Thursday, January 3, 2013
Some winter days are just darned cold. This picture was taken a few days ago, and my right hand got very chilly in the 30 seconds or so that it took for me to snap a few shots. I moved pretty quickly to get back into the house. The heavy frost was picture-worthy, and it reminded me of many frigid days in past years.
The worst I remember was the winter my house was built, and the high temps for one whole month reached -20. Yes, 20 below zero was the HIGH! The cold air was trapped in this valley and no wind came to move it on through. Every day looked a lot like this picture. Bitter cold. I felt sorry for the carpenters. They had a huge propane heater blasting warm air, and they avoided going outside as best they could. The lows during that period regularly got down around -40. Everyone was having trouble getting their vehicles started to go to work in the mornings, and many at my work had block heaters on their cars that they plugged in to assure they could get home in the evening. That winter I was in Jackson Hole for New Year's Eve, and it was -52! It was the first time I experienced a discomfort in breathing the cold air, and one had to have face and hands well covered!
A "winter wonderland" is beautiful to look at, but I'm all for having those sub-zero conditions come and go quickly.