Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Way Too Cold

Downingtwon train station - I used to stand near the yellow line on the left waiting for my daily commute train to Philadelphia - this photo was taken on a warmer day. On cold winter days, that was a brutal place to stand and wait for the train - I'll never forget those painful days

A fierce cold has descended upon much of our country, especially in the Midwest. 

The temperature now is 15 degrees. I saw on the TV news tonight some areas in the Midwest are experience 45 degrees below zero, and that's not wind chill.  

Bill came in my headquarters (my home office, which I transformed our smallest bedroom into) and asked if he should turn the water off.  He's afraid that our pipes would freeze in these cold temperatures.  I told him no, don't worry about it.  If there was a danger I'm sure I wouldn't have received warnings from our electric power service and NextDoor app.  We're doing just fine here at our cozy, warm home.  I am so glad I went with gas (propane) heat when I had our house built. In Pennsylvania we had electric power.  Very, very expensive and that heat pump just ran and ran when it got this cold.  Of course propane gas isn't cheap either but it's more economical than electric heat.  Plus, I find gas heat more comfortable than electric heat.

On cold sunny days like this my bedroom, with four windows facing both south and west, enjoy sumptuous solar heat. That was an accident. I didn't plan positioning our house that way, a lucky coincidence. My daily afternoon naps in my solar warmed bedroom are so comforting, especially when the wind is whipping around just outside my bedroom windows. 

On cold days like this I remember those days when I used to stand on a train platform in Downingtown for my daily commute to my job in Philadelphia. I used to stand in the old fashion train station until someone burned it down. Then the railroad replaced the burned out train station with one of those glass enclosures that sort of stop some of the wind but still so very cold. I'm glad those days are behind me.  

If you're in a cold part of the country, stay inside folks and keep warm.  Don't tempt fate.  Spring is coming!


Joel Reisteter said...

I call this very weather by its meteorological name, polar vortex.

Travel said...

We are headed to Cleveland for the weekend for a family gathering, WHAT WAS I THINKING?

Larry Meredith said...


I am bypassing my walk this morning. Right now it is 5 degrees with a wind chill of minus 8. It is tempting looking out the window because it is a wonderful clear sky and today is supposed to be sunny, but that sun isn't going to warm anything up. The high is supposed to get to 18. Tomorrow is only supposed to reach 22. I'm to take my car to the garage for an oil change at 8:00 tomorrow, so probably no walk then either. I use to drop the car off and walk home, then walk back to pick it up before I got this ALS. Now I will wait for it. I moved t this morning to let Laurel out and it started right up. I got to go pick up some prescriptions later. It is supposed to be up to near 60 degrees the beginning of next week. Sort of a teaser. I am anxious for Spring!


Ron said...

"Warming" up now all the way to 21 degrees. January and February are always the toughest time of the year.

Ron said...

Yes, what WERE you thinking? I leave for California next Sunday. Of course snow is forecast for both Saturday and Sunday. ESCAPE!

Ron said...

These extreme weather conditions are more difficult for me to deal with every year as I get older. No wonder old folks move to warmer climes. I'm ready for California! Of course snow is forecast for next Saturday and Sunday right before I leave to California.

Ur-spo said...

2/3/19 - I hope by now it has warmed up some.

Ur-spo said...

I hope by now it has warmed up some.

Ron said...

Dr. Spo,
The Temperature was 63 degrees today! I'll take it!