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    Lightbulb It is officially winter at my house

    Today the high we be 7, and it doesn't look like it's going to stay substantially warm




    Like every Autumn, I swapped all the LED bulbs back to incandescent.
    The LED save on cooling in the summer and the incans provide additional heat in the winter, using lamps that are already on.

    This idea sprouted about 12 years ago while visiting a high end re-model a friend was working on.
    It was bitter cold but quite nice inside - he kept it warm for his crew just with work lights.

    Additionally the set of stacked pizza stones went in the oven.
    They almost completely cover the bottom grate and radiate heat well into the following day after using the oven.

    My Fitzroy storm glass agrees with the feeling in my bones about frost coming:


    apologies for the dust and dog feathers - she likes to sleep next to that cabinet, hence the glass top


    Now all I need is an Irish coffee....
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    Meh, you live on the coastal plain of North Carolina, maybe 250 meters above sea level. There's no such thing as real winter there.

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    In Estonia there were snow, cant confirm. When i could have snowfun with my 4WD, i have to come to Germany where was +20C

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwe View Post
    There's no such thing as real winter there.
    Says the man who just got back from Florida
    Took me longer than planned but I got outta that hot mess up there !

    And yes we do have winter, snows almost every year too.
    Snowed almost a meter last year





    I even made a snowman



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    Quote Originally Posted by jakematic View Post
    Says the man who just got back from Florida
    I have a place in Florida 'cause I know exactly what winter is here -- we 10' high piles of snow at the edge of the RT parking lot last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwe View Post
    10' high piles of snow at the edge of the RT parking lot last year.
    I'm all too familiar with it - remember where I come from get over 400" (10 meters) of snow per year.

    Our business in May:


    (that hill continues to slope to road level, that's all snow and the sign is 75' tall if I remember correctly)


    My house in May:




    An interesting phenomena called snow rollers occurred at one of our camps last winter:




    ps - we're not on the plain, this is the piedmont - from the Latin for foot hill
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    We had frost on the pumpkins yesterday morning in my yard. It dipped to -2 (C) just before sunrise according to my weather station:

    http://www.wunderground.com/personal...0141031/mdaily

    Oh, it also snows here on occasion:



    Shout out to Jim Cantore for helping me to take the air conditioner out of the window a few hours ago.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by vreihen View Post
    Oh, it also snows here on occasion:
    Yes but ours is usually gone the next day.
    Sometimes though... takes 2 or 3 days


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    Liked for temperatures in Celsius

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    Aw Jake, you're posting this when we had our hottest Hallowe'en on record! It topped out at 23C in London; however much cooler at around 15-16C where I live - up north. Still too warm for me though.

    I buck the trend a little, in that I love frosty snowy winters. It's strange to me that in some people's eyes, the hotter it is, the nicer the weather. Do people really enjoy being that sticky? The weather has all year round to be sunny one day and grey skies the next, but only winter to be snowy. Even though I've toppled into my forties I still feel the magical nostalgia of winter.

    Looking back to my childhood schooldays; the start of the school year in September was when things started to come alive. The days, even though still getting quite warm, you could tell the sun was struggling a bit and the sultry air of the summer would give way to a freshness. We just loved being outside, as September progressed the leaves would start turning and we get the spectacular autumn colour. (Although I hear that some North American Territories have some native deciduous species that give an even more vivid display of colour...). My birthday is in October (I wonder if that is why I love the season?) By Hallowe'en we'd have had the first ground frost and into November the white frosts would be made into slides on the tarmac (asphalt?) in the school yard. In December, we would have a flurry or two of snow before Christmas. It may not have snowed on Christmas Day (to be an 'official' White Christmas) but there was generally frost or snow around.

    We would then generally watch the weather in North America in the New Year and throughout January; as when you got the bad snow, we'd get it about two weeks later. Loved it. Still do. Instead of going sledging, I just go for a play in the quattro now.

    But our winters have definitely changed. I remember about six or so years ago doing my Christmas shopping in my T-shirt because it was about 16C. That's just plain wrong. And last winter is the first one where we didn't have any lying snow at all. So I have fingers crossed for the next fortnight...

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