Thursday, December 26, 2013

Day After Christmas

It has been too cold to go outdoors these last couple of days with temperatures hovering in the -40 (°F and °C) area with the weather guessers saying that -45°F is well within the realm of possibility. So this is as close as I have come to playing with a sidecar rig. My maintenance plans falling by the wayside as it's easier to just sit in the warm house dinking around in the kitchen.

This is our view to the south just past solar noon. We live in the hills north of town so we are usually above the temperature inversion and well out of the hazards of the ice fog enveloping the lower lying areas. Plus, it is generally a little warmer. My son ventured into town this afternoon and reported that in town, it was sometimes challenging to even see to the other side of the intersections.

16 comments:

Dar said...

Richard you are a brave soul living where you do. I don't think I could adapt to that type of cold,I am pretty wimpy here at only -2. Brrr. Love the sidecar toy, did Santa bring that?

Unknown said...

Richard:

when we got down to -8°c recently, it felt really COLD. I can't imagine how -40°c = -40°F feels

I think I would hang around the kitchen too

It was very good planning to live outside of the inversion area

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

RichardM said...

My grandson got the sidecar rig for Christmas. As far as the temperature, there is no wind and low humidity so it doesn't feel as cold as it sounds.

RichardM said...

As long as you are dressed appropriately for the temperature then it isn't that bad. But it is easier to hang out in the kitchen.

And yes I did look for a house above the inversion. It really makes a big difference.

SonjaM said...

I have once experienced these temperatures, and I am still in awe that people are able to endure these. Kudos to you and all the brave souls out there. I sure wouldn't be able to cope with it, not for all the money in the world...

SonjaM said...

But I sure do like the view out of your window. It looks like a sunset even though you tell it's noon.

Conchscooter said...

A little warmer than minus 45. Well, that's nice. I am looking for my t shirt so I can go and walk the dog before dawn, and work, and my ride in to work.

Trobairitz said...

Sure glad your house is above the inversion.

Wish ours was, lol. At least we don't have those temps though.

If it was -40 here no one would be outside. I think hanging out in the warm house sounds just fine.

redlegsrides said...

-45F....quite the environment. Roll the sidecar outside, wait say an hour, roll it back in and see if it starts.....?

RichardM said...

We just missed -50°F by a couple of degrees last night but Eagle, AK, supposedly hit -58°F. Maybe I need to move there...

RichardM said...

It is nice to be above the inversion. Today (Friday) we are now over 20°F warmer than town.

RichardM said...

"Quite the environment", that's one way to look at it. I was going to push out the rig and let it sit for a couple of hours while being plugged in to see if it'll still start but it's warmed up to -15°F here at the house so that wouldn't be a good enough test. It's still -38°F in town but thanks to the temperature inversion, we are no longer seeing the really cold temperatures.

RichardM said...

I still enjoy living up here and the weather is just one factor. There is some attraction to the extreme weather, kind of like going to Antarctica or Siberia.

It's 2:00 and almost sunset.

BeemerGirl said...

Toy rigs and vroom, vroom sounds probably don't make up for the real thing, do they? I hope you get your gumption back soon, but I understand not wanting to sit on cold cement in the garage.

RichardM said...

No, toy rigs are not the same. Today, it's almost back up to 0°F again but still feeling lazy. I hope you had a good Christmas in your new home...

VStar Lady said...

Staying indoors sounds like a terrific idea Richard. We had warmed up to almost 0 C yesterday but the temps have once again dropped to more realistic winter norms of -17 C. Enjoy your time off, relax and have a great New Year.