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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Freeze and thaw

It has been bitterly cold with temperatures in the minus teens and windchills of minus thirties Celsius. It is a damp cold that feels as if it cuts to your bone, going through jackets, hats, mitts and pants as if you were naked. However, I couldn't resist a visit to see if the harbour was frozen. In the few minutes I was there, my hands felt close to frostbitten.

Last Friday, January 6th, I posted this picture of the harbour channel, taken the previous day.

 

As of Wednesday, January 11th, this is the harbour channel.

 

Meanwhile, the temperature has risen and will be near 5 degrees Celsius for several days. There may be open water again. 

There is often a January thaw but this year, another freeze and thaw cycle is forecast. We live in curious weather times!

30 comments:

  1. Global weather weirding has struck.
    Love your harbour, open or iced.
    Hot here. Still. Which for summer is reasonable. I suppose.
    Take care.

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    1. Stay cool, EC. No problem with that here.

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  2. I have memories like this from long, long ago, Marie, because of growing up in Michigan. However, after 25 years in Atlanta and now 7+ years in the Netherlands (with temps nowadays similar to Atlanta, believe it or not), I just stare at images like this. We hover around 40F these past winters. However, today we awakened to a thin layer of snow and supposedly will have more in the days to come with night AND day temps below freezing. That's the way it's supposed to be the entire winter, right? Gotta kill all those bad bugs.

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    1. Your winters are very mild, Ginnie. I hope you don't get too much cold this winter.

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  3. We're just coming out of the deep freeze ourselves for a few days of nice weather -- yay!

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    1. These up and down temperatures this winter are strange.

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  4. I wonder how the air can be so wet and cold, even in the house. I could not shake the chill yesterday, went to bed early and slept eight hours straight.

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    1. How wonderful to be able to sleep like that, Joanne.

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  5. Your pictures knock me out with their coldness. I'm just grateful that today I feel warm...in layers, but not chilled.

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  6. My goodness that is unbelievably cold. I just can't imagine.

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    1. Barbara, you would not believe the cold damp winds here.

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  7. I have found my salvation in Hot Hands. I open a package of them, two, and slip them into my pockets before I head out for exercise. They are wonderful and last for ten hours of heat. You can also slip them inside your mittens. Love your frozen picture, Marie. :-)

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    1. My problem was I had to take my mitts off to take the photo. I have double fleece mitts that are usually fine. I'll have a look for the Hot Hands though.

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  8. Again it is so surprising!!! Looks sooo cold. I admire you are brave the freezing.
    However I think I would like to have an experience to see your frozen ocean someday. I promise I bundle up, wearing a warm hat and gloves to be with you! Thank you for sharing lovely and interesting photos!

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    1. You would do such a great job on the pictures, Tomoko. I would love to take you there.

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  9. Curious weather indeed. it was near 70 degrees f yesterday, but wee expect an ice storm later this weekend.

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    1. From 70 to an ice storm is quite something too, SS.

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  10. Beautiful but so terribly cold! There is one hope to cling to and that is Spring is around the corner.

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    1. The daylight is extending noticeably now, Angela. This too will pass.

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  11. Brrrrr...looking mighty cold, either picture, but still beautiful. From your last entry I see that you have pesky squirrels too. I just finished writing about mine and the silly way I'm hoping to take care of it. Set to publish next Wednesday.

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    1. I look forward to your squirrel story, Ginnie. They are like community pets here.

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  12. Loved the pictures of the frozen ice! It has been bitterly cold here too, but thankfully we have no wind, so that makes it a bit more bearable. Hope your weather warming up a bit will not create any other issues like ice. Hugs to you today :)

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    1. I wonder if it is a dry cold in Idaho, SUI.

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  13. Wow, so cold. A real winter. You were brave to take camera in hand across the ice.

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    1. I didn't venture onto the ice, Tabor. I am not brave enough for that.

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  14. Amazing and so cold the wind chill here was reducing the temperature to -2 and that felt bad enough! Sarah x

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    1. It has been bitterly cold but we had another thaw this week. The weather is strange, Sarah.

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