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Frozen Seattle Nights

For all of those who don’t know the Seattle area has gone through two weeks of freezing weather. The temperature has stayed below freezing for most of the two weeks. The sky has been cloudless and there hasn’t been much wind. They kept on predicting snow, but it kept staying too cold for the moisture to move in. I don’t think that any records were broken for how cold it got, but what’s different this time is how long it stayed below freezing. It has been abnormal.

On Saturday night Amanda and I were in bed and just about ready to turn off the light when the fire alarm went off. It is very loud. Poor Isis, our cat, was scared to death. So Amanda took Isis outside. The fire alarm was going off for everyone in our building (16 units). Everybody else was coming outside too about this time, but with their freaked out dogs. Isis was not happy being taken into the cold and being surrounded by dogs. Amanda had to foil her many attempts to flee to a place with no alarm and no dogs.

What had happened was one of the external fire sprinklers had started pouring water, causing the fire alarm to go off. The fire department showed up, turned off the alarm, turned off the water and helped clean up. They said that they cold was causing fire sprinkler heads to freeze and burst. It was their ninth call that night for just the same reason. The buildings around here haven’t seen consecutive cold like this before and it’s showing.

The management company is going to take a few days to get to fixing our building because they are dealing with this all over. We were lucky in that it didn’t affect a unit, only the exterior stair well. I’m sure there are lots of other places where it’s causing burst pipes inside of units.

It made for quite a lot of excitement.

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  1. Alison
    December 15, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    It was in the teens here for about a week and a half and then it finally warmed up on Saturday. Yeah! But even when it was in the teens, McCall and most of her friends didn\’t where their coats unless I insisted on it. I saw boys still wearing shorts at Albion, too. Cold will freeze pipes but not teenagers. I wonder why that is? Mom

  2. Jared
    December 16, 2009 at 8:50 am

    If you keep on protecting the teenagers from themsevles they\’re never going to learn to care about the weather.

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