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Important realization of the week.

I've been informed that this current spate of weather is about as cold as Massachusetts tends to get. If that is indeed the case, then I think I could probably survive pretty easily. (Though, I shouldn't do things like stand outside talking on the phone for 10 minutes without a coat or anything like I did last night. That was not so good.)

Good things to know.
It's been about as cold it tends to get for any duration, or with any frequency. Thankfully. [shiver] Various online sources list the 50-year low for Boston as being -12 F, which is approx. 20 degrees colder than wunderground.com says Sunday evening was.

However, it does occasionally get much nastier. MLK day several years ago comes to mind - it was about 5 degrees F, with 30 MPH wind (50 MPH gusts) scouring the street with a fine gritty snow, and that lovely cold-and-damp "raw" feeling that chaps exposed skin in a minute or two (or less, with that wind).

(I remember it well because I spent ~45-50 minutes standing in it waiting for a bus. I use that memory as a consolation when I'm waiting for the bus in uncomfortable weather, telling myself that at least it's not as bad as that time.)