February Chill

Saying it’s cold in February is like saying ‘water is wet‘.   It’s just something that you accept as being factual.  Of course, unless you’re living under a rock currently, you’re aware there’s a major cold snap happening in the southern United States, and people there are learning what it’s like to live in New England, or the Midwest in wintertime.  The language of frozen pipes and using a hairdryer to keep your water pump going is quickly being learned in places where such contraptions were unheard of before.   Just because we’ve increasingly become involved in a more modern world, with advanced devices doesn’t mean Mother Nature can’t throw a spanner into the works.

Up here in the Northeast, we expect every February there’s going to be a day or few days where the temperature is going to get below zero.  It’s expected.  In some ways, if it doesn’t happen, it goes down in the calendar as an unusual year.  I remember when I was working at my previous employer, back in ’95 or ’97 the temperature got down to about -17°F/-22°C.  I think that was about the only time in my recollection I was unable to get my vehicle started due to the cold.  I had to get a jump from the local garage.  Fortunately, I had AAA at the time (still do, even though we only use it every once in a Blue Moon it’s still something good to have) and they got the truck started (at the time I was driving a 1987 Ford Bronco II) and I was on my way home in due time.

Going by what the NWS (National Weather Service) is saying, today’s 3°F/-16°C is probably going to be the low temperature for this area for the winter of 2020-21.  Starting this weekend we’re due for a warming trend, and it will last until the end of the month.  Starting in March, temperatures are going to typically be in the 30s and 40s, and winter will be over completely later that month.  Even Easter is going to be early this year, in the beginning of April.

According to the thermometer, it’s already nearly 20°F/-6.6°C outside, so the cold snap is over.  Supposedly we’re getting another winter type storm tomorrow, but it’s not going to be as much as we ended up not getting yesterday.  At any rate I was able to take my snowblower out for another spin, and I got enough gas to last me for the remainder of the winter, and I can use it for the lawn mower in another couple of months.

I think tonight will only be a 2 blanket night with a comforter.  I might even sleep without my socks.  We’ll see.

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