Cold or Frigid?

  • Cold or Frigid?

    Posted by DeepSouth on December 23, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    Here in the Deep South in Southern Mississippi, we were blessed. The extreme cold winds started around 3 am. At 7 am we are at 25 with wind chill 14.

    Blessed to be cold but not Frigid. The wind is bitter cold and cuts through you. The animals are all doing good. We have a fire in the woods heater, water caught up in case, plenty to eat and each other. Blessed!

    Are you cold or Frigid? How are you holding up? Offer any suggestions to help each other.

    Merry Christmas be safe everyone

    cloudy replied 1 year, 4 months ago 44 Members · 53 Replies
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  • Carter

    Member
    December 23, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    We got down to 8 here in Oklahoma. With an awful windchill of -8. We all survived the night. This morning all the animals were up and ready for feed! Thankful we still have water and power. Hoping the worse is over now. Merry Christmas Danny and Wanda!

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 5 months ago by  Carter.
    • cloudy

      Member
      January 6, 2023 at 10:59 pm

      Well now you’ve our temps here in the high desert in Oregon. We have lots of rain coming.

  • 12-Stones-Homestead

    Member
    December 23, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    North Texas, 8 degrees right now. Yesterday am we went from 42 to 12 in an hours time. We are staying warm and cozy.

  • sadie21962

    Member
    December 23, 2022 at 2:52 pm

    Frigid here in Indiana. Winds 25-35 mph gusts. Temps -8, windchill -35+. Well stocked on firewood, water heater for chickens and cat. Chickens were kept inside the coop. Stay warm and safe everyone.

  • AiNt-RiTe-Acres

    Member
    December 23, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    Here in north Arkansas it dropped from 40 to 15 quick. Got down to -2 overnight with wind gusts and a windchill of -25. I’d say frigid … but honestly I woke up yesterday with a stomach bug and high fever. It could’ve been in the 80’s and I would’ve still felt like I was freezing. We all made it through though. Thanks to several days of butt busting we got everything ready in time. I seem to be over the bug this morning just weak and tired. We got an inch or so of snow that’s turned to ice quickly. Kids aren’t able to make a snowman but they’re sledding like crazy. Oh to have their energy and pure joy 😊.

  • MadDog

    Member
    December 23, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    NW La it is 9 degrees at daybreak. Power was out for a couple of hours when front pushed thru yesterday. Wood stove kept house warm. Chickens have heat lamps and brooder had heat lamp and heater. Horses had blankets. Pigs had shelters and their body fat…they seemed to enjoy the weather. Cattle esp calves had to burn calories to stay warm….wind was tough so they found wind breaks. Our faucet drip emitters kept water lines from freezing. Wind was tough…wind chill was near 0 degrees.

    • PackersRboss

      Member
      December 27, 2022 at 3:03 am

      Heat lamps can cause fires. There are electric ceramic heaters that hang on a wall. They aren’t too expensive.

    • DeepSouthBamaGRITS

      Member
      December 28, 2022 at 12:42 pm

      Hey MadDog, It was brutally cold here in coastal AL. This Arctic Blast was definitely one for the record books for our area. In Jan/Feb we will have an occasional night or two of freezing temps but we generally warm up during the day to break the cold & allow things to either thaw or warm up enough where you don’t have the consistently frigid temps. We were avg’ing 18-20(F), wind chill temps consistently 5-7(F) for over 30+ hrs. Doesn’t help that I live on a hillside that kinda slopes down into a valley so I felt much colder than Weather app on my PC. Outside water spigots & one pipe froze, even though heavily wrapped with pipe insulation & styrofoam spigot covers (I even stuffed with insulation for added protection).

      Can you share a link to the water emitters you used? Were they the kind that released a slow drip to keep water flowing/dripping? I’ve seen some kind of pipes you install on your water line, (gotta dig down to it) with a handle you raise that drops water level in pipe to below freeze line. To use you pump handle to raise water level back up, I think?? Not sure which would be best to use considering we may start having much colder than usual temps with a polar flip or GSM. Advice/suggestions appreciated on this.

      I have a ceramic light bulb fixture installed in my brooder box that I put a heat lamp bulb in. No chance of a clamp coming loose to start a fire. Used a HD extension cord wired into ceramic fixture to power it.

      I have an uncle, aunt & cousins/families in NW LA in the Mansfield LA area. He is retired from the papermill there.

      I know I don’t want to EVER go thru this mess again without being better prepared. Frozen rabbit/chicken waterers is not anything I have ever had to deal with plus having water spigots frozen about caused me to lose my religion! Didn’t lose any animals but used up a lot of hay to ensure they could snuggle/burrow in to stay warm.

      Glad to see y’all faired well, otherwise.

      • MadDog

        Member
        December 29, 2022 at 1:05 am

        You turn the faucet on full and it only let’s out drops. We insulate up to faucet and then cover faucet. Worked for us. It will work as long as you have water pressure. I think I bought on ebay….like a dozen for a few dollars. I will find link and send to you.

  • TagNBee

    Member
    December 23, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    I think we are through the worst of it. Yesterday was -11 with wind chills of -41. Today we are currently at -1 with windchill of -16. We are stocked up with wood and supplies. Best part is today we have sun after 13 strait days of overcast. We may finally be able to get the batteries full.

    • Squashmania

      Member
      December 24, 2022 at 3:33 am

      Reading this, singing the Beatles, “Here comes the sun”

    • paw4Him

      Member
      December 24, 2022 at 7:41 pm

      🥶 A little colder than us, but you got more 🌨️.

  • Jennie

    Member
    December 23, 2022 at 5:04 pm

    I am just south of San Antonio, TX. Currently 25 feels like 18 but were much colder earlier. Wind dropped from 14 to 7mph. Glad you are OK

  • 1Joule

    Member
    December 23, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    Southern Indiana it’s -26 windchill. Just got in from checking on rabbits and quail.

    It is frigid cold. Supposed to be -30 windchill overnight. Stay safe everyone.

    Blessings all around

  • CrazyCats

    Member
    December 23, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    Popsicle here. Quail looking good and not huddled. Eggs all frozen and cracked when I collected them. About 15 below wind-chill and getting colder. 8 degrees at 11.am. Headed to cardiologist. Lots of tests to do. Ugh. No one on the roads hardly even the busy ones. People got the 4 lanes to themselves on a big road where the doctor was. A good thing in case a spin and saw slipping.

    Got piles of wood in the house and staying nice and warm. Cats under covers. Had one sneak out and raced back in. Tried to break free. Not here. Too many predators.

  • Ozark-kat

    Member
    December 23, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    Was quite cold here last night in the Arkansas River Valley. We had snow during the day, but not enough to cover the ground completely. We got all our laundry and dishes done, then turned off the water at the well house to protect the pipes, just in case; gave extra blankets to the dogs and another quilt on our bed. Last time I checked, it got down to 2 degrees with wind chill to -17 (winds 15-16 mph). Right now (11:30 am) it’s still only 15 degrees. Brrr!

  • Benders_End_Game

    Member
    December 23, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    -4/-28 Northern Indiana with plenty of snow flowing…. Living in the lake effect zone so we get the best of it all. Stay warm and safe, most important, stay home! Merry Christmas!

  • AutumnRidge

    Member
    December 23, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    -3 degrees last night here in Kentucky. Currently sitting at 0 degrees. Rain last night until 11:30 pm then a flash freeze. Checked all our livestock early this morning and all seem fine. Hope everyone is doing ok.

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  • Indiana_Mike

    Member
    December 23, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    It is definitely cold in Indy! Brought the generator indoors (not running of course) just in case I have to start it up later. That way the oil and engine block are at room temp so if I I do have to start it (outside) it should be easy to start.

  • culdesacgrocerygarden

    Member
    December 23, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    It’s currently 4 degrees actuall temperature at 1:30 in the afternoon. It’s a beautiful sunny day! But yes it’s very frigid! The house has been making popping noises from being so cold. We have the cabinets open under the sinks and the water dripping. Hang in there everyone in a few days this will be over! It got down to actual temperature-8 last night. I was toasty warm under a fleece blanket!

  • DeepSouthBamaGRITS

    Member
    December 23, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Coastal AL, NE of Mobile, AL. Winds started howling here around 3:30ish am. Thought we were in the middle of a tropical storm. Then the temps started rapidly dropping. When I finally got around to check the temps around 8:30am it was 25(F) with feels like temp of 7(F) & north winds of 22mph!! It is 3:45pm & temps are 25(F) with feels like temp of 12(F) & north winds of 17mph! Never reached our predicted high of 31(F)! To me, being a lifetime southern AL gal, THESE TEMPS ARE FRIGID to me!

    All animals survived, packed everything I could in the greenhouse & even put a heater in there to keep all my garden experiments alive. I’ve GOT to get a bigger greenhouse built and this cold weather experience proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt! I was prepared for everything as best I could not knowing just HOW to prepare for something I’ve never experienced. Had a standby gas generator, 2 fully charged solar generators, jugs of water drawn up for me & the animals and my camp percolator dug out to have my coffee to keep me warm. Now I have a big pot of homemade chili on the stove simmering to warm my tummy this evening for supper. Gonna be canning up the bulk of it tomorrow to help keep the house warmer! Just danged, never thought we would see this kind of low temps here but guess it is a test run of what is to come with the GSM and whatever else is thrown our way!

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