A couple days ago we had temperatures just below freezing as night approached, and a thin layer of snow fell. Nothing strange there. Later on, the temps must've warmed up a bit and the snow switched to rain. Because everything was in the polar vortex deep freeze, that rain immediately froze when it hit creating a hell of a mess. Luckily, that thin layer of snow underneath allowed me to get a shovel underneath to loosen it all up. It could have been a lot worse - I at least made it into work that day. Here's a pic of the cardboard dumpster I took when taking the garbage out in the evening:
There were a couple brave souls who came into the store, mostly it was people calling in orders on the phone. The schools were closed, mail delivery cancelled for 2 days (post office was open though) and a lot of the businesses and events were closed, cancelled or postponed. The streets were nearly empty, that was one of the best commutes I've ever had as I could drive as slow careful as I wanted. I think most people just hunkered down at home and didn't bother going out (which was good because you can get yourself into trouble quick with the cold temps).
Today was about -8C so it felt like a heat wave. I was actually walking between the small garage and the back door without a coat or gloves on and it was comfortable. A lot of people didn't venture out today either. I suspect that they will this weekend as it's supposed to get to +4C!
Well, I went to work today because we were technically open. It was -28C when I arrived, and by noon the temps went as high as -18C in the sun (or about -23C in the shade). Those 5 extra degrees made it a little tolerable, I just limited my exposure to 15 minute intervals if I needed to go outside. So it wasn't terrible, and I had plenty of work inside to keep me busy (sadly no painting though). Tomorrow it's supposed to be a heat wave at -8C, hehe.
-25C happens sometimes here but that's about the lower limit to how cold it gets (if Lake Michigan isn't frozen over that stored heat will normalize the temps quite a bit, unfortunately it's partially froze leading to colder temps). Took this pic at 7AM and it was -31C so I imagine it was close to -35C during the early morning hours. Not only is it cold, but there are very strong winds so the feels like temp is around the -45 to -50C range.
Honestly, the cold doesn't bother me much. If you dress warm, it's fine. And as we get closer to noon the temps rise a lot so technically going to work at a later time would have been ok.
Hi folks, just wanted to mention that I added some pics of the Apocalypse American style poster (which was folded to fit inside the big box) to the Apocalypse Promo Items page. And while I was at it, I might as well add a couple pics of a never-before-seen Apocalypse EU poster which I just received. It came from Australia damaged due to a poor quality mailing tube, but I was able to sorta fix it by pressing it. Kinda neat to still be finding old items from the original series floating around yet!
Just a reminder: if any of you have an X-COM item (or game) you would like to sell or donate to my collection, send me a PM and maybe we can work something out. Or if you know of something which I don't have yet, let me know about it here. My searches are pretty thorough, but I still miss things from time to time.