So it’s been a loooong winter here in Maine.  I can’t even remember when it started, and it doesn’t quite seem like it’s ever going to end.  Last week we had another record low temp (7°F!).  Here we are at April 3, and there are still piles of snow lying around even down here in the southern part of the state (up north, it’s ridiculous— 40-50 inches of snow ON THE GROUND in Caribou and Jackman?!?  WTF?)  I haven’t yet seen a crocus anywhere.

BUT, the days are getting long(er), the roadside glaciers are visibly retreating, and it seems like we just might be at the end of wood-stove season, barring another cold snap.  So, herewith, this winter’s data.  First, the full-season temperature graph, recorded by the faithful datalogger which lives under the kitchen counter (more or less the warmest spot in the house.)  The datalogger has been ticking off every 15 minutes all winter, so this represents close to 19,000 data samples:UntitledCertain features call for explanation.  The narrow “U” in late November was when we went to Massachusetts for Thanksgiving.  The wide “U” in January was when we went on vacation to NH, VT, and Canada (yes, we went north for vacation in January.  Crazy.)  The (relatively) high spike in mid-March was when one of us was away for a few weeks and the other was home alone… we won’t dwell on that : )

Now, the numbers:  Overall, the average temperature for the winter was 54.7°F.  That’s 2.4° warmer than last winter.  Why?  No idea. The standard deviation was 5.5°, the maximum temp was 68.4°, and the minimum 40.1° (all almost identical to last year’s numbers.) It’s hard to say how much wood we went through this winter– more than a cord, for sure.  But much less than 2 cords.  Possibly as much as 1.5, though I’d guess slightly less.  Amazingly, we still have a bit of wood left from Treemagedon, and, below that, some archeologic remnants of the two cords we purchased when we moved here in 2009.  But we won’t be able to get through next year on what’s left, and there’s nothing left to saw down in the back yard.  So next winter, for the first time in 5 years, we’ll probably have to buy some wood…

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  1. Keith Schroeder Says:

    You guys are my hero. I keep my home ~60 all winter—any colder and I face a mutiny from my wife and daughters. Still, keeping the house at 60 cuts the heating bill a lot. I have a geothermal heat pump for AC (never used), hot water and space heating. It is nice to know there are others like me.

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