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Tuesday, January 29, 2008


It's -42 before the wind chill.

That's so cold that propane starts to liquefy. Some people buy special blankets for their tanks to keep this from happening. We've buried ours in snow, giving it its own little igloo.

At this temperature, a thick ice fog hangs over the ground. I can't get a picture of it: I want my camera's liquid crystal display to stay liquid. You will have to trust me when I say that it's there.

We stay inside, put on warm socks, and make hot chocolate. I am trying to turn myself inside out.


3carnations said...

Really?!? It's THAT cold? I guess -10, which is about as cold as we ever see here, is downright toasty compared to that.

Torq said...

The coldest it has been here is around -27 C. Not quite northern cold!

By the way, I had to look up the equation to figure out that conversion so I hope you appreciate it!

Anonymous said...

I'm curious about this "ice fog" you speak of. Aside from the fact that the term itself is a contradiction ("ice" and "fog" refer to two phases of the same compound), I am surprised that ice could ever sublimate in sufficient quantities, in an unprotected setting, to produce a thick layer of there absolutely no wind up there, as well?


gifted typist said...

It must hurt to breath in that kind of cold