1/17/2005
 
Weather Blogging?

Snow in TROPICAL Texas? Hah!

From AOL News:

"Temperatures plummeted across the eastern half of the nation Monday, approaching an all-time record in northern Minnesota and freezing the Gulf Coast as a river of Arctic air pushed southward.

Thermometers registered a low of 54 degrees below zero at Embarrass, Minn. "You keep living, but it gets old after a while," said Christine Mackai, the town clerk for the ommunity of about 1,400 people in northeast Minnesota.

Minnesota's record is 60 below, set on Feb. 2, 1996, in Tower, about 10 miles north of Embarrass."


Now, I like a little cold as well as the next guy, but to be totally honest, one of the reasons I moved to South Texas is to be away from freezing cold weather. Anything below 70 degrees is chilly as far as I'm concerned. -54 degrees? No Way Charlie. On the other hand, as you can tell from the photo above we had snow on Christmas. So, the Red Sox won the world series and it snowed in .....! Global Warming?

UPDATE (7:15 PM CST): My friend Todd Pearson (who has a new and quite interesting blog here) left a comment stating that he lives in Minnesota and

"It was 15 below when we left home. No one complained about the cold, and it didn't stop us from spending large chunks of time outside. It really is not that bad. 54 below, however, is a different story."

When I was a kid, we lived in Bad Nauheim, Federal Republic of Germany, about a block and a hop from the smallish USA river (pronounced oosa). In the winter of 55/56 on a bitter cold day, my two younger brothers and I went sledding on the other side of the river. My youngest brother Doug, wasn't able to stop and ended up in the river breaking through the ice in a thin spot. Without thinking, my other brother and I jumped in to "save" Doug. Doug must have been in Kindergarten or 1st grade at the time. At any rate, we all ended up in icy water up to our armpits (yes, it was a smallish river) and we all got out OK and ran home. By the time we got home (remember, only a block away) our "snow-suits" were fully encrusted in ice and walking was quite difficult. To this day, as I said in the original post, anything below 70 is too damn cold! Todd, Love ya buddy, but you can keep your cold and yes, it is that bad ;-)


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