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Man, it’s cold!

That lovely warm, muggy spell didn’t last long. It was only two days ago that I found myself sweating during a not very physical piece of work.

While temperatures hovered around the low twenties the humidity made it feel more like high twenties.

But the reality of Autumn is now upon us.

Oh well, at least we’re not going to have to face anything like the following, which happened during the great Texas cold snap a few weeks ago.

At the same time, we’re also not going to see something as pretty as the following, except perhaps in deepest Otago and Southland:

Roll on Winter – and firewood.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 15, 2021 at 6:30 am

Posted in Climate Change, Environment

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"Don’t forget your booties, because it’s COOOOLD OUT THERE TODAY”

So yesterday as Auckland eased towards 3pm the temperature peaked at a brutal 30C.
I’m kidding about the brutal part. In the US that’s 86F and that was a cool day for most of the summers I lived in Chicago, especially when you add 100% humidity into the mix.
But what that city is about to endure is truly brutal.
Polar vortex has city ‘in the crosshairs’

In Chicago, the coldest temperatures of the year will arrive midweek. After seeing a high around 34 on Monday at O’Hare International Airport, temperatures will drop to near zero before the end of the day, according to the National Weather Service. By Tuesday night, temperatures are expected to take another plunge, to 23 below zero [-30.5C], flirting with Chicago’s coldest temperature ever: minus 27 on Jan. 20, 1985.

Unlike NZ the temperatures in summer or winter in Chicago often don’t follow the sun, which is why the mercury that started dropping last night in the city has continued to do so through today, and will continue to drop:

Temperatures are forecast to inch up to a daytime high of about minus 14 (-25.5C) on Wednesday — the first subzero high temperature in five years and the coldest winter high ever recorded in Chicago — before dipping, again, to about minus 21 overnight. The coldest daytime high in Chicago was minus 11 on Christmas Eve 1983.

Most people never experience cold like this and until you do you can’t imagine what it’s like, especially when it goes on for days. This will likely be the coldest period in Chicago since Jan 18-20, 1994 – and Mother Of God, I remember that one vividly. 
I sat at home for three days because conditions were too dangerous to drive to my work in nearby Schaumburg. But this was literally little comfort since even our wonderful central heating system – a gas-fired, boiling water radiator setup that breezed through most winters – was barely coping, and my beloved and I sat watching TV in the front room of our house covered in blankets, with a pitiful little electric fan heater to help. That last item, so common in NZ, was almost unknown in Chicago, and required a lot of shopping around to find. It wasn’t worth it either, although it may have taken the edge off in the room. An electric blanket would have been better, but again, the Yankees don’t have much use for them, given the ubiquity of central heating.
However, the worst part came when food supplies had to be obtained. Dressed like Nanook of The North in about five layers of clothing just to walk to the bloody corner shop for milk or some such. This photo from that Chicago Tribune article is an accurate depiction:
I recall shuffling along, feeling the cold really bite into my face and lips, muttering to myself, “This is unbelievable. I’m not in the Arctic. THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE”.
Several hundred people died from that cold snap, not including one old lady who was found frozen to the floor by her bed where she had been saying her nightly prayers. After fireman pried her loose she recovered in hospital. Whether that death toll will be approached this time around is hard to say. Although a quarter century has elapsed, the technology of heating and insulation – although light years ahead of New Zealand – has not appreciably changed much. 

It will come down to who has prepared and who has not, which is why we’ve been phoning some elderly friends over there to make sure they’re all set up – just as they would have to be for a hurricane. Even with all our technology, to have to prepare as the ancients did is a sobering thought in our modern age.

Great! Just great!


Written by Tom Hunter

January 29, 2019 at 8:53 pm

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Bracing For………

……one hundred and twenty kph wind gusts tomorrow accompanied by forty millimetres of rain.

Might be a heavy day for blogging and internet Spanish language lessons.

I can just see the headlines on Their ABC.

Global Weather Disruption strikes.  It’s all because of carbon.

Written by adolffinkensen

May 23, 2018 at 10:41 am

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Treasury Forecasts (updated)

It looks as though the NZ Treasury is helping out the Australian Bureau of Mediocrity.

Forecast maximum temperature for today is 34 degrees.

Current temperature at 1100 hrs is 38 degrees.

Having said that, and to give credit where it is due, the ABM usually is much more accurate that it’s Kiwi counterpart.  Something about not being surrounded by ocean, perhaps?

At 1130 hrs, how would you like 29 degrees?

Written by adolffinkensen

November 21, 2016 at 12:29 am

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