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Saturday November 24, 2012

Meadowlands, MN (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: First time below zero this winter. Minus 4 degrees below zero F. (minus 20 degrees C.)

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17. minnesotamom
5:20 AM GMT on December 10, 2012
Chuckling....fun picture, Gene! :D Thanks!
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16. Clabo
6:36 AM GMT on December 06, 2012
Sure *sounds* cold...


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15. minnesotamom
3:13 PM GMT on December 02, 2012
For sure, Photonut! :-)
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14. wildernessphotonut
7:00 PM GMT on December 01, 2012
Looks like you're starting winter off with a crackle of icicles!
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13. minnesotamom
12:33 PM GMT on December 01, 2012
Chuckling.....after living here 60+ years a person learns what works and what doesn't, huh? Thanks for your note, Heidrun! :-)
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12. trailhiker44
5:26 AM GMT on December 01, 2012
Seems the cold has got you in its grip !
As a hiker I know about the "onion look" - layers and layers of clothing - adding if needed - ot taking some off.Maybe MN trained me for that- ha, ha !
You are a pro already with these temps!
Keep up your positive attitude and stay safe and warm !
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11. minnesotamom
9:50 PM GMT on November 27, 2012
Kathy, winter used to be my favorite time of the year, but now I'm finding myself getting "old and cold", and having visions of being down in the southwest somewhere where it's warm all winter. Had to chuckle about your idea of "winter sports"! :D
Kathy
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10. ChrisAnthemum
4:37 PM GMT on November 26, 2012
Ingrid and Kathy, we are all three on the same page! My nose would freeze shut so I had to breathe through my mouth. You learn not to take a deep breath; when that cold air hits your lungs it will make you cough until you can't get your breath. And as for the winter scenery, I will enjoy it from here, thank you very much! My idea of winter sports is roasting marshmallows over an open fire.
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9. cyril8
4:29 PM GMT on November 26, 2012
Okay, now I'll add my two-bits experience of Minnesota winter. November 1976...in a little cabin on a lake, near Brainerd....ice-fishing for the first time in my life...the wind-chill if I am totally not mistaken was -70 degrees F...I had no idea that the world could get that cold....my nostril hairs froze when I was outside...my nose froze...while I waddled in a snowsuit. I will never forget that week there. Gorgeous winter scenery though!!
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8. minnesotamom
3:01 PM GMT on November 26, 2012
You sure described it exactly right, Kathy! :D We all are unidentifiable in the get-ups we have to wear to get out in below zero weather! LOL! Thanks for your note!
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7. ChrisAnthemum
2:57 PM GMT on November 26, 2012
And Kathy is exactly right! I remember when I still lived in the Twin Cities area, we did/had all those things except the heated car seats and mirrors hadn't been invented yet. When I was taking winter classes that involved my walking four blocks from the parking area to the school building, I would put on long winter underwear over my usual underthings, jeans, a light shirt, heavy shirt, heavy sweater, and lined heavy hooded jacket, two pairs of socks and lined snow boots, lined leather gloves, and a scarf wrapped around my hooded head so that only my eyes were showing. And I would STILL be frozen stiff by the time I got indoors! Took me about a half hour to thaw out. SO glad I don't live there any more!
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6. minnesotamom
2:47 PM GMT on November 26, 2012
Chuckling! Yes, Ingrid, it is like a whole different world in our northern regions (ask Katy in Alaska---they get it waaaaay worse than we do down here!!). We have to have engine heaters in our cars--newer ones often have heated seats and heated outside mirrors--or they won't start on way-below-zero days. Our houses have to be extremely well insulated and all water & sewer lines buried deep below ground, and most of us in mobile homes bank around them with snow to help insulate the skirting so the floors stay warmer. And we learn to dress in warm layers that can be taken off and put back on as needed, with insulated boots, warm hats & gloves, and scarves our standard dress. Fun, huh? :D
Thanks, Susan! I don't know about hardy, but we do what we have to to survive. :D
P.S. It was -9 degrees below zero F. this morning and only expected to get up to about 17 degrees above zero F. :D
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5. got2dogs
11:57 PM GMT on November 25, 2012
ohhhh that's soooo cold Kathy!! bundle up, you MN guys are a hearty bunch!!
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4. cyril8
11:52 PM GMT on November 25, 2012
You live on another planet...I am in awe of "heaters in the water tanks"...wow!
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3. minnesotamom
10:06 AM GMT on November 25, 2012
Thanks, Dave---I sure will! :-)
Peter, yup, the pipes are all wrapped in heat tape and what can be is buried 3 to 4 feet underground. The wildlife that lives around here are all well adapted to cold winters so they don't have any problems unless we get a bad layer of ice or extremely deep snow. About watering stock: farmers keep heaters in the water tanks and make sure hoses are either fully drained every time they're used or else have them underground with a self draining faucet above ground that won't freeze--ingenious, huh? :D
Sure wish I had a fireplace--what a lovely thought! Just a propane furnace to heat the house. :(
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2. Cowgazer
8:00 AM GMT on November 25, 2012
Heck hope those pipes are all wrapped, put another log on the fire. How the heck does the wildlife cope? And how do farmers keep the water to the stock?
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1. WurzelDave
1:56 AM GMT on November 25, 2012
Keep warm.
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Hi! My name is Kathy and I live in northern Minnesota, USA, where the winter temps have dipped down to -60º below zero F. The summers used to be mild but in recent years have been up in the 90ºs---too hot for me. I love being able to travel the world from my office chair, through all your great photos! I've learned tons about photography and editing photos thanks to all the great people on here and their willingness to share tips. Thank you to all you Wunderfriends who take time to look and leave notes---I deeply appreciate it. :-)free hit countersCreate your own visitor map!

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