Friday, January 16, 2009

It's nice and "crisp" out there...

(Brendan)

We Minnesotans pride ourselves on our ability to shrug off extreme cold; it comes with the territory. We laugh when we hear of a mere 1 inch of snow shutting down an entire city down south, or guffaw when we travel elsewhere and hear a temperature like 12 degrees F being described on the local news in the most apocalyptic terms possible. In the Twin Cities we are now going on almost 90 straight hours of being below zero, air temperature. An air temperature of -46 degrees F was reached in Glenwood, MN in the past 24 hours, with windchill readings in northern Minnesota reaching near -65 degrees F. I would only note, as any good engineer would, that this means if you go into your kitchen and stick your head in your refrigerator you would be 100 degrees warmer.

2 comments:

Margaret Mary said...

A couple of January's ago we went to Corpus Christi for a week. Unfortunately, it happened to be the same week as the "storm of the century" iced down all sorts of yucky driving conditions between Iowa and Texas. Being Minnesotans however, we were (1)able to drive on ice and (2)able to keep a good attitude about the whole thing. The kids thought it was hilarious that school was canceled when the temperatures in CC reached 32 (and will still occasionally mock those silly Texans).

Allison Koop said...

To be fair to the crazy "oh my gosh it's 12" people of DC, today it was 10, but there were 40 mph wind gusts. Walking back from mass at lunch, I actually got an ice cream-like brain freeze just from the wind pounding my face. Still...it was above zero, so I don't complain!