Friday, January 03, 2014
That's right. Wool socks. Maybe not the coolest type of clothing on the planet, but in this weather, sort of necessary.
Speaking of weather, if you have had the opportunity to watch the news in the last 24 hours, you would notice that it's been nothing but one big loop of news about the snow and "cold" hitting the northeast. Now, if you are from the northeast, and you are reading this, don't get mad. I know you guys aren't used to the type of weather that you are currently going through, but to those of us in the midwest and northern plains, we are probably trying to hold back a bit of a smile.
See, today is technically 16 above zero, but the wind is so strong, it feels like below zero. We are spending our time here in MN standing in long lines at the grocery store so we can buckle down for the next few days. We are putting gas in our cars (and it is so cold that a lot of the pumps are barely working), HEET in our gas tanks so our lines don't freeze, and yes, buying things like wool socks. Just for the record, I'm pretty sure I'm up to about six pair now.
You see, Monday, it is supposed to feel like 60 below zero. And that is in my part of the state where it is warmer than places like, say, International Falls, one of the coldest places on the planet. 60 below zero.It is cold enough that the Governor has closed down all public schools on Monday, this first that has happened sing the 1990 era. Just for the record, if you have an uncovered area of your body, in those windchills, you can have frostbite in less than two minutes. It's not safe to be outside, really. We'll have some hearty people in MN, WI, ND, and SD try it, of course, but for the most part, lots of people will be staying home.
But some tips for my friends from the NE: dress warm, not for fashion. Have an emergency kit in your car, because you never know when any car will break down. And when you think "my goodness, it can't get any worse than this!" Remember your friends in the midwest driving to work in -60 temps.
Oh, and repeat after me: SPRING IS COMING, SPRING IS COMING, SPRING IS COMING!!