questionswhat's the weather like where you are?

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Another spectacular day in the San Francisco bay area! We have had record highs since "winter" started, mid 60's for weeks now.

Unfortunately we are only 20% of our normal rain this year and it doesn't look like we are getting any soon.

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Thank goodness for global warming or it would be extremely cold today.

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Climate change seems to be making us a bit more temperate. Colder winters, cooler summers. It used to pretty much never drop below freezing here in the winter and we would often have 100 consecutive days of temps of 100+ in the summer, ranging up to 117F. The past five or six years we have had freezes every winter, a bit of snow every winter, and rarely more than a few days of 100+ temps strung together. Temps over 103F are getting scarcer. From a purely anecdotal perspective, it seems like our overall annual temp has dropped 6-8 degrees.

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I'm freezing my, uh...tootsies off.

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The high in Chicago yesterday was -11. It was so cold the Lincoln Park Zoo had to bring the polar bear and penguins inside. But it was warm compared to Babbitt, Minnesota, where the temperature was -37 yesterday. The temperature dropped below -42 in International Falls, MN last Thursday.

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Soooo cold here. Still -25 windchill. It's supposed to get up to a whopping 10F today. That's 18 degrees higher than yesterdays high temp!

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It's 4 here with a windchill of -16. My car was registering -6 this morning, not counting the windchill. But by Saturday it's supposed to be 53, so we'll see.

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Chicago area here, so it's still freakin' cold! Wackiest winter we've had in a long time. Still -4 right now, but we're looking forward to the high of 5 that they are calling for later today. Windchills still in the -25 area. All this right after about a foot of snow. And now they are calling for rain/ice on Friday. I think that should about cover all the winter conditions.

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Went outside yesterday and with the windchill we hit -50. Today was much nicer with a high of 2. School was cancelled yesterday with a delay today. Pretty terrible stuff. I heard from a colleague that one school in Georgia cancelled because it was 37? Mind blowing stuff if it's accurate.

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Here in sunny Northern Florida it was 22 on my front porch at 7:30am. At 1:15, it's now a balmy 32. Many of the larger yard plants (8' high elephant years and a 35 year old humongous philodendron) are all shriveled and dead, but they'll grow back just fine.

At least we don't have to shovel snow.

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@magic cave: You want some snow to shovel? I can send you some in a box of crap.

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In Raleigh, NC the high today is 10, when I got up this morning it was -3. Don't remember windchill temps but it was hard enough to blow our Pom off the porch late last night. Otherwise, the sun is out and it's a terrific looking day.

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@barnabee: The Spouse, a former Nebraska farmboy, thanks you for your kind offer but says, "HELL NO!"

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Western Virginia checked in at -2 at 5:00 this morning. High of 17 today with howling wind. I don't feel I have a right to gripe, as we are only suffering about 2 days of this misery. Most of the country has it much worse than I do.

Bring your 4 footed friends inside tonight, please!

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Michigan here. It was -14 last night, with a wind chill of at least 36 below. It may have dipped to 40 below or lower during the overnight hours, I'm not sure. Today, it warmed up to a balmy 3 degrees, but it's back down to about -2 again. Other surrounding areas were even colder. Pretty sure this was the coldest it's been in about 20 years.

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@moondrake: By the way, that road sign, if you didn't know, is for Hell, Michigan, which is about 30 miles from me. That's right... I live almost right next door to hell. I've been to Hell and back, several times!

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And I thought Kansas is Hell...

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I woke up to -6 degrees here in Illinois, just across the river from St. Louis. We got 14.5" of snow here on Sunday and wind chills down to about -35°F. We went outside with a wand and a bottle of bubbles. The bubbles didn't freeze solid in midair, but they did freeze onto things outside.

Something I've never seen before - the snow sublimated off the walkway of our apartment building. I shoveled 3 times on Sunday as the snow came down, but left behind some thin areas of packed down snow at a few spots. By the next morning, I could see some bare cement where there used to be snow. By today, the entire pathway was bare. At no point was there liquid water darkening the pavement. The snow went straight from solid to vapor. And at no point was the weather above 0° either.

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@hot72chev: My four-footed canine friend is snuggled up against my hip on the sofa right now, wearing his new sweatshirt. The feline third of the family is outside, as she enjoys a brisk stroll. But she'll come in at bedtime and snuggle up at the foot of the bed on the electric blanket. But we are only looking at just below freezing, if that.

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We had -11 windchill here in DC Tuesday morning. No fun. But I discovered that the fleece adult one-sey that Woot sells from time to time, under the brand Forever Lazy, is terrific when you're entertaining a Polar Vortex. I bought a couple mainly for fun, but they've been wonderful.

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Cold as heck in Atlanta. It was 4.1 on the thermometer when I left for work at 6 AM. When I got home the heating wasn't working: the condensate line had frozen and the clogged pump shut off the furnace. I spent the next hour outside with a hair dryer thawing the line. Given this is a new system I was not happy. At all.

It's a bit warmer today (14), but still too damn cold for Georgia.

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@djp519: There's a Hell, Texas, but I didn't think that sign was likely to be from there. I've always joked about moving there and opening a foundry, so I could make swords and axes and stamp "forged in Hell" on them. I'd expect they'd be pretty popular on the Renfaire circuit.

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Today isn't too bad, 17 is the expected high, which beats the heck out of the -26 (not windchill) we had a few nights back. 17 is doable, unless there's a stiff brrrrrreeze.

But our weather is so weird, it's supposed to be in the 40s and raining this weekend!

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Just came across this, which pretty much sums up our weather situation without any words (although there are some words, the picture is really all you need).

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/01/08/nasa-captures-image-of-midwest-whiteout/

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I can't figure out why this question hasn't gone "Popular". (It should have yesterday.) It certainly has a lot of votes and comments. Why do some questions jump over to the Popular, almost immediately, and others linger here forever? It just doesn't make sense.

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@barnabee: My guess on why it's not popular? It isn't about a deal. If the question had been something like...Can you recommend a good outdoor thermometer? It would have gone popular w/3 votes and 1 answer. Popular seems to be only deal-related.

After you ask about a thermometer, you can then ask the question you really want to know...in the body of the question.

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@gmwhit: Yabut, right now, I see questions on Popular that have nothing to do with deals. A few days ago, I had a question go Popular after just a handful of votes and it was about "cleaning house". It's just so weird here, nothing makes sense.

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@barnabee: Oh....I do see your popular question. Perhaps you're an anomaly? Or not. If there's consistency here, I'm not sure where it resides. Throws hands in the air. Stumbles away while kicking sand.

...Yes, sand. I live in almost frigid central Florida. Weather here has been very, very cold. It froze a couple of nights ago. (Was around 29 degrees.) Absurd! Will warm up to the low 80's by Friday. Almost normal.

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@gmwhit: Such is life, I guess. (Kicks some leftover snow.) Come on, kid, I'll share my hot chocolate with you. :)

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Yummmm! Thanks for the hot chocolate. Would you like a hot-buttered rum? Kid???? Awwww, that's really sweet of you. Haven't been called kid in mumble, mumble years.

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@barnabee: I was thinking the same thing yesterday, I have come to the conclusion the "popularity" here at Woot is as rational as it was back in high school. Can I get in on that hot chocolate? I remember my grandmother making it with milk, bakers chocolate and sugar on cold days back east when I was a kid. There's a drink here on the border called "champurrado" which would be great in cold weather. It's a cinnamon flavored hot chocolate with corn flour in it to make it hearty enough to be breakfast.
http://www.myhumblekitchen.com/2012/11/how-to-make-champurrado-a-mexican-thick-hot-chocolate/

@pitamuffin: Wow. An impressive pic and some dismaying stats.

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One hot chocolate w/marshmallows, coming right up!

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The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful.

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@gmwhit: @moondrake: If a question gets tagged with "chat," it will not make the Popular tab. There may be other question tags that cannot become Popular, but I didn't look.

At least I no longer have to obsess about this one. Yes, I definitely must get a life.

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@barnabee: Ahhhhhh! Now I remember that...chat = not popular. The same as deals that are tagged free, sexy & lingerie = not popular. Thanks!!

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Cloudy, with a chance of meatballs.

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@gmwhit @barnabee: It's a strange society where chatting does not contribute to your popularity but tattling does.