Facts is facts: Yesterday's national high was 86 degrees in Edinburg, Tx, on the border with Mexico. Yesterday's national low was minus 29, Orr, MN, on the border with Canada. That's a hundred degree spread. Or more.
When is the last time your raked your roof? They do that in Minnesota. Have to. Snow is heavy – and leaks. Ice dams form in gutters. Backs up into homes.
It’s cold. Damned cold. More is on the way. We’ve already been sub-zero several times.
Define cold. I’m just curious. How do you define cold?
There is so much snow on the ground, cities are running out of places to put it after they plow the streets and clear parking lots. One suggestion: the lakes are low, dump it there. That's just weird.
I’ve seen two snow tornadoes. No fooling. One was swirled up between the houses across the street. And by damn, as the Mystery Woman was chuckling at my terror, another tornado jumped up on the school playground. Even larger than the first.
Up here, cold weather comes in different colors: white, blue and dark.
White cold is flurried with snow so dry you would die of thirst if you tried to drink it. That kind of snow coats the streets but is dangerous mostly during white-outs. Disorienting if you are trying to walk any distance.
Blue is caused when heavy, wet snow blocks out the sun and makes jet airplanes idle on the tarmac. The blue norther is vivid, penetrating cold. Wind chills are. Bad.
Dark killer cold creeps in while we sleep. The ground freezes. People up here know a lot about you by the boots you wear. Sensible shoes has a different meaning in Minnesota. Even men wear Uggs. He-men and grounded women wear Sorel boots. L.L. Bean is a deity who goes both ways. He is worshipped for both boots and flannel.
Cold has consequences. When is the last time you had outdoor sex?