Sunday, February 8, 2009

A Rise In Temp

The sun was out today full bore and our temperature soared.

"What the . . . ?!" you say? "This couldn't be the temperature in northern most Minnesota on February 8th!" Oh, but it was. Inside our someday greenhouse. So far, the greenhouse is just framing with a heavy-duty plastic covering but on sunny days, it heats up to this temperature and higher with no difficulty. Tonight it will plummet down to the same temp as outside, but during the day one is tempted to strip, lie down on the gravel, and sun bathe in there.

The outside temp this afternoon was 32 degrees and so gorgeous with the bright sun that we couldn't pass up the opportunity to get out for a hike.

Although we were tempted to just throw on vests, grab the snowshoes and go, after getting out we were glad we'd been a titch more sensible in our dress because although the sunshine was wonderful, we did encounter a stiff breeze that made things less than balmy.

There's nothing Zoey enjoys more than running on a packed trail in the winter. Enlarge this shot, if you can, to see more of this crazy dog's expression.

All in all, the sun on our faces felt pretty darn good. It may still be winter up here in the frozen tundra but the sun is really starting to have some warmth to it this time of year.

The weather forecast is for a giant ice storm scheduled to hit us sometime tomorrow and last for about 24 hours. Hard to believe such a thing on a day like this has been, but as stated above, it is still winter so we shall wait and see what Mother Nature has in store for us.


RuthieJ said...

I was just watching the Channel 5 weather and I believe the exact words were, "if you live in the north it's time to start preparing for this storm!"
I hope it's not as bad as they're predicting!

Annie said...

Today was gorgeous. Hope you do ok in the storm!

MaineCelt said...

Great Pics... yes, we had our own splendid, balmy half-a-day yesterday, before the wind picked up and the temperature dropped again.
When I lived in Alaska, a series of wild, warm winds would bluster through each February, causing joyful havoc and significant thaws. We called them "Chinook" winds, pronounced "shi-NUHK." Here in Maine, the same winds seem to come through at about the same time, but the only name I've found is the prosaic "February Thaw." I like Chinook better!

Mama Pea said...

Hey, MaineCelt - We've always called the out-of-season warm winds in these parts Chinooks, too! In the late '60s we were all set to go spend the summer in Alaska thinking we might want to settle there but 'circumstances' intervened and we never made it. We'd read everything we could get our hands on about Alaska . . . maybe that's where we picked up the term Chinook.

We're glad we decided to settle in Minnesota, but it would have been nice to have seen Alaska. Don't want to go there now, but I still have a hankering to see the unpopulated areas of the East Coast. But I also don't like to travel . . . so there you are.