It was another boring afternoon of sunshine, flat seas as far as the eye could see from South Roosevelt Boulevard.
I looked real hard but I couldn't spot a snowflake anywhere.
The weather people have issued a formal warning that owing to the phenomenon known as La Niña much of temperate North America and Europe is facing a harsher than usual winter.
It must suck to be them. Last winter we had our own cold snap when temperatures plummeted to the low 50s and stayed there for three weeks. We saw the second coldest temperature ever recorded at 42 degrees and everyone I knew came down with 'flu like symptoms walking around in grubby winter clothes they could not remove to launder for fear of getting frost bite. I am among the lucky few with Heat available in my home.
It was pretty harsh and not an experience I want to repeat this winter. However winter time kicks in November 6th in the US this year and that adds to the winter nasties as the sun vanishes an hour early. Around here that means a modest twelve hour day as sunset will move to around 6:30 post meridian.
It could be worse, we could be in Fairbanks or somewhere on the shores of a frozen Great Lake. Perhaps this was hell, where this super fit cyclist was sucking down water like he was stuck in an oven.
I would not do at all well in a butch place like Montana. Frozen Crocs are my exact vision of eternity in Hell.
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