We woke up this morning to a temperature of 16 F (-9 C) here in the Columbia River Gorge. For us that is bitterly cold. And the East winds that ran around the 20-30 mph range created a single digit wind chill. It was not pleasant. Now, I know that these temperatures are nothing compared to other parts of the US. In Duluth, MN, the temperature was -6 F, and in Bismarck, ND, it was -11 F. Add wind chills to that and they were looking at -20 to -30. I tip my hat off to the residents of the Upper Mid West. Everyone there is from a very hardy stock. In comparison, Nome, AK is running around 32 F. That’s practically balmy. I did see while looking around at weather sites that Barrow, AK, had a record high minimum temperature on Friday. Their low temperature was 17 F, which broke the old record of 14 F. Who would have thought Southwest Washington would be as cold as Barrow, AK. Or another way to look at it; Barrow was as warm as SW Washington. I did not look around at Canadian or Northern European or Russian temperatures. But if the second severe storm that hit the UK and Europe in as many months is indicative, weather is pretty brutal in those places as well.
Yesterday, I did bundle up and wander around the place for about 20 minutes. The wind cut right through all the layers of clothing, and the fine, powdery snow that had fallen stung my face. But our little creek was bubbling right along. There were some icicles on plants that bobbed in the water, but there was no ice along the edges. No where near cold enough to slow down the rushing water. Thank goodness!
We have been keeping toasty warm here in our cabin. Fact is we warmed it up a little too much and had a rather uncomfortable night’s rest. While I don’t like to be cold during my waking hours, when it’s time for sleep I prefer a cool room with warm comfy blankets.
If you’d like, share the weather in your corner of the world. And if you are lucky enough to be in the Southern Hemisphere right now, makes us all jealous by letting us know how gorgeous it is.