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Severe weather check-in: January-February 2019

Everywhere I'm seeing headlines about the winter storm that will blanket a large portion of the country. CNN has this attention-getting headline: . 

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  • LK

    Hope everyone is doing well with this winter weather!

    We check our propane tank that fuels our furnace to make sure it has enough in it.

    Also when it's so frigid outside we open the cabinet doors that are under the sinks. Especially for sinks that eon outside walls. That'll hopefully keep the water pipes from freezing.  You can also turn the water in to a trickle to help keep the pipes from freezing. 

  • Melissa G

    Knowing the arctic cold was returning, my dh put window insulations around our kitchen window, atrium window, fireplace and around Josh's window. Those seem to really help keep the cold draft out. 

    I also ordered extra medical supplies and medications for Bekah. 

  • Pljohns

    I made sure EVERYONE had all of the meds they would need, all of the cars with a full tank of gas and just in case I had to come to work with the possibility of getting stuck here, I had a list of things to bring with me-This time of year, i always have bottled water and granola bars in my car in addition to blankets, toboggans/gloves/scarves, hiking boots, wool socks, phone charging cables and the extra battery packs to recharge them and flashlights.  I've been stuck once and couldn't get home.  I have extra meds here at work and i always put more in my bag that goes from the house to the office and back-at least I'll have my meds and my neb always stays in my car.

  • Deborah Bartlett

    I also leave the kitchen faucet running at a trickle and open under the sink cabinet doors. Of course, as we all do, be sure to have all of my meds handy, making sure there is enough to last if there is an emergency. Do the rest of the laundry, in case the power goes out. Always have 1 or 2 flashlights in each room. I pull a few extra blankets out of the closet, in case we need them. I have DH fill up the large gas cans in case we need the snowblower and/or generator.

  • LK

    Along with regular flashlights, we have solar rechargeable lanterns and, mainly when the kids were young, those glow sticks.  The ones that come in different colors and you break and/or shake them to get them started glowing.  Depending on the type they last for several hours up to 10 hours, I think.  They are helpful if you put them in strategic places throughout the house so you don't have to always carry a flashlight.  The kids like playing with them so it helps to pass the time as well!  

  • K8sMom2002

    Lisa, what a wonderful idea to use glow sticks! I'd never thought of that! But that would help! I'm going to invest in a few — I could even get the glow rings and put them over doorknobs so that I could more easily find doors in the dark. And sealed, they pretty much last forever, right?

    Deborah, how do you manage using the generator and not being exposed to the fumes? That's what worries me about a generator. Love your laundry tip!

    Lynn, you were super prepared for camping in your office!

    It looks like our weather is going to be cold, but not super cold like so much of the rest of the country. Funny … the high today is supposed to be the LOW next Tuesday. And the high next Tuesday? Predicted to be in the mid-70s. 

    We use a heat strip on our pump, but we also leave the water running. I leave the tub faucet running so that it doesn't accidentally get turned off. Ask me how I know that happens.

  • LK
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    Lisa, what a wonderful idea to use glow sticks! I'd never thought of that! But that would help! I'm going to invest in a few — I could even get the glow rings and put them over doorknobs so that I could more easily find doors in the dark. And sealed, they pretty much last forever, right?

     

    Yep, they seem to last a long time unopened!  I like that idea of putting the rings on doorknobs! 

  • LK

    Thought this is a good way to know how many layers to dress in for different degrees of cold!

    Sorry to digress but read a few of the comments and one wrote that "A balaclava covers noses" and a reply was "I read that as baklava first and wondered how it covers noses. lol" to which the first person replied "It's very sticky!  "

    Good that folks keep their sense of humor!  

  • Deborah Bartlett

    We did not get any snow during the night. The pavement is slippery here, but not the wooden steps. It is supposed to go down to 4 degrees tonight. 

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Cynthia, the generator has to be run outside. Our garage is under the bedroom. We live in a raised ranch. If we have to run the generator, I have to wear a mask at all times. It is never safe to run a generator in a garage with the door closed…just in case someone is not aware of this. Hopefully, we won't have to run it. Even with the windows closed, I would still be affected by fumes. 

  • Deborah Bartlett

    If I had money 😂😂😂 I would love to have a whole house generator installed. Then everything would run during an outage. It's nice to dream… 😀

  • Pljohns

    Same here Deborah-DH has ALWAYS wanted a full house generator-nice dreams at this point!

  • LK

    Well, it's gotten colder this morning – negative 5 now with a wind chill of negative 19.  BRRR!!  Thankful for a warm house!!

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Real feel of minus 13 here. Very windy, and supposed to get windier after 1 pm. Yes, a warm house is a blessing. I have a very warm cardigan on over my shirt. I am going to make sure I am warm on a day like this!!

  • K8sMom2002

    Deborah, good to know you are thinking ahead about the generator! Maybe one day someone will invent a good, compact whole house battery-pack that will run off solar power!

    Lisa, that is COLD! Thanks for the layers tip from the NWS! I'm wondering who defines "chilly", "cold" and "extreme cold." I'm cold natured, and so I found myself dressing with layers this weekend, and the weather was "only" as cool as 40 degrees. When it's super cold, I feel like the Michelin Man!  

    One tip that I've found … I use those thin athletic fabric capris for "long-johns" under my jeans or slacks during super cold weather. They are thin, so they don't feel bulky, and they're breathable fabric, so they don't cause me to be super sweaty. And if they do get wet, they dry fairly quickly.

    Stay safe! And warm!

  • LK

    @Marie E Natzke

    Thinking of you in this cold!!  Hope you are staying warm!!

  • Marie E Natzke

    Hi everyone glad to see everyone is ok. Not everyone here in surrounding suburbs Of Chicago have electricity they are hoping it will be back in service by noon. The el trains, they had to set fire to the tracks so the trains can run and switch tracks. Metra is cancelling their midnight train. Some trains won't run until Friday morning. 

    as for me and my family we have our furnace set at 70. We have electric radiators going. I baked cookies and muffin bread this morning. Curtains and drapes and blinds are closed. We've been covering our air conditioner 's inside the house instead of outside and I think it's helping keep the house warmer. So far no frost on the walls But its cold…bothering my arthritis really bad. Especially my feet. I've been coughing a little as well air is very dry when it gets like this. 19% humidity in the house.

    My company closed last night at 4:30pm and is supposed to open for 1st shift tomorrow. 

  • Marie E Natzke

    I'm trying to LK!!! It's times like this I miss carpeting in the floors but in the long run its better not to have them!!!

  • LK

    Oh, Marie!  That is just plain frigid!!  Definitely a good day to turn on the oven and bake!  Good thinking to keep drapes closed.  Every little bit helps when temperatures are like that.  Is it supposed to warm up tomorrow or by this weekend?  Sure hope so!  Sending you warm   !

  • LK

    Marie, I remember when we lived in northern Illinois and the indoor air was so dry because weather was cold the weatherman said to fill up the bathtub with water to help add moisture to the air.  He said when it's that dry it just sucks the moisture out of everything.  Would have to make sure the water wasn't a hazard to any small people or animals though and not let it sit too long.  Not sure if they still recommend doing this but thought I would mention it!

  • LK

    True!  That's still cold but better than -25!  Makes me shiver just thinking about how cold that is!

  • LK

    Haven't heard that term in ages Deborah!  Long johns!  Made me smile!  Back then they didn't have the moisture-wicking properties clothes do now.

  • Kelsey124

    Wind chill here is supposed to be -30 tonight. Not supposed to be above 0 until Friday… safe to say I’ll be staying inside for the next 24 hours🥶

  • LK

    Oh, Brrrr, Kelsey124!  Glad you can stay inside where it is warm!  

  • Kathy P

    Stay warm everyone!

    Here are some other tips – it's important to think about your indoor air quality during these cold snaps:

    • Cover nose/mouth with mask/scarf before going out
    • Ground level air pollution may increase due to woodfires, other heat sources and generators
    • Sealing your home to block the cold also traps indoor air pollution
    • Use a CERTIFIED air cleaner
     
    More about indoor air pollution –
  • Deborah Bartlett

    White out conditions here for 2 hours. Blizzard!!! Freezing cold. Everything blown all over the place. Accident on highway AGAIN. 

    Tracking for my vacuum hose said it was delivered today at 11 am and put in front of the garage door. No. It was not!! I had DH knock on our neighbor's door. The kid had it in his house all day. I left box in garage. Who knows if there is an asthma trigger on box now. DH can open it out there and bring hose inside. He can throw box away at work tomorrow. Ah, the joys of FedEx. 😵

  • K8sMom2002

    Marie, your description makes my weather sound practically sub-tropical! I'm glad you're staying warm and safe … hugs on the aches and pains the cold is encouraging!

    When will you guys get warmer weather?

  • K8sMom2002

    Deborah, Kathy's reminder about ground level pollution is a good one. Sometimes snowstorms, as they move out, can create something called a weather or winter inversion … and that can lead to an increase in pollution.

    Here's more from the :

    Inversions often follow on the heels of a snowstorm, when fresh snow pack on the ground reflects the Sun’s warmth back up into the atmosphere, resulting in colder temperatures near the surface and warmer air above. The higher pressure layer of warm air sitting atop the colder layer acts like the lid on a pot, trapping the cold air below.

    As the inversion goes on, this trapped air begins to stagnate, and the concentration of fine particulate pollutants in the air, emitted by the consumption of fossil fuels in vehicles, power plants, and factories, increases. An extended period of inversion sometimes results in the formation of a brownish fog.

    So keep an eye out for your air quality!

  • Marie E Natzke

    K8SMOM2002 Friday we have a heat wave 17- 24 degrees by weekend in the 40's . Tomorrow we have snow 1-3 inches. We have over a foot on the ground. Over the weekend we are to have rain. Not good we might have flooding. Everything is an ice cube!!!

    I know this front is moving to the east coast so take care everyone. Keep warm and stay safe!!

  • Pljohns

    marie and Deborah-hope you can stay in where it is warm!  Sending tons and tons of warm up vibes your way

  • LK

    Hope everyone who has cold weather is staying warm and doing well!  Looks like some places will start warming up a little in a day or two.

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Thanks for the warm.vibes Lynn!!! Ahhhhhh…..just like a warm blanket! 

    Lisa- Supposed to go into the 40s on Sunday and maybe hit 50 a couple of days next week. Yoyo weather at its finest!

  • LK

    What crazy weather!  We are at 18 now and up to low 60s by Sunday and a high in the 20s by Wednesday.  

  • Deborah Bartlett

    YOW-YOW!!! How can our bodies keep up with the constant changes? Doctors office phones must be ringing off the hook. Not that some offices will answer….😒

    I just layer up. I can remove a sweater and put it back on if I need to. With COPD getting the chills and feeling feverish happen all the time. It's like living on a yo yo coaster!!! 🎢

  • Melissa G

    I cried Uncle this morning and did the "teladoc" with our insurance company. I took the last of my antibiotics over the weekend and by Tuesday evening I was feeling sick again. Yesterday I was absolutely miserable and I couldn't sleep at all last night due to all the coughing. The dr called in a new antibiotic and more cough syrup. Maybe I will be able to get some sleep tonight. 

    I hope everyone is staying warm in the arctic cold temps!