And to Think the Geese Come Here to Get Away From Extreme Winter Temps

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And to Think the Geese Come Here to Get Away From Extreme Winter Temps

Winter is not my favorite season, but I don't hate it.  Personally, I love snow.  If it's going to be cold, it might as well snow.  That's my feeling.  The arctic temperatures we're experiencing in the Bristow, VA area are brutal, and I have to say, I am not a fan.  

Northern Virginia is not known for bitter cold winters.  And we aren't known for snow either.  Being a native of the area, I can tell you that it's about every ten years that we have an abundance of snow in winter.  Since we had that in 2009-2010, I don't think we're due for another for a while.  These temperatures in the teens, with biting winds, has got to stop.

Pond at the Bull Run Festival Shopping Center in Manassas, VA  (Feb. 19, 2015)

This is a photo I snapped of the man made water feature in our office's shopping center this afternoon.  I feel bad for the geese.  They came south for the winter to get away from the cold.  Look at them all huddled on the ices with their heads tucked into their bodies.  Brrrr.

If we can just hold on until Saturday it will be in the thirties.  Who knew that would actually be a more desirable temperature for Bristow, VA.  I can't even believe that it will zero tonight.  That's nuts.

Hope everyone is staying warm.  


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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

We haven't had much snow, but bitter cold..this morning -2 degrees. Looking forward to SPRING.

Feb 19, 2015 11:16 AM #1
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Chris Ann Cleland   We have been lucky as far as snow is concerned an inch or 4 here or there . We are experiencing a Siberian temperatures...Spring cannot come soon enough ... I almost bought a summer top today

Feb 19, 2015 11:25 AM #2
Ted Glover
Alderman Classic Realty, LLC - Moultrie, GA
ABR in Moultrie, Georgia 229-854-5422

Chris Ann Cleland it just goes to show us that mother nature created them with a lot of stamina. So many animals endure this weather everyday with out hardly a thought. Have a great day.

Feb 19, 2015 11:34 AM #3
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Oh, this is funny. But it is all the perception. When at age 23 we moved to the Northern Urals, winters were like Russian winter in the North Urals were supposed to be. It was about 0 to 2F during the day and colder at night. And then we got -17F for 2 days in a row. It was also very humid place, so it was a strange weather with cold dence fog. And then it returned to 0F. And wow, it was warm.

After three years there we moved to Vorkuta, 100 miles above the Arctic Circle and we lived there for 14 years. The lowest we had was - 67F. You can hardly breave at this temperature, but the beauty of our area was that it was always windy. Though during blizzards it was usually warmer, the bad ones were called 30 by 30, meaning winds at 30 meters per second, and temperature 30C (-22F). Those were deadly.

But when the blizzard was over and the weather was warm, like -20F, it was warm, it felt warm.

Feb 19, 2015 11:35 AM #4
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Makes me think about fried green tomatoes  "and those ducks flew away and now that lake is somewhere in Georgia".  I have to watch the movie again now.

Feb 19, 2015 12:05 PM #5
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Chris Ann Cleland , We have had an over abundance of geese in northern Indiana this fall.  I don't see many now, so they must have gone to Virginia. LOL

Feb 19, 2015 12:54 PM #6
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Our poor birds are scrounging for food. We had an ice storm on Monday and the ground is covered with frozen ice. No food to be found.

Feb 19, 2015 01:26 PM #7
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

UGH. Your winter just keep giving and giving. I always enjoyed the Canadian geese back in New England - we don't have them here. They should think about migrating west!

Feb 19, 2015 01:55 PM #8
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Seriously, you have to feel bad for those poor geese with those really low temperatures.

Feb 19, 2015 09:51 PM #9
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Today is about 15 below with the wind chill...I am so over winter!  I feel so bad for the birds I see huddled about in my yard for the past week.  Pretty picture Chris!

Feb 19, 2015 10:41 PM #10
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Rebecca:  The zero in the forecast for last night was freaky enough.

Hannah: I would love to have more snow.  Snow is never an issue for me.  But the cold is ridiculous.

Ted:  That's very true.


Feb 20, 2015 01:21 AM #11
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Jon:  It is all in your perception.  That is true.  I have only past Northern Virgina winters to compare with.  

Tammy:  I never saw that movie.  I'll have to do it one day.

Larry:  They may have to continue south to Florida for warmth.

Feb 20, 2015 01:23 AM #12
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Tammie:  Time to throw some bird seed on the ice.

Jeff:  We get these geese every year.  But yeah..California may be a wiser choice.

Roger:  I thought they were all dead they were so still the other day.

Debbie:  The cold is very extreme this year.  Didn't think it could be worse than last year.  Ha!

Feb 20, 2015 01:25 AM #13
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Those geese look they are frozen in place inside the ice, and that is pretty creepy to think about. Climate change. It's the pitts.

Feb 20, 2015 02:20 AM #14
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

The one good thing about geese and ducks is that they are well-insulated on the bottom, and their feet don't feel the cold.  But, it sure makes me shiver watching them in water that is nearly frozen.  LOL!

Feb 20, 2015 04:32 AM #15
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Elizabeth:  It does look like it, but they weren't.  That would be awful.

Ron:  Hearing that makes me feel better.

Dale:  I was out shoveling a driveway in the cold today for a vacant lisitng.   Brrrr.  


Feb 20, 2015 08:03 AM #17
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Chris Ann, that sound almost arctic,  how can people stand it?  Hope you are staying warm.

Feb 20, 2015 10:06 AM #18
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

Chris Ann,

 One of my buyers returned from Detroit he said it was 100 degree swing from there to here we 're at 80, he said when he got there on Thursday it was -20! Too cold for me!

Feb 22, 2015 04:41 AM #19
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Silvia:  We are definitely not used to the low, low temps here in the Bristow, VA area.  Felt like summer today with temps approaching fifty.  

Yolanda:  A one hundred degree swing is insanity.

Feb 22, 2015 06:29 AM #20
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