Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

To what ecological disaster do we attribute these blasts of cold?

Posted Monday, January 27, 2014, at 7:46 AM
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  • There are several natural events that create weather changes from cosmic dust, volcanoes, rotation of the earth further from the sun at the right angle, and even slight changes in gravity from the man in the moon, but I think its a combination of man-made global warming causes and natural occurrences that effect weather. If we had just one big, good, meteorite landing it could throw us back into an ice age. I have recently heard of that Yellowstone super volcano in the news again, and if it erupted, it would most definitely change life as we know it, not to mention it getting a little warmer. I guess I'm as prepared as much as I can be without having a doomsday silo in the back yard. Dad gave me 5lbs. of oatmeal from Costco the other day, so I, at the least, won't go hungry for maybe a month, it can take awhile for one man to eat that many oats!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 12:05 PM
  • I think a cycle of some sort because I lived in Shelbyville from 1957 till 1971,the first 14 years of my life,and during that time I remember some really cold winters.I mean the ones that froze the cat if left outside overnight.Solid.There were some mornings that had temps as low as 5 degrees or worse.It did not snow much that I remember,but it sure was cold!

    -- Posted by mdstover on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 4:14 PM
  • I am ready for the cycle to be over with on the next go around. (In case anyone is listening, Lord)

    A few days ago it hit 0 here and probably a few ticks lower but my thermometer decided to quit and jumped off the wall. Seriously, no wind or reason that I could tell. It just decided to drop.

    It is back up again and if it does it this time, we are going to have a talk. Maybe even a refund, if I can think of where I got it. I am sure it cost at least a dollar!

    Yesterday I went down to the stream to check on my water pipe that crosses and sure enough, the last heavy rain washed all my cinder blocks and protection I had around it away. Even a railroad tie was washed away.

    This time I am trying to channel the excess water up and over the pipe. I hope I don't end up busting it all together. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 9:04 PM
  • If the Yellowstone super volcano ever blows, it won't get warmer but a lot colder.

    You could be up here with our sub-zero mornings. And snow on the Louisana coast!

    -- Posted by Tyger on Tue, Jan 28, 2014, at 11:07 AM

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Tue, Jan 28, 2014, at 2:18 PM
  • mdstover said "There were some mornings that had temps as low as 5 degrees or worse."

    Those were what I would, back then at least, have described as "invigorating" temperatures. Now back in January 1951, there was what came to be called the great blizzard or the great ice storm. We were "iced in" for a while, and couldn't get out of the house until my Dad cut the lower half of the screen from our screen door, then took his hammer and beat the ice away so the door could be opened.I walked to a friend's house to check his outdoor thermometer, and it was registering 13 below zero. On the way back from his house I happened to look over in a field, and saw two beagle hounds with a set of jumper cables trying to get a rabbit started.Now that was pretty cold.

    Then around 1963 I'm thinking, we had even lower temperatures here in the city.It was my "turn" to fire the boiler at seymour & Peck to protect the sprinkler system. I would stoke it every hour, then get in my car and drive down to the main intersection where First National Bank had installed a time and temperature sign. The temp reached 16 below zero that night, and my car became so stiff that it almost felt like driving a farm wagon.

    But the coldest was yet to come.It was about the mid 80's, I think, and we had three days and nights of fine, dry sleet fall, never saw that before or since, but I stuck a yard stick in several places in my front yard after it finally quit falling and it averaged about 7 1/2 inches of sleet,not snow.The temperature got down to either 21 or 23 below zero, can't ever remember which, and stayed below zero for about 3 nights, with daytime temps not getting above the teens.A neighbor managed to get out of his driveway in his truck and make the first tracks on our road, but when he came back he couldn't get out of the tracks. We had to take a pick and a couple of shovels and remove enough of the ice so he could turn his wheels into his driveway.We have had some unpleasant winter weather since then, but, as the old saying goes,nothing to write home about.

    -- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Wed, Jan 29, 2014, at 1:44 PM
  • Not sure I want to be able to write about those temps. Just read about them.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jan 30, 2014, at 10:53 AM
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