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Winter Camping 101 from Kevin Callan

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Winter Weather Forecast

NOAA NWS Climate Prediction Center has issued their winter outlook for December to February!

For the northeast United States, there is a better chance of having above normal temperatures. Precipitation for central NY and northeast PA showed equal chances to be above, below, or near normal. This outlook does not say how stormy it will be or how much snow we will receive.

Below average temperatures are favored in parts of the south-central and southeastern United States, while above-average temperatures are most likely in the western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and New England, according to the U.S. Winter Outlook, issued today by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

The press release and more information for the entire country can be found here; http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20141016_winteroutlook.html

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Two Recent Winter Camping Links

Can A Tarp Outperform A Tent In Extreme Weather?

Get Ready for Cold Weather Camping

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Late Season Winter Camping

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Estimating Remaining Daylight

If you’re outdoors you can easily estimate how long until the sun sets using your fingers.  Extend your arm fully and count the number of finger widths between the sun and the horizon. Each finger is about 15 minutes, which means each hand width should be about an hour.   Count the finger widths between the sun and the horizon. Each finger is equivalent to fifteen minutes, with each hand totaling an hour. When the sun dips low enough that only two hands fit. (A caveat: if you’re near the poles, the sun will hover over the horizon for a longer period of time, giving you an inaccurate reading.)

Estimate Remaining Daylight

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Sleeping Warm

This is a well done video discussing all the factors going into sleeping warm.

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