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Frankly speaking… It’s all in perspective

Posted: Friday, Jan 11th, 2013


Pioneer Editor

“Hey, baby it’s cold outside…”

Guess it really isn’t that bad, maybe, if you were a polar bear.

But, as far as I am concerned, we have had a cold snap for some time. Looked back in my notes, on Dec. 29, 2011, we had rain. I started jotting down the extremely cold or hot temperatures and unusual circumstances about the weather years ago.

I’ve recorded the summer temperatures when they were high, but I also have the days in which the thermometer bottomed out.

But, as they say, it’s all in perspective. A few days ago it was a balmy 12 degrees in the middle of the day, the sun was shining and there was no wind. I told my sister it was “almost like spring.”

I think we have had our share of cold for a while, and when I talk to people they echo the same sentiments. I am a little concerned, though, because I continue to get a notice called “Timing the Artic Cold.” It is sent from a college in Pennsylvania and tracks the nation’s weather. The report has repeatedly stated most of the nation has experienced warm weather and smaller fuel bills. The report also continues to talk of the Artic cold, each swath going further south, coming in to the United States around the middle of January.

The report further stated, “According to Paul Pastelok, head of AccuWeather.com's long range team of meteorologists, "It is still uncertain as to whether or not it would get cold enough for a freeze in parts of central Florida at this time, but any such conditions are not likely until after Jan. 18 at the earliest."

Not sure if this group knows what has been happening in this part of the nation, but when the diesel tractors and pickups, filled with the winter mix, don’t want to work on a given day, I think that is pretty cold.

Even though everyone complains about the cold or the weather, my thought is all we have to do is listen to weather in other areas. Several years ago when we thought we were being abused (hair, hat, eyebrows and eyelashes turn white from the sub-zero temperatures when out feeding the cows), there were reports and pictures on television of livestock in Idaho freezing to death standing up.

Hmm…guess we weren’t so abused.

The latest incident – remember all in perspective – I was talking to a man the other day who moved to the Valley from Evanston. He had moved to Evanston from the Montana/Canadian border. He said it was so cold there, he had moved to Evanston “for the climate.”

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