First real cold of the winter — -36F (-37C) at the Sand Dunes last night. -20 here. But it’s warming up nicely to a balmy -4 so there is hope for better things sometime, like next week? It’s hard to get a specific reading of temperature, even with — or especially with — all the online weather reporting services all saying different things and my own thermometer registering something bizarre because the outdoors portion is in the morning sun.
We in the San Luis Valley (and maybe all places where it gets really cold) take perverse pride in these numbers. “-36? Too cold to let the dog out.” The thing is, some dogs won’t GO out. My friend L is visiting and her dog, Shoe, felt the blast of morning air from the front door and said, “I’ll go out there when hell freezes over and this is Heaven and NO way!”
Shoe knows exactly how cold it is. Too cold for her.