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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-05 12:53 AM
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I saw a solid black woolly bear caterpillar tonight
:scared:

Could be a loooooooooooooooong winter...
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enigami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-05 12:56 AM
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1. OOOOHHHHHHH Shit
I picked a bad day to quit drinking
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-05 01:18 AM
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4. You could always take up
hot chocolate! :D
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enigami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-05 01:23 AM
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5. Thats what I am talking about
hot chocolate........what did you think meant?
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-05 01:32 AM
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6. I thought you meant
coffee, of course! :beer:
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enigami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-05 01:43 AM
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7. OMG
I could never give up coffee
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Tom Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-05 01:00 AM
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2. it's chilly already at night out here
but it is fall weather after all, just a bit cooler than I've been used to.
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-05 01:16 AM
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3. We didn't have one sub-zero temp day for the last couple of years
I'm afraid we're overdue here in the DC area...
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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-05 02:16 PM
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9. Our area has a big blizzard every three years it seems...
and our last one was in 2003. Should the weather continue to follow that pattern we should get something big in early '06. :woohoo: (I'm in Baltimore, BTW)
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-05 03:55 PM
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19. I was in Baltimore during the 1980 blizzard...
Edited on Wed Sep-14-05 03:56 PM by GoddessOfGuinness
It was amazing...I went to bed with three inches of a previous snowfall on the ground. When I woke up, it measured around 20"!

The entire city just shut down.

PLUS, my building had no heat since the fuel truck couldn't get in.
I baked cookies and slept in my little kitchen that night.
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Maine Mary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-05 03:04 PM
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15. Wow. The DC area actually sees sub-zero?
I have cousins in Falls Church and all I can think of is stiffling heat. (I don't remember ever visiting in the winter though)

In Maine, we usually see below zero for about 3 to 4 weeks in Jan\Feb. -20 something is not unusual. Brrr. I'm not looking forward to it.
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-05 03:49 PM
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16. Normal January temps are in the 25-35 range, but
it's not unusual for us to have a brief cold snap that sends temps down into the 0s and a little below.

In past summers, we've seen temps of 100+ as well.

It seems like the longer we go without these extremes, the more we're asking for it!
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-05 02:10 PM
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8. tweak
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youthere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-05 02:46 PM
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10. Okay..so how does that work?
because we've had an ongoing debate here...
Is it how hairy the caterpillar is, or how long the hair is, or the color?
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-05 02:50 PM
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12. I was always taught that solid black meant a hard winter,
solid red meant a mild winter, and equal amounts of red and black indicated standard fare.

Having said that, we'll probably now have unusually warm weather... :D
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Cathyclysmic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-05 04:02 PM
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20. I thought the thicker the orange stripe was a bad winter omen.
Edited on Wed Sep-14-05 04:05 PM by Cathyclysmic
The thicker the orange stripe, the longer the winter? :shrug:

I'm relatively new to the snow belt

ON EDIT...just googled it...we are fucked! :scared:
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skypilot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-05 02:52 PM
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14. I read that if it has...
...a THICK brown band there will be a mild winter but if it has a THIN brown band the winter will be more severe. So, if it is SOLID black with no band that could be seen as an indication that this winter will be off the charts.
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-05 03:50 PM
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17. ...or a different species of caterpillar
:D
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skypilot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-05 03:52 PM
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18. LOL.
Yeah, or that. But where's the fun in that? :P
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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-05 02:46 PM
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11. Was it crunchy or chewy?
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-05 02:52 PM
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13. prickly
like eating a little porcupine.
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