Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

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  1. markinwestmich

    markinwestmich Active Member

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    February 7, 2008: Well, I am sitting in front of the television this evening when the local Grand Rapids, Michigan weatherman just announced that in the past 3 weeks (21 days) we have had only 3 1/2 hours of sunshine! I must have been working when that happened, because I did not see it. It is so cloudy here that even the dark-skinned folks are turning white! The sky is grey, the trees are grey-brown, and the ground is white with snow. Gloomy and depressing. No sign of a break in the weather. Spring cannot come soon enough!
     
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    I think you need a holiday in the Bahamas, Mark ; )
    BTW 30 degrees celcius and beautiful sunshine hear, mate....

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    Ed,
    You're supposed to one-up me and tell me just how rotten the weather is in Australia. : )
     
  4. edleigh7

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    Well we did get some storms on Wednesday. In my suburb we got 85mm in 1 hour!!!
    Pretty tragic on the roads though and one kid drowned body surfing in a drain. And because of the rain it is pretty humid and my new office doesn't have air con yet.
    Does that make you feel better, mate?

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  5. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Nice sunny spring-like day, 13°C, here today at 55°N. Hardly seen any snow at all this winter.
     
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    Sounds very pleasant Michael : )
     
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    oh sigh people. High of -23C predicted for Saturday. I guess the up side is we always have sun (ok I'm reaching for an up side).
     
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    soccerdad Active Member 10 Years

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    When I lived in Calgary my parents used to say that people who lived good lives ended up in Vancouver after they died. About 30 years ago I realized that one could get there even sooner.

    Snow ... Yes, I remember that stuff. Soft and white. For about 15 minutes, before the cars start to churn it into a black mess. I remember cars with electrical outlets, and extension cords stretched over the sidewalk to my car. I remember -40 degrees and trying to convince credulous outsiders that our 15-minutes-long occur-every-three-months "chinooks" really did make a big difference.

    But mostly I remember the drive to Vancouver. As we traversed the Rogers Pass the sun came out, the birds started singing, and I am sure that angels joined in. I dropped my long underwear into a trash can at a rest stop at the summit and have never bought another pair.

    Of course we get about as much sun here as Mark does...
     
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    pierrot Active Member 10 Years

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    hello

    I too lived in southern alberta (brooks arrgh and blech!!) and I didn't think I would be happy it was cold enough to snow!! usually means it was getting warmer than -23C

    glad I'm outa the prairies ony coz of the weather!!! Love my family there but its too cold!!
     
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    pinenut Active Member 10 Years

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    Soccerdad must be older'n God if he remembers -40 in Calgary. Last time was in nineteen ought forty something. We left there in '74, and I remember lotsa -20's and lotsa really great chinooks.
    Tonight at 11:35 its -30. Not bad. Last Wednesday we woke up to -45 on one thermometer, -50 on the one at the other end of the house. Fuel oil wouldn't quite pass the filter, so the old Toyostove quit. Had just enough propane pressure to cook my breakfast before it died too.
    Trudged on down to my shop where the other Toyostove had also quit, but not long before, I guess, because the inside temp had only fallen from 51F to 45F.
    And my four flats of pine seedlings are OK.
    Just another day in paradise!
    I used to drive a transit bus for the City of Whitehorse. On cold days we'd have ice fog ALL DAY. Lucky to have two carlengths of visibility. Fortunately there's a big elevation change between downtown and the outlying subdivisions. Motoring up the Two Mile Hill to the Alaska Highway out of the murk into the bright sunshine was like a weight lifting from your shoulders.
    My $.25.
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  11. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Two more 13°C days here ;-)

    Oh, and London (same latitude as Calgary!) was 16.5°C yesterday.
     
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    plbbbbb (a printed raspberry tee hee). Yupper its -15C but SUNNY!! I only lasted 3 years on the west coast of Canada before I got cabin fever from the rain and grey. But then to each his/her own :) Well out to shovel snow onto the gardens. YIPPEE SNOW!!!

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    I may have you beat for nice weather. highs for the past several days in the 70's (34 celsius) and morning lows upper 30's lower 40's (3 to 6 celsius) almost too warm for my taste this time of year.
     
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    soccerdad Active Member 10 Years

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    I checked the Environment Canada website for the weather in the week in which I got married. It said that the highs were about -3 C. My recollection was -40 F, which of course is also -40C.

    So there are only two possibilties. (a) I am wrong. (b) Environment Canada's web site in wrong.

    Sherlock Holmes used to say that when one eliminates the impossible, whatever is left, no matter how starting or improbable, must be what happened. Eliminating the impossible, we see that Environment Canada is engaged in a massive disinformation campaign. Freaky.
     
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    Vancouver, capital of the Pacific North We(s)t. No Sunlight forecast for the coming week.

    But no matter! All I need is 1000 units of Vitamin D per day and I feel as good as our Australian friend down yonder.
     
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    Soccerdad I gave up on the Environment Canada local forecast a long time ago. The Weather Network is more accurate for here I find. Check it out and see if it fits more with your memory.

    Les
     
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    A mix of "oldies" on the CD changer with an occasional reggae thrown in, 80 degrees F. with a light breeze, and Anna Maria Island in the Gulf just south of Tampa is where I am and intend to stay. I'm kind of sad that you folks all have SAD.
     
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    ahhhhhhhhh does sound lovely Chuck White. Perhaps a snowflake or two occasionaly might make things interesting? ok bad idea, not very user-friendly for your native plants.

    Les
     
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    pinenut Active Member 10 Years

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    or d) a side affect of drinking too many "cold" ones at the reception.
     
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    pinenut Active Member 10 Years

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    possibility e: (suggested in the kindest possible way by someone else in this household) You've forgotten your anniversary date.
    Apologies.
    Carl
     
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    all meant in good fun soccerdad. Running with the joke is a symptom of SAD.

    Les
     
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    My "indoor spring", hope it cheer you up...
     

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    Outstanding!!!!! Drooooooooool.

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