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SpaceMtnFan
01-23-2013, 07:41 AM
Since the start of 2013 this winter has gotten worse than ever. In the last week in parts of the Northern US the Temps have been very cold. I live in Delaware Ohio and right now as I'm typing this it's 9 degrees above zero. And tomorrow night Ohio may get hit with a bad snowstorm depending of the track of the Storm. Can't wait till spring. Brrrrrrrr

pumba
01-23-2013, 07:44 AM
when we had our oil delivered last week...we were saying to the man that we have used the same amount as last year ..and we have a new roof, siding, insulation and new windows...and he told us this year is much colder then last and we had some fifties and sixties last year...
So this morning in my nieghbors yard...it was 11 below zero...we have been colder this year and more ice and rain and then mega snowstorm...
I guess we will pay the bills and hope it warms up fast.
We are Mainers

msjprincess
01-23-2013, 07:50 AM
Not where I live. It's been rally cold yesterday and today. But besides that it's been pretty mild.

diznygirl
01-23-2013, 07:53 AM
I'm just a casual observer from the south, but it seems that two years ago was really bad.

kimblebee
01-23-2013, 07:54 AM
It is colder than last year. Last year we only had a few days that were freezing cold. We have had arctic temps a lot more this winter. Today is day 4 of a cold snap for us with no end in sight. With the wind chill, right now, it's -38F. BRRR

Family Fun Mom
01-23-2013, 07:54 AM
I have seen worse winters in the past, but this one is pretty darn bad. I'm miserable.

Soldier's*Sweeties
01-23-2013, 07:55 AM
It's the worst winter for me!

I'm a FL transport in NY! I am DYING right now.:scared:

powellrj
01-23-2013, 07:56 AM
In my area the last 2 winters have been pretty mild. Its been really cold the last couple of days, but other than that it hasn't been bad at all.

We haven't used any snow days knock on wood!

Anne34
01-23-2013, 07:56 AM
I have seen worse winters in the past, but this one is pretty darn bad. I'm miserable.
Here in Chicago, we haven,t eve had an inch of snow yet! (Some areas near Wisconsin have but not overall). The weather has been pretty mild except the last couple days. Hope I don't jinx myself now! :rotfl2:

MdmMim
01-23-2013, 07:57 AM
It's the BEST winter in a long time! We love the cold and snow! Today's high is -3! Bring it on! :thumbsup2

Janepod
01-23-2013, 07:58 AM
Disappointingly mild in CT. This is the first cold week. We haven't done much skiing or sledding. I would love one giant snowstorm.

soccerdad72
01-23-2013, 08:06 AM
I'm not even sure this winter (so far) cracks the Top 10 in my lifetime.

threeboysmom
01-23-2013, 08:14 AM
EVERY winter is the worst winter of my life, lol.

I hate winter. I really only like May-August here.

I need to move.

SpartansFan
01-23-2013, 08:14 AM
I have seen worse winters in the past, but this one is pretty darn bad. I'm miserable.

I'm in the same general area as you and I was thinking just last week that it hasn't been that hard of a winter. This week is extraordinarily cold, but prior to this I can't say that it has been awful. We were very spoiled last year weather-wise, so that might be making this cold snap seem even worse.

3Gsandme
01-23-2013, 08:17 AM
I'm in Ohio and really think most of this winter has even unseasonably warm. I'm not loving the zero temperatures, but I think cold snaps are normal. I'm more worried when it isn't cold when and where it should be. The polar bears and all that.

cluvsdisney
01-23-2013, 08:19 AM
Not where I live. It's been rally cold yesterday and today. But besides that it's been pretty mild.

Same here. It was in the high 40s on Saturday which is super mild for mid-January.

jen0610
01-23-2013, 08:23 AM
In my area the last 2 winters have been pretty mild. Its been really cold the last couple of days, but other than that it hasn't been bad at all.

We haven't used any snow days knock on wood!

I was going to say the same thing for northern IN. It's not been too bad - yet.

mjkacmom
01-23-2013, 08:29 AM
I was prepared for a bad winter, after last year's record mild one, and I have to say, it's been fine (although freezing right now, but that's to be expected). Just a little snow, temps in the high 40's for several days... It's almost February, and there aren't piles of dirty snow in the parking lots!

mickeyboat
01-23-2013, 08:32 AM
It has been pretty mild here in Vermont, too. No snow days yet, and only one really deep snowfall - which had all melted before this latest round of snow and cold.

We have been doing a lot of traveling this year for hockey, and it does seem like we have had poor driving conditions on almost every trip.

Sorsha
01-23-2013, 08:33 AM
EVERY winter is the worst winter of my life, lol.

I hate winter. I really only like May-August here.

I need to move.

:thumbsup2 Exactly!! :thumbsup2

I would make a fantastic snowbird. In my home state from May - mid October, in Florida from mid-October - May. :goodvibes

mnrose
01-23-2013, 08:46 AM
It's been a pretty regular winter so far here in Minnesota. Cold this past week, but it's Minnesota and it's January. It gets cold. I think the past winters have been WAY milder than normal and therefore, we (collective we) have gotten used to that....now that it's more normal, we all act like it's a big deal and cold. Duh. It's Minnesota. It's January. We are supposed to get nasty cold weather.

Don't like it one bit though!

SaraJayne
01-23-2013, 08:46 AM
Not here. Other than the small amount of snow we've gotten, temps are pretty typical. We're going through the normal January cold snap right now...right on schedule. :)

Riles_and_Gabe
01-23-2013, 09:04 AM
It has been a normal winter for me. The worst one I can remember was a few years ago. It would be -10 to -20 and then a wind chill on top of it for weeks. Anytime it would warm up it would snow a lot. I remember when I started thinking 20 degrees was warm. That was a bad winter :rotfl2:.

okeydokey
01-23-2013, 09:11 AM
Except for a couple of small cold spells it has been a very mild winter here in N. Florida. Our apple trees started blooming a couple of weeks ago.

mrodgers
01-23-2013, 09:19 AM
I think you all are wimps. Who above said that every winter they say is the worst winter? I think that is what happens.

It's been in the 50's for most of north eastern US through December and most of January. Suddenly we've all had 2 days of below 10 weather and it's the worst winter ever.

Arielle22
01-23-2013, 10:48 AM
I think this has been a mild winter. It is cold this week but otherwise it has been nice, some days I am only wearing a light coat.

2 winters ago was the worst in my recent memory, I know people whose Christmas decorations got buried in snow and weren't seen again until March.

msjprincess
01-23-2013, 11:13 AM
I think this has been a mild winter. It is cold this week but otherwise it has been nice, some days I am only wearing a light coat.

2 winters ago was the worst in my recent memory, I know people whose Christmas decorations got buried in snow and weren't seen again until March.

I think we had snow on the ground from Thanksgiving through March that year. I remember seeing Christmas trees at the curb when the snow finally melted months later.

focusondisney
01-23-2013, 11:18 AM
Since the start of 2013 this winter has gotten worse than ever. In the last week in parts of the Northern US the Temps have been very cold. I live in Delaware Ohio and right now as I'm typing this it's 9 degrees above zero. And tomorrow night Ohio may get hit with a bad snowstorm depending of the track of the Storm. Can't wait till spring. Brrrrrrrr

I guess it's just you! ;) Or maybe you're just young & haven't experienced any really bad winters. Sure the last temps are bad this week, but they have been above average for much of the winter so far. And we're about 24 inches below our average snowfall, I think. All in all, not my worst winter ever. Guess that honor goes to the year we had 6 feet, yes 6 feet of snow between Christmas & New Years Day. :crazy2:

I'll take cold over snow any day!

daughtersrus
01-23-2013, 11:23 AM
Since the start of 2013 this winter has gotten worse than ever. In the last week in parts of the Northern US the Temps have been very cold. I live in Delaware Ohio and right now as I'm typing this it's 9 degrees above zero. And tomorrow night Ohio may get hit with a bad snowstorm depending of the track of the Storm. Can't wait till spring. Brrrrrrrr

For the Chicago area, it's been quite mild. Although yesterday and today have been cold, we haven't had any snow yet. A few flurries here and there but nothing that sticks.

I should be knocking on wood somewhere ;) but we got our NICOR gas bill yesterday. It was just under $100.00. That was a very pleasant surprise. :)

hegsag
01-23-2013, 11:29 AM
It hasn't been a bad winter in Ma. This week is a bit cold (esp. today) but that should kill off all the mosquitos that survived that winter's mild temps... They were horrible last summer.

mamamary
01-23-2013, 12:01 PM
Yesterday and today are cold but we have had a pretty mild winter here in Maryland so far.

Elmo9607
01-23-2013, 12:09 PM
This has been a very, mild, dry winter. This one doesn't even crack the top 20 as far as worst winters go. Today is the first day we've gotten ANY measurable snowfall, about 1/2", and I'm about an hour southwest of Chicago.

I'm fairly certain we will be seeing more awful droughts this summer. We NEED the snow. The other day it was windy and I could see the fields blowing away across the roads.

willowsnn3
01-23-2013, 12:15 PM
If it doesn't get any worse than this I'll be very happy!! I loved the 'swinter' last year and hoping for the same this go around.

Micca
01-23-2013, 12:16 PM
I think our winter is just a little better than normal, but it's still too cold for me. The winter of 2012 was the best one ever! I think the temps bottomed out at around 50 degrees (for the daily high).

I've grown to hate winter. January-April I just kind of block-out the world.:)

Squirlz
01-23-2013, 12:17 PM
Not here in mid-Michigan. I've only run the snow blower once. 10 days ago it was 60 degrees and we were grilling!

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mrodgers
01-23-2013, 01:01 PM
Not here in mid-Michigan. I've only run the snow blower once. 10 days ago it was 60 degrees and we were grilling!

Pfft.... I'll grill in whatever temperature. If I had some steaks out, I'd be tossing them on the grill tonight at single digit temps.

Cannot_Wait_4Disney
01-23-2013, 01:10 PM
Since the start of 2013 this winter has gotten worse than ever. In the last week in parts of the Northern US the Temps have been very cold. I live in Delaware Ohio and right now as I'm typing this it's 9 degrees above zero. And tomorrow night Ohio may get hit with a bad snowstorm depending of the track of the Storm. Can't wait till spring. Brrrrrrrr

It only seems that way because last winter was one of the mildest if not the mildest. It's been a relatively mild one so far for most.

NYEmomma
01-23-2013, 01:30 PM
I'm in Ohio and really think most of this winter has even unseasonably warm. I'm not loving the zero temperatures, but I think cold snaps are normal. I'm more worried when it isn't cold when and where it should be. The polar bears and all that.

I'm in Ohio too & I'd agree. Yes, these past couple of days have been miserably cold but other than that, I'd say it's been unseasonably warm... with not near enough snow. I was just looking back at photos from when my daughter was 1 (she's 4 now) and there was SOOO much snow! It's been a good 3 years since I've really seen the amount of snow that I thought was typical for around here.

Jennasis
01-23-2013, 01:40 PM
Not by a looooooooooong shot.

wvjules
01-23-2013, 01:42 PM
I'm still waiting on winter! :confused3 OK so yesterday and today have been a little chilly but other than that it's been quite disappointing as far as winters go. I'm hoping to see winter eventually!

jen0610
01-23-2013, 01:51 PM
I guess it's just you! ;) Or maybe you're just young & haven't experienced any really bad winters. Sure the last temps are bad this week, but they have been above average for much of the winter so far. And we're about 24 inches below our average snowfall, I think. All in all, not my worst winter ever. Guess that honor goes to the year we had 6 feet, yes 6 feet of snow between Christmas & New Years Day. :crazy2:

I'll take cold over snow any day!

My guess too was the OP is young. While I may have only been 10 when it happened, I very well remember the blizzard of Jan 78. DH and I both have pictures to prove to our kids, that they haven't seen nothing yet in a snow storm.

DH was far worse off then I was. He's a country boy and they didn't get dug out for weeks. The IL's house sits north/south with a couple miles of corn fields directly to the west of them. Their house was a nice big ol stopping point for all the snow that wind was pushing eastward. He could walk up the drift on the northwest side of the house, onto the roof and across and walk back down on the drift on the southeast side of the house.

DebbieB
01-23-2013, 02:14 PM
So far not too bad in Pittsburgh. The only major snow we had was 2 or 3 days after Christmas and that melted when it was in the 60's a couple of weekends ago. I remember when I was a kid there were snow piles all winter long. The last couple days have been cold but I remember days well below zero. I went to work on the -22 day back in 1994.

Pigeon
01-23-2013, 02:21 PM
I'm in the northeast. We've had a few cold days, but it's not anywhere near the "worst winter ever."

bjscheel
01-23-2013, 02:38 PM
No, we've only had one significant snow event. The worst winter in my lifetime was 2009-10. It started with a blizzard around 12/8. Our (gravel) road from our driveway to the corner filled up with drifts 8 feet tall. When the plows came through they only got one car-width cleared. DH had JUST started his own business with his own semi (like that very week) and the semi was at home. A neighbor brought a big tractor over and cleared enough to the get the semi to town.

From that point on the onslaught never really stopped. Seemed like every week till sometime in March there was another snow, and never any melting. We broke a record for days of continuous snow cover. The county could never open the road any wider. One time my van's side mirror was folded in by the drift at the edge of the road- it was that high and close! Once I came home and it hadn't even snowed but I had to park on the corner on the intersecting road because our road had blown shut completely. DH didn't want to leave our vehicles on the road and the county wouldn't come out at that hour, so he spent 5 hours on our cab-less Farmall tractor clearing enough to get our vehicles home.

The semi never came home till spring- so glad we were able to get it out after the first snow. After that winter, we bought a big tractor with a cab...and it has barely snowed since. I guess if that's what it took it was worth the cost ;)

ZachnElli
01-23-2013, 02:57 PM
It's been cold the past few days and we had one measurable amount of snow in December, but that's it. The local news was talking just last night about the lack of snow and how we are still very much in a drought and how much worse this will make this summer's drought! This is bad, real bad! I hate snow, but we NEED it!

Family Fun Mom
01-23-2013, 02:58 PM
I'm in the same general area as you and I was thinking just last week that it hasn't been that hard of a winter. This week is extraordinarily cold, but prior to this I can't say that it has been awful. We were very spoiled last year weather-wise, so that might be making this cold snap seem even worse.

I am a bonafide winter HATER. I hate it's guts! I don't like a single thing about it. Last winter was wonderful. If every winter were like last winter I could probably get through it with minimal complaining. But this cold is HORRIBLE! I can't take it! From November to May I wonder over and over and over again "why do I live here?" (Simple answer; dh has a good job here and this is where my family lives)

bettymae1121
01-23-2013, 03:30 PM
Last winter was super mild in Chicago, so compared to last year, this is worse. But this year so far is still better than our average winters. We haven't had any snow to speak of at all, just this cold snap the past few days.

threeboysmom
01-24-2013, 08:18 AM
:thumbsup2 Exactly!! :thumbsup2

I would make a fantastic snowbird. In my home state from May - mid October, in Florida from mid-October - May. :goodvibes

I will join you in that!!

threeboysmom
01-24-2013, 08:20 AM
I am a bonafide winter HATER. I hate it's guts! I don't like a single thing about it. Last winter was wonderful. If every winter were like last winter I could probably get through it with minimal complaining. But this cold is HORRIBLE! I can't take it! From November to May I wonder over and over and over again "why do I live here?" (Simple answer; dh has a good job here and this is where my family lives)

I was looking for the Like button.... :thumbsup2

Totally agree! I could have written this post myself. Except I start earlier with the questioning - usually come September, it's "and WHY am I living up here again???"

Yeah, it's my great job keeping me here. Stupid work, lol.

Squirlz
01-24-2013, 06:40 PM
Pfft.... I'll grill in whatever temperature. If I had some steaks out, I'd be tossing them on the grill tonight at single digit temps.

Well as you can see by the picture, "grilling" means sitting outside while the charcoal comes to temperature and all that. Not just dashing out and warming something up with propane :-)

lovegrumpy
01-24-2013, 07:01 PM
For me anything below 50 is freezing to me. When Dh gets out of the military in 7 yrs we are headed to Fl.

SpaceMtnFan
01-25-2013, 09:20 PM
I'm in Ohio and really think most of this winter has even unseasonably warm. I'm not loving the zero temperatures, but I think cold snaps are normal. I'm more worried when it isn't cold when and where it should be. The polar bears and all that.

Where in Ohio do you live. We had 3" of snow in Delaware Ohio

TwoCortWort
01-25-2013, 09:51 PM
Since the start of 2013 this winter has gotten worse than ever. In the last week in parts of the Northern US the Temps have been very cold. I live in Delaware Ohio and right now as I'm typing this it's 9 degrees above zero. And tomorrow night Ohio may get hit with a bad snowstorm depending of the track of the Storm. Can't wait till spring. Brrrrrrrr

Omg compared to last winter, this has been horrible!!! We have had winter weather here in NC the past two weeks and I am sick of it. Lol I grew up in Ohio and yes I love snow but down here they don't know what to do for it. I saw snow one time last winter and twice in two weeks this year. Bring on the spring weather already.

Today didn't even make it above 30 today....

jsmith
01-25-2013, 09:54 PM
I think what defines 'worst' winter is different to for different people. I live in Colorado Springs. We have been terrifingly warm and dry-less than 10 inches of snow for the entire winter so far when snow fall is our major source of water for both winter and summer. it was 68 yesterday-25 degrees above normal. This is our second unusually warm winter and our third dry one in a row. Long term climate predictions say this drought will last two or three more years. 360 homes burned in a wildfire last summer-i shudder to think whats to come-besides having to allow our landscaping and gardens to die because of water rationing.
Yes i would agree this is the 'worst' winter ever.

Shutterbug
01-25-2013, 09:59 PM
I live in NE Ohio and compared to last year, this year has been worse but compared to two years ago...not even close to being the worst winter so far.
Two years ago I believe we had snow pack on the ground for 3 straight months because it never went above freezing during that time.

Allison
01-25-2013, 10:09 PM
Nope, this one has not been bad although it has been really cold lately.

scbelleatheart
01-26-2013, 01:13 AM
Where in Ohio do you live. We had 3" of snow in Delaware Ohio
We had some snow in C-Bus but nothing major (only a 30 car pile up on 270). The wrecks in the last few days have been awful. Too many transplants who do not know how to drive in a few inches of snow. Last week and today on 270 was gridlock.
People, we can handle snow! and cold. Learn how to drive in Ohio. Closng schools because we had a few inches of snow is stupid.

BTY, Marion, OH here. Flood central.:rotfl:

DisneyWalle
01-26-2013, 02:03 AM
Not here, it hasn't gotten below 30 more than 2 weeks the entire winter so far. That means a terrible summer - because it hasn't gotten cold enough to kill the bugs.

muffyn
01-26-2013, 02:08 AM
Since the start of 2013 this winter has gotten worse than ever. In the last week in parts of the Northern US the Temps have been very cold. I live in Delaware Ohio and right now as I'm typing this it's 9 degrees above zero. And tomorrow night Ohio may get hit with a bad snowstorm depending of the track of the Storm. Can't wait till spring. Brrrrrrrr


nahhhh
we are in NE ohio. try living through the big storm of 1978!!! HUGE snow piles it was horrendous. my husband plowed buisness's & he couldn't even get to where he was supposed to, so many roads closed.

in the last 20 years I recall some snow storms where the drifts were over 6 ft, nothing like that recently. there were many years where it went to 10 below or more. brrr.

we just really lucked out last year... although we were waiting last jan for the ground to freeze, we had to pour concrete slab...... 1st winter i could remember that the ground did not freeze!

tvguy
01-26-2013, 01:54 PM
I don't have stats, but 1986 and 1997 seemed a whole lot worse to me, and I do mean a whole lot worse. Granted, this year has been colder and wetter than average, but only by a few degrees and by an inch or two of rain.

And did I hear correctly, Chicago, a city known for snow, hasn't had snow in a year?

soccerdad72
01-28-2013, 09:49 AM
And did I hear correctly, Chicago, a city known for snow, hasn't had snow in a year?

I don't think I would say Chicago was known for snow. Wind and cold, yes, but it's not a snowy area per se.

SaraJayne
01-28-2013, 09:51 AM
We had a thunderstorm (complete with lightning strikes) in the middle of our snow/sleet storm yesterday. :)

lovesmurfs
01-28-2013, 09:55 AM
And did I hear correctly, Chicago, a city known for snow, hasn't had snow in a year?

You're right -- I think it's approaching drought conditions. Blame my husband. He bought a real gas snowblower in the Fall of 2011 to replace our electric one -- I can count on one hand how many times he's been able to use it.

Weather in the Chicago suburbs has actually been warmer than normal, I think -- I haven't had to wear gloves but a couple of times so far.

We had a thunderstorm (complete with lightning strikes) in the middle of our snow/sleet storm yesterday. :)

That was really something, wasn't it?

SaraJayne
01-28-2013, 10:01 AM
That was really something, wasn't it?

I was standing at the kitchen sink, cleaning up after supper and happened to be looking out the window right as the lightning flashed the first time. I was like "Whoa, was that just lightning?? The thunder a few seconds later told me yes, it indeed was. :rotfl:

There were a few good cracks in there.

DH and I were laughing saying where is Jim Cantore when you need him. :p We just couldn't believe it!