Projected highs for today, in degrees Fahrenheit:
Middletown, Connecticut: 49
Madison, Wisconsin: 40
Albany, New York: 49
Minneapolis, Minnesota: 39
Portland, Maine: 41
Kiev, Ukraine: 14
Berlin, Germany: 10
It’s a good thing I brought my merino wool long underwear!
I know this is a major cold snap here in Europe, but as someone who thinks this is just normal winter weather, it’s a bit hard to believe that 14 degrees in Kiev or 5 degrees in Moscow is newsworthy. But, as a February trip to Mississippi last year taught me, what constitutes severe winter weather is completely dependent on what the average person and municipality is prepared for. When you don’t have snow plows, or piles of sand and salt, or even just a brush and ice scraper in your car to clear off your windshield, then, yes, an inch of snow can be dangerous.
Personally, I’m loving the cold, because I can dress for it; and it means it’s sunny here most of the time. Today they sky is clear and flawless blue. I’ve been in way, way, way worse cold on more than one occasion.