Friday, January 21, 2005

Frigid Trending

trend.jpg Trending Record-setting cold today in Syracuse. Awoke this morning to something like -8 F, and now the temps have steadied at -1 for the rest of the day, according to's trender. The winter weather warning running through late this afternoon involves the cold air more than the snow. D. and Ph. are celebrating cancelled school due to cold temps; the city school district tends to cancel because of the number of walkers.

I know: cold day in Syracuse--big news. (!) It's January. Actually, I wanted to note the morning's household debate over the threshold beyond which it's too cold to sled. See, we live just two blocks from Thornden Park, the largest city park in Syracuse, inside of which is Thornden Hill (yeah, I made up the name)--the best public sledding/snowboarding hill around. On the weather report earlier, the meteorologist warned of a wind chill as low as -30 F, which, when met with exposed skin, he said, renders said skin frostbitten in 15 minutes. About that debate: Ph., bundled up, sled in hand, seeking family-wide approval to venture to the hill, doesn't agree with the meteorologist (who I, more or less, have begun to sound like in my frequently imitative style). Back and forth for a few minutes before we decided to let the weather prove itself. Makes me cold just to think of it.

Bookmark and Share Posted by at January 21, 2005 1:07 PM to Under a Bushel

Yikes. I'm cold just reading about the sledding on the hill. We'd cover our faces with our scarves in this kind of weather, which is just a distant memory, I'm happy to say. In the 60s here today.

Posted by: John at January 22, 2005 2:48 AM

I'm busy looking for recommendations about how cold is too cold to run.

Have any idea?

How did Ph fair yesterday?

Posted by: madeline at January 22, 2005 8:12 AM

Yeah, it was cold, and you conveniently worked it so you didn't have to go to school. The walk over wasn't that bad; not much wind.

They have signs posted in Thornden re: No Sledding. I think it's a cya for the city so that people who might get injured sledding (it's a big hill) can't sue. I've never seen a cop bust people for sledding, and there are often copious tracks. However, didn't know if you had seen those on your jaunts to the park.

Last year a couple of boarders built a 3' jump. It was pretty cool, but I didn't ever get over there to hit it.

Posted by: TR at January 22, 2005 8:49 AM

It seems extreme (here, not there!), but I just stay bundled up. After a certain point, I can't make sense of the differences in temperature. Negative 8 doesn't seem so much colder than positive 8.

I don't know the cut-off for healthy running exposure (but I'd guess it's somewhere between 0 and +10...negatives seem risky to me for long distances, but then I'm not cold-tough). In KC, D. and I jogged all winter one year; used face thingies to breathe through and it was just fine. But we were only going two miles, nothing like the long treks you endure, Madeline.

And I didn't have to get to campus for work, which was nice, but we made out usual Friday afternoon crossing for weekly basketball in Flanagan and the walk wasn't too bad. The bad part was that after two hours of ball I came down on somebody's foot and claimed my first severe ankle sprain in about five years. Maybe I'll post a picture of the swollen purple splendor that is my right ankle (same one I had surgery on in '95). The upside: a ride home from the gym. The downside: can't walk. Oh well, I planned on having a feet-up reading/blogging day today anyway.

Posted by: Derek at January 22, 2005 9:39 AM

Okay, but what about Ph? Did he ever return?

Posted by: joanna at January 22, 2005 4:24 PM

He made his way back home just in time to prove his case: he was fine. "Not cold at all," I think he said. I'll learn to stop listening to the weather forecasters one of these days.

Posted by: Derek at January 22, 2005 4:53 PM