I am so glad I live in Australia. You guys must have some real cold weeks. Have a look at this chart, I live about an hour west and maybe 650 metres up from this location, but much the same. http://www.farmonlineweather.com.au/images/climate/wz_clim_annual_site_66062.png
I paid for a membership at the beginning of 2015 as I always like to support small businesses. The content of 360 is very good, varied, has guest articles and is as professional as the publications they used to work for. I wish them well.
My bandsaw is a 16” Walker-Turner. The wheels have a flat profile, like the bigger modern Italian bandsaws. I originally had it set up with tires that had a flat profile as well, and used it for resawing running the 3/4” blade that I was using for resawing so that the teeth were off the front edge of the wheel. Later on, I crowned the tires. With the same blade, I found that the bandsaw was much more stable, it was not so finicky when adjusting the top wheel, and I could get better resaw results with less tension, which also easier on the motor. Historically, large bandsaws also had crowned tires, because it works. Even large 36” bandsaws were set up with a crowned profile on the tires. You don’t have to put a huge crown on the wheel to get this effect. With my current setup, the sides of the tire are lower than the middle by a little less than 1/16”.
Leaves have started here too. Normally at this time of year there is a gust of wind off the Atlantic and they are all on the floor but it's been still for weeks now. The colours are very New England-like at the moment - I just hope it lasts a little longer.