|Late January 2013|
|Late January 2014|
Here in Hades, everybody complains about the weather, but no one actually remembers it. Last January, we had rather a lot of snow and some pretty nasty wind chills. I know this because a) I was doing a NaBloPoMo that month; and b) I took quite a few pictures while out walking the Accent Snob. This week, a cabbie told me it was unusually cold and he couldn't remember it being quite this bad.
Actually it isn't. I know the media has been having a field day over the idea of a polar vortex, but no matter how weird this stuff may seem in the United States, it's what we call "winter" here in Hades. Yet Ottawans forget this every year. Last year, they were howling because it was cold and it "doesn't usually get this cold…" This was probably because the previous winter of 2011-2012, we had a freak humidex, if you please, in March, resulting in an unusually prolonged spring. (Hadean springs usually last two weeks, tops.)
Anyway, I'm trying to make a point. I was here last winter and this winter (and for a dozen bloody winters before that). It gets cold here. Remember that and quit complaining, unless you've got any solutions.