Okay, I expect a week of double-digit below zero Fahrenheit this time of year.
This photo is right-on, but stolen from National Geographic.
It looks better than my picture.
This is my picture. The sign should read minus 8
but it’s so cold the rest of the digits don’t work.
It happens. Every year. That much I’ve learned. What I haven’t learned is the part about getting out of the way. I just sit here—year after year and watch the world freeze solid.
Yesterday I waited until the sun had warmed the air to a plus one and finally wrapped up until nothing but my eyes were showing and went out. By the time I made it a whole block to my destination I had to remove my glasses because they’d frosted over. Then my eyelashes grew icicles. The friends I went to visit let me in out of pity even though they had no idea who I was.
This is nuts. One week I’ll accept.
But now, after a brief warm up to above zero,
the Alberta Clipper is back.
There are students all over town just arrived from places like
with cars not juiced up with double strength anti-freeze. They run out in their
sandals to jump in their ride to make their before-sunrise class only to find wheels frozen to the ground and the engine block has become an ice block. Florida
We saw a couple hurrying to church this morning in double-digit below zero. He was just dressed in his suit and she was in a short skirt and heels.
Not her. But like this.
Last week we gave a ride to some newbies in this same situation. The couple this week were within a few yards of the warmth of the building so we let them go.
Sometimes even a tough winterized car just can’t take the cold anymore. After a few cranks they will groan, gasp and go silent. Mine is there. Two days ago she went into cardiac arrest. I called in a code blue. We got out the paddles, yelling, “Clear!” Coaxing. “Stay with me!” Finally she revived and seemed okay, but this morning we found her cold and dead in the driveway. We’ll keep her on life support and get a new heart for her tomorrow at Walmart. She should make a quick recovery after that. This kind of weather makes the long muddy “spring” look so good.
This is added in answer to joeh's question in the comments.
The answer is half-way between -14 and -9.