Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wilmington Winter 2009

Wilmngton, NC is below the Mason-Dixon, no? Maybe so, but for a Texas boy the winter weather here is a bit much. I've been here since just before Christmas and already I've had my fill of winter.

For the first few weeks, we had quite a few nights when the temperature fell into the 20s, or even the teens. Fortunately, it was dry, so we usually had good warmup during the day. The only ice I saw was in this yard near my house, where they obviously forgot to turn off the sprinklers.

Now, we're getting cold rain and snow. Here are pictures of my house yesterday.

This house is the same one I rented last spring. But, in these conditions I'm seeing the limits of air to air heat pumps, which don't work well when outside temperatures drop below freezing. It doesn't help that the house has insulation typical of its 1940's vintage (read little to none).

Ideally, I'd have a house where I had lot's of indoor projects to work, but I'm hesitant to do too much with my short term rental. Fortunately, I've been able to help Ryan and Nicole with some projects around their house.

Let's see, there are now 2 more months of winter? I better find some winter activities. Maybe I can babysit for Myles. He seems to know how to handle this weather.