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Jay

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So the weather outside is chilly.....
« on: December 17, 2013, 08:19 AM »
Thought I'd check in with the group and see how all are doing.
This morning I awoke to negative 19... rather cold for this time of year. Now Saranac Lake NY hit negative 26...that's cold!
Checked my trees. The ones in my (minimal) heated sun-room were seeing temps around 35 degrees. The ones in the garage on the heating grid are seeing the soil temps of high 20's. All is well.

I'm interested in hearing how everyone else is doing.......

Jay
 

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Re: So the weather outside is chilly.....
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2013, 08:39 AM »
We're at a, comparatively, toasty 39°F this morning.  I hope you get more replies along the lines of what you're looking for, and I hate to possibly derail your thread with the first reply, but could you tell us more about the heating grid you mentioned?
 

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Re: So the weather outside is chilly.....
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2013, 08:41 AM »
+4 F, crispy!
 

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Re: So the weather outside is chilly.....
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2013, 09:01 AM »
a balmy 25F!!! but super windy, so feels much colder.  We've been mostly in the teens and 20's for quite a while now, cold greenhouse air temps staying right around 30.  Roots are right around 37 -40ish on the heat mats, just right.  Been working on wiring while I have time.
 

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Re: So the weather outside is chilly.....
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2013, 09:25 AM »
Our weather, while much more temperate, has been below normal. Low 20's at night. Low to mid 30's during the day. Windy, light snow and sleet last week. Temps about 15 degrees below average.

However our climate is generally good except for the wicked heat and humidity in the summer.

Happy Holidays to all.

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Re: So the weather outside is chilly.....
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2013, 09:34 AM »
Sorry I should have given some details on the 'grid'.

I took some 3/4 inch copper tubing soldered it into a grid using 'T's' and elbows with valves at both ends. the grid is the shape of my shelf in the garage. I filled the grid with auto antifreeze, the antifreeze is a great conductor. I then purchased an electric wire/heat thing, the ones you can buy in big box stores in the plumbing department. They are used to wrap around your water pipes and keep them from freezing. They come in many lengths and come with a thermostat.
My thought was the heat wrap wire would heat the pipe, the antifreeze will transfer the heat fairly evenly and the pots...which sit directly on the grid will pick up some of the heat. It appears my plan does work. I've used this system for over 10 years.
One word of warning.... do NOT solder the pipe with the antifreese in it. And NEVER use this pipe for anything else!!!

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Re: So the weather outside is chilly.....
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2013, 01:19 PM »
So St. Louis is above freezing 39. wed 48, thur 53, fri 53 and rain and sat 41. Sure beats the 8 degree day last thu. JRob
 

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Re: So the weather outside is chilly.....
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2013, 05:00 PM »
33 degrees this morning, Brrrrrrrr !  Friday is supposed to get to 76, with an overnight low of 62. Going camping. Have had 20 nights so far in the 30's or less. I'm ready for spring, and it isn't even winter yet.
 

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Re: So the weather outside is chilly.....
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2013, 05:15 PM »
We hit -20 last week here in Wyoming. Right now it's gorgeous out though... 57! Supposed to drop again on Thursday, but not as cold as last week. 
 

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Re: So the weather outside is chilly.....
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2013, 11:22 PM »
30-38 f  for the week in Chicago rain expected wed thurs. Everyday freeze thaw cycle.

Cairo, 66 and sunny all week. nighttime 44.   Oh to be a Pharoah.

Be careful camping, watch out for Sasquatch.
 

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Re: So the weather outside is chilly.....
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2013, 11:41 PM »
65 to 75 with some frost in the mornings.
I'm going camping as well.
Did anyone see the Geminid meteor shower last week?  It was awesome here on the central coast despite a big moon.
 

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Re: So the weather outside is chilly.....
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2013, 06:30 AM »
24 hours later and the temp is now a more normal 13.4. That is over 32 degrees warmer than yesterday.
Plan on checking in with the trees and then spending the day out.
I love seasons...just not sure I like the extremes.
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Re: So the weather outside is chilly.....
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2013, 07:56 AM »
And so Jay and others,

I am told temperatures at home are 70 deg.F from 6 p.m until around 9 a.m.
Highs are 84 or so deg.F and it's rainy, dry, rainy, dry ..........
Hunidity from 60 to 80%
All trees are dormant.
Repotting coming up on the 2nd of January.
Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings.
Good Day
Anthony
 

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Re: So the weather outside is chilly.....
« Reply #13 on: December 25, 2013, 12:59 PM »
Merry Merry to all...... I've been without internet for 3 days finally got it back late last night.
Also got a call from my sister-in-law on Cape Cod. She said her husband saw a news story that Jeffersonville Vt (my town) was the worse hit by the ice storm in the north east. Well let me tell you... we got ice. It is sad looking at the trees bent over double by all the ice. Some of our 10 to 15 feet tall White Pines along our drive have their tops snapped off. A couple have the top 5 to 8 feet snapped.

Mother nature gives us some beautiful scenery... sometimes there is a price to pay for the view....

To all
Health   Happiness and Good Cheer

Jay
 

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Re: So the weather outside is chilly.....
« Reply #14 on: December 25, 2013, 05:42 PM »
Got any photos? We had just enough ice to make for some beautiful scenes, with only minimal damage to trees. This area (Rochester NY) seems to get a really damaging ice storm about every 10 years...most recent have been in 1991 and 2003 (so we're due). Each of those storms did tremendous amounts of damage but the landscape has recovered pretty well.

Otherwise, it's been cold and snowy...-2 F last night with a fresh 2 - 3 inches of fluffy snow made for a nice white Christmas.

Chris