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1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Hi,
I like weather news and stuff. I've been reading a lot about the problems with fruit harvest in California and icy conditions mainly in midwest.
Anyone out there who live in that region and wants to tell me how it is over there right now?
Thanks, Michael.

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

The Midwest...

Pinky: What's the weather like this year, Brain?
The Brain: Same as last year, Pinky. Snow, cold and wintery.

Sorry - couldn't resist a little Pinky & The Brain.

In Illinois, while the western and central states are being hammered by cold and massive quantities of snow, we've had an unusally warm winter so far, as have the northeastern states. Temperatures have been much higher than normal - hanging around 10C when we should have -25C or colder. Last night was our coldest night so far, with the thermometer reaching -19C. We have also just gotten our second accumulation of snow which is only about 6-8cm deep. That is also unusually shallow for this area at this time of year.

I'm not complaining!!! I've outgrown my love of winter weather so it can all melt tomorrow and I would be a happy camper. I gave up ice skating for scuba diving and I refuse to dive in a drysuit. (I still have my ice skates just in case I change my mind... Yeah, like that will ever happen...)

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Ok, well, it probably is blown up by the media then..altough 55 deads because of the weather is pretty serious...;)

Of course, USA is a big country, so it must be different from state to state...they should count as a country hey Isa...;)

4. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

Ok, well, it probably is blown up by the media then..altough 55 deads because of the weather is pretty serious...;)

Actually, we call that population control....

Odd that these deaths were not attributed properly. People did not die from the cold, people died from traffic accidents. Idiots in their SUVs thinking they could drive on ice at 100 kph....large trucks barrelling down the highway oblivious to the road conditions. Stupidity killed these people, not the weather. Even in areas where the electricity was down for weeks, people survived the cold (-12C to
-22C, on average).

Right now, 7:15 am CST, it's -7C with light snow flurries.....sort of balmy, actually, by comparison to the last few days. The clouds help hold in heat so it doesn't radiate back into space overnight.

Watch the jet stream patterns over northern Asia and the Pacific...that will tell you what the weather will be like in N. America.

Here, we get "Alberta Clippers", fast-moving cold fronts that sweep down out of the Canadian Rockies to the southeast and over the flat plains. No discernible land features to slow down the winds so they move quickly.....-25C one day, 0C the next. Very odd.

California is very different. It is mostly buffered by the ocean, but the central valley (where the majority of agriculture resides) is open to the elements...from strong cold north winds to hot dry desert winds from the east....rain (or not), sun most of the time, flooding, e-coli contamination from dairy cattle waste run-off, and the occassional blight.

ps: Remember that the sheer size of this country makes for a variety of weather patterns. Illinois is ~375 km north to south, and ~180 east to west. California is ~1000 km north to south alone!!

Mmmmm, weather.....

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

Ok, well, it probably is blown up by the media then..altough 55 deads because of the weather is pretty serious...;)

Of course, USA is a big country, so it must be different from state to state...they should count as a country hey Isa...;)

The weather is a serious problem in the central states and 55 dead is also. In parts of Colorado, people have been without power for weeks and up to their eyeballs (and higher) in snow. There was a news report on Monday that the power was finally being restored to the more remote areas. The thought of being without power and unable to get out of my driveway for 3 weeks is a bit scary to me. The refrigerator/freezer food could be kept outside in the snow, and we stock up in autumn for just that reason (being snowed in, that is) - but we also have animals and fish to worry about.

The freezing temps in California are devastating the fruit and vegetable crops. Gov. Arnie stated the current loss of citrus fruit alone is in the billion dollar range. That's a lot of citrus and California is our largest supplier of fresh oranges. Florida produces the largest quantity of juice oranges.

We have enough governmental problems with 50 states - I can't imagine what chaos it would be if each state was their own country...

6. Posted by JoyinVA (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Quoting beerman

Quoting Utrecht

Ok, well, it probably is blown up by the media then..altough 55 deads because of the weather is pretty serious...;)

Actually, we call that population control....

Odd that these deaths were not attributed properly. People did not die from the cold, people died from traffic accidents. Idiots in their SUVs thinking they could drive on ice at 100 kph....large trucks barrelling down the highway oblivious to the road conditions. Stupidity killed these people, not the weather. Even in areas where the electricity was down for weeks, people survived the cold (-12C to
-22C, on average).

Don't forget the people who buy gasoline powered generators to keep the electricity on at home, and then don't read the part about the generator producing carbon monoxide and it should only be in a well-ventilated area. And a carbon monoxide alarm would also be helpful. So whenever there are power outages there are a certain number of people who die from carbon monoxide poisoning in their sleep. The US Centers for Disease Control estimate that more than 500 Americans die from accidental Co poisoning every year. See http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/cofacts.asp for more details.

Of course, my favorite is people who walk outside when there are hurricane or tropical storm-force winds, to "see what the weather is like outside" and get killed by a tree falling on them. In the eastern Virginia county where I live, that is the only reason people died the last time a bad hurricane came near here.

Oh, we got an ice storm in Virginia on Sunday! The storm finally made its way to the east coast. Nowhere near as bad as the west, everything melted today, so not too much excitement.
Joy in Virginia