This will be a short post, as I’m dealing with frozen pipes both here and over at the Farm-childcare. It was -9° F here this morning, but calm, which made it feel far more humane than yesterday morning, when it was -15°F with a nasty wind. Yesterday set records for the date all over New England. Not even including the wind-chill, this is the coldest it has been in the more southern parts of New England since I was a small boy. (Up here I did see it hit -27°F in 1994, and on the coast of Maine I saw an amazing -20°F right by the relatively warm ocean in 1977, but those were both in January.)
COLDEST TEMPERATURES RECORDED SINCE 1957
RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES FOR FEBRUARY 14TH BOSTON -9 /PREV -3 IN 1937/. COLDEST SINCE 1957. RECORD LOW HIGH 12 / PREVIOUS 14 IN 1916 HARTFORD -12 /PREV -9 IN 1979/. PROVIDENCE -9 /PREV -7 IN 1979/. WORCESTER -16 /PREV -11 IN 1979/. COLDEST SINCE 1957.
What cut worst was the wind. Windchills were below -30°F steadily, and when the wind gusted were below -40°F (which is handy, for it is also -40°C).
There is little snow, only around three inches, so the cold is able to get down in places that are usually protected, and at the Farm-childcare they have frozen a pipe someplace I can’t figure out, and that I have never seen before. The problem will get my mind off the depressing subject of politics, so I’m telling myself it is a silver lining. However my wife and I had planned to go out and have a nice post-Valentine’s Day lunch. It is amazing how we have only to plan a lunch to spark some sort of crisis.
Here’s a Dr. Ryan Maue map from Weatherbell, showing the cold yesterday morning.