I hope everyone makes it home, and those that are home don't lose power. I can't believe there are still people without power and water from the last storm. I have friends stretching from Kingsport, TN and up to Beckley, WV telling me they still don't have power and water since Friday.
So here I sit in the "heart of dixie", the "deep south", the south of mild winters. I am wearing a long-sleeved shirt and contemplating getting a sweater. It is 23 degrees outside and we didn't get above freezing today. The heat pumps (both of them) have been running continuously for the past 24 hours. But it gets better! We might get above freezing by Wednesday. And then it gets worse. Likely snow and sleet on Thursday, followed by record low temperatures Friday through Sunday. We could be close to or slightly below zero on Saturday morning.
This is the winter I last experienced 25 years ago when I first moved to Alabama.
I need to get more kerosene tomorrow for the space heaters. Heat pumps are very inefficient below 32 degrees. What I really need to do is move further south. Oh, but then they have freezing temperatures in Florida too.
I know what you mean! We have been in the lower 30's today, and 20's at night. My heat pump runs continuously, I am afraid it will conk out from being over worked. I am in the bottom unit of my building and think I am heating everyone else above me! I almost went out and bought a kerosene heater today. I used to have one when I lived in a drafty apt, but gave it away when I moved here. This building is not insulated properly for extended cold snaps like this.
I did pick up some long handles today, and am wearing them. They sure don't make them like they used to, they are way thin. Along with sweats! It looks colder in Alabama than SC though.
A problem in Alabama is houses built in the past 20 years are largely designed assuming mild winters and warm summers. Thus they have vaulted ceilings and lot of windows. When a cold snap hits these newer homes are poorly designed and can't handle it - like our house. I'm sitting here typing right now and the ceiling is about 15 feet above me while sitting. So I am heating all that wasted space even though I have lots of ceiling fans. Plus all those windows and their lousy insulation.
I feel so badly for all of you folks in the states that are experiencing the kind of weather conditions that I'm seeing on the Weather Channel...Of course, we in the Northeast are very accustomed to frigid temps and lots of foul winter conditions.Currently 37 degrees here with sunshine and it feels great since we have lost the wind chill temps of late. I sure do hope that it ends soon for you all.
Here in Puerto Rico is super hot and it suppose to be winter time we ussually get around 70 degrees and it almost feel like summer(90 or more) so you get a cold winter there but here is like hell at the moment...
and this is not normal during winter here
Another New Englander reporting mild temperatures... at least for us. It was in the mid-30s today, up considerably from the past couple of weeks. Now, we're used to cold air temperatures. For those of you who aren't, please stay safe. Dress in layers. Remember to wear a hat. Watch out for any ice on the roads. And pay attention to the wind chills, or "real feel" temperatures. And, remember that your pets aren't accustomed to it, either, so please make sure they are safe, also.