Halfway to the North Pole

Widows Son

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#1
I have been living essentially "OFF-Grid" above the 45th parallel for the past 13+ years now. I have 16 solar panels which charge 24 six volt batteries in a 48-volt system. I have a 3500-watt wind turbine but I took it down to get it repaired and won't put it up again until I REALLY NEED it...IYKWIM.
Life at this latitude and 1900 MSL offers a very challenging set of experiences. I have watched hundreds of YouTubes on off-grid living and things related to my "lifestyle" but they all live in warm/temperate locations where winter is a short, reasonable part of the year. Winter here frequently lasts 7-8 months of the year. My growing season is just over 110 days or so. The remainder of the year is still too cold to grow many crops.

I'd really like to see if there is any interest here in starting a group for folks who live NORTH of 45.
If you are interested, please answer this post or send me a "PM" so we can get a chance to discuss things that are peculiar to our environment. This is by no means an attempt to "lure folks away from the usual threads here, but I think living this far north has challenges that the rest of the folks just can't relate to, particularly issues of growing season, winter damage to the farm infrastructure, snow removal, etc.
Cheers,
Trim sends
 

Widows Son

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I did a little research and found this, " approximately 13 million Americans live north of the 45th parallel – or 4% of our population. " so this is probably a little ambitious to find folks that far north. Still, it is a challenging place to live. One thing is certain, there is a definite reason that the population in my state has hovered at about 800K for almost the entire time it has been a state. You gotta be tough to live and survive up in these parts. We don't get much grief from the libtards here but we still have a few bouncing around trying to "improve our moral character" by introducing us to the "logical economic theory of Karl Marx..." to which I say, "Save your breath...go where they WANT to hear your drivel..."
 

HandLoad

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#6
I would venture that Seattle and the other cities around the Puget Sound are a big part of that percentage. WS, and that We are "cheaters" on the climate part of Your chosen Demographic. Maybe only "Associate Membership" for us. You folks see MUCH harsher Winters.

Heck, I have Three Citrus Plants that are each more than Four Years here. Might be sble to raise bananas in the Greenhouse!
 
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240Geezer

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#7
42.7 here. Love to move further north but I will say the climate and terrain start changing about 30 miles north of here.
A hundred miles north and decent size tracts of flat ish land are less than abundant. Temps tend to run 5-10 degrees colder as well. A frost in late May or early September is not uncommon.
At that latitude, here, we are starting to lose the effect of the Gulf Stream. Elevations are rising. Some areas are actually in the Presidential range.
Sooo...... considering heading south.
 

240Geezer

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#10
Couple of years ago we did tomato seeds inside and when they needed to go out it was still cool.
I started putting the trays out to toughen them up because they were getting leggy by then.
Went out for a lunch with wifey and was looking out the window. Is that rain?
No hail!
Most survived but barely.
 

Widows Son

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#12
62*F today. First time in a year for this. Snow is still quite deep in places but trending away.
Nice to know how things are going in Your neck of the woods!