We are currently in the midst of a nice, relatively warm (winterly-speaking) stretch of days. However, meteorologists are never content to let us enjoy weather like this, so today's forecast calls for anywhere from one to four inches of snow by Friday morning.
Which brings me to this. It's an explanation from Mental Floss about the concept we call "wind chill." Appropriate to the times, and all, unless you're one of my Australian readers, of course.
The temperature had taken an overnight plunge, and Minnesota reaffirmed its status as one of the coldest states in the nation. Despite a wind chill of minus 40 degrees, however, the steelworkers that had been erecting a new television tower showed up for work.
About an hour into the day, one tall Texan climbed down from the tower, walked into the trailer's makeshift office, took his lunch pail down from the shelf and headed toward the door.
"You goin' home sick?" asked the foreman, after watching this.
"Nope," replied the Texan, "just headed home to get a warmer jacket."
"Oh," replied the foreman, but persisted, "where's home?"
[Pastor Tim's Pearly Gates]
WISDOM for YOUR WEEK: "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, summer and winter, day and night will never cease." (Genesis 8:22)
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