Wednesday, December 15, 2010

So begins our cold spell...

Darn, I thought we would get warmish weather until at LEAST January. Seeing as though January and February are our "cold" months, hovering around -10 below zero for six week stretches.

But its cold. COLD out. Looks a LOT like winter up here. Sheesh.

Don't believe me? Just look up at my weather widget and check out what the wind chill is. Funny though, our kids play out for recess until it is minus NINETEEN or lower. So today, they're out enjoying the crisp cold air! Good thing we have FUR coats, and FUR gloves and FUR boots right?! (I'd like to take this time to invite any and all PETA members to come up to kotzebue for the next two months. Go live in a tent please, and then tell me you still think animal fur has feelings. Guess what...plants have feelings too!)

windchill factor

Alapaa! (Cold)


Non-Mommy said...

I had to chuckle at the -19 degree cut off. Why not throw one more degree in there and make it an even -20? haha

And to think - at my job, we almost get in fist fights if it is 31 degrees and someone still wants to go outside even though the cut off is 32.

What I want to know is, how long does it take the kids to get bundled up and then undressed afterward? It isn't something I can really wrap my head around.

Finnskimo said...

Funny, cause right now its minus 53 below zero wind chill. And the planes are still flying, the kids are walking to and from school, etc.

I think they use a "flesh freeze" factor to figure out minus 19 below. Flesh freezes in less than ... ___ minutes at that temperature, so they have the kids play out for less than it takes to freeze their flesh! Awesome.

The kids take just a few minutes to bundle up. For example, my daughter puts on a sweather, then snow pants, then boots, then a jacket, then a scarf/neckwarmer, then her fur hat and then her gloves/mittens and she's ready to go. :) Although in the morning it takes her about FIFTEEN minutes to get dressed to get in the car and go to school. Sigh.

Finnskimo said...

*sweater (oops)

tundra gypsy said...

alaaaaaaaaapaaaaaaaaa! thank God for fur!

Non-Mommy said...

WOW! Thanks for the info, I love information like that!

OK, here's my other boring teacher-y question - how do they have room to store all those layers of clothing for the kids, and prevent lice?!?

The idea of bundling up 30 kids wears me out, although your kids are probably well past that stage.

Love your blog!!

Bethany said...

Ohh my gosh, brr! I don't know how they do it. I'd freeze! I really think I need to live in Hawaii where I don't have to worry about snow and cold! At my old school the cut off was 32* I think. Sometimes we wanted to take them out if it was colder but like the first commenter said, it started issues!