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Subject:  Re: Newbie to this Retirement Board Date:  2/8/2018  5:17 PM
Author:  Art53 Number:  1824 of 1906

"Tennessee winters are humid? Is this true? If so, that would be the dreariest of all. I expect winter to be cold and long (slightly upstate NY) but never humid. Most years we luck out and the humidity doesn't kick in until June, sometimes late June. Humidity alone has made me reconsider my love for summer as a kid." - smurfdogg

It rains a lot in the winter in Tennessee. The sky is grey and it is usually between 37 - 43 degrees. It will drop below freezing at night. When we get clear and blue skies in the winter that is when the temperature drops way below freezing. When it is real cold is when it is clear with blue skies, otherwise the sky is grey. All the trees look dead, lichen and moss grow on them and also dead branches on oak trees get what are called "cloud ear mushrooms" growing on them - which Asian people turn into soup.

This is what a good friend back in Knoxville said about Tennessee "I like Tennessee because we got good cold winters and good hot summers." He said it like it was a good thing. Spring and fall are pretty in Tennessee but summers are hot and humid and the winters are cold, grey, and dreary. It can get up over a hundred degrees in July and August.

"Cloud ear fungus (Auricularia polytricha, syn. Hirneola polytricha) is an edible jelly fungus. It grows on trees in mountainous regions, is gray-brown in color, and is often used in Asian cooking, especially Chinese cuisine.[1]"

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