Well here in Central Illinois today it is -12.6 F with the high set to rocket up to -9 F. Lots of blowing and drifting snow. The courthouses and sheriffs’ offices are closed. Go here to read the current weather conditions in my little town. I will be using today to catch up on work at my office. Normally I enjoy cold weather, no doubt attributable to my half Newfie blood, although I see they are up to a balmy 16 F today, so when I feel that it is too cold, as I do today, you know that it is too cold indeed!
Back in the late seventies at the U of I I had a professor from Africa. We had some memorable winters back then, even by Midwestern standards, and I recall him coming in one very wintry day, take off his huge parka, and remark that he had never lived in a place before where the weather could kill you as easily as it could in Central Illinois in the winter!
Some places in this world have much more congenial temperatures, I am looking at you Don the Kiwi!, but there is something to say about living in a place that routinely has 120 degree F swings in temperature during the year. We get to see most types of weather here in Central Illinois during a year, and we get to gripe about all of them!