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September 13, 2011 – Comments (9)

I am taking my students out for the day for an all day outside field trip.  We have a geologist and a plant expert with us today.

Get this, it is freezing this morning, literally, -2 C which is about 28 F...

It was 22 C or about 70 F on the weekend!

I sure hope my students dress warm.

... off to look for extra old blankets to pack...

9 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On September 13, 2011 at 10:29 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

I thought you were going to tell us the thieves that broke into your home were caught and torn limb from limb by a Yeti. I'll still keep hoping that happens for you. :)

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#2) On September 13, 2011 at 1:14 PM, chk999 (99.97) wrote:

Can you freeze dry the thieves?

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#3) On September 13, 2011 at 4:47 PM, truthisntstupid (81.75) wrote:

Ist it ever warm enough to swim outdoors there?  Or is the water always too cold, even in July?

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#4) On September 13, 2011 at 4:51 PM, chk999 (99.97) wrote:

Is the water ever liquid up there, or is it always frozen?

Does the carbon dioxide every freeze out of the air? 

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#5) On September 13, 2011 at 7:41 PM, truthisntstupid (81.75) wrote:


Well, actually I really wondered about those things...

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#6) On September 13, 2011 at 11:24 PM, dwot (29.15) wrote:

catoismymotor, thanks.  I was pretty upset by the whole thing.

chk999, it is amazing how quickly things melt sometime in April or May.  There are frozen piles of snow all winter and then it warms up and they are gone in about 2 weeks and there is mud everywhere.  Actually today there was quite a bit of mud.

I have never been to the swimming pool here, I just know it is open for about 2 months of the year.  We are getting a geothermal plant here, which might be the first community in Canada to get a geothermal plant.  Part of the thinking is to try and get these small relatively isolated communities off diesel generated electricity.  Our diesel generated energy is about 10 times the cost of what most people have in the cities.  About 2/3rds of my electric bill is subsidized and it is still 3 times what you'd pay in the city. Anyway, they are talking about heating the pool with geothermal energy which would enable the pool to be open for more of the year.

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#7) On September 15, 2011 at 8:18 AM, dwot (29.15) wrote:

And only a certain amount of electricity is subsidized.  I have heard of people having $300-500 monthly electric bills around here because they ran over the subsidy limit and it gets expensive so fast. 

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#8) On September 15, 2011 at 5:27 PM, chk999 (99.97) wrote:

How big is the diesel power plant out there? A gas turbine might be cheaper if there is nat gas in the area.

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#9) On September 16, 2011 at 5:16 PM, dwot (29.15) wrote:

There is tons of natural gas here, but there isn't the 240km of piping to deliver it from where it is purified.

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