It's 2 degrees here this morning... needless to say, it's cold out. It's brrrr-ass cold out. It's winter and I live in an area that gets winter (or should get winter), but we are having a true arctic blast and, did I say??? It's cold out!
There are clues... you can see clues even before stepping outside. You feel coolness emanating from the outside walls. You notice the constant hum of the furnace. There is not much of an on-off cycle during cold like this. You notice it when you look outside and see that all of the steam/smoke coming from chimneys and smoke stacks is horizontal. It is not coming out vertically or diagonally, but the minute it hits that heavy layer of cold air, it takes a direct horizontal path.
And then you go outside... The first thing you notice is something I like to call Velcro Nose. Being a living being, you breathe. You walk out, inhale as you always do, and notice that your nasal hairs have now bonded like Velcro. You force them apart which then brings tears to your eyes, only to repeat the above procedure over and over again.
You notice the dogs doing the lizard dance, lifting up alternate front and back paws. You notice the sound of the snow. It no longer sounds like snow, but sounds like you are walking through a field of Sanka. There is little to no moisture left in this snow. It's hard. and you know if you fell and it touched bare skin, it would hurt.
And if all of that doesn't let you know it's cold, you get the wind which instantly drops the temperature another 10-20 degrees. Wind must be like water, following the path of least resistance and able to get through the smallest opening. I was just out at the bus stop and was dressed appropriately. There is no room for vanity when the temp drops to single or below digits. Yes, I was dressed appropriately and yet the wind found its way to places no wind should be allowed to go.
Yes, it's quite cold out and I am just happy I don't need to be out in it today if I don't want to be. Standing at the bus stop for all of 5 minutes was enough to bring on an ice cream headache.