If you are reading this and live in most parts of The USA, then you are probably experiencing the extreme cold today! Here in Maplewood, New Jersey the temperatures dropped to 3 degrees and the wind chill factor made it feel like -15! For many parts of the US right now, that is on the warmer side!! I almost feel guilty complaining when I hear how cold it is in other areas of the country. We are just not used to it. I cannot remember it ever being this cold. The last time I remember temperatures this cold, we were visiting Montreal. It was February 1993 and we were going to The NHL All-Star Game. The cold was so extreme, that it made our eyes and noses run and it FROZE to our face!! That is how cold it felt here today!
I don’t like Winter weather on a typical day so this is very unpleasant for me. I have to count my blessings though. My house is warm, my power is on, the pipes aren’t frozen. I have heard so many people that aren’t so lucky!
Fortunately for me, when I do have to go out, I don’t have to be outside for long. I can jump into my car in the driveway and be at school in under three minutes. My heat doesn’t even have time to warm up in the car. I ran right into my building and was out in the cold for less than a minute going and coming from work. I don’t know how people who work outside these days can manage. I cringe as I watch firefighters, police officers and public service people working in it. I am so concerned for homeless people. I know that there are shelters offering housing and I pray that they are taking advantage of it. That worries me so much.
I am hearing that these drastic temperatures will not last for long, but it is only January and there are still many more days of winter ahead! Stay warm and safe!