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Posted January 28, 2014 - 09:41 AM

I'm curious how this January will measure up to history in regards to coldest MONTH. I'm still a young buck but I don't remember ever having such prolonged cold spells.



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Posted January 28, 2014 - 11:08 AM

The blizzard of 77/78 was pretty rough, I was just a wee lad. The ohio river froze over both in 76-77 & 77-78 



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Posted January 28, 2014 - 11:20 AM

The blizzard of 77/78 was pretty rough, I was just a wee lad. The ohio river froze over both in 76-77 & 77-78 

 

I remember that era being the coldest in history. Lots of people and livestock died during those blizzards.



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Posted January 28, 2014 - 11:54 AM

The blizzard of 77/78 was pretty rough, I was just a wee lad. The ohio river froze over both in 76-77 & 77-78 

 

 

I remember that era being the coldest in history. Lots of people and livestock died during those blizzards.

Yep ! those were bad, they announced this morning on our radio that they still hold the record cold and snow depths for Ohio.  I came home from the Navy Jan 19th, 1978 to SIX closed airports in Ohio, finally forced down into over 10 feet of snow on runway. I had been in the tropics, luggage was lost, bartered for a coat and rode with police, national guard and ODOT  snowplow drivers, took 7 hours to go 42 miles to see my wife. Honestly it doesn't seem like it could have been 36 years ago. Still got the same wife, but I don't get excited by the challenge of fighting snow anymore. You young bucks need to find a good women and snuggle in, quit worrying about the snow... at least in Ohio it will melt :bounce:  (eventually)


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Posted January 28, 2014 - 12:12 PM

Yep ! those were bad, they announced this morning on our radio that they still hold the record cold and snow depths for Ohio.  I came home from the Navy Jan 19th, 1978 to SIX closed airports in Ohio, finally forced down into over 10 feet of snow on runway. I had been in the tropics, luggage was lost, bartered for a coat and rode with police, national guard and ODOT  snowplow drivers, took 7 hours to go 42 miles to see my wife. Honestly it doesn't seem like it could have been 36 years ago. Still got the same wife, but I don't get excited by the challenge of fighting snow anymore. You young bucks need to find a good women and snuggle in, quit worrying about the snow... at least in Ohio it will melt :bounce:  (eventually)

 

My sentiments exactly! :thumbs:


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Posted January 28, 2014 - 01:03 PM

The blizzard of 77/78 was pretty rough, I was just a wee lad. The ohio river froze over both in 76-77 & 77-78 

 

 Yes, I remember it well.  It was a white-out and I had to stay the night in Elizabethtown.  Next morning I made it through a series of huge drifts in my little Vega, only to bottom out on a huge drift about 100 yards from home!  Oh well, at least I just walked to get a tractor to pull it out.  


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Posted January 28, 2014 - 02:41 PM

We had a pretty good blizzard her in 93. Whiteout conditions and about 3 feet of snow in 6 hours. I was driving from Anderson SC to Shelby, NC. When it started to snow I decided I would stop in Greenville and wait it out. I drive right thru Greenville and never saw it.  It took me 6 hours to get to the NC line where I found a motel. I was the first one in I got my pick of rooms. There were 2 motels side by side with a Waffle House next door. Those poor waitresses couldn't leave and no relief could get there for them. They worked 24 hours straight.

 

The next morning I checked out and the desk clerk said no one had made it out of the parking lot yet and he would hold my room. On my first attempt up the hill in my 72 Bonneville I failed. The next try I backed all the way across the parking lot and go t as much speed as I could get. I spun completely around and hit the road backwards but I got out.


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Posted January 28, 2014 - 03:44 PM

Dad got his blood work drawn, then we stopped in at Southern States to order our corn seed.  Dad enjoyed that.  Then hauled off the 4 cows to the sale barn, now time to feed afternoon silage.  Been a busy day, but a good one.


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Posted January 28, 2014 - 04:06 PM

 Yes, I remember it well.  It was a white-out and I had to stay the night in Elizabethtown.  Next morning I made it through a series of huge drifts in my little Vega, only to bottom out on a huge drift about 100 yards from home!  Oh well, at least I just walked to get a tractor to pull it out.  

 

I went to work for the local JD dealer earlier that fall after school ant on Saturdays, anyway I rode a snowmobile to the dealership and spent the next 4 days in a JD 4640 with a 9' wide snow blower on the 3pt opening up county roads for emergency traffic to get Medical, fuel and food/water to folks who needed help. I was one of 6 guys from the dealership helping the County and State Highway Dept's. out. Did the same thing the next winter also during that blizzard. I've never backed up SO MUCH in my life as I did then, and stayed and slept in the cab when we had the chance, they brought us fuel and food to keep us going.


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Posted January 28, 2014 - 05:10 PM

Yes Brian, everyone chipped in during those blizzards.  We broke our road open so our milk truck could get in.  Highway 210, our main road anywhere had drifts in one place that were 20' deep.  The sawmills near us had loaders larger than the state garage had, so they busted the drifts within a few miles of their mill.

  And to those that don't know, Brian (TD&H) was raised in Indiana, just in case anyone wondered about blizzards like he spoke of being in Texas! LOL


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Posted January 29, 2014 - 08:52 AM

-2F this morning, but warmed to a spring-like 3F now!  Today will be an easy one.  Just normal chores, and possibly a run to Lowes for some things I need for parlor repairs.


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Posted January 29, 2014 - 08:55 AM

:dancingbanana:  Oh yea, im at 12 degrees right now, spring is here :thumbs:


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Posted January 29, 2014 - 09:11 AM

I'm at 20°! Waiting for the flowers to bloom!


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Posted January 29, 2014 - 11:02 AM

24 here this morning and already up to 31 now. It's supposed to make 52 today, that will be a nice change. :dancingbanana:


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Posted January 29, 2014 - 12:00 PM

-2F this morning, but warmed to a spring-like 3F now!  Today will be an easy one.  Just normal chores, and possibly a run to Lowes for some things I need for parlor repairs.

 

Amazing we had 10 above, 12 degrees warmer,  quite a few miles north of you....... :D






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