The dreaded "polar vortex" is coming back to the East Coast /Midwest Next Week

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peakbagger

Minister of Fire
Jul 11, 2008
6,460
Northern NH
I guess its time to break into the cold weather wood pile. I had been burning my early season wood up until now and am just about out. My winter wood is mostly beech that has been drying for two years in a prime drying spot. it went into my woodshed (which is in relative shade) with the front covered by tarp The back and lee side are open. I normally put the tarp down to keep snow from blowing in it.

I usually plan on the end of January early February to be my coldest seasonal temps. After that I may get lots of snow but usually the temps are higher. Its barely been winter up until now, the local mountains barely have any snow on them. I was out hiking yesterday and all I need was some traction on my feet to deal with the ice. I have used my new snowblower once so far this year. The local snowmobile rental place has a fleet of at least 40 brand new sleds parked that havent been used once as the local trails are not open. Dealers reportedly sold out early in the season due to Covid. The ski areas after one good dump are now burning up the power making snow. Next weekend is the MLK weekend ,the first big holiday week and expect more than few folks will be unhappy.
 

Bad LP

Minister of Fire
Nov 28, 2014
1,719
Northern Maine
We need snow badly!!!
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
89,456
South Puget Sound, WA
The cold has passed here. It's been a mild winter so far, but Jan and Feb often are full of surprises. Right now we are inline with the Pineapple Express, a 2000 mile long firehose from Hawaii. 55º outside and about 2.5" rain in the past 24 hrs.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
89,456
South Puget Sound, WA

Gearhead660

Minister of Fire
Dec 20, 2018
690
Southern WI
I guess its time to break into the cold weather wood pile. I had been burning my early season wood up until now and am just about out. My winter wood is mostly beech that has been drying for two years in a prime drying spot. it went into my woodshed (which is in relative shade) with the front covered by tarp The back and lee side are open. I normally put the tarp down to keep snow from blowing in it.

I usually plan on the end of January early February to be my coldest seasonal temps. After that I may get lots of snow but usually the temps are higher. Its barely been winter up until now, the local mountains barely have any snow on them. I was out hiking yesterday and all I need was some traction on my feet to deal with the ice. I have used my new snowblower once so far this year. The local snowmobile rental place has a fleet of at least 40 brand new sleds parked that havent been used once as the local trails are not open. Dealers reportedly sold out early in the season due to Covid. The ski areas after one good dump are now burning up the power making snow. Next weekend is the MLK weekend ,the first big holiday week and expect more than few folks will be unhappy.
My shoulder season wood is down to about a 1/4 cord. Been burning that in the insert during the evening. The big stove gets the good stuff 24/7. If the temp gets down into the single digits or lower, I just have 2 fires going. Waiting and ready for it. Only had a couple days in the single digits so far.
Got a good amount of snow a couple weeks ago and its still here which is odd. Usually it will warm up and melt off a bit. Got a snowmobile trail going across the field behind me. Still looking ok. Usually turns brown after a couple days of heavy use.
 

thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
13,732
Foothills of The Adirondacks
We had a very dry summer & fall and this winter we're behind on what we usually get for snow.

We had some cold weather early on so we switched from burning pine to hardwood, we still have just under 4 face cord of pine left for this spring.

Because last winter was warmer than usual, we have two face cord of beech and sugar maple left that we'll burn this February.

The deer are looking good this winter, we had 18-20 on the hill in the back feeding on some downed maple and other stuff on the neighbor's property.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
89,456
South Puget Sound, WA
I suspect more cold is coming your way. The chill is on locally which usually means it's heading east soon.