Coach B

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  1. That FV3 is about the only thing that really likes south of 40 in TN. I won't totally give up hope as long as that low tracks down towards the Gulf coast.
  2. Nashville handles snow pretty well if you are patient. Tennessee actually uses plows and pretreats roadways with brine and salt. In my experience it's much better than the states to our south which apparently budget next to nothing for snow removal. That said, it won't be anything like removal in Toronto. We really only work the major roads and interstates. Nashville is far enough north to get some snow every year, but they'll get pretty wound up for the first one. If we are lucky enough to have a winter with multiple significant winter events they'll be complaining about it just like the Yanks.
  3. Don has done some really good work in the past. If I remember correctly, he's not prone to hyping cold and even been more negative than most at times. For this year he's giving double weight to 78, 03, and 2010 in his analogs, so that's being pretty positive about snow and cold. He even throws a bone our way by including Nashville and Atlanta in his snowfall predictions. His total for Nashville was not all that impressive(5-15"), but considering how our 30 year snow drought has tanked the average, not surprising.
  4. They are pretty common in the hills around here. Built like tanks out of stainless steel. My FIL has had his for over 20 years and an older man at church is working on 25 years on his. The huge firebox has a large water jacket around it. Hot water is pumped into a heating coil inside the duct work of the central unit. I'm heating my entire house and dumping 170 degree water into my hot water heater with it. The downside is the older units while very tough are not really efficient and produce large amounts of smoke at times. I used to run it from October through April, but because of concerns about all of the smoke and use of wood have cut back to Dec-Feb. They really shine during extreme cold.
  5. I fired up the Jotul(inside stove) back in October. The cold next week will force me to fire up the big dog(Hardy outdoor wood boiler). That sucker is a beast when it comes to heating in really cold weather. Unfortunately, its also an older model so it smokes like a freight train so I limit it to the core of winter. Nashville recorded 7.2" of snow on November 2nd back in 1966! I think 96 was the last mid-November or earlier significant accumulation I can remember.
  6. Thanks! You are right down the road from where my folks live and I grew up. Spent plenty of time running up and down Concord Road back in the 80s and 90s!
  7. What do you all like to use for wind forecasts? I can't stand the little flag and hook thingies! I know they are out there somewhere because I saw them(using actual shading and numbers) during the hurricanes. For some outdoor activities the wind forecast is more important than the temp at times. Plus it always seems wrong whenever I go fishing.
  8. Great link there JAX! Good overall explanations on the major drivers. Those young men were impressive with the info. They are quite bullish for our area.
  9. We are way behind. Had some frost this morning so not a big deal except for the lack of early season stuff. Supposed to get it tilled tomorrow, then will have to fence out the chickens. Hopefully will get much of it in the ground by Friday. MIL says we are getting our own tiller for the tractor next year.
  10. Had some snow in the air down this way earlier this morning. Loaded up the stove with a mix of red oak, locust, and bois d'arc before I left. That's a mid-winter mix of serious hardwoods. Come on spring!
  11. Are you still in Brentwood? I'm near Lewisburg and we've had accumulating snow 5 out of the last 6 years in March. A couple of them were trivial, but three were over an inch. Edit: Sorry, didn't mean to come across argumentative. Just seems like the March nuisance snow is pretty standard.
  12. We've had a little of everything here near Lewisburg in the last hour. Mostly snow now. Looks like it's going to get out of here before it can accumulate.
  13. Only one of the top 10 was in January and three of the top ten were not only in March, but the second half of March! Add to note: I have noticed in the last 25 years that all directions from Nashville seem to regularly record higher amounts. I wonder if this is due to incorrect measurements from observers or simply Nashvile's very low elevation down in a bowl and heat island effect compared to the surrounding areas. Or is it a combination?? Another note: the late 70s were considered some of the best for snow and cold and are not on the list at all!
  14. I've had 1.8" here near Lewisburg. I think areas down around Fayetteville and Winchester may be closer to an inch total. N Bama has not done very well either.
  15. This sounds great, especially with some mini-thaws in between. Jeff is MONEY!
  16. I know what you are saying but anybody north or west of Nashville has been cashing big checks compared to the rest of us.
  17. I expect mass preemptive closings for tommorow in West and middle TN. If we get an inch or more most rural counties will be lucky to go back by Friday.
  18. Waiting to hear a new report from AMZ. By the looks of the radar the last hour or so he should be getting pounded. Thanks for the update Jeff! 15Z Hrrr is really trying to tick me off with how it loses the precip down my way at hours 4 and 5.
  19. I assume this our nrgjeff. Getting a little well deserved pub! Thanks for your contributions here!
  20. He He! A chicken post. I was down to 2 degrees yesterday morning and mine were out there, even got 11 eggs. I take them some fresh water at daylight and then again before dark. Just bring in one of the waterers to thaw overnight. My old coop is only partially enclosed but I've thrown a tarp over it at times. Throw some old hay in there if we are going to have extended snow cover. The worst Ive had is a couple cases of partially frozen combs. I know we take pets seriously these days but after keeping livestock for years the key is fresh water and some feed.
  21. There was solid snowcover statewide. I think the Nashville area had at least 6-8". Got down to -20 here in Lewisburg. Brrrr!
  22. January 2010 was a bad one as well. The first two weeks of the month was waaay below normal with only .03" of precip. I think OHX did get the obligatory half inch in there somewhere.
  23. Parts of the area had plenty of mostly dry cold in the "great" winters of 2014 and 2015. The midsouth has been especially good at topping out with dustings and flizzards during recent cold outbreaks. In Jan 2014 OHX was -5.3 for the month with a whopping 0.4" of snow. February of 2015 was -9.2 with only 2.1" of snow. I remember a lot of .
  24. This continued on into the mid 80s. I often remember as a kid growing up in the Nashville area that if it was snowing in Memphis it was without question on the way. Seems like during the snow drought of the last 25 years or so this has not been the case nearly as often. Looks like the next week is going to make for some quality model watching. The 06Z GEFS is a good example of this. There are some quality hits for our region, but probably even more misses with the frozen precip holding to our NW.
  25. That run is impressive from the TX gulf coast all the way thru the Delmarva! Some Deep South peeps are either going to get a real treat or are going to get NAMMED.