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Hoy
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McDonough wrote:

My weather forecast is looking colder, with some freezing rain.  Freezing rain is the one winter condition that I worry about the most; particularly after the ice storm of December 2008, with devastating damage and being without power for about a week, some areas 2 weeks.

Anything but freezing rain! Makes it impossible to drive in a decent way.....
What kind of tyres do you use in winter?

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Peter George
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Joined: 2009-09-03

In New England, everyone drives all wheel drive cars with 4 season tread, so we rarely have problems. Since I moved to Massachusetts in 1978 there have only been 3 years when I wasn't driving a 4 wheel drive/all wheel drive vehicle. When I first got here I used to put on snow tires around this time, but I discovered that the new all season radials work just as well and I don't have to bother changing them over twice a year.

Peter George, Petersham, MA (north central MA, close to the NH/VT borders), zones 5b and 6 around the property.

RickR
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Joined: 2009-09-21

Peter wrote:

In New England, everyone drives all wheel drive cars with 4 season tread, so we rarely have problems.

People in Minnesota drive all wheel drive vehicles here too, but that doesn't seem to keep them from going in the ditch.  They don't seem to realize that all wheel drive only gives them better traction to get going; it hardly keeps them on the road any better, and there isn't any advantage for stopping, either.  I don't want to afford a 4 wheel drive: I have a rear wheel drive, small Toyota pick up truck, and I do just fine.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Hoy
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Now I use unstudded winter tyres but most people use studded tyres in winter. The unstudded tyres are composed of a softer rubber mix and are really good in winter, however, the studded ones are better on ice.
I change twice a year (1/2 hour work) and use special summer tyres in summer. They are build of harder rubber mix, the winter tyres are too soft in summer.
A lot of peoples here use 4 wheel drive but I have an ordinary front wheel drive (Kia ceed). No problems last winter!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Woodard
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Joined: 2010-11-29

In my climate (Nashville, TN, though these comments are applicable throughout much of the eastern US), the most challenging thing is drought. However, this can be dealt with fairly easily given our current water resources (the city, to my knowledge, has hardly ever had to place restrictions on usage, so if one can afford the bill or is willing to pay it, all is not lost). The water issue is compounded locally by the fact I garden on a dry wooded ridge. Over the years I have removed all maples near the garden, but even the deep-rooted oaks and hickories can draw large amounts of moisture from the surface, so any soil moisture from say a 1-inch rain in a time of drought quickly disappears. Second is warm night temperatures. At even modestly higher elevations and at even slightly higher latitudes, the plants receive a break from summer heat after sunset and before sunrise. Here that's not usually the case. Third, there are wild fluctuations in temperature, particularly in winter. This mainly affects plants that are winter-active and those that emerge very early in spring. As a hellebore enthusiast, this is not ideal as it can lead to crop failure (little or no seed) from prized plants in some years, and I have some eager bloomers that have their reproductive parts destroyed almost annually.

In terms of recent weather, autumn has been very warm, and until recently, very dry. There was a period of 70 days from late August to early November in which there was virtually no rain. I heard through a friend that a man who works with a backhoe said that the ground was completely dry even when excavating, something that he had not recalled seeing before. So far we have had a handful of freezing nights in which the air temperature dipped into the mid-20s, but I have seen even tender annual seedlings (S. coccinea, for instance) emerging from newly-composted areas, so at ground level the temps have not yet reached freezing. Also, violent weather phenomena have increased dramatically in recent years. A couple of decades ago, tornadoes were somewhat of a rare event. They have become increasingly common in the area as the warm seasons have grown longer and longer.

Joseph Woodard, just west of Nashville, TN. USDA zone 6b, but more like 7 or so in recent years.

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