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Indoor Temperature Graph During Rolling Power Outages

Monday, February 22nd, 2021 6:44pm CST
Inside Temperature 2-15 to 2-16

This is a graph of the temperature inside our house from 2/15 12:00AM to 2/16 6:00PM. It was recorded by a piece of equipment in an upstairs closet, which is normally closed. The temperature inside of the closet is typically about 5°F to 7°F warmer than the rest of the house. It showed ~49°F the morning of 2/16, when our downstairs thermostat showed 44°F.

Some notes:

Inside of the equipment closet, our backup battery/UPS kicked in at the first loss of power and generated some extra heat for about 45 minutes until the battery drained. It recharged for an hour the next morning once power returned and ran for another 45 minutes when we lost power again, which slightly slowed the closets heat loss. We gave up and turned it off after that.

Our hot water heater (in the attic) burst shortly after power returned around midnight on 2/16 when the closet temperature was showing 51°F.

After noon on 2/16, the doors were opened and closed to the room and closet, which skewed the graph a bit when the outages were shorter and we started to build heat again.

February 2021 – Record Cold

Saturday, February 20th, 2021 12:42am CST

At 11:41AM on 2/19/2021, our station temperature rose above 32°F for the first time in over 141 hours – from 2/13/2021 to 2/19/2021. We spent 95 hours below 32°F – from 2/9/2021 to 2/13/2021, with only a few minutes above freezing between the two spans.

We also recorded a low temperature of -2.6°F on 2/16/2021, low wind chill of -14.6°F on 2/15/2021, and 6.5 inches of snowfall – from 2/14/2021 to 2/17/2021.