Friday, January 31, 2014

Cold January

I could not let January pass without commenting, once again, on the cold. This being the last day of the month, there is a reasonable expectation that the temperature will climb above freezing for the first time in over a week.

Atlanta Regional Roads after January Ice Storm
Yes, it has been that cold.

Even so, our region has been lucky compared to places like Atlanta where the ice storms closed the major arteries three days ago and they were still not open as of yesterday.

It is a crisis of immense proportions. School children spent in excess of ten hours trapped in school busses. Cars ran out of gas while idling in the blocked roadways. Motorists sat for 12 hours in their cars trying to keep warm.

It was bad there. 

It is bad here, too. Yesterday morning it was 5.5 degrees when I woke up and headed off for my racquetball match at the gym. Chris later reported a 4 degree temperature just before dawn.

People are suffering because of the cold. I know that by comparison, 4 degrees is warm compared with some locales. But it still is cold and the temperature does not account for wind chill.

Maybe winter will end soon! Not soon enough.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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