Tuesday, December 10, 2013

High of Zero

We've had a week of Arctic temps here in Minneapolis. The radio says we're heading for a "high of zero" today.  Fahrenheit, that is. That's -18º Celsius.

A friend in England writes, "...I hope the terrible weather we are hearing about here is not as bad as we are being told..."

Of course it's deadly if you are homeless, say, but the extreme cold comes with beautiful bright skies, and as long as you keep moving and as long as you have enough clothes on, it can be kind of jolly outside. In fact, you can go mad from feeling trapped inside, so it's important to get out.

As long as you have enough clothes on.

Marz walked 1.5 miles home from work the other night at -10º F (-23º C). Here she is, disrobing afterward.
You can see through a scarf  ^  well enough to avoid walking into trees and traffic, which is all you really need to see if you know where you're going.
^ fuzzy ear-flap hat under the coat's hood...
^ goose down coat over wool sweater...
^ wool sweater over silk turtleneck...
Cotton isn't recommended as a bottom layer ^ because it doesn't wick moisture, but when it's this cold, it seems your body doesn't generate enough heat to sweat...
^ winter boots over thick wool socks...
^ snowboarding pants over polyester long johns...
Et voilà!

9 comments:

Fresca said...


I was going to add this in the post, but sometimes Blogger makes it too weird to add text amidst photos.
So here's the etymology of "Arctic":
Arctic:
late 14c., artik,
from Old French artique,
from Medieval Latin articus,
from Latin arcticus,
from Greek arktikos "of the north," literally "of the (constellation) Bear,"
from arktos "bear; Ursa Major; the region of the north," the Bear being a northerly constellation,
from *rkto-, the usual Indo-European base for "bear"...

From www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=Arctic

Zhoen said...

Weather like that is a bear.

Sounds like Boston winters, with the wind off the ocean pushing sub zero even lower with the wind chill and an object lesson in what a dewpoint is.

I used to do silk longjohns under thermal sweatpants under hemp pants. But my layers looked a lot like hers. Gods, I do love my parka.

momo said...

Then we have to figure out how to store a pile of clothing that is bigger than you are!

LauraB said...

Too funny.

ArtSparker said...

She is a patient woman.

Fresca said...

Thanks, everyone, for your comments.

Having to pay for all those clothes is a challenge too, eh?

poodletail said...

"There is no such thing as bad weather: just having the wrong gear." - me

Fresca said...

Alas, your phrase doesn't really apply to HOT weather, Poodle, does it? ---there is no outdoor gear that can keep you cool, tho they do sell those cooling vests now...

poodletail said...

Yes, you're right! "Bad Weather" is when it's so hot you could be running around stark naked and still be roasting.