Last night I was standing out on the back porch with binoculars and a camera trying to enjoy the blood moon and/or wolf moon eclipse last night. It was the process going in and out in and out every 5 minutes to warm up and come back out to see the coloration of the moon change to a reddish hue. it was really amazing to see with the clear sky, and the stars becoming ligher as the moon darkened, yet, it also was bone chilling cold.
yesterday the storm broke and later in the day, an arctic cold front came down from Canada. The morning in the woods was so peaceful and quiet, that I just wanted to be outside. While I could tell the temperature was dropping during the time I was sitting on a tree in the forest, it dropped another 20 degrees in a few hours, and the winds picked up to 20-30 mph gust. Wisdom probably would have been to turn around and go get the car for the trip? Instead, I walked down to the local convenience store and was met with the full blast of arctic air, Windchill, and simple cold that blew through my clothing and seemed to take my head and freeze it – much like a brain freeze when you drink a Slurpee too fast.
The difference is your entire sinus cavity, and brain seems to go into a brain freeze. I don’t have the words that eloquently express or can describe the feeling of pain shooting through your mind when you get hit in the face with an arctic blast and high wind chill levels. It doesn't seem to matter what you are wearing, the cold finds a way to get into any seam and chill you to the bone.
I sat in the corner of the convenience store and drank a coffee. There was no one out and about, so it was another moment of silence of sorts except for the young man working the counter. It was then that I realized a convenience store, really sells lots of things that are probably not that healthy for us to consume or eat. I thought of the size of people around here and thought, “they simply made it convenient for everyone to ingest more sugar-laden products.”
The walk back wasn’t so bad, as I had a tailwind that pushed me down the road. Today is supposed to be a brutally cold day. The thermometer is at zero right now and not expected to move all that much during the day. It is not as bad as -20, but it is still bone-chilling cold with the wind.