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It will be COLD

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Re: It will be COLD
« Reply #30 on: February 02, 2011, 09:05:45 PM »
We only had flurries at Gate 4 on Terlingua Ranch, but I have had NO water since 9:00 am - and from what I overheard in town yesterday the RV spots in BBNP were FULL up, I wonder how many were people who never meant to come down but were hiding out from the 0 degree weather up higher! Had a visitor from Austin who is in Alpine today who packed NO cold weather clothes because "how cold can it possibly get in the desert" bwahhahahaha!

Rolling black outs in Alpine, Van Horn, but on the bright side Alpine had the Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church open for emergency warming and food.

Marfa Public Radio and the Brewster County facebook page also did a great job today of keeping people apprised of current conditions and concerns.

Stay warm!!

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Re: It will be COLD
« Reply #31 on: February 02, 2011, 09:21:46 PM »
Rolling blackouts?  What are you folks in Texas trying to do?  Copy Kollyfornia?

I would never expect any blackout issues in this part of the country.  The only outages we see are storm related, not due to a need to keep the grid from failing. 

I thought Texas's grid was much like Oklahoma, with a fair number of rural electric coops controlling a large chunk of the geography along with the big metro companies like O.G.&E. ?

Sounds like a good reason to invest in a natural gas powered generator for the home.

http://www.amazon.com/Generac-5887-Air-Cooled-Automatic-Generator/dp/accessories/B003JH8RC4

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Re: It will be COLD
« Reply #32 on: February 02, 2011, 09:46:57 PM »
Rolling blackouts?  What are you folks in Texas trying to do?  Copy Kollyfornia?

I would never expect any blackout issues in this part of the country.  The only outages we see are storm related, not due to a need to keep the grid from failing. 

I thought Texas's grid was much like Oklahoma, with a fair number of rural electric coops controlling a large chunk of the geography along with the big metro companies like O.G.&E. ?

Sounds like a good reason to invest in a natural gas powered generator for the home.

http://www.amazon.com/Generac-5887-Air-Cooled-Automatic-Generator/dp/accessories/B003JH8RC4

When our power went off this morning we figured it was a typical outage out here in the country and we were both bothered and glad it was not the local grid going down since the power was back on in 15 minutes. 

I'm with you on this apparently bizarre occurrence here in Texas particularly given we host 4 nuclear power plants, numerous large coal fired generators, are on the high end among states with wind power (with the wind blowing like heck), and more natural gas generators than can be counted. 

ERCOT (The Energy Reliability Council of Texas) is blaming it on ice taking out a number of plants.


Al

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Re: It will be COLD
« Reply #33 on: February 02, 2011, 10:18:35 PM »
We've been told to expect a 3 hour blackout here in Lufkin (2 hours north of Houston) later on tonight.  :eusa_think:

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Re: It will be COLD
« Reply #34 on: February 02, 2011, 10:30:03 PM »
So this morning I sent my 6 year old daughter off to school on the bus wearing a jean jacket over a hooded sweatshirt jacket with a scarf. Which of these was she wearing when she got off the bus and the temperature was a balmy 30 degrees? That'd be none of the above. And as soon as she got in the house she took off her warm boots and fuzzy socks for good measure.  :icon_rolleyes:
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Re: It will be COLD
« Reply #35 on: February 02, 2011, 10:55:49 PM »
Richard, Jennifer is her own power plant!

Al

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Re: It will be COLD
« Reply #36 on: February 03, 2011, 06:29:06 AM »

ERCOT (The Energy Reliability Council of Texas) is blaming it on ice taking out a number of plants.


Precisely.  There were unplanned outages reported by ERCOT starting Tuesday night into Wednesday morning that resulted  in 7,000 megawatts of generation going off-line.  Power plants all have robust freeze protection plans that they implement during freezing weather, but like anything, there is a finite probability something will go wrong.  When that happens and the demand exceeds capacity there are two options -- let the automated protective relaying take out portions of the grid wherever it needs to which may affect critical customers and could still result in much or all of the grid going down or shed load in a controlled and rotating manner.

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Re: It will be COLD
« Reply #37 on: February 03, 2011, 06:32:19 AM »
Had a visitor from Austin who is in Alpine today who packed NO cold weather clothes because "how cold can it possibly get in the desert" bwahhahahaha!

 How many of us have been on the same spot, in taken for granted experiences, which we have learned...the HARD WAY: To be prepared!!....hehehe :icon_lol:.

  Yes, i relate to that.... :icon_lol: :icon_lol:  (-12?C (16?F) with windchill factor...-6?C  (21?F) local temps.)

 WOW, Darin & Al...those are real cold pictures you got....wish i was there, of course.
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Re: It will be COLD
« Reply #38 on: February 03, 2011, 07:05:22 AM »
So this morning I sent my 6 year old daughter off to school on the bus wearing a jean jacket over a hooded sweatshirt jacket with a scarf. Which of these was she wearing when she got off the bus and the temperature was a balmy 30 degrees? That'd be none of the above. And as soon as she got in the house she took off her warm boots and fuzzy socks for good measure.  :icon_rolleyes:

60% chance of snow in SA tonight.

It really amazes me how people dress for the weather here. In summer I see women wearing skinny jeans with UGG boots, and in 25 degree weather there are fools wearing flip flops with their parka's. Sometimes I just want to slap them.... :eusa_doh:

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Re: It will be COLD
« Reply #39 on: February 03, 2011, 09:12:16 AM »
I am in Taos right now.  Low when I woke up -26 with wind chill -40.  There will be no skiing today.
It's never too late to be what you might have been-Geroge Elliot

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Re: It will be COLD
« Reply #40 on: February 03, 2011, 10:15:43 AM »
I am in Taos right now.  Low when I woke up -26 with wind chill -40.  There will be no skiing today.

That just sucks.  I hope you two have plenty of firewood and booze.

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Re: It will be COLD
« Reply #41 on: February 03, 2011, 10:46:24 AM »
I am in Taos right now.  Low when I woke up -26 with wind chill -40.  There will be no skiing today.
The snow report says it was up to -4.4F as of 4:45AM. 13 lifts operating and 90/112 runs open. Webcam shows sunny skies and real skiers hitting the slopes.  It's supposed to get up to 15 today. Bundle up and get up there!

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Re: It will be COLD
« Reply #42 on: February 03, 2011, 10:54:05 AM »
my crew said no.  I am at their mercy.  Actually I need a little break from 4 straight days.  Might head down to Rio Grande Gorge for some photo ops.  Hit slopes one more time tomorrow. 
It's never too late to be what you might have been-Geroge Elliot

Re: It will be COLD
« Reply #43 on: February 03, 2011, 01:05:29 PM »
I'm sure it's posted elsewhere here, but the Basin is closed today. Lots of disrupted tourists at the Fina station sipping coffee today who got turned back, along with all of us who have no running water. I hear it'll be a sunny 50 tomorrow though!

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Re: It will be COLD
« Reply #44 on: February 03, 2011, 02:36:18 PM »
Pictures from Terlingua.  It's cold here.

 


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