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Lake Shows Signs Of Freezing

You know it's frigid when Lake Coeur d'Alene shows obvious signs of freezing. This week's bone-chilling temperatures have made the lake's shores turn to ice, but don't bother breaking out your skates. “It won't be cold long enough for the lake to freeze over,” said climatologist Cliff Harris. Thursday's low of minus 8 degrees tied the record for Feb. 6 set in 1929. The temperature was as cold as it has been since Nov. 24, 2010, when it was minus 9. With the wind chill factor, Thursday's temperature reached minus 11, Harris said. Harris said the last time Lake Coeur d'Alene froze over was 2000/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Low temperatures have caused some rivers in the region to freeze over, including the St. Joe River near St. Maries)

Question: Have you ever ice skated on a frozen lake?

Phil Sees Shadow, More Winter Ahead

Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair to “see” his shadow on Thursday, in the process predicting six more weeks of winter. But, at this rate, that might not be so bad. The groundhog made his “prediction” on Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill in the town for which he's named about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. (See more on Punxsutawney Phil.) Temperatures were near freezing when he emerged at dawn — unseasonably warm — and were forecast to climb into the mid-40s in a winter that's brought little snow and only a few notably cold days to much of the East/Time U.S. More here. (AP photo)

Question: Ready for 6 more weeks of winter?

Lack Of Winter Light Triggers Sadness

Now that daylight saving time has ended, most of us are going to work and returning home in darkness. And for some people, the loss of light causes their moods to dim as well. As much as 10 percent of the population may suffer from winter depression – Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD – according to the Academy of Family Practice. And as many as 25 percent feel the “winter blahs,” a condition of less severity, but with many of SAD’s symptoms. Think of a scale from one to 10. At one to four, a person may feel blue, having lost the joy he or she normally experiences. From five to eight, the person is likely in full-blown SAD. At nine to 10, a crisis may occur; people can become so depressed they consider suicide/Linda Higley, Special to SR. More here.

Question: At what point during the winter do you start experiencing cabin fever?

Kris: Taking Warm Buns Too Far

On her Facebook page, KXLY weathercaster Kris Crocker writes: “Just in time for the cold weather, the seat heater in my car burned a hole all the way through the leather of my seat. I wasn't expecting that. I'm all for warm buns, but GEEZ.”

Question: Has something gone wrong that makes you less ready for winter?

Parting Shot: Winter’s just warming up

“I caught the limit,” said Tom Colnaric, of Hayden, after ice fishing at Fernan Lake in Coeur d’Alene on Monday.

Winter – barely seven days old, according to the calendar – is making a powerful return to the region this week.

Snow, possibly heavy at times into Wednesday, will be followed by a blast of arctic air from Canada to keep the New Year’s bubbly plenty cold. The low on Friday morning may only reach the single digits in Spokane. More here. Mike Prager/SR

Related snow news.

Are you ready for more snow?

MoscowM: I Love Winter

Moscow Minidoka: Does anyone else get annoyed by the way our Inland Northwest “radio personalities” (and I suppose “television personalities” too) act when giving the weather forecast? Just this morning the guy on our local oldies station reported the possibility of snow with the same tone of dread that he might use to announce that he’s been diagnosed with testicular cancer. Does it not occur to these folks that some of us LIKE snow, and maybe even PREFER snow over four months of dreary sogginess? Did these people get stuck up north against their will, and cannot control their compulsion to complain about winter all winter long? I love winter. I love snow. I love when it’s cold. More below.

Question: Anyone else out there who loves winter?

Spokane Traffic Light Flips Off Winter

On her way to work this morning in the downtown Spokane office, colleague Meghann Cuniff, of the Sirens & Gavels blog, snapped this photo of a street light seemingly flipping off winter.

Tubob: Up On The Roof

I just got down off my complex cantilevered-peaked angled roof plane surfaces with my youngest, the six foot five TOWWSG son. It was a nighmarish job of breaking huge slabs of snow to send ripping over the edge plunging into huge detonating hits on the sidewalks, deck, and yard below. I got snow down my boots and down my butt and I was wearing Columbia ski pants and they got soaked. Standing near the vent pipes blasting methane gases generated by a household of huge men through melted holes in the 4 feet deep snowpack, I could scarcely maintain consciousness as the waves of sewer stink nearly overcame me and sent me sliding like some ungainly comatose walrus across an ice floe on some godforsaken frozen arctic hell-land/TUBOB. More here.

Question: What part of winter 2008-09 have you struggled to deal with?

Parting Shot 12/18/08

Sherri Gittel shovels out the sign in front of Gittel’s grocery store Thursday on Government Way in Coeur d’Alene.  Coeur d’Alene and Kootenai County received approximately two feet of snow from the latest storm.  JESSE TINSLEY The Spokesman-Review

Question: What did you do today while the snow fell?

New Christmas Hats

Don Sausser notes in an e-mail that so much snow fell that the heat from this streetlights couldn’t melt it. Now, the lights have their own Christmas caps.

CDA Sets Record For Snowfall

Coeur d’Alene blew through its 24-hour snowfall record with 25 inches reported at the mouth of the lake with about 3 additional inches expected through today. The old record was 16 inches set on Feb. 6, 1955/Mike Prager, SR

Love: Surviving Drive To CDA

While drivng to and from Coeur d’Alene yesterday (both trips taking a few minutes shy of two hours to cover the 45 miles), I could think of only two other times I’d been so fearful of the possibilities of meeting my maker. And I drove defensively every moment/Marianne Love. More here.

Question: Are you comfortable with winter driving?

Expert: Don’t Shovel Roofs Yet

Should you worry about the snow piling up on your roof? Probably not — at least not yet, says Rick Simmet, roofing manager for Specialty Home Products. This snow’s really light, so I don’t think it’s going to be an issue like it was last year with that really heavy snow,” he said. Some carports in apartment complexes collapsed following last year’s biggest accumulations of snow. Simmet says it may not be a bad idea for homeowners who can safely clear snow to do so, but doesn’t see it as a pressing concern/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Question: Did you shovel your roof last year?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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