Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Are we close to Spring yet?

Let me say up front, that I am fully a Southerner when it comes to weather. I like it warm. Sweltering, even. Summer is best and Spring and Fall not far behind. Winter and I, however, are often not even on speaking terms. And I know, the north and midwest have gotten pounded much harder than we have by this polar vortex distortion business, but that hasn't stopped me from retreating to facebook and sniping about the weather here:

The weather report said "brutally cold" this afternoon, then "dangerously cold" tonight. Nice. Next up, "horrifyingly cold" and "holy mother of god batshit crazy cold."

and later:

The on-line report says, "Dangerously cold morning with brutally cold weather all day long! At least there will be sunshine!" What is wrong with them? Those are not happy statements. Give me cloudy and warm enough not to freeze the air in my lungs. It's -2 degrees but "feels like -8." And by "-8" they mean "hell." 

And today:

I was almost giddy when the temperature briefly rose to 32 today. That's right, we were UP to freezing. There's a reason why the worst circle of hell, where Satan lives, is frozen. Dante knew what he was talking about. 
It's not just that it's miserably cold and I can't bear to be outside unless I have no choice (because hey, I have my 7-minute workout, which I am doing religiously twice a day), but that it brings with it a wave of cancellations. If someone truly can't make it in, that's fine. But don't cancel your 8 am appointment at 7:45, just as I'm arriving at the office. And worse, don't just freaking not show up and not bother to cancel. You see why I had too much time to be spending on facebook?
One silver lining - a seasonal IPA just perfect for the weather. Now - if you need me, I'll be stomping around and thinking up new snarky weather commentary. Many more empty appointment hours, and I'm going to apply for a job as an irritable meteorologist.

34 comments:

  1. It's been brutal. I took Middle a Child to see 'Frozen' today and I kept my coat and gloves on in the theatre. I just can't get warm.

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    1. I don't think I can watch a movie called Frozen until it warms up!

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  2. Irritable meteorologist - good career move, less stress. Other than the stress of an occasional death threatening severe storm, a meteorologist has it very easy just throwing out their best guesses.
    Oh what did Dante know?

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    1. Dante knew that freezing is the most hellish state of all.

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  3. Hope it warms up for you and you get to work! Love the label on that ale.

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    1. Should be better tomorrow, but more on the way, I hear.

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  4. Even me, who LOVES winter, I have to say....it's bitter cold here right now. In fact, I went out today for about 3 hours and my jaw froze, I kid you not. Also, I had my thermal gloves on but could still feel the cold on my fingertips!

    I believe the high of yesterday was 3 degrees.

    And hey, that first picture you took of the snow outside is stunning! I clicked on it to view BIG and went WOW!

    Truly girl, it's STUNNING!

    X

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    1. I hate when my face hurts form the cold. I've been wearing long underwear under my work clothes!

      And thanks! That was just through my window into the back yard.

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  5. ha some nice IPA over the holidays...ugh on the cancellations that sticks...its been bitter cold here as well...like -24 yesterday with the wind...today was not so bad...balmy in the 30s...haha..

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  6. I was going to pshaw you but realized maybe you're getting as cold as we are. Add to that the rolling power outages and the lack of water and it's been, ahem, challenging, to say the least.

    Long underwear. Someone I know has cashmere. Decadent. And toasty. Mine are humbug cotton.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. Mine are some sort of microfiber. Thin but cozy.

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  7. i can understand the drive some animals have to hibernate. i'd like to stay in bed until the spring thaw too.

    maybe this will at least make you laugh.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuN1PeSxo2I

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    1. Wouldn't that be great? And that weather announcer and I are kin.

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  8. Brutally cold, yes I agree. It actually got to 16 BELOW freezing in Indiana; 40 something below with the wind chill factor - can you believe that? I've never experienced anything like it. Oh, plus the 14 inches of snow :) Thankfully, I love snow!

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    1. I do not. I Iive in the South for a reason.

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  9. Well, Dante Alighieri was really unpredictable, if I remember correctly....he was nasty to some people and sympathetic to others, at least in the circles of hell.

    Seattle has odd weather descriptions also, "Chance of sunbreaks" is a frequent one....sunbreaks...

    I'd be more sympathetic if our spring came in March or April, instead of May or June. If our last snow wasn't usually in June, and the first in September.

    The picture, it's a Dore, yes?

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    1. Yes, he did love to populate hell with his enemies! But I totally agree that freezing is a special kind of hell. And yes, Dore.

      See, but here's the thing. You are choosing to live somewhere known for horrible weather. I am not.

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  10. Great news!!! Algore has totally defeated Global Warming. It's going to get colder and colder for the rest of your life. Enjoy freezing your assets off!

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    1. I'm not really sure what you mean by that.

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  11. Brutal temps parts of the country are getting! Just miserable I am sure for you and so many others. I just don't think our bodies can handle that extreme cold. I'm with you about liking it warm over cold. I really can't complain and have been incredibly blessed with our temps this past week, but then we play for it in more ways than one.

    Try to stay as warm as you can!

    betty

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    1. Fortunately, it's warming back up a bit. For now.

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  12. The weather in the States sounds absolutely dreadful. Hope you're managing to keep warm, with the help of your long underwear!

    What annoys me is how the weather people talk about the "possibility" of snow and ice or the "possibility" of gale-force winds, so everyone battens down the hatches, works from home etc, and then nothing much happens after all.

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    1. Well, they don't have much choice. If the conditions are favorable for really bad weather, would it be better not to give everyone a heads up that its possible? It's a very inexact science.

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  13. Oh gosh, that drives me nuts as well when people cancel because it is inconvenient for them minutes before a meeting.

    And, I with you on the hot preference. When people in this frigid part of the country are whining in July about it hitting 95 degrees once or twice, I just shake my head and enjoy the sun. While trying to block out memories of cold toes and snow shovels of course.

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    1. I'm happy at 95, as long as there is shade or a breeze.

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  14. I could totally go for that IPA right now, even though IPA's are my least favorite beer.

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    1. They are on the bitter side - but good for your bones!

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  15. I do sympathise although 75 F is the highest I can happily cope with. But then again, I hate it below 60 F. So not many places I am happy with then;)
    Roll on Spring.

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  16. I hate winter too but not as much now I'm retired as I did when I had to get up and go out to work. :)

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    1. I don't like it on days I have off, either.

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  17. I feel for you. It's not like you would normally have to deal with this. Particularly as I got lucky this year because I am on the Western side of the Continental Divide. So instead of... what was that phrase... "holy mother of god batshit crazy cold." we are just brutally cold.

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  18. Since I don't have to go to work, it does not matter what the weather is like. I however live in a city which has a hot semi-arid climate (BSh) bordering with tropical wet and dry (Aw) with average temperatures ranging between 20 to 28 °C (68 to 82 °F).

    Pune experiences three seasons: summer, monsoon and a winter. It is at a height of 560 mts above MSL which makes it a very nice place to live in.

    I have just returned from a family reunion in Chennai in the South of India and am very glad that I live in Pune.

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