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Old 02-18-2021, 08:44 AM   #1
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Power grid completely down in a hot August - the entire month Or off a month during a super cold spell like now?
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Old 02-18-2021, 08:46 AM   #2
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I can sleep under a bunch of blankets snuggled up to my wife, I'm not sleeping if its 85 in my house but I belive they can be equally as dangerous to some people.

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Old 02-18-2021, 08:48 AM   #3
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I'll take cold over heat any day. I can burn a fire, and I can add layers. There's no escaping 100+ heat. Also, think of the skeeters. No thanks. Now, if it was cold like they get in Minnesota or something, I might sing a different tune.
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Old 02-18-2021, 08:50 AM   #4
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Thats like asking if you want to be punched or kicked in the nutz.
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Old 02-18-2021, 08:50 AM   #5
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i would generally prefer the cold,,, blankets, generators lots of wood to burn, and i can put the food outside to keep it cool or even frozen,, cant do that in the summer and my generator is not big enough to run ac units
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Old 02-18-2021, 08:51 AM   #6
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I’ll take the heat. Too much stress monitoring heat lamps in well house, kennels, and attic for pipes in case of a power outage.

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Old 02-18-2021, 08:54 AM   #7
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Iíll take the heat. Too much stress monitoring heat lamps in well house, kennels, and attic for pipes in case of a power outage.
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Old 02-18-2021, 08:58 AM   #8
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I would think an outage during a cold spell would be more deadly.


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Old 02-18-2021, 09:00 AM   #9
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I'll take Heat!

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Old 02-18-2021, 09:02 AM   #10
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Anyone, anyone that owns livestock will take the outage in summer.

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Old 02-18-2021, 09:03 AM   #11
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Heat would suck but at least I’d have running water.
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Old 02-18-2021, 09:03 AM   #12
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You youngsters!!! We never had ac til I was 16. Never went to a school with ac. Car ac was an option that most people didn't buy.. We sure have grown soft.
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Old 02-18-2021, 09:03 AM   #13
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Give me the heat.
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Old 02-18-2021, 09:08 AM   #14
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Thats like asking if you want to be punched or kicked in the nutz.
Bwaahhaaahhhaaa!

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Iíll take the heat. Too much stress monitoring heat lamps in well house, kennels, and attic for pipes in case of a power outage.
How are you going to keep your food cold for a month? There wonít be any ice to keep it in a cooler.
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Old 02-18-2021, 09:11 AM   #15
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Bwaahhaaahhhaaa!



How are you going to keep your food cold for a month? There wonít be any ice to keep it in a cooler.
Thereís a propane freezer for sail in the classifieds.
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Old 02-18-2021, 09:12 AM   #16
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How are you going to keep your food cold for a month? There wonít be any ice to keep it in a cooler.
Take the generator as far as it can go all while eating everything that has to be cold first. Then go to dry goods. If power grid is out for a month in August, heaven forbid that I have to fish everyday for a meal.
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Old 02-18-2021, 09:14 AM   #17
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Thereís a propane freezer for sail in the classifieds.
So one person/family would be able to survive until the propane tank ran out.
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Old 02-18-2021, 09:18 AM   #18
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Heat for sure. A pansy could always drive north to receive relief from the humidity.
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Old 02-18-2021, 09:23 AM   #19
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Take the generator as far as it can go all while eating everything that has to be cold first. Then go to dry goods. If power grid is out for a month in August, heaven forbid that I have to fish everyday for a meal.
Sounds like fun. That wouldn’t work for me. I don’t live anywhere close to a lake. I’d run out of gas within a week trying to get to a lake. Gas stations would be closed so no way to get gas. I couldn't store any extra fish if Ididn’t have ice or electricity.

Way easier for me to survive in the cold than it is in the heat.
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Old 02-18-2021, 09:25 AM   #20
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Having been through a week with no electricity during the late summer I can confidently say I would take the month of Texas cold over the month of Texas heat
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Old 02-18-2021, 09:36 AM   #21
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I'll take summer. Worrying about pipes busting sucks.
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Old 02-18-2021, 09:43 AM   #22
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My wife and I had this exact discussion a couple of days ago. Iíd take the cold mainly because you donít have to worry about food spoiling like you would with the heat. Weíre not preppers but we typically have enough food/drinks/supplies on hand for several weeks. The cold can be brutal but itís easy enough to build a fire to keep warm or get active to build body heat.

Having been through a hurricane when we didnít have any power - that was no fun at all and no way to escape that kind of heat/humidity


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Old 02-18-2021, 09:47 AM   #23
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I would take the cold, no doubt. Busting ice and hauling water to the horse and chickens is a hassle, but personally the cold is far less uncomfortable to me. I dont have experience in real cold, but the 8 deg we got wasnt near as bad as I thought it would be as far as personal comfort goes.

I will take working in 8 deg over 100 deg any day

But Im admittedly a heat wuss
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Old 02-18-2021, 09:49 AM   #24
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I laughed out loud at that, Courtney.
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Old 02-18-2021, 09:55 AM   #25
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I’ll take the heat. Didn’t have ac growing up in San Antonio. It wasn’t that big a deal.
Several years ago, while I was laid off, our central air unit died in the middle of summer. We dealt with it just fine for 18 months till I got my job back.

I hate cold weather. It’s only good for hunting deer.
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Old 02-18-2021, 10:25 AM   #26
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I'll take the cold...as my Scoutmaster used to say "It's a whole lot easier to build a fire than it is to build an air conditioner"
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Old 02-18-2021, 10:30 AM   #27
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I can deal with either situation. I would have to get a generator, so I could have power to get some work done, or I would be highly POed. If everything were shut down, iced or snowed in. I would need to have power tools working and lights so I could get something done on some of my projects.

One of the big negatives I can think of, with the power being off in the summer, would be freezers and fridges not working. So again, I would have to have a generator for that. Then also a generator, for power, for power tools.
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Old 02-18-2021, 10:36 AM   #28
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Sounds like fun. That wouldnít work for me. I donít live anywhere close to a lake. Iíd run out of gas within a week trying to get to a lake. Gas stations would be closed so no way to get gas. I couldn't store any extra fish if Ididnít have ice or electricity.

Way easier for me to survive in the cold than it is in the heat.
How are you going to keep warm for a month, keep pipes from busting, cook, get water? If you do t have gas in the summer, your not going to have it in the winter either, and most folks have no water and we arenít even a week in. Both situations can be manageable if preparations are made.
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Old 02-18-2021, 10:36 AM   #29
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I’d take the heat.
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Old 02-18-2021, 10:40 AM   #30
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Anyone, anyone that owns livestock will take the outage in summer.

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Old 02-18-2021, 10:47 AM   #31
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Id prefer to be in the heat without AC, but, I think survival in the cold without heat would be easier. Simply because of food storage.
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Old 02-18-2021, 10:53 AM   #32
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cold 100%
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Old 02-18-2021, 10:58 AM   #33
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Power grid completely down in a hot August - the entire month Or off a month during a super cold spell like now?
After 3 weeks with no power after hurricane Laura, I'll take this cold over that any and every day. No water for the first week but at least we could bathe in the pool and flush toilets with pool water. But the heat, humidity, skeeters, and hustling ice and water every day was brutal. I can deal with the cold.

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Old 02-18-2021, 11:01 AM   #34
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In world War 2 my dad was in the pacific, he said thank God because he could always shed clothes but the poor guys in Europe couldn't put on clothes to stay warm that they didn't have

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Old 02-18-2021, 11:06 AM   #35
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Man the heat everyone would lose freezers full of meat I’m take the cold
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Old 02-18-2021, 11:08 AM   #36
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How are you going to keep warm for a month, keep pipes from busting, cook, get water? If you do t have gas in the summer, your not going to have it in the winter either, and most folks have no water and we arenít even a week in. Both situations can be manageable if preparations are made.
See my user name? I have enough cold weather gear to survive an ice age! I have several cases of drinking water. And if thereís snow (like now), I can melt it and get water. I have a gas grill and when I run out of propane, thereís plenty of wood around that I can burn in the grill to cook with. As long as my food stays cold, I have no need to go anywhere so I donít need gas.

Busted pipes are definitely a concern after you survive the month. They can be fixed later. Survival is more important.
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Old 02-18-2021, 11:33 AM   #37
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Since my power was out for 23 and 21 days for the last 2 big hurricanes to hit houston and I was OK then, I'd say this is worse. My pipes didn't break in the summer and water didn't go out.
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Old 02-18-2021, 11:33 AM   #38
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heat for sure. I don't have to worry about frozen bursting water pipes that will create even more damage like flooding and mold issues to my home.
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Old 02-18-2021, 11:55 AM   #39
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Iíve been without power in August heat. You canít even live in my house at three point. Iíd take the cold. Can always throw on gear and get under blankets.


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Old 02-18-2021, 12:43 PM   #40
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Statistically nearly 4.5 times more heat relied deaths compared to cold. Over the last 30 years the US averages 30 cold related deaths, and 134 heat related over the same period. That is likely due in part to folks willingness to venture out into the heat vs the cold.

Like others have said, if it is cold I can make heat and put more clothes one, in the heat, I canít get naked enough!
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Old 02-18-2021, 12:45 PM   #41
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I'll take the heat all day. I have no patience for the cold.
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Old 02-18-2021, 12:53 PM   #42
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I'll take cold over hot any day.
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Cold any day. When it's hot, no way to keep your beer cold
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Old 02-18-2021, 12:59 PM   #44
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I will take the cold... as long as i have running water and gas.
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Old 02-18-2021, 01:22 PM   #45
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Old 02-18-2021, 01:34 PM   #46
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outage in winter way worse.
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Old 02-18-2021, 01:38 PM   #47
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That's allsome.
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Old 02-18-2021, 01:42 PM   #48
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I would take the cold, no doubt. Busting ice and hauling water to the horse and chickens is a hassle, but personally the cold is far less uncomfortable to me. I dont have experience in real cold, but the 8 deg we got wasnt near as bad as I thought it would be as far as personal comfort goes.

I will take working in 8 deg over 100 deg any day

But Im admittedly a heat wuss


Same here. Iíve had heat stress multiple times in my life and I just canít stand it. I hate Texas summer.


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Old 02-18-2021, 02:21 PM   #49
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I'll take the cold anytime..................
And right now...... I'm waiting on a plumber...........
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Old 02-18-2021, 02:27 PM   #50
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Heat = sitting in the pool
Freeze = watching pool destroyed

Iíll take sitting in the pool


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