MINUS six degrees with a windchill that makes it feel like TWENTY BELOW ZERO...!
Now THAT friends...is (too damn) COLD!
And no, I don't miss working outside under such conditions...not ONE frigging bit!
Schools are starting to close, and that means the kids won't have to be out in this crap weather...
Cold IS cold, and it's dangerously so out there today.
Today's high will reach into the TEENS...and that's about it, folks!
And plenty of sunshine to allow whatever ground heat to dissipate upward
|Saw the city posting THESE signs today|
We're gonna need more than one cup of whatever HOT beverage this morning, so let's fill it back up and get busy seeing what's going on.
*** First out of the Tundra today, was a major crash along I-94 in Indiana...lots of mangled metal from all the tractor trailers and assorted vehicles, with several deaths.
We should all thank our lucky stars we were not in THAT mess...and we should pray for those injured as well as the families of those killed.
This kind of weather is nothing to make light of, that's for sure.
SLOW...and STEADY wins this "race". Do not take any chances and assume the road conditions are bad (which they are).
If need be, drop it to a lower gear to limit your speed. No one needs to rush about under such conditions.
*** When I was growing up, we went to school in damn near ANY sort of weather, and that meant we BUNDLED UP.
WALKED to the neighborhood school building. And yes, it took TIME to remove those outer layers so you could sit down behind your desk.
And then, when it was time to go home for lunch (or when school ended), you had to again don all those layers...and boots...and gloves (or mittens) to make the trek back home...and take them off again.
These days, I see kids go to school with little REAL protection against the elements...and that's bothersome.
I KNOW they still make galoshes and boots, and yes, they can be considered "not cool", but I'd rather be uncool and WARMLY PROTECTED against the cold than be shivering my naughty-bits off just to be "in style".
And when schools do NOT cancel on days like THESE, it does place children at risk, because many "parents" do not ENFORCE being well-dressed for winter weather.
KNOW there is no "long johns" or thermals under the clothing...that wouldn't be cool.
Then, we wonder WHY kids get sick and come down with colds or even the flu...well, I don't wonder that. It's obvious to me.
*** Next up, there is another factor that comes into play during such severe weather...access to necessities.
A long time ago, in a neighborhood far, far away, we had those venerable CORNER STORES.
Didn't have to go far at all to get anything you needed.
Today, we have strip malls, and unless you live within several blocks of one, you have to take a hike or get in the car and drive to one.
That puts many ADULTS at risk too.
|Get outta the street, dumbass!|
And they prefer to walk down the middle of the streets.
That is another thing that needs looking into...WHY people have to walk in the street when there is a sidewalk.
Granted that the vast majority of sidewalks are not even cleared of snow (our always is), but if you had BOOTS on, that would be no problem, even if the pavements were snow-covered.
Wonder why the city has NEVER seen to address that problem?
And, if the city has an ordinance that says you need to CLEAR your sidewalk before 9AM (whenever possible), why doesn't the city ENFORCE it.
Maybe if some of these lazy-asses got out and shoveled the sidewalk under penalty of a stiff FINE, that might just work.
|Ain't no lazy at OUR "Fortress".|
Not down here...people will only clear the sidewalk if it's CONVENIENT for them and no one else.
I clear ours, and people STILL walk in the street...(assholes)
But, I'm from Philly, where we did it as a service to others as well as ourselves. Wasn't a big deal to do several houses alongside your row home.
*** Driving about has it's own set of troubles, and the less you have to drive...the better.
When I HAD to drive about, it was "white-knuckle" city for me...you never knew what to expect with road conditions, and sometimes, your vehicle seems as though it's developed a "mind of it's own" if it hits an errant patch of ice.
You can even have GOOD tread on the tires, but when they clog up with snow (and it freezes), guess what you have?
|Now THAT is a studded tire!|
You keep the cabin glass clear, use the defrost, and wipers when necessary.
I do miss not having snow tires (studded ones) for bad winter conditions.
When it comes to SNOW CHAINS...it's a mixed bag for me.
They're a pain in the ass to get on, but once you DO, you can drive ANYWHERE...just not too fast.
Guess out in Wyoming...or Idaho, they still allow them?
And in the Poconos,. they are a GODSEND!
*** Lastly today, yes, it's cold out, and we are in the midst of flu season, And there is little relief from either on the immediate horizon.
I see people spinning their vehicles like it's some GAME...believe me, it's NOT.
Ask those involved in that I-94 accident.
As if we didn't have enough to be aware of these days, with this winter blast, we have to be even MORE aware, because not everyone is paying the hell attention as they SHOULD be.
I cannot stress this enough...it's your life on the line, and those of family.
And I think we'd all like to be around a bit longer, right?
Have yourselves a good weekend.
Drive cautiously, take your time, stay inside unless necessary to go out, and dress appropriately.
Stay SAFE out there, America.