Writer’s Workshop: Damn, It’s Cold!

We have some seriously cold air moving into the area tomorrow night.

For you centigrade/Celsius fans

Now, compared to some of the temperatures I dealt with in the Midwest, these are not especially cold, but for this part of the country, these are bad. Certainly they aren’t the kind of temperatures you want if you plan on washing your car in shorts and flip-flops.

When we lived in Chicago, a week or two of temperatures like these was not uncommon. You learn to bundle up for standing at bus stops and on train platforms and long walks across the Loop, unbundle when you got to work, and bundle up any time you had to go outside. I worked at the operations center, which was two blocks away from the main bank building, and we were always going back and forth between the two buildings. I always liked walking into a building and having my glasses fog up…

Anyway, stay warm!

31 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: Damn, It’s Cold!

  1. I have never experienced weather as cold as that! How can it possibly get colder than the cold we get here in Seattle!? I can’t even imagine it!

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    1. This was a big air mass that came out of Canada, and pretty much anything east of the Rockies caught it somehow. I don’t know how much snow Chicago got. They were worried that they’d get hit with a blizzard worse than the one in 1967 (right around the time Dad died). Do you get a lot of snow in the winter?

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  2. We are in the grasp of a vicious storm here on the Right Coast. Temps overnight were in the balmy 50’s, have now plunged into the 30’s and heading for single digits. Howling wind on top of heavy rain=black ice forming everywhere. Combine this scenario with frazzled Christmas shoppers on the highways and byways…not a good result.

    Wishes to you and your lovely wife for a safe, warm, Merry Christmas!

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    1. That was kind of what it was like here in Georgia. It was 48 and raining on and off, by the time we got up this morning it was 16. There were some reports of black ice, but it didn’t affect us because we just stayed home. We have everything we need for the holiday already.

      You and yours have a Merry Christmas and a great New Year’s!

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  3. The glasses fogging up – I also have that dilemma! Hunker down and stay warm. I think we’re through the worst of it (for now) in my neck of the woods.
    Merry Christmas and happy new year to you!

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    1. The temperature dropped 32 degrees overnight, but the wind has died down and the wind adviory has been adjusted to end at 10 tonight from noon tomorrow. So, it’ll be plenty cold, but not as bad as it could’ve been. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  4. I lived in New Jersey for a while, and I got used to the cold. In fact, I lived there during the Blizzard of 1996. but here in our neck of the woods, which is close to where you live, we’re not used to bitter cold. It’s 14F with a -1 chill factor. Yikes!

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                1. They keep broadcasting warnings that there’s snow in Marietta. We live in East Cobb and haven’t seen any. It’s supposed to be close to 50 tomorrow, so I would guess that whatever we might get would be gone by the end of the day tomorrow. Let’s hope…

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  5. We’ve been in the 40’s here in the morning and for our part of California that’s pretty cold too. We are going to Oregon next week and I expect it will be even colder.

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  6. Yea us in the South…this is damn cold! I’ve read about it coming…probably working from home tomorrow….forget getting out in that mess.

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  7. I’m not sure what happened to Mother Nature’s GPS, but it’s going to be 45f today up here, and 57f tomorrow. We will have to contend with high wind and rain, but it’s weird to see the rest of the country freezing. Take care, John.

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  8. Good luck John – I noticed they’d been warning you about the deluge … I hope all will be well – with thoughts – Hilary

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