So far the kids' Christmas vacation has been extended by two days. Words like 'frost quake' and 'polar vortex' have entered the weather conversation. We do love to talk about the weather, and as conditioned as we are to the extremes of winter, the state of affairs these past few days warrant more than a casual mention of wind chills and snow squalls.
It's been COLD, bitter cold. It's been snowy, and windy, and downright wintry. I woke up in the middle of the night one day last week to a loud boom, when the overnight low was well into the -30's, colder still with the wind chill. At the time I had no idea what it was. Turns out if was a frost quake, something I'd never heard of before.
We've been under a blizzard advisory for two days. In all the years that I've lived here, I don't ever recall a blizzard warning. Snow squall warnings are common, given our proximity to the Great Lakes and all the lake-effect snow they create. Wind chill warnings aren't news either. But a full fledged blizzard? Those only happen on the prairies, or the maritimes, or the northern territories... not here. Until this week. All thanks to a pesky polar vortex.
The forecast is for warmer temperatures by this weekend, but we still have a lot of winter ahead of us. Plenty of time for more winter weather conversations. Maybe even a few more snow days. Cabin fever is great incentive to get crafty and make, oh, maybe a solar system or something.