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Above-freezing sounds like heat wave

January 8, 2010 - Lee Smith
I see that the Deep South is getting a nasty coat of ice. In Florida, I hear the lizards are going into hybernation and falling out of the trees. My poor Uncle Tom. He lives in Georgia and does not like the cold, which for him is anything around 50 degrees. I see that Atlanta is one of the places suffering. I hope he hasn't fallen off the couch.

Anyway, Minnesotans are certainly not enjoying the weather, which has brought 40-below windchills in recent days. Makes us all wonder why we live here, yet ... we keep on doing it, year in and year out. Which is really amazing, because we seem to be really finicky about the weather, which we love to discuss. We all dream of those perfect, 80-degree days with a hint of a breeze. And in Minnesota we get about six of these per year. The rest of the time it seems its too hot, too cold, too rainy, too windy, too overcast.

There is one good thing about the bitter cold, though. It puts weather in perspective. Hearing it is going to be 30 degrees next Wednesday, my co-workers were unbelieving, then rejoicing. Yes, because of 30 degrees. And I couldn't blame them. It sounds GOOD! Isn't that funny? It's not quite time to break out the shorts, but it may be a break from the thermal underwear. That's something, anyway.

 
 

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