Fun nuggets from my first book, "Prairie Skies" At -20 F motor oil becomes a thick gel. At -40 F exposed flesh freezes within 1 minute. At -60 F your breath turns to ice crystals, which fall to the ground. Trivia the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is loathe to share.
But wait, there's more. Leading automotive experts claim that, on a bitter morning, moving your vehicle along slowly, after 10 seconds, results in less stress on engine components than gunning your engine for several minutes. And the only Minnesota city to make the coveted "Top 100 Coldest Cities of the World" list?
Why? Lake Superior offers free air conditioning much of the year. 36 of the 40 coldest cities are in Russia. I feel warmer already.
We awake to some of the coldest readings of winter but it won't be as bitter - as long - as last week. Alberta Clippers drop a couple inches of snow next week; any thaw delayed until late week. Most models shows a break from subzero the first half of February. We'll see.
A rising sun angle usually doesn't compensate for deep snow cover and long nights until late January or early February, when temperatures finally start to budge.
An early spring? I doubt it.
Image credit above: "January 7, 2013, showing the breakdown of the polar vortex into three smaller vortices." NASA.
* gizmag.com has more information on a new 128 GB iPad, set to be released next Tuesday, February 5. Ah yes, as I gaze out over all my (suddenly obsolete) gadgets and productivity devices.
10. The Situation Room now hosted by The Situation
9. Sanjay Gupta’s hilarious new sitcom: “Two Broke Guptas”
8. Changing pronunciation from C-N-N to “CNNNN”
7. Switching the part in David Gergen’s combover
6. Wolf Blitzer – shirtless
5. No longer fact-checking stories
4. New president, Jeff Zucker – Zucking everything up
3. Lifting ban on anchors using steroids
2. Piers Morgan: deported
1. More coverage of goats (video of goat attacking reporter)