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Friday, December 6, 2013

SkyWatch Friday: November's Farewell Sunrise

Our sunrise on the last day of November made a fitting farewell for the month, as beautiful as the ones that came before it


But so far December has been the opposite. Mostly leaden, snowy skies and frozen air. Just as well, since it's been too bitterly cold to take outdoor photos. Today the high is only supposed to reach MINUS 10ºF with -25º wind chills. Hasn't been above the single digits all week, and most of the time the wind's been blowing like stink.


From the icy weather blanketing most of the US and Canada and the fierce winter storms in northern Europe, I know that many of you in the northern climes can relate. So here's wishing everyone clearing skies and temps just cold enough to set a festive holiday mood, where appropriate. :-)


And please don't forget...

They may be furry, but they can also suffer and die when left out in the cold too long. Please bring your furbabies inside and enjoy some warm cuddles (and report neglect if you see it). 

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    1. Thanks! (She wrote arrogantly, as if she were responsible for it). :-)

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  2. Very beautiful photo for SWF!Have a nice weekend.

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  3. Too cold for me but that is a beautiful November farewell sunset. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Too cold for everyone but polar bears and penguins, I think! And thanks, the same to you!

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  4. That is a glorious sunrise. Thank you so very much.
    It is warming up fast here. Too fast. I am more than a little bit envious of your cooler temperatures.
    And I keep the furs in (to their displeasure) when it is too hot too.

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    1. You're very welcome! And once again, I wish we could do some sort of temperature exchange. We'd definitely be happy to send you about 30 fahrenheit degrees of our cold air in exchange for 30 degrees of your hot air, would that work for you and the Furry Would-Be Rulers of Your Kingdom? :-)

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  5. Gorgeous shot! And a timely reminder about pets.

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  6. We had some of that warm American air move north for 24 hours and melt most of our snow! Back to cold now.

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    1. We were TRYING to do you guys a favor, but some people are just NEVER satisfied! ;-) Well, as I said, you can sure have your frigid air mass back now, we've gotten all the enjoyment out of it we can (ha). It's --27º here this morning and I don't think that makes for a very fair trade at all!

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  7. Wow, a very beautiful farewell to November! So, so pretty.

    The temps lately are just ridiculous. I've been running my space heater at work almost constantly (no heat in my office & barely any in the warehouse it's located in). Emma's been enjoying a lot of fireplace time, though, so she's not complaining. :)

    I love that you added the bit about bringing companion animals inside. They all deserve to have a warm, safe place!

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    1. I thought so too - November's skies and weather were both lovely. December, though, needs Prozac and some damned etiquette lessons! Sheesh!
      Bet it's tough to leave Mike and Emma roasting their tootsies by the fire and go to your frozen wasteland of an office. I can get why the warehouse doesn't have heat (I guess, since it stores food), but you'd think your office could be a little more climate-controlled! I used to have to use a space heater when I worked at the front desk of the hospital. It was right by the big sliding automatic front doors, and every time someone came in or out or stood too close to them, I'd get hit with another arctic blast. I hope your space heater keeps you toasty, at least!

      I know, I can't believe some people would leave their companion animals outside in temperatures like this. Or drive around town with their dogs in the back of a pickup! Usually short-haired dogs like labs, too. Although I'm not sure how much difference your hair length makes when it's -20º and you're being driven in the back of a pickup at 30mph or more! What kind of wind chill temp would that create, I wonder? Not one the stupid person driving the truck would want to endure, I'll bet!

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  8. Another splendid SWF contribution from your November sunrises! Only -1 degrees here just now, with snow promised for tomorrow. Not quite as bad as there, but miserable enough - bah! Always enjoy your witty observations in the comments column. Thanks for visiting.

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    1. Thanks, rat! November was definitely generous with lovely SkyWatch fodder (and other SkyWatch goodies I've been too lazy to edit and post yet!) So far December has been stingy with photogenic skies, preferring to share only frostbite and hypothermia and sideways snow instead. You know, I'm not sure just how much of a difference there is between you minus 1 and our minus 27. I mean, at some point it's all just so bloody cold that you're numb to the subtle differences! I think we can all agree it's a bit harsh. And to add insult to injury, it's gone after my beloved California avocados!

      Always a pleasure visiting your SkyWatch posts - you take such wonderful photos!

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  9. Hi! Nice capture. Long time no see. Are you fine? It looks you have a very cold season, please be careful not to catch cold. It was 18°C in Tokyo (maximum temparature.) yesterday. These days,I would enjoy to watch evening sky. The Moon would approach the Venus very much. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Hi, Minoru, and thank you! Yes, I'm doing well, I've just had a few distractions lately (medical tests and now physical therapy for an old injury) and have been a bad blogger. :-) Your Tokyo temperatures sound pretty ideal! And I know that evening sky you mean, when Venus and the Moon seem to be enjoying secret conversations. :-) Enjoy your weather and those night skies - and your weekend!

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  10. Well we are not near as cold as you are but are cold enough here in Oklahoma. It is 9 above right now and it isn't supposed to get above freezing until Wednesday. Of course you are like "cry me a river Yogi"

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    1. Those are crazy-cold temps for your area, so even if they're not as cold as ours, they're at least as crazy! And miserable. I promise I won't cry you a river, it would only freeze solid. :-) Stay warm!

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  11. An amazing sunrise on the cloudy sky. O my goodness, so cold! I send you some sunshine from here to warm up.
    Have a good time!

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    1. Hey, Wasserfrau, I think that worked - it took a little while for the warm sunshine you sent to reach us, but it finally warmed up here! Thanks! :-)

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    1. Thanks! We got another one this morning , but I already had this week's SkyWatch post in the hopper. It's amazing how many of our beautiful sunrises happen on Fridays! It's like they KNOW! LOL

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  13. What a sky! Now, keep thyself and thy camera warm ;-).

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    1. Oh, I have been, believe me!! :-) But now it's supposed to climb into the 40s for a while starting tomorrow. Looks like it's the northeast's turn for wintery fun & games!

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