Friday, October 17, 2008

Electric Cars!

Well, it's been some time and I figured I'd give some sort of an update. After some sort of crazy warm-up at the end of last week, temperatures dropped like stocks and we've been going between highs of 18/19 degrees down to around 0 (all on Fahrenheit, mind you). Then, on the way to work this morning, my car registered -7 degrees, and the "official" temperature is at -4. So it's getting chilly. But, the snow has come back, and our wood pile is quite well stocked for the coming months. The cold temperatures mean, of course, that we all pull out our electric cars and drive those around. And by that I mean we start plugging our cars in at night (and during the day) to cut down on emissions when we start the car (warm engines pollute less), and also to make sure that the car starts. Frozen oil does no good to anyone.

We have a week or so of midterms starting next week, then back to the same old, same old. Most of the people in the office are down at NW Glaciology in Seattle, which means that it's kinda quiet here. Next year, I suppose that I'll be heading there (assuming that I actually do work, of course), which should be quite fun and interesting. For now, I should probably get back to studying sea ice and re-learning Linear Algebra.


Lee said...

Negative temps, nice! I'm ready for snow. There has been to much sunshine, bring on an eternal (or maybe 6 month) blizzard! Are you far enough north where you go an extended time without seeing the sun?

Bigbob said...

Big Bob:

Just a note on your grad studies--In all known cases, ice composed mostly of h2o when it comes into contact with large bodies of water, melts.

Biggest Bob in Frankfort