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Since I live in Minnesota, and since this is the coldest day of the year so far, I'm pretty much required to make a post about the weather, aren't I?

It's -21ºF! Eek! (That's -29ºC for all you non-Americans.)

Luckily I have a hellbob who started my car when he left for work.

If I was working a full day today I think I'd actually have to put on a coat when running next door to Surdyk's. -10º is about my cutoff for wearing a coat just to run next door...

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dakegra
Jan. 15th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
our car beeps at us when the temperature dips below 40ºF, and beeps again at 32ºF

Lord knows what it would think about -21ºF!
scubagrrl
Jan. 15th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
Mine beeps when it hits 37'F. Scares me silly if I forget what that "bong" sound means. I hear a noise, and it's a warning sound, but warning for what? What's wrong? Do I need to stop and check something?

Oh, just the temperature warning beep. Right. Then I feel silly for forgetting.
dakegra
Jan. 15th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
It's annoying if it's hovering around 40 - drops below and beeps, then the warning light goes off when it goes back up, then beeps again.

same beep as ZOMG! NO FUEL!

which is more worrying than "It's a bit nippy outside"
scubagrrl
Jan. 15th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that would be obnoxious.

I don't think mine beeps to say no fuel. The new car has a warning light and I don't remember about the other one. I never let the gas tank get low enough to trigger anything. I don't think the older car (the temp-beepy one) has anything to say low gas. It has a display of how many miles you have left before you stop, but it doesn't warn you when you get there.
dakegra
Jan. 15th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
our old one had a warning light, at which point you knew you had 30-40 miles left, roughly. The new one beeps at 50 miles remaining, then again at 25 miles.

It's pretty useful, but I don't believe it.

There was an episode of Top Gear a while back where Jeremy Clarkson drove an Audi from London to Edinburgh and back again on a single tank - the computer said he was down to zero miles while he was still quite a way from the finish point and he still made it...
scubagrrl
Jan. 15th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't believe the "miles left" calculation either.

I think I would only attempt that kind of experiment with backup support for when I run out and stall.
hellziggy
Jan. 15th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
Cars tell you when you're low on gas? What a neat concept!
My gas gauge doesn't work so I just have to fill up every 200 miles.
scubagrrl
Jan. 15th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
Yep. A little light goes on on the dash to basically say "you'd better find a gas station NOW". Even my LeBaron that I had in high school had one of those, though with my habits I almost never saw it. I think I let it get low once, just to see if it worked.
hellziggy
Jan. 15th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Mine *used* to beep at me & have a light come on. Of course, it also *used* to point to how much gas was left instead of staying on 3/4 tank ALL THE TIME!
scubagrrl
Jan. 15th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, well, I'm sure ours will crap out at some point, too.
hellziggy
Jan. 15th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Why a warning for 40ºF? That's not even cold!
scubagrrl
Jan. 15th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
Haven't read anything on the why, but I suspect it has something to do with road conditions possibly being slushy or slippery, around, but not quite to the freezing point.
genevra
Jan. 15th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of such a thing! They don't seem to do that on cars sold in MN. Maybe because it's perpetually below 40 for a big chunk of the year?
scubagrrl
Jan. 15th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
People who've never lived with cold for months on end won't understand not putting on a coat when you go outside (even just to run next door). I *have* lived in it and barely remember how normal it seems.

Since you're going to work I hope this means you're feeling better.
ninja_tech
Jan. 16th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
It was really cold this morning, eh? floppycorpse's car wouldn't start this morning and then it just so happened that today our apartment parking lot was plowed, so it got towed. Double, double whammy.
illuminated_sin
Jan. 23rd, 2009 08:41 am (UTC)
OMG someone in customer service on the phone the other day said it was NEGATIVE FORTY-EIGHT in Nebraska. WTF? Did you know that was even possible on earth?
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