Looks like tomorrow or Tuesday it's going to get depressingly warm and
then freeze rain and ice. I'd rather it just stay cold and let things
be. Temperatures between 30 and 45F aren't fit for human consumption.
24'x64' ice rink frozen and skatable for 2 weeks now, and 2 weeks before
the thaw. The cold is so much more fun if you can play in it. :-)
Never teach your apprentice everything you know.
That kind of crap is why I left.
Sounds like you should be talking to my neighbors, the Zamboni's.
BTW, your around Matoon, Il, if I remember.
Blaw-Knox and GE had facilities there at one time.
Are either of them still there?
Are they still running the paddle wheeler in the Illinois River at
Strictly a river ride, not a gambling version.
Got some customers who are in the ethanol business near Peoria.
They sure are. The Spirit of Peoria goes up the river quite often. We
went on a cruise where they served dinner and headed up towards
Chillicothe. It was quite a nice trip. Way more fun than going on one
of those floating cities and being trapped for a week.
The gambling boat actually had to take a trip somewhere because of a new
state law. It hadn't gone anywhere in 10 years or more.
Cloudy. Snow after midnight. Snow accumulation around an inch. Evening
lows around 16...then slowly rising temperatures overnight. East winds
around 5 mph. Chance of snow 90 percent.
Snow and freezing rain. Total snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches. Ice
accumulation of up to one quarter of an inch. Highs in the lower 30s.
Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent.
Cloudy. Freezing rain and sleet likely in the evening...then a chance of
freezing rain...snow and sleet after midnight. Little or no additional
snow accumulation. Additional moderate ice accretion likely. Near steady
temperature around 30. North winds 5 to 10 mph...becoming northwest
after midnight. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.
Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain...freezing rain and snow in the
morning...then a slight chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs in the
upper 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 30 percent.
Partly cloudy. Lows around 15.
I've got 2 sheets of plastic on there. The rink should be able to
withstand a complete thaw and refreeze with the only water loss being to
evaporation. It's the only way to go for most of the country and a good
portion of Canada.
Some people do that, but it's not absolutely necessary. If the ground
is frozen, and not too sandy, it might take a bit more water, but it's
easier in the Spring - you don't do anything and the rink disappears!
You do need edging, of course.
I can't explain it. Californians LOVE the state's weather so much they're
willing to put up with high taxes, a dysfunctional government, brush fires,
mud slides, earthquakes, and a ban on outdoor barbecues.
They could eliminate all the problems by moving to, say, Maine and turning
up the thermostat.
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