In the Northwest corner of the contiguous US it's a blustery 17 degrees as I type this. For us who are living in a marine climate that's mighty cold. Plants die, pipes freeze and the ground is hard as a rock. I do remember one year about
this time when the deck steps were icy and snowy. I was stepping down them every so very carefully and the next thing I knew I was on my caboose and thought my tailbone was destroyed.
Nothing like giving your 'brains' a good slap once in a while...lol But the wondrous thing about
the icy, dry cold weather, besides your underwear sticking to the inside of your shirt sleeve when it comes from the dryer (and you hope you spot it before someone else does), is how quiet the cold is. You can hear sounds miles and miles away that you never hear before. It's a "clean" sound outside.
We all live in micro-climates so even if the reports tell the nights and lows 'we' know what it will be where we live. We're not likely to get above freezing at our place for another 4-5 days. I just throw a few extra logs on the fire. That's my profession these days.
Let's all give a 'local' weather report and how does it differ from what we all hear on the local news.
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