Will this coming winter be rough?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by r.h. in okla., Jul 30, 2004.

  1. We are just ending one of the hottest months of the year with no sweat! In fact Alaska has been having warmer temperatures than we have. We are usually starting to bust 100 degrees at the end of July but this year it has been in the 70's and low 80's. I've been hearing rumors that the last time we had such a cool July we had one of the roughest winter following. Making me wonder if I shouldn't start looking for firewood now before everyone else buys it up.
     
  2. Linda Camello

    Linda Camello Well-Known Member

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    At this point in time, I cannot even guess! I'll have to wait and see what all the willy worms are saying.... :haha:
     

  3. Herb.

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    Don't really know, but the last three have been pretty mild so I bought a snow blower at the thrift store a couple weeks ago just in case. Actually couldn't pass the thing up it has a five horse engine that runs and only needs a new bearing on one end of the auger, for $15.00 I had to get it.
     
  4. cashcrop

    cashcrop Well-Known Member

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    Herb-

    This last winter is the closest we've (Rusk county Wisconsin) had to an "old fashion" winter since I was a child(25+years ago). Wind chills of -45 and LOTS OF SNOW! I sure hope this winter isn't worse than last winter!!!

    I'll never leave the house except to work, feed & water the critters buy feed for critters and food for myself!!!! I'll pay somebody to plow the drive! :haha:
     
  5. ajoys

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    We are also having cooler temps and way more rain then any time in the last 6-7 years. Everyone is predicting a snowy winter.
     
  6. Shrek

    Shrek Singletree Moderator Staff Member

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    If it gets too cold here, I'll turn off the water and drain the lines, feed the worm bins extra and me and my furkids will head to the gulf shores for the few weeks of cold temps. Rather hang out on the beach singing jimmy buffet songs than freeze my buns off when worm sales are slacked and its only 4 hours to the sand :)
     
  7. mikell

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    Last winter in Michigans Thumb was a REAL winter. Missed 4 days of work only way in or out was snowmobile and I was less than 2 miles from town. 12' drifts lots of fun.

    mikell
     
  8. Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

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    r.h., you live in Oklahoma for God's sake, what the heck are you worried about!?!?!?!?!
     
  9. sisterpine

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    Greetings from montana, dont know if i am signed in but this is Sisterpine! Last winter was the best winter (snow wise we have had in 9 years) more like normal. this summer is being cooler than we are used to so we are hoping for more snow than ever this next winter. it did not get cold enough (-40 for 3 days) to kill off the pine bark beetles and whole mountains of forest are dying from the dam things! Hoping for a very very cold winter this year!
     
  10. punkrockpilot

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    I sure wish I was where ever you guys are with the mild summer, I have been working outside this morning and I am covered with sweat and its not yet 10:00 am. It's HOT here in southern Louisiana!!!
     
  11. Ravenlost

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    We've had a fairly mild summer here in NW MS too (last week we had highs in the 70s...it was great). I am hoping for a good hard freeze this winter. We need it. The ticks and snakes have been terrible this summer.
     
  12. It will only be rough if you're not prepared for it. There is still time....

    Swampdweller
     
  13. snoozy

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    Sounds like some of y'all been stealing our rain. We've been having summer since May, when normally, we don't get summer until July5. I'm in a wet county and I don't think we've had an inch in 2 months. Guys, this rain thievery has to stop...I don't know how to plan a garden for a California climate! Most confusing.
     
  14. comfortablynumb

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    i'm still waiting for summer to get here.. its 60 and raining today and its august...
     
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    CN, you are not waiting alone :no: The past few weeks we have been doing good to get to 75 here. I don't know what it is with the weather here. Strange. We are usually well over 90 in early July and this is August and in the 70s during the day and low 60s sometimes 50s at night.
    Bad winter? I wouldn't swear but I kind of get that feeling. I don't recall seeing a summer this cool forever so maybe.

    BTW, Linda, are willy worms the same thing as wooly worms? :haha:
     
  16. Ravenlost

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    I'm confused. It's already August in PA? It's still July here in MS until midnight tonight. ;)
     
  17. jerneeon

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    Gosh, I wish it was 75 degrees around here. It's been between 90 and 105 for the past month.
     
  18. Manny

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    It's all the global warming thing. :haha:
     
  19. Fla Gal

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    The weather in central Florida has been in the lower 90's instead of the upper 90's. It's fairly bearable except for the humidity. July and August are the hottest months here and this July has been fairly mild except for the almost dailey thunderstorms coming out of the east instead of the west.

    Does make me wonder if we're going to have a harsh winter. Only God and the willy worms know for sure.
     
  20. chickflick

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    My dear Cabin, When we (Ok/TX) get 'winter' weather.. it is usually much wetter... i/e FROZEN... Ice Storms. Reeks havoc on power lines, road passages, etc. AND we are not PREPARED in the way of equipment for such on a mass scale. Heck.. I've seen you northerners having problems even WITH all the 'Stuff"!! :):)

    It Just makes it difficult to deal with on a mass basis. I know that in 2000 my whole area 10-15 counties, were out of electric in places for a MONTH! My house was only a week. but when you don't have all the 'wintery' provision type items, that you Yanks take for granted. (coal burning stoves, ANY kind of stoves, wood stoves, etc. snow tires on vehicles, Even 'proper' winter clothing, etc...) Yes.. it CAN be something to worry about.

    Hope that kind of answers your question. Cold IS COLD!! Try heating up in an all electric home that is built with staying COOL in mind!! :O