Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Let It Snow? Let It Stop!

by Maggie Sefton


Boy, the Weather Experts were right when they predicted that this Winter was going to be really, really, really bad.  Winter started early, sneaking in during November in some areas, and going full bore by December,   Cold, bitter cold swept in during January in most parts of the country.  Some weeks the West would be hit, the next few weeks the East would be slammed.  Even areas of the country that are used to cold Winters like the Dakotas, Michigan, Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest were subjected to brutal, bitter, harsh bone-chilling below zero temperatures.  Brrrrrrr!  

Our own Cozy Chick Deb Baker lives in Wisconsin, and I have often looked at the Weather Channel's updates and shuddered.  Here in the Front Range of Colorado---Fort Collins, Denver---we've had our share of bitter cold during the first two weeks of January when the jet stream dipped way low and sent our temps plummenting.  Then---we spent the next two weeks in January with mild temps and our regular sunny days with temps in 40s then high 50s and low 60s.  Sunday, our temps dropped and Monday we got 5 inches of fluffy new snow and cold temps.   Go figure.

Today, Tuesday. . .areas of our country are experiencing unprecedented  Cold.  This weekend I spoke with daughter Christine who lives in Northern VA where they're having below zero temps and snow.  Even southern VA in areas near Norfolk, which is right on the Atlantic Ocean and usually warmer, temps on Saturday at late morning were one degree!  Ack!   That is insane.

Daughter Serena lives near  Houston, TX in the south of Texas, and they're having a second round of ice storms that have turned their maze of highways and interstates into ice skating rinks.  But instead of skaters, all those cars are slamming into each other on those ice-slick roads.  500 auto accidents in one morning.  Yikes!

How are you folks handling this Cold?  Where are you located and what's happening there?

20 comments:

Aurian said...

I am in Holland and winter has still not arrived here. My garden is already thinking it is spring. Last Sunday the north of Holland got a few centimeters of snow, and that is two hours from where I live. I got: rain. I am tired of the rain and the gray days. I would love some freezing weather and snow, but as I understand, as long as America has it, it won't come here. So far this winter, I had to defrost my car windows one time. So I predict, this summer we will be eaten alive by musquitos and other stinging creatures.

Lori Cimino said...

I am in SW Michigan and this morning we are at -11 with a windmill of-28. The state police are warning people to stay off the roads. And all schools and government agencies are closed. Many many businesses as well.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I'm in Ct and it is 16 now. It's almost 9 AM and the sun it out for a change. We have not seen much of this this Winter. I'm sick of it..

Jody said...

Currently, just cold. It was 0° wind chill at 9:00 a.m. Almost all of our snow from before Christmas has melted. We did have a couple of nice days this weekend. The temps dropped from 60 degrees to 30 degrees Sunday evening in just hours. The wind was gusting up to 50 mph. It was quite cold yesterday morning. Feeling sorry for everybody dealing with the nasty weather when they aren't used to it.
I'm hoping for more moisture. I live in the northeast portion of Kansas but the western part is in major drought & needs rain, snow, something desperately. Those winds have just dried everything. Dust storms have even closed highways due to brownout conditions a few time in that part of the state & in Neb. and Oklahoma.
I'm ready for spring, even though it will bring my allergies with it.

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I am in Dallas and though we are chilly we seem to be a bubble. It is like the ice hit us last month for a couple of days and the rest of the time we are sunny/cold. I probably just jinxed us but I did find it strange that Houston got hit but we didn't :)

Karen B said...

It was -15 with -31windchill when I got up. Now it's -7 with -26 windchill. I've been hibernating all of January.
I live in MN - need I say more?

Mary said...

I live in southern Indiana, which is usually below the snow belt and extreme cold. This year we have had several weeks with temps down in the teens or lower. It is 14 degrees at the moment. Brrrrrrrr. I'm ready for this winter to end! Good thing there are lots of good books to curl up with to forget the cold!

mary kennedy said...

I'm on the east coast and am so ready for this "winter wonderland" (ugh!) to be gone. No more snow today, just bone-chilling cold and a good excuse to curl up with a book! .

Linda Rima said...

Houston area. Enjoying staying home from work & cozy reading. Wrapped up with cat in lap.

Rachelle21 said...

I'm in PA and as long as my car starts and schools are open, I get out and go to exercise on Monday-Wednesday and Friday. Thursdays are Veterans Admin days and I go later as I do on some Tuesdays.

Maggie Sefton said...

Wow, it sounds as if the European weather system is getting messed up, too. And I bet you're right---your summer will be Hot.

Maggie Sefton said...

Lori---Brutal, just brutal. Stay off the roads and stay warm. Stay safe.

Maggie Sefton said...

Oh, Diane---We're only half way through winter. :) Hang in there.

Maggie Sefton said...

Jody----We had those winds the day before on Saturday. They got to you guys on Sunday. But on Monday we got snow which we really needed. I'm so sorry you didn't. Those droughts are awful. And they're not over I fear.

Maggie Sefton said...

Felicia-----This winter is strange, just strange. It's giving everyone. Spreading the bitter cold everywhere except the Southwest states like Arizona and southern CA.

Maggie Sefton said...

Oh, Karen---You poor thing. Just seeing the weather shots from MN is enough to chill me, and I'm in my cozy family room watching TV. I'm with you. I'd be hibernating. I'd probably start sleeping most of the day like a bear. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Better get more books, Mary, because we're only halfway through winter. :) STay inside reading and out of the cold.

Maggie Sefton said...

Mary---I know how bad it's been there, because I've got two daughters in Northern VA and daughter Melissa in Manhattan. You folks are getting pounded back there. yes, stay inside and stay warm with a good book.

Maggie Sefton said...

Linda----Ahhh, a purring kitty in your lap. Now, that's cozy. :) And I know how bad it's been there in Houston with those ice storms. Cars crashing into each other. Yikes. Stay home and stay safe. Daaughter Serena is in Houston area.

Maggie Sefton said...

Rachelle----Good for you! I believe in daily exercise too. I've been doing cardio 5 days/week since 1979. :) Long time. Keeps you healthy.