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The Bellinghman
Date: 2010-12-20 10:36
Subject: The British Obsession
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It's -10.5 out there this morning.

And the snow is both cold enough and deep enough that driving is getting interesting. There would appear to have been only the lightest of gritting, judging by the cleanness of the snow undertyre.

This is so not the weather I've grown up used to in this part of the world. In most of the years since we moved here, there's been either only a light shower of snow, or no snow at all of a winter. This year, we've had the second big shower already, and last year was unusually snowy too.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2010-12-20 11:58 (UTC)
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Your childhood was in Nottinghamshire? That's a bit further north than where you are now. And I think there will be some conflation.

The winters I really remember as snowy were:

The winter of 1977/8 I spent in Dundee. I'd never seen snow like that - the trains had difficulty running, and the double decker bus in to work from Broughty Ferry would slide all over the road.

In 1981/2, I spent the winter in Derby (with Christmas in Glossop). I recall just how much colder that winter was than I was used to Darn Sarf - I think it actually got as cold in south Derby as it is outside here today.

Those were the only two winters I spent much further north than we are here. They were also the most cold and snowy ones I remember. So I tend to assume the snowiness was at least partially due to the distance north.

As for the temperature outside where you are - I'd expect more than a couple of degrees difference, assuming that the utility has as much wall common with the house as it has outside walls.
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Megabitch
User: megabitch
Date: 2010-12-20 16:56 (UTC)
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Both sets of grandparents lived in Nottingham, so pretty much every Xmas holiday (except when we were overseas) was spent at one or other (and usually shuttling between the two over the two "important" days) - there was also the year or so that we lived there when Mum and Dad were getting divorced (before they made the stupid decision to "try again for the sake of the children"[1]).

I also remember quite hot summers over the school holidays - paddling pool in the garden, playing with the hosepipe - except for one year when the water was turned off and we had to fill containers from the truck that came around every evening.

[1] No, my dear parents, you do NOT get to blame me for your fucked up decision and your fucked up marriage.
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Korenwolf
User: korenwolf
Date: 2010-12-21 11:09 (UTC)
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As for the temperature outside where you are - I'd expect more than a couple of degrees difference, assuming that the utility has as much wall common with the house as it has outside walls.

No heating on in the utility though, so the heat generation in there comes from the freezer / leakage through the door from the lounge and the tumble dryer when it's on (with the window open)

Makes a damn good chiller for Xmas :)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2010-12-21 11:17 (UTC)
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I was assuming an unheated room, with roughly equivalent heat leakage in from the heated portion of the house and out through the exterior wall.

If the window's open all the time, then there's much less insulation in that direction.

For what it's worth, at lunchtime yesterday the external temperature was -8C, while the temperature in our garage (which is not adjacent to any heated room, has no loft insulation, and one face of which is a garage door rather than a wall) was -2C.
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