The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

December 6, 2009

…But it’s a DRY cold.

Filed under: weather — Brian Lutz @ 5:40 pm

After having spent the last 31-and-a-half years hanging out in this planet’s Northern Hemisphere, I suppose that by now I should have figured out somewhere along the way that it tends to get cold around here in December.  This November arrive with its usual complement of rain and wind (including sustained high winds for the better part of a week up North of here)  but never really got all that cold, with daytime temperatures hanging out in the low to mid Fifties, and overnight lows never really threatening the freezing point.  Then December first came around, and with it came one of those big Arctic fronts that show up around here in the Winter and generally make a mess of things.  This one, on the other hand, somehow managed to not really bring a lot of moisture along with it, so for the past week or so it’s been rather dry (and even occasionally sunny) here, but it’s also been reallyfreakin’ cold at the same time.

Exactly how cold this is depends, of course, on what one’s definition of “really freakin’ cold” happens to be.  Some people who live in warmer climates might be heading for their jackets  the minute the thermometer hits 59 degrees  (I was going to take a cheap shot at California here, but then I remembered that the four hours of waiting in line at CBS Television City to go watch a taping of The Price is Right a few Januarys ago wasn’t exactly one of the warmer  experiences I ever had.)  By the same token, you probably wouldn’t need to go too far North of here to find someone that would be out working on their tan in sunny 34-degree weather.  In fact, if it weren’t for all this Arctic air we’ve got hanging around it actually would be rather nice weather for this time of year.  And if there was any moisture behind all this cold air we’d probably have six inches of snow on the ground by now and be well on our way to a repeat of the mess that was last December.  The weather reports say that we should be clear for the next few days which should hopefully be enough time for the cold air to move out before any significant moisture arrives in the area.  Basically, for the time being, all we have to worry about is cold, and plenty of it. 

Unfortunately, it does look like we’ve got a few more days of the stuff to deal with at this point.  The weather forecast is calling for a high of 31 degrees tomorrow, and are predicted to remain below 40 degrees through this Thursday.  Then on Friday it’s supposed to get a bit warmer (emphasis on “a bit”) but there is the possibility of some snow (which would be relatively short-lived) around that time.  In other words, you might want to keep a few extra blankets handy.  And don’t forget the ice scraper…

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1 Comment »

  1. If it makes you feel any better, we are looking forward to a high of 13 tomorrow and a low of 7. I’m not TRYING to one up you… just saying :)

    Comment by Heather Lively — December 6, 2009 @ 11:57 pm


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