Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Woe is Me I am FFFREEZING


313 PM CST TUE JAN 13 2009

...ANOTHER FRIGID NIGHT IN THE BORDERLAND...

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KOOCHICHING-NORTHERN ST. LOUIS-NORTHERN COOK/NORTHERN LAKE-
NORTHERN ITASCA-CENTRAL ST. LOUIS-SOUTHERN LAKE/LAKESHORE-
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313 PM CST TUE JAN 13 2009

...WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 12 PM CST WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DULUTH HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 12 PM CST WEDNESDAY.

AIR TEMPERATURES WILL FALL QUICKLY INTO THE NEGATIVE TEENS AND 20S
THIS EVENING...CONTINUING TO DROP THROUGH SUNRISE WEDNESDAY
MORNING. THESE TEMPERATURES...COMBINED WITH ANY LIGHT WIND WILL
PRODUCE WIND CHILL VALUES OF 40 TO 50 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.
TEMPERATURES AND WIND CHILL VALUES WILL IMPROVE INTO THE TEENS AND
20S BELOW ZERO WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON...BEFORE FALLING DANGEROUSLY
LOW ONCE AGAIN WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

UNDER THESE CONDITIONS...EXPOSED SKIN CAN FREEZE IN 15 MIN OR
LESS...AND HYPOTHERMIA WILL SET IN IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. THE
ELDERLY...YOUNG CHILDREN...AND THOSE WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS HAVE
AN INCREASED RISK TO THE EXTREME COLD. REMEMBER THAT PETS AND
LIVESTOCK ARE ALSO EFFECTED BY PROLONGED COLD SPELLS.

A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS A COMBINATION OF BITTERLY COLD ARCTIC
AIR AND WIND WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY COLD AND LIFE-THREATENING
WIND CHILL VALUES. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS OR TRAVEL...BE
SURE TO PACK A SURVIVAL KIT AND CELL PHONE. IF YOU BECOME
STRANDED...DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE. COVER ALL EXPOSED SKIN.

"Eat a lot of chocolate. Do not by any means run short of cookies. Make sure you have all the ingredients to bake a nice cake with double frosting layer. Dog biscuit supply: check. Thermal underwear free of holes: check. All unnecessary outings cancelled: check. Technology training over and done with: check and woot. All systems FREEZE."

14 comments:

Latigo Liz said...

Holy snow! Is that REALLY your doorway????

Grey Horse Matters said...

Wow! That's really frigid. I hope it doesn't travel east too fast. Stay in and find that last piece of fruitcake(come on you know you hid it somewhere),if not the cookies and cake will do. Glad your classes from hell are over. Stay warm. Hope the horses will be okay with this blast.

ranchette said...

STAY WARM! And hope the ponies are tucked into a nice bale of hay for the night. Cold here too, but know how much colder it gets up there near the arrowhead. brr....

sue said...

and I understand that weather is headed to New England, should arrive sometime after midnight... blankets went on tonite, and we have buttoned things down as tight as possible!!! couldn't you have kept it out your way???? that would have been "awfully nice of you!!!" keep warm and I am off to find those comfort foods!!!!

cdncowgirl said...

I can relate! We went through a terrible (and long) cold spell... the windchill always seems to make it worse :(

The ending of your post indicates that you seem to have it all under control though! lol

Flying Lily said...

LatigoLiz: It is the door of one of my students; to get that much snow accumulated before anybody has to leave, you need to have friends over and play beer pong all night. :)

GreyHorse: I did already find that piece of fruitcake and it was really good; it was the motherlode of candied cherries, to my great good fortune. So it is over to hidden chocolate stash...

Ranchette; I ventured out to the boarding barn and fed beet pulp & supplements under a crackling cold starlit sky this evening. The wind has not come up yet and everyone was quite mellow, although I took my gloves off for a few seconds (to get mints out of pocket) and regretted it for quite the while!

Sue: We have done our best to keep every miserable vestige of harsh weather right over our zipcode. Apparently we have failed in our endeavor. Glad your ponies are in their blankies and snug. Hope it blows over fast.

c2b said...

OMG 40 TO 50 DEGREES BELOW ZERO!! Is that possible?? it's currently in the mid to upper 40's here ABOVE zero dropping to mid 30's overnight.
I can't imagine that kind of cold.

Flying Lily said...

CdnCowgirl: My fellow sufferer!! As you also know, having the right supplies on hand makes ALL the difference!! Raise my cup of hot chocolate to you!

c2b: Well now your reaction makes me feel like a tough cowgirl instead of a miserable shivering wretch. Actually: last night I bundled up in every conceivable garment and went out to feed the supplements & treats at 8 p.m. and -- it was not so bad. No wind was then blowing; that is what makes the difference between OK and unbearable. Today now: windy, and I may not make it.

Mrs Mom said...

You'll make it Leah;) cause you are TOUGH!

Yep, this is fer sure nostril sticking shut cold. The kind where you manage to get out to the truck (which even if it is under cover in a garage, you still have to plug it in to keep even the gas engines from being dead in the morning,) doors freeze shut, and when you can finally get the door open to get IN the truck, the seat cracks under you like it is shattering into a million bits.

Yep. Nostril sticking shut cold. Its a bear.

Stay safe up there Leah and Mr. Fry!!

3pennyjane said...

AGH, both to the temperatures and to the sicness that is "livestock are also effected." Everyone in DC is twitching about it getting into the single digits this weekend, and Lord help the mounted police corps if they have to ride in the parade on Tuesday--our ponies just don't get time to get used to this kind of chill. Best to you and the fuzzy twosome.

ezra_pandora said...

OMG. I cannot even imagine. It was like 10 degrees here yesterday. I was under a fleece blanket layered under a sheet, layered under the electric blanket cranked to 9, layered under a comforter, which was topped with an afghan. And I was still cold. You ARE a true winter cowgirl. lol

And let us all know if you need some more chocolate. I'm sure we can get it to you, somehow. lol! Sounds like you will be needing it.

Flying Lily said...

MrsMom: That is a GREAT description of extreme cold, right down to the truck seat. made me smile!!

3PennyJane: You bundle up now; we are expecting to see you dancing in the streets and no frozen tootsies allowed!

EzraPandora: You have very good common sense - getting under those layers is definitely the best plan! Send more chocolate - I only have 3 more secret stashes left...danger danger.

XoXo Meg! said...

First off: Oh. My. Gosh.

Woman, come to the hill country of Texas already! The sun is shining and the high although on 54 today makes me feel wonderful compared to THAT! Here I got up complaining about not being able to run this morning in um, 34 degree weather!

Please take good care and stay warm!

Hugs and Prayers!

photogchic said...

Oh my gosh! I remember those drifts...that is crazy! Go over to Holamole' and look at those shots...they will warm you right up.