Weather complaints hit an all time high this season, even in some of the southern states. The first Polar Vortex that came and went was the coldest in almost two decades as cold air made its way into Texas. The news stories were exaggerated in some instances, like those proclaiming Niagara Falls was frozen solid. Just not so.
It is not only those that dread the cold complaining, but also those that are flippant on Global Warming heralding that this cold weather means no global warming trend. Not so. The complaining heightened this week as temperatures in our area dropped into single digits again, making this winter a cold one.
Calling it a polar vortex is not correct according to meteorologists because the actual weather phenomenon never reaches the US. When the arctic gets warmer, we get colder as the high altitude system pushes the cold weather our way. To learn on how the vortex works see this link.
Sure it is cold, but I pine for those “more than not” days when Jack Frost nipped the nose. It just seems like the way things should be. I think many forget those days and these last two weather freezes are here as a reminder.
The weather HAS been getting fewer cold spells since the global warming trend began, no question. An AP study has said “these extreme cold spells have been happening every four years since 1900 until recent times.” This was the first cold snap in 17 years they documented and this week we are in the midst of another.
Science is thinking there will be less time between extremes in the future. One theory by a Rutgers University climate scientist suggests, “that melting Arctic sea ice is changing polar weather, moving the jet stream.” She noted that it will “bring on much weather weirdness”. I am always prepared for weather weirdness too. I love the cold and snow, but do appreciate when it warms up too.
I got asked what I wear when out photographing ice and snow. How do I keep my hands warm when shooting photos in cold weather? So I thought to show you.
I am fully covered head to toe in good quality warm outerwear. As a longtime skier, I head to the ski shops for the best in winter wear, like boots, hat and gloves – all those places where heat escapes a warm body. My coat is a 3-in-one meaning the layers can be removed if need be. The brown knit coat under the white outer coat can be worn separately. The polyester in the outer coat keeps the wind and wet out.
Above, the 2 pair of boots and the hat are from UGG, one pair of the boots are water-proof, the other is sprayed to be water-resistant. The brown boots are my favorite, they are like wearing slippers. I have heavy gloves (not shown) to match them too.
The mittens are warm in their own right, but I use warm glove liners (used a lot for skiing and shown above left) so when photographing it is not so bulky to change settings on the camera. I then put my mittens back on until the next photo is to be taken. No frostbite for me!
My hat has the fluffy muffs on the side that fold down and snap under my chin. The coat buttons up all the way to cover the neck, but I do use a neck warmer on occasion.
The coat and mittens are from North Face. I also have waterproof, lined pants from Eastern Mountain Sports to slip over my jeans keeping me warm and dry. I look a little like a polar bear all bundled up but boy am I toasty and dry.
Now you know how I get out in the snow and ice and why I am complaint free. I think a lot has to do with how one dresses whether they like or dislike cold weather. If one stays warm, they are more inclined to get out and see what beauty winter brings.
Next post see what I was doing in -4°F weather. It is fun, creative and a little frustrating.