Did the Vikings Just Win the Superbowl?!

‘Cause Hell is frozen over!

That’s a running joke around here in Minnesota – about the Vikings anyway.

But this weather is no joke.  It’s more like: “WTF did we ever do to you, Mother Nature?!”
It’s downright life-threatening at -60F windchill.  Exposed skin can freeze in less than five minutes.  Holy Crap.

It’s been a few years, but I remember what that’s like.  It was that cold when the power went out on January 17, 2005 and Alex was just over a month old.  Our house in Duluth had electric heat, so power outages were especially bad.  Our biggest concern was water pipes freezing and bursting.  Luckily the outage lasted only 6 hours and we had several large glass windows facing East/Southeast on a very sunny day.  Bundled up baby and tucked him under the covers of our bed and snuggled under the blankets with him.

scrapbook page - BUNDLE UP!

I did also take a photo of our back porch thermometer.  It read -40F objective temperature, windchill was -60F.  It’s times like these that make me seriously consider leaving Minnesota. 

temperature 01-17-2005

Local Weather Alert

Wind Chill Warning for Hennepin, MN

From 6:00 PM CST, Sat., Jan 04, 2014 until 12:00 PM CST, Tue., Jan 07, 2014

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A WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM SATURDAY TO NOON CST TUESDAY.

* WIND CHILL VALUES: 35 TO 60 BELOW… WITH THE COLDEST READINGS SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS: EXPOSED FLESH WILL FREEZE IN 10 MINUTES WITH WIND CHILLS OF 35 BELOW… AND IN 5 MINUTES WITH WIND CHILLS OF 50 BELOW OR COLDER.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS… MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.

A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

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… A VERY DANGEROUS AND HISTORIC COLD AIR OUTBREAK WITH NEAR RECORD TEMPERATURES EXPECTED LATE THIS WEEKEND AND EARLY NEXT WEEK…

… AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW THROUGH THE AFTERNOON ACROSS WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA…

…STRONG GUSTY WINDS WILL CREATE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW… ESPECIALLY IN THE MINNESOTA RIVER VALLEY THROUGH MID AFTERNOON. GUSTY WINDS WILL LESSEN AFTER 3 PM… WITH SURFACE VISIBILITY IMPROVING.

A COUPLE POWERFUL ARCTIC COLD FRONTS WILL PUSH THROUGH LATE TONIGHT AND SATURDAY EVENING. NEAR RECORD COLD AIR WILL FOLLOW FROM SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH NEXT TUESDAY AS AIR TEMPERATURES PLUMMET INTO THE TEENS… 20S… AND 30S BELOW ZERO. IN FACT… A NUMBER OF ALL TIME COLD RECORD HIGHS MAY BE BROKEN ON MONDAY… INCLUDING IN THE TWIN CITIES METRO. GUSTY WEST OR NORTHWEST WINDS COMBINED WITH THESE EXTREMELY COLD AIR TEMPERATURES WILL PRODUCE WIND CHILLS OF 40 TO 60 BELOW… WITH THE COLDEST READINGS EXPECTED SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY MORNING. WIND CHILLS COLDER THAN 50 BELOW CAN CAUSE EXPOSED FLESH TO FREEZE IN ONLY 5 TO 10 MINUTES. A WIND CHILL WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN FROM 6 PM SATURDAY THROUGH NOON TUESDAY.

It’s so bad the Governor cancelled all school statewide on Monday.  

Parents/Guardians:All schools and programs in Eden Prairie Schools will be closed on Monday, January 6. Governor Dayton has ordered all Minnesota school districts to be closed due to the pending cold weather.
Today was (supposed to be) the last weekday of Winter Break, so Alex and I made the most of it and ventured out to the MN History Center to see the exhibits he missed on his school field trip.  With (normal) temps in the teens, everyone was at the store stocking up on whatever they need through the cold snap – as were we on our way home from St. Paul.
Hubby brought his laptop computer and work materials home for the weekend.
We all have the same thought: serious hibernation!!

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