That, my dear readers, is NOT what would happen if you sat on our deck today. First off, the wind chill would instantly turn you into a human ice cube, and then the wind would blow you plumb off the deck into the woods.
We currently have sustained 41.4 mph winds gusting up to 50.6 mph according to our local weather source. There are times when it looks like a white out, but it's not snowing. The wind is picking up the snow on the ground and blowing it all the way to Canada, I do believe.
This morning we saw a strange weather phenomenon. We had what looked like large clouds of low hanging, rapidly moving fog. It wasn't the blowing snow but rather masses of what must have been tiny ice crystals. The "fog" didn't seem to settle anywhere, just kept blowing across the land.
I know some of you in "the south" who don't normally see snow and cold weather but are currently are not happy. Those of you in the northeast are getting a little ding-batty what with all the tons of snow you've had to handle this winter. We up here in the northern mid-part of the country are used to the temperatures in the deep freeze but this winter's continuing winds are starting to get through to us. I don't mind it as much during the daylight hours when I can walk from window to window inside and observe what's going on out there, but at night listening to the wind howl is not a comforting feeling for me.
If we ever got a serious snowfall with the winds, we could be experiencing one humdinger of a blizzard like we read of in tales of long ago. ("Wait a minute, Pa. Let me tie a rope around your waist before you go out to do the evenin' milkin'!")
Yesterday we woke to a temp of -19.9 degrees. This morning it was -20.4. But tomorrow it's supposed to be above zero to start the day. Gee, if the wind dies down and the sun comes out, maybe it will be warm enough to sit on the deck and get some sun.
No? Okay. I'll just keep taking my Vitamin D3 for another month. Or two. Or three.
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