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Hoy
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Still no winter here. I am not sure whether I prefere rain or bare frost (can I say bare frost?) with sunny days and cold nights - neither is good for my plants though.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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I think these pictures really say it all.

Last February 1st

Anemone coronaria blooming in the garden now.

This is my favorite Anemone.  I'm zone five, but this zone 6 hardy anemone has survived the last few Winters.  If this keeps up I'm going to have to plant Mediterranean species.

James

cohan
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Faith- winter is definitely not skipping this year...lol-- temps are already much lower, and after a couple more mild days, looks like next week will drop farther still, though still not to temps we'd consider extreme for this time of year (daytimes in low -teensC or -20'sC at worst - so far in the forecast- to be really cold for January, it would have to hit at least -30C daytime!
We got a dusting of snow overnight- enough to freshen up our dirty snow paths...lol-- but the roads were clear, it all blew straight across in the strong winds...
James, quite a contrast! Personally, I'd hesitate to plant for the extremes of 'warming' (I'm sure many of us can get away with a zone or two bump in some things)There is sure to be a cold winter or even a few cold weeks thrown into the mix at some point to take out all those tender plants! Seems to be a lot of ups and downs in the general climate mayhem...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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Snow comes and goes in St. John's this year...we had a freak 30 cm snowfall in November but a week later it was all gone.  Three days ago we were still snow-free but today we got 12 cm.  Just in time, as tomorrow is dropping to -12 C with a windchill of -26 C!  Glad for the snowcover now!  Suppose to rain the weekend so we may be snow-free again!  BAD frost heaving in the open areas of the garden this winter, but the crevice garden shows no heaving.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Hoy
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Still no freezing temperatures although we had some sleet and hail yesterday. Today we had nice weather and absolutely no wind. The fjord was calm as a mirror and although the sun still is weak it almost felt as spring had come. I was out felling some trees but got in in time to picture the sunset (which is early in the afternoon about 4PM). Here are the results: (The bird feeding place in the foreground)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

cohan
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Nice sunset!
It always amazes me that some of you Northern Europeans can be farther north than us, yet so much warmer! We would think we were doing very well if we could say no freezing temps yet-- in September! If your warm ocean currents are ever knocked out by melting ice caps,as some suggest, you guys will be trouble!
Sunset is already almost 5pm now...
Winter is back today- windy and snowing, 10cm forecast, then flurries Sunday and Monday, periods of snow Tues....going to -18C tonight, -33C wed morning....

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Hoy
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cohan wrote:

Nice sunset!
It always amazes me that some of you Northern Europeans can be farther north than us, yet so much warmer! We would think we were doing very well if we could say no freezing temps yet-- in September! If your warm ocean currents are ever knocked out by melting ice caps,as some suggest, you guys will be trouble!
Sunset is already almost 5pm now...
Winter is back today- windy and snowing, 10cm forecast, then flurries Sunday and Monday, periods of snow Tues....going to -18C tonight, -33C wed morning....

Cohan, you must remember that I live at the west coast! Although this winter has been very mild in all Norway so far it is full winter and snow in the inland and farther north. But now the forecast for the week says snow on Thursday and very cold (-5oC !) in the weekend ???
And your place is inland and at a high altitude! I think the climate at the west coast of USA and Canada is more similar to my climate although you have to go as far north as 60o.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

cohan
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We don't think of ourselves as high altitude -the mountains are still far,  we are under 1000m... ;D
Of course coasts are very different, but at 60 degrees North, even the west coast of NA is colder than you! -5C- so cold... ;) (I know cold is very relative to what you are used to in general, and for the year and season..) Tomorrow its not supposed to get above -18C, with windchill of -29C, and then it gets colder...lol And I expect to go out to saw some wood tomorrow, and if not tomorrow, Wednesday, which may be even colder (and more snow on the ground by then)..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Mark McD
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We have a thin skimcoat of snow, about 2", and it is -18 C this morning (0 F).  At least it is sunny.  Although, probably not quite as frigid as Cohan's locale, with your predicted high temp of -18, our high today is supposed to get up to 18 F (- 8 C)

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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cohan
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In the end we didn't get much snow- just a couple of cm; luckily we also did not have much wind as forecast- doesn't take much wind at these temperatures to produce severe windchill! We were out doing wood today, and it was cold of course, but I wore my real winter coat for the first time since November, and I was sweating pushing the wheelbarrow. Only cold bits were my cheeks at times (hard to cover the face wearing glasses and not have them fog up- especially breathing heavily working!) and my hands only while I was doing a little snow sweeping at the end...
One advantage of lower temps is that boots, pants bottoms, gloves etc remain completely dry even after handling snowy wood for a couple of hours...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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