Month of April 2022 (Nat’l Avg $4.252)

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by EdwinTheMagnificent, Apr 1, 2022.

  1. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 37 deg F across the board for the four municipalities I monitor : Naperville , Lombard , Elmhurst , and
    Elk Grove Village. Yes, we have elk.
    Wind W8 , which helped a bit.
    33.2 miles , fcd = 62.1 x .943 = 58.5 MPG.
    Filled up yesterday at an Exxon in Itasca for $4.359. 554.3 miles , 9.498 gallons ,
    fcd = 61.7 x .943 = 58.2 MPG. 554.3/9.498 = 58.36 MPG.
     
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  2. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Did you say your Elk are wild? Or are they on a reserve?
     
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  3. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    There is plenty to read if you Google "are there elk in elk grove illinois" ... :D You'll like this. There are wooded trails for hiking and biking.
     
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  4. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    They are in a fenced area

    of approx 20 acres, adjacent to a large Cook County Forest Preserve.
    A bike path goes right by it.

    The "trails" are asphalt , super smooth , with a double yellow line down the center. If you go on the weekends and attempt
    to ride a bicycle , ouy will quickly get frustrated by thousands of pedestrians. Well , hindreds , at least. The forest preserve's
    name is "Ned Brown" , but everyone calls it Busse Woods.I work about one mile east of it ; sometimes I would go riding right after work.
    Not nearly so crowded on a weekday.
    I prefer to ride in the DuPage County forest preserves , closer to my house. Blackwell is one of the largest. I've seen deer, coyote ,
    turkey and fox there.
     
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  5. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Back home last night, 47°F:
    20.2 miles - 191 Wh/mi or 5.2 Mi/kWh

    Bigger home charge this morning - range was down to 100, 55.2 miles added in 1'39"
    To free charger for a bit more!, 34°F:
    2.8 miles - 173 Wh/mi or 5.8 Mi/kWh
    26.65 miles added in 33"

    Charger to work, pretty cold 34°F:
    19.2 miles - 216 Wh/mi or 4.6 Mi/kWh

    Range at 158 miles or 47%
     
  6. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Manual Elantra took me to the Wildlife area. Love those big wheels & tires! Right off the bat, the 12X50mm binoculars showed Shoveler Ducks! They are colorful & a bit funny with their extra long duck bills. But then ya think, all ducks should have super-long bills, for rooting around on lake bottoms…..just a little bit further down. Also saw Canadian geese, Hooded Merganzers, Ring-bills, Mallards, & Cormorants. Even enjoyed watching a song sparrow, who was a very fine example of his kind. The Woods was bursting with growth & beautiful in binoculars. The clouds thinned & the sun brought out the best in Spring. I sat on the God-Made Park Bench for quite some time, till a little bit of clouding appeared, then walked slowly to the car, indulging in the sun & increasing warmth. Taking the long way home, oh….. major black storm clouds were in the north, moving hard into the mountains. A bit later, I saw that there were dark storm clouds to the west, too. By the time I got home & the car tucked into the garage, yeah……Washington state rain was coming down. As nice as it had been, it did surprise me. Then, I remembered I live in Washington state. My surprise went away, but the rain did NOT.
    ///////
    Later today:
    Just watched the local weather. As nice as my trip to the Wildlife area was, the mountains still got hit by more snow!
     
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  7. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 33 deg F in Naperville , 31 in Elk Grove.
    Wind W7
    33.2 miles , fcd = 58.9 x .943 = 55.5 MPG.
     
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  8. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Oh, radio reports state there is snow in Centralia, south of the Puget Sound! That is at sea level. April is still playing April Fools’ jokes on us.
    In truth, high pressure areas have been forcing warm air onto the North Pole region. That warm air on the North Pole is forcing Arctic cold air to the south, making human populated regions cold.
    https://www.severe-weather.eu/globa...emperatue-wave-forecast-spring-march-2022-fa/

    At one recent temperature spike on the ENTIRE North Pole region, temperature was 25degF over average.

    This news comes on the heels of the mid-March 2022 first ever after satellites ice shelf collapse in East Antarctica. Possibly, regional Antarctic temperatures powering to over 70degF higher than normal assisted the collapse. Tho that collapsed shelf wasn’t large, it could be the “ice plug removal” that would allow the Conger & Glenzer glaciers to more rapidly exit to the sea.
     
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  9. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , coming from Lombard. 54 deg F in Lombard and Elk Grove.
    Wind W11.
    16.2 miles , fcd = 73.6x .943 = 69.4 MPG.
    only about three miles was heading east.
    If this wind continues ( and it sometimes does )
    I'll be driving to the wind most of the way home.
    But the mild temperature is certainly welcome.
     
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  10. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 37 deg F in Naperville , 38 in Elk Grove. Wind SE2.
    33.2 miles , fcd = 63.1 x .943 = 59.5 MPG.
    I'm off Friday , but taking car to Toyota dealer in Naperville at 1:00.
    There is an excellent brewery a few blocks away from there.
    kelly is off Friday . also. Did I tell you about Kelly ?
     
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  11. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    I think you did Edwin ;)

    Back home Friday lunchtime, 46°F:
    19.9 miles - 189 Wh/mi or 5.3 Mi/kWh

    To Care home to drop some stuff off for mom, 48°F:
    2.5 miles - 157 Wh/mi or 6.4 Mi/kWh
    2.4 miles - 239 Wh/mi or 4.2 Mi/kWh

    To free charger, shopping trip, 49°F:
    2.8 miles - 104 Wh/mi or 9.6 Mi/kWh - got through every single traffic light!
    22.85 miles added in 29"
    2.8 miles - 205 Wh/mi or 4.9 Mi/kWh

    Saturday morning went for a dog walk at Hardwick Ponds, parked at 7.5kW free charger, 42°F:
    19.8 miles - 200 Wh/mi or 5.0 Mi/kWh
    95.65 miles added in 2'49"
    Needed a few garden items on the way home so parked at the usual 11kW free charger, 47°F:
    17.4 miles - 168 Wh/mi or 6.0 Mi/kWh
    9.04 miles added in 11”
    Charger to home:
    2.8 miles - 239 Wh/mi or 4.2 Mi/kWh

    No driving Sunday

    This morning to free 11kW charger, 45°F:
    2.8 miles - 173 Wh/mi or 5.8 Mi/kWh
    While charging, I went for a 2.2 mile walk (33 minutes)
    33.31 miles added in 40"

    Charger to work:
    19.2 miles - 211 Wh/mi or 4.7 Mi/kWh

    Range at 189 miles or 56.8%
     
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  12. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    might be a typo in the charging stats or something wasn't quite right...

    It is great to see your driving efficiency soar, as well as the free charging opportunities. The Model 3 prices in the US keep going up and up. Who would have thought a (non-collector) car would be an appreciating asset! :)
     
  13. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Bet I can walk a lot slower & with my binoculars see a lot of stuff (that slows me down even more)…….& get 133.31 FREE miles added in (1.31+1.31) hours (more?) of charging……yeah, I could!!! :D:rolleyes:
     
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  14. litesong

    litesong litesong

    This morning, the hourly weather report indicated that weather at the Wildlife area had a greater chance of rain this afternoon. So Accent took me & the 12X50mm binoculars out there this morning. Out of the car, the 1400 foot ridge 3 miles to the east, already had hanging clouds & rain. So, I didn’t dally & walked quicker than normal to see what to see. It was dark under the woods so it was good I took the brighter 12X50mm’s. Birds were in short supply, but I did see 2 nice Red-Shafted Flickers. Tho dark, the forest blossoms on the Maple trees were sweet. At the lake, the ducks were nowhere to be seen. One lone Cormorant was perched on an angled tree trunk, driven deep into the lake bottom. Over on the slough, birds were nearly gone, also. I moved quietly to two excellent overviews of the slough AND saw no birds. But as I moved on the trail, I saw a Mallard & Cormorant. I think they saw me, but neither flew away & I moved on. I was surprised I wasn’t in rain yet, so I dallied more, even sitting on the God-made Park Bench. Eventually, I exited the Woods. The 1400 foot ridge was still covered with clouds & rain, but not on me. Walking north I got a good view to the south, 3 miles away. A rain cloud was soaking the valley & wind was blowing it onto the 1400 foot ridge. So that was good. Near the end of the walk, I got a good view of an immature Red-tailed Hawk circling over me. Then Accent took me home.

    Never got rained on & even now back at home for hours, no rain…..altho the mountains are getting plenty. Radar indicates we may get some rain within the hour, but it may only be for minutes. We’ll see.
     
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  15. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Radar still shows rain around our area, but still not here. Big, dark clouds to our west-southwest. Radar indicates that clouds are being driven to the north, but that dark cloud looks to be expanding, now ranging from south, all the way to the west. What’s it gonna do? Wow! Radar shows a 10mile cloud just pouring rain to the west & north. The southern part of that cloud has moved right over us. You can feel the moisture in the air, but no rain. Part of that cloud that was south of us has now moved to the southwest, & cloud parts are moving in different directions. Now it appears to move east into the mountains. Again, no rain right here. It is truly weird.
    Now I know why its weird. A very small light hail is now coming down! Local weather TV says lightning is in small areas of the Salish Sea (Puget Sound).
     
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  16. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Spreadsheet issue! Forgot to change the start and stop time from previous charge I had copied - fixed it now, thanks.
    Yeah, the value of mine hasn’t really changed in 8 months - amazing :D
     
  17. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    I know you could ;)
     
  18. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , not so bad.
    65 deg F in both Naperville and Elk Grove Village.
    NICE tailwind SSW15.
    33.2 miles , fcd = 69.4 x .943 = 65.4 MPG.
     
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  19. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Yeah…. I love driving the cars, because I still have the ability to drive cars. I love walking slow, because I can still walk slow. I love my many binoculars because I still have eyes to see with binoculars. I have a friend, when young, who hiked the mountains even more than me. I think his eyes give him difficulties to use binoculars, now.
    I hope you enjoy some of my car drives & walks in the woods. You all give me another reason to walk & look with my binoculars, whether its to look at earthly things or look at celestial objects.
     
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  20. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Well done Edwin :D

    Back home last night, 59°F:
    19.6 miles - 192 Wh/mi or 5.2 Mi/kWh

    This morning to 11kW free charger, 45°F:
    2.8 miles - 206 Wh/mi or 4.9 Mi/kWh
    Did a 2 mile walk around a nearby lake, had to climb over a couple of locked gates as it wasn't officially open! Saw a lone swan in the middle - thought it made a great photo!

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    32.84 miles added in 39"

    Charger to work:
    19.2 miles - 211 Wh/mi or 4.7 Mi/kWh

    Range at 177 miles or 53%
     
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