Monday, October 27, 2008

What kind of heathen Yankee treachery is this?

The first thing I heard this morning was the little weather gnome on the TeeWee saying that "...the snow flurries have moved out of the area..."

Snow flurries? What the heck? It's not even Halloween yet! You people lured me up here so you could by-gawd freeze me to death, didn't you?

23 comments:

Turk Turon said...

Ha! Another victim!

Captcha: subtess

fastbike said...

It was 80ish here in North Texas yesterday. Just thought you'd want to know.

og said...

The cold makes ladies RIGHTEOUS.

Unless they have a large supply of band-aids. Which spoils all the fun.

perlhaqr said...

I blame global warming.

Verify: wamedal Is that like a Wah medal?

PA State Cop said...

Embrace the Suck. Get used to it Sunshine, you don't even have hills out there to break up the wind. ;)

Mark Alger said...

That was SNOW!? Big flakes, then. Hit my windshield, even at 70MPH a lot like rain.

M

Brad K. said...

Tam, the secret is long-handle underwear and Cornhuskers lotion (for the hands and face).

It just got to 30 last night (on the American Fahrenheit scale of temperatures), and I have my heavyweight t-shirt on. Under that is a regular white cotton underwear t-shirt (fruit of the loom), over is a nice button Wrangler cotton long-sleeve shirt. Layers, dear heart, layers.

Indoors? Cotton or orlon socks and house slippers. I bought mine at Wal-Mart last year, about $8. Arrow Gift Shop sells "TeePee Creepers" for more. http://www.arrowgiftshop.com/Teepee.html

When the temps drop more, you can wear a pair of sweats under the jeans.

Keep up the fluids - dehydration is a real problem in cold weather, and makes the cold feel worse and affect you worse.

If you try the pepper and mustard powders to keep the feet and hands warm, *read the instructions* - you wash it off with *cold* water, or your skin will burn for days or longer.

Check REI or a hunting or hiking store for battery powered socks and underthings. REI carried shoe-sized chains for icy sidewalks.

Don't overdo when shoveling snow - it is a peculiar stress that leads to breathing difficulty and heart attack.

It doesn't matter where you live - you have to respect the local weather. And you haven't even got those dead-of-winter, thunder-snowstorms with tornadoes, yet. Awesome view from the storm shelter.

And follow the local's advice about driving out on the ice for ice fishing. I think Dad always wanted at least 3-4 inches of ice to drive out (don't mind the cracking sound, but be ready to bail out if you drive over a spring or other shallow spot, and the ice tends to be thicker under clear spots than under snow). My uncle build an insulated ice shack, floor was raised on 2x4's, with a propane heater. Wrecked my sled, pulling it out 1/2 mile on Big Spirit lake in NW Iowa. Winter fish do taste great. Dad always got off the ice by February - but watch when the locals stop lugging the bucket of charcoal briquettes and a board to sit on.

Enjoy!

Rob K said...

Hey, it didn't used to be this bad! I'm with perlhaqr, it must be the fault of global warming. Last winter was the first I ever remember where we had snow every month for 6 months (Nov - Apr).


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GreatBlueWhale said...

zomg, the wind. Never got that in the valleys between the steep mountains back home. (SE KY mountains) Most of the time I lived there, it snowed (usually up on Pine Mountain) on or before my birthday on 10/22.
Since I moved to the Ohio Valley? Layers and down. Flannel-lined jeans and thermal underwear. Balaclava and fur-lined hats with earflaps. (reminds me, I need to go to Bass Pro for a new hat, soon)
And Brad is right about thunder snowstorms with tornados. A. Real. Treat.

og said...

Huskers lotion is good, but Crack Creme is better.

http://www.crackcreme.com/?gclid=CImynIPRx5YCFRIMDQodUS-GLA

dneylon said...

And it's not only how cold it gets, but how fast it gets there. I was going to school at Ft Ben at the end of 1974. One day, somewhere near Thanksgiving if I remember right, the temperature dropped from 70 about 10am to 20 in five hours. Indy was the first place I heard 'cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey'.

Anonymous said...

Global warming is such a wonderful thing.

That is why those of us who got tired of the cold moved to the South. You remember the South don't you? Like this morning, a nice brisk 65F that required a jacket but it should be 80F by noon so we can enjoy lunch outside today again.

Jenny said...

Look on the bright side. Up here there's frost on the INSIDE of the windows, it's been snowing off and on for a month, and the lakes are freezing up.

But it's about the freest place ya ever did see still.

DaddyBear said...

Only the best come north. I don't remember a Halloween when I was growing up where we didn't have to wear heavy jackets under our costumes.

Enjoy!

T said...

You're bitching about snow before Halloween? I still recall the conversation that convinced me Mom's half of the family was crazy. I called them up on Labor Day weekend. They tell me they aren't doing much because it's snowing. SNOWING? Why the hell do people live in Montana?

Jeff said...

Stop whining Tam. Its Indiana, at least your not up by the Lake, I don't think Lake effect snow makes it all the way down to Indy.

If it makes you feel any better we had snow flurries out here in Vegas a couple weeks ago.

Brigid said...

Soon we will ply you with hot buttered rum. And cookies. It's a plot.

MauserMedic said...

Why, that's just silly. Everyone in Iowa knows that Halloween is traditionally the beginning of the freezing rain season.

phlegmfatale said...

ooooooh! Snow! *envy mode*

jimbob86 said...

"Only the best come north. "

Not really. We have "urban outdoorsmen" up here, too. Most of them just find a way to go back south come Sept.-Oct. ..... them that don't..... well, they'd have to be 'bout half polar bear to sleep under a bridge thru winter....

Ed Foster said...

Trade Ya for Yankee weather. Seen 22 below in the hills to the north and freezing floods on the coast to the south. 30-40 miles either way.
Blizzards (we call them gully whompers) followed by two days of freezing rain, another day or two of mud, then the next blizzard.
I'm worried about this winter though. More deer per square mile in Connecticut than anywhere else in North America, and no mast crop at all.
Looks like another '72, with the bulldozers cutting trenches for mass burials. Most of the deer here live in small plots, within a half mile or so of people. The New Yorkers who've moved in get a tad squeemish when they see Momma Nature up close.

thesev said...

OMG, she's figured it out, run you guys!

(And don't forget the Chapstick)

George said...

Of course, all that cold weather and associated blowing and drifting comes courtesy of your friendly Great White North. Turnaround's fair play. You send us heat and humidity in the summer after all.