry here again. But with the addition of wind, we have fire warnings going on. :P
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby Sonny » Mar 04, 2017 5:25 am

I live in Western New York State, and we had temps in the 60's (F) this past week... and last night it got into the teens and dumped a couple inches of snow! It's supposed to get back up to the 60's again next week. Thankfully my phone told me that the drive to work would take longer than usual, so I gave myself extra time. Good thing I did!
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby stargazer » Mar 07, 2017 11:44 am

Your weather sounds like ours, Sonny...if you don't like it, wait 5 minutes. ;))

fantasia, further research indicated that the Seattle/Minneapolis snow comparison was a little exaggerated. Counting only January and February, Seattle did receive a bit more, but only because Minneapolis received a mere 0.3 inches all February - extremely unusual. If you add December as well then Minneapolis is way out in front.

We had some weather excitement yesterday. An approaching front brought in high winds (exceeding 50mph/80kph), driving temperatures to a record-shattering 69F/21C for the day. All that snow melted. Then the front brought more wind, nickel-sized hail, and possible tornadoes (which, if confirmed, would be the earliest on record for the state). The closest tornado to me was less than 10 miles away, hitting the small town of Clarks Grove in southern Minnesota; the other was north of the Twin Cities. Lots of damage but no reports of serious injury at this time. Highs the rest of this week will be much more seasonal, around 35F/2C.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby stargazer » Mar 09, 2017 4:20 pm

Those tornadoes were confirmed to be EF-1.

But winter isn't over yet. ;)) Temperatures in northern Minnesota are around 0F/-17C and will only get colder overnight. Lows here in the southern part of the state will be in single digits F/-15C with wind chills below 0F. An Alberta Clipper is on its way and may provide up to 6 inches/150mm this weekend.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby Sonny » Mar 11, 2017 7:39 am

Wednesday we had terribly strong winds in our city... up to 80 miles per hour!!!!! They knocked over trees and ripped off siding and shingles and broke power line poles. The hotel where I work was out of power from 2PM Wednesday to after 11PM Friday night! Over 100,000 power customers had no electricity, and that number is still around 80,000. The phone has been ringing off the hook with people looking for a place to stay!
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby fantasia_kitty » Mar 11, 2017 1:08 pm

Even here in the extremely windy midwest, we rarely see 80mph. Maybe once every five years?
All those beautiful trees you have up there. :(
I hope you all get your electricity back soon. Do you have power at your house Sonny?

We've had unbelievably dry weather and pretty awful fires. :( We originally had 90% chance of rain today, and then 60%, and then 30%, and now... I guess there's still 40% chance of rain and snow this afternoon. Moved back about twelve hours so we'll see. We soooo need the moisture.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby stargazer » Mar 15, 2017 12:39 pm

I've seen some coverage of the Kansas fires and evacuations. Hopefully you'll get some precip soon.

Last Sunday, the Twin Cities saw about 4 inches (100mm) of snow. It made a mess of the highways; a half-hour trip across town took several hours due to all the accidents. It was the snowiest day in 3 months in this extremely snow-starved winter (now that's embarrassing! ;)) )

Southern Minnesota, on the other hand, saw up to 10 inches (255mm) from the same storm, and there's been no shortage of snow in this part of the state, with many locations already exceeding the average total snowfall for the winter with more than 2 months left in the possible snow season.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby fantasia_kitty » Apr 01, 2017 7:21 pm

After a long, dry winter that wasn't really winter, we've finally had some storms rolling through. :D We've had quite a bit of rain and even some minor flooding this past week. I'm quite grateful for the rain, we need it! Several more days with predicted storms coming up this week.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby waggawerewolf27 » Apr 02, 2017 4:15 pm

Fantasia, I'm glad that your dry spell seems to be easing. The rain seems to be well-timed, and I hope it is adequate for your needs. We have had a rather dry and overly hot summer in both January and February but March, at the turning of the seasons, was one of the wettest on record. It is only now that it is beginning to feel like autumn.

Stargazer, I love the irony in your avatar. Our very own Sunshine State, Queensland, seems to be underwater. Australia's eastern coastline from Bowen to Rockhampton on the Tropic of Capricorn, from the impact of Cyclone Debbie has been affected by heavy flooding. Brisbane and the Gold Coast, as well as south of the Queensland/New South Wales border are little better off in the wake of other, associated weather systems. A king tide hasn't helped. The damage bill is astronomically high for housing and the damage to crops has been heartbreaking. And there have been quite a few fatalities as well as injuries.

How did you fare in your hurricane season last year?
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