Here it is, the last day of the year and the outside temperature is 14° F (-10°C) at 12 NOON! We are having a bitter cold snap here in Santa Fe and that doesn’t include the wind chill factor. What is wind chill? It is a measure of how cold the atmosphere feels, taking not just actual temperature into account, but also wind, which can make the air considerably colder. So I was curious (as I always am) and found a wind chill calculator on line to see what the wind chill temperature was. Image my surprise when it said -3.2° F! (That’s -19.6° C) Now I can figure out the real temperature when I go feed the barn animals and dread it more for them and me! You can figure out how cold it is wherever you live too. I always get a little antsy about this time of year to get planting and then I go outside for a reality check. I think it’s a good day to stay home and go through the seed catalogs coming in and dream of what will be…
Being a native Minnesotan, I can honestly tell you what a minus 38 degrees feels like on the 53rd story of the IDS tower we built in Minneapolis long ago. That was WITHOUT the windchill factor. The wind always blows the higher up you build a building. I still remember that day, long before I went to college.