Weekly Weather Roundup: A Low Pressure Christmas

By: Riah Gouvea , 1:31 AM GMT on December 31, 2013

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For the week December 23-29:
Intense low pressure system for the UK, Christmas in space, and one cold Chicken.


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5. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
12:54 AM GMT on January 07, 2014
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4. GardenGrrl
3:24 PM GMT on January 01, 2014
927 chocolate bars on the wall, 927 bars, take one down pass it around, 926 chocolate bars on the wall...

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3. Bruzote
8:26 PM GMT on December 31, 2013
"927 chocolate bars?" Cute - I like the association of a near-record low pressure for Scotland with a near-record low for dietary discipline and attitude. (I hope that was at least dark chocolate!)
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2. whitewabit (Mod)
3:06 AM GMT on December 31, 2013
love the round up for the end of December ..

Have a Happy and Safe New Years !!
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1. rod2635
2:10 AM GMT on December 31, 2013
from the chicken, Alaska website:
Why Do They Call it "Chicken?"


Good Question. In the late 1800's, early miners traveled far in search of gold. Food was sometimes scarce, but a particular area near the South Fork of the 40-Mile River was abundant in Ptarmigan, now the state bird which bears a resemblance to a chicken (Ah the foreshadowing is thicker than steel.) The miners kept themselves alive with the help of the Ptarmigan (if you consider being eaten as helping.)

In 1902, Chicken was to become incorporated, the second town in Alaska to do so. The name "Ptarmigan" was suggested. Many people liked the name, but felt the quotation marks were too presumptuous. The name was shortened to Ptarmigan.

The only problem was that nobody could agree on the correct spelling. They didn't want their town name to be the source of ridicule and laughter, so they decided on "Chicken." (The irony is thicker than the foreshadowing.)

And from Wikipedia, it is the only town in the world named chicken.

But none of this would be known to the world without your digging for the -58F low temperature. Thanks for another great roundup.
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