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News at 10.

Today on NPR, a scientist working in Antarctica shared with us that it's warmer in Antarctica than it is in Kansas today. Seriously. The ANTARCTIC is warmer than the middle of the US. And not just by a little amount: On the Fahrenheit scale, Antarctica was 30 degrees warmer than Kansas this afternoon. Ant-freakin'-arctica.

Not surprisingly, today I had to help a friend with her disabled car. Apparently, −270°C (-455°F) interferes with an automobile battery's ability to hold a charge. Helped another friend replace a headlight. And the Saab - a car designed and built in the icy northern wastes, no less! - barely started. Needless to say, after performing said errands, I picked up more weather-proofing and insulating goodness from Ace Hardware. Despite new garage-door insulation, guess who feels no strong desire to work in the garage this evening? Or to pull out the telescope and try to catch some Mars action?

Oh, and I also picked up some new fire-and-CO detectors to replace the useless devices that came with the house. Just in case the furnace burns out from running all the time.

Keep warm out there!
Chris

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tragicomic
Jan. 5th, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
If it means anything, it is the summer in Antarctica. It's a few degrees above freezing in Antarctica, and it's SUMMER there. So, I am counting my blessings that at least summer here means getting above 40-degrees.
mckitterick
Jan. 5th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
True, but the contrast is still dramatic!

(And, yeah, no matter how cold it gets here, at least the average is over 0°F, and we get sunshine in the winter.)
roseconnelly
Jan. 5th, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
It is summer in Antarctica right now.

Here is winter:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz2SeEzxMuE

mckitterick
Jan. 5th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Holy crap, lions!

That fella on NPR yesterday also mentioned how people get an incorrect impression of Antarctica because all the photos are taken in the summer. In the winter, it's dark and cloudy 90% of the time, and of course deathly cold.
drpaisley
Jan. 5th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
Where's my Absolut? No one has brought me my Absolut!

Actually, I'll take Irish Whisky (Bushmill's 10, please).
tully01
Jan. 5th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
WOuldn't Black Bush 400th Anniversary do?
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normalcyispasse
Jan. 5th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
No fun!
It's a sunny 70 here today. Quite nice, actually.
mckitterick
Jan. 5th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
You torture us with your bragging.
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clevermanka
Jan. 5th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
I also picked up some new fire-and-CO detectors to replace the useless devices that came with the house. Just in case the furnace burns out from running all the time

If the furnace burns out, having fire and carbon dioxide protectors is going to be the least of our worries.

I love your new page design! I haven't had a chance to see it yet. So charming!
mckitterick
Jan. 5th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
Well, we wouldn't freeze to death, but the CO2 could kill us.
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mabfan
Jan. 5th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
The winter when Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars, there were days when it was warmer for them than it was for those of us in the Boston area.
mckitterick
Jan. 5th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
Awesome!
ex_camillea
Jan. 5th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
Ahhh. Very mild here in the Pacific NW.
mckitterick
Jan. 5th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
On the other hand, your temps up until our Snowpocalypse were much worse!
j_cheney
Jan. 5th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
And it's only going to get colder later in the week...
mckitterick
Jan. 5th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
So I hear. In fact, right now it's colder than any time yesterday. Hooray.

I've turned down the house thermostat to 58°F today so as to not go broke from the gas bill. Long johns are one's friend!
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tessagratton
Jan. 5th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
See icon.
mckitterick
Jan. 5th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
Abso-tutin-lutely.
tully01
Jan. 5th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
One of my big regrets in life is that back in the '80s I passed on the opportunity to be an equipment operator in Antarctica, because they insisted on a 16-month contract. If I could've gotten one of the 6-month contracts I would have gone.
mckitterick
Jan. 5th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
I'd have gone, too! That longer contract though... hmm. Would be good for writing, though.
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