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No, colder than that.

That Weather.com forecast I posted last night? Well, they got the windchill forecast right at -18°F but were way off on pre-windchill temps: Between 2am and 6am, actual temperatures hovered at -12°F here in Lawrence, KS.

How in the frozen hells did the native tribes and especially early pioneers survive the winters here, thousands of miles from stores where they might purchase Duraflame™ logs to warm their sod huts?

Oh, yeah, they often didn't.



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Feb. 10th, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC)
I've been at my desk for two hours now and my feet have finally started to warm up. Just in time to head out to the Union to drop off a big copy job at Kinko's.


Edited at 2011-02-10 04:00 pm (UTC)
Feb. 10th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Oh Joy!
Feb. 10th, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it'll be awesome. With luck, I won't be the one carrying the giant box of paper.
Feb. 10th, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
I'm sitting at my desk with a fleece blanket over my legs and feet, just to keep my feet warm. The rest of me is ok.

Yes, I could turn up the heat in the house, but seems silly to do so just to warm up one room.
Feb. 10th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
This is why my home office is upstairs with a wall along the south side of the house.

Thouth it's not as nice in the summer...
Feb. 10th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
Why I have a small space heater pointed underneath my desk.
Feb. 10th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
My desk is situated over a floor vent. Ah, yeah: direct heating and cooling.
Feb. 10th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
passive solar take me away
(I'm wearing a jacket while typing this.)
Our house can't warm past 69˚ due to the inefficient building techniques which allow winter to leach heat at every corner. -shiver-

I need an earthship! -cry
Feb. 10th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
Re: passive solar take me away
Wow, I don't think my house has been that warm since August. I keep the thermostat at 59°F at night and 61°F during the day. I have it set to automatically crank all the way up to 64°F at 5pm so we can bask in the warmth.
Feb. 10th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
Re: passive solar take me away
Our thermostat is set to 74. The house just can't get any warmer than 69. :P Lame.
Feb. 10th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
Re: passive solar take me away
Wow. You must have some kinda heating bills ;-)
Feb. 10th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
Re: passive solar take me away
Thus the dreams of a passive solar house in the future! haha
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Feb. 11th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
...says the guy who enjoys 66°F days...
Feb. 12th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
I believe the death toll for the first wave of Iowan pioneers was 50%, but it improved for the second wave because they could build on the work of the first.
Feb. 12th, 2011 04:31 am (UTC)
Imagine the tenacity. Wow. And I bet that 50% probably doesn't include children and certainly not newborns.
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