Monday, January 16, 2017

Cold Weather! (Updated)

The -32°F (-35°C) is considered cold by just about anyone. But take a look at the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday. I guess that winter has finally arrived. After we get that over with then we can get on to Spring. Today we got a little more snow. Maybe 4-5". Enough to make it worthwhile to run the plow again.


I'm starting to run out of places to push snow. This is the down hill area next to our house and the pile is starting to get pretty high. While it was snowing, it got relatively warm -13°F (-25°C) so it seemed like an opportune time. Mechanical things tend to break when it's really cold. After being plugged in for only an hour, the truck fired right up now that it's nice and warm...

The plowing is done. I must admit that the plow is kinda overkill for just our driveway but I also use it on the road in front of our house and I do the church parking lot when needed. I was originally thinking about plowing as a small business but haven't been able to find definitive answers about plowing as a business. Just about everyone I've asked just sort of shrugged their shoulders and said "well I've never gotten a ticket". I guess I'm looking for better info than that.

Right after I finished plowing, the mail carrier showed up and dropped off my Amazon order. These stainless steel, cushioned wire clamps were ridiculously expensive locally. I was originally just going to use wire ties but I thought that these would work better in the long run. Plus, I could easily remove and reuse them when needed.

Tuesday Evening Update - Look at the low for Wednesday...

 

10 comments:

redlegsrides said...

My guess is you'd have to carry hefty liability insurance if snow plowing commercially.
Your current temperatures would give me pause, heck, probably stop me from venturing out for long periods of time!

Unknown said...

Unless I'm misremembering your blog posts from last winter, it seems like you're having a more "real" winter this go-around. Utah is certainly in that boat--this winter will make me really appreciate the warmer seasons to come.

RichardM said...

I guess I was wondering more about licensing. E.g. Does the truck need to be registered commercial or is that just for hauling...

I'll be pausing a lot for the next few days.

RichardM said...

A whole lot more snow. Temperatures are about the same though the NWS was predicting a "real" winter for a while. "Real" as in -65°F (-54°C) like it used to be. Then they changed their forecast to more modest numbers.

SonjaM said...

Now, these are the temperatures which I expect from your neck of the woods, Richard. It's about time. It'll give you the necessary break you need to take care of the honey-do list, right?

Geoff James said...

My word Richard, my admiration for you living and riding in those conditions knows no bounds! It might seem like a silly question (please humour a warm weather Kiwi) but at what point in the mercury do you actually decide to stop riding? (Ignoring physical barriers such as snow drifts!)

RichardM said...

Glad to meet expectations ;-)

I think that list is growing...

RichardM said...

This year, the arbitrary lower limit was set to +10°F (-12°C) but exceptions happen. For example, I may go out when it's -20 something just because. But I'm probably not going to leave it not running at those temperatures. Last year, I took the BMW out at -48°F (-44°C).

Trobairitz said...

Brrr. Remind me not to complain about our 15 degree weather from last week. I haven't had temps as cold as yours since being in Edmonton and Montreal in January (not this year 2001).

RichardM said...

My mom has been hearing about how cold and miserable Corvallis is with the recent snow and ice. Around here, you expect the cold. Less so in OR. Some friends moved from Bend to Sun River and have been commenting on the really heavy snow.