The Twin Cities media (and to a certain extent, the local media too) have been freaking out about the impending cold weather. As per usual, the wind chill factor is blown way out of proportion. For one thing, it hasn't been a windy winter. And for another thing, why are we so very keen to make it sound 10 - 20 degrees colder than it actually is?
On Tuesday night, Andy pulled himself up from a sleepy daze on the couch and yelled at the radio "If I hear 'wind chill factor' one more time. . . ."
Since we've already hit -30F three nights so far this winter, no one around here is terribly, dear I say, interested in the chilly forecast. Winter is winter is winter. Once you get into the minus 0 temps, it's just plain cold. Make sure the firewood's stacked high and make sure you're bundled tight before you head out the door and you'll be all right. It's just business as usual during a Minnesota winter.
Over at Mama Kat's, people are posting what winter looks like in their neck of the woods. I know you've all seen plenty of snowy pictures, but here's the northern Minnesota winter in review so far.
|Out in the first 6 inches of snowfall this season|
It all started on November 13th. For some reason, I thought the first snow had come on November 15th and was shocked(!) to find it actually started coming down on the evening of November 13.That means we're already in our 10th week of a winter wonderland.
Even after the first foot of snow settled in for the long haul, we still had to wait another 2-3 weeks for the bay outside the cabin to completely ice over.
Now it's hard to believe there was ever open water outside our window. Let me tell you, it's a lot faster trip out to island now than in July.
It offers a chance to participate in all sorts of once a year activities like snowshoeing,
I've never been winter's biggest cheerleader, but there's no denying there have been some spectacular moments.