This has been a mild winter, overall.
Honest. It really has.
Then there are days like today.
I was once again up way too late, and took this screen shot just before 1:30am.
We had reached -27F with a wind chill of -42C.
For my visitors in the US, that’s -16.6F and -43.6F
I think this is the first time I’ve seen the “dust & dander” part not say “extreme”. LOL
Of course, before heading outside to do my rounds, I checked the temperatures again.
This was screen capped just after 8am.
“Extreme Cold Warning” Yeah. No s***, Sherlock! LOL
At -30C and a wind chill of -46C (-22F/-50.8F), I waited a couple of hours before heading out.
The windchill had dropped to -45C by then. That was it.
This was a day to layer up – and skip most of my rounds, including switching out the memory cards on the trail cams. I fed the critters and that was basically it.
When I opened the door, I found a very friendly face waiting for me!
My brother’s dog just loves these temperatures!
He was also really, really hoping the kitties would come out to play!
They did not. 😀
This old doghouse was built for dogs as big as him – and even bigger – so he could go inside, if he really wanted to. Thankfully, he’s done no more than sniff at the entry and pine over the cats through the windows, tail wagging furiously! If he tried to go in, I think the cats would explode! 😀
As I write this, we’ve “warmed up” to -29C/-44C (-20.2F/-47.2F). Our high of the day is forecast to be only a few degrees warmer.
We’re supposed to stay cold like this for about a week. Two days from now is supposed to be the coldest day before it starts warming up again, but the warm up is going to be very slow.
Polar vortexes suck.
Thankfully, we are stocked up well enough, even though we haven’t done our monthly shop. The only thing we’re going to run out of is wet cat food for the inside cats, and they can make do with dry kibble for a few days!
I have to add, I’m not really complaining. We’re warm inside, the hot water tank is still working, as are the well and septic pumps. Our internet may be ridiculously unstable, but we’ve got electricity. When I was a child growing up here, we didn’t have running water or an indoor bathroom until the mid 1970’s, which is when the new part of the house was added on, so there was 7 of us squeezed into the original part of the house. We had electricity, but power outages were common until about the 80’s. Even in winter, we used the outhouse by the garage (though my parents did set up a bucket in the basement to use at night) and a bathtub in the pump shack, where there was a wood burning cook stove to heat the water (and the uninsulated shack!).
We’ve got it pretty good, here! 🙂