Coldest temps this winter -23F

Coldest temps this winter -23F

PostBy: Ndcoal On: Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:18 pm

Well it's been fiercely cold today, never got warmer than -13F and just hit -23F on the outdoor thermometer. I've been working the coal fire and trying desperately to maintain 71F in the house, but a coal fire loading miscue weakened my fire and the oil furnace automatically came on to compensate. Knowing the fire would take hours to recover, I had to admit defeat and turn down the thermostat to 69F to conserve my oil.

It's gonna be a long, cold night..
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Re: Coldest temps this winter -23F

PostBy: tsb On: Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:21 pm

Better tuck you pants into your socks tonight so you
can find your balls in the morning !
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Re: Coldest temps this winter -23F

PostBy: tcalo On: Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:40 pm

tsb wrote:Better tuck you pants into your socks tonight so you
can find your balls in the morning !

That's great!
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Re: Coldest temps this winter -23F

PostBy: warminmn On: Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:59 pm

At least there isn't any wind in ND, lol -9 here, but supposed to hit -16. about 80 where Im sitting. :D I almost cracked a window a little earlier, lol

69 makes me shiver! brrrrr
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Re: Coldest temps this winter -23F

PostBy: Ndcoal On: Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:02 pm

I could use a smaller living room parlor stove for extra coal heat. Right now I'm often running on the ragged edge of disaster in this drafty century old farmhouse...no room for mistakes!!
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Re: Coldest temps this winter -23F

PostBy: KLook On: Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:05 pm

Funny how we perceive heat isn't it? I have the thermo set at 67 here in Tenn. and I am cold half the time. In Maine, I would keep it at 67 in the living space and 64 in the bedrooms and feel great. I guess it is the perceived warmth compared to sticking your nose out the door. And I worked out in it a bunch. Gotta love that tucking the socks in thing! :lol:

Kevin
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Re: Coldest temps this winter -23F

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:15 pm

KLook wrote:Funny how we perceive heat isn't it? I have the thermo set at 67 here in Tenn. and I am cold half the time. In Maine, I would keep it at 67 in the living space and 64 in the bedrooms and feel great. I guess it is the perceived warmth compared to sticking your nose out the door. And I worked out in it a bunch. Gotta love that tucking the socks in thing! :lol:

Kevin



Yes it is.

I was telling a friend that, even having gone through 28 below here, the coldest I've ever felt was a 4 am turn at the wheel sailing off Nova scotia. . . in august. I was shocked to see it was only 40. Felt more like it should have been 40 below, but sitting out on deck with it so damp and in a wind, . .

Then he told me the coldest he'd ever felt was one rainy night when it was 80. That was in the jungle in Vietnam. He'd been used to 120 during the days. :shock:

Paul
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Re: Coldest temps this winter -23F

PostBy: franco b On: Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:22 pm

tsb wrote:Better tuck you pants into your socks tonight so you
can find your balls in the morning !

That's what's so nice about the forum. The learning function.
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Re: Coldest temps this winter -23F

PostBy: KLook On: Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:26 pm

I was telling a friend that, even having gone through 28 below here, the coldest I've ever felt was a 4 am turn at the wheel sailing off Nova scotia. . . in august. I was shocked to see it was only 40.


Coming from the eastern tip of Maine, I am well versed in those cold August days. The Labrador current keeps that whole region "cool".
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Re: Coldest temps this winter -23F

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:17 am

KLook wrote:
I was telling a friend that, even having gone through 28 below here, the coldest I've ever felt was a 4 am turn at the wheel sailing off Nova scotia. . . in august. I was shocked to see it was only 40.


Coming from the eastern tip of Maine, I am well versed in those cold August days. The Labrador current keeps that whole region "cool".


Even in Maine harbors, I was surprised see how cold water the water keeps it in august. I remember, at noon, at anchor in Bar Harbor, sun out and no wind, and we had to wear sweatshirts over flannel shirts on deck. Went ashore and within two blocks of the water, we were sweating in tee shirts .

Everytime we left harbor, we were wishing the little galley coal stove had never been take out and replaced with a modern alcohol stove

Paul
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Re: Coldest temps this winter -23F

PostBy: KLook On: Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:32 am

Definitely Paul, I grew up "on the water" both in where my parents house was situated and my dad was a lobster fisherman. We spent our teen years making extra money hand lining Cod and Pollack, with hopes of a Halibut or Haddock off of Cutler, Me. I then got into construction and built homes on those shores. It could be 85 in Machias, and 45 in Cutler, right on the ledges. Over time you learned where the cold spots and warm spots are. The back side of Great Wass Island, most call it Beals, but it is a separate island, is like that also. It is so much different on the outer ledges, as we called them, that even the vegetation is different.
I went back this last July and hiked the trail on the west side of Cutler harbor. The fog was thick and the air was so cold we had jackets on, while it was warm at the head of the harbor.
The good thing is, this reverses in the winter months and Cutler saw all rain in this "ice storm" everyone else got.

To the OP, get another coal stove!!!! I grew up in a house so old, no one knew how old it was. I know it had trees for studs between the hand hewn beams and there was birch bark for flashing around the old single pane windows. It was vertically boarded over purlins and 4 ft. on center rafters made from flattening trees out. Yet, it still stands, and my mother lives in it still. We grew up with wood only, and my father knew about coal, his father had a coal stove in the basement and it is still in the garage, made over into a wood stove. Why he didn't burn coal is beyond me. If he was alive, I would ask him.

Kevin
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Re: Coldest temps this winter -23F

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:35 am

When I lived in Phoenix, after my first summer began to turn to winter, the temps dropped from 100° at night / 110° day to the 90's ... and I was cold! :lol:

In January when winter nights would hit the low 40's, that felt like 40 below zero. The dry air just sucked the heat right out of you. Might have been the fact that I left all my thermals in MA though ...
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Re: Coldest temps this winter -23F

PostBy: jjs777_fzr On: Tue Dec 24, 2013 2:05 pm

To the OP - perhaps update your profile...where are you at?
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Re: Coldest temps this winter -23F

PostBy: Ndcoal On: Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:07 pm

Very close to the ND/MN border in the Fargo/Moorhead Red River Valley. I'll see if I can update it..
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Re: Coldest temps this winter -23F

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:09 pm

The Mark I will get a test tonight. We are going from 80* yesterday to 23 tonight. Burrr.... That's the coldest we've been in years. Lisa
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