14 thoughts on “The Big Sleep”

  1. 23 is never t-shirt weather. That is pretty cool. When I started my car in my garage, the temperature on my dashboard said 37. Once I got out of the subdivision, it was 14. The official temperature at the airport was 7, but that is pretty far away. Keeping my car in the garage helps with starting and more importantly, for sitting in the car!

  2. In two weeks? Here in Denver we can do that in two hours! And then go back again to heat index in the next two. Okay, slight exaggeration but we did set a record cold temperature in the last days of October followed by a record high in the first days of November. When I lived in Asia, I always knew if I wasn’t going to work I could wear shorts and a tee shirt to go out. Here I can go into a movie in shorts and come out needing a winter jacket.

  3. There once was guy with a 100+ year old oak tree in front of his house, on the city street right-of-way between the curb and the sidewalk. It was a really beautiful old tree, right up until the morning Hurricane Katrina dropped it across the middle of his house. (To add insult to injury, one day a couple of weeks later he discovered, on the front page of the Capitol City newspaper, a full-color photo of the tree resting on his house, illustrating an article about the extensive tree damage done in Our City.)

  4. From the National Weather Service:

    Montana holds the U.S. (and perhaps world) record for the fastest rise in temperature over a 24-hour period. A down slope chinook wind event pushed the temperature at the town of Loma from -54°F at 9 am on January 14, 1972, to 49°F by 8 am on January 15th. The 103°F (57.2°C) rise is the greatest change in temperature ever officially measured on earth within a 24-hour period.

    80°F rise in 15 hours: Kipp, MT, on December 1, 1896

    42°F rise in 15 minutes: Fort Assiniboine, MT, on January 19, 1893

    47°F rise in 7 minutes: Great Falls, MT, on January 11, 1980. The temperature ultimately rose 82°, from -30°F on the 10th to 52°F by the 14th, then dropped back to -26°F on the 29. On the same date, a site in central Montana named Roy 24 NE (near Mobridge) went from -25°F near midnight on the 11th to 53° on the afternoon of the 12th (in other words, a 78° rise in about 18 hours).

    Montana also holds (perhaps) the world record for the sharpest drop in temperature as well as the sharpest increase. Browning, MT, saw its temperature drop 100°F, from 44°F to -56°F, in less than 24 hours as a result of a cold front passage on January 23-24, 1916. Fairfield, MT, saw an 84° drop (from 63°F to -21°F) in just 12 hours on December 24, 1924. This is generally credited as the record for any 12-hour period.

    (If you don’t like the temperature in Montana, just wait a few minutes.)

  5. The Armistice Day Storm of 1940 saw almost as deep drops in temp. accompanied
    buy wind and snow – killed hundreds and stranded thousands.
    Recounted in “All Hell Broke Loose”.
    One woman related that her father was catching it from her grandfather because all the Barometers
    he bought for their store were broken. It was just the pressure was so low they just did not register.
    The big killer was it was so nice in the morning no one was prepared for the afternoon.
    I knew people that were trapped in that storm (and survived)

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