Sunday, January 21, 2018

End of the Week Update

The temperature has been bouncing around all over the place from -22°F to +34°F and the forecast for next week is down in the -33°F range again. It has been turning the local roads into skating rinks with lots of accidents and cars in ditches. Kind of an odd January. The Apple Watch screen capture is the Carrot Weather app. It makes snide remarks whenever you ask for an update. I have since uninstalled it from the watch as battery life seems to be a bit short. It's only a couple of years old but seems to be better once I removed a pile of unused apps from it.

The warm weather and heavy snow have given much of Fairbanks the snow-encrusted look with many trees bent over from the additional snow load. And it has lead to many power outages and blinks (very short outage). Last winter, I enabled a temporary way to power the furnace and zone valves off external power but it may be time to plan and install a transfer switch and move some selected circuits into a subpanel.

Not much going on these days. It's supposed to be below -20°F for most of the week so I don't expect much to be going on. I figure that I better go ahead and post this now that the "end of the week" has already passed...

8 comments:

Canajun said...

It's been an odd January here too. Temps all over the map and a couple of major thaws mixed in. Freezing rain tomorrow they say. Best just to stay hunkered down and wait for it all to pass.

redlegsrides said...

Perhaps consider snowbirding next winter....its just past sunset here and it's +52F, although today's high was only 60F but it was sunny. This is Arizona of course, Centennial got six inches in the snow drifts in the culdesac.

RichardM said...

The forecast is for mid-week to be coldest then a gradual warming over the next week. Given how warm it’s been this winter, we don’t have anything to complain about.

RichardM said...

Sounds nice. Well AZ does not Centennial. I think we have about 15” of snow on the ground and total to-date is around 38”. Less than last year but just about right on the line as an “average” winter.

Trobairitz said...

Damn tha tis cold. Snow is always pretty though.

Been really mild here this winter with just rain.

Geoff James said...

Richard,
I think that the climate is weird everywhere at present! In NZ, we are heading for a record average high for January. However, the Tasman Sea between NZ and Australia is 3 degrees C warmer than normal and it's causing some pretty spectacular storms. You saw the result of the last one on my blog!

RichardM said...

Does the temperature and snow kind of make you homesick for winter in northern B.C.? The nice thing about snow is that you stay dry.

RichardM said...

3°C is huge! It must be due to a shift in the current. But, you're right. Climate is weird everywhere these days.