Not to be confused with Polar Vortices from preceding years. This one means business. More significant because it’s here, right now. The other ones are past history.
Polar Vortex 2019, pushing all Super Bowl LIII hype aside. Chill factors of 50 below zero expected in Minnesota. Serious cold, that requires precautions be taken.
Swimming pools are currently filled to capacity in Australia. It is mid-summer in the Southern Hemisphere. They are having a heat wave with daytime temperatures of one-hundred degrees.
Which do I prefer? Something between these two extremes. I don’t do well in either extreme. I worked outside in the Upper Midwest for almost 30 years. Not accustomed to these conditions anymore.
No, it couldn’t be, here in the deep South. Cabin fever happened when one was confined to inside quarters for days, weeks on end.
So far this winter has been colder for longer than I can remember. Major highways iced up, severe wind chill, and at least one more night of this.
Why is it even an issue? Northerners are used to it, shrug it off every day. Here, the houses aren’t designed for extended periods of sub-freezing weather. If temps go under twenty degrees, pipes could freeze.
Snow removal equipment is non-existent. Businesses and schools are closed. After tomorrow, things will change for the better.
Stoic, standing tall
No one told the daffodils
That spring wasn’t here
Covered with snow
Looked colder, to me now
Colder, than it seemed, then
Corn, stood in frozen rows
Bare tree fingers reached skyward
Between, snow-capped roofs
From the end of our dead-end street