9-degree night expected

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Old Man Winter is returning with a vengeance.

Tonight's temperature is expected to drop to 19 degrees, according to forecasters, and Friday night's low is predicted to dip to 9, bringing one of the area's coldest nights in years.

The last time Augusta saw 9-degree temperatures was Dec. 26, 1983, said Tenia Morrison, of the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.

The record low for Friday is 11 degrees, set in 1977. Today's record low is 12, set in 1893.

Officials are urging people to keep a close eye on the elderly, keep pets indoors, bring in plants and protect exposed pipes.

The weather service suggests wearing several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing. Air is trapped between the layers, and that helps insulate your body. The outer layer should be tightly woven, water repellent and have a hood. You also should wear a hat because half of your body heat is lost through your head, according to the weather service.

Columbia Emergency Services Director Pam Tucker said the county has never had requests for heating shelters, but "we will open shelters ... if there is a power outage or something of that nature."

In Richmond County, homeless shelters are preparing for a busy couple of days.

Rob Frary, of the Garden City Rescue Mission on Fenwick Street, said his shelter averages 40 to 50 people a night. In the coldest conditions, he said, no one is turned away.

He expects his shelter will come close to reaching its capacity of 100 people tonight and Friday night.

Reach Preston Sparks at (706) 823-3338 or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com

Get involved online

Send in your cold weather photos and temperature readings to Preston Sparks' weather blog.

Cold weather tips

- Allow warm water to trickle from a faucet, preferably one on an outside wall, to prevent pipes from freezing.

- Open cabinet doors so heat can reach uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.

- Make sure to turn off automatic sprinkler systems as the water will freeze on roads, causing hazardous driving conditions.

- Try not to overexert yourself; your heart is working overtime in cold weather and hard labor could cause a further strain. Sweating also could lead to a chill or even hypothermia.

- Make sure your car has a good supply of antifreeze. It's suggested that you change out the antifreeze every one to two years.

- Wipe up any spills of antifreeze; it is a deadly poison and has a sweet taste that might attract animals.

Sources: Columbia County Emergency Services Director Pam Tucker, National Weather Service, www.advanceautoparts.com

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SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/15/09 - 05:06 am
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This is a clue to all the

This is a clue to all the "global warming" nutcases: Notice it's bone cold? Notice only one sunspot listed at the SOHO site ---- http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/data/realtime-images.html ---- (as we're at the bottom of the 11 year solar cycle)? Notice that the highest temps corresponds to the most sunspot activity (the top of the 11 year cycle)? This is NORMAL! Stop crying Chicken Little, let alone trying to fudge science and claim its an "anomaly" --- http://icecap.us/index.php | http://wattsupwiththat.com/

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/15/09 - 05:06 am
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Ah-h, winter at last. I was

Ah-h, winter at last. I was in fear of a terrible mosquito crop for next year. This little global warming snap will help keep the tiny draculas in check.

sawgrass
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sawgrass 01/15/09 - 05:43 am
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For the last three winters

For the last three winters I've worked in the interior of Alaska with nighttime temperatures reaching minus 60. It's an old wives tale of needing a hard freeze to kill the mosquito crop. Freezing weather has no effect on the mosquito population. They thrive in Alaska even more than in the south.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/15/09 - 07:06 am
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sawgrass, let me rephrase to

sawgrass, let me rephrase to remove some confusion. Without a hard freeze, the mosquito crop is much worse than when we do have a freeze. Our local mosquitos don't prepare well for cold weather. Southern mosquitos must be dumber then Alaskan mosquitos.

WAG
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WAG 01/15/09 - 08:12 am
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How does a mosquito prepare

How does a mosquito prepare for cold weather..Do they have coats or what.

White_Trash1
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White_Trash1 01/15/09 - 08:39 am
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If it wasn't for global

If it wasn't for global warming, how cold would it get?????

Signal Always
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Signal Always 01/15/09 - 09:27 am
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Sawgrass is right. Biggest

Sawgrass is right. Biggest damn mosquitoes I've ever seen were in and around Fairbanks, Alaska. They're like Junker divebombers. They don't play.

johnsmith
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johnsmith 01/15/09 - 09:36 am
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I know...if we don't get a

I know...if we don't get a handle on this global warming, and soon, we're going to freeze our touckhuses off!

Chuchi
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Chuchi 01/15/09 - 10:16 am
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The global warming proponents

The global warming proponents have been conspicuously quiet and still about this freezing weather, particularly after the announcement by scientists that we are about to face another ice age. It's gettin' cold in here --- brrr!

steve-o
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steve-o 01/15/09 - 11:25 am
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They had to re-name it. Now

They had to re-name it. Now it's "climate change" oh brother.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 01/15/09 - 12:06 pm
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The article is factually

The article is factually incorrect. The last time a low temperature was below 10 degrees was on Martin Luther King Day in 1985. That day, it was -1 degrees. As for global warming -- hate to break it to you all, but is real. If you don't think so, look at Key West and its temps.

palomino9
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palomino9 01/15/09 - 12:30 pm
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makes you think about the

makes you think about the dogs tied out to the houses outside. maybe their owners should be tied out to a house outside for the night, morons

joeuser
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joeuser 01/15/09 - 01:01 pm
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MEMO TO ALL YOU GLOBAL

MEMO TO ALL YOU GLOBAL WARMING FANATICS: When is the last time you read a book on climate change or global warming? You listen to the media, go watch stupid Michael Moore and Al Gore movies and swallow all the bunk they feed you. I know you may find it hard to believe, but LITERALLY thousands of reputable scientists have gone on record saying that they don't support the global warming theorists assertions. And do you really believe a bunch of pooting cows can affect the climate? Come on! Now they want to have a "cow tax" and penalize all of us cruel and mean animal-haters who happen to like red meat for our dinner. I read an article recently where a global warming alarmist suggested that within 20 years we all cut back to one serving of red meat per week. Last week I read an article that they want to make a mandatory (over time) transition to "dry" toilets from wet ones (the kind we all have now) in an effort to save the water and the planet. These alarmists are a bunch of kooks and idiots!

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/15/09 - 01:54 pm
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papadan
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papadan 01/15/09 - 01:55 pm
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This is Gov. PALENS REVENGE

This is Gov. PALENS REVENGE for the crap she had to endure from the left wing LIBERALS last year.

Signal Always
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Signal Always 01/15/09 - 04:08 pm
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Key West? Wow, that's it

Key West? Wow, that's it then. It's occurring because of ONE place on EARTH. You don't expect anyone to buy that, do you williston? Ok, I'll trump your Key West with Chicago, who has received more snow this winter than any other time in history, since records were being recorded....in 1884.

drumbeater1
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drumbeater1 01/15/09 - 06:49 pm
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sandyk,pat....tell that slop

sandyk,pat....tell that slop to the canadian and alaskan folks who are watching polar bears walking on dry ground,scrounging food....you've seen the evidence.global warming is real, and the human race is way more responsible than we can imagine.i can remember deer hunting in november as a kid, freezing my buns off, now days in november you swat insects....don't tell me it isn't real.

sawgrass
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sawgrass 01/15/09 - 07:48 pm
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patriciathomas - maybe you

patriciathomas - maybe you are confused. A hard freeze does not lessen the population of mosquitos, whether they are from Georgia or Alaska. A hard freeze needed to lessen the crop of mosquitos is an old wives tale.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/15/09 - 07:50 pm
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dumbbeater, chumps make good

dumbbeater, chumps make good Dems, don't they?

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 01/15/09 - 08:14 pm
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saw, google cold temps and

saw, google cold temps and mosquitos. pat-1 saw-0.

sawgrass
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sawgrass 01/15/09 - 09:56 pm
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gnumbgnuts - I did google

gnumbgnuts - I did google about cold weather and mosquitoes. Sawgrass-1 pat-0
Do mosquitoes die in cold weather?
Mosquitoes, like all insects, are cold-blooded creatures. As a result their body temperatures are the same as their surroundings. In temperate climates, adult mosquitoes become inactive with the onset of cool weather and enter hibernation to live through the winter. In spring, the females emerge from hibernation, find a blood meal and lay their eggs.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 01/15/09 - 10:39 pm
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They say freezing is not a

They say freezing is not a bad way to die. The freezing subject simply goes to sleep. Like the bible says the dead know nothing. Wouldn't it be a blessing from God if many of Augusta's most challenged (crack addicts, riff raff, "homeless" and the like ) froze? All of their hurt, and want would go to eternal sleep. All of the aggrivation that ther kindred endoured would now be replaced with a sweet emptiness. Peace and calm would fill the air and the decent people of Harrisburg would dance arm and arm proclaiming God is a good God. Thank you Jesus! Spring would come and the community garden would be a wonderful safe sharing experience. All the ugly memory of crack addicts, riff raff, "homeless" and the like would be an unpleasant memory. Prosperous people would share a cornucopian of Fall delights at Summers end. Higher learning and artistic endeavours would entertain the Harrisburg inhabitants. Most of them would be happy and die of natural causes...but not from freezing.

Vermonter
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Vermonter 01/15/09 - 10:44 pm
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"God" is not going to kill

"God" is not going to kill crack addicts. How very hateful of you to wish death and feel that you are able to judge these people and decide what happens to them.

Also, one night of freezing temps isn't going to kill anyone. Check out the temps in the Northeast. 19 degrees is a warm day in the winter where I come from.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 01/15/09 - 10:47 pm
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Vermonter ....The freesing

Vermonter ....The freesing might get them if it wasn't for those drug addict enabling shelters. I didn't mean to offend you. Are you a recovering addict ?

Vermonter
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Vermonter 01/15/09 - 10:55 pm
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No, I am not a recovering

No, I am not a recovering addict. Far from it. I would just rather see these "crack-addicts" and homeless people recover themselves. I also find it disgusting that you feel so superior to others. I thought Christians are supposed to be good people???

It is a single night of cold weather. A little chilly weather only toughens people up!

Vermonter
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Vermonter 01/15/09 - 11:01 pm
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Palomino-You are right,

Palomino-You are right, people should never leave their dogs tied outside, but tonight for sure. I feel horribly for homeless animals. Google Burlington International Airport+Poodle. You will read a recent story that will break your heart.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 01/15/09 - 11:07 pm
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As we write from the comfort

As we write from the comfort of our homes, some where in America, riff raff and trouble makers are freezing to death. They will be given a paupers funeral and they most likely they will not be missed by anyone. Not a tear shed for them. Not a single tear.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 01/15/09 - 11:11 pm
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Perhaps a stray dog will

Perhaps a stray dog will chance upon a frozen crack head corpse. The dog will tear at and consume the flesh. The dog will live to be a pet to comfort and to be comforted by a nice person. Their lives are filled with love.

Signal Always
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Signal Always 01/15/09 - 11:27 pm
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gnumbgnuts, if cold weather

gnumbgnuts, if cold weather killed off all the mosquitoes, there would be no mosquitoes in the frozen tundra that is known as the Alaskan interior. I spent about 8 months on an off up there from '04-'06. Think the Georgia swamps have mosquitoes? You've never been to Alaska then. The ones in the interior are like friggin' mutants. They're the only ones I've seen that try to suck blood out of a leather jacket. You should google "blood loss+caribou+mosquito+Alaska".

Vermonter
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Vermonter 01/15/09 - 11:38 pm
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Sargent- I was simply stating

Sargent- I was simply stating that I didn't wish death on homeless people. I find it funny that you are wishing death upon people and in the same breath talking about how "God" is good and how you are a better person than these people. Just because you have a home and are "Christian" doesn't make you a good person. Look at the "Christian"people with homes who leave their dogs outside!!! Are they any better than the "homeless" people? My opinion is they are possibly worse. Animals are helpless and innocent. A human who leaves them outside tied up should be incarcerated.

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