January 14, 2004

Colder Than Hell

ACCORDING TO THE LATEST weather reports, the city of Manchester is entering that horrible time we politely call a "deep-freeze." By this, we mean that the temperature has fallen below 32 degrees Fahrenheit/0 Celsius, and will not rise above that point for days if not weeks.

Last year, this was bearable. Then, the temperatures were not particularly extreme; it was simply a very long cold snap that lasted for weeks during the dead of winter. This year, however, things have gotten much worse -- so much so that our only venturing out over the next few days will be for A) essential errands and B) warming up the car.

Tonight, as temperatures hovered around the -1 F/-18 C mark, we know we will be in the thick of it over these next few days. On Thursday night, Manchester -- in southern New Hampshire -- is forecast to see a low of -13 F/-25 C, and that's without the wind. Wind chills are forecast to fall as low as -45 F/-43 C. This is in the city, mind you; a place where the ambient temperature is always a couple of degrees warmer than the surrounding country; and a place that looks tropical compared to destinations farther north.

For instance, Whitefield, N.H., is a few hours' drive north of us. Right now, it is -21 F/-29 C in that town; and windchills there are expected to fall to 55 below. And as for Mount Washington --

Well, you don't want to know. We'll just leave it at that.

We will say this, though. There's a reason we Michiganders call highs of 40 degrees "shorts weather."

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Posted by Benjamin Kepple at January 14, 2004 08:33 PM | TrackBack

Kevin White enjoyed a high of 73 degrees today.

Wow, that weather must be REALLY hard on bicycle commuters. My eyeballs would certainly not enjoy that.

Posted by: Kevin White at January 14, 2004 11:01 PM

It might explain why we haven't any bicycle commuters -- at least none of which I know!

Posted by: Benjamin Kepple at January 15, 2004 02:34 AM