At 7 a.m. it was 15 below zero, and more than a little brisk.
Inside, when I woke up, it was a balmy 60 degrees, and in bare feet, I hurried across the cold kitchen tiles to turn on the gas heater. Rest assured that as I type this, I am wearing socks and warm slippers. 😉
While such extreme cold is unusual nowadays, when I was young it was common to have a stretch of cold weather like this the end of January.
It was also common to have big snowstorms, nor’easters, blow up the coast, and we still have those each winter. This weekend, the weather forecast predicts a nor’easter, and right now we are slated to get between eight to ten inches of snow. The coast might get twenty inches. Good thing we have Snow Joe to help with the clean-up.
I’ll be out with my camera to get pictures of the storm.
65 thoughts on “15 Below Zero: Back to a Real Maine Winter”
A tad brisk for sure … But cheers to the hearty Mainers. Good luck with the approaching storm.
Yes, it does feel like we’re having ‘normal’ winter weather for a change. Stay cosy!
Will do! Same to you.
Be careful out there, Laurie! We had snow this morning and, while it’s still cold, it’s at least above zero. I’m hoping for a nice January thaw, ha!
Thanks, Deb. Will do! No thaw this January.
That’s just a lot. Too cold. Too much snow. But I can tell you’re all ready for it!
A little too brisk for me, too, even though I have a pretty high tolerance for cold. 😉
Just reading that made me shiver. Take care.
Will do. Many thanks!
I will, with eager anticipation.
Very cold, but so, so very beautiful!! 😊🌬☃️
You had us beat. It was -8 here.
Always colder inland.
I am looking forward to seeing your snow pictures, Laurie 🙂
Thanks, Anne! The camera is ready.
Thank you for drawing a picture of a very cold day in Maine. I look forward to seeing what your camera finds!
The storm is coming! The camera is ready.
May you all stay warm and cosy Laurie and so glad you have Snow Joe to help you! 💙☃️
Thank you, thank you!
Stay warm – and I am sure you are glad you have Snow Joe at hand!
Thank you! We made a good decision.
Stay safe and warm.
Thanks so much!
I bet you will be cozy in your snug house. Per usual, we are looking at 5-8, 8-12, or 12-16 inches depending on who you listen to!
Lay in the supplies!
We’re going to get 1-2 inches, but I’ll still enjoy it. I’m glad you aren’t getting the 20 the coast may get. We used to get those storms every other winter or so, but haven’t lately, and I’m not complaining, but I’m glad you’re all provisioned and have the new snow blower!!!Stay warm. I look forward to your pictures!!!
Thank you, thank you!
That is chilly. I hope that your snow knows when to stop.
We shall see. Promises to be a big one.
Enjoy the winter and stay warm! And put on those warm socks BEFORE you walk across your kitchen tiles! 🙂 🧦
Thanks, Tanja! On cold days, the house is so chilly in the morning that all I can think of is turning up the heat, bare feet be darned. 😉
That is cold…… looks like you bought Snow Joe just in time! I guess it is time to bunker down with a movie or book for a few days. Keep warm.
You bet! Thank goodness for Snow Joe.
Oh, Laurie, that’s cold, wicked cold. Keep Snow Joe/Little Blue all warmed up and ready to go when the snow flies. We’re getting cold blowing through this weekend with a chance of light flurries but nothing like that. Wow!
Wicked cold is right. Better today as we prepare for the storm. Snow Joe is at the ready.
I think I remember someone who was longing for a ‘real’ winter. As my dear mother used to say, be careful what you wish for — you might get it! Stay toasty, and tell Snow Joe his big chance is coming!
Will do! We are more or less prepared.
Will we see Clif out with his gauge?
Not until March. His job is to measure the snow until it is all gone. He helps usher in spring. 😉
That’s cold even for us. Here it was raining until yesterday but today it’s snowing. Every year winter is different. Take care.
Thanks so much!
Again, I can’t get my head around the temperatures! Thank goodness for Snow Joe! and a warm comfy hide-out! Looking forward to views of your snowy landscapes!
Yes, thank goodness for Snow Joe. Too old to be hand shoveling the entire driveway, the way we once did.
I need some rainy days to catch up on you and Mr Tootlepedal but I am just checking in to say I am thinking of you as the storm approaches and wish you a smooth ride through it.
Oh, thanks so much! The storm wasn’t that bad here—unlike in Massachusetts—and best of all, we didn’t lose our power.
No photos yet, so I assume that you are waiting for the storm to end, clean up to begin, etc. We are at 9F this morning. We have been running both wood stoves since Thursday evening, so we are toasty. – Oscar
Very brisk in your neck of the woods. Yes, today I will be posting a piece about the storm. Not too bad here in Maine.
Loved your “a little brisk” description of 15 below zero and looking forward to the snowy photos!🙂 Stay safe out in the snow and I hope your knee is still getting better.🙂
My knee is much better. Thanks for thinking of me. And the weather is still a little on the brisk side. However, it’s supposed to warm up latter this week.
I’m wondering if you’ve lost power? We’ve been watching the storm reports and it looks brutal. I’m looking forward to seeing your photos, Laurie.
How kind of you to think of us. For us, the storm wasn’t that bad. Only nine inches of light fluffy snow and best of all, no power outage. Yay! The storm was worse farther south, say, in coastal Massachusetts.
Losing power is the worst, so I’m glad it stayed on for the duration. We tend to lose power in the summer due to brown outs when all the AC’s overload the system. I remember one winter outage though. We had the boys sleeping in our room so we could conserve heat.
Power outages are terrible. As one of my blogging friends has noted, we can put up with a lot if we have power.
Brrrr. I can tell that you enjoy it, though. There’s something so exciting about winter storms and cold (when you’re safe and warm at home, of course).
Especially when the snow is light and fluffy!
It is relatively mild here compared to New England! I’ve been hearing about the cold and snow from other friends and relatives.
Time was when winters like that were common.
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