Another Dose

January 30, 2019

BW photograph of wet snow clinging to trees while it is still snowing.

Copyright 2019 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Awhile ago, I wrote a post about the concept of relativity.  Right now, we are experiencing another strong dose of that.

The weather in this area calls for a temperature of 0 degrees tonight-add in the wind chill and it becomes -17 degrees.  That is cold, frigid, arctic-like, whatever descriptor would appear to be appropriate.  Not at all comfortable to be outside-downright dangerous, in fact.

However, it is not quite the same as this.  These weather patterns are from the same system, but the Upper Midwest has been brutalized by the recent polar vortex.  This is another example of the importance of relativity.  It also points out that no matter how anything is, there is always something bigger, faster, stronger, and yes, colder.  This summer I am sure we will switch to discussing what is hotter.  (As an aside, check out the weather is Australia.)

According to that linked report, the Governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz, considered closing all of the schools in the state.  He did not, however, do this because “…one of the things that I’m concerned about is, is when you close a school sometimes, that is the place of warmth and food that is not available elsewhere.”

That summarizes the state of the human condition for far too many.

Take care.

UPDATE:  The Appalachian Mountain Club has these recommendations for dressing for extremely cold weather-this report on NPR brought that link to my attention.  It is quite clear why such temperatures and wind chill present issues for those without the resources to be safe.





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