Having lived in either Minnesota or Kansas for the last 23 years, I know the severity of weather is all a matter of perspective. But this morning, I had to laugh at CBS News while it was covering this ridiculous winter weather that’s wreaking havoc everywhere.
The weather guy was camped out in front of Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota, where it was 11 below zero, and was doing this quick across-the-nation recap to give a picture of what people were facing due to the weather. He ended with Denver, where he said people were “struggling with temperatures in the single digits.”
Yesterday in Bemidji, our high was four degrees above zero, and on the block-plus trek from my office to the car after work I didn’t even zip up my coat. That four-above temperature was a beautifully welcome respite from earlier this week, when I was leaving the house in the morning facing straight air temperatures of 27 below zero, dipping down to 40-something below once you factored in wind chill.
And yes, I do realize that the fact I was basically celebrating temperatures of four above zero is frightening and awful. It reminds me of a time during my last summer in Kansas before moving up here that I was asked what the weather was like that day and replied “It’s not so bad; it’s only 100.”
It’s all a matter of perspective.