January 20, 2019

Finally, some relief from the heat.



I knew it had to be good and cold — at last! — from the look of the morning sunlight on the plume from the steam plant:

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44 comments:

Birkel said...

Everybody talks about the weather.
Nobody ever does anything about it.

wild chicken said...

We never get enough snow in Montana. Very disappointing

Ralph L said...

It's 54 and raining here now but supposed to drop all day to 16 tonight with wind chill in the single digits. No snow, of course. One degree would burst some pipes and kill some plants.

Ann Althouse said...

From the weather screenshot: "Cooler than yesterday."

That's my motto.

Ann Althouse said...

"Cooler than yesterday"

In my mind's ear, it's a play on the old Byrds' album title.

rhhardin said...

Supposed to go to -9F tonight in Ohio, which I suppose will be the low for the winter.

Otto said...

Notice that your backdoor neighbor has a wall composed of a fence, garage rear wall and shed rear wall. Does it work?

Mary Beth said...

There's a steam plant? I've always made my own, I didn't know they had plants to produce it.

rhhardin said...

Solar panels get really efficient the colder they are, if there's sun and if they're not snow-covered.

Marc said...

One early morning last week it was in the upper 20s and very foggy, with ice crystals in the air, briefly. May have to call that the snowfall for the season, tsk.

Unknown said...

You can have it Ann. I've lived in MD for 5 1/2 decades and I've finally had enough, I accepted a position in Doral FL. Unfortunately I don't leave until mid Feb.

Otto said...

And you didn't pay anything for that rear wall except for one or two shrubs. Good work! Is your neighbor Mexican?

Annie C. said...

A natural gas power plant on campus. Please don't tell the tree huggers.

Browndog said...

Currently -5 across the lake here in Michigan. Last night's moon was so bright it didn't get dark. The long shadows of the trees cast on the fresh snow looked like a painting.

Hagar said...

Mary Beth said...
There's a steam plant? I've always made my own, I didn't know they had plants to produce it.


They probably have tunnels and insulated pipes distributing steam to steam radiator heated buildings across the campus. Even UNM here in Albuquerque has that.

Jim said...

From the weather screenshot: "Cooler than yesterday."

That's my motto."
Love waking up early and having a laugh with coffee. Loved the Byrds reference, brought back a lot of pleasant memories from back in the day.
Temp here at 425AM is a brutal 66. It was a mind numbing 55 a few days ago.

Tommy Duncan said...

It's a balmy -10 in SE Minnesota. Meteorologist Joe Bastardi says this is the start of a 45 day cycle of brutally cold weather.

Tank said...

55 or 60 now in NC, will be 28 tonight. Gonna walk the granddog now and let my daughter do it tonight.

John henry said...

It's about 80 here but with the winchill it feels like 78

John Henry

John henry said...

1/20/19, 8:00 AM

 rhhardin said...

Solar panels get really efficient the colder they are, if there's sun and if they're not snow-covered.

Efficient enough to keep your house warm?

Or do you still need to burn something?

Unless your utility has nuclear there's no other alternative.

John Henry

rhhardin said...

If you use solar panels to generate heat, you might as well just replace them with a window. With not very much glass you can hold the house warm in the day against pretty cold weather.

rhhardin said...

The nice thing about electricity is that you can use it for something else and still get all the heat out of it afterwards.

tcrosse said...

If you can't stand the heat, stay out of Wisconsin.

Tommy Duncan said...

Nothing says "warmth" on a calm, clear -10 night in Minnesota like solar and wind generated electricity.

Francisco D said...

I was at a neighborhood party last night and wound up talking to people in the yard. When the sun went down, so did the temperature. I put on my fleece vest because it was in the low 50's. That is winter in southern AZ.

After living my entire life in the Midwest (WI, IL and IA) I really do not miss the weather.

DavidUW said...

Ah yes. I remember the -1 fahrenheit day in mid March when I boarded the plane to go to California, never to return.
You can have it.

Original Mike said...

We're going to an eclipse party tonight. Going to be cold, but that's OK. It's the price of being clear.

Original Mike said...

Unfortunately the image-stablized binoculars won't work at this temperature. Have to use them the old-fashioned way.

Anonymous said...

Nice pic.

rhhardin said...

My 43' fiberglass vertical antenna is gracefully bent over to horizontal at the top by weight of ice. Sort of a modern birch tree.

MadisonMan said...

I'm not a fan of cold. It has its uses, of course, with respect to garden pests. I'm glad we got past DarkMonth before it showed up. In a few short weeks the sun will feel warm.

It's really beautiful out today. Diamonds on the snow, crisp blue skies.

rhhardin said...

I've been meaning to put up a 60' replacement antenna, to get the radials further off the vicinity of the ground and sloped downwards to match impedances, but the current antenna works so well that I'm afraid to touch it.

FullMoon said...

I am always curious what the utility bill is during those cold winter months.

Mine is around $200.00 a month in SF bay area. Usually mid fifties to mid sixties during the day, mid forties at night, so heater not on much. Natural gas.



Michael K said...

I am always curious what the utility bill is during those cold winter months.

Mine is around $200.00 a month in SF bay area.


I lived in New Hampshire for a year, 1994-95, and the heating oil bill in winter was about $400/month. That was for a house that was not that well constructed, but pretty.

mtrobertslaw said...

Take a look at those temperatures in mid-Canada now. It looks like you will have many more happy and exciting days to look forward to.

Yancey Ward said...

What does that steam plant burn?

tcrosse said...

What does that steam plant burn?

Blue exam books. Term papers.

tcrosse said...

Here's an example of a steam plant:
"District Energy St. Paul is a non-profit utility providing energy services to downtown Saint Paul. The core heating and cooling network serves 200 buildings in the central business district and across the river to a secondary area of commercial, light industrial, and residential development. The customer base includes higher education, hospitals, Fortune 500 companies, residential apartments, condos, and townhomes, as well as hotels, entertainment and sporting venues."

Rusty said...

Blogger Yancey Ward said...
"What does that steam plant burn?"
The tears of enviromentalists.
or
puppies.

DavidUW said...

FullMoon,
Utilities in the Midwest are cheap. I never paid more when I lived in Chicago (with heating, obviously AND air conditioning) than I do here in the Bay Area, WITH solar power (contributes about half my electrical use) and no air conditioning.

rcocean said...

I'm not a fan of cold winters but I'll take it over the 100 degree summers in Arizona.

If its cold - you put on a coat and still go outside.

If its 100 degrees out, there's not much you can do except find a shaded pool.

rcocean said...

My idea of Hell is walking around the concrete sidewalks of Las Vegas in 100 degree heat.

Thanks Mrs. Rcocean!

tcrosse said...

My idea of Hell is walking around the concrete sidewalks of Las Vegas in 100 degree heat.

Which is something only tourists do.

Leslie Graves said...

Love that picture.