I debated if this post is worth doing, but I have enough readers who live in other parts of the planet who might find this interesting or even amusing in a "better you than me.... " sort of way :)
Anyhow, this just in from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration... enjoy!
I'll start with this good morning forecast... and I know our friends to the North have it worse... I do commiserate. The predicted lows are only around -18F with a 20 to 30 mph breeze wafting across Lake Superior... an extremely warm day on Mars... The gist of the warning below is get what you need now 'cuz the next 2-3 days its just gonna be really cold and really snowy.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY EXPECT THE COLDEST ARCTIC AIR MASS IN YEARS TO MOVE INTO THE UPPER GREAT LAKES SUNDAY INTO TUESDAY. TEMPERATURES WILL FALL BELOW ZERO OVER WESTERN UPPER MICHIGAN SATURDAY NIGHT AND REMAIN BELOW ZERO THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT. DURING THIS TIME...WIND CHILLS MAY FALL AS LOW AS 40 TO 50 BELOW ZERO OVER THE INTERIOR WEST HALF OF UPPER MICHIGAN WHEN THE CORE OF THE COLDEST AIR MOVES OVERHEAD ON MONDAY. THE COMBINATION OF FALLING SNOW AND STRONG WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTING TO 20 TO 30 MPH WILL LIKELY RESULT IN OFF AND ON WHITEOUT CONDITIONS FROM LATE SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY...ESPECIALLY NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR. SEE THE LATEST WINTER WEATHER STATEMENT FOR COMPLETE DETAILS ON THE COLD TEMPERATURES AND STRONG WINDS REDUCING VISIBILITIES OVER UPPER MICHIGAN.
Then this perky warning...
THE COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING LAKE EFFECT SNOW MAY REDUCE VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN ONE-QUARTER OF A MILE AT TIMES TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY. * WITH WIND CHILLS AS LOW AS EXPECTED SUNDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY...YOU COULD SUFFER FROSTBITE ON EXPOSED SKIN IN AS LITTLE AS 15 TO 30 MINUTES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... * YOU SHOULD PREPARE NOW FOR THE INTENSE COLD EXPECTED EARLY NEXT WEEK AND AVOID PROLONGED EXPOSURE OUTDOORS ONCE THE EXTREME COLD ARRIVES. IF YOU DO NEED TO VENTURE OUT...WEAR LAYERS OF CLOTHING AND COVER YOUR HEAD AND HANDS TO AVOID HEAT LOSS. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...TAKE AN EMERGENCY WINTER WEATHER KIT IN CASE YOU BECOME STRANDED.
So what does this look like? Here's this morning's satellite flyover,
-and just for the sake of completeness... as of 8 Jan 173 inches (~440 cm) of fluffy
white snow so far, we are headed towards glaciation (IMHO).
|So the upside is...|
If the lake freezes over - the snow will stop... for a while...
and you could freeze dry your laundry! Then again Mawson didn't too have much fun in this stuff
during the 1912 Antarctic Trek... That is one incredible tale of survival!
So just for fun tonight... and at a mere -11F, I thought I'd go and flip my John Deere
snowblower over and take a link out of it's drive chain! Yup, I'll let y'all know how that
goes... I think I'll get some hot cocoa going first!
Just for fun, the temps we are at would bring A36 well along its transition "fracture toughness"
and hey, RMS Titanic's hull plates... wouldn't do well in my snowblower auger...