Sub zero at night, F, starts tomorrow for at least one week with several day never getting above zero. Fortunately we have a little snow on the ground up here and had a couple of inches of fluff last night. a hundred and fifty miles South of here they are getting the snow we need and should have.
At 3:20 P.M it is -20 F, real not wind chill bs, with a brisk wind.
Weather officials in the state of Iowa have warned people to "avoid taking deep breaths, and to minimize talking" if they go outside.
That is 200 miles south of me, well I went out yawned and then sneezed, my tongue broke in two, thank God for Gorilla Glue. I had seen mid-day -18, I put a starter in my car that day but this is the coldest I have seen with the sun up. I was outside shoveling snow without a cap NOT a good idea but I have seen some that must have anti-freeze in their ears as they never have a cap on.
Had the hottest day for a few years on Thursday when it reached 37.9deg - 100.2F, dont get enough of that sort of heat to warrant an aircon but one would have been nice on that day, I do though have ice cold ground water so hosing myself down was carried out while working out in the garden.
14 degrees Fahrenheit right now and snowing light fluffy snow. We needed snow and another foot or two before spring would actually be nice.
We have sub-zero coming for a few days and down home at my South garden the water in the drinking faucet in the kitchen in cold enough one's teeth do not like too much at once. I did not have to go down to the cellar and put a space heater by the water pipe but really should get some pipe wrap. I will have to look at the Farmers Almanac and see how much it agrees with this weather about the only thing so far that is different is the amount of precipitation forecast. How cold spring is will determine how long to maturity corn I put in as last summer none of my dent corn reached full maturity. While we set some new records for daytime low highs, the night temps were not even close to record lows. The warm nights, comparatively, continue as back a decade or so when we had highs of less than -15, up North they were hitting minus 50 to 60 below at night.
Winter came to New England, too. Lots of snowy days, freezing/thawing, snow, icing, awesome driving. Oddly, my lemon thyme seems to have died. Normally it is evergreen...it was little distressing to tramp out into the snow and find it all brown A casualty of the huge temperature swings, perhaps? Or maybe the months and months of drenching precipitation gave it a disease, and I just didn't notice. Sad.
Growing in a coastal zone 7a in the Northern Hemisphere. Hot humid summers and cold snowy winters. Plenty of rain. Sandy loam topsoil over clay subsoil, whatever the glacier left behind when it made Long Island.