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22 / a pop tart
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Posted 12/7/17
Yo yo yo whaddup!

As my town's weather drops to a startling 17. Fahrenheit from a gentle 60. Fahrenheit, I began to wonder what the coldest temperature the good users of CR have been in.

Me? -21 degrees Fahrenheit.


You?
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15 / F / Texas
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Posted 12/7/17
hmmm I'd say 5 degrees below freezing??? I don't pay attention to temperature that often..
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Posted 12/7/17
-35 i think.
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-45 Celsius
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21 / F / Dirt land
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Posted 12/7/17
negative thirty seven Fahrenheit
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42 / M / California
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Posted 12/7/17
Somewhere in the 20 to 30 degree range, that was a long time ago
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-40C/-40F
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29 / F / Oklahoma
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I'm thinking it was -21F back in early 2011. It was a once in a blue moon type of thing. Would love for it to happen again, along with all of the snow we got that time, too. Every single winter since has been pathetic. Like tonight it's supposed to get down to 17, and that's about the standard lowest temperature for a winter here, and going by last winter this may be the only time it even happens.
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20 / M / Palm Coast, Florida
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Posted 12/7/17
Think it was around -20 or -30 in a house without power during a blizzard. Reason I love Florida so much so I don't have to suffer from freezing temperatures.
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Posted 12/7/17

hek if i know
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70 / M / Columbia, MO
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Posted 12/7/17 , edited 12/7/17
Back in owner-operator days of trucking I ran northern tier of states often. I got sent to Glasgow, Montana during early January, 1974 to pick up armed forces families being transferred to other military bases. One of the days on that trip I left the Air Force base near Glasgow, Montana for a trek across North Dakota on US 2 enroute to Minot, N.D. It was 19 degrees Farenheit for a high that day. With thermo-gear on, heater running full speed, window partially down for a breath of brisk air to circulate heater air the cab never really got comfortable. It was always steady at cave temperature (55 degrees F). This was also back in the day of AM-FM radio (even pre-dated CB radio popularity among truckers...1976 et al) which was "off" account I couldn't stand either the country-western vibes on air or the fire & brimstone holy roller evangelicals that permeated the remainder of the airwaves. Ignorance is eternal bliss, I guess.

Along the way I saw zero traffic westbound on US 2, encountered ground blizzards in eastern Montana enroute and just barely missed crashing into a stray herd of cattle standing in the middle of the two-lane road. I tried to sound my air horns but they were snow-packed and froze out, silent. Last resort was the electric car horn located next to the radiator which did its job and made noise announcing my encroaching presence. The cattle split into 2 groups and provided me enough space to ply all 54' 11" length of 13' 4" tall tractor-trailer rig between them unscathed. Yea....would've been a mess otherwise.

Ten miles west of Minot, N.D. I encountered a state port of entry (scale). The scale master weighed my axles, motioned me to come inside, bring your logs/permits too. Once inside I learned that stretch of road had been officially closed both directions to all traffic so how the hell did I manage to get through? This was before gates / signage were common nationwide. It was 6 degrees at his coop. Anyway, he let me go but with a warning re highway safety.

I had to spend 2 nights at a truckstop located near Minot awaiting a military move scheduled on the 3rd day. The warmest it got that weekend was 5 degrees F. The coldest was a guess-timated minus 20 degrees Farenheit. Diesel engines don't start worth a damn in extreme weather unless mixture is proper (back then kerosene was considered OK additive in diesel for cold weather running). I didn't use kerosene but I did possess a block heater that could start a cold engine down to minus ten degrees Farenheit. Damn, talk about having to leave a warm cab in dark of night in order to prime a block heater located outside underneath the cab; tis a chore not for the faint of heart.

As did all the diesel rigs there I ran my engine continuously for 4 straight days, never shut it off. I didn't want to risk my fuel gelling in the fuel line. A few drivers would shut their engines a few hours to conserve fuel consumption. Trouble was, if the downtime interval exceeded a certain time frame the extreme cold weather would freeze something somewhere on a rig and a breakdown would ensue (meant towing rig into a heated garage for thawing out).

I did most of this when I was young. Looking back some of it was fun and exciting but now that I'm as old as the hills and almost feeble I would not want to repeat any of that now.
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Posted 12/7/17
Fuel gels pretty high. Barely a couple dozen degrees below freezing and you will have bigger fish to fry than your deliver deadline.
Pretty sure when I lived in the mountains and in the frozen north it did not really get down below -45 F, though. Before windchill.
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14 / M / California, Merica
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Posted 12/7/17
45 degrees fortunately, California is warm
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28 / M / New Jersey
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Posted 12/8/17 , edited 12/8/17
I work with walk in freezers so I'm pretty used to the cold. Outside maybe around -45 degrees? Anything below that is considered beach weather to some of us high tolerance types.
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Posted 12/8/17
been in -4 with a real feel of -35 F before, but it's been a few years, not fun. the heat can't handle it and the body is cruel (and this was indoors I didn't dare venture outside, those feet of snow was merely admired from afar)
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