I’ve always lived in the western suburbs of Chicago and we Midwesterners are a pretty tough bunch. This subzero stuff happens to us pretty often and we’re generally equipped to deal. But today is a new level of crazy cold.
When I woke up this morning it was -27 actual temperature! Last night I left faucets trickling and cabinet and vanity doors open to allow warm room air to get to the pipes.
I felt like I was taking my life into my hands just going to the end of the driveway to retrieve the papers this morning. Apparently frostbite can occur in two to five minutes when wind chills are -55. Doctors on the morning news shows were telling us not to take deep breaths outside as it can cause lung damage!
As you can tell because I’m blogging I made it back inside safely. And I won’t even have to go out again for the mail because they’ve suspended our postal service today.
Come on Spring!
We’re expecting a high of about 4 degrees today. Actual temperature, not wind chill. Crap. Chicago Bears/Green Bay Packer tickets for Soldier Field were selling for $40 – $45 yesterday. Not just because of the weather, I’m sure 🙂
The temperature is only going to reach single digits this weekend in the Midwest, so it seems especially important to remind people not to leave carbonated beverages in the car overnight!