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Horribly cold in Krakow at the moment , how do you cope with such temperatures ?


krysia 23 | 3,058
26 Jan 2010 #91
I wonder if the Russian have a freeze weapon pointed at the USA...?

Don't need to. Temperatures of -4F (-20C) are everyday during the winters here, and that's considered warm, wind chills of -30F to -40F(-34C, - 40C) happen at least once a month. It's winter. No one complains, just keep warm, it'll be over soon
scrappleton - | 829
26 Jan 2010 #92
and insists its the Americans who are to blame

There's a surprise. Probably we caused her hemorroids as well.
wildrover 98 | 4,436
26 Jan 2010 #93
She does not suffer from this problem , as her school is lucky to have one of the anti hemorroid screens fitted which blocks out most of the Hemorroid rays beamed at Russia by the CIA.....If there are any other Americans reading this thread...ITS A JOKE....How come the Russians and Poles know what a joke is , but not Americans...???

Good man, Wildrover! I hope you plan to stay here permanently

Yep...i am staying here....for life...
scrappleton - | 829
26 Jan 2010 #94
....How come the Russians and Poles know what a joke is , but not Americans...???

You don't seem as accepting when jokes are thrown at you , limey. Indeed, your mods delete our stuff from your sensitive eyes.
wildrover 98 | 4,436
26 Jan 2010 #95
Actually i haven,t asked her if she has any hermatiods...its sorta not come up in our romantic discussians....I wonder if the cold war caused any hermatiods..?

Anyways...i sincerly hope you are warm over there in the USA....its dam freezing over here , seems even my English sense of humour is freezing up...

Whats the tempreture over where you are Scrappleton...?

Its minus 23 here in west Poland...
scrappleton - | 829
26 Jan 2010 #96
Its minus 23 here in west Poland...

Just blame it on the US. Why break precedent?

Don't speak Celsius either, sorry. Sounds like it's cold enough to make your already long bit/ch list though.
Wroclaw Boy
26 Jan 2010 #97
Long term weather forecast is that februarys going to be freezing too, ive seen some bad ass winters before but this is the worst by a long shot.

Makes you just happy thinking of spring time.
Seanus 15 | 19,672
26 Jan 2010 #98
You probably remember the winter of 2005/06, WB. That was a real nut chiller! Sheesh, I even wore 2 pairs of gloves before walking off to a gym session and my fingers still froze after just 10 mins of walking. This morning was comparable to that day.

Those hoodlums in their warm hoods will be getting the last laugh now ;)
strzyga 2 | 993
27 Jan 2010 #99
What happens around the world at wintertime

+ 20°C Greeks put on jumpers (provided that they can find them)
+ 15°C Jamaicans turn on the heating (provided that they have it)
+ 10°C Americans are shivering with cold. Russians are planting cucumbers at their dachas.
+ 5°C Your breath becomes visible. Italian cars don't start. Norwegians go for a swim in the lake.
0°C In America, water freezes. In Russia, water becomes denser.
- 5°C French cars won't start.
- 15°C Your cat is determined to sleep in your bed. Norwegians put on jumpers.
- 17.9°C House owners in Oslo turn on the heating. Russians make the last trip of the season to their dachas.
- 20°C American cars won't start.
- 25°C German cars won't start. All Jamaicans have died out.
- 30°C The authorities address the problem of the homeless. Your cat is sleeping in your pajamas.
- 35°C Too cold to think. Japanese cars won't start.
- 40°C You're planning to spend two weeks in a hot tub. Swedish cars won't start.
- 42°C All transport in Europe stops. Russians are eating icecream in the streets.
- 45°C All Greeks have died out. The authorities actually start doing something for the homeless.
- 50°C Your eyelids freeze when you try to wink. Alascans close the windows when having a bath.
- 60°C Polar bears go south.
- 70°C The hell freezes over.
- 73°C Finnish special services evacuate Santa Claus from Lapland. Russians put on ushankas.
- 80°C Russians don't take their gloves off even when pouring out vodka.
- 114°C Ethyl alcohol freezes down. Russians are pissed off.
RonWest 3 | 120
27 Jan 2010 #100
As temperatures plunge to minus 30 C in some places in Poland, the winter claimed more lives, the Government Security Center (GSC) has announced.

Just Curious,
How many of you are going to jump on board and support cap & trade and all the other legislation planned to decrease global warming, as obviously, our planet is over-heating???
SeanBM 35 | 5,793
27 Jan 2010 #101
This is the coldest winter I have ever experienced.

In about December 2005 I was living in Vilnius and it reached minus 31 but not for long.

This winter:

The army have been called in to areas of Poland to blow up iced rivers because of flooding but even when they blow up a section, there is still no place for the water to go.

Electrical cables have ice around them with a diamiter of 15 to 20 cm, this has led to them falling.
In Malapolska alone about 30,000 people have no electricity and considering that many gas boilers need electricity to run many (if not most) of these people have lost their primary heating systems.

The people who live in the town here (just south of Krakow) are telling me that they have almost gotten through their entire winter supply of coal.

I myself have spent the last two days with a blow torch to the pipe in the basement to get it flowing again. Without the water flowing I could not operate my gas combiboiler (due to lack of water in the tank).

It is so cold outside that when you inhale through your nose, the oxygen freezes hahahaha.

Apart from the obvious catastrophes, I find it fascinating to be honest but I have heating and ample supply of wood to burn.
time means 5 | 1,309
27 Jan 2010 #102
This is the coldest winter I have ever experienced

And more to come if the forcast is right BM. Makes my current high of 7 and low of 1 seem quite balmy.
SeanBM 35 | 5,793
27 Jan 2010 #103
Makes my current high of 7 and low of 1 seem quite balmy.

Normally people continue on their daily choirs despite the weather.
Two babcias were selling cheese is still sitting outside a few days about, I couldn't believe it, it must have been about minus 18. The cheese must have been a rock but I really don't know how they did it, as they were just sitting on the side of the street.

Yesterday people stayed at home, this is too much, even for Poles, which makes me feel a little better about myself :)

I will attempt to take photos today but the sun is shining so my task will be to somehow show how cold it is in the photo otherwise you may think it is lovely and warm hahahaha

The hairs on my leg complete freeze, even through my jeans.

The difficulty is not the cold but the length of time that we have the cold.
time means 5 | 1,309
27 Jan 2010 #104
I was without heating due to a burst pipe the other week and know what nightmare that is water every where etc and it wasn't any where near as cold.

Like you have said it's a fascinating experience but that soon wears off after a time.
Cardno85 31 | 973
27 Jan 2010 #105
I personally really feel for all the people without power at the moment. I can't imagine not having heating right now. I have the flat at a comfortable 20-22 (68-71 for our american readers) degrees, but even the 2 minute walk to the tram stop chills you to the bone...but I have been careful to check my tram and bus times to avoid having to stand about for too long.

It is the first time in my life that I have felt cold like it. Breathing early in the morning is a struggle and it is a "painful" cold, in that when you go outside, anything that isn't covered gets really sore from the cold. I see the temperature reading this morning was -17 but I imagine that the wind is making a big difference, because it feels much colder.

And to Scrappleton, I know it sounds like we are all whining, but it's just that, for a lot of us, this is really strangely (not to mention quite unpleasant) cold. So it's less complaining and more comment. If we get the same next winter there will probably be a lot less said about it. To reitterate an earlier question to you, what sort of temperature are you getting and what sort of conditions?
SeanBM 35 | 5,793
27 Jan 2010 #106
I was without heating due to a burst pipe the other week and know what nightmare that is water every where etc and it wasn't any where near as cold.

It should be noted that it is not humid here and there is not as much wind compared to the Celtic Islands ;)
This makes a huge difference, especially that the islands are not prepared for any form of temperature except for moderate climates.
I compare plus 3 degrees in Sligo (North West of Ireland) with the humidity and wind, with minus 10 here.

And just to have a proper winge since I am on a roll, I not only had to flame thrower the pipes but in order to get to the pipes I had to carve them out of the wall. The joys of covering everything in concrete.

I have been careful to check my tram and bus times to avoid having to stand about for too long.

They are saying that there are no traffic jams anywhere in Krakow hahahahaha.
People are not going out.

Breathing early in the morning is a struggle and it is a "painful" cold

I learned form 2005 in Vilnius when I went out and inhaled through my nose, it felt like two flaps shut inside my nostrils. I had never felt anything like it before, I kept doing it because it was a new experiences. Then after a second the "flaps" would disappear.

Basically the oxygen was freezing the inside of my nose, the "flaps" was ice and I had burned my nose so bad that I had a bloody nose for quite some time afterwards.

I have not felt that since until this winter and I am sure as heck not inhaling to much too quickly through my nose.
No Irishman should be subjected to these temperatures hahahahaha
EchoTheCat - | 137
27 Jan 2010 #107
I imagine WildRover is going to tell us: after eating beans you can fart into a jar and use the gas to heat yet more beans, for the nutrition and warmth values.

Finally I met the guy who was a director of Bruno and Borat! It's you! Can you sent me an autograph ?? ;)

First rule of survival, No.1 Waste nothing ;)

I'm afraid to ask what will we eat when the beans will end up.

Well, mother of nature probably will have a mercy around Friday, it will be around -1 to -5 :-)

Which Friday ?
SeanBM 35 | 5,793
27 Jan 2010 #108
The positives of such cold weather is that all the germs are dead (not Germans but bacteria;) so the air is sterile. Clear clean and really fresh.

And as I have mentioned there are no traffic jams.

Can you sent me an autograph ??

SeanBM

There you go! :D

I'm afraid to ask what will we eat when the beans will end up.

More beans, although you'd have to ask WildRover :)
Cardno85 31 | 973
27 Jan 2010 #109
Basically the oxygen was freezing the inside of my nose, the "flaps" was ice and I had burned my nose so bad that I had a bloody nose for quite some time afterwards.

Ahhh, that explains a lot. I thought I had a spot in my nose or something, I never thought the cold weather could do so much damage to my nostrils! Bloody annoying because your nose runs all the time in this cold and blowing it is rather sore!

Will my nose gain an immunity to this? Or do I just need to wait 'til it gets warmer?
Wroclaw Boy
27 Jan 2010 #110
You probably remember the winter of 2005/06, WB. That was a real nut chiller!

I do and i also remember it was followed by a real belter of a summer.

Just Curious,
How many of you are going to jump on board and support cap & trade and all the other legislation planned to decrease global warming, as obviously, our planet is over-heating???

I was wondering how long it would take for somebody to mention that.
peterweg 37 | 2,309
27 Jan 2010 #111
This is the coldest winter I have ever experienced.

This is my first Polish Winter, my GF assured me that is is not that unusually cold, but according to the BBC website the lowest ever January temp in Krakow was -23c. She might be telling me porkies.

Over the weekend we had two nights of -30C, my oldish (1950's) house north of Slomniki (30km north of Krakow) managed to be stay heated at +20C all night and day, used a lot of coal though. Fortunately I have another tonne of wood to burn next.

Personally the cold doesn't bother me much; dry, generally windless, its not that bad. Not like the 70mph blizzards you can get in the UK.
EchoTheCat - | 137
27 Jan 2010 #112
I thought I had a spot in my nose or something, I never thought the cold weather could do so much damage to my nostrils! Bloody annoying because your nose runs all the time in this cold and blowing it is rather sore!

People and their problems... :P
jwojcie 2 | 762
27 Jan 2010 #113
The hairs on my leg complete freeze, even through my jeans.

Seriously man, where are your long johns !? :-)

Which Friday ?

According to the weather forecast this friday, at least in Wroclaw and Krakow area... I really do hope so, because I'm going to climb on some small mountain during the weekend and get seriously drunk over there...
EchoTheCat - | 137
27 Jan 2010 #114
I really do hope so, because I'm going to climb on some small mountain during the weekend and get seriously drunk over there...

Ehhh you, who live in Krakow or Wroclaw are lucky to have mountains so near. I'm from Poznan and have to spend hours to get there. And to get to Bieszczady, which I like the most, it's 13 hours in a car :/

About the weather forecast, I don't believe them. :))
jwojcie 2 | 762
28 Jan 2010 #115
Ha, meteorologist were right, it is quite warm today in Wroclaw, I would say slightly below 0. But snow covered everything again...
delphiandomine 88 | 18,116
28 Jan 2010 #116
Ehhh you, who live in Krakow or Wroclaw are lucky to have mountains so near. I'm from Poznan and have to spend hours to get there. And to get to Bieszczady, which I like the most, it's 13 hours in a car :/

Take the overnight sleeper train to Przemysl and bus from there ;) Most effective, comfiest, nicest way to travel. I did it in summer, and...so much better :)
SeanBM 35 | 5,793
28 Jan 2010 #117
meteorologist were right, it is quite warm today in Wroclaw,

South of Krakow too.

The halna wind is here, very warm and strong :)
wildrover 98 | 4,436
28 Jan 2010 #118
A bit more snow up here in Pomerania , but just above zero for the first time in a while...
XMAN
2 Feb 2010 #119
still many cities have no electricty here in the south of Poland. it is crime what governemnt is doing
jonni 16 | 2,481
2 Feb 2010 #120
still many cities have no electricty

Which cities?

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