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thijs
12-09-2007, 12:49 PM
Just a poll to see how cold you expect winter where you are from.

atlfootr
12-09-2007, 12:55 PM
I didn't 80's - 90's on your list, so I couldn't vote :(

H2o still mid- 70's here in Winter Wonderland :)
Head'n out shortly for a barefoot run w/ jus' a suit :rolleyes:

tex
12-09-2007, 12:57 PM
38 right now!!!!!!!!

Ric
12-09-2007, 12:59 PM
high of 81 here today. should be on the 5th or 6th hole (3rd or 4th drink) when we reach the high.

ProTour X9
12-09-2007, 01:00 PM
Like, lowest temps or what??:confused:

thijs
12-09-2007, 01:13 PM
Okay this will be interesting question for some of our warm climate inhabitants;

Describe a 'block heater':

thijs
12-09-2007, 01:15 PM
Like, lowest temps or what??

Yeah, the lowest you expect it to reach. We usually hit -40 at least once each couple of years. It has been about -15-20c for the last two weeks here. Not looking forward to the next energy bills!

atlfootr
12-09-2007, 01:22 PM
Okay this will be interesting question for some of our warm climate inhabitants;

Describe a 'block heater':

Block heater

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Block_heater#searchInput)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2b/TopazBlockHeater.jpg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:TopazBlockHeater.jpg)

A typical block heater cord.


A block heater is an electric heater (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heater) that heats the engine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engine) of a car (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automobile) to ease starting in cold weather.

They are connected to normal AC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternating_current) power overnight or before driving, via regular power plugs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_AC_power_plugs_and_sockets) that are fed through a vehicle's grille (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grille). This allows easier starting in cold temperatures, by keeping the coolant (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coolant) warm. Heaters are also available for motor oil (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motor_oil) so that warm oil can quickly circulate and warm the engine during startup. The rapid heat circulation caused by block heaters also aids the initial vaporization (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaporization) of fuel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fossil_fuel) in the engine; because of this effect, block heaters reduce pollution (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollution), as poor fuel vaporization causes much higher emissions.
Block heaters are widely used in many northern U.S. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_of_America) states (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._States), and are very common in countries with colder climates like Canada (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada) and Scandinavia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scandinavia). In colder climates block heaters are often standard equipment in new vehicles. In extremely cold climates, electrical outlets are sometimes found in public or private parking lots, especially in multi-storey car parks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-storey_car_park). Some parking lots cycle the power on for 20 minutes and off for 20 minutes (e.g. the Light Rail Transit lots for a number of Canadian cities), in order to reduce electricity costs. This results in a decrease in heating effectiveness for the average block heater. However, to what extent this reduces block temperatures in −30 degrees Celsius (−20 degrees Fahrenheit) weather is in question.
Block heaters are usually inserted into a freeze plug (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeze_plug) manufacturing hole in the cylinder block (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cylinder_block), heating the metal, coolant and oil. These can be installed at the factory, or by any qualified automotive service center. A block heater can even be installed by the handy do-it-yourself (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do-it-yourself)'er.

There are many alternatives to a block heater that have some of the same benefits. A particularly simple option is to buy an after market heater that is attached to the oil pan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_pan), sometimes with magnets. Also, one can even get a heated dipstick (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dipstick). Another alternative to block heaters is a battery warmer, which keeps just the battery warm. This maintains the efficiency of the battery, which is highly dependent on temperature, and is cheaper than heating the entire engine block. Heated blankets are available for the entire engine area, as well. A standard timer switch (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timer#Electromechanical_timers) can be used with any of these heaters, so that it does not have to be left on all the time. This can help lower the electrical costs of owning and using a block heater.

Mikey
12-09-2007, 01:36 PM
Should get into the 50's at night over here in the middle east.

lanier92prostar
12-09-2007, 01:40 PM
Since it has already gotten below 32 this year in Atlanta, I picked 14, but we were out on the lake this morning fishing and it was 52 at 6am. As far as a block heater is concerned, I have one on my truck, but never have had to use it.

Chief
12-09-2007, 01:45 PM
80 today, too bad I'm sick or I would be in the water.

Lennyp04
12-09-2007, 02:27 PM
Ski places are starting to open up. Went snowboarding with some friends on Friday night. Snow was pretty good for opening day. I wish I was out on the boat though! Right now its 35 with a Winter Weather Advisory for snow and freezing rain! Can you say TWO HOUR DELAY TOMORROW!!! Maybe, maybe not. Still going to be the best week ever. GO TROJANS!!!!!!!!!

Pennsylvania State Championship Football game, Saturday night 7:00, Hershey Park Stadium, PA

TMCNo1
12-09-2007, 02:35 PM
Oops, I voted wrong, should have been 14F or lower and 17" of snow sometime this winter, but we'll see with all this Global Warming and stuff. I want to see how big my carbon footprint is when I go outside and make yellow snow!

bigmac
12-09-2007, 02:50 PM
-1 F at noon today. As low as -14 overnights these days. I'm sure -30's are on the way.

Too much snow too early here. It insulates the lake so ice thickness develops more slowly and getting out there on a snowmobile is unwise so far. Our bay froze early enough that the ice is probably OK, maybe 4 inches, and I see a fish house out there already, but the main part of the lake is pretty dicey, I suspect.

http://mccollister.info/fishhouse.jpg

atlfootr
12-09-2007, 03:24 PM
-1 F at noon today.
As low as -14 overnights these days. I'm sure -30's are on the way.

Too much snow, too early here.

I'm inspired to stay @ home :rolleyes:

bigmac
12-09-2007, 04:57 PM
I'm inspired to stay @ home :rolleyes:A lot of Minnesota senior citizens are inspired to join you for two or three months every winter. Florida, Texas, Arizona seem to be the top Snow Bird destinations, the specific location depending on economic status.

east tx skier
12-09-2007, 05:21 PM
It's been in the 70s all week and I'm winterized. :o We usually don't see lower than the low twenties at the worst. Still haven't had a freeze yet.

Maristar210
12-09-2007, 06:09 PM
It'll get cold here. It was 15f this morning. Put a few miles on a sled this weekend and taught my 10 year old to ride one :cool:

tex
12-09-2007, 06:30 PM
35 and wet. I have the smoker going outside with a nice chicken in it!

JoshBuzz
12-09-2007, 06:59 PM
It's been in the 70s all week and I'm winterized. :o We usually don't see lower than the low twenties at the worst. Still haven't had a freeze yet.

eastie are you goin to be in town over Christmas?? We're goin out to Quitman to ride for a couple days and spend some time with our roommates fam, and might pop in and say Merry Christmas!!

JoshBuzz
12-09-2007, 07:00 PM
35 and wet. I have the smoker going outside with a nice chicken in it!

Did that front come through today?? I fear it is headed my way down here in C.Stat. it started raing about 15 minutes ago.

TOO-TALL
12-09-2007, 07:03 PM
Its was 3 above one day last week.Very cold for this time of year.
We usually will hit the -10 for a low a few times a season.

Wish i was going skiing with atlfooter.

atlfootr
12-09-2007, 10:45 PM
A lot of Minnesota senior citizens are inspired to join you for two or three months every winter. Florida, Texas, Arizona seem to be the top Snow Bird destinations, the specific location depending on economic status.

So what are implying there BIGMAC :confused:
Are you attempting to invite yourself down or what :rolleyes:
8p 8p

atlfootr
12-09-2007, 10:48 PM
It was 3 above one day last week.Very cold for this time of year.
We usually will hit the -10 for a low a few times a season.

Wish i was going skiing with atlfooter.

Way to COOOOOOOOOOOOLD for me, I don't ski jus' foot :rolleyes:
Your welcome either way :D

Footin
12-09-2007, 10:55 PM
We have already had a 5 inch snow and 10 degrees at night, I hope this is not a sign of whats to come.

atlfootr
12-09-2007, 11:12 PM
If it is, let me know ... pack 'ur bags / grab 'ur BF suit and call me :D

team north
12-10-2007, 01:05 AM
It has already gotten down to -29c, about -39c with the wind chill. that is below normal for this time of year, but not for our winters in general. Location Winnipeg Manitoba canada

Ric
12-10-2007, 09:35 AM
Okay this will be interesting question for some of our warm climate inhabitants;

Describe a 'block heater': a useless accessory which could double as a boat anchor

ShamrockIV
12-10-2007, 09:56 AM
it was 72 here in tn yesterday!!!! freaking 72 on DEC 9th you got to love it!!

bigmac
12-10-2007, 10:30 AM
So what are implying there BIGMAC :confused:
Are you attempting to invite yourself down or what :rolleyes:
8p 8p
Nothing nefarious...only that as we age, there is apparently an attraction that Minnesotans develop for Florida. I'm not old enough yet to be interested in that, but maybe in 10 or 15 years I'll understand it more clearly.

Sodar
12-10-2007, 10:44 AM
A lot of Minnesota senior citizens are inspired to join you for two or three months every winter. Florida, Texas, Arizona seem to be the top Snow Bird destinations, the specific location depending on economic status.

You can include California to that list also! My girlfriend and I went on a 20 mile bike ride along the beach this weekend and every RV park is FULL of snowbirds! Some VERY nice 40'+ diesel pushers with double decker toy trailers for a car and other toys to match! I think I saw 3 or 4 RVs that had a local plate. The rest were all from up North. I was suprised to see that a few people had traveled from as far as Minnesota and Montana.

TMCNo1
12-10-2007, 10:47 AM
I'm dreaming of a White Christmas!

Sodar
12-10-2007, 10:52 AM
Here is the monthly average of SoCal. Not to hot or cold...
Hi Low Mean
Jan (http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/daily/90740?climoMonth=1) 68°F 46°F 57°F2.95 in.93°F (2003)25°F (1963)
Feb (http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/daily/90740?climoMonth=2) 68°F 48°F 58°F3.01 in.91°F (1995)33°F (1965)
Mar (http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/daily/90740?climoMonth=3) 69°F 50°F 60°F2.43 in.98°F (1988)33°F (1964)
Apr (http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/daily/90740?climoMonth=4) 73°F 53°F 63°F0.60 in.105°F (1989)38°F (1975)
May (http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/daily/90740?climoMonth=5) 74°F 58°F 66°F0.23 in.104°F (2004)40°F (1964)
Jun (http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/daily/90740?climoMonth=6) 78°F 61°F 70°F0.08 in.109°F (1981)47°F (1967)
Jul (http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/daily/90740?climoMonth=7) 83°F 65°F 74°F0.02 in.107°F (1985)51°F (1960)
Aug (http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/daily/90740?climoMonth=8) 85°F 66°F 75°F0.10 in.105°F (1967)51°F (1950)
Sep (http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/daily/90740?climoMonth=9) 83°F 64°F 73°F0.24 in.110°F (1963)50°F (1965)
Oct (http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/daily/90740?climoMonth=10) 79°F 58°F 69°F0.40 in.111°F (1961)39°F (1972)
Nov (http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/daily/90740?climoMonth=11) 73°F 50°F 62°F1.12 in.101°F (1966)34°F (1958)
Dec (http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/daily/90740?climoMonth=12) 69°F 45°F 57°F1.76 in.92°F (1958)28°F (1990)

BrianM
12-10-2007, 10:58 AM
Nothing too cold here yet. We had a couple of nights right about freezing last week. Generally we will get a handfull of nights in the upper twenties sometime in either January or late February. Generally average temps are only in the low 40s at night though. Winter daytime temps in the low 60s. Burr! Is summer here yet? I almost thought so. This weekend was in the mid 80s.

thijs
12-10-2007, 03:18 PM
The interesting thing here next to the Rockies is the 'Chinooks'. We can have -25 one day then +15 the next day (with tonnes of wind). Headache hell when that happens. We seriously can have 2ft of snow melt in a couple of days.

#47of100TeamMC
12-10-2007, 03:34 PM
Woke up to -7 this weekend, with the wind it was -20's. Might have to get the winter coats out now...:rolleyes:

ShamrockIV
12-10-2007, 03:37 PM
Too cold!!!
Is it summer yet?

chudson
12-10-2007, 03:52 PM
The Brass Monkey's have nothing to worry about around here but we are getting frezzing rain !!!

stuartmcnair
12-10-2007, 04:32 PM
it was in the mid seventies here yesterday. Felt weird winterizing the boat in that.

uawaterskier
12-10-2007, 08:38 PM
it was in the mid seventies here yesterday. Felt weird winterizing the boat in that.
we skied today:D

lanier92prostar
12-10-2007, 08:42 PM
it's in the mid 70's here. Too bad we don't have any water.

CarlosCabanas
12-10-2007, 11:29 PM
I hope it doesn't get that cold!! 68 F or 20 c ....Brrrrrrrrrrr!!!:D :D :D :D

Roonie's
12-11-2007, 11:03 AM
-22f is the most I think but then again it could go colder as it is MN and we have already had -10f at night here. Last year it got to -18f here.

Covi
12-11-2007, 11:19 AM
-30 +/- with the wind chill!

ProTour X9
12-15-2007, 10:28 AM
16 degrees right now. Ice is good and thick!

lanier92prostar
12-15-2007, 10:58 AM
looks like tomorrow we will have a high of 40 and a low of 23 with strong and gusty winds. 5 days ago we were in the 80's. Typical Atlanta weather.

TMCNo1
12-15-2007, 11:31 AM
40 degrees right now, cloudy, foggy, misting, windy and the temp is dropping, with snow and frozen precipitation 40 miles away. Low tonight is suppose to be 28 with moisture from the Southwest, Oh No!

bigmac
12-15-2007, 02:26 PM
It's been cold here - down to -15 at night pretty routinely, but the 8 inches of snow on the lake has kept it from freezing well. Lots of slush, too much thin ice. My neighbor went through the ice on his snowmobile with is 4 year old riding with him. No one hurt, barely even wet, but getting the sled out and onto a trailer was a bugger, and the estimate was $900 + to get it ready to go on his snowmobile trip to Colorado this weekend.

milkmania
12-16-2007, 05:56 AM
A lot of Minnesota senior citizens are inspired to join you for two or three months every winter. Florida, Texas, Arizona seem to be the top Snow Bird destinations, the specific location depending on economic status.
hell, New Orleans is looking pretty good right now:cool:

it's 28 F now

I think my internet is freezing up:(