Coping With the Cold

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 8th Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2066cp74/
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Most of the United States is shivering through a cold snap this week. Find out how we are coping with the cold and trying to stay warm.

Cold Days and Colder Nights


Schools closed to prevent children from getting frostbitten while standing outside in sub-zero temperatures and waiting for buses to pick them up.
Thermometers in my part of Upstate New York never rose above zero degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday.
Plumbers were busy fixing frozen pipes.
2014 is off to a chilly start. Most Americans are struggling to stay warm as temperatures plunge across the nation. Even people in sunny Florida weren't immune to the cold. Thermometers in Florida dipped into the 40s, forcing residents to trade in shorts and t-shirts for jeans and jackets.
Those of us who live in Upstate New York are no strangers to cold weather. We're used to it. However, it's rare that temperatures stay below zero for several days at a time. The wind chill makes it even worse. We've seen wind chills of 30 to 35 below this week. That's cold - even for us Yankees.

Life Goes On Despite the Cold

Children in my area of Binghamton, New York enjoyed a "cold day" on Tuesday. School officials worried about children standing outside waiting for buses or walking to school in below zero temperatures. So they cancelled all classes.
No businesses closed due to the cold. Those who work outside such as postmen bundled up in several layers of clothes as they trudged through the snow delivering the mail.
Charitable organizations such as the Salvation Army were busier than usual. Our local branch of the Salvation Army has been staying open 24 hours a day so homeless people have a warm place to sleep. Other local homeless shelters reported being full.
People tried to stay indoors as much as possible. Nobody lingered on porches or street corners. Instead, they rushed from their houses to their cars and didn't stay outdoors any longer than necessary.
I only went out to work and run a few errands. But I could not stay inside forever. Casey, our big, brown Labrador; needed to be walked. My husband, Joe; and I bundled up and walked him down icy sidewalks, dodging a cold wind which made the -5 degree temperature feel like 30 below zero. Even though I was wearing heavy gloves, I felt my hands stiffen. My face stung. I coughed because the cold took my breath away.

Wild Winter Ahead


Winter is just getting started. This is only the first full week of January, and more cold and snow should be coming our way. Some temperature records have already been broken. Tuesday's high was zero, a record for Jan. 7.
Still, it could be worse. Other parts of the nation have been even colder. Our low temperatures may be a record for particular days but are not the lowest temperatures ever recorded for the month of January in our city. For that, you have to go back to Jan. 15, 1957 when temperatures plunged to 20 degrees below zero, according to the National Weather Service.
All we can do is bundle up and make the best of it. I still love winter and am enjoying the winter wonderland in my backyard. I look forward to the thermometer rising to at least 20 degrees.

Here is one I did on why I love winter
Here's one I did on cross country skiing.

Attribution:
I took all the photos myself.
This article used some information on temperature readings and records from the National Weather Service

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Cold, Cold Air, Cold Weather, Weather, Weather Conditions, Weather Winter, Winter, Winters

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author avatar Jerry Walch
9th Jan 2014 (#)

Hi Connie. I just got back teaching our Wednesday night Discipleship program. It's a balmy 31 degrees here right now, but it was 6 degrees below zero when I got up a couple of mornings ago.
Being involved in a homeless ministry, I was shocked to discover that one agency, which shall go unnamed, that serves the homeless operates by the school snow day calendars. If the schools are closed, they close. Really go counter to what we believe an agency serving the homeless should do. Those are very days you would find us out in the field with warm blankets an food, not hiding in our warm homes.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
9th Jan 2014 (#)

Jerry, you are so right. The coldest days are when agencies need to spring into action and help the homeless. It's wonderful that you are one of the people doing your part to help them.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
9th Jan 2014 (#)

Good evening, Connie; your personal reflection on the cold makes me grateful that I'm in Georgia. It got down to 2 degrees with mid-morning temp of 18. For us, that is extremely cold. I have cousins in the Chicago area and even they were shocked at the temperatures. Like you and Jerry, I wonder at the logic of closing on the coldest days. I would imagine that is when shelter would be most needed. As in so many things, no one consulted me for my opinion so just voicing it here. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Connie McKinney
9th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks, Marilyn. I hope the weather warms up for everybody soon. And I hope the folks who help the homeless reopen their doors soon.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
9th Jan 2014 (#)

its bloody cold here in southern california too believe it or not...I take my hot water bottle to bed with me now!!! another great piece Connie...sharing..

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
9th Jan 2014 (#)

I switched to online schooling just in time! I think the school district my son was in will be closed for day #10 tomorrow. It's not good weather to play in -- might as well learn something! Great article as usual, Connie. Sharing.

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author avatar Legend
9th Jan 2014 (#)

Cold here too, but we are half a world away...

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author avatar Connie McKinney
9th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks, Carolina, Phyl and Legend. I hope it warms up soon.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
10th Jan 2014 (#)

The weather seems to be extra extreme this year in many parts of the world Connie . Here in the UK we are having more rain than usual which makes flooding a problem in many parts of the country . I pray you will all be safe and warm , and those in great need will get all the help available.
God bless you wherever you are .
Stella ><

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author avatar Connie McKinney
10th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks for your wonderful support, Stella. Stay warm and dry.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
10th Jan 2014 (#)

In Portland we had days around 6 degrees and brrr it was cold for a lad from California sun and surf BRRR

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author avatar Connie McKinney
10th Jan 2014 (#)

Yikes, that is cold, Fern. Stay warm.

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author avatar Carol
12th Jan 2014 (#)

As Stella says, we have had flooding [problems this winter, but nowhere near as cold as last winter, and no snow as yet.. I hope you can keep warm, and all the animals and homeless people can get the help they need.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks, Carol, for your kind comments and thoughts.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks for the share, Connie. I was more than curious to read how you are all coping up with the cold snap. The survival instinct kicks in during tough times like for other species and I wonder how they manage too! I live in warmer part of Asia and the weather is pleasant now! Take care - siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Yes, it has been so cold here, Siva. We are surviving it OK. Enjoy the warm weather in Asia. I envy you, sometimes. Thanks for sharing, Siva.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
24th Jan 2014 (#)

Great article , thanks Connie.

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