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    Coooooooold in Texas

    It was -23 F last week and 49 F this week. So we had the same. Just starting from more negative.
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    Coooooooold in Texas

    The temperature in Dallas was 78 today. Big contrast with the -2 last week.
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    Coooooooold in Texas

    Wind doesn't produce 45% of the energy, wind can produce up to 45% of the energy depending on load for short durations. These distinctions are always left out. There is currently ~32,000 MW of wind installed in Texas. Texas demand last week jumped to 72,000+MW which is a high summer peak. On...
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    Coooooooold in Texas

    They are sort of right. Wind didn't cause it. However, wind and solar didn't help either. They had operational issues too, reduced output too, and have not generated enough to help much since. Today the wind didn't blow much. 4000 MW peaking at 7000 MW for one hour. It will likely average...
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    Gas Prices

    Yeah its been a while. Spring time. I drove a Toyota Camry rental car 8 hrs on one tank of gas down to Oklahoma for $14. Gas got down to $1.65 here and has hovered between $1.75 and $2.19 for 6 months. It's $2.59 today.
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    Gas Prices

    Its going to cost more because the Texas refineries and wells had trouble producing in the cold, and millions of generators have been sucking it down 24 hours a day. I do miss this
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    Coooooooold in Texas

    We had a plant trip because the waste water line froze. Then the rest of the plant froze. It's designed to 20F, but we've spent millions to get that to 10F. The lowest recorded temperature at the site in its 23 years was one hour of 6F. Yesterday the low was -1F for 6 hours and they haven't...
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    Coooooooold in Texas

    I'd love a diesel electric jeep conversion. Torque up the wazoo. But I have to go to work. Snow, cold, whatever. They let us out early once when snow was coming down at 2" an hour and 6" was on the ground. That's why my primary vehicle has always been an AWD or 4WD. I went in at -19F this...
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    Coooooooold in Texas

    But then how do you get to work in the morning?
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    Coooooooold in Texas

    It got down to -23F this morning. With wind it felt like -45F at times. The nose hairs were freezing while walking from my car into work. But it was 3F going home so we're warming up.
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    Coooooooold in Texas

    More like ice age.
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    Coooooooold in Texas

    The forecast is for -22F tonight. Then much lower for wind chills. The house heat keeps up but if a vent is closed in one place and others open, we get hot and cold spots that vary with wind direction.
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    Coooooooold in Texas

    The secret is to layer up. Under shirt, shirt, sweater, coat. Keep your core warm and it will keep your hands and feet warmer. The body pulls heat from extremities to keep your upper body warm. Warm it up enough and it will cool off by sending heat outward. Thats why drinking warm fluids...
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    Coooooooold in Texas

    I charged up the battery jumper. It will charge cell phones too. Our powerlines are under ground and no ice here. The power has been out intermittently around 2 hours totalled up in around 20 years. It helps when the guys on both sides of me work in substation and line work at the utility...
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    Coooooooold in Texas

    It's -7 now. Forecast is -14 F overnight. -22 F tomorrow night. The wind with it will make it feel like -44 F.
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    Coooooooold in Texas

    Cold is relative. I put on my coat and boots to clean snow off the back patio for the dogs today. Rather than slipping on my sandals. Didn't bother with pants or gloves. It is only -4 and the wind won't pick up until later. If you are working its not worth bundling up too much. You'll...
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    Coooooooold in Texas

    I was 0 F when I went home from work. Its -2 F now. But winds are picking up. So when I cleaned an area off for the dogs on the back yard, my nose hairs froze together. Nothing too terrible if you get busy and stay out of the wind. It should get to -35 F wind chills soon.
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    Coooooooold in Texas

    We get below zero highs and 4 inches of snow. I've turned down the heat so we don't use to much narural gas. Electricity will be cheap here but gas flows to the south and the price will go up here. I'm using electric heaters in rooms to be comfortable. Down south you should use firewood if...
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    Coooooooold in Texas

    We have power plants down there and let's just say its interesting. The wind turbines have screwed their market. They don't work in freezing rain but nobody knows if they will be running or producing next week if the wind dies down. Power and natural gas markets are beyond nuts right now...
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    Coooooooold in Texas

    How are you southerners holding up down there. Monday sounds cold in the single digits. You won't get to much sympathy here since we won't get above 0.