Monday, January 27, 2014
No, Really this is NOT normal
I have read many a blog post or comment basically saying "it's cold, DUH it's Winter". Well I certainly am no expert on the rest of the country but let me tell you right now this is cold even for Winter. Perhaps this kind of thing was normal around here during the last mini-ice age or something but I can assure you that wave after wave of frigid temperatures blowing in at 50 mph has not been the normal around these here parts for at least half a century.
Now I am not saying we are breaking any lows, that's not what I am talking about. We have seen more sub zero temps in the last month here than we typically see in two Winters combined and they came accompanied by high winds which simply adds to the problem. Certainly it's been cold before and it isn't uncommon to expect a few good blows each Winter in pretty much the same manner we are getting now, but it is also typical that they wait longer than a couple of days or at most a week to repeat themselves.
All one can do is adapt and overcome. Sure this Winter has completely blown my prior firewood usage records all to hell and gone. I had to compensate by making two cutting runs (Sometimes three) a week for the last month or so. That is more than double my normal amount. On the plus side however my usual firewood supply issue has almost always been mud and snow not allowing me to get to the trees I have marked as needing to be cut. For the most part that has not been an issue at all this year yet.
According to my notes last year's usage was just shy of about 10 cords with six of those coming in January and February. We have almost doubled that this year and it shows that my system I have in place for dealing with unusual extremes is working quite well as I still have multiple dead trees down in several locations that can be easily gotten to depending on conditions. Tomorrow I believe I will make a run to an old Elm I dropped last week by my North apiary to add a bit of flame to this Oak I split yesterday.
No this hasn't been a normal Winter but it has certainly been a good learning experience and a new marker for what "extreme" can actually produce.
So far we have met the challenge with good results and that's about all you can ask for.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!