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  • Birthday 07/19/1971

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  1. Mid-Atlantic snow totals for winter 2017/18

    Picked up close to 1" yesterday. Now up to 155.0". Hopefully that is it!
  2. Mid-Atlantic snow totals for winter 2017/18

    Picked up 5" more the last couple of days. Up to 154.3". Looks like a little more coming tomorrow/tomorrow night.
  3. Mid-Atlantic snow totals for winter 2017/18

    149.3" so far. Expecting more over the next couple of days.
  4. March Banter

    They are actually ahead of us for the season by about 8" or so. I can't remember the last time they had more than us. A couple of south-tracking storms have helped them this year.
  5. March Discobs Thread

    We've gotten 16" of pure powder love over the last 36 hours or so. Still snowing nicely. Kids got a 2 hour delay this morning, at least. Trying to make a late season run at climo.
  6. March Discobs Thread

    Just upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning out here for 4-8 more inches. Actually a little surprised there wasn't even a school delay today.
  7. March Discobs Thread

    Purple Powder Alert issued by White Grass. Last week's snow was beaten back into a hard base by the March sun over the weekend, but we were blasted by 7" of powder overnight and due for another 3-6" plus today and tonight. Should be over 30" for the month by the end of today. Nice to have this shot of winter after the crazy Feb thaw.
  8. March Discobs Thread

    Yes, we got over 13" the last couple of days. Hopped on my XC skis right out my front door and went out into the woods this morning for one of the best ski experiences of my life. Dog loved it, too. We had some base snow left over from last weeks snow so my skis never got wet or iced up, which is unusual where I went, especially in March.
  9. March Discobs Thread

    Nice upslope snows the last couple of days has added a foot to our totals. Looks like an epic XC ski weekend out this way!
  10. February Banter Thread

    We now have two NE IPAs -- we just added "Multiple Hopgasms" last week and its been a big hit. Our "Six Legged Frog" has also been very popular. The key to those beers isn't so much what you do on the brew day, its the dry hop that is most important. (your malt recipe, of course, needs to be appropriate -- a good amount of white wheat is necessary -- I love adding a little Golden Naked Oats as well). We don't add much if any hops to the boil, maybe a little FWH to get some bitterness, but we add a huge amount to the whirlpool right after the boil. We whirlpool for about a half hour then transfer through the heat exchanger to cool on its way to the fermenter. We've found it works best to dry hop in two doses, one on about day four while there is still active fermentation (for the yeast/proteins and hop oils to marry for good cloudiness and hop flavor). Then a second dose after fermentation is complete and we've gotten the beer off the yeast (for that clean hop aroma). We normally dry hop at 55 degrees (we lower to that temp to get the yeast to drop -- Sean Lawson taught me that) but in this case the first dry hop will be at fermentation temp, which when we use 1318 yeast (I hope that is what you are using for yeast) is about 67 degrees. Hope that helps!
  11. February Banter Thread

    Thanks Mattie, nice to see that! BTW, if any of you make it out this way, feel free to let the bartender know you are a member here, and if I'm around (which I am a lot but not always), I'll be glad to hook you up with a free beer!
  12. Mid-Atlantic snow totals for winter 2017/18

    We're up to just over 5 1/2 feet after yesterday's six inches or so.
  13. January Discobs Thread

    Amazing stretch of cold coming to an end. Even the snow today seems really "warm" with it in the low 30s. I've recorded three lows below minus 10 (-11, -16 and -19) over the last couple of weeks. We've certainly seen snowier periods, but apparently the coldest 13 day stretch in Canaan Valley's history -- see below. The last 13-days ( 12-26-17 through 1-7-18) are the coldest 13 days ever recorded in Canaan Valley, WV’s official National Weather Service 73-year climate record (based on preliminary data). What was noteworthy of this brutally cold period was not that any one day had extremely low temperatures, but that this period experienced such consistently, much below average readings. The warmest temperature recorded during the 13 days was 24 F with one day staying below zero F all 24-hours. The average high temperature for the period was 12.0 F with the average daily minimum temperature being -2.9 F. That yields a 13-day average temperature of 4.6 F, a whopping 2.5 degrees lower than the next coldest 13-day period in any other year. Ten of the 13 subject morning’s recorded sub-zero F minimum temperatures. The average temperature during this cold snap was equivalent to average January temperatures found at sea-level around the frigid northernmost shores of Lake Superior in Canada, 1,400 miles north in central Canada. While the extreme low during the period was a modest -13 F by Valley standards, a new high quality research station in the Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge located in a frost hollow, recorded two separate mornings of -25 F and -24 F on 1/3 and 1/7/18 respectively. The research temperature station is only 125 miles due west of Washington/Regan National Airport (DCA) as the crow flies. Canaan Valley’s official National Weather Service COOP weather station has recorded minimum temperatures in the 20’s F in all 3 summer months (June, July, August). Canaan’s valley floor has an average growing season shorter than that found in Fairbanks, Alaska in the cold interior of that state. It is the highest, large valley floor in eastern North America with an average valley bottom elevation of 3,250 feet. It’s bath-tub like shape also helps trap cold air forming overnight extremely efficiently during clear, calm, dry weather conditions. This frigid pattern is coming to an abrupt end this week. Temperature should soar well into the 50’s F on several days by week’s end. Some data courtesy of David Lesher. Bob Leffler
  14. January Discobs Thread

    Minus 19 degrees for the low here this morning.
  15. December Discobs Thread

    Got down to -11 here last night.