Snow and subzero---winter as we know it

Snow and  subzero---winter as we know it
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Snow, and subzero is winter as we know it here. Time to get out all the layers. When  Chiberia returns,  the chic Chiberians get out the snow pants, the sweatpants, the  fleece-lined pants. They pile on as many extra layers as they can.  They mix and match. They add colors, too.  There is Chiberian chic. Here is a post about it.

Yes, cold weather has its challenges.  Dry air inside, wind chills outside.  Keep in mind, it is more about the journey, now.  Here are some outdoor safety tips–

If you are driving, please be aware that stray animals may be  seeking warmth in your  car engine. Knock on the  hood, make noise to  alert them.  Even if it is a short commute or errands, it’s a good idea to keep  an emergency kit in your car. Make sure your phone is charged. Drive slowly and allow space between vehicles.   Pay attention, and allow extra travel time.

If you are walking,  use extra precaution, especially  on icy surfaces.   Good tread boots offer traction, but  balance is more important.  Walk with a  flat foot, rather than heel-to-toe. Falls can be dangerous.   Yes, our padded layers can offer some protection, but  this is not enough.  A bump on the head can be a serious injury.

If you are shoveling snow, be careful.  Heavy, wet snow is called heart-attack snow for a reason.  Did you know a shovel full of  wet snow can weigh over 20 pounds? That’s a lot of heavy lifting!   Even the light  and powdery stuff can put a strain on back and shoulders.  Let  your legs do the  lifting. Appreciate your progress, and take your time.

Again, it is important to dress for the cold weather.   Hypothermia  and frostbite  can happen to anyone going outside. People who must work outside in this weather know to wear hats and gloves.  Even if you are driving, you should, too.

Be safe, and enjoy the snow!



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Tags: CHIBERIA, snow, subzero


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  • After having El Nino for December, I wonder how we got back into the Polar Vortex. Fortunately, the Accuweather long range forecast indicates only 2 weeks of this.

    I'm contemplating Pat Goss's and Car and Driver's recommendation to get a digital battery jumper, instead of relying on jumper cables and AAA.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for reading, Jack. It seems the Arctic Oscillation has a part to play along with El Niño in the weather patterns this winter. Weird indeed. Here is an article from the Tribune about it.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Thanks. I don't think the oscillations and jet stream variations are independent, but they lost me about at the Madden-Julian Oscillation.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks, Jack. I am going to find out more about this Madden-Julian Oscillation...
    Thursday meltdown is a fine example of the albedo effect!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Again, I don't know. The ground here is still white, and when the sun is out in Winter, as it is at the moment, it is usually -2° (which it supposedly will be again Monday).

  • Good advice, especially about falling and balance. Our feet and balance are key all year long.

    Stay warm!

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    Thanks, Kathy. Stay safe!

  • Thank you for a true public service. I'm with Kathy, the walking reminders are great. Sure, we're Chicagoans, so we can do this, but it still takes talent!

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thanks for reading. I agree--crossing at the corners could be an Olympic event...

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