I was hoping for a mild winter.
This is what greeted me from the Weather Service when I checked the NOAA website this morning:
“Another arctic blast is expected to move across the area late on Sunday … with the coldest temperatures expected Monday into Tuesday. At this time … it appears this arctic blast may be one of the most severe since the arctic outbreak of February 1996. The combination of the frigid air and persistent 10 to 20 mph winds will cause dangerously low wind chill readings in the 30 below to 50 below zero range at times Sunday night into Tuesday. Wind chill readings this low can cause frostbite within 15 minutes. Wind chill warnings will be likely needed Sunday night into Tuesday.”
The high — the high — on Monday will be -14F … fourteen degrees below zero … with a low of -21F.
The black bears that disappear into caves every autumn to snooze until spring have it right.
Winter is for hibernation.
(Bear Photo by Greg Hume)