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Lost in the Polar Vortex

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Sorry for the recent radio silence.  I have been hibernating.  Seriously.

According to the Winter Misery Index, we have had the worst winter in 30 years.
It has been brutal.  My brain has been frozen and dormant.  BUT Spring is peeking through the and melting the snow and ice, so it’s time to revive and get back to the business of living.

#cantwaittoseethesunagain

 

Do you wanna build a snowman?

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A reprieve from the cold.

It’s +40F here in Minnesota.
The perfect day to build a snowman…and for his head to fall off a half hour later!  LOL

Delenn and I took a nice long walk and she was so happy.
Tail was wagging all the way. *doggie smile*  😀

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.

More Information

… 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!!

Supermoon 2013

Tonight is a supermoon.   *wolf howl*  “Awoo!”

The past few nights have been (severe) storm-ridden and we are hoping tonight will be clear to see this moon.  (We also want our over-saturated yards to drain!)

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Supermoon

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the moon’s disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. The term “supermoon” is not astronomical, but originated in modern astrology.[1] The association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. However, the evidence of such a link is widely held to be unconvincing. [2]

The next occurrence will be on June 23, 2013. This full moon will be the closest and largest full moon of the year. It also presents the moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2013. The moon will not be so close again until August 10, 2014.[3]

They occur about once every 14 full moons in a full moon cycle.

I’ve been wondering why there have been so many severe thunderstorms and so much rain here in MN recently.  Upon hearing of the impending supermoon, I’m thinking there is a connection.  Apparently some experts believe so.  At any rate, I’m relieved this recent spate of storms is over.  My heart goes out to everyone who suffered injury, damage and fear.

As a Human Resources professional, I learned many years ago that people and animals go crazy around a full moon.  Anyone who works in medical or law enforcement can also vouch for that.  It certainly holds true in our household this weekend.  Our cat Raven is completely bonkers.  It’s like she’s hopped up on super-nip the way she races around like a wildcat, plays with her toys and terrorizes her other furry sisters.

So how long do the effects of a full (super)moon last?
I for one am sure glad they only come along about as often as a blue moon!

Thunder and Lightning and Musical Bears…Oh My!

Early this morning we had a doozy of a thunderstorm move through, complete with house-shaking thunder, lightning and what sounded like hail.  We awoke about 3 am to an intense thunder-boom and the sound of “Jingle Bells”.

My son has an old Hallmark teddy bear that plays the song when the paw is squeezed.
It was really creepy that it started playing on its own in the upstairs playroom after the thunder struck.  Either the thunder shaking or the electrical power of lightning activated it.  Oy.

Storm Jingle Bear

Once the sun came up, we checked out the yard and were fortunate to find only one tree damaged.  Many more in the area were down.  Power outages were common around the metro.  I am so grateful ours are buried underground.

Storm 2

The silver lining in this dark cloud was the first rose bloom of the season.

First Rose 2

So what happened to “April Showers Bring May Flowers” ?!!

I get daily alerts on my phone from The Weather Channel listing the “School Day” forecast so we know what to wear.  Today I saw THIS and nearly passed out…

May 1st - SNOW WARNING

It’s MAY 1st and we have 6″-9″ of SNOW coming?!!

I might seriously just go back to bed.  *sigh*

…and I REFUSE to unpack the turtlenecks and corduroys I just put away last Saturday!!