Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cold Snap

I love that term, and I've heard it used in Utah frequently. But compared to the insanely freezing temperatures in eastern Europe right now, I don't think us Utahns should be allowed to apply that term to our habitable climate. More than 60 people have already died due to the absurdly cold temperatures (-27 degrees Fahrenheit!) and people are rushing to help those particularly susceptible to illness or death from the weather--namely the homeless and the elderly, and those stranded in cars by the blizzards.
The Black Sea has frozen in places for the first time in 58 years!

Although the cold snap has been and will presumably continue to be devastating, it has provided some incredible imagery (which, unfortunately, all tragedies tend to do).
View in Switzerland
Love the snow around the palm in Istanbul--and Hagia Sophia in the background
Kazakhstan. This photo looks like it could have been taken a hundred years ago.

To our Eastern friends exposed to this cold snap--- bundle up or stay inside if you can, preferably with a roaring fire, hot bath, or a heating pad! Remember that if you have been exposed for a prolonged amount of time to freezing temperatures it can be a dangerous shock to your system to immediately drink steaming hot beverages--start with warm food and lukewarm drinks.
I am thinking of you and wishing you the best.

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