The extreme cold hangs on here. I complain when I shouldn't as others brave this weather trying to bring resolve to a tragic accident here early Sunday morning. Four young people in an SUV failed to navigate a turn crashing through a guardrail and plunged into the Mississippi River. Three bodies have been recovered while the search goes on for the fourth. Bless the souls of the search team for their efforts. My heart aches for all the families affected by this tragedy.
Ice dam, dammit! Not uncommon when it's this cold for this long. Doesn't matter how clean the gutters are, or how new or snug the flashing is. Water is gonna get backed up and sneak into all kinds of spaces. In my case, the mattress and pillows against the wall actually wicked moisture right through the drywall!
Fortunately, it seems the back of this cold snap has been broken. It's up to 10 and expected to get into the high 20s later today. So no inside frost this morning, and the maintenance crew will asses and repair as needed in a couple of weeks.
The winter of '95-6 in Boston delivered prolonged periods of extreme cold, and I had to contend with ice dams while my house was on the market! There were a half dozen times when I had to cancel showings or open house days because I had water trickling down walls and windows in plain site.
I listened to an interview with a woman from Fairbanks, Alaska on NPR today. She said the children at day care go outside at recess unless the temperature gets below -20. They were in the middle of a heat wave at 5 degrees.
Common sense and deodorant are a lot alike. People who need it the most don't use it.
Just got off the phone with a friend who lives in North Dakota.
She said that since early this morning the snow has been nearly waist high and is still falling. The temperature is 32 below zero and the north wind is increasing to near gale force. Wind chill is -59. Her husband has done nothing but look through the kitchen window and just stare.
She says that if it gets much worse, she may have to let the drunken bastard in.
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