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Chronicles of Nothing
Hot damn, it’s cold again.

Jan 21, 2014
Hot damn, it’s cold again.

Don’t call it a polar vortex…or a comeback. It’s just the subzero temps have hit the midwest again. And I think the northeast is getting pounded by snow.  Have I mentioned that I’m sort of over the snow? Don’t get … Continue reading 

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Chronicles of Nothing
Random thoughts on the Polar Vortex

Jan 6, 2014
Random thoughts on the Polar Vortex

When I moved to Minnesota, I looked forward to having the occasional snow day.  Work from home, bake something to warm up the house, feel cozy.  I didn’t expect to be afraid of the temperature.  Seriously. I can’t go outside … Continue reading 

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Bamboo and More
December freeze damage

December freeze damage

I’ve dreaded writing this post because it meant taking stock of the damage caused by the Arctic system that swept through the west in early December. Fortunately, the situation is nowhere near as dire as I had initially feared.

But let’s start at the beginning.

Before I left for my Arizona trip on...

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Bamboo and More
California drought

California drought

110220_dead_palms2013 will enter the history books as the driest calendar year ever in California. The numbers are astounding—and sobering: Since January, Los Angeles has received only 3.6” of rain (average: 14.91”), San Jose 3.8” (average: 14”), San Francisco 5.59” (average: 21.45”).

Normally December is one of...

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45 Journal
Weather Nexus

Dec 13, 2013
Weather Nexus

All the winter weather from the past week met yesterday afternoon: last remnants of snow on the ground, fog still hanging in the air, and then came the rain. With temperatures hovering around 35 degrees, we just missed the freezing rain that was foreca...

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Tahoe Truckee Outdoor
Winter driving tips for Lake Tahoe travelers

Winter driving tips for Lake Tahoe travelers

The following tips will keep you safe in bad weather.

Inexperience? Speed?







Check the weather before you go.
Check road restrictions before you go.
CA roads: 800-427-7623  NV roads: 877-687-6237   







Practice skids and slides in an empty parking lot. Practice makes perfect.


Don’t tailgate. Leave plenty of room...

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Placer County Online
Placer County News Roundup

Sacramento Bee - Investigation into death of Roseville businessman hinges on finding car Sacramento Bee - Rain, snow and more frigid weather for Northern California Placer Herald - Lotion, soap endeavor helps fight sex trafficking Auburn Journal – Forecast for flakes can’t daunt Auburn Festival of Lights organizers Loomis News – Donations needed for Christmas basket giveaway

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Sierra FoodWineArt Magazine
Tahoe-Truckee ski areas expect bigger snow dump Friday — extend discounts

Tahoe-Truckee ski areas expect bigger snow dump Friday  — extend discounts

It’s snowing hard at Truckee-Tahoe ski resorts, and much more is on the way later this week. Ski areas also are extending their discounts. The deadline for the lowest price on an “Epic Pass” (which includes Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood) has been extended until Friday. The deadline for the lowest price on the “Tahoe Super...

Sierra FoodWineArt Magazine
Tahoe-Truckee ski areas expect new snow this week

Tahoe-Truckee ski areas expect new snow this week

The Tahoe-Truckee ski areas are doing a “snow dance” for this week, when new snow and cold air is expected to come into the area. The cold air is also welcome because it will clear the way for lots of snowmaking. “A major weather pattern change will occur early this week as a strong cold front...

The Blue Muse
Project Green Thumbs: Winter garden report

Nov 30, 2013
Project Green Thumbs: Winter garden report

"Bush" snow peas. I watched the fluffy bastard kick over a small blue pot and proceed to nibble the roots of the now-naked butterfly bush.Like any sane person, I ran outside to screech at the offending squirrel and rescue the innocent plant. Yes, ...

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