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Posted: 1/25/2006 1:22:41 PM EDT
As much as I hate hot clammy weather, Mexico sure does sound nice right about now.
Temperature was -45 at my house this morning at 9:00 AM
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 1:50:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By uafgrad:
As much as I hate hot clammy weather, Mexico sure does sound nice right about now.
Temperature was -45 at my house this morning at 9:00 AM



Yes, Mexico sounds very good right about now. Just got back from Fairbanks...trucks suspension really is rough at this temperature.





Link Posted: 1/25/2006 2:14:35 PM EDT
I kinda like pulling out of my driveway and yelling "YABADABADOOO!!!!!" as I go bumping down the street.

My wife carpools with me in the morning and doesn't think its funny.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 2:54:24 PM EDT
Man...my first winter off slope in seven years and I simply do not miss the ultra cool of. Homer was somewhere about 0 thist morning and will get up into the teens later during the day.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 3:16:15 PM EDT
22 below in Kenai this morning, how invigorateing.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 4:54:15 PM EDT
Its a brisk 79 here, I sure am glad Ive got a long sleeve ABDU top to keep me warm...
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 5:42:35 PM EDT
yeah the airport range was real fun last week. got frostbite on my nose.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 6:37:02 PM EDT
It's only -23 here right now but we just went through a mild windstorm hitting close to 60mph for a couple days. The wind broke the NDB antenna, thank jimminy cricket planes use GPS these days.

Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:56:56 AM EDT

Originally Posted By nf9648:
Its a brisk 79 here, I sure am glad Ive got a long sleeve ABDU top to keep me warm...



Yes, but my down parka can easily conceal my Glock with a 15 round magazine
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:58:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2006 10:59:33 AM EDT by uafgrad]
-47 today

50 below here we come

Weather Channel shows that it may hit -1 by Feb 4th
Cold Cold weather through next week
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 11:05:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2006 11:07:14 AM EDT by raven]
A tropical -5 F for the last few days here in Skankorage. Al Gore, save us from global warming!
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 11:44:19 AM EDT
man , thats some seriously cold weather. I have to ask , do you have problem starting your cars in the morning ? Do you have to take special precautions to get it started?

thx
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 12:24:52 PM EDT
-25 in Soldotna. We have block heaters on our cars here. It's still a pain in the ass to get the thing started. Mine grunts for a minute or two. My damn landlord only keeps the power on outside for an hour in the morning from 5-6! The worst thing is having the door locks freeze open.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 12:32:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ColtM4:
man , thats some seriously cold weather. I have to ask , do you have problem starting your cars in the morning ? Do you have to take special precautions to get it started?

thx



in Fairbanks we have block heaters, oil pan heaters, battery blanket, and some get a tranny heater. My car stays plugged in anytime it isn't running. I usually let the car run a few minutes before I go anywhere. Some people put blankets on the hood of their car but I haven't seen what the advantage of that is supposed to be.

of course its not that cold right now the time and temp sign at the bottom of the hill to get on campus reads +2 if you can see it through the ice fog.

(anytime it gets colder than -42 the sign swithces to positive numbers for some reason.)
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 1:27:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ColtM4:
man , thats some seriously cold weather. I have to ask , do you have problem starting your cars in the morning ? Do you have to take special precautions to get it started?

thx



Yes the cold is very hard on cars.
Tires actually freeze in a non round shape and until the warm will give you asomewhat bumpy ride. Another problem occurs when the metal of the rim shrinks from the cold. This can cause the bead to break if the tires are spun and cause a flat tire. Ever tried to change a tire at -40. It just sucks. Its not if you get frostbite, its how bad.
Cars must be plugged in or the will freeze up without doubt. At this temp, I rty to keep my car plugged in all of the time when it is stationary. I let mine warm up for 10 minutes or so before driving it. 50 cents worth of gas sure as hell beats a trip to the repair shop.
Plastic and rubber lose all elastictiy, so CV joing are notorius for failure.

Ever shot a gun at 40 below, I have.

At this temperature you can throw a cup of hot coffee (or any other hot beverage) in the air and it will freeze and crystalize prior to hitting the ground. Hum...I wonder if piss will freeze as it comes out the pipe.

The weird thing is, once it hits -20 or colder it doesnt feel any different to me.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 1:50:02 PM EDT

The weird thing is, once it hits -20 or colder it doesnt feel any different to me.



Same here. After -20 it's just COLD.


We got off work early last night because it hit -50 out at Eielson. I can see that happening again tonight.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 4:22:16 PM EDT
I hear the poor bastards at the gun range today doing qualifications.

Holy shit that must be miserable
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 5:23:21 PM EDT
I've had most the week off because of the cold, I think it warmed up to -10 today. Putting up steel buildings just isnt fun in the winter. Our cut-off is -10, but I think the boss is more concerned with the equipment than our fingers.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 5:37:50 PM EDT
I honestly don't see how you guys live up in Fairbanks. We've got a Detachment up there and I've got to spend a week up there, here and there... -50, that's freakin' nuts.

Speaking of nuts. We flew a gun line last winter at -35. We had the windows open and the guns slung. I was sitting as far up and out of the wind as I could on that flight. I think that's the coldest I've ever been. The next day all us "E's" mutinied… We told the pilots that they can fly their gun line but we weren’t going to sling the guns and shoot. We canceled the flight due to weather. I think the pilots learned that day to never underestimate the power of the enlisted force.

~Dg84


Link Posted: 1/26/2006 6:05:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By uafgrad:
I hear the poor bastards at the gun range today doing qualifications.

Holy shit that must be miserable



Theyre pretty lenient as to what you wear as far as face masks and such, arent they? As long as it isnt too windy it wouldnt be that bad. I dont think Ive been in -20 since I was in high school, never done -40 before.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 7:06:22 PM EDT
Hmmm. Cheer up uafgrad, I see it's warmed up to -44 at the moment. Advisories for freezing fog / ice fog. It is cold when you see that people. Then sometimes there is an inversion layer over Fairbanks and all the automotive emmissions would just hang around in a low layer. Square tires.

Our Fort Yukon station was enjoying -60. Coldest place I have ever been , -77 one year.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 8:34:24 PM EDT
It's back to minus 20 around the Kenai area, I think I will shoot the BeoWulf tomorrow to see how it runs in the cold.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:29:00 PM EDT
16 right now . I don't think we broke zero yet this year with out windchill .


Time to break out the flip flops and board shorts eh?
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:32:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2006 9:32:45 PM EDT by nf9648]
What is freezing fog, like snow but smaller?
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:52:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2006 9:56:35 PM EDT by Alaska_Gun_Nut]

Originally Posted By nf9648:
What is freezing fog, like snow but smaller?


Looks just like regular fog, only colder. It was bad driving home to day zero visibility. -55 on the sign when I went in to town yesterday.

This was a couple years ago but you can see the fog in it.
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-4/691371/cold.JPG
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:42:35 PM EDT
We had -75 a couple times when I lived in McGrath, at the other end of 'town' it was -80. After a day or two of that -40 is a gift from God!
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 12:29:50 AM EDT
The crazy thing

F'ing parents let their kids out of the house with no coat wearing flip flops.
I gave one of the girls shit about flip flops, her response "I'm wearing socks"
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 1:50:35 AM EDT
Been a balmy zero here in Seward. Glad I am out of Kenai....I hated the wind out where I was at there off of Beaver Loop.

Sold my property there this week.

Link Posted: 1/28/2006 12:39:10 AM EDT
55 below in downtown Fairbanks today
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 12:59:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By uafgrad:
55 below in downtown Fairbanks today



Not my fault.

So, uh, tell me about global warming.

Link Posted: 1/28/2006 10:08:54 AM EDT
news-miner said that as of yesterday we had averaged 19 below and if it satys this way it will be the 3rd coldest month in the last 35 years. In 1906 it averaged 36 below for all 31 days.
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 3:52:34 PM EDT
Ok, What I want to know is where are all those friends and relatives that are always calling and saying "it's colder here than in Fairbanks"!!??!! NOT TODAY !
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