Happy (Brrrr) New Year!
Happy New Year, Better Lifers!
I hope each and every one of you had a lovely holiday season and are kicking off your 2014 well. Or, as well as can be expected, since many of you are in the midst of, or just emerging from, a major deep freeze.
What an arctic storm!
I confess that I frequently forget how cold it is in other parts of the world. I further confess that when I am reminded of it, I do not miss living in it!
As I’ve watched news coverage of this winter weather event, I’ve empathized with my northern neighbors. All too well I remember those bitterly cold and snowy days – with all of the accompanying hassles and dangers. And I’ll take the risk of hurricane any day over all that!
As you’ve seen on the various weather maps, this arctic blast has pushed its way into the deep south, even penetrating sunny Florida. Believe it or not, we feel the effects in the islands, too. Granted, it’s a far cry from what the rest of you are experiencing, but it’s a cold front nonetheless.
Here’s a taste:
Tuesday, I awakened to a calm-before-the-storm morning. The air was slightly cooler than our typical 80′s, and the sea was flat calm. I knew the weather forecast was for high winds later that day (up to 24 knots, with gusts to 30 knots), so the calm water was particularly notable.
As the sun crept awake in the east, we experienced the first rain squall of the day. It was just a light “spry” and resulted in a pretty morning rainbow.
After a brief lull, Mother Nature began to marshal her forces, and the sky pressing toward us from the north darkened to black.
By this point, the wind had picked up considerably, chopping up the water.
My inside temp was a cool 75 degrees. Yup, that’s verging on chilly! I’m not looking for sympathy, mind you, just stating the facts.
As the day wore on, the wind continued to pick up and the temperature dropped. I put on warmer clothes, and Angel snuggled into a cozy nest.
Bear in mind, this is a far cry from Angel’s days of doggie coat and booties to protect her from Chicago’s bitter cold, wind, ice and rock salt. However, like her mama, we’ve acclimated well to our island setting and do not like the cold!
Never fear, the storm will pass within a few days, and we will return – unscathed – to balmy weather.
Meanwhile, since it’s short-lived and fairly harmless for us, I’m enjoying the change of pace with our winter weather!
I know conditions are much harsher for many of you, so I wish you warmth and safety.
Happy New Year!
So, Better Lifers, how is your winter weather? How are you coping? What’s new in your new year?