“It’s nice out there!”
So proclaimed one of the bosses after walking in from outside.
The afternoon was partly sunny.
The temperature was a balmy 18 F.
Or -7.77 C.
Nice? Say what?
This is weather relativity after several days of bone-chilling, below-zero wind chills. I had been wearing long underwear, two pairs of socks, long-sleeved T-shirts under heavy sweaters, and not-so-cute-but-warm boots for much of the week. The many layers are necessary to keep from shattering teeth into a million tiny pieces.
This is when I dislike the term “frozen tundra,” given to Wisconsin in the throes of Old Man Winter. Actually, the term was given to Lambeau Field many years ago during a sub-zero football game between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys. The Packers won with a quarterback sneak, but I’m sure both sides were ecstatic when the game was over and they could make their way back into a heated building.
Getting back to weather relativity…
Have you ever said, “Gosh, it’s cold outside!” when it’s 52 F (11 C) and raining?
Then, in the spring, “What a beautiful day!” when it’s 40 F (4.4 C) and sunny?
Or are those temperatures cold for your part of the world at any time of the year?
Do you whine when summer heat and humidity gets out of control?
And then yearn for same at the first glimpse of cold winter weather?
When is it too hot? 80 degrees F (27 C)? 90 degrees (32 C)? 100 degrees (38C)?
When is it too cold? (Someone in Siberia or Antarctic can answer this question.)
According to one dude at church, it can’t be cold enough or gray enough this time of year. He loves winter. He doesn’t mind the short, dark days. One of the ladies standing near asked if he was a mole. I asked if he was a vampire. He shrugged and smirked.
I suppose one could say that 18 F is relatively nice for January 20th in Wisconsin.
Although, the forecast of 30 F on Sunday is relatively nicer.
And, relatively speaking, a warm, sunny summer day of 75 F is nicest.
When I can ride my bicycle.
What is weather relativity in your part of the world? Is the warmth of spring as welcome as the warmth of summer? What temperature do you consider too cold? Just right? Too hot?