Ice Station Xford

Down to -4° this morning, making this (I think) the longest consistently cold stretch I remember in our winters here. Yes, I’ve lived in Maine and Chicago and Connecticut, where 25° is no big deal, but I’ve also lived in Florida where it would have been near to the end of the world. The UK doesn’t experience many days a year below 0°, and after 11+ years here I’m no longer as hardy as I would havea been straight out of Chicago. (I once told some UK students about the December in Evanston where the temperature only peeked over 0° for a few hours one day, and the uncomprehending horror in their eyes lives on vividly in my memory.)

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