Month of January 2022 (Nat'l Avg $3.286)

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, Jan 1, 2022.

  1. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Ugh! Just looked at the last month of stock prices for Volta. Down, down, down. Also, NOT seeing a lot of new FREE Volta chargers being listed on their website. In conjunction with the LACK of increasing advertising shown on Volta chargers, my worries for Volta are increasing.
     
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  2. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Just looked at my Lucid stock price. it's about 30% above the price I bought it.
    At one point it had doubled. We'll see where it goes.

    Today , minus 2 deg F in Naperville and a balmy minus one in Elk Grove.
    35.1 miles , fcd = 54.3 x .943 = 51.2 MPG.
     
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  3. litesong

    litesong litesong

    From 1-6-22:
    News items indicate that ALL Washington state passes will remain closed till Sunday, due to snowslides & land slides! Its some of the worst Washington state travel news EVER. Also, a part of I-5 in southern Washington state has flooded, cutting travel in that region.
    It is so good to be retired AND stay home. Tho retired, I still love to car travel. When the weather is bad tho, I have no problems with staying home.
    /////
    PS….I did go for a drive between the rain drops to see how the rivers are. Locally, the rivers are muddy & high, but NOT flooding the lowlands & roads where I went. The local colder rain wasn’t heavy or warm enough to melt huge amounts of snow out of the mountains to cause 30 mile long lakes on the farmlands.
     
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  4. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Back home last night, non-motorway route, 39°F:
    19.7 miles - 241 Wh/mi or 4.1 Mi/kWh

    Home charge: 52.3 miles added in 1'34"

    To work this morning, snowing so motorway route, 36°F:
    21.8 miles - 230 Wh/mi or 4.3 mi/kWh
     
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  5. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Am watching a pre-recorded video from a circling helicopter of the flooded portion of I-5, just before I-5 was closed. The video showed a secondary flooded road away from I-5. Two people were standing on the top of their pick-up cab, because the pick-up was nearly covered with flood waters. A Search&Rescue engine-powered rubber raft was searching for them. The 2 characters didn’t look too desperate tho, because one guy was….. vaping! The other fellow did look cold! The S&R did pick them up.
    In surrounding video views, lots of houses were flooded & vehicles underwater. One home had a wheelchair ramp leading to the front door. Hope the handicapped person made it out.
     
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  6. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today 15 deg F in Naperville and Elk Grove.
    35.1 miles , fcd = 58.2 x .943 = 54.9 MPG.
     
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  7. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Went for a drive to our Egg Lady. Interesting story coming.
    Beginning the drive there was no rain & the temp was 38degF. Going through town, all the lights were green, & 3 or 4 turned green just as I approached them. The last light out of town most often liked to stop me. Turning 90arcdeg, I saw the last light out of town was ALSO green for me. Gee, I said to myself. I’m going to hit all green lights. As soon as I said that, the light turned red. Oh, well. As soon as the light turned green & I moved away from town into the country valley. I felt the air chilling down. A mile later, some rain came down……with little snow crystals forming in the rain splattering on my windshield. Following the valley, the light rain stopped. Now along the creek, it was running fast & high, but within its banks. Over the two bridges, the creek was less than 2 feet below the bridges’ roadways! Around a bend, some of the creek overflowed into pasturelands, & had a bit of water crossing the road. All the ground snow that had melted in the rain yesterday, was back with an inch or two from a snowfall last night. AND the temperature continued to fall. Climbing a steep hill onto the ridge towards my Egg Lady, fortunately the hill was clear. But, the ground snow began on the ridge again. Reaching my Egg Lady’s place, I got out & really felt the chill. It was probably 8DegF colder than in town, which wasn’t more than 4+Miles away.
    Talking to my Egg Lady, she said her son & family, who live in the mountains, were snowed-in with 4 feet of snow. Their power was out, & the PUD couldn’t reach them to restore their power.
    Sure hope they had lots of blankets!
    Anyhow, I returned home to our nice warm house……counting our blessings!
     
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  8. litesong

    litesong litesong

    No rain for a while, but no blue skies. Still, the day got brighter, so I took another drive. Moving up the valley & toward the mountains(little elevation gain), there was more snow. At the town of Goldbar, you couldn’t see the gold, because it was under 1.5 feet of snow. Really, there ain’t no gold in Goldbar. On a Goldbar back road, that rises only another 100 feet, the snow was 3 to 4 feet. Coming back down to the highway, closer to the mountains yet, the highway was clear, but lots of snow on the roadside. A score of miles up the highway, the road is snow blocked over the mtn pass for the 3rd day! Maybe it will open tomorrow. We’ll see.

    Returning home on a back road, river waters had crossed a field & covered the roadway. I had the tall tires on the Elantra & crossed the water. There was no problem, but I’m glad I didn’t have original shorter tires on the car & the water wasn’t deeper. Anyhow, it was a nice drive & I was happy to see the conditions.
     
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  9. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Stevens Pass on Highway 2 that leads to Goldbar, MAY open again on Tuesday. Some snow banks had drifted as high as 35 feet. Now lower elevation Snoqualmie Pass, 30 miles south of Highway 2, may open today.
    Meanwhile, a wonderful sunny day has broken out here in western Washington & I’m goin’ ta have to take a sweet drive (away from the mountains?). Yes, the weather is twisting my arm to get in the car & drive!
     
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  10. litesong

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    Was looking at Washington state DOT cameras, trying to see snow conditions towards Stevens Pass. In this time of darkness, I looked at the cameras at Skykomish, Washington, between Gold Bar & Stevens Pass. In the dark, I was surprised how bright the snow was at the Skykomish airport. To my amazement, above the ridge & mountains to the southwest of Skykomish……I could see the constellation Orion almost completely showing above the ridge line! Well, how about that!
     
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  11. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 13 deg F in Naperville , 16 in Elk Grove.
    35.1 miles , fcd = 57.9 x .943 = 54.6 MPG.
    it will be close to zero tonight.
     
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  12. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Might as well be living in central Canada. Reminds me of the "Ice Pilots" tv show. ..The challenges of flying old planes in the Arctic-like cold.
     
  13. litesong

    litesong litesong

    In the 90’s I took a trip in the (early?) spring from Washington state to New York. I was most worried about snowy weather on the 8000+foot high plains of Wyoming. But, where I got scared was the lake effect snow I encountered……in Chicago!
    Yes, I found out how vulnerable the eastern US is to Arctic cold.
     
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  14. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Yes, Chicago gets a bit of that lake effect (Lake Michigan) snowfall, but I think mostly Michigan gets it. I lived outside Detroit, MI for a few years in my teen years; experienced my first snowfall there with a couple feet of snow in November. I went nuts with throwing snowballs. The other notable lake effect I see frequently is Buffalo, NY from Lake Erie.
     
  15. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 3 deg F in Naperville , 4 in Elk Grove.
    Prius thermometer says 8.
    35.1 miles , fcd = 55.2 x .943 = 52.0 MPG.
     
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  16. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    A real 52 mpg at close to 0F is pretty amazing. Our temps hit 6.8F just before the sun came up, now it is 7.2F.
     
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  17. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Thanks , Bill. I typically feel pretty bad about low numbers like
    that, but looking at all factors............It is what it is.
    And I shouldn't be embarrassed. Current temp in Elk Grove is 10F.
     
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  18. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

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  19. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Back home Friday lunchtime via a care home, motorway route, 38°F:
    20.89 miles - 231 Wh/mi or 4.3 Mi/kWh
    1.13 miles - 206 Wh/mi or 4.9 Mi/kWh

    To the pub, then an electrical shop then home, 39°F:
    1.13 miles - 146 Wh/mi or 6.8 Mi/kWh
    1.32 miles - 341 Wh/mi or 2.9 Mi/kWh
    0.85 miles - 401 Wh/mi or 2.5 Mi/kWh

    Home charge: 81.9 miles added in 2'28"

    To mum's Saturday morning, took her for a coffee and a shop, 46°F:
    4.39 miles - 209 Wh/mi or 4.8 mi/kWh
    1.50 miles - 258 Wh/mi or 3.9 mi/kWh
    1.43 miles - 280 Wh/mi or 3.6 mi/kWh
    4.39 miles - 286 Wh/mi or 3.5 mi/kWh

    To work Monday morning, non-motorway route, 37°F:
    19.5 miles - 193 Wh/mi or 5.2 mi/kWh

    Back home last night, non-motorway route, 44°F:
    19.6 miles - 217 Wh/mi or 4.6 Mi/kWh

    Home charge: 36.2 miles added in 1'5"

    To work this morning, non-motorway route, 47°F:
    19.6 miles - 183 Wh/mi or 5.5 mi/kWh - much better :D
     
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  20. litesong

    litesong litesong

    With my 2008 (bought in 2007) Hyundai Accent(EPA-32MPG), with temperatures in the low 40’sDegF, I was very happy & surprised when it registered a nice 42MPG.
     
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