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Old 12-15-2009, 03:28 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Jack Daw: I like to read about stories like that. Old mechanical technology, cold russian winters, smelly diesel tanks, and a bunch of greasy guys without personal hygiŰne...all pumped together in a small fishthank, deep under the water. Must be a hell of a ride.


Is that a sort of a microclimat in Bratislava? We also have a difference between north and south of Belgium.

While now for example they forecast -5 in the north, it could get too -11 in the south.
That is a big difference for such a small country.
We live closer to the shore of the northsea ( closer to the north). Maybe this is the reason.
We already hit -5 here last night. Very cold if you are not used to this anymore!
Well, it's not a special distinctive microclimate, but there are lots of lakes, underground drinking water reservoirs and rivers, so it has to be a hell of a winter to reach here badly. Typical lows here are zone 8, sometimes it drops to zone 7.

For instance 2 winters ago we were zone 8b, before that zone 8a, whereas other parts of Central Europe are a little bit colder (zones 6 and 7).

Plus the large city heat index is helping us a lot.

Your temperature difference is, as I believe, also thanks to the warm Gulf Stream... It brings balanced temperatures year round...

Submarines and spaceships are my favorite topics... There's no time in this world that I wouldn't like to talk/listen about these wonderful machines.
Just to see how they operate, I would like to embark on a journey in a submarine once... Or better spaceship!
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Quote Jack: """Submarines and spaceships are my favorite topics... There's no time in this world that I wouldn't like to talk/listen about these wonderful machines.
Just to see how they operate, I would like to embark on a journey in a submarine once... Or better spaceship!"""

Now I have the image in my head of Jack walking on the moon, not with a flag of the united states, but with a Musa. Trying to be the first banana cultivator on the moon .

Actually I understand the interest in spaceships and submarines. Both are wonderfull mechanical machines that have the ability to transport us to magical unknown worlds. As a little boy I closely payed attention when Jaques Cousteau went down with one of those little submarines. ( actually it looks like a little yellow shark from out of space with windows ).

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The fair compactness of the machine would make you love to possess one.

For the guys that want to complain about the fact that this is not on topic....

Take a look at the submarine again. ... right .... it looks like a banana too.
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Here we have -14C (daytime) and during couple days can be even - 18C.
I don't even want to think about my plants in the garden.
Airpotrs and railways stations are paralysed and there are big traffic jams in the cities.
I thought I could freeze today - hopefully I have some home made Porterˇwka (Porter Vodka) to warm up
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Im almost at ZERO!!!
It is the coldest night so fare
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It is the coldest night so fare
LOLZ Ante, only -3░C here at the moment. Absolut low this December was 2 days ago. cirka -6░C at my place. Well, it's getting cold. I also went to Christmas markets with my cellphone, took some pics, but then I found a group of singing people there (cirka 15 with an accordion)... and I bought some wine, sung a little bit and made som pics again...

And when I came home I found out they were all blury. I will maybe post them soon, but right now I'm gonna have some warm tea!
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Well, for the benefit of those on the far side of the pond, the U. S. nation's capital is expecting a foot of snow tonight/tomorrow. Haven't got my palms or basjoos mulched yet. Temps have been in the low 20's F at night, and palms still look OK! Basjoo is fried. Time to kick back and watch lots of movies on my new 50" Panasonic plasma! Doctor won't let me shovel snow due to heart condition. (Ha, it finally came in handy!!)
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Old 12-19-2009, 02:07 AM   #47 (permalink)
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Wow 50"! Thats something. I still didnt get used to watch my 32".
But for 50" man has to have soccer field size living room .
Early this morning south wind started again and gets me plesant 6C for now.
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I won't tell you what the temperature is here!! Make you cry!!
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I won't tell you what the temperature is here!! Make you cry!!
I just took a peek at the map yesterday. It said air temp 33░C and water temp 29░C for Cuba. So I guess that pretty similar?
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Haha Jack, even here are water (sea) temperatures in range 12-16C and the bigger part of coast is still freezing. There is 20 cm of snow in northen Adriatic.
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Right now it's -4, and in the night it was -10

Canna's are frozen in the garden. Yucca's and Palms haves leafs very darkgreen from freezing.
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Haha Jack, even here are water (sea) temperatures in range 12-16C and the bigger part of coast is still freezing. There is 20 cm of snow in northen Adriatic.
Here only 3cm of snow, but it started snowing really badly a few moments ago. 1cm/5minutes. BUt I guess it will faster meltdown than stay.

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Canna's are frozen in the garden. Yucca's and Palms haves leafs very darkgreen from freezing.
Good luck with those palms. Yuccas are good, but palms are much more endangered by these temps. Radical warming expected before 24th in here! Wow. It might be non-white Christmas after all. Well... Ante, going skiing this year? (yeah, I know, lols, sounds pretty badly - subtropical Ante skiing), if so, than let me know. Alps and Carpathian mountains have had lots of snow storms lately and the skiing season began on 4th December...
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Sea side up North from me:

Picture is taken this afternoon.
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For me it looks very natural, like Baltic Sea
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Ante,

that picture is really beautiful ! it's almost a postcard! What region is that exactly?

Jack,

I'm not so afraid for my trachycarpus palms that I have in the garden. However I'm very worried about my Washingtonia Robusta. However it haves protection ( a sort of tent ) to reduce humidity from the roots. It's already a medium big tree (1.5 m trunk), that is no almost 10 months in full ground. Chamaerops are dark green from frost, just like trachys. Yuccas are dark green and looking odd.

Next week giving higher temperatures. We will see.

I will make a picture of the garden soon.
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that picture is really beautiful ! it's almost a postcard! What region is that exactly?
Thats somewhere in Istria. They had 20cm of snow. The biggest snowfall in last 50 years
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That really is a gorgeous picture, Ante. Here's my backyard in the middle of the snowstorm now.





We have over 13" so far, maybe up to a foot more before ending late tonight.
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Is that normal for your region?
Funny things are happening here, acording tonight weather forecast (its 9pm here now) temperatures will raise for 15-20C from Monday to Tuesday?
We will have warm Christmas again
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It used to be normal when I was growing up here, but hasn't been this early or heavy since the 60's. I had lived in NY for 40 years and got used to winters like this, but down here in Maryland it's been mild comparably. Back then we were zone 6, now we're 7a.

edit- they are now saying we also will get a Christmas snowfall. Ante, how's the housing situation near you? LOL
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Used to live over in Pasadena in '76-78
When the bay froze over, we skated out on the inlets
They had wood cutting chainsaws cutting the ice around piers
We wer using the blocks to slide across the ice
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