Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Below Zero

Greetings from beautiful Wisconsin! Right now we have plenty of snow on the ground, a bunch of dirty snow on the roads, and mountains of snow surrounding all parking lots and driveways! (Last night when I was shoveling the driveway I was having a little trouble finding anywhere to put the snow I scooped up. We surrounded our driveway pretty good when we were shoveling from the last few snowfalls.)

More good news is that we seem to be headed for a heat wave. Today our high temperature is expected to be 10 degrees Fahrenheit. To many of you, this may not seem warm at all. However, when you've been experiencing temperatures well below zero for the past several days, 10 degrees Fahrenheit feels downright balmy. Honest to goodness! It's 20-30 degrees warmer, and you can definitely tell. The first year we lived in Wisconsin, we had a week of subzero temperatures. Then one day I opened the back door and I felt a distinct warmth in the air. It was 22 degrees! Hooray! Yes, I really did feel warmth in the air. Call me crazy, but I really did.

My friends in Oklahoma give me strange looks when I try to explain this phenomenon to them. They think anything below about 50 is chilly. Since moving to Wisconsin, I have learned that anything above 20 is warm. Anything above 40 is really warm. Anything above 70 is hot.

But we could contrast this to the time we went camping in Oklahoma in July and temperatures were well over 110 during the day. We always felt great relief when it cooled off in the evenings...to the low 90's. I had never before thought 90 degrees would feel cool.

And frankly, it didn't. But it was a heckuva lot better than 117.


HOWARD'S said...

The wind chill here is 7 today so I'm not sure I see you're point about 10 being warm but I'll take you're word on that. You can't see me but I'm giving you a strange look. But I have to agree with you about camping. It was a lot cooler at night as crazy as that sounds.

Autumn Ables said...

EW! I HATE being cold. I guess I should't brag that living in Phoenix...well...being cold doesn't happen too much.

Keep warm, girl!

Katie Parker said...

Thanks, ladies! Today we're supposed to reach a high of 19...it's about time to shed the jackets!

Anne Bradshaw said...

Sounds pretty cold to me. Mind you, it's also mighty cold over here at the moment--especially as our heating broke down today and the guy still hasn't been to fix it. He should be here any moment now--I hope, and hope, and hope.

Rebecca Talley said...

I hear you over here in Colorado. We had a couple of weeks of subzero temps and it wasn't fun. And we've had more snow this winter than I can ever remember. We still have some dirty snow and now we also have mud, mud, mud because it's a balmy 40 degrees here.

Candace E. Salima said...

I hear where you're coming from. When my sister and I were at Ricks College in Rexburgh, ID it was 80 below, with wind chill for a few days and then 20 to 30 above the next day. We were laying out in our swimming suits, I kid you not. Sorry you're in such cold temperatures. Ouch.

Anna Maria Junus said...

Hi Katie,

Found you on the LDS webring and thought I would drop in and say hi.

Candace E. Salima said...

I remember that thought process from days at Ricks College in Rexburg, ID. We'd have a straight week of 80 below, with the wind chill. Then suddenly it was 20 above and my sister and I were laying out trying to get a tan. Hey, that was 100 degree difference . . . we weren't cold, I promise.

By the way, Katie. I lost some of my stops on my virtual book tour this month. I'm promoting "Forged in the Refiner's Fire". Would you be able to be one of my stops? If so, drop me an email. Thanks.

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Shirley Bahlmann said...

Um... I hope the snow's melted by now!

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