Thursday, January 9, 2014
It’s worse other places
When the alarm clock went off Monday morning, the first thing I did was check the temperature – on the outside.
It was 10 degrees (with a wind chill just below 0).
Then I remembered what one of my fellow church members told me Sunday when I was talking about the winter blast.
“We’re blessed,” he said. “It’s going to be worse other places.”
He was exactly right.
Wind chills in the minus 40s and minus 50s were common Monday across much of Minnesota and North Dakota.
The bitter cold was also taking its biggest bite in states like Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Wind chill was minus 40 in Chicago, Ill., too.
Andy and I went to Detroit, Mich., two years ago in January. It was a good trip, but I’m happy to not be going back in 2014.
I saw one report saying at wind chills of 50 below zero, any exposed skin can suffer frostbite in as little as five minutes.
It wasn’t that cold here (thank goodness), but I put on a couple of layers, plus a warm coat and gloves Monday morning. The newspaper must get to press.
When I walked a couple of blocks from The South Reporter office Monday morning to check with some advertisers, I realize I should have included a toboggan hat, too, for covering my face and ears.
In looking at other media across the country, the headlines varied. Examples included “Dangerous deep freeze,” “Coldest arctic outbreak in Midwest and South since the 1990s,” “Bone-chilling cold gripping much of U.S.” and “Historic and life-threatening freeze.”
The snow and ice were brutal in some areas.
I even read a report of cars being frozen solid to the ground in Canada.
I had some trouble opening my truck doors Monday morning – even after turning the heater on and letting the vehicle warm up for about 15 minutes.
We took a few precautions the night before.
I drove to the office and turned the heat up a bit higher, left some water running from faucets in the front and back portions of the building and opened the cabinet doors so the pipes could get some of the heat.
At home, I went outside prior to dark Sunday evening and wrapped up the two faucets
Monday was a tough day for children to return to school throughout our area.
I know our sixth grader, when learning of the forecast, was hoping to get an extra day off.
She got really excited about the possibility of not having to return to school on Monday when we left church Sunday evening about 7. We could see the snow falling in front of our vehicle’s headlights.
But as it turned out, the snow and ice in our area were minimal. Most everyone, students and adults, had to return to their normal, post-holiday routine.
The forecast is looking much better as the week moves on – I believe highs back in the 50s later in the week but with a possibility of rain.
Or perhaps you’re looking even further ahead – the first day of spring is March 20 and the first day of summer is June 21 (when we will complain because it’s too hot).
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