I am way behind today. The cold wave that came through here yesterday brought actual temps down to about -2 but the wind chill was hitting somewhere around -22 or so and it didn't let up until about 4AM this morning when the wind finally dropped a bit.
I am definitely going to have to change some things as far as Winter heating goes around the pipes for next year. What has worked reliably for years proved unsustainable with this season's arctic blasts. Of course in a grid down situation I wouldn't have the same pipe issues I am having now either but still I need to figure out a way to direct more heated air into the basement I guess instead of running backups.
Last night was rough even without factoring in the under heated basement. I was working full time just to keep the blower going on the wood furnace full time. I finally had to just by-pass the automatic setting and go full manual and just check the blower constantly to make sure it wasn't pushing out cold air. I guess those thermostats are just not set to handle temps that low or something.
We did luck out because most of the snow and ice missed us. The Small-Hold somehow was in a corridor and the two halves of the storm slid by either North of us and then South of us for the most part on it's way East. We got maybe an inch of freezing drizzle and that is already mostly gone this afternoon.
No clue as to any other damages or losses as yet so I don't know if the bees took any casualties or not this time around.
I sure hope these arctic blasts are done and we can get back to our normal temps once again. I don't mind some cold weather at all but honestly even without having to use our propane this Winter has been a tough economic hit. We need some milder weather right now and a bit more time to recuperate.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!