Jan 10, 2011
The flurries started last night, in our Southern Peach state, forming into full-blown snow-fall through the night. I peeked outside last night - it was so light, due to the snow covering the ground, that it look like dusk.
Woke up this morning to the half-buried vehicle, and a backyard full of snow for little one to run around. After sticking my head outside, I inched back into the house where I remained for the rest of the day.
I don't tolerate the cold well. People, who know that I grew up in Siberia, always laugh with the "ooh, but I thought you grew up Siberia, and you can't handle this cold?" I usually tell them that if I liked it in the Siberia, I would be living there now, wouldn't I?
People always ask me how cold it was in Siberia. Very cold, of course. The ground of the area where we lived in is called the permafrost. Since the ground is so cold, the utility lines and water pipes must be put above ground - back then, a lot of them in my part of town they were encased in the wooden troughs than were insulated with the fiberglass. Those "terraces" were the main walkways we as kids used to get around town, since they were slightly warmer, thus accumulated less snow.
How cold exactly did it get? Being bundled head to toe in clothing, half of which was made out of the reindeer hide does not really give you a good idea of the temperature. Unless you take the scarf off your face. It was cold enough that it hurt to breath, in fact, you always left your scarf on your face.In fact, your eyelashes can frees as well. Your face, nose, mouse, basically everything that you can cover - must be covered. Coming home from the outside, especially after standing in line or playing in the snow - was a painful experience. The painful tingling, as the blood was finally flowing in your limbs - it hurt so bad at times that I wanted to cry.
The coldest that I remember it getting was - 55 degrees Celsius. That's -67 F and that's not even a record in around those parts. I think the record low temperatures were recorded at -90s. So, yeah. Siberia was very cold, for much longer. But in my defense, as a kid who never lived in the tropical paradise, it was something that I expected. It was something that we waited to pass, that's all. I would put on my dress, my wool stockings, my wool socks, sweater, wool scarf, my deer-skin coat, deer-coat boots, heavy woolen mitts, fluffy rabbit fur hat and I was ready to go!
Yeah, dressing a small child in the winter was a pain in the butt. But it's a gorgeous place on Earth, even in the dead cold of winter, the beauty is hard to describe.
This photographer has some nice pictures, by the way. I recommend visiting.