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A whole new level of cold (for me, anyway)

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    A whole new level of cold (for me, anyway)


    I just got home, and it's *minus 25F* (-32C) here. It will be even colder tomorrow -- work is closed due to temperature. And that's an office job; they judge it's too cold for people to get to the office. I've been through a few New Hampshire winters, but Minnesota is a whole different ballgame. I'm glad the Mini-Cooper is a trouper. It's rocking this, doing just fine.

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    Re: A whole new level of cold (for me, anyway)

    seriously...I grew up in MA..I don't remember being in conditions that were that cold wherever I was in that area...great lakes/midwest is getting killed though

    is randyo still riding in this?

    reports say just a few days though...then from -20 to 45 in chicago by this weekend

    come back and visit this week haha....68 in lb tomorrow

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    Re: A whole new level of cold (for me, anyway)

    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post

    come back and visit this week haha....68 in lb tomorrow
    Brrrr. That's a little chilly.

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    Re: A whole new level of cold (for me, anyway)

    Quote Originally Posted by PhilB View Post
    I just got home, and it's *minus 25F* (-32C) here. It will be even colder tomorrow -- work is closed due to temperature. And that's an office job; they judge it's too cold for people to get to the office. I've been through a few New Hampshire winters, but Minnesota is a whole different ballgame. I'm glad the Mini-Cooper is a trouper. It's rocking this, doing just fine.

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    Re: A whole new level of cold (for me, anyway)

    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post
    is randyo still riding in this?
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    I would be, if I was riding, been nearly 2 years. should get the go ahead to drive/ride in March, contingent on not having any seizures between now and then. Seems I have finally got my medication and dosage under control


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    Re: A whole new level of cold (for me, anyway)

    Quote Originally Posted by SRTie4k View Post
    Do you no longer live in NH?
    I'm a consultant, and I often travel for work projects. NH is my state of residence, and most years I spend about half the year there. I'm currently in the Minneapolis area for a job project.

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    Re: A whole new level of cold (for me, anyway)

    That front is supposed to be heading east. Forecast of snow in the south: cue pictures of Atlanta highways that look like the road out of Kuwait City.

    Forecast for Sunapee is about 0 Friday night, nothing out of the ordinary.

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    Re: A whole new level of cold (for me, anyway)

    We complain in NE a bunch about the cold, but the jet stream is usually coming up to us. The upper midwest and great lakes get the air straight from arctic Canada. So, you know, sucks for them and all. But it's not that bad here from what I've experienced elsewhere.

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    Dang!! Coldest temps I've seen are about -55f and it was brutal. Anything exposed just instantly hurt.

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    Re: A whole new level of cold (for me, anyway)

    Quote Originally Posted by PhilB View Post
    I'm a consultant, and I often travel for work projects. NH is my state of residence, and most years I spend about half the year there. I'm currently in the Minneapolis area for a job project.

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    LOL! I must've missed the Minneapolis part. I was reading your post and was like, "...the fuck is he talking about? It was in the teens last night!"

    They're talking -20 windchill tomorrow in Barnstead. Although I *DO* have a recording of -13 air temp at the house from a handful of years ago.

    And for the life of me, I can't understand why even bother measuring once it gets below zero. Why the fuck?

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    Re: A whole new level of cold (for me, anyway)

    Ponsford, MN; -65 windchill last night at 6:18pm!

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    Re: A whole new level of cold (for me, anyway)

    They are lighting train tracks on fire in Chicago to keep them from contracting too much and breaking.

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    Re: A whole new level of cold (for me, anyway)

    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    They are lighting train tracks on fire in Chicago to keep them from contracting too much and breaking.
    No shit?!?

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    Yeah, I was just reading about it. Holy fahk!

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    Re: A whole new level of cold (for me, anyway)

    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    They are lighting train tracks on fire in Chicago to keep them from contracting too much and breaking.
    Yet when I do it they cry "domestic terrorism"

    Bullshit

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    Re: A whole new level of cold (for me, anyway)

    I'd heard about lighting the switch gear to keep it warm, but never about the track shrinking.

    On a similar note of crazy things done to combat the cold. My grandfather told me a story of working in the open coal mines years ago. When it got cold and his big dozer wouldn't start, they wound a rag around a broom handle, dipped it in diesel, and lit it. Held that in the turbo charger of the engine so it would suck in the heat to get it started. I guess you do what you gotta do.

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    Re: A whole new level of cold (for me, anyway)

    when I lived up north in Milan, on the logging job, we used to start a campfire under the skidder to warm it up, before we attempted to start it

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    Re: A whole new level of cold (for me, anyway)

    coldest temps in my memory are -48 when I lived in Milan, NH, and -52 when I was in college at Paul Smith's,NY, and several -35 mornings growing up in northern Vermont


    fwiw, I run 70/30 antifreeze/water rather than 50/50

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falko View Post
    I'd heard about lighting the switch gear to keep it warm, but never about the track shrinking.
    The Cannon Mountain tram counterweight is located at the summit in a giant shaft. In the winter the weight is near the top and in the summer it is near the bottom. A good 75-100 feet lower from the cables changing length due to contracting / expanding.

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    back in the day, thermal expansion/contraction computations were necessary with the steel tape we used, now that we used laser to measure distance, I have almost forgot the formulas

    at 5f a 100ft steel tape is appox 1/2 inch shorter than it was at 65f, and our steel tapes are a special invar steel that shrinks less than other steels

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambunctous View Post
    The Cannon Mountain tram counterweight is located at the summit in a giant shaft. In the winter the weight is near the top and in the summer it is near the bottom. A good 75-100 feet lower from the cables changing length due to contracting / expanding.
    I can see that when you have a one piece cable. Similarly, we design in expansion loops on large steam systems to allow the pipe to expand/contract. But RR rails aren't one piece. I guess the joint splices are bolted very tight and allow no movement. Poor design.

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    They're setup to work in a temp range, this temp wasn't in the range designed for.

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    Re: A whole new level of cold (for me, anyway)

    Quote Originally Posted by Falko View Post
    But RR rails aren't one piece.
    Most modern railways in North America are no longer jointed in favor of continuously welded rails that allow for higher speeds and less friction.

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