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Those are real time screen shots of current conditions. Our air temperature is a full 10º lower, but feels 13º lower with the wind chill factored in. This is the kind of cold that’s quite literally breathtaking.
Structures, like buildings and houses, are booming and popping (a phenomenon called ‘frost quakes’) as the ground expands in the frigid temperatures. The snowpack outside is as fluffy as cement. Frostbite is nearly instant. Corneas can freeze. Nose hairs, eyelashes, beards, and moustaches ice up like pot pies. It’s even possible for ice crystals to form around and within your cells. Death can occur in less than an hour, less if you fall into freezing water, in these conditions.
Everything from banks to schools is closed; activities from dance classes to postal delivery are cancelled. This, boys and girls, is the end of civilization as we know it. If I could manage it, I’d be running for my life. In eleven layers of clothes, though, the best I can do is waddle fast. Gangway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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