Hunker Down . . .
What’s Coming Tonight?
Frigid Cold Blast, Deathly Cold, Record Lows, Massive Winter Freeze, Temperatures taking a tumble, Brutal Temps (exposed flesh freezes in under 5 minutes!), Polar Vortex, Fargo television “COLDEST, NASTIEST, BRUTALIST ARCTIC AIR IN YEARS”
Advice for Surviving:
Hunker Down, Snuggle Up, Batten Down the Hatches, Get Cozy, Brace Yourself, Hang on, Stay Warm, Cover Up, Don’t Venture Out … If you have to, have a winter survival kit in your car.
The news makes this cold blast sound like it is the worst and first time all winter we have suffered with these temperature. It is the first time in the southern half of the State (including the Twin Cities), but it is not the first time we have hit temps on the lower extreme of the thermometer up here in the northern part of the State.
On Thursday my thermometer read -42º F until about 10 am (yes, seriously) throw in some wind to calculate windchill and I have no idea what the “real feel” was. I just know we still had school and the world continued to flow like normal except for a few cars that just could not handle it. When temps similar to these are going to hit the Twin Cities, though .. everything shuts down, people stay home and schools are cancelled Statewide.
Honestly, I don’t think we should have started school on time Thursday .. it was dangerous out there. And, during the worst of this current deep freeze, I am limiting my travels and will stay indoors where it is warm as much as possible. What sort of annoys me is that our extremely low temps up here in the woods do not even make the news .. it is like we don’t matter or it is just expected to be that cold here. The Twin Cities will only be about -25 below tonight, we will probably be able to add 15 – 20 degrees more lower … but, that will not be a news headline.
People are looking on the bright side: “a week of this and will kill an invasive beetle”, “40 below keeps the riff-raff out”, “just a few more days and we will be above zero”, “the sun is shining”, etc…
The bitter coldness has begun. It was 37 below this morning and made its way up to 20 below this afternoon. The critters are sharing the bird feeders politely (and are not very afraid of my and my camera), free time at home with no school stress feels great, the fireplace and warm sweaters are very enjoyable, the days are gradually getting longer, the sunsets have been glorious (see Bear In Sight post) and the best part has been spending time with my fuzzy weekend guest (as you can see, he likes the snow and makes the cold woods more “bear”able)