Layers and mufflers, insulated boots and gloves – initially it feels OK. I really mean that, I’ve gotten acclimated over the last several weeks of a lot of below zero weather, but the difference is the cold seeps in fast and putting your hands in gloves in your pockets isn’t enough to help. The other thing is your face really needs to be covered.
If you haven’t been out in really cold weather I don’t think you can get a real idea of it. It’s much colder than a walk-in freezer, then again in wind blocked, sunny corners it’s a lot warmer. And usually when it’s this cold it’s bright. sparkly, sunny and the sky is clear, cloudless blue. This time, this morning it was cloudy and there was ice crystals blowing making it look like fog in the trees, but this afternoon…clear blue and cold.
This afternoon, along with the bright sunlight the wind has come up to a steady 16 mph out of the west. Wind and very cold, I’m glad I’m not a horse, but then again I’m amazed at how well they can tolerate it. But days of such cold wears on them and they get tired of wearing blankets too.
Give me 10 below or even 15 without the wind and I’ll be walking down Wester Avenue again.