Digital Diatribes

A presentation of data on climate and other stuff

Another Cold Week on the Way…

Posted by The Diatribe Guy on January 10, 2009

From AccuWeather:

Coming this week...  Weather that sucks.

Coming this week... Weather that sucks.

This is about as bad as it gets folks. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it since 1994. Sure its been very cold at times over the past 14 years, but the total area impacted by this cold wave will be huge. By next Thursday and Friday, extremely cold air will chill the entire area from the Great Plains to the Eastern Seaboard, and the cold is also going to reach the Deep South. Only the far West will be unscathed.

From the central Plains to the Northeast temperatures are going below zero; there is no question about it. Meanwhile, the Upper Midwest and northern New England could experience readings lower than 30 below zero!

Emphasis mine. Yeah. Dandy. This is where I live.

Well, we’re not the only ones, if it makes you feel any better. Europe is cold this week, too. From this link, we read:

A rare, heavy snowfall in central Spain closed Madrid’s airport and paralysed city traffic while several rivers in Germany were frozen as much of Europe endured Siberian conditions Friday.
Russian gas cuts to several European countries this week have aggravated the the effects of the bitter cold which has embraced much of the continent since the end of December.

But not everyone was unhappy about the cold snap, with the Dutch taking the opportunity to rediscover the pleasures of skating along iced-over canals and lakes.

“What I love most is the crunching of the ice under the skates and the sensation of gliding,” said Marie-Therese Sluijters-Rompa, a 62-year-old retiree who came to the iced-over canals of the western Dutch village of Kinderdijk to skate with her husband.

“It is a little piece of heaven,” she added.

Oh, those whacky Dutch… It reminds me of watching “The Silver Skates” and seeing Hans Brinker and his group of friends sprint a marathon on skates, with everyone about three feet apart from each other at mile 13. Skating must get you in good shape.

For more on that whole Russian thing, see this article. That Putin guy doesn’t mess around.

In the “irony can be pretty ironic sometimes” department, comes this little tidbit, which many of you have probably seen: Dog Sled race canceled due to too much snow.

Too much fluffy snow that keeps drifting and therefore made it impossible to maintain a groomed trail.

That poses a safety risk to the dogs, supercharged canines whose mushers need a groomed trail to drop a hook to stop when necessary.

“We can’t pack it,” race organizer Eddy Streeper said Monday. “We just can’t get it packed. We had to speak up on behalf of the dogs.”

That’s because – as you may or may not know – dog’s can’t talk.

Just for fun, I thought I’d end the post with the current 7-day forecast here. That Thursday and Friday just looks like a real hoot, doesn’t it?
forecast

Update:
I thought I’d show the updated forecast. They have graciously not lowered the low temps, but I’m not liking the trend on the projected high temps…

forecast

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5 Responses to “Another Cold Week on the Way…”

  1. Phillip Bratby said

    This makes sense. The blocking high on this side of the pond appears to be moving east allowing warmer westerlies to reach England (soon I hope). I presume those temperatures are in degF?

  2. The Diatribe Guy said

    Yes, in Fahrenfeit.

    Also, I didn’t realize the accuweather pic would be replaced, so if anyone saw a pic of the west and was confused, that’s why. I have uploaded the relevant graph (credit to accuweather).

  3. Layman Lurker said

    Joe, aren’t you glad now that the Packers missed the playoffs?

  4. The Diatribe Guy said

    That’s one of the first things I actually thought about when I saw the forecast! But, no. I went to the NFC Championship game last year in sub-zero temps, and I’d do it again. It’s funny how I dread going outside at night to take the dog out for 5 minutes, but somehow I can handle standing around for three or four hours watching a football game.

    Priorities…

  5. Layman Lurker said

    I cheer for the Vikings – being from Saskatoon they are the closest team to us geographically. The Packers are my second team though. There is something about watching a ice cold playoff game on frozen Lambeau… it adds to the Packer mystique.

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