Originally Posted by ronbo51
All the houses are elevated due to the floodplain and zoning. All the area under the houses are designed to let tidal water enter and exit unimpeded. So the under sides of all houses are wide open, with some decorative wood slats to hide the undermess.
Another thing that is interesting is that cold air masses are just big blobs that move around the northern hemisphere. They are finite.
in 1998 we had an ice storm. It drizzled rain at 30 degrees for 4 days.
Currently a balmy +11 f. here. It was +12 f. on the porch at ~ 8:00 A.M.
Lots of homes here built on pilings, especially down in the flood plains along the rivers. In those cases where pipes can't enter a home through the block or slab of a basement, folks will excavate down around pipes at least 4' and apply heat trace tape (preferably with both the circuit breaker AND a manual interrupt switch), and spray foam (using various all-weather foams that provide sufficient insulation to prevent cold from penetrating and freezing) up to the insulation under their flooring/joisting. (*as stated before, cheap heat-trace, or failed heat trace takes a number of homes by fire each year, so doing it right, and getting good heat trace matters A LOT!).
We're in an El Nino winter here; affected as much by the Japanese currents off the N. Pacific. My guess is we'll have a fair amount of snowfall this year, and mild temps right on through spring time, with the remote possibility of a slightly cooler/colder spring.
But we haven't had old-fashioned winters here for decades, with the exception of 1989/90, and again when we built here in 1997/98, when we had a fair bit of -55 (*or -much- colder in 89/90).
In the early 1980s, I remember doing a brake job on my ancient pick-up, sitting on hard-pack snow outside, in the middle of the night at ~-53. Constantly going in to the cabin and warming my hands by the barrel wood stove. I don't miss ANY of that.
But like I said, the severe cold from years ago, that would come for 3-6 weeks at a time, dependably, on most winters, hasn't been seen here overall for a long time now.