January 6th, 2018

I’m about to go outside…

…and the weather report says the “real feel” (I guess that’s replaced “windchill factor”) is minus 16.

Not too bad.

28 Responses to “I’m about to go outside…”

  1. Griffin Says:

    Sounds like you better wear a coat!

  2. Gringo Says:

    Sounds like you better wear a coat!
    Remember to Button Up Your Overcoat.

    Though for limited times in the cold, those accustomed to cold weather don’t always bundle up, such as going to the mailbox/paperbox or dropping stuff on the compost heap. But for extended time in the cold, layer upon layer are needed. Many who moved from a warmer to a colder climate do not wear enough layers. They learn, though.

  3. Artfldgr Says:

    Hanson said global warming may trigger an ice age too…
    [not joking]

  4. Artfldgr Says:

    Yes, gringo, they do do that.
    and when i was an EMT there was always one person a year who had a seizure, tripped, got dizzy, was knocked with a huge wave of snow from snow plow… and we had to load the body.

    at these temperatures, if you misjudge the time, and it doesn’t go perfect, you die pretty fast when not clothed enough.

    when i first moved back to ny i found a frozen man
    he was dead on the stoop, but he looked like he was sleeping
    i walked by and called 911, and i said even if he isn’t dead, he will be
    they asked did i check his pulse.
    i said, i am a young white male in upper Manhattan and you want me to touch the neck of a sleeping black man on the street i don’t know? if the ambulance isn’t for him it will be for me or both of us when the fight starts if he is ok.
    I said i nudged him but he didn’t wake up (but that can be sleep, drink, too cold, too old, heroin, etc), or respond.
    They came, they nudged and with the police there too, they reached in his clothes to his neck, and yes, he was dead.

    I keep a folded Mylar emergency blanket in my backpack
    As does my wife…
    all you need is to be in a bad place too long
    and a mylar blanket is a tiny bit of insurance

    i have used them more than once
    but, because someone had an accident, and it was the best way to keep them warmer till the ambulance came in the snow and being slow because of it

    i see people in ny dress fashionable instead of practical all the time. they risk their lives to look good. ME? i would rather be invisible, and warm, and so i am (and lightly prepared with a blanket in case i get stuck on a train for 6 hours, no heat, no egress – yes that has happened in real life).

  5. parker Says:

    Today is the first day in two weeks where we reached a high of double digits above zero, exactly 10. the forecast has us reaching the upper 30s on Tuesday and it will feel balmy.

  6. neo-neocon Says:

    I’m baaaack! It was just as cold as expected. But I suited up: long down coat, ski mittens, big scarf, earmuffs, boots. If I’d been outside longer I would have taken the face mask balaclava (not to be confused with baklava).

  7. AesopFan Says:

    The baklava comes after you take off the balaclava.
    Tasty with a warm drink.

  8. vanderleun Says:

    Here in Paradise California I am already harvesting daffodills in my front yard and watching the hosts of robins and others that come for my bird buffet in the back yard start nesting.

  9. Ed Says:

    Yes, and Vanderleun is puffing on his eighth legal joint of the new year, wearing shorts and flip flops and a jolly sunbonnet. While I just got done plucking eyelash icicles from the tears the thirty mile an hour winds cause to flow at minus five degrees, and immediately freeze. Neo,don’t fall for that California temptation.

  10. charles Says:

    “Paradise California” vanderleun? – no thanks. Blizzards and hurricanes can be predicted and prepared for; earthquakes, not so much.

    Not to mention, we already have enough left-wing loonies here in the US Northeast; not too sure I could stand being surrounded by those real left of the left-wing loonies that you have in California.

    Oh, and Neo, cold weather days like this are perfect for looking through seed catalogs to dream about next summer’s garden. Although, today the seed catalog is digital, not paper.

  11. kevino Says:

    I took down the outside decorations today. It was cold, but not bad. It was something like 5F. I took out the tree about 10pm, and it was zero — no coat, no hat, no gloves. But I wasn’t out very long, just long enough to place the tree in a good place and sweep up the fallen needles.

    It’s January in New England.

  12. Yankee Says:

    This extreme cold weather can be all right if you’re well prepared, but it can get very serious very quickly if something goes wrong. Just a couple months ago, the power was out for several days after that bad windstorm. Just in the last few days the local news had reports on cold-related injuries and fatalities.

    Lately I’ve been looking at new cars and thinking about what to get in the next few years. Right now, I feel sorry for anyone in the northeast with an electric car. (On a related note, LL Bean in Freeport has Tesla charging stations set up, and note also the current trend of auto makers like GM, Volvo, et al announcing they would be making more electric vehicles.)

  13. Cornhead Says:


    Don’t feel sorry. Tesla owners are rich, stupid and tax credit grifters.


    Global warming, doncha know?

  14. SCOTTtheBADGER Says:

    When I got home this morning, it was -20, without the windchill. It was crisp in Baraboo!

  15. Frog Says:

    “real feel” is part of the generalized dumbing-down via rhymes. Rhymes, the shorter the better, are an increasing feature of our linguistic landscape; best in 140 characters or less. The path to brainlessness, dolts galore.

    I give you this example, on condoms: “1) Cover your stump before you hump 2) Before you attack her, wrap your whacker 3) Don’t be silly, protect your Willie 4) When in doubt, shroud your spout 5) Don’t be a loner, cover your boner 6) You can’t go wrong, if you shield your dong 7) If your not going to sack it, go home and whack it…

    Edifying, right? This is the level of contemporary discourse and dialogue. Who is driving this?

    Look for it and you’ll see it. Everywhere.

  16. n.n Says:

    Global cooling.

    Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming.

    Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change.

    Global Warming.

    Climate Change.

    The weak progression.

  17. n.n Says:

    Oh, 40, sunny, fresh, and generally delightful, in the land where I hail.

  18. Gringo Says:

    Artfldgr :
    i see people in ny dress fashionable instead of practical all the time. they risk their lives to look good.

    That is one difference between city and country. Very few rural dwellers worry about looking good in cold weather. Three or four layers just aren’t sexy. And when rural dwellers do go outside without cold weather gear, such as to get to the mailbox, they make sure they are outside for a very short time.

    Though regarding looking good in the winter, I recall the brouhaha when I was in high school regarding dressing for cold weather. At the time, the school had a stringent dress code. No blue jeans for boys. No pants for girls. That changed my senior year. The school administration no longer enforced blue jeans. That winter, the administration initially made an issue when girls came to school with warm pants on very cold days. IIRC they wore pants and dresses/skirts, using pants only for being outside. The school administration backed down regarding pants.

  19. om Says:


    Sorry to bust your curmudgeon of the day but jingles and rhymes to convey essential information quickly have been around and used for a long, long time. Grump about something new.

  20. Frog Says:

    Om (which is the start of a Tibetan prayer):
    I repeat, Look for it and you’ll see it. Everywhere.
    It’s not just catchy ads and jingles anymore. It is in the opinion headlines and the replacement for the wind-chill index. It’s in sports: “Bills Chills”, “Packer are Lackers”, if not yet used, soon will be.. Rhymy cutesies. It’s part of dumbing down. I hope you enjoy it.

  21. Philip Says:

    What, neo, you wear baklava on your face in this weather? Interesting idea…

    I think of this weather as a little taste of the Northern Thebaid. Keeping us strong. I do worry a little for my Haitian friend, though. Well, ‘worry’ may be too strong a word, and yet ‘concern’ is somehow lacking.

  22. neo-neocon Says:

    Frog; om:

    Says Phoebe Snow

    about to go
    upon a trip to Buffalo
    “My gown stays white
    from morn till night
    Upon the Road of Anthracite”

    If you dislike / Big traffic fines / Slow down / Till you / Can read these signs / Burma-Shave

  23. AesopFan Says:

    I suspect no comment is needed.


    Meteorologist Joe Bastardi had a decidedly unscientific term for the effort to link Thursday’s frigid winter storm to human-caused climate change: “witchcraft.”

    “This is flat out insanity and deception now,” Mr. Bastardi said Thursday in a tweet. “To tell the public that events that have occurred countless times before with no climate change attribution, is now just that, is not science, [it’s] witchcraft.”

    Mr. Mann, a Penn State climate scientist and a leader of the climate “consensus,” said the storm was “very much consistent with our expectations of weather dynamics to human-caused climate change” because warmer oceans “also mean more moisture in the atmosphere, even more energy to strengthen the storm, and the potential for larger snowfalls.”

    “Indeed, climate model simulations indicate that we can expect more intense nor’easters as human-caused climate change continues to warm the oceans,” Mr. Mann said Thursday in a post.

    Other scientists weren’t so sure.

    “This is simply a classic nor’easter. Such storms are common along the East Coast in winter,” said Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow & Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado.

    The storm has been called a “bomb cyclone,” a label that refers to the phenomenon of bombogenesis, which occurs when a nontropical low pressure area drops at least 24 millibars in 24 hours, causing it to intensify rapidly.

    Are such storms unusual? Not really.

    “They happen every year,” said Roy Spencer, University of Alabama in Huntsville principal research scientist, on his Global Warming blog.

    Climate skeptics were quick to mock activists for connecting the winter freeze to global warming, pointing out that Mr. Gore as recently as 2009 warned of vanishing snow and ice.

    “The media is intent on featuring every flood, hurricane, drought, tornado, heatwave — and now cold snaps and snowstorms — as proof of ‘global warming,’” said Climate Depot’s Marc Morano, author of “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change” (Regnery, 2018).

    “Never mind that the media used to claim that the polar vortex was a sign of global cooling back in the 1970s,” Mr. Morano said in an email. “Never mind that climate activists warned repeatedly that snow would be a thing of the past due to ‘global warming.’”

    Mr. Morano suggested environmentalists have overplayed their hand. “But now we are told more snow is due to global warming. Is this what climate science has turned into?” he asked.

    The storm dropped more than a foot of snow in coastal towns from New Jersey to Maine, while causing flooding in Boston as storm drained overflowed and whiteout conditions in New York City.

    The chief forecaster for WeatherBELL, Mr. Bastardi blasted the linkage with climate change as “witchcraft, NO PROOF AT ALL” and “climate ambulance chasing, nothing more.”
    “[T]his has happened countless times before,” Mr. Bastardi said, “and it wasn’t global warming then and is not now.”

  24. om Says:


    Say it ain’t so
    to Froggy

    No pretensions of poetry

  25. om Says:

    Oh for the good old days working outside all day long in Wyoming at 7000 ft, January until September. Looking for uranium ore in an open pit mine, The foreman would check on you for signs of frostbite on any exposed skin. Or more recent experiences of a winter in North Dakota, measuring drill pipe and motors outside at -30. You were on your own then.

    It isn’t jingles and rhymes that matter to much in those situations Froggy.

  26. William Graves Says:

    In the late ’70s I was skiing at Crested Butte, CO. It seemed pretty cold. When I got back to the motel, I flipped on the tube, and first up was the weather girl. And the first thing she said was: “The coldest place in the US today was, Crested Butte, with a temperature of -42 degrees F. (No Chill Factor…actual temperature). Fortunately, I was wearing winter mountaineering gear.

  27. AesopFan Says:

    William Graves Says:
    January 8th, 2018 at 6:53 am
    * *
    LOL – and you were lucky!
    I’ve been to Crested Butte in the summer – absolutely gorgeous.

  28. Ymar Sakar Says:

    When the moon gets closer, a supermoon, and shines its light down upon the world, the world grows colder without cloud coverage blocking.

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