This morning as I was getting in my car going to the gym, I put my gloves on and cranked up the heat. That is the first time this season I needed to do that. I checked the thermometer and the low this morning at the airport was 18 degrees. Brrrrr... It's nice when you get to the gym and your heat still hasn't warmed up. Hmm...
I figured by the time I got home from the gym it would feel warmer out there. I mean, I did forecast a high of 38 degrees. However, as I went to take my dog for a walk, the wind kept it feeling cold against my body. For those who like the cold weather, enjoy the next few days. For those, who are like me, who prefer it a bit warmer, say 50s, I guess we need to put some warm clothes on the holiday gift list. In case my husband is reading this... Honey, can you please buy me a new pair of glittens? Glittens, for those who don't know, are the glove - mitten combination. That way you can expose the fingers if you need to or keep them covered with the mitten overlay. It's one way to stay warm this season.
If you are keeping count, the average low for this time of year is 31 degrees. The coldest, average low we see in our area, happens in January and it is a mild 26 degrees. No one is debating that it was cold this morning, but it wasn't record breaking cold. The record for December 11th is 9° which happened in 1988, so we were well above that, but it doesn't change the fact that it still felt quite cold.
Maybe because we think we are in the South we should have warmer weather, but it is December. You can call it cold, frigid, bone- chilling, any of those words fit, but don't call it winter, at least not yet. Winter doesn't officially begin until December 21st at 12:47 P.M. E.S.T. when the sun is at the lowest position in the sky. And this winter we are transitioning into an El Nino season and during these types of seasons, the Mid Atlantic region sees colder than average temperatures and above average precipitation in winter. So get ready for the cold and probably some snow storms.
Now that you know what you can expect over the next several months, you can prepare for winter. Maybe another few gifts to add to the list can include an electric blanket, wool socks and the big parka. Just some food for thought... Stay warm!